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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County health officials ordered beaches on
Anna Maria Island closed to bathers around 2 a.m. Aug.
23 as a precautionary measure after discovering a "sus-
picious substance" had washed ashore that resembled
debris from an oil spill.
Access to the water resumed at 10 a.m. that morn-
ing after county and federal officials determined that the
substance wasn't from an oil spill or a tanker emptying
its tanks in the Gulf of Mexico.
But that was just the good news, according to infor-
mation from Manatee County Environmental Health
Director Charlie Hunsicker.
That "substance" turned out to be a "high concen-
tration of algae associated with red tide. The red tide
feeds on this algae," he said.
The substance, identified as Trichodesmium com-
bined with the red tide algae, Karenia brevis, was found
on the beaches of all three Island cities and along the
Island's bay side in Anna Maria.
Because of the "oily, greasy, black" appearance of
the substance, it initially prompted fears of an oil spill,
After county and federal officials analyzed the sub-
stance that night, however, they ruled out an oil spill and
determined it was red tide algae and trichodesmium.
The oily looking substance, Mote Marine Labora-
tory officials determined, were dead ragged sea hares.
The critters emit a purple dye when threatened or
dying, a color that bears a resemblance to petroleum
The U.S. Coast Guard along with federal, county
and Holmes Beach officials worked until around 2:30
a.m. that morning to find samples of the substance and
analyze its content.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore said she
was first alerted to the presence of the substance
by the Holmes Beach Police Department around 9
p.m. Aug. 22, just after the city commission meet-
ing had adjourned.
Beachgoers were noticeably absent at Manatee
Public Beach last week following reports that red tide
had reached portions of Anna Maria Island. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
Catching some serious air
Dion Davis gets some air from a high ride on the
surf during semi-final action in the pro division at the
annual Back-to-School Skimboard Bash contest held
at the BeachHouse Restaurant. More on the event,
page 20. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Whitmore contacted Manatee County Adminis-
trator Ernie Padgett, then called Hunsicker and Tom
Larkin of the county health department, who brought
in federal investigators from Tampa. Officials closed
the gates at Coquina Beach and turned away persons
from parking at the beach while awaiting word on the
nature of the substance.
Larkin said that the trichodesmium is a "nitrogen-
fixer," meaning that it pulls nitrogen out of the atmo-
sphere and places it within the water column. Since
plants use nitrogen as a food - think fertilizer - the
addition of trichodesmium to red tide apparently served
as a jump-start to the bloom.
Some of the red tide readings taken last week were
at extremely high levels, some at 55 million parts per
liter. Fish kills begin at 100,000 ppl.
While access to bathing in the waters' resumed at
10 a.m. Aug. 23, the presence of red tide along the
Island's shores appeared to keep beachgoers away in
droves last week as lifeguards at Coquina Beach and
Manatee Public Beach posted yellow caution flags
Red tide hurts economy
It didn't take long for the news that red tide had
struck Anna Maria Island to result in an economic
downturn for Island accommodation owners.
Sabina Muesel-Buehler of Haley's Motel in Holmes
Beach, Ken Gerry of the White Sands Resort in Holmes
Beach and Marge Moran of Club Bamboo in Bradenton
Beach all said they received cancellations Aug. 24, just
hours after the red tide was found along the Island's
coastal waters and the incident was reported in the
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Volume 14, No. 43 Aug. 30, 2006 * FREE
$11 million sale
of Villa Rosa
By Rick Catlin
Embattled GSR Development LLC filed a peti-
tion in federal bankruptcy court Aug. 25 asking for
an emergency order allowing it to sell its Villa Rosa
property in Anna Maria along with two other adjacent
parcels it owns.
The petition claims GSR can sell the land to Gaspar
Properties Inc. of Tampa for $11.5 million. After all
liens and mortgages against the properties are paid
off, GSR will net $2 million, which it claims is much-
needed operating capital.
In the emergency petition, GSR attorney Richard
Prosser claimed, "It is in the best interests of the estate
and all creditors that this motion be granted because
the sale of the property will produce net proceeds to the
estate totaling approximately $2 million." Prosser also
said the sale is "critical" to the successful reorganiza-
tion of the company.
The sale, however, would not pay off any of the esti-
mated $3 million in unsecured claims against GSR.
Gaspar Properties Inc. is a Tampa-based develop-
ment company with Hamilton T. Jones of Davis Island
in Tampa as its president. The company has extensive
real estate holdings in the Tampa area.
A hearing on the petition is scheduled for Sept. 10
at the federal courthouse in Tampa.
Davis wants in
At the same time GSR was filing an emergency
petition to sell its properties on South Bay Boulevard
in Anna Maria, Island businessman Kent Davis filed a
petition Aug. 25 inr federal bankruptcy court asking that
he be named to the creditor's committee.
The current six-member committee has no Island
residents and Davis claims there should be some
Island representation as GSR conducted the vast
majority of its real estate transactions and projects
on Anna Maria Island.
Davis has a $600,000 unsecured claim against GSR,
but was originally excluded from the creditor's com-
mittee because of a separate project with GSR principal
Robert Byrne that is not part of the GSR bankruptcy.
TRACK K ING
Hurricane Season: June 1-Nov. 30, 2006
Ernesto heads toward South Florida
Tropical Storm Ernesto %\as forecast to be a
Category I hurricane \\hen it makes landfall Tues-
day night in South Florida.
National Hurricane Center meteorologists said
Monday the storm \\as -weakening as it passed
across Cuba. ' it was expected to strengthen over
the Florida Straights.
Hurricane warnings are in place for much of the
Atlantic coast of Florida and the Florida Keys.
Ernesto reached hurricane strength o\ er the week-
end but upper-level wind shear weakened the system.
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2 0 AUG. 30. 2006 TIHE ISLANDER
Red tide no threat to baby turtles
By Jim Hanson
Mother Nature has been taking care of baby sea
turtles through millions of years of red tides and is
still doing so.
So says Anna Maria Island's Suzi Fox, who holds
the state sea turtle preservation permit and is director
of the Island Turtle Watch.
The hatching season is about half finished and she
said she gets dozens of inquiries from people worried
about the babies trying to survive in the infestation of
red tide. Not to worry, said Fox. She hasn't done any-
thing about it - can't, hasn't had to try, for nature has
taken care of that.
Turtle babies are born with a tiny food sac that
functions similarly to the umbilical cord in air-breath-
ing creatures, she said. It contains enough nourishment
to sustain the baby turtles for three to five days, long
enough for the hatchling to swim out to sea and start
on its own natural diet.
"Red tide doesn't affect their food, for they're not
eating," said Fox. "It doesn't affect their breathing
very much, for they're breathing hardly at all at that
stage: They're concentrating on getting out there in
It may not even have affected adult sea turtles, she
said. "There haven't been any mortalities in at least
As for the sea turtle nesting season, the nesting
part appears to be over. No mothers are coming
ashore now to dig their nests and deposit eggs there.
"The mamas are busy foraging for food," she said.
Red tide hits Island beaches
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
media - including area TV networks.
The only good news, said Muesel-Buehler, is that
August is traditionally the slowest month of the year
for tourism. Hopefully, the red tide will have gone by
late September, when the first winter visitors begin to
arrive on the Island.
