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Skimming the news ... Anna Maria Island map inside, page 14.
"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 14, No. 38 July 26, 2006 FREE
Island elections: some contested, some not
Former Holmes Beach mayor and current Commis-
sioner Rich Bohnenberger will be the city's next mayor.
No other candidates qualified for the office by the July
21 deadline for the seat being vacated by Mayor Carol
Whitmore, who has announced she will run for the at-
large seat on the county commission.
Bohnenberger was a city commissioner for one
year from 1993 to 1994, then resigned to run for mayor.
He served in that capacity from 1994 to 1996 before
regaining a seat on the commission in 1999.
The remainder of his one-year term will be filled
by appointment of the new city commission in Novem-
The race for the two vacant seats on the Holmes
access to Island
for 12 hours
By Mike Quinn and Paul Roat
An early morning crash into a power pole blocked
traffic to and from the south end of Anna Maria Island
for more than 12 hours July 18.
More than 3,000 utility customers were left without
power, according to Florida Power and Light spokes-
man Mel Klein. Traffic on State Road 789 (Gulf Drive)
diverted to US 41 through Sarasota.
The crash took place at about 3 a.m., according to
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale.
According to Longboat Key Police Capt. George
Turner, Robert M. Walsh, 18, of the 5800 block of 24th
Street Court West, in Bradenton, was driving reck-
lessly at speeds, up to 100 mph when Turner started
following Walsh. At some point, Walsh got behind
Turner and was swerving from the center line to the
shoulder and onto the grass and also riding Turner's
Turner pulled over to allow Walsh to pass. Walsh
continued on to the Bradenton Beach area where he
allegedly took out a power pole at 1303 Gulf Drive S.,
a BBPD arrest report said. The power pole was located
just north of Coquina Beach, on the east side of Gulf
PLEASE SEE POWER CRASH, PAGE 3
WILL BE NEW
Beach city commission (see separate story) includes
some old and new names.
Incumbent Sandy Haas-Martens along with former
commissioners Don Maloney and Pat Geyer, planning
committee member John Monetti and Save Anna Maria
president Sheila Hurst will face off in November in
the race for the two vacancies. Incumbent Roger Lutz
decided not to seek re-election after 10 years on the
Ursula Stemm was the lone candidate qualifying
for the city's charter review committee.
Businesswoman Joann Mattick will join incumbent
City Commissioners Linda Cramer and Duke Miller in
a race for the two commission seats up for election in
Planning and zoning chairperson Fran Barford and
former P&Z chairman Tom Turner will face off in the
PLEASE SEE ELECTIONS, PAGE 3
Top Notch critter in the wild
The fifth weekly winner in the 2006 "Top Notch" Islander photo contest is by Holly Fenstemaker of Bradenton
taken of an alligator at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Her prize is an Islander "more-than-a-mullet-wrapper"
T-shirt and a certificate for Minnie's Beach Cafe, and her photo will go into the pool of weekly winners eligible
for a grand prize that includes $100 from The Islander, a dining certificate from Ooh La La! Bistro, a bottle of
champagne from Anna Maria Island Liquor and Wine, dinner for two at a Chiles Group Restaurant and fram-
ing of the winning photo by Decor and More. One week remains in the contest with the deadline for entries July
28. For information, see page 4.
Crash halts electricity to Bradenton Beach
An early morning car crash July 18 in south Bradenton Beach resulted in a power outage for upwards of 3,000
customers in the area of the crash and Cortez. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
set for Monday
Bradenton Beach will host a Walkable Com-
munities seminar at 9 a.m. Monday, July 31. The
day-long forum will feature Dan Burden, former
bicycle/pedestrian/traffic calming and livable
communities specialist for Florida.
Burden was listed as one of the six most
important civic innovators in the world by Time
Magazine," event sponsors with the WAVES
committee said, and he has served "1,800 com-
munities in all parts of North America, helping
them 'get their feet back on the ground.'"
The event, including lunch, will be held at
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Reservations are recommended and may be made
by calling 778-1005, ext. 227, or 737-0158.
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2 M JULY 26, 2006 m TIHE ISLANDER
Fire budget for next year climbs $1.28 million
By Rick Catlin
West Manatee Fire & Rescue Chief Andy Price
presented a proposed budget for 2006-07 to the dis-
trict board July 20 that amounts to a whopping $1.28
million increase from the current budget. The $5.85
million budget would be a 28.8 percent rise from the
$4.57 million budget for 2005-06.
Sixty-seven percent of the proposed budget ($3.9
million) will be for salaries and benefits, an increase
of $300,000 from last year, when wages and salaries
were at $3.6 million and accounted for 78.8 percent of
Capital replacement accounts for 18.1 percent of
the proposed budget ($1.1 million), while the reserve
fund would be $2.4 million.
Price noted that the district provides fire protection
for $7.3 billion worth of property.
While revenues increased because of personal
income growth and a maximum fire assessment in the
district, health costs rose 15 percent, according to the
An increase in the fire assessment fee passed last
year by the board will net the district an estimated
increase in revenues of $285,000.
The board will hold a public hearing on the budget
at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Fire Station No. 1
on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.
In other business, the board gave Price the go-
ahead to place the issue of increasing impact fees on
the November ballot for district voters.
Impact fees apply only to new construction, Price
WMFR new hires and promotions
Newly hired and newly promoted firefighters were honored at the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District board
meeting July 20. From left are Firefighter Third Class Ben Dylan, Capt. Chris Shepard, WMFR Chief Andy
Price, Lt. Darren Vollmer and Training Officer Tom Souza. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin -
said, and the district has not increased those fees since
the mid-1980s. The current fees are among the lowest
in Manatee County, he added.
"This is not a tax," Price emphasized, and any
monies collected by impact fees must go for new
O'Connor, Islander bowling challenge preregistration
The 16th annual O'Connor/Islander bowling chal- House Restaurant. There will be lots of prizes from area tion forms are available at Duffy's Tavern, 5808 Marina
lenge sponsored by Bill and George O'Connor and The merchants and restaurants, including a raffle drawing for Drive, and at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, or
Islander newspaper will take place Saturday, Aug. 26, a big-screen television donated by The Islander. by calling the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
at the AMF Bradenton Lanes on Cortez Road. Pre-registration is preferred, and bowlers must pre- The event is being organized by the O'Connor twins
Check-in time is 5 p.m., bowling begins at 6 p.m. and pay to secure a lane assignment. Cost is $20 per person with the help of their wives, Sharon arid Sue. For more infor-
immediately following is an awards party at the Beach- and includes bowling shoes and three games. Registra- mation, call Billy at 792-9099, or the Center, 778-1908.
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Holmes Beach commission candidates who
thought that three seats would be up for grabs this
November because of the resignation of Commis-
sioner Rich Bohnenberger to run for mayor better
Only two seats are up
for election on Nov. 7, said
attorney Ed Conrad of the
city's law firm.
ignation date is 12:01 a.m.
No' 19, which is prior to
the swearing-in date for his
new po-'sti s ma:Noi. Because
it's effective after the No-.
7 election and his term had
a e ear, Conrad said it will
create an "une\pired term".
of slightly less than one year.
Under the city charter, the commission "is charged
with appointing qualified individuals to fill vacancies
of the commission."
The "qualified person" appointed by the commis-
sion to fill the remainder of Bohnenberger's commis-
sion term will serve until the November 2007 election,
at which time the seat will be up for a vote in the regular
election, Conrad concluded.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
mayor's race for the post being vacated by incumbent
SueLynn, who decided three weeks ago she would not
seek a third term.
In Bradenton Beach, Michael Pierce qualified unop-
posed for the Ward 2 seat being vacated by incumbent
Commissioner Lisa Maria Phillips and will be auto-
Incumbent Commissioner Bill Shearon of
Ward 4 also gained election as no other candidate
sought to run against him. Mayor John Chappie has
another year remaining of his final term as mayor.
He will not be eligible for re-election due to term
The position of mayor in each Island city pays,
$9,600 annually, while a commissioner for any of the.
three cities draws $4,800,per year.
Elections in all three Island cities will take place
on Tuesday, Nov. 7. .
Voter registration for the upcoming Sept. 5 primary,
which includes some county, state and national seats,
closes Aug. 7. Registration for the three Island cities
elections closes Oct. 10.
Power crash kills juice to many
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
police charged Walsh with
reckless driving with prop-
erty damage, which Speci-
ale said amounted to about
$15,000. Longboat Key
charged Walsh with driving
under the influence among
Ialsh -..Klein said the, con-
crete pole had to be replaced and, as a main feeder
line. the caork took some time.
Variable message signs were putin place on
Cortez Road notify ing motorists of the traffic snarl
and southbound road blockage. Longboat Key
Police Chief Al Hogle said residents on the key were
notified of the road blockage through a "code red
system" via telephone.
Officials in both cities said they fielded hundreds
of phone calls from irate motorists.
Mike Quinn is publisher of NewsManatee.com.
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November elections: AM,
BB, HB candidates
June sales slow, prices rise
for Island real estate
The Anna Maria Island Property Sales Report
released its June 2006 report last week % ith a mixture of
good and bad news for the Island real estate market.
On the down side, just six single-family homes
sales were recorded in June compaired with 10 the pre-
The bright side of the picture, according to the
report, was that the average selling price for these
properties topped $1 million, coming in at.$1.023 mil-
lion, an impressive increase over the $765,000 average,
reported in June 2005.
At the same .time, final selling prices for those six
properties averaged 93.4 percent of the asking prices.
Condominium sales also dipped slightly, with
The power pole snap took about 12 hours to repair.
Islander Photo: David Ambrose
four sold in June 2006 compared with six in May. The
average selling price was up compared with the same
month last year, with the June 2006 average at $788,000
against the $644,237 average for June 2005.
New listings, however, appeared to be slowing as
just 114 properties were put on the market in June 2006,
the lowest number of new listings for any month in
2006, the AMIPSR said.
"Inventory reductions, especially properties that
were overpriced and not sellable, are good news for
the sellers still on the market," said the report.
More encouraging news was the fact that there
were 42 pending sales on the Island at the time of the
AMIPSR report. That group included 21 single-family
homes, 17 condominiums, two duplexes and two com-
mercial properties. The total value of the pending sales
was put at $39.9 million.
There were five sales recorded with the Manatee
County Clerk of the Circuit Court that were not part of
the Multiple Listing Service provided by Island real
The AMIPSR can be viewed on the Internet at
Anna Maria City
July 27, 7 p.m., citylmission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
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.
July 31, 9 a.m., public seminar on alkable commu-
Aug. 3, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
4 E JULY 26, 2006 N THE ISLANDER
Anna Maria commission-mayor rift over budget
By Rick Catlin
The growing tension between Anna Maria Mayor
SueLynn and city commissioners over the proposed
2006-07 budget spilled over into a war of words last
week at the July 18 budget workshop as the-mayor-
accused the commission of "wasting" staff time and
appearing bent on "slashing" many needed and long
Commissioners Dale Woodland and Duke Miller
said they were intent on getting the city's reserve fund
to 35 percent of the budget, while the mayor's proposed
budget of $2.373 million calls for a reserve fund of 27.7
Woodland was adamant that the city reach a 35
'percent reserve fund as that's the minimum recom-
mended by Ed Leonard, the city's auditor. Woodland
would prefer the reserves be higher, but he's not willing
to approve any budget with a reserve fund under 35
The commission needs to do some "serious slash-
ing," maintained Woodland, while Miller said it should
"That means we either have to cut the budget or
increase the milage rate," added Miller, "but 35 percent
has to be the minimum."
SueLynn has proposed a 2.0 millage rate the
same as last year for the upcoming budget, with
revenues and spending increasing by about $260,000.
The 2005-06 budget has a current reserve fund of 30.8
Woodland suggested the commission could easily
cut $50,000 by eliminating such projects as replacing
sidewalks and beach access walkovers.
Other suggested cuts could come from recom-
mended staff pay increases and training, lowering
projected spending in this year's budget or estimated
spending in the proposed budget, or eliminating some
suggested equipment purchases from the 2006-07 pro-
Getting the reserve fund to 35 percent of the budget
would actually lower spending in the 2006-07 budget
by some $30,000 compared with the 2005-06 budget,
Commission Chairperson John Quam suggested the
staff revise projected spending in the budget, and noted that
Bradenton Beach has a reserve fund of some $2 million,
compared to Anna Maria's proposed $681,000 fund.
PLEASE SEE ANNA MARIA, NEXT PAGE
Duncan Real Estate celebrated its fifth anniversary with a party at Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA on
Thursday, July 20. Pictured are, front row, broker/owner Darcie Duncan with associates Ben Adrian and
Derek Pettigrew. Back row, from left, is Judy Giovanelli, Debra Ibasfalean, Jennifer Adams, Marion and Judy
Duncan, and linda Schaich. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
'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!
One week remains for a weekly winner to be featured on
the cover of The Islander and one photo from among the six
weekly winners will be the grand prize winner with prizes and
gift certificates awarded by the newspaper and local merchants,
including $100 from The Islander, framing of the winning
photo by Decor and More, a dining certificate from Ooh La
La! Bistro, a bottle of champagne from Anna Maria Island
Liquors and a dining certificate from the Chiles Group.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest with the next final deadline July 28. Weekly
winners -receive an Islander "More-than-a-mullet-wrap-
per" 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 scenics,
candid unposed snapshots, action, holidays, humor and animal
pictures. Nothing is overlooked, including great kid pics, sen-
timental moments and moments of personal triumph.
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
Donald Steffen of Palma Sola, Bradenton won the
weekly contest in 2005 with "Day's End."
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 phnoo flies: no composite pictLres
DATE PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
LOCATION PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
SI 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 Islander may 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:
_. 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 ihe win-
ners. Any cash prize won by a -ninor 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.
TIE ISLANDER M JULY 26, 2006 U 5
Ad valorem tax drop proposed in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach officials are in the midst of ham-
mering out a budget for the next fiscal year.
A series of meetings between city commissioners
and department heads will continue this week, with an
expected tentative tax rate to be set by July 26.
Public hearings and final adoption of the property
tax levy and approval of the budget are scheduled for
hearings in September.
The tentative spending plan for 2006-07 is
$3,831,315, up from the current $3,087,624. The pro-
posed tax rate is slightly lower for the upcoming fiscal
year, though, at 2.4878 mills, down from the current
2.4902. A mill is $1 for every $ 1,000 of assessed value
of property, less any exemptions.
The budget process drew the ire of Commissioner
"I will be unable to take part in half the budget,
since I'll be out of town," Shearon said. "I gave notice
in May that I would be on vacation. I'd like to see a
little consideration on this these meetings could have
been two weeks before or after."
He also said the budget information was not given
to him "in a timely manner. I got it last Wednesday.
That was the first time I've seen it."
Mayor John Chappie said that revenue estimates for
the upcoming fiscal year are not provided to cities by the
Florida Department of Revenue until the first of July.
"We got the revenue from the state, crunched the
numbers, then checked to make sure there were no math
mistakes," Chappie said. "I'm surprised you're having
your vacation in July, because that's when we do the
Shearon also questioned the process of comparing
one year's budget to another. "I am only one vote, but
it's hard for me to do that without proper information,"
Most of the departments in the city reflect modest
increases in spending for their respective budgets.
The administration budget reflects an 8 percent
increase from the current year to next; police a 4 per-
cent increase; emergency operations a 4 percent hike.
Others had higher increases: both the planning
department and the project-program manager depart-
ments made requests for an additional employee, with
budgets reflecting the extra help at 24 percent and 18
The streets and roads department also had an
increase in spending proposed, at 35 percent.
Other departments in the city reflected a lowered
spending plan: The facilities management department
budget dropped 18 percent, sanitation dropped 8 per-
cent, Tingley Memorial Library dropped 22 percent,
and stormwater management-showed no change.
Anna Maria budget battles
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
But that's not comparing apples to apples, said the
mayor. Bradenton Beach is not Anna Maria.
Bradenton Beach has considerably greater rev-
enues because it has fewer homesteaded properties, a
stormwater improvement tax, a vast number of condo-
miniums that can be taxed at maximum value, and has
had the maximum 5.9 percent communications tax for
several years. Anna Maria just went to the maximum
communications tax this year. Bradenton Beach also
has a 2.4 milage rate compared with Anna Maria's 2.0
rate, she noted.
The mayor was irate that the commission was con-
sidering massive budget cuts after she and the staff
had spent an inordinate amount of time preparing-the
"I hope this commission has this discussion-[next
year] before the staff spends hours and hours of \\ 'rk,
then we get to the point where you are no\ cutting the
budget considerably. If I had known in ad\ ance., e
would have brought you a different budget."
She said she was glad that the two candidates for
mayor in the November election were present as they
both could see what they will face if elected.
"Staff time appears wasted and it's the same every
year. If I was in office next year, I would turn [prepara-
tion of] the budget over to the commission. It's always
cut and slash."
Commissioners did remove $60,000 from the pro-
posed budget, eliminating a permit for channel dredg-
ing, and lowering requested amounts for the emergency
disaster fund and the contingency fund.
Commissioner Linda Cramer suggested the mayor
consider what the milage rate would have to be to meet
the proposed budget, but there was no consensus from
the other three commissioners. The mayor said she
would only present that figure if asked by the commis-
The capital improvements program, community
redevelopment agency and pier budgets will be dis-
cussed at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 26. Commissioners
are also scheduled to adopt a tentative property tax rate
at that time.
September public hearings on the tax rate and
budget are not as yet scheduled.
Center moving offices,
In preparation for its planned $4.1 million
renovation, the Anna Maria Island Community
Center'on Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria will
move its adult program classes to St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes Beach on Aug. 1. The
church is located at 248 S. Harbor Drive.
The Center will move its administrative opera-
tions to a mobile unit at the church in mid-August.
All other activities of the center will remain at the
main building until further notice.
Construction of the new center should begin
in mid-August, with a completion date sometime
,in 2007, a spokesperson for the Center said.
For more information, call the Center at
sion. Commissioner Chris Tollette was absent from the
But based upon the Manatee County Tax Appraiser's
figure of $783 million of taxable property in Anna Maria,
the city would have to raise its millage rate to approxi-
mately 2.2 mils to gain another $200,000 in revenue,
achieve the commission's stated goal of a 35 percent
reserve fund and not cut the proposed budget further.
One mil is equal to $1 per $1,000 of taxable value.
A .2 increase in the millage rate in Anna Maria would
amount to just 20 cents per $1,000 of taxable value. A
homeowner with a home valued at $525,000 for tax
purposes and a $25,000 homestead exemption would
pay an additional $100 in ad valorem city taxes this
year if the commission raised the millage rate to 2.2.
The commission was scheduled to hold its final
budget workshop July 25 and set the tentative millage
rate for the 2006-07 budget. The public hearings on the
budget will be held in September, Quam has indicated.
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Power lesson learned?
Islanders learned a valuable hurricane lesson last
week, without the benefit a cloud on the horizon.
A driver apparently attempting to elude Longboat Key
police slammed into a guide wire and concrete power pole
just north of Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. The pole
snapped, the lights went out, and the damage was done.
About 3,000 people lost electrical power while work-
ers repaired the major feeder line. The work was so exten-
sive that Gulf Drive was closed to vehicular traffic for a
little more than 12 hours.
With the alternate north-south route being U.S. 41,
that meant a long day in traffic for anyone (lots of work-
ers) wanting to go from Bradenton Beach to Longboat
Key, or vice versa.
So to cut to the chase on the end result of the car
chase, one guy can take out one power pole and take out
electrical service to 3,000 people for 12 hours.
Let's imagine that Hurricane Brillo comes calling
to Anna Maria Island. Everything west of Gulf Drive
is scoured by the storm houses, businesses, utility
We'll be looking at a long, long time before power is
restored assuming, of course, that there are any struc-
tures to which power could be useful.
Underground utilities have been a mainstay in some
newer, upscale communities for a long time. They are
expensive to install, but the odds of power disruptions are
A former Islander currently living in Jackson, Miss.,
caught the trailing edge of Hurricane Katrina last year.
By the time the killer storm reached his part of the world,
it was "only" at about Category 2. With something like
90 percent of the city without power, he still had his AC
and lights and even computers and phones because his
neighborhood has underground utilities.
It is inconceivable that the power company will decide
on its own to replace damaged utilities with underground
service, short of Hurricane Brillo. They are charged,
rightly, with getting the juice back as soon as possible to
as many customers as possible.
With a post-Brillo world, there may be room to talk
about a safer, more efficient system, but the time to really
begin to think is now, before a storm hits.
How about having new developments install under-
ground lines now, to make future hookups easier? How
about underground utilities for all new residential con-
struction? Maybe have neighborhoods look into the matter
to share costs of service?
Maybe the three cities should look into grants and any
other possible assistance to start the process.
Burying lines is expensive. Eventual safety and qual-
ity of life concerns could well outweigh the initial costs.
We should pay heed to the Bradenton Beach "power
lesson" of last week and become a bit more proactive
about our community needs.
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Handling the flag
May I respond to "Overreaction" by Rosemary
Heger? As a veteran of World War II through Vietnam
and some 19 aircraft carriers, I offer some of the con-
tents from Flag Code (Public Law 94-344, 94th Con-
gress, S.J. Res. 49).
It states "The national flag represents the living
country and is considered to be a living thing, emblem-
atic of the respect and pride we have for our nation. Our
flag is a precious possession."
And, "the national emblem is a symbol of our great
country, our heritage and our place in the world. We
owe reverence and respect to our flag."
The folder "Our Flag" is available from the Mili-.
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display, parades/ceremonies, vehicles, corridois/lob-
bies, churches/auditoriums, caskets, national anthem,
the pledge, half-staff, apparel/drapery, advertising and
The last says "The flag, when it is no longer a fitting
emblem for display, should be,destroyed in a dignified
manner, preferably by burning."
Jim Kissick, Bradenton Beach
T On behalf of Gib
The family of Gilbert "Gib" T. Bergquist, also
known as "The Cracker," express. their sincere appre-
ciation to friends and the community for the kind out-
pouring of condolences after Gib's recent passing.
The many calls, visits, cards and gifts of food were
a great comfort to oui family during this difficult time.
All of you were part of his history, as he was also a part
We would also like to thank those who made memo-
rial contributions to the Anna Maria Island Community
Center and the Manatee County Historical Society. The
programs sponsored by the Center meant a great deal
to Gib and were a part of his life for many years. The
society's endeavors within the county were also very
dear to him.
Thank you for your generosity.
Wife Madeline and the family of Gilbert T.,
In your article July 19, "Going where others ha% e
failed seeking consolidation," it's clear that the three
jurisdictions are a pathetic collection of politicians who
have no vision of where the three jurisdictions should
go or why.