"They don't eat during the mating time or during
the nesting time, so they have a lot of eating to catch
Sixty-seven of the 109 nests laid on the Island
have hatched so far, meaning some 6,000 babies
headed to the Gulf.
A few haven't made it to sea and survival. Lights
distracted the hatchlings of two nests in recent nights,
luring them at least to danger and more likely to death
in the dry, lethal upland.
Abeachside resident in Holmes Beach picked some
out of his swimming pool with a pool skimmer, Fox
said, and others fell through a grate into the city's storm
drain system in Bradenton Beach. City utilities workers
lifted the grate and Turtle Watch volunteers rescued
eight hatchlings swimming around there.
For further information or to report a turtle
problem, call 778-5638.
No visitors allowed
Beachgoers were turned away Wednesday morning at the gate at Coquina Beach, where parking was
prohibited and visitors to the concession stand were denied access pending the determination that red tide
had reached portions of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Jo Ann Meilner
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THE ISLANDER M AUG. 30, 2006 3 3
Insurance solutions, maybe, crisis continues
By Molly McCartney
Florida's insurance crisis is threatening the future
of many small businesses on Anna Maria Island.
Some owners say they don't know how they are
going to make it.
Others see a ray of hope in a new Florida insurance
program due for final approval today, Wednesday, Aug.
30. If it goes forward as expected, some agents may be
able to begin issuing new wind policies for some small
businesses as early as Friday, Sept. 1.
The good news is that a few of Anna Maria Island's
small businesses, including the Pine Avenue General
Store at 307 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, expect to qualify
for new wind insurance policies that could become
"I'm hoping it works out," Pine store owner Sandy
Mattick told the Islander.
The bad news is that many other Island businesses
- such as Home True Value Hardware in the Island
Shopping Center in Holmes Beach - are located in
buildings that don't appear to be eligible for the new
state wind policies and the potential savings that might
come with the new business insurance program.
"This is a serious situation," says Tony Caminite,
who has operated Home Hardware for three decades
and never had an insurance claim.
"The new JUA is limited, but it's a step in the right
direction," said state Rep, Bill Gal\ ano. a Republican.
who has been leading the effort to find solutions to the
current insurance crisis. He said a special legislative
session is needed to address this issue.
The insurance problem for Caminite and other ten-
ants in the shopping center, which is owned in part by
Hugh Holmes Sr., is its location at the intersection of
Gulf and Marina Drive.
"I am 1,010 feet from the Gulf of Mexico, so I am
10 feet outside the wind pool," Caminite said. That
means the shopping center doesn't qualify for cover-
age through the state-run Citizens Property Insurance
Corp., which traditionally has provided wind policies
to residential and commercial property owners who
couldn't find insurance through the regular carriers.
Since the Island Shopping Center doesn't qualify
for Citizens. the center ha, been purchasing insurance
on the open market at prices that have skyrocketed
this past year and then passing'those costs on to Cami-
nite and other tenants, including Sun & Surf, the Sand
Dollar, Island Florist, SunCoast Real Estate and The
Island Shopping Center Lenants had hoped that the
new commercial wind insurance - which is being
made available through the recently established Flor-
ida Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Asso-
ciation - would provide their owner with a more
affordable police and that the savings would trickle
down to them.
But the only policies approved so far by the JUA
are limited to wind insurance for a commercial structure
valued at no more than $1 million.
Island Shopping Center, with an estimated 40,000
square feet, has an estimated replacement value of more
than $4 million, according to its tenants, and is therefore
not going to qualify for the new JUA wind policies.
That could change in the future, according to
Dan Sumner, executive director of the newly estab-
lished JUA board.
Once this first program and providing wind cov-
erage for small business with property valued at $1
million or less, Sumner said, then "it is expected that
the board will evaluate whether there are small busi-
nesses unable to find co\ erage for property valued
above $1 million."
Meantime, the Island Shopping Center and
other non-residential owners, such as the Roser
Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria, are
faced with paying huge insurance bills or going
without wind coverage.
Roser. which is also located outside the wind pool
area, has had no wind insurance for three months.
When its policy was canceled in May, the church found
only one company N killing to write a wind policy and
that company wanted a premium of $225,000, with a
deductible of $100,000.
Congregation chair Sherry Oehler said the church,
which paid $19,000 for wind insurance last year, was
not able to afford a $225,000 premium and has gone
without wind coverage.
Ton\' Cainite. -,I Ir tf 'Hoinc True I l i Hard'ar'e
in the. Isiaun Shopp!inke Center, Holmes Beach, hopes
for solutions-to high insurance rates., lsinde r Photo:
Lucks for Roser that there is apparently no mort-
gage, or going "bare" would not be an option.
Oehler had hoped that the church would qualify
for the new JUA program now starting. But the church
properties are valued at about $2 million - twice what
the new JUA will accept.
Hardware store owner Caminite, says his monthly
payments to the center for insurance jumped $475 in
March and will climb another $345 in September for
a total monthly increase of $820. He pays a monthly
lease to Holmes in addition to his monthly payments
for insurance and taxes.
, Hugh Holmes Jr., manager of the center, had not
responded to the Islander's phone call for more infor-
mation at press time, but he did say in an Aug. 16 notice
to his shopping center tenants that he was having to
pass along another increase for insurance because of a
$40,000 mistake in an earlier calculation.
"I hate to be the bearer of any additional bad news,
but we had another windstorm insurance increase," the
notice from Holmes Jr. said. He went on to explain,
"After we were quoted and paid the first increase, I
received a call from Mixon's (Insurance) office inform-
ing me they were quoted incorrectly, and increased the
premium an additional $40,000. We had no choice but
to pay. This additional was retroactive back to the origi-
nal renewal -date in April."
Jim Mixon Insurance also did not return the Island-
er's phone calls by press time.
In his notice, Holmes Jr. also expressed hope that
the state "can do something about the insurance crisis,
but until it does, I guess we all have to pay."
One merchant in the shopping center closed and
moved shortly after the first insurance increase for
tenants in May. And those remaining, including Home
True Value Hardware, are worried about how long they
can keep going.
"People tell me to increase my prices," Caminite
says. "But every time you do, there are people who can't
or won't pay and you begin to lose market share."
Caminite said he personally has reduced his
bottom line from 10 percent to 8 percent to accom-
modate the extra costs of insurance and other gro%\ ing
expenses, such as taxes. "If I am able to do that, that
is one thing. But a guy with a family has other costs
and he can't do that."
The hardware store owner said he was also dis-
tressed by stories in the area daily papers in w- which
insurance officials were quoted as saN ing that the solu-
tion to Florida's insurance crisis is to increase premi-
ums and reduce regulation.
"There is no logic to this," Caminite said.
From his perspective, the problem is rooted in part
in the way in which the insurance industry operates.
"First the agent comes in and takes a cut. The com-
pany issues the policy and takes a cut. Then the major
carrier, like Lloyd's of London, takes a cut. So very
little is left for the actual coverage. There are simply
too many hands in the pot."
Anna Maria Island's other shopping centers have
also been hard hit by the insurance crisis.
Barbara Rodocker, who developed the four build-
ings that make up BridgeWalk motel and the Sun House
Restaurant in Bradenton Beach, said she paid about
$16,000 for wind insurance last year.
"But my agent, who has been with me a long time,
came to me and said he was sorry to tell me that my
insurance this year was going to cost me $65,000. I
said 'no.' I said I would go without insurance. He said
the mortgage company wouldn't let me do that. I had
to have insurance. I said I wasn't paying $65,000."
In the end, Rodocker's agent was able to find a
solution by repackaging the coverage. With all four
buildings in one policy, the total value had pushed
her into a higher category and raised the price to
$65,000, she said. By insuring the four buildings in
four separate policies, the price came down and she
ended up paying about the same for wind insurance
this year as a year ago.
"Iam not a person who gives up," she said. "I have
been in this business for 35 years and there have been
times when I thought: Why not go condominium and
get out. But that would destroy our community in Bra-
Rodocker said she has never had any big insurance
claims. "But I have paid my premiums all these years
... then I see these companies come in and say it wasn't
wind damage, it was flood ... or they say it wasn't flood
damage, it was wind .... I think we need a group to go
to Tallahassee and ask what these companies are doing
with our money ... all these rate increases ... what are
they doing with the money?"
The Anna Maria Island Centre shops and Westbay
Plaza, on Gulf Drive near its intersection with East Bay
Drive in Holmes Beach, have wind and other insurance
coverage through their parent company, the Benderson
Development Company, headquartered in University
Park, near Sarasota.
Walgreens, Ace Hardware and Shells restaurant are
among the tenants in the Benderson shopping center,
which contains an estimated 81,400 square feet, accord-
ing to Benderson's Web site.
Chuck Smith, risk manager for Benderson, said he
has coverage for all of the company's properties spread
through seven different insurance companies.
"We are a national developer and we only have a
small percentage of holdings in Florida, maybe only
15 percent, but when we buy insurance, it is a large,
master blanket policy. This year we had a 67 percent
increase due to the fact that 15 percent of our holdings
are in Florida."
Smith said that he attended the town hall meet-
- PLEASE SEE INSURANCE, NEXT PAGE
Anna Maria City
Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m., public hearing on 2006-07 budget.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 GulfDrive,
Aug. 30, 4 p.m., WAVES committee meeting.
Aug. 31, 2 p.m., city commission work meeting.
Sept. 5, 7 p.m., public hearing on 2006-07 budget.
Sept. 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Iolines Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Primary election for various federal, state and county
offices will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 5.
Polling locations will be at Anna Maria City Hall for
that city's voters, Bradenton Beach City Hall for that
city's electors, and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and
St. Bernard Catholic Church for that city's voters.
Government offices in Anna Maria City, Bradenton
Beach, Hplmes Beach and Longboat Key will be
closed Monday, Sept. 4, for the Labor Day holiday.
4 0 AUG. 30, 2006 U THE ISLANDER
Fire district wants higher impact fees
The West Manatee Fire & Rescue District Commis-
sion will hold a series of public meetings next week to
discuss its proposed resolution to increase impact fees
in the district.
The increase will only affect new construction
within the district, said WMFR Chief Andy Price, and
does not affect existing residential or commercial build-
ings, he emphasized.
A WMFRD press release said the resolution directs
the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections to place
a referendum on the November ballot asking district
voters if they would support an increase in impact fees
on new construction.
Results of a 2005 impact fee study said that the district
has a "significantly lower rate compared to other fire dis-
tricts," according to a statement from the WMFR district
commission. In addition, the release noted that impact fees
in the district have not been raised since 1985.
The district would use the revenues gained from
the impact fees to purchase capital equipment.
Informational meetings on the referendum will be
held at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at the WMFR fire station No. 1 on
Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the
station at 10315 Cortez Road W., and at 7 p.m. Sept. 7
at the WMFR station at 407 67th St. W. in Bradenton.
For more information, contact Deputy. Chief Brett
Pollock at 741-3995.
Florida Rep. Bill Galvano hai bec ,ain o kint r.' end
the insurance crisis.
Insurance crisis continues
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3
ing on Aug. 11 at the Anna Maria Elementar. School
auditorium to hear what people had to sa\ about
their insurance problems, although he did not speak
at the meeting.
"I understand what is going on here," he said. "I
know it is nasty out there." -
For Mattick and her Pine Avenue General Store,
there remains the question of how much it will cost her
to get the new JUA policy that would provide her with
the wind coverage she needs.
The JUA board has agreed tentatively on a basic
rate of $1.49 per $100 of coverage, although that rate
can be adjusted upward or downward, depending on
individual cases, officials said. The board is waiting
for a review of that rate by the Florida Department of
Insurance before formally approving it.
Mattick expects that the premium for her store,
based on the proposed rate. would be about $1,800
"That's nearIl t% ice what I paid last year for wind
coverage," Mattick said. But she will be glad to pay it,
she said, because she's had no wind coverage since it
was canceled in July.
E-mail or mail your comments about insurance
to Rep. Gala ano at bill.gali ano@mN floridahoulse.gov
to help him to continue building a record that can be
used to develop solutions to the insurance crisis. His
mailing address is 1023 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 715,
Bradenton FL 34205
The Islander also wants to hear from you about
your insurance problem and your ideas for solutions. E-
mail ne" s@ islainder.org or mail to 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Why are insurance rates rising so quickly?
What is Citizens?
Why am I being assessed for Citizens insur-
ance if they are not my insurer?
The state has a Web page that tries to
address these and other questions. To see
what the Governor's Office of Policy and
Budget has .to say about insurance, go to
Winning the top prize among campers at the Relay for Life were Kathy Wagner, left, and Laura Royal, both
of Sunbelt Title Co., shown here with John Luchkowec, who chaired the event at Coquina Beach. Wagner and
Royal set up the tropical hideaway that was judged best camp site.:
Relay for Life winners honored
All participants were honored but prize winners
were singled out for special tributes at the post-relay
party of the Relay for Life, which was in June at
The event raised $28,000 for cancer research,
education, advocacy and patient services. The party
was at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Holmes Beach.
Four individuals who raised more than $1,500 each.
were honored: Barbara Szumski of Coldwell Banker,
David Zaccagnino of Rotary, Brandy Booth of the
Chamber, and Nancy Ambrose of The Islander.
Sunbelt Title Co. won the award for best camp
site at the overnight event. Top money-raiser was the
Island Aussies combined team of the Anna Maria Island.
Chamber of Commerce, the Island Rotary Club, and the
Island UPS store. The Islanders team from The Islander
and T. Dolly Young Real Estate came in fundraising
second; and the Panama Jacks and Jills;team from Cold-
well Banker, third. The team spirit award went to the
Next year's Relay for Life will be March 9 and
10 at Coquina, it was announced. The, Relay will
have a table at the Bayfest celebration Oct. 21 to
sign people up, and they may volunteer with Luch-
kowec at 350-4326 or the American Cancer Society
Parrot Cove sailing right along
By Jim Hanson
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez is open for business
and will remain open, said owner Bob Gertz, defend-
ing his business against rumors of foreclosure and a
He's merely involved in litigation that threatens
to drag on for months, he said, and he's confident of
coming out on top. It's a complex judicial situation that
now has moved to another level. of court.
The other side in the argument says it merely wants
to be paid for work done, and will.hang in until that's
In a letter to The Islander and in interviews, Gertz
explained, "We are in a lawsuit with Duncan Seawall
pertaining to some dredging work they did or didn't do
for us. They allege we owe them more money) than we
think we do, so they placed an $88,000 mechanics lien
on our property and sued us."