The benefits to businesses and the citizens on the
Island should be the paramount reason for moving for-
ward. Consolidation is a no-brainer. It-makes absolutely no
sense to have three jurisdictions with duplicative police,
maintenance and other services for such a small area.
If, for instance, a department's pay structure and
benefits do not match from one jurisdiction to the next,
pick the cheapest one and tell the department that's the
end of the discussion.
Constantly wringing one's hands on how to handle
con solidation is bureaucratic lack of resolve. The cost in
taxes and the confusion with three jurisdictions should
be done away with immediately. Sell the excess real
estate if that is an outcome and put it to good use for the
citizens of the Island. But, in any event, get on with it.
Ron Corso, Vienna, Va.
A letter to the editor published in the July 19 edi-
tion of The Islander titled "New leadership needed"
was incorrectly attributed. The writer's name is Sandra
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This month marks the 35th anniversary of the
beginning of my first-ever diet.
It started right after one of the annual physical exams
Harris Corporation required I submit to. Part of those
exams involved getting on the scale, of course, and allow-
ing the doctor to take various body measurements.
As Doctor Appold ran his tape around my waist, he
burst into laughter. He was quiet with my scale num-
bers, so I asked, "What's the joke?"
He assured me it was no joke, simply that my waist
measurement reminded him, he said, of what he learned
the night before while helping his daughter with her
"When I saw your waist measurement," he said, "it
occurred to me, Mr. Maloney, that if you were a sequoia
tree, you would be 100 feet tall."
That did it, and I immediately started that first diet.
In fact, when I stopped at McDonald's on the way home
that afternoon, I ordered not a regular, but a Diet Coke,
with my Big Mac and french fries. Plus, I went all the
way and skipped for the first time ever both salt
and ketchup on the fries.
But even after a few weeks on that diet, my rela-
tionship with that tree didn't change a foot. So I realized
more serious efforts were required if I were to get closer
to an elm or an oak.
The next move came after I read that the world's
light-heavyweight champion at the time told an inter-
viewer how his kept his weight down so he wouldn't
have to face Joe Louis. For a week or two before the
weigh-in for his next bout, he said, he ate everything he
wanted, but never swallowed. Instead of swallowing,
after chewing, rather than down it, he let it all go into
a waste basket he held in his lap.
Unfortunately, Wife Sarah refused to let me adopt
that diet at home, and when I mentioned it to the man-
ager at the local McDonald's, he agreed with her.
Next, I signed on with one of those diet plans that
advertises, with convincing pictures, how members lost
40, 50 and even 100 pounds after just a couple months
on their plan.
I signed into one program, but many weeks and dol-
lars later, I was more like an even taller sequoia. When
I complained to the plan's manager, he showed me how
the asterisks in their ads warned that those weight losses
"were not typical." So all I lost was enough money to
buy a twin sequoia.
Next time I went back to McDonald's, I upped my
control and even cut out the cheese on my Big Mac.
But during that visit, I noticed a poster on the wall
with instructions, including drawings, on how to help
save a person from choking with the Heimlich Maneuver.
I looked around, and realized that not one person there
had long enough arms to reach all the way around me to
squeeze if I needed help. And even if somebody did have
giant arms, they couldn't reach around both me and my
car seat, if it happened to me at the drive-in window.
What all this leads up to is to assure you that I have
come up with the perfect waist-management plan. Best
of all, it involves no exercise and you choose all your
meals yourself. You can follow it at home as well as at
any eating place from McDonald's to the Ooh La La
Bistro. The cost: a one-time fee of two or three dollars
at the most for. the necessary equipment.
The irony is that I learned this plan years ago when
Harris had me working in Asia but ignored it until now.
While there, I noticed that there were practically
no obese natives around there and at that time chalked
it up to their Oriental genes.
Last week, however, I suddenly realized their secret,
and I now share it with you: They eat with chopsticks!
I'm not talking about the wooden kind you get in
Chinese restaurants, but the slippery pointed ones real
Asians use. It works on your diet because most all of
those things you now eat with fork and spoon and/or
with your fingers can't be handled with chopsticks.
If you think I'm kidding, try picking up a Big Mac
with a set of chopsticks. Plus, you'll lose interest in french
fries when you have to down them one at a time.
You know you never saw a Chinaman eating choco-
late pudding or apple pie either.
Anyway, I'm using them now, and if Doctor Appold
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Are you safe in the water? Lifeguards say 'yes'
By Rick Catlin
How comfortable are you swimming in the Gulf
on Anna Maria Island?
Do you feel safe and protected should you have a
If you're in the water one of Manatee County's
two public beaches on Anna Maria Island, you're well
covered by marine rescue personnel, said Chief Jay
Moyles of the county's public safety department. If
you're swimming anywhere other than Manatee Public
Beach or Coquina Beach, you're almost on your own
in the event of an emergency.
But even at those two locations, you could find an
area that's not protected by lifeguards, said Moyles.
Not all lifeguard stations are manned on a daily basis
because there's a shortage of qualified personnel.
"We have four positions currently open," he said.
Without enough staff, at least two of the seven tower
stations on Coquina Beach are unmanned during the
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. hours the lifeguards operate. Moyles
often takes a shift to ensure the beaches are covered by
"If we had more lifeguards, we'd be able to staff
all the towers. It would make life a lot easier for us,"
Moyles has two lifeguards at Manatee Public Beach
during its operating hours, then places four or five
lifeguards at Coquina Beach. That means some beach
areas just aren't covered, although with high-powered
binoculars, the lifeguards continually scan for anyone
needing assistance in the waters or areas around the
The lack of complete staffing hasn't been a major
problem in providing assistance, but it does create
"wear and tear" on the lifeguards, he said. Lifeguards
work considerable overtime and on busy weekends and
holidays, it's "all hands on deck," he noted.
But the public shouldn't be alarmed.
"There's no cause for concern" over the lifeguard
shortage, Moyles said, but he conceded that there are
no lifeguards or tower stations north of the Manatee
"We do cover the entire Island, but there is no life-
guard up there [in Anna Maria] constantly checking
the water or the people." When a response is needed
in Anna Maria, Moyles said, usually Manatee County
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Moyles, crew on alert
for shark presence
Make no mistake. Florida's coastal waters have the
highest concentration of sharks of any beaches in the
world, including Australia, according to research by the
University of Florida.
But that's not to say swimmers should avoid Florida
beaches and waters. In fact, they don't.,
The last reported-shark attack off Anna Maria Is-
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If sharks are spotted off Manatee Public Beach or
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land coastline, lifeguards temporarily close the beaches,
said Chief Jay Moyles, head of Manatee County's ma-
rine rescue department.
"We haven't had to do that in five years, but we are
constantly watching the immediate nearshore waters for
any shark presence," he said.
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tremely shallow waters, but the best rule for sharks, as
noted underwater photographer Jean Michel Cousteau
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"That's why we close the beach when we spot
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Lifeguards on prowl for problems
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
"Over the years, we've noticed a drop in the amount
of qualified swimmers who apply. We've had people
apply who can't even swim."
Once hired, a lifeguard undergoes 40 hours of
emergency assistance training before manning a tower.
Moyles said it's a big help if an applicant already has a
YMCA lifeguard training certificate.
So, is it safe in the waters off Coquina Beach and
Manatee Public Beach?
"Yes," replied Moyles emphatically.
"We have a crack staff. They're dedicated."
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Rocky start for GSR
By Rick Catlin
The voluntary bankruptcy filed in federal court
July 13 by GSR Development LLC is off to a rocky
While the bankruptcy may have stayed the numer-
ous lawsuits and foreclosure actions the company is
facing, bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May said on July
14 that the company had a "deficient filing."
GSR failed to provide May with a statement of finan-
cial affairs, no summary of schedules and no attorney's
disclosure of compensation. May ordered the company
to file those documents no later than July 28.
In addition, May required GSR to file all state and
federal tax returns and pay. its taxes when due. The
order does not affect the $199,000 the company owes
Manatee County in 2005 real estate taxes.
Tp make matters worse, M&I Marshal and Isley
Bank of Wisconsin (formerly Gold Bank) filed a
$1.325 million mortgage foreclosure action July
17 against GSR and principals Robert Byrne, Steve
Noriega and Ed Furfey for a condominium project
in Bradenton Beach.
May set a status conference on GSR's bankruptcy,
petition -for 4 p.m. Aug. 2 in the Tampa federal bank-
ruptcy court and scheduled a meeting of creditors for
1:30 p.m. Aug. 16.
The judge also ordered that GSR file a full financial
disclosure statement by Nov. 13 and provide a Chapter
11 reorganization plan by the same day.
Chapter 11, the most common form of bankruptcy,
frees a company from the threat of creditors' lawsuits
while it reorganizes its finances. The debtor's reor-
ganization plan must be accepted by a majority of its
creditors. Unless the court rules otherwise, the debtor
remains in control of the business and.its assets.
In addition to the nearly $3 million the company
claims it owes to unsecured creditors, an estimated $9
million is owed in secured claims.
Byrne and Noriega have each given personal guar-
antees on a number of loans, but neither filed for per-
sonal bankruptcy protection.
Noriega has twice been in federal bankruptcy court:
in 1988 and 1998. One petition was dismissed.
Big, small engulfed by GSR bankruptcy
While the extent of GSR's financial holdings, debts
and failing real estate empire won't be known until at
least Nov. 13 when a full disclosure statement and a
reorganization plan are due in bankruptcy court, the
company appears to have spared no one in seeking and
getting investment cash for its projects.
According to online records with the Manatee County
Clerk of the Circuit Court, GSR borrowed as much as $7
million from Horizon Bank, $600,000 from Island busi-
nessman Kent Davis and as little as $25,000 as an invest-
ment from a female food server at an Island restaurant.
The company owes at least $2.9 million to unse-
cured creditors including a number of Island residents.
GSR principals Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega gave
personal guarantees to many of those investors.
But that's little comfort to someone who has in-
vested all their money with GSR if the money isn't
paid back. All that's left for the creditor is to file a legal
action and hope for a judgment, a procedure that could
be delayed in court for years.
According to other sources close to the GSR em-
pire, the company would also borrow money from in-
vestors and pledge a rate of return higher than what
Florida law allows.
One attorney involved in the case, who asked not to
be identified, suggested that with the personal guaran-
tees given by Byrne and Noriega to many GSR credi-
tors, the two men might eventually consider personal
Such an action would require them to file a com-
plete financial statement with the court, showing all
assets and liabilities.
Justin Facciolo and Anna Arellano were
engaged in Hawaii on June 29. Facciolo is
the son of Sandee Pruett of Holmes Beach and
Dennis Facciolo of Tampa. His bride-to-be is
the daughter of George and Jo Arellano from
Fort Myers. Facciolo is Chief Officer on Nor-
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insurance mess on Island
By Billy Malfese
So it's nearly August, the peak of hurricane season,
and the wind insurance problem has still not been solved.,
In fact, if anything, it's gotten worse in recent weeks.
Where do we go from here? Until last Friday, de-
velopers, builders and contractors were being elimi-
nated from Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
Citizens, Florida's insurer of last resort, announced
last month that it would stop offering builders wind-
only risk insurance in high-risk areas of the state effec-
tive July 15, but due to an outcry from state officials
and builders, the state-run insurer reversed itself.
Citizens' board of governors voted to reinstate
builders risk coverage in high-risk windstorm pool ar-
eas. Along with that, customers can expect to see higher
rates as the company reviews its rate structure.