In slow-moving court action, he said, one judge
removed the lien, then in the normal rotation of judi-
cial responsibilities, another judge took over and held a
trial where Parrot Cove representatives did not appear
because, Gertz said, they Were not notified of the
The judge allowed Duncanito file a lien for $98,000
and to set a mechanics lien sale, which Gertz stopped
by posting $116,000 bond. He appealed the decision
and the lien to the Circuit Court of Appeals. where the
case now awaits action -."probably in a year or so,"
said a spokesperson.
Duncan, meanwhile, just wants the money it
believes Gerts owes for work done dredging the marina.
Steve Liebel, president of Duncan, said his firm dredged
the marina basin, completed its contract, and got only a
"small part" of the money it earned.
The marina on Palma Sola Bay at the northeast
edge of Cortez remains in business, Gertz noted.
He is so confident of prevailing that he is going
ahead with plans to refurbish the building on the
property and eventually convert it to his prime resi-
THE ISLANDER U AUG. 30, 2006 5 5
TDC unveils new logo, advertising tactics
By Diana Bogan
"Florida's Gulf Islands: Anna Maria, Longboat
Key, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch." The new
logo unveiled by the Bradenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau at the Monday, Aug. 21, meet-
ing of the Tourist Development Council raised a
Concerned with "truth in marketing," Chairman Joe
McClash responded, "It's confusing. Two of them are
not Islands. There's nothing wrong with the locations
but we're not being technically correct."
Susan Estler, marketing and public relations direc-
tor for the CVB, assured the TDC that focus groups
responded overwhelming to the Florida Gulf Islands
branding and marketing officials had no problem with
the additional geographical markers.
Larry White, executive director of the CVB and
council member, said it was his idea to include Bra-
denton, since it is the biggest city in the county and it
has an established identity worldwide. It serves as a
White said the new addition of Lakewood Ranch
promotes the four corners of the county. "Lakewood
Ranch has interesting amenities, including a world-
class golf course and three hotels are planned on the
property," said White. "It's a fine addition that is two
to three years overdue."
Other council members, including: David Teitel-
baum and Kent Davis, of Anna Maria Island, noted that
the new logo is "brilliant" and "simplistic" in design.
Rev. James Golden quickly moved to approve the
logo and the motion passed.
Council members also received a review-of plans to
market Manatee County. Plans include partnering with
Jet Blue to promote its new service to New York's John
F. Kennedy airport from Sarasota-Bradenton Interna-
tional Airport. Promotions may include mention in the
Airlines in-flight publications.
- Estler said they will also be partnering with the
Sarasota CVB to solicit features in newspaper publica-
tions in Europe.
There has also been discussion about partnering
with Osceola County and Kissimmee to offer European
travel packages that would feature incentives to plan a
vacation to both the Island and the theme parks.
A Visit FLA representative stated that several pro-
motional events are under way. Harley-Davidson has a
motorcycle poker run that will come through the Island.
Visit FLA works closely with travel writers and will
host several writers in November for a tour of sev-
eral counties, including Manatee, featuring the theme
"Florida's Critters, Characters and Coastlines."
A video submission has been made to Rachel Ray's
Hidden Treasures program and Visit FLA has recently
secured national exposure on "Wheel of Fortune." A
property owned by Teitelbaum will soon be featured
in one of the game show's prize packages.
Davis suggested marketing the area as a travel des-
tination based on its culinary assets. Council member
Sean Murphy, owner of the Beach Bistro in Holmes
Beach, said he has been working on this type of pro-
motion and has a group of writers from Coastal Living
magazine coming to the Island Aug. 30.
Other means of promoting the area include sport-
ing events. Joe Pickett of the Florida Gulf Coast Sports
Commission reported on county sporting highlights,
including some big draw events, such as gymnastics,
Special Olympics, wrestling and basketball.
METV, the local government sponsored channel, has
produced a promotional video showcasing a variety of
sporting activities, including beach tennis and volleyball.
Pickett said the outdoor festival held at Coquina
Beach was a big success and plans are already under
way to expand the event, possibly partnering with
Fort Myers and Port Charlotte. which both host-
Pickett said the three events would be promoted
together, urging outdoor enthusiasts to visit all three.
Sporting events, such as a fishing tournament and
"Paddle for Paradise" K aaik race. w would link the three
Pickett said the goal is to help each other out in pro-
moting itself as a tourism destination for activities.
In the last few minutes of the meeting, Davis shared
an Islander cartoon from a recent edition suggesting
that the primary issues of concern is not hurricanes and
red tide, but taxes and insurance.
"This is a black cloud hanging over us the whole
year," Davis said.
He suggested the TDC make a formal statement in
support of those working on tax and insurance issues.
Rev. Golden said that although taxes affect tourism
directly, insurance issues have a much broader effect and
are already being dealt with by other entities, and, therefore,
the TDC should refrain from adding itself to the effort.
Murphy requested that the issue be addressed at a
future council meeting. "We spent two and a half hours
talking about marketing and the last 15 minutes of the
meeting on the two most important issues - taxes and
insurance. It should have been first on the agenda."
Kent noted that insurance rates do have an impact
on tourism. For one, the increase in room rates is going
to pay insurance costs, not adding to the rental owner's
White closed by advising council members, "We're
singing to the choir. We have no power to do anything
to change it. We are a marketing organization - that's
the extent of our authority."
He offered to put the item on the agenda and invite
a representative from an organization or entire that can
take action to hear the council's concerns.
Barbara Lacina memorial
set by SAM organization
Sa e Anna Maria Inc. is planting a tree and dedicat-
ing a plaque at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, in memory
of Barbara Lacina.
Lacina was a longtime Anna Maria Island resident
and member of SAM "and a tireless worker in support
of her beloved Island communities," said SAM Presi-
dent Sheila Hurst.
The ceremony will be at poolside of Westbay Cove,
600 Manatee Ave., Holmes Beach. Further information
may be obtained by calling 778-4255.
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6 E AUG. 30, 2006 0 THE ISLANDER
Like a bad movie?
It was like a bad "B" movie.... Not the cult kind,
where you want to see it again to catch the good lines,
but the bad kind, where the monster doesn't look real
or the gladiator's girlfriend's bobbie pins are showing
in her hair.
And it was splashed everywhere, on the network
news and in the syndicated press.
In this scenario, a green, black and blue-ish oily
slime took over the beaches and the brains of some city
officials on Anna Maria Island, which lead the scientists
to think it may actually NOT be in the Gulf water ....
but rather in the water coolers.
Not to be strayed from their task, samples were
tested in a faraway laboratory, the same one where
Dr. Jekyll met Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein was pieced
together, bit by bit.
It was, after all, a dark and stormy night and the
meeting on the beach after midnight brought to mind
the worst fears ....
But lo, it was not a toxic spill, but a toxic mix.
It was - and is - the dreaded red tide.
Red tide moved to Anna Maria Island waters last
week from further climes to the south.
The toxin-emitting red tide apparently was spurred
into action by another algae, this one commonly called
blue-green, that some scientists say can be a precursor
to the.more harmful red tide.
The blue-green goop can darken the waters but
causes little in the way of damage.