Builders risk insurance covers damage to develop-
ment projects during the construction phase, including
everything from the smallest office building or restau-
rant to the largest subdivisions and tallest condomini-
Without builders risk insurance, most banks
wouldn't lend money to construction projects.
Citizens announced it will write new business and
renew current policies until Dec. 31.
The crisis has not gone unnoticed by local legisla-
"I can walk down the street and everyone I pass
can tell me that we're in an insurance crisis. So I
think it requires a more proactive and timelier step."
State Rep. Bill Galvano
five homeowners. The estimated 16,654 Manatee County
residents with State Farm insurance can expect a rate
increase soon due to the higher risk assumed by insurers
writing policies in wind- and.hurricane-prone areas.
Florida experienced eight hurricanes and four tropi-
cal storms during 2004 and 2005 with total insured loss-
es estimated at $38.9 billion. The fear of one great hur-
ricane devastating Anna Maria Island is in the back of
everyone's mind, including the insurance companies.
The top five insurers in Manatee County are State-
Farm, Citizens Property Insurance Co., Nationwide In-
surance Company of Florida, Florida Preferred Property
Insurance Co. and American Strategic Insurance Corp.
State Farm will also drop the wind portion of its cover-
age for some particularly high-risk coastal homes and will
not renew the policies that cover damage to the commonly
owned parts of some large condominium buildings.
"I think we have to completely rethink the way
government interacts with the insurance industry, and
I think we need to have some bold changes and re-
ally come up with a solution that's.going to work long
term," Galvano said. "I can tell you that if we don't get
a handle on it, it's really going to slow our economy."
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State Rep. Bill Galvano and Rep. Ron Reagan, both Galvano reiterated, "Time is of the essence in ar-
representing Manatee County, are urging that a special riving at a solution."
legislative session is needed to. discuss the insurance
dilemma. 'Survey says:
Galvano has corresponded with officials at Flor-
ida's Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) about the State Rep. Michael Grant forwarded a state survey
possibility of instituting a temporary joint underwriter's for businesses around the state to various chambers of
association that would assume some of the property commerce last week. Response was due on July 24, but
risk in the state after two nasty storm years resulted in the results will be available online for anyone to view
canceled policies and soaring premiums. once the responses have been compiled.
"A temporary joint underwriting association, that's The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation survey
within their rule-making authority," Galvano added. is to gauge the problems businesses in the state are
"And it may be something that can be extended to encountering accessing commercial insurance cover-
builder's risk." age. When the survey results are compiled they will be
However, Galvano was discouraged that officials displayed on the Office of Insurance Regulation Web
with the OIR have said they would have to be presented site at http://www.floir.com/.
with formal findings of a crisis in order, to institute a For more information, contact Carrie Lee Vaught,
temporary joint underwriting association. legislative coordinator, Office of Insurance Regulation,
"I can walk down the street and everyone I pass can 850-413-5069, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
tell me that we're in an insurance crisis," Galvano said.
"So I think it requires a more proactive and a timelier
step. Right now, it's July. If we wait for the normal
course, the Legislature probably won't have meaningful 0
committee meetings until next year, and that would take
us all the way through the next hurricane season."
On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning
Council, a group of governmental representatives from
area counties sent a letter to Gov. Jeb Bush seeking a Wednesday, July 26 -
8 to 9 a.m. Longboat-Lido-St. Armand Keys Cham-
special session to solve the problem-of rampant policy ber of Commerce "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee" at the
cancellations and soaring premiums in the state. chamber office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Galvano wrote his own letter to the governor, Information: 383-2466.
5 to 7 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
House speaker and Senate president imploring them business card exchange at Re/Max Gulfstream, 401 Manatee
to schedule a special session to discuss the dilemma. Ave., Holmes Beach. Information: 779-9412.
"The letter suggests that we canfiot wait until the -5:30 p.m. Open mic writer's night and award reception
normal legislative session and that we need to do this for teens at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
right away," stated Galvano.
Kristy Campbell, a representative for Gov. Bush Thursday, July 27
answered that "the governor has no plans to call a spe- um2 to 4 p.m. "Stories by the Sea" at Mote Marine Aquar-
Snan 4 ium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-
cial session regarding insurance. 4441. Fee applies.
Bush created the Property and Casualty Reform
Committee in June to improve competition and create Saturday, July. 29
8:30 a.m.'- Kiwanis Club meeting at Cafe on the Beach,
incentives for insurance companies to remain in the Manatee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
market. Results from the committee's first report are
-due Nov. 15. Tuesday, Aug. 1
David Oliver, representative for Wachovia Bank, Noon Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting with
David Oliver, a representative or Wachovia Bank, guest speaker Ginger White of the Anna Maria Island Art
said the issue of insurance has arisen more frequently League at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
in recent years with commercial borrowers in Florida. Bradenton Beach. Ili,f:.rnmti.:,r 350-4326.
"Basically, we are continuing to require clients and Wednesday Aug
Wednesday, Aug. 2
borrowers to have full insurance coverage on their proj- 7 to 8 a.m. Pier R,'gui.r.,; nerinj at the Anna Maria
ects," Oliver said. "But we work with them on a case-' City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
by-case basis." 7062.
To add fuel to the insurance fire, the recent rate Ongoing:
increase that State Farm Insurance Co. will put in effect 'Yellow tag sale" at the / rt, r' Guild Gallery, 5413
only makes matters worse for residents. Marina 'Drive, Holmes Beach, though July 30. Information:
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nounced it would raise property insurance rates in Flor- Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through Aug. 20. Infor-
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Tops at Coldwell
Judy Kepecz-Hays of Coldwell
Banker real estate at 201 Gulf of Mexico
Drive on Longboat Key has closed $12.5
million for the month of June, the com-
pany announced recently. Kepecz-Hays,
a real estate professional for 27 years,
has more than $41 million in booked
sales to date for 2006.
Mama Lo's ice cream parlor and
sandwich shop in the Bayview Plaza in
Anna Maria recently closed. Owner and
Island resident Lois Finley had been in
that location for a number of years, but
opted to forego the location when the
complex owners began converting the
units to condominiums.
Finley said the new owner is from
Great Britain, but she was unsure what
the business would be.
Wagner Realty, with offices in Bra-
denton Beach and on Longboat Key,
Ft atnred sale: This condo at 108 13th
St. S., Bradenton Beach, sold in Decem-
ber 2000 for $275,000 and in July 2006
for $2,000,000. The cost per square foot
is $950. It was on the market for 503
days. Islander Photo: Jesse Bi isson
108 13th St. S., Bradenton Beach, a
2,104 sfla / 3,100 sfur 2bed 3bath 2car
bayfront pool home built in 1950 ona
50x 110 lot %was sold 07/03/06. Hoist to
Hopp for $2,000,000; list $2.199.000.
154 Crescent Dnive. Anna Maria, a
1,166 sfla / 1,571 sfur 2bed'2bath Icar
home built in 1959 on a 75\114 lot
was sold 07/07/06,.Willard to Lang for
204 65th St., Unit A. Gulf Breeze
Villas, Holmes Beach, a 650 sfur I bed/
lbath condo built in 1963 was sold
07/07/06, Pinnacle Partners LLC to Inda
for $429,000; list $439,000.
11.0 Oak Ave., Unit 110A, Anna
Maria Beach Cottages, Anna Maria, a
640 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in 1947
was sold 07/07/06, Raleigh Investments
USA Inc. to Burda for $400,000.
436 62nd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,001
sfla / 1,473 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in
1971 on a 41x93 lot was sold 07/03/06,
Cominotti to Wooten for $263,000.
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.
Shells Seafood, 3200 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, celebrated its newly redesigned interior with a ribbon-cutting and preview
party Monday, July 17. Attending the affair were, front row, from left, Don Schroder; Mary Ann Brockman; John Quam; Tom
Lundeen, Shells' general manager; Elaine Constantine and Harry Masterson, Shells'managers; Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore; Neal Spirtas; Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie; Nancy Ambrose; and Karen LaPensee. Back row, from left,
Bob Hines; Mark Davis; Lisa Gresco, Shells'marketing manager; Scott Sarsen; and Ron Acuff. Islander Photo: David Ambrose
recently honored the winners of the
Wagner Realty College Scholarship
Program with an awards breakfast at the
Bradenton County Club.
Attending the breakfast were Susan
Jozwiakowski, mother of scholarship
winner Sally Jarvis; scholarship win-
ners Nicole Bucchino and Sommer
Brooks; Wagner Realty branch man-
ager Cindy Warren; Iraida Contreras,
mother of scholarship winner Laime
Contreras; and winner Dawn Dueltgen,
1905 and holding
The Columbia Restaurant on St.
Armands Circle, long known for its
signature 1905 salad, so named for the
year the original restaurant in Ybor City
opened, its great Cuban sandwiches and
black bean soup, specialty dishes Paella
"A la Valencia" and Arroz con Pollo
"Valenciana," was suddenly closed -
along with other adjoining businesses
- last week due to structural damage
that may see the businesses closed
The St. Armands location opened in
1959 and is Sarasota's oldest restaurant
John Nionemti of Holmes Beach. the
St. Armands location's general manager
of 12 N ears,. sa shle's sta\ ing bus\ over-
John Luchkowec takes the helm of the
Anna Maria Island Rotary Club as the
Rotary club officers
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria
Island began its new "Rotary Year" on
July 1 with club President John Luch-
kowec taking office. Other members
of the new board of directors are Pam
Schlueter, vice president; Birgit Sester-
of live jazz
Hot and cool are
the sounds of the
summer jazz trio
performing at Ooh
La La! Bistro in
The group fea-
tures, left to right,
on piano, Mark
on bass, and
on drums. They
perform 6 p.m.
to 9 p.m. Thurs-
day nights at the
at 5406 Marina
Drive in the Island
Coastline Accommodations and Realtors celebrated its grand opening and
ribbon-cutting Friday, July 21, with food, drinks and entertainment under a tent.
The new business is located at 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. For more informa-
tion, call 779-9500. Participating in the ribbon-cutting from Coastline are Matt
Denham, Anna Maria Carleton, Mandi Nye, owner Mike Carleton, Paul Gallizzi,
Mark Davis, Don Schroeder, Nancy Ambrose, Mary Ann Brockman and Barbara
Murphy. Islander Photo: David Ambrose
dent; Ed Misner, treasurer; Patti Bishop,
director of international service; Jeff
Cappello and Laura McAdams, co-direc-
tors of community service; Ned Perkins
and David Zaccagnino, co-directors of
the Rotary Foundation; Steve Schlu-
eter, director for club service; and Doug
Winton, director of vocational service.
the Way," and Rotary International Pres-
ident William Boyd said, "Together, 1.2
million Rotarians will 'Lead the Way' to
a brighter future through fellowship and
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria
Island supports a variety of local, state,
national and international service proj-
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'Turtle Top' bus stops at Island Center
By Diana Bogan
Richard and Carolyn Cripe have wintered in Flor-
ida for many years, staying on the Island four months
each year for the past 12 years. The remainder of the
year is spent in Indiana where they have family and a
Richard Cripe is president of Turtle Top, a company
that manufactures transport vans such as the ones used
by organizations like the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, among other things.
In fact, on a recent visit to the Island, the Cripes
noted that one of the passenger buses purchased by the
Center is a Turtle Top vehicle.