And the red tide bloom seems to be its usual, patchy
self. The uninitiated or uninformed often come to the
conclusion that red tide will blanket an area and cause
widespread problems. In reality, one area may be a "hot
spot" for the toxin, yet a few hundred yards up or down
the beach can be clear.
Much of the sneezy, coughing red tide impact on
humans is dependent on wind direction, but this time
of year, the winds clock all around the compass with
little rhyme or reason.
The rampant bad press that followed the late night
discovery of a "suspicious substance" infuriated at least
one local charter boat operator, who said he'd lost that
day's charter and another, "thanks to a knee-jerk reac-
tion" of some officials. He lost at least $1,000.
The prologue: Don't blow off the Island just because
of a red tide outbreak. And if you do start to sneeze or
cough, why not pack up and try a different beach?
Take the kids and the beach chairs to Bayfront Park
for a change. Or try out the beach at the Sandbar Res-
taurant and enjoy a tropical - not toxic - drink.
It's not all bad news. Really.
Hurricane Ernesto may help blow it all away, but
that's another story.
This tale ends with a red sunset.
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Take it to the top
Why do Americans continue to suffer and die from
Cancer is the second leading killer in our country,
taking the lives of an estimated 560,000 Americans this
year alone. One in. two men and one in three women
will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
We have to make cancer a national priority and
wage an all-out war to find a cure. The American
Cancer Society has set a goal to find a cure by 2015.
Increased funding is needed for cancer research.
But in the president's budget for 2007, funding for the
National Cancer Institutes would be cut by $40 mil-
lion. That comes after a $35 million cut this fiscal year.
Instead of moving forward and funding an all-out war
on cancer, we.are going backward.
We all need to write a letter, call or send an e-mail
to the president, our senators and representatives to let.
them know that these cuts are not acceptable. It is easy
to make a difference, so won't you join me?
Remember, we all have the potential to get cancer
and the potential to find a cure.
Nancy Ambrose, Holmes Beach
Stick to planning, city planners
We have issues before us concerning setbacks
and how we use our land under consideration by the
Anna Maria City Commission. Both of these issues, if
approved as proposed, will have a considerable long-
term impact on how the city will "look" in the future.
Anna Maria City has hired a city planner to address
the setback issue and, as usual, all of the usual buzz-
words are being bandied about for why we should do
this or that. Planners should stick to planning and not
practice architecture. Why hasn't the city brought in
a few of the really good architects that we have in the
area to consult on these issues?
What is being proposed will have a major impact on
the cost of a structure and the time it takes to construct
- an issue that both the commission and planning board
have exhibited little concern about in the past few years.
If the commission and planning board truly cared
about what this city looked like and if they had any
desire to operate on a professional level, then they
would put into place a statute requiring all buildings,
both residential and commercial, to be designed by a
licensed architect, signed and sealed by that architect,
and sealed by a structural engineer.
With the setback issue at hand, it only seems rea-
sonable that professionals in their field be consulted,
and not have our elected "officials" practicing architec-
ture without a license.
Eugene Aubry, Anna Maria
They'll be back
We would like to take this opportunity to say how
much we enjoyed our recent vacation on Anna Maria.
We have just returned with our son arid daughter to our
home in Northern Ireland after three wonderful weeks
on the Island where we not only felt the warmth of the
sun but also the warmth of the local people who made
our holiday complete;
We met such wonderful, welcoming people who
made us feel so at home in your beautiful part of the
world. We could not believe how day after day we were
greeted by such caring people.
We were amazed, when cycling around the Island,
motorists would stop to give way to us even when they
did not have to. We were disappointed not to see the
museum, which was closed for redecorating, but we
were so warmly greeted by staff who gave us an invita-
tion to return the next week.
Unfortunately we ran out of time, so if for no other
reason we will just have to return next year to do just
that. In this day and age it is so refreshing to be among
such friendly people, in shops, on the street and just
everywhere we went.
When telling people back home where we have
been, we just say Florida - we don't want too many
people knowing about "the little piece of paradise" that
we have found. ' ,
The Kane Family of Ireland
THE ISLANDER M AUG. 30; 2006 7 7
'Sign' of Anna Maria times: yes, no, maybe
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria had a new sign ordinance Aug. 24
- for about 90 minutes. Then, they didn't.
Commissioner Chris Tollette originally voted in
favor of the sign ordinance, which passed 3-2, then
changed her mind later in the meeting. That meant
the public hearing on the ordinance was resched-
uled until Oct. 19 when the measure will likely be
defeated - unless any other commissioners changes
his or her mind on the issue.
Commissioners spent more than an hour at
their meeting discussing the pros and cons of a
controversial sign ordinance that would limit the
size and number of signs on residential properties
in the city.
Passing a sign ordinance, however, is not a science.
While all the commissioners appeared to desire
some form of regulation, attorney Mike Connolly, an
expert in sign ordinances hired by the city to study
the proposed ordinance, said the city could not have
a "content-based" ordinance as that would be an
infringement on the right of free speech. And local
sign ordinances are among the most controversial
and challenged laws in the United States, he added.
The proposed ordinance, said Connolly, is "not
content based," but anyone can challenge a new law
in court. He advised the commission that there are
"issues" with any sign ordinance.
Commissioners rehashed their discussions from
prior worksessions on the ordinance, particularly
concerning the proposed size limits of the signs.
While the commission tried to steer clear of sin-
gling out the real estate industry as the culprit for
the proliferation. of signs in the city, the intent of the
ordinance became clear after some commissioners
said they wanted a smaller sign with the option to
add an attachment or rider, while others preferred one
size that would include everything, including a "for
rent" notice. Flags that would be placed to designate
.the location of an open house were not included in
The commission consensus was to restrict resi-
dences to one sign at a maximum of 4 square feet,
with no riders or attachments. Residences would be
allowed to add signs for 30 days prior to an election,
but they would have to remove the signs the day
But local real estate agents weren't about to "sign
off' on the proposal.
"It's discriminatory," said Island real estate agent
Don Schroder. Not only that, it limits an agent's
ability to sell a property and that hurts the local
economy, he said.
"You are taking our tools away. You are overly
restrictive," he added, and reminded the commission
that the real estate market is in a "perfect storm,"
with high property taxes and insurance rates, climb-
ing inventories of properties for sale and few buyers
in the market.
He also chided commissioners for failing to
attend the recent forum conducted by state Rep. Bill
Galvano on wind insurance for Island properties.
"None of you attended the wind forum and we
needed you there," he admonished the commission.
He asked commissioners to consider that real
estate agents are "trying to help people" sell proper-
ties. Commissioners should look ahead to the day
when they will want to sell a property.
Despite Schroder's pleas, the ordinance passed
3-2, for at least an hour, until Tollette had a change
of heart and re-opened the vote.
Because the ordinance originally was approved
in a public hearing, Commission Chairperson John
Quam, who supported the original ordinance, said
the public hearing would have to be re-opened for
another vote. That will take place on Oct. 19 when
both Tollette and Commissioner Duke Miller will
be able to attend. The ordinance is not in effect at
present because it's current effective date is not until
after the upcoming election.
Miller, Quam and Tollette originally supported-
the ordinance, while Commissioners Dale Woodland
and Linda Cramer were opposed.
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* The Bradenton Beach City Commission
proposed lowering its ad valorem tax rate from
2.8304 mills to 2.7597 mills for the 1996-97
* Former Bradenton Beach Mayor Katie Pierola
and former Anna Maria Mayor Dottie McChesney
both announced they were leaving the Island and
moving to the mainland. McChesney and her hus-
band are moving to Parrish, while Pierola and her
spouse will move to west Bradenton.
* Some Cortez residents called for an investi-
gation into the financial affairs of the Cortez vol-
unteer fire station after a former Anna Maria Fire
Control District inspector admitted he took $3,600
from the station's fund in the early 1990s.
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Anna Maria to get
road repairs, drainage
By Rick Catlin
After four-and-a-half years of pushing for much-
needed road improvements and drainage projects in
Anna Maria, outgoing Mayor SueLynn got her wish at
the Aug. 24 commission meeting - and without any
of the usual arguments.
Commissioners readily approved a list of road and
stormwater drainage projects submitted by the capital
improvements advisory committee that totaled $1.1
million in estimated construction costs. The commis-
sion will use its already-approved line of credit in the
2006-07 budget to finance the projects.
Tom Wilcox of the city's engineering firm of
Baskerville-Donovan Inc. and the CIAC added two
small drainage projects to the list - one on Chilson
Avenue and the other on Bayview Place - that brought
the total to just over the originally proposed amount of
$1 million. Commissioners did not dispute adding those
Wilcox said the city can piggyback on several cur-
rent road and stormwater government contracts in the
state to "get good prices" and get the projects moving
He also had good news regarding the Crescent
Drive/Gulf Drive/Willow Avenue-basin drainage proj-
The Southwest Florida Water Management District
has approved a matching grant of $539,000 for the proj-
ect. The city's portion of $269,500 will come from the
line of credit.
Commissioners approved $742,000 for road
improvements and the remainder of the $1.1 million
for stormwater and drainage projects.
Phase One of the road improvements project will
include a number of city streets.
Those scheduled for a full-depth reclamation, in
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exchange at Whitney Bank Aug. 23. Both winners received gift baskets for their extraordinary efforts. Islander
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order of preference, are:
* Bayview Place from South Bay Boulevard to the
* Blue Heron Drive from South Bay Boulevard to
* Kumquat Drive from South Bay Boulevard to the
* LakeView Place from the start of the road to the
* Spring Avenue from its west end to Gulf Drive.
Thirty-one city streets or portions of those streets
are scheduled for mill and overlay, with the first 11
priority projects on Jacaranda.
Other streets scheduled for mill and overlay in
some or all locations, in order of preference, are Loquat
Drive, Los Cedros Drive, Maple Avenue, Newton Lane,
Palmetto Avenue, Park Avenue, Palm Avenue, Pepper-
tree Lane, Spring Avenue and Willow Avenue.
Eleven streets will have an asphalt overlay in some
sections, including Alamanda Road, Crescent Drive,
Gulf Boulevard, Hardin Avenue, Lakeview Drive, Mag-
nolia Avenue, Pine Avenue and Spring Avenue.
Fifty-two city streets will have some sections milled
and overlayed, beginning with Alamanda Road.
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Murder-suicide investigation completed by police
By Paul Roat
Law enforcement has, for the most part, concluded
its investigation into the murder-suicide Aug. 18 at
"We have concluded our investigation and deter-
mined it was indeed a murder-suicide," said Bradenton
Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale.
He said the official closure would take place after
the results of autopsy and toxicology tests are com-
pleted in the next few weeks.
The events began before dawn that Friday when
Orland Nathan Hanks, 32, went to Michele Smith's
home in the 4400 block of 102nd Street in Bradenton,
just east of Cortez. He left his car at a nearby shopping
center and made Smith - police believe at gunpoint
- drive to the south end of Coquina Beach in Bra-
denton Beach in her car.
Witnesses saw Smith and Hanks arguing on the
roadside, then the pair went onto the roadway. Hanks
shot her in the head, Bradenton Beach Police said, then
Road projects moving ahead
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
projects is available at city hall.
Commissioner Duke Miller took time to thank
SueLynn, who elected not to seek another two-year
term in the November election, for spearheading the
CIAC, the road and drainage improvements list and
line of credit.
In other business, commissioners extended the
preliminary site-plan approval for a project at 303
Pine Ave.; approved a change order of $16,000 to the
just-completed Gladiolus-North Shore Drive drain-
age project; transferred $24,592 to cover the cost of
emergency drainage repairs; and passed the ordinance
that would allow swimming pools in the rear yard of
through lots - those lots where the front and back
yard abut a city street.
went to a nearby wooded area
and shot himself in the head
with the .38-caliber pistol.
Bradenton Beach Police
Lt. John Cosby said Hanks
had Smith make cellular
phone calls to her parents
and sister before the inci-
dent. The calls explained that
a man with a gun was holding Hanks
her and she did not think she
Police said Hanks and Smith had had a tumultuous
-By Jim Hanson
New approaches may yet move the Florida
Maritime Museum into the Seafood Shack, with
interest rekindled in Tallahassee and other mon-
Roger Allen, manager of Cortez historic sites, told
a meeting of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board of directors last week that he had talked with Tal-
lahassee people who encouraged hope that the Shack
proposal isn't dead after all.
Two top staffers of the Florida Communities Trust
met with him in the past few days and indicated that a
reworking of the proposal "may make it fundable," he
told FISH directors. The trust is a major player in the
restoration of historic places.
"There is a growing awareness that-communities
on the coast are in trouble," said Allen. "They are under
enormous pressure from condominium developers and
relationship. They had moved into a house together
in March, but he moved out several months later. She
had an injunction placed against him in July, an order
that denied him having any contact with her or coming
within 500 feet of her home. He was also barred from
owning any firearms.
One mystery that is still unsolved in the fateful
events that led to the shootings was where Hanks got
the gun, which police said was barely in a condition
Hanks had a history of stalking, and had an injunc-
tion placed against him from seeing a previous girl-
friend last year.
other commercial interests that could just flat eliminate
places such as Cortez."
That is unfortunate in many ways, he pointed out,
not least of which is that working communities that
provide real jobs are being replaced by condos occu-
pied by part-time residents who add little to the general
FISH is putting together a community-wide com-
mittee whose goal will be to eventually acquire the
Seafood Shack, move the maritime museum there and
keep its marina in operation - without the proposed
boat ramp that drew such strong opposition from some
residents the first time around.
Allen said there has been some interest in join-
ing the committee among members of the Cpncerned
Citizens of Cortez Coalition. CCCC was formed by
residents of the upscale north side of the village who
earlier this year defeated the move by villagers to have
Manatee County buy the Shack for public use.
Seafood Shack proposal
for public use still lives
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Manatee County Area Transit has announced that
the free Beach Express will operate this Sunday and
Monday (Labor Day) from downtown Bradenton and
the Beachway Plaza at the intersection of 75th Street
and Manatee Avenue.
Free parking for beachgoers will be available for
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Labor Day not
just for labor
By Jim Hanson
It started as a tribute to organized labor and its
workers, and ended up a celebration and day off for
Americans of every occupation and level.
It's Labor Day, which this year comes on Monday,
Sept. 4. Many business offices will be closed and public
workers will get the day off - except for, as usual,
police and firefighters and hospital workers and other
It is not, as many believe, the first day of autumn
that comes later in the month, on the 23rd, a Saturday.