Turtle Top offers 15- to 38-passenger mini-buses
that are wheelchair accessible through distributors
nationwide. The Center's First-Class Coach was pur-
chased through the company's Winter Garden, Fla.,
Cripe said that for the past four years, agencies such
as the Center have had the opportunity to purchase a
vehicle through a Florida Department of Transportation
contract in which the cost is shared by the state and the
The Turtle Top parent company, Independent Pro-
tection Company, was established by Robert's uncle,
Earnest Cripe, in 1934. The company specialized in
manufacturing and servicing lightning protection sys-
tems, and Cripe said the company continues to be one
of the larger, leading manufacturers in the states today.
A predecessor company was founded in the mid- 1920s
by Earnest, his brother Forrest and their father Henry.
- Cripe, called the Cripe Lightning Company.
In 1963, the company entered the passenger van
conversion market, filling the public's travel and recre-
ational needs. In fact the Turtle Top division got its name
when Cripe's uncle wanted to buy a small compact unit
for his van to use while traveling. No one manufactured
the product, so he developed the "turtle top," liftable
roof, a raised top increasing the interior space.
And, in 1979, they began manufacturing mid-size
Cripe said the interior of the buses can be special-
ized for the purchasing organization. Vehicles have
been designed for use as bookmobiles, prison trans-
ports and K-9 units, dental units and command units.
The company recently added a contract with the U.S.
National Guard, said Cripe.
He says the buses will be used as mobile recruitinLg
offices that can travel to fairs and schools.
Cripe said his buses are in demand due to a heavy
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Many of the buses are utilized by nursing and retire-
ment homes, colleges, churches, airports, hospitals,
civic centers, amusement and entertainment centers.
In addition to the passenger buses used by community
organizations, Turtle Top also makes a limo bus.
"It looks like the Center's bus has been well kept,"
Cripe said. "I'm glad to see it in use."
The business is not the only family tradition. The Cripe
family has been vacationing in the Bradenton area since
1946. Family members owned the Burger Cottages on
14th Street in Bradenton, which they sold 10 years ago. It
became the Hoosier Manor and Manatee Inns, said Cripe.
The family also owned a residence on Manatee
Avenue. which h is no%\ the Women's Resource Center.
Cripe said the fanimi used to stay downtown and just
visit the beach %ith their kids. Later, Richard and his
wife began sta.\ ing on the Island during their vacations,
and a few years ago purchased an Island condominium.
TheN have t\ o children and four grandkids ranging in
age from 13 to 20 who also like to visit the Island.
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Open mic for teen writers
The Island Branch Library invites teens to an open
mic night for writers Wednesday, July 26. The event is
the third in a series hosted by Islander reporter Diana
Bogan, to encourage young writers to learn more about
the craft and share their talents with peers.
All writers ages 9-19 are welcome to read their
original poems, short stories or essays or those writ-
ings that inspire them.
The winners of the teen writing contest sponsored
by the Friends of the Island Branch Library will also be
announced. The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. at the
library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call the library at 778-6341,
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July 14, 100 block of Crescent Drive, driver's
license. During a routine traffic stop, the driver was
arrested for driving with a suspended license.
July 15, 5500 block of Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, grand theft. A Quality Builders employee
reported a paint sprayer stolen from his work truck
while he was at a paint store shopping for paint. He
discovered the missing sprayer after arriving at a job
site in Holmes Beach.
July 2, Coquina Park, Bayside, resisting arrest.
An officer responded to a disturbance and arrested a
man who became belligerent and aggressive during the
July 7, 2600 Gulf Drive N., Anna Maria Island
Club, grand theft. A couple reported their 2002 Ford
-truck stolen from the parking garage. According to the
report, the keys to the truck had been left inside on the
July 9, 400 block of Gulf Drive North, domestic
battery. A man was arrested for allegedly hitting his
girlfriend. He had left the scene before police arrived,
but was found on the roof of his friend's house and
taken into custody. According to the report, he was also
in violation of a "no contact order" that had resulted
from a previous domestic case.
July 9, 135 Bridge St., Bridge Tender Inn, Baker
Act. A man was asked to leave the deck of the restau-
rant because he was reportedly preaching to customers.
According to the report, the man said he believes he is
going to be the next Jesus, and he was therefore taken
into custody under the Baker Act.
July 16, 400 block of Gulf Drive South, resisting
arrest. A man was arrested after causing a disturbance
- while officers were attempting to investigate a report
of a fight.
July 17, 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K Store, war-
rant arrest. During a routine traffic stop, a woman was
arrested on a warrant. She was also given a summons
for driving with an expired license.
July 18, 1300 block of Gulf Drive South, traf-
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report, a Longboat Key officer was following Walsh,
who was driving erratically, and saw him crash into a
utility guide wire and power pole. Bradenton Beach
police assisted with the crash and charged Walsh with
July 14, 5800 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A man
reported his kayak stolen from his residence.
July 15, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, elude police/
DUI. According to the report, an officer witnessed
a vehicle pull out of a parking lot and force its way
through traffic, causing both lanes of vehicles to slam
on their brakes. The officer pursued the vehicle, which
sped up to elude police. The officer attempted to pull
up to the side of the truck several times, but the driver,
Bobby Towry, 53, of Tennessee, tried to ram his vehicle
into the police car. The officer was able to box in Tow-
ry's truck and remove him from the vehicle. According
to the report, Towry was unable to stand without assis-
tance. He refused a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer
test. He was charged with driving under the influence of
alcohol, resisting arrest and eluding a police officer.
July 15, 4300 block of Gulf Drive, drug arrest. Offi-
cers responded to a disturbance. During the investiga-
tion, Patricia Schweter, 42, of Bradenton, was arrested
for possession of a controlled substance Clonazepam
and Soma pills. Schweter reportedly gave a voluntary
affidavit of possession of the pills.
July 16, 6300 block of Gulf Drive, harrasment. A
woman reported receiving harassing phone calls.
July 16, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, hit and run/
DUI. Suzanne Santini, 46, of Brandon, was issued a
citation for leaving the scene of an accident and, shortly
after, she was arrested for driving under the influence of
alcohol. She reportedly hit the back of another vehicle
in the parking lot and drove home. A witness provided
police with her license plate number. According to the
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test. The officer reportedly told the woman to stay home
because she was too intoxicated to drive. The officer
then returned to his patrol car to finish the accident
report and then saw Santini leave her residence in her
vehicle. According to the report, the officer followed
her back to Publix, administered another field sobriety
test, which Santini reportedly failed, and arrested her
July 16, 500 block of 74th Street, burglary. A
woman reported jewelry and digital video discs stolen
from her home. A safe kept in the home was reportedly
damaged in a failed attempt by the burglar to open it.
July 16, 3200 block of East Bay Drive, driver's
license. A man was issued a criminal citation for driv-
ing with a German driver's license that had expired in
July 18, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee-Public Beach,
theft. A woman reported her cell phone stolen. Accord-
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beach and while playing volleyball left it on a towel.
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Summer season sports: Golf, horseshoes, soccer
By Kevin Cassidy
Bob Jorgenson and Jim Dunne each fired a three-
under 29 to tie for first place in the Key Royale men's
nine-hole low-net golf tournament on July 17 at the Key
Royale Club. Earl Huntziger finished alone in second
place after shooting a one-under 31, while Chuck Reed
finished third with an even-par 32.
The men teed it up on July 19 for an 18-hole,
two-man combined low-net competition. Web Cutting
teamed up with George Womble to win first place with
a four-under-par 124, three shots better than second-
place finishers Vince Mercandante and John Heisel-
man. Dant Hayes and Bob Elliott finished third with a
combined score of 134.
Tom Rhodes found himself on the winning side two
times last week in horseshoe tossing competition at the
Anna Maria City Hall pits.
On July 15, Rhodes and wife Debbie paired up
and were the only team to emerge from pool play with
a perfect 3-0 record. Their championship left second
place to Jay Disbrow and Ron Boelman, who defeated
Sam Samuels and Gary Howcroft 21-20.
Tom Rhodes ran his winning streak to two on July
19 when he teamed up with Sam Samuels to defeat
Jimmy Spencer and Ron Pepka by a 21-10 score.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
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Free physical for high school athletes
Blake Medical Center will offer free physical
on Saturday, July 29, for those high school students
planning to participate in high school sports during
the 2006-07 school year. Prospective.athletes are not
allowed to try out for a sport unless they have a com-
pleted physical that clears he/she for participation.
The physical will be offered to Manatee High
School athletes starting at 8 a.m. Each of the high
schools has been assigned a specific time. For more
information, contact the school's athletic department,
or call Blake at 792-6611.
Soccer set to kick off
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is now
accepting registration for its 2006 recreational yotith
soccer league. Boys and girls must be at least 4 years
of age and no older than 16 by Aug. 21, 2006, in order
This season promises to be a little different from
previous, years in that all games will be played at the
brand new soccer field adjacent to the Holmes Beach
skate park and city hall. The field was sodded last year
and looks to be "game ready" now with some players
already working out there.
The change in venue was necessitated by the
expected construction of new facilities at the Center.
Programs and the offices and personnel of the Center
will be moving to facilities at St. Bernard Catholic
Church over the summer and the sports programs are
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Cost for playing soccer at the center for members
is $50 with each additional sibling $45. Non-member
fees are $65 for first child and $60 for each additional
child in the same family. Players will receive a uniform
- jersey and matching socks and are responsible for
providing black shorts and shin guards. Shin guards are
required to play and are on sale at the Center for $5.
The Center will again host a pre-season 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.
The two-day camp will be held at the new Holmes
Beach soccer field from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug.
16-18. Cost is $25 per player for members and $40 for
non-members. Players can register for the camp or the
camp and the season, but all 4-year-olds must attend
camp to be eligible for season play.
Center athletic director Andy Jonatzke said soccer
scholarships are available and no child is turned away
for lack of fees.
Registration for the regular season will take place two
nights at the Holmes Beach public works building (next
to the skate park) at the following 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,
which will be held later in August, are mandatory.
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Red tide produces more questions than answers, again
Red tide has been the subject of local news of late,
despite the fact that the closest outbreak is more than
100 miles away.
Scientists from almost everywhere converged in
the area last week to talk about the algae blooms.
First, though, is the obligatory explanation of red
"Florida red tides happen when a naturally occur-
ring single-celled microscopic organism called Karenia
brevis which is always present in the Gulf of Mexico
undergoes a population increase, or bloom. Flor-
ida red tides occur nearly annually on Florida's west
coast and occur in other areas of the Gulf of Mexico
as well. Karenia brevis produces neurotoxins that can
kill marine mammals, fish and other marine creatures.
Blooms have been shown to affect humans with chronic
respiratory problems such as asthma. Because of these
impacts, blooms may also have major impacts on
coastal residents, visitors and economies.
"Red tide blooms have been documented in the
- Gulf since the mid- 1800s. A particularly bad bloom
occurred in 1947. Another 18-month-long bloom lin-
gered off Southwest Florida in 1995-96, and another
for 14 months in 2004-05."
The above statement is about the only thing the 75-
or-so scientists at the red tide summit agreed upon, it
would appear. Oh, except that I would guess that each
concluded that their particular field of study needs more
money for more research.
If you break down the consensus statement, which
has been provided by Mote Marine Laboratory, by the
way, you'll get these'glimpses of.the problems associ-
ated with red tide.
Karenia brevis is always present. Red tide occurs
when it blooms. What causes the bloom? How can it
be induced to stop blooming?
Red tides occur almost every year. Why are some
blooms more severe than others? Why do some last
longer than others? What feeds the blooms?
Red tide can kill fish and marine mammals. Is
there any way to limit the impact of the toxins, or better
yet halt its impact altogether? Is that action desirable?