Labor Day, like so many things, is shrouded in
minor mystery and some controversy. Some records
indicate that Peter J., McGuire, general secretary of the
Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and co-founder
of the American Federation of Labor, was its No. 1
But other records show the honor goes to Matthew
McGuire, a machinist, who first proposed the holiday
while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union
in New York.
Whatever, the first Labor Day was celebrated on
Tuesday, Sept. 5, in Ne\% York CitI in accordance w ith
plans of the Central Labor Union. In 1884, the first
Monday in September was designated as the holiday,
.and it had. -tuck ever since.
The U.S. government's attitude is clearly expressed:
"The vital force of labor added materially to the high-
est standard of living and the greatest production the
world has ever known and has brought us closer to the
realization of our traditional ideals of economic and.
The U.S. Labor Department provides some figures
that show how it all affects us: There are 150 million
Americans age 16 and up in the labor force, 15.8 mil-
lion of them. union members, with 4.5 million people
working at home and 10.3 million self-employed.
want to enjoy the Gulf beaches," Heseler said. "This
Labor Day may not be any different. The free Beach
Express is a great way to have a fun beach experience
without the traffic and parking hassles."
The Beach Express delivers riders to the Manatee
Public Beach, where they can pick up the always-free
Island Trolley to any destination on Anna Maria Island.
The trolleys are air-conditioned in addition to open-air
seating at the rear.
On Sept. 3 and Sept. 4, the Beach Express will oper-
ate to Manatee Public Beach every 90 minutes, from 9
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Express also stops at the WalMart
on State Road 64 and will pick up any beachgoer for a
free ride from any MCAT stop along Manatee Avenue.
For more information, call 749-7116.
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By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners slogged their way
through several elements of the revised comprehensive e
plan in a five-hour worksession Aug. 21, but failed to
reach the capital improvements element, the controver-
sial land use element and future land use map portions
of the plan before the meeting adjourned.
Discussion of those elements will take place
from 10 a.m: to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in
Commissioners did discuss the traffic, housing,
infrastructure and recreation and open space elements
of the plan and agreed on several revisions.
The commission also scheduled a special meeting
on the comprehensive plan for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3.
The planned six-hour meeting Oct. 3 is not the
required public hearing on the plan. said.Commission
Chairman John Quain, but comm-issioners will vote to
approve revisions to the plan at the meeting and ask pro-
fessional planneti Ton) Arrant to prepare the final draft
of the plan that will be presented at a public hearing.
Once the commission approves the final draft of the
plan, it will schedule a public hearing to adopt the docu-
ment and forward it to the Florida Department of Com-
munity Affairs in Tallahassee. The DCA will then review
the plan and either approve it entirely or return it to the city
for further revisions to comply with state regulations.
Work on the comprehensive plan revisions began in April
2004 and the plan was due at the DCA by March 2006.
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THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 30, 2006 U 11
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Aug. 21, 300 block of Tarpon, information. A
woman reported that her ex-boyfriend came to her
home and knocked on her door for approximately an
hour. He was gone by the time deputies arrived.
Aug. 21, 200 block of Lakeview Drive, burglary.
Two bikes were stolen from a garage.
Aug. 22, 8600 block of Gulf Drive, driver's license.
A driver was stopped for driving with an obstructed
view. The man reportedly gave the deputy a false name
and was also driving with a suspended license, in an
unregistered vehicle, and with an improper tag.
Aug. 18, 400 block of Gulf Drive North, drug
arrest/grand theft. Two people were arrested in conjunc-
tion with a car-theft investigation. Jerome Anderson,
38, of Tampa, was charged with grand theft auto, and
Robin Lowrey, 48, of New York, was arrested for pos-
session of crack cocaine. According to the report, an
officer was dispatched to recover a stolen vehicle at a
Circle K store. The car was reportedly in possession of
its owner, who told police she saw her car, which she
had reported stolen Aug. 11, as she passed a residence
in the 400 block of Gulf Drive North. The woman used
an extra set of keys to take her vehicle from the resi-
dence. Officers responded to the residence and report-
Madge Daisy Davis
Madge Daisy Davis, 98, of Sarasota, died
Born in Newfoundland, she moved to Sarasota
from Rochester, N.Y., in 1976.
A gathering of friends was held Aug. 26, and funeral
services followed. Maniasota Memorial Funeral Home,
Ellenton, was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived bN son and daughter-iin-law Frank
and Jo Adele Davis Jr. of Holmes Beach; daughter and
son-in-law Bett and Walt Spangler of Sarasota; six
grandchildren: eight great-grandchildren; and three
Helen S. DeForge
Helen S. DeForge, 80, of Bradenton and formerly
Anna Maria Island, died Aug. 25.
Born in Detroit, Mich.,_Mrs. DeForge came to Anna
Maria Island from Heidelberg, Germany, 35 years ago.
She was a porcelain artist and displayed her works at the
Anna Marialsland Gallery West and Artists Guild Gal-
lery. She was a member of the Anna Maria Artist Guild.
edly could see several people through the glass-paneled
front door. Lowrey was seen sitting at the kitchen table
with what appeared to be crack cocaine on the table
and a glass pipe in his hand, which he reportedly tried
to hide when the officer knocked on the door. He was
arrested for drug possession. Anderson was also in the
home, seated on the couch and in possession of a set.
of car keys belonging to the vehicle that had reportedly
Aug. 19, 1800 Gulf Drive N., La Costa condomini-
ums, grand theft. All of the plumbing PVC pipes con-
necting two pool heat pumps were reportedly cut. One
heat pump was also taken from the construction area.
Aug. 20, 500 block of Gulf Drive North, traffic
arrest. A driver stopped by an officer had an expired
driver's license and no insurance.
Aug. 18, 3200 block of East Bay Drive, theft. A
woman reported that the renewal stickers on both of
her company vans had been ripped off.
Aug. 21, 5600 block of Flotilla Drive, lost tag.
A driver was stopped for driving without a tag, but
upon closer inspection, it appeared the boltholes were
rotted, causing the tag to fall off. The tag was reported
Aug. 22, 5201 Gulf Drive, A Paradise Realty, forg-
ery. The company received a check written from an
account the bank reported had already been closed.
World Organization of China Painters and International
Porcelain Artists and Teachers. She was a member of
Palma Sola Presbyterian Church.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug.
30, at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Memorial contributions
may be made to Anna Maria Island Gallery, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
She is survived by husband John D.; sons Daniel R.
of Tampa and John Scott of Bradenton; daughter Sandra
Lee Efros of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; sisters Dorothy
Litkenhaus of Cincinnati, Ohio, Virginia Mihalik of
Detroit, Cecelia Plante of Annapolis, Md., and Ber-
nice Comptois of Detroit; and grandchildren Michael
Scott of Bradenton and Hadassah and Yehudah Efros
of Cleveland Heights.
Robert Keyser, 66, of Illinois, died Aug. 22.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
He is survived by wife Karen; mother Hariett of
Holmes Beach; five children; one sister; two brothers;
and 11 grandchildren.