Is there some way to ameliorate the impact of the
red tide toxin to humans?
When red tide is bad, people don't go to the beach,
tourists go to other more bloom-free zones, and local
economies suffer. What can be done?
Let's see: We've got a bunch of new studies and
research going on to quickly identify and track blooms.
There's some nifty torpedo-like detection devices that
are able to zoom around in the Gulf, taking water
samples and relaying real-time data back to scientists.
That's a good tracking tool.
Satellites are able to pick up the algae concentrations
from space and relay the data to earth, another good tool.
There has been some talk of late that blooms could
be acerbated by nutrient-rich stormwater runoff from
land, via deepwater springs or groundwater. The fertil-
izers could serve as a food source for red tide, some
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There have also been studies done on human vol-
unteers on red tide-stricken beaches to test just what
that toxin is doing to the subjects' throats and lungs to
better understand the aerosol issue.
The question that seems unanswered, though, is the
cause and trigger of the bloom. What is the conductor
that suddenly directs the orchestration of a bloom?
According to last Friday's report from the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and
Wildlife Research Institute, red tide is a problem to our
south, but nothing is happening near us.
FWRI's report states:
"A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia
brevis, continues to impact the southwest coast from Boca
Grande Pass (Lee County) to Seagate (Collier County)
with highest concentrations detected in Pine Island Sound
and San Carlos Bay. Medium concentrations of K. brevis
have been found in water samples collected alongshore
of southern Lee and northern Collier counties as well
as in offshore samples collected within 2 miles of the
coast. Background concentrations have been detected as
far south as the Naples pier. Multiple fish kill reports have
been received from Lee and Collier counties."
That "multiple fish kill" may be more than implied.
Ralf Brooks, the Bradenton Beach attorney and Cape
Coral resident, said they are hauling off 100-pound Goli-
ath grouper from the beaches down there, among other
big fish, indicating that the toxin kill level is bad.
Beachgoers here probably remember that most of the
fish we see washed ashore during a bloom are eels, pinfish
or other "small fry" until the red tide gets massive, when
more of the large species start to die and end up on shore.
The gang at Solutions To Avoid Red Tide has long
advocated a red tide-buster that has apparently worked
well off Japan's shores, where good success in abating
red tide has been achieved by spraying a clay slurry
on the water. The concept runs that the clay serves as
a settling'agent for the organisms, pushing them down
to deeper depths or breaking up their concentrations,
or something like that.
Ralf said that they've been talking about doing
something similar to that down south, but there are some
concerns because the "clay" they want to use is basically
phosphate spoil. Since phosphate is used to make fertil-
izer, somebody logically asked if the stuff they hope to
kill the red tide organism with won't actually feed it.
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Lots of questions remain but few answers as yet
- to the red tide problem.
Sturgeon death in Sarasota
There was another massive fish kill off Sarasota
last week, this one far inland from the coast.
A fire broke out at Mote Marine Laboratory's Aqua-
culture Park Thursday night. Before the ashes cooled,
one of the huge buildings used to raise sturgeon had been
destroyed, and about 53,000 pounds of lab fish died.
Mote officials estimate the fire set the aquaculture
program back by at least three years.
The lab has been raising sturgeon and selling about
300 pounds of the fish a week to local restaurants. Fish
eggs are kept in one tank, and juvenile fish in three
others. It was one of the fish tanks that was destroyed,
at an estimated loss of up to $1.5 million.
No one was hurt in the blaze, the cause of which is
still under investigation.
Although birders are still uncertain of the existence
of a long-thought-extinct species of woodpecker, an
Arkansas judge has ruled that there's enough evidence
of its presence to halt a $320 million irrigation project.
Birders thought they spotted the extinct ivory-billed
woodpecker in swamps near the White River in 2004.
The last previous sighting was in 1944. Bird experts
and fans have been combing the area ever since to con-
firm the big bird's existence, to no avail.
Then game the irrigation project. The U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers proposed to create a pumping sta-
tion that.would draw water from the river for farming
operations.- Wildlife officials took the matter to court
to halt its construction, arguing that the.draw would
kill trees that are used by woodpeckers to nest and
hang out in, and the noise of construction would stress
A federal judge agreed with the environmentalists,
halted construction, and ordered more studies.
I made an eco-blunder in a story about birds as
a fledgling reporter. Some Gulffront development
was going on at the time, and environmentalists got it
stopped because it was the nesting site of what I called
in my story "leased" terns, instead of "least" terns.
My mistake came from some weird belief I had that
the environmentalists had some set of rare birds that
they "leased" to development sites around the state to
Could these be "leased" woodpeckers in Arkansas?
Florida spiny lobster sport season is July 26-27 in
the Florida Keys.
Anyone heading out to dive and catch the delicacy
needs to remember that the bag limit is six lobsters per
person per day, and size restrictions are also in effect
for the bugs.
Also remember that almost every marine law
enforcement official in the world will.converge on the
Keys, if past years are any indication.
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THE ISLANDER JULY 26, 2006 0 19
Welcome to squalls, hello catch-and-release snook
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Afternoon summer storms produced a dip in fish-
ing last week, both from the thunder and lightning and
also the stormwater runoff from all the rain. Adding to
the problem were the two-per-day tides, rather than our
usual four-times-a-day action.
Nonetheless, fishing inshore for redfish and catch-
and-release snook was good, plus some trout showed
up. Mackerel remain a good bet.
Offshore action was also stymied by the storms, but
there are still reports of some snapper. Small sharks are
also being caught in Tampa Bay.
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he put his charters onto lots of legal-size
catch-and-release snook on artificial bait, a few small
redfish and lots of Spanish mackerel.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said weather has held most
of the offshore fishers from the Gulf in the past few
days, but the afternoon thunderstorms seem to have
improved the inshore fishing, cooling the water a bit.
There have been good reports of catch-and-release
snook of late, as well as lots of redfish, tons of mack-
erel and good shark fishing at night by Marker 70 in
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said not only
the storms held fishing back last week, but also the bad
tides. Fishers at the pier are still catching mackerel,
bluefish, ladyfish, yellowtail jacks and a few mangrove
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
all the fishing action lately has been in the mornings,
what with all the storms in the afternoons. Best bets
continue to be mackerel, small sharks, snapper and
Dave Johnison at Snead Island Crab House said
there are still lots of mackerel out by the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay, plus a few mangrove
snapper. One good bit of news about all the after-
noon thunderstorms is that the black drum catch has
improved, he mentioned.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said catch-and-release
snook fishing remains steady. Redfish were plentiful on
the right tides, and there was lots of whitebait around,
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include mack-
erel, snapper, small grouper, small sharks, bluefish and
flounder near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Inshore
action is good for redfish in Miguel Bay, but slow for
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said that Gulf reefs
are working well with his charters, with good catches
of sharks and Spanish mackerel. In the bay, trout are
making a bit of a showing and he's also getting into
some nice-sized reds near Port Manatee.
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A health advisory issued last month by the
Manatee County Health Department for waters on
the south side of Palma Sola Causeway where it
connects with the mainland has been rescinded.
Environmental Health Director Rob Larkin
said that the latest tests for enteric bacteria now
comply with recommended U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency levels.
Under a federally funded program, the county
ns on a weekly basis. When levels of fecal coliform
or other bacteria exceed the accepted EPA standard
for a five-week test average, a warning is issued.
Seven test locations are on Anna Maria Island,
but no health advisories for those locations have
been issued recently.
Parrot Cove Marina said he took Tom Lovelace and
crew, visiting from Raleigh, N.C., out for a diverse
catch from the inshore Gulf and Sarasota Bay last week.
"The Gulf gave up a number of Spanish and juvenile
king mackerel, bluefish, and grouper," Capt. Zach said.
"Later, in the bay, we boated snook, redfish and man-
grove snapper." He said that mangrove snapper have
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much longer the mackerel action will last, but as of this
week it has been pretty strong."
On my boat Magic, we caught lots of mackerel, a
few snapper, grouper to 20 inches, a couple of redfish
and four 23-inch trout.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide a fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@
islander.org. Please include identification for persons
in the picture along with information on the catch
and a name and phone number for more information.
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lent verbal and written communication skills. Call
SEEKING PIANO PLAYER evenings for Ooh La La!
Bistro. Music range from classical to jazz. Call Chef
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Tingley Memorial Library.
Duties include checking books in/out, reshelving,
and generally assisting library patrons. Call Eveann
Adams, (941) 779-1208.
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and
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.
NEED A BABYSITTER? Call Felicia, 941-761-1569.
Red Cross certified.
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;' Holmes Beachi Spanish
style near the beach!
Mexican tile throughout,
granite, turnkey 3BR'2BA, with room for a pool! MUST SEE!
Call Sue for a showing and MAKE AN OFFER! $584,900
An Island Place Realty (941) 779-9320
www.islandplacerealty.com 411 Pine Ave Anna Maria
REAL ESTATE LLC
ANNA MARIA CONTEMPORARY
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
Bamboo flooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
GULF PLACE CONDO
3BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, beautiful
beach, on-site management, excellent rental. $995,000.
KEY ROYALE NORTH POINT HARBOUR
2BR/2BA waterfront home. New seawall, 20,000 lb. boatlift.
Community heated pool, tennis. $870,000.
PERICO ISLAND CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, close to Island beaches, heated
pool, tennis, clubhouse, gym and carport. $349,900.
FABULOUS GULFFRONT OCEANA CONDO
3BR/2BA turnkey furnished on beautiful beach. Small pets,
open plan, elevator, carport, shutters. $1,999,000.
SUN PLAZA WEST CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, Gulffront complex, heated pool,
secured entry, beach, tennis. From $675,000.
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS CONDOS
2BR/2BA Tuscany villa. Mexican tile, patio. $399,900.
2BR/2BA lowest price in Wildewood!!! $269,900.
HOLMES BEACH POOL HOME
2BR/2BA open plan. Vaulted ceiling, wet bar, deck, large lot,
fenced yard, pool and hot tub. $599,900.
BEACH HOUSE LARGE LOT
4BR/2BA just steps to white-sand beach, turnkey furnished,
deck. Seller financing. $1,299,000.
GULFFRONT WATER'S EDGE CONDO
2BR/2BA condo. Gorgeous view, updated, turnkey, beautiful
walking beach, secured lobby. $995,000.
2BR close to beach. Great income producer, Italian tile, fire-
place, turnkey furnished. Charming! $649,900.
OLD FLORIDA ANNA MARIA NEAR BEACH
3BR/1.5BA Cracker cottage plus studio apartment. West of
Gulf Dr. Just steps to finest beach! $875,000.
HOLMES BEACH WATERFRONT
3BR/2BA home. Tile, pavers, fence, room for pool, new dock,
direct access to Tampa Bay. $799,900.
BAY PALMS WATERFRONT SELLER FINANCING
3-4BR/2BA canalfront, ceramic tile, granite counters, heated
pool and Jacuzzi. Family room, dock. $1,179,000.
KEY ROYALE BAYFRONT
3BR/2.5BA home. Panoramic view, split plan, room for pool,
88-foot dock. 122-foot waterfront. $2,500,000.
TRADEWINDS RESORT VILLA ,
1BR/1BA turnkey furnished. Heated pool, just steps to beach,
rental program, small pet. $325,900.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO
1BR/1.5BA turnkey furnished, Sautillo tile, pool, beautiful
beach. Direct Gulf view, manager; excellent rental. $799,900.
ANNUAL and SEASONAL
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Hol0mes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
BABYSITTER, PETSITTER, dog walker: First-
aid certified, 13-year-old, eighth-grader, female,
great with kids and animals. Call Kendall,
ENSURE YOUR CHILD'S safety while you relax.
Call Gemma, 941-447-9657. Responsible, reliable
and experienced, with a love for children. Red Cross
babysitting and first-aid certifications.
DOG WALKER, PET sitter, child sitter and odd jobs.
Tenth-grader, available after school and weekends.
RED CROSS first-aid certified babysitter certified.
Call Alex, 941-778-5352.
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BRADENTUN DBEACH-1U8 S 13th On
Sarasota Bay, 1/2 block to beach. Featured on
BBC as "Best Living Home in SW .Florida." '
Includes new dock directly on ICW water 2Bd
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BRADENTON-6179 E 46TH STREET Caged
& heated pool & spa with extended patio are
overlooking the lake with media/game room..
Upgrades galore..Cherry cabinetry, stainless
steel appliances, crown molding, surround
sound, and a 3 car garage. 'Best value in the
neighborhood! 4Bd 3Ba $574,900
KIDS FO'RHI'RE g CoTnt inued
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.
HOT MES BEACH-5601 .FLOTILLA |
SDRI\VE Largest rencal property on -the
Island. Sleeps 18' Home features 3 separate
kitchen areas, heated pool, media/game room
, with a dock/boat house Walk to shopping & f
restaurants 7Bd 6Ba $1,995,000
PALMETTO-4607 ARLINGTON ROAD
Full Bay views aire unbelievable! 100' seawall,
total remodel includes Maple cabinets, Corian
counters, new appliances, new tile and carpet,
newly painted, newA/C and oversized garage.
Amazing sunsets! Only 17 minutes from St.
Pete: 2Bd 2Ba $985,000
HOLMES BEACH-615 KEY ROYALE DR
Full BayView Lot fully landscaped and ready for
new custom home. Boat Dock allowed.Very
desirable area in Key Royale. Survey available
from listing agent.Just Reduced. $1,500,000
BRADENTON BEACH SANDCASTLE Gulf
front newer construction, complex only has
8 units, covered parking, pool, 3 bedroom, 2
bath, beautifully turn-key furnished, elevator.
3Bd 2Ba $1,699,000
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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
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reason-
able, reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communica-
tion electronics offers wireless and cable networks,
upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and train-
ing. Call Robert, 941-778-3620.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
SAILBOAT WATER! %50 r,,,rlr,:[ o BAY WATERFRONT VIEWS i renorC.leil
Bimini Bay. Grand 5200 sq ft. home w/water 2635 sq.ft.Key Royale home. 3BR, dining,
viewsfromeveryroom. Privatedockw/deep living & family rooms. Custom kitchen
water boat access. Updated in 1998, 6BR w/island & breakfast room, mstr suite w/
openplanw/office, library, den, bonusroom sitting room. Built-ins, rolladen shutters,
& pool w/spa. No deed restrictions, park screenedpatio,deck&spaleadingtodock
RV/boats.Closetobeaches.$2,349,000.Jody & 10,000LB lift. $1,999,999. Kimberly
Shinn, 748-6300 or 705-5704. 527474. Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988. 521918.
w/coral stone gas fireplace. New windows,
boat lift, pavers & screened lanai. Possible
3BR, greatstorage & bonus areas. Peaceful
Island setting only minutes to Gulf/Bay by
boat. $949,900. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100
or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 519732
ISLAND LIVING 3BR elevated home
across from gulf beaches. Open floor
plan, cathedral ceilings, large great room
& kitchen w/breakfast bar, utility room
& nice sized BR's. Gulf views from wrap
around porch. $899,000 Jody Shinn,
748-6300 or 705-5704. 530811.
3 BR BEACH BUNGALOW ON HOLMES BEACH. Spectacular kitchen & family room w/wood
floors, custom cabinets, granite counters, stainless steelappllances. Turnkeyfurnlshedw/beach
decor, front &rear porches, heated pool. $799,000. 748-6300. KImberly Roehl, 447-9988 or
447-9988. 527574, 532370.
BRADENTON BEACH. Fabulous 2 -3 BR 1901 sq. ft. Townhome. Private elevator takes you to
spaciousliving quarters. Closet Beach, 2communitypools,exercise rooms. Tumkeyfumished.
Unlimited income potential. $749,000. Leah Secondo, 748-6300 or 545-4430. 532243.
GORGEOUS VIEWS from this lovely first floor unit. Open floor plan, silestone countertops,
plantation shutters and much more. The community pool and the beach are just outside your
door $725,000. Ryan Carberry, 748-6300 or 744-7587. 533317.
BRADENTON BEACH 4BD Duplex:r Water views from updated 'duplex w/2BD ea. unit. 3240
sq ft, roof deck, bamboo floors, new carpet & paint, updated kitchen, French doors open to
wood decks, turnkey furnished & terrific location close to beach & bay. $709.900. Kimberly
Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988. 532574.
BRADENTON BEACH. "The Kiwi Cottage". Adorable, clean & fresh. 1 blockto the Gulf beaches.
3BR quaint cottage, turnkeyfurnished, wood floors, newerfumishings. Fenced in yard & room
for a pool.. $649,000.748-6300. Jody Shinn, 705-5704 or Betty Weller, 266-8204.532491.
BOATER'S DREAM, upgraded, w/canal views from most rooms Ideal for waterfront living.
Gourmet kitchen, barrel tile roof, double pane, insulated windows, porcelain floors & covered
patio w/wet-bar overlooking 100ft canal frontage w/new dock & 10,0001b lift leads directly
to Manatee River w/no bridges to Tampa Bay. $629,900. Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-
ISLAND COTIAGE, 2 blocks from beach & bay. Ceramic tile, corian countertops & Trex decking
forlowmaintenance. Tumkeyfumished & pricedtosellin highlydesiredAnnaMaria. $599,000.
Peggy Horlander, 748-6300 or 932-7199.- 532842
GULFWATCH CONDO. 2BR turnkey furnished, light& bright end unit condo w/extras in terrific
condition. Readyforenjoymentorideal investment property. Bay side w/deeded beach access.
$429,000..Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988. 521492.
GOLF COURSE VIEWS, ground level, remodeled & updated 2BR condo at Valencia Gardens.
New appliances, baths, walls, electronic & flooring in 2004 & A/C in 2005. Kitchen w/stainless
appliances, custom cabinets, tile & granite. One-of-a-kind! $330,000 Victoria Horstmann,
440MAAE AEU WS BAETOF 329* 4,4860
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.
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.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
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QUIET FRIENDLY NORTHWEST NEIGHBORHOOD!
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Jim Anderson Realty Company
PO Box 1789 401-B Pine Avenue
Anna Maria, FL 34216
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
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private 19,000 sf beautifully -7.- .. ... ...-
landscaped property, one ol Ihe largest lois around Super Key Royale
location in a very desirable neighborhood. It's a boating paradise with
deep, protected water. Fish from your private dock and swim in the large
solar heated pool. Your cars will even be happy in the three-car garage.
3-4BR/3BA. Please call Gayle Schulz, 941-812-6489.
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
MASSAGE THERAPY: Licensed 10 years, seven
years with physical therapist. Available for relax-
ation, injuries, chronic pain. Serving Island and
west Bradenton. House calls or my residence. Jeff
Rogers, 941-713-2694. License no. MA22438.
PET PHOTOGRAPHY at your home. Summer
special, 10 percent off. Visit snaparts.com.
PETS, DOGWALKING AND housesitting. North-
west Bradenton. Reliable, references available. Call
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clari-
net. Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray,
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, 941-795-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
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.
le Prudential Palms Realty
PERICO BAY CLUB: BRADENTON
920 Walerside Lane: Furnished lakefroni villa, 2BR, 2BA 1.132 sf. S379,000.
827 Waterside lane: 2BR. 2BA updated, turkey furnished. 1,069 sf. S409.000.
940 Watlerside Lane. Lakehont villa. 2BR./2BA, 1,292 sI. furnished. S429,000.
AZALEA PARK NW: BRADENTON
1015 85th (t. NW: 3BR/2.5BA, 2,242 sf fireplace, communityy pool. S399.900.
OVER 350 RENTALS
From elegant luxury on the Gulf to
cute little bungalows on the bay,
we've got them all Big & Small.
Norman 3101 GULF DRIVE
Realty. ic WWW. MIKENORMANREALTY.COM HOLMES BEACH
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 3BR/2.5BA with fireplace. Corner lot on canal
with new dock and caged pool. New kitchen cabinets and
granite countertops. New metal roof. $625,000. Seller will pay
one point towards buyers mortgage. Call Carleen Weise, Realtor,
KEY ROYALE 3BR/2BA single-family on deep large canal. Kitchen
updated. Large caged pool, great dock, boat lift. Turnkeyfumished.
$1,100,000. Call Michel Cerene, Broker, 941-545-9591, evenings.
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 retire-
ment 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
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
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CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Res Jential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call 941-778-2581.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Top quality lawn and
landscape maintenance. Now accepting new
accounts at great rates. Please call 941-778-2335
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and
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
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
GREAT PRICE REDUCTION!
OWNER MUST SELL this beautiful build-
ing lot zoned duplex. Priced now below market.
At last, a realistic seller for the buyer in need
of a spacious lot for a two-family dwelling.
Over 11,400 sf and PRICED TO SELL. $589,000.
1BR/1BA upstairs apartment $675/month plus utilities.
2BR/2BA canal home $1,300/month plus utilities.
Annual lease, first and last plus security. No pets.
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty @ verizon.net
Web site www.annamariareal.com
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150
(941) 778-2291 e EVENINGS 778-2632
FAX (941) 778-2294 www.betsyhills.com
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ENCHANTING PLAYA ENCANTADA HIDEAWAY Spacious
3BR/2.5BA direct Gulffront condo with great room floor plan,
Gulffront deck,, gourmet kitchen, granite countertops and
breakfast bar, white headboard cabinets, beautifullytiled floors,
poolside balcony, and lots of closet space. $1,600,000.
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.
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
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
2BR/ I BA, completely
remodeled. New kitchen
appliances and new wash-
er and dryer, large yard
and plenty of parking. Five
minutes from the beach!
Listing price: $265,000.
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
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
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR two
master suites-/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to
beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer,
garage, designer furnished with tropical yard setting.
One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly. Call
941-713-0034 or e-mail: email@example.com.
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1BR/1BA with breathtaking sunsets. Pools,
Jacuzzi, walk to shops and restaurants; Available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. 901-301-8299 or e-mail
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA Anna Maria waterfront
apartment with dockage. $1,300/month. Furnished
or unfurnished. Cable and water included. First/last/
6842 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 941.387.9004
BUY IN JULY AND RECEIVE YOUR CHOICE:
$25,000 FURNITURE PACKAGE 2006 CHEVROLET HHR 6 MONTHS NO PAYMENTS
SIZZLING JULY SAVINGS!
GULFBREEZE ON 66TH --NEW CONSTRUCTION.
LOWEST COST PER SQUARE FOOT ON THE ISLAND!!!
2,500 sf, 3BR/2.5BA, elevator, pool, gourmet kitchen, wood
floors, granite and more! Every upgrade imaginable.
PRICES STARTING AT $879,900
._.j[|1 Call 941-753-9011 for more details.
Certain restrictions apply
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Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
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WEEKLY RENTALS: Alecassandra villa, 1 BR/1 BA,
$700/week; Island duplex, 2BR, $800/week;
Gulffront cottage, 2BR, $1,000/week; Bradenton
Beach Club, 2BR/2BA, $1,400/week. Please call
Kim Fisher, Wagner Realty, 941-778-2246. www.
BRADENTON BEACH: NEWLY remodeled BR/1 BA
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 email@example.com.
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.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA Palma Sola Park. New
kitchen and bath, new paint, large yard. $1,600/
month. First/last/security. 941-778-5445.
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.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
ANNUAL: ISLAND HOME 2BR/1BA with garage
and fenced yard. Newly remodeled. $1,200/month
plus utilities. Small pet OK. 941-795-8979. Credit
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.
HOLMES BEACH: 30 yards to Gulf beach, 2BR,
appliances, ground-level home with laundry.
No smoking or pets. Year lease. $950/month.
BEACHSIDE GROUND LEVEL: 1BR/1BA, great
views, like new, sleeps four, $770/week or spe-
cial seasonal rates. 106 72nd St., Holmes Beach.
ANNUAL: ATTRACTIVE 2BR/2BA with Florida
room. Washer and dryer hookup, dishwasher, car-
port, $1,000/month. Nice 2BR/1BA, washer and
dryer hookup, carport, $900/month. 1 BR/1 BA close
to beach, $700/month. Dolores M. Baker Realty,
ANNUAL 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. 2906
Ave. B, Holmes Beach.
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.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH condo at Sandy Pointe:
2BR/2BA furnished, washer and dryer, covered
parking for two cars. $1,200/month plus utilities.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 1BR/1BA efficiency
- furnished or unfurnished, from $650-875/
month. Call Island Real Estate, 941-778-6066.
NICEST HOME IN North Beach Village. Total
remodel 2006. Heated pool, sun desks, screened
patio. One minute to beach. Private cul-de-sac, tropi-
cal landscape. $900/weekly. Amivacationrentals.com.
55-AND-OVER BRADENTON Beach mobile home
rental. 1 BR/1 BA, steps to beach or bay. $800/month,
$300/week. Available April through December.
ROOMMATE WANTED: FURNISHED bedroom,
including TV/DVD, private bathroom. 31st Street,
one house from beach. $600/month plus $200
deposit. Call 941-518-4222. Holmes Beach.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA elevated duplex,
double carport. $1,050/month plus utilities. Call
941-778-5648 after 5 pm.
PALMA SOLA: 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, pool,
lanai, block to bay, $1,700/month. Sandpiper mobile:
* block to beach, 2BR/1BA, $850/month. 1BR/1BA,
$750/month, August through December 2006.
941-778-3051 or 775-338-9492.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA, private yard,
fireplace, close to community center, $1,025 plus
utilities, no pets. Call 941-756-8787.
WATER VIEWS! STEPS to the beach! North end,
1BR/1BA furnished beach villa with screened
porch and laundry. $250/week, utilities included.
941-747-3321 or 941-219-1042.
OWNERS! WE HAVE a list of good, qualified ten-
ants.seeking nice annual homes of all sizes. "Con-
sider renting while the market heats up again!
Please call Adele or Sue at An Island Place Realty,
941-587-6328 or 941-720-2242.
WANTED: ANNUAL RENTAL, Gulffront. Furnished
or unfurnished. Call Walter, 941-518-4036.
PERICO BAY CLUB: Furnished 2BR/2BA villa,
$1,000/month, August through December. $2,500/
month, January through Apri!, vacant now. Real
Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
ANNUAL GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA, 55-plus heated
pool, direct beachfront, furnished! Call Adele at An
Island Place Realty, 941-587-6328.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
WATERFRONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA located
on creep-water canal with large dock and views of
Tampa Bay. Reduced $779,000. 941-779-1512.
FOR SALE BY owner: Best value on thd 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.
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.
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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.
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. $499,000.
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.
BRAND NEW 2BR/2BA villa with garage. Only $89/
month fee. $225,000. Bill, 941-518-9300.
3BR/2BA HOME IN pleasant Palmetto. Water views
and shady pergola. Three-car garage. $310,000 or
offer. Call Carleen at 941-224-6521.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
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. 941-807-5449.
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.
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!
Runaway Bay direct bayfront 2BR/2BA condo.
Absolutely everything is new. This is a must-see
condo. Professionally decorated, great rental his-
tory and motivated seller! $499,000. George,
OPEN HOUSE: 1-4pm Sunday: New home, 3,746 sf
3-4BR/3BA, granite/cherry kitchen, three screened
verandas. $829,000. Horizon Realty, 941-725-7000.
303 58th St., Holmes Beach.
WEST OF GULF Drive: 57.75x114 foot lot in
Holmes Beach. 125 Neptune Lane. $559,000.
ANNA MARIA WATERFRONT: Canal, boat dock,
lovely bay view, two-story, 2BR/2BA, new roof, one
block to beach. 219 N. Harbor Drive. Holmes Beach.
OPEN HOUSE: 1-4pm Sunday, July 30. The Bayou
Corndo, 2BR/1BA ground-level, including boat
slip. $419,000. Call Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A.
941-778-2291. 522 Pine Ave., unit 1-A,
BRAND NEW 3BR/2BA water-view home in pleas-
ant Palmetto. Shady pergola and three-car garage.
Nice area and great neighbors. Only $310,000. Call
Carleen at 941-224-6521.
ANNA MARIA 3BR/1BA home. Updated, fully fur-
nished, ground-level. Two blocks to Gulf. $515,000.
PRICED TO SELL! Great views! Steps to beach.
1BR/1BA beautifully decorated beach cottage.
AFFORDABLE PALMA SOLA Bay townhouse. 2BR,
pool and boat dock, $319,000. Real Estate Mart,
LONGBOAT KEY PAINTING & DESIGN, INC.
S Faux painting Cabinet refinishing
Furniture restoration Custom painting
Jackson Holmes, owner (941) 812-3809
HANNA PAVEMENT SERVICES INC.
Asphalt* Seal Coating Repair Striping
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants. --- '
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YOUR SPOT IN the sun: 2BR/1BA, 100
feet to beach. $350,000. Real Estate Mart,
FIVE-DAY SALE: Key Royale 3BR/2BA, caged pool,
spa, boat dock. $100,000 less than appraisal. All
new interiors. Sale price $820,000. Call Fred, owner,
direct at Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
BAYSHORE GARDENS: TOTALLY remodeled
4BR/2BA. Separate mother-in-law entrance to
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Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
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ARBORS 2BR/2BA-golf course, turnkey, clubhouse. $263,900.
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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.
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KENTUCKY LAKEFRONT ACREAGE: Private,
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generous 120-foot frontage from the $70s. Spa-
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planned amenities. Owner, 866-462-8198.
KENTUCKY/TENNESSEE LAKE overview parcel:
2.16-acre high-ground parcel offers some of the
best views up and down Lake Barkley. 90 minutes
to Nashville. Very close to Land Between the Lakes
recreation area. $62,000. 866-339-4966.
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10.41 ACRES off state road 70 in quiet subdivision, beautiful
property with pond, can subdivide into five-acre parcels.
:Reduced at: $599,000.
ISLAND CONVENIENCE STORE WITH GAS!
REDUCED TO $149,900 & INVENTORY! Super opportunity
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NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN acreage near
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community with amenities. Four-plus miles of riv-
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Phase II opens Fall 2006. 866-292-5762.
TENNESSEE: 50-MILE-view parcel. Three acres
with incredible bluff views! Central to Chatta-
nooga and Nashville. Mature hardwoods. Close
to state park, 15 area golf courses. Gated, club-
house, fitness center, nature trails. $189,900. Call
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.
NEW, PRE-CONSTRUCTION golf community,
coastal Georgia. Large lots with deep water, marsh,
golf, nature views. Gated, golf, fitness center,
tennis, trails, oak park, docks. $70s-$300,000.
COASTAL NORTH CAROLINA waterfront com-
munity. The Preserve at River Sea. Developer
closeouts. From $129,900. Incredible location. Far
below market value. 18-month, no-payment plan.
866-213-6315. Broker: Neighborhood Properties LLC.
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F T"'URTLE CRAWL New coastal pool home. 3BR/2.5BA
Low maintenance, Hardi-Plank siding, metal roof,
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'; finishes, pool, close to beach, decorator furniture
package available. $799,000.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE Roomy and bright townhome in Holmes Beach. Largest
floor plan with two-car garage, hurricane shutters, three decks and has plenty of storage.
This sought-after community is centrally located, has a heated pool, low maintenance fees
and is a short %%alk to the beach! $569,000.
AWATERLOVERS DREAM! Wonderful master suite with a grand deck o\ erlooking the
bay,4 guest suites + a grand room, anda gourmet kitchen opening up onto a %% rap-around
deck with bay views. Eas% boat access Ba\ and Gulf. Offered at $2,795,000.
LOT ONE BLOCK FROM BEACH Build ground level on this lot in a great central Holmes
Beach location conenient to shopping & dining. Plans a\ ailable for custom ground level
home or build Lip for gulf %iews. $627.500
SPANISH MAIN Wonderful detached 2BR/1BA villa on Longboat Key, Water views,
close to the clubhouse and deeded'beach access. Spanish Main Yacht Club has much to
offer and is a beautiful and exciting 55-plus community. $395,900.
530 Gul Dive Hlme Bac
Smuggler's Landing 2BR/2BA water- Smuggler's Landing 2BR/2BA Remod-
front condo with den. Almost 1600 sf with eled unit with glass enclosed lanai over-
40-foot deep-water boatelip. Vaulted ceil- looking your 40-foot deep-water boat
ings, built-ins and wet-bar: $699,000. slip. $589,000.
Mariner's Cove Elegant town home with Mariner's Cove 2BR BA, 1800. si
dtd~d 24.i-lil t,:d i',p 4bBR i6A w*ilh Over ,ond: in ri rluive Mririer'. Cove OeDded
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acre on deep-watercanal in the estate section district. Over 3,400 sf with 4BR/3.5BA and
of Harbour Landings. Lot comes with 40-foot pool. Almost one acre lot on Wamers Bayou.
boat slip on protected basin. $879,000. With newer dock and davit. $1,475,000.
Over 20 years experience specializing in waterfront & boating properties
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three-car garage, den, office, pool,
dock' and tih. Direct access to Terra
Ceia Bay. David Moynihan. '41-778-
2246. MLS#528964. $899,000.
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Immaculate 4-5BR/3B6A home With
heated pool. Some upgrades, include-
wine center, outdoor kitchen, granite
counterops, and furnishings avail-
able. Located on beaulilul lake with a
dock iria gaied community with million
dollarhomes. Karen Soscia, 941 741
2500. MLS#524943. $879,000
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28 N JULY 26, 2006 TIHE ISLANDER
Brand new homes by
Southwest Florida's most
experienced bi er.
Wisteria Park is a new neighborhood in Northwest Bradenton
offered by Neal Communities. There is something for everyone
with maintenance-free and traditional single-family homes and
twelve floor plans with two-story options, ranging from 2,015
to 3,341 a/c square feet. Visit Wisteria Park today and tour our
four beautiful new models.
A place where memories will be made,
family will gather;
friends will fecl welcoice,
and private moments will be cherished.
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' Anna Maria Island & Gulf Beaches
3. Robinson's Preserve
4. Botanical Garden Park.
5, Rivertown Marina
Stewart Elementary School
Geraldson Farms Produce
King Middle School
., U.S. Post Office
Urgent Care Medical Center
Building. Home. Life.