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12 0 JULY 12, 2006 * THE ISLANDER
Island visitor forms global ties among students
By Diana Bogan
Judy Gilmour has been visiting Anna Maria
Island with her family for more than 30 years. In
fact, it's family that drew her attention to the Island
in the first place. Gilmour is a cousin of longtime
Islander and former Holmes Beach Commissioner
Martini was a teacher's aide at the Island elemen-
tary school and, like her cousin, Gilmour has also
followed a career path in education. She is currently
the assistant principal at Neston High School in the
small English town of Net,on. centered between
Chester and Liverpool.
Gilmour said Neston is called a "market town"
because it has a weekly market. It's also an old
Gilmour has been working in the school system
for 34 years, having worked her way up from a young
teacher. Her responsibilities at Neston include enrich-
ing the curriculum with community development.
Neston High School is a public school with
1,600 students of all abilities aged 11 to 18. The
school is a specialist college focusing on both sci-
ence and the visual arts. Gilmour said Neston is
unique because most specialist colleges only choose
one focal point.
As a specialist school, it must offer innovative
aspects of teaching, initiate a capital project and take
part in community development. "In our community
plan, we looked at creative ways to involve more of
our local community and build bridges."
Neston's capitol project is its Leonardo DaVinci
Center with an eco-lab to study the environment and
an e-learning center for information technology.
The eco-lab provides an opportunity for local com-
munity members to become involved with the school,
providing assistance to students who are cultivating
Judy Gilmour is an
annual visitor to Anna
Maria Island from
England where she is
an assistant principal at
Neston High School. Her
duties include developing
ties with the international
community in an effort
to raise awareness and
for her students. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan
Kimberly Sultenfuss and Sunil Mirani were mar-
ried Aug. 5 in a ceremony in Rome, Italy. She is the
daughter of Steve and Carol Sultenfuss of Longboat
Key, and she attended grade school at Anna Maria
Elementary. Both the bride and bridegroom gradu-
ated from Georgia State University. The bridegroom
is employed by e-Bay. After a honeymoon in Italy,
they plan to make their home in Miami.
everything from flowers to potatoes in an "adopt-a-lot"
The school also has a Sure Start Center for pre-
school children and their parents to become involved
with campus learning.
In developing community ties, Gilmour: has
reached beyond local businesses into the international
community. "We want to develop global citizens,"
Gilmour has partnered Neston with schools in
France, Germans, Holland, Poland, South Africa
arid New Zealand. She also helps elementary
Students are given the opportunity to build relation-
ships with others through an e-pal system (via e-mails).
Students also have opportunities to visit other schools
and host visitors at Neston.
Funds were recently raised to bring two teachers
from a school in Capetown South Africa to Neston to
share artwork and lead a class in beading.
Neston students recently visited a Dutch school
for independent learning. Classrooms there had glass
walls and an internal e-mail system that students use
after gathering for briefing sessions. In addition to
experiencing a different approach to learning, her
students learned about cultural differences, such as
Dutch students ride their bikes to school.
"The program helps students understand more
about cultural similarities and differences," Gilmour
said. "Real friendships are formed between students
as well as teachers."
Teachers actively build relationships among the
international community and share ideas and examine
how teaching and learning is experienced in different
parts of the world.
Students have shared artwork. which can be viewed
online at the school's art gallery : www.nestonhigh.
cheshire.sch.uk, click on the "community" link to
access the projects.
They also share recipes for local dishes that stu-
dents make, taste and grade, said Gilmour. This year
students are having funlearningo sing "Frere Jacques,
in several different languages. Gilmour said.
"We are always trying to extend our friendship
network," she said. "People are people, we all want
the best for our kids - to be happy and lead success-
ful productive lives. The cultural differences make life
more interesting and exciting.
"It's been a very positive experience. The visits
enrich everyone's curriculum and I've found our stu-
dents are asking more questions about other countries.
Students have also taken the initiative to help
other communities. For example, they decided to raise
matching funds during a school fundraiser for water
fountains to also benefit three villages in South Africa.
Half the funds went to provide wells in three different
"They are seeing themselves as part and parcel of
a larger community and will progress to be part of a
global economy," she continued. "Kids are very gener-
ous and thoughtful in many ways. I believe friendship
is the key to peace."
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Jazz on Islands 2007 in planning stages
By Diana Bogan
"The entire Island will be filled with music for two
weeks and it will all be free," Larry White told mem-
bers of the Tourist Development Council recently.
White, executive director of the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau, is planning a summer
jazz festival for August 2007. Anna Maria Island and
Longboat Key will set the stage with its outdoor beach
venues for the 10-day music event.
White said the festival will be billed as "Jazz on the
Islands" but also feature a few venues off the Island.
In cooperation with the Island chambers of com-
merce, White hopes to place stages at Coquina Beach,
Bridge Street, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach
City Hall and on Longboat Key.
The CVB is partnering with the German firm Jazz-
Radio Ltd., which operates the Berlin radio station
JazzRadio 101.9, to promote the festival internation-
ally. This is Europe's only 24-hour jazz radio station.
and it attracts listeners via satellite and on its Web site
White noted that Clearwater has a ticketed festival and
Sarasota's festival in April is also successful. The goal of
the Island festival is to create a draw during the summer
months and embrace jazz in all its forms, he said.
The partnership with JazzRadio will make the fes-
tival unique. Julian Allitt, chairman of JazzRadio, said
the station has 281,000 listeners; 24,000 of those on the
Web. Allitt said the station doesn't play every form of
jazz, it features mainstream, swing, soul, Latin, elec-
tronic and smooth jazz.
The station will be using its connections with the
Jazz Institute of Berlin to bring musicians to perform
at the festival.
Local jazz musicians may also be recruited to
"There is so much potential here," said White.
The TDC approved White's preliminary plans
and set aside $200,000 for promoting the event.
Council members requested a detailed budget to its
Oct. 16 meeting.
Cortez flats' scallop revival discussed
By Jim Hanson
An admittedly faint possibility of reviving the once-
rich bay scallop fishery off Cortez was presented at a
meting of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board of directors last week.
It reminded old-time Cortezians of the days when
one could fill a basket with the delicacy in a short while
in the shallows south of Cortez, so productive of sea-
food that the local people called it "the Kitchen." The
scallop beds vanished in the early 1970s for reasons not
John Stevely, Sea Grant extension agent attached
to the Manatee County Agriculiural Extension Service,'
asked if FISH would be interested in partnering with
Sea Grant in opening a scallop culture program.
The answer was a definite yes, tell us more.
Such a program is highly speculative yet, Stevely
said, for raising scallops has-been tried in the past and
hasn't been promising. He said his interest grew out of
clam culture programs tried over the years, including
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, ELCA
some at Mote Marine Laboratory.
"In the past, people have tried to grow scallops
in cages," he said. "We have a long way to go before
scallops grow here in quantity again, if ever."
A scallop starts life as a larva so tiny it is invisible
to the naked eye, he said, and floating in bay water it
develops in two weeks to a maturity that lets it settle
to the bottom and become a scallop. At that stage it is
about the size of a period at the end of a printed sen-
tence, Stevely said.
It would be necessary to catch them in great num-
bers at the stage just before they stop swimming and
settle to the bottom, he said. They feed on micro-algae
in the water and live only a year or so.
He envisioned a small stocking project in the bay
- "a small effort requiring small funds."
Of the 400 species of scallop around the world, the
bay variety is considered the best for human food. Its
habitat, eel grass, is disappearing. The bay scallop has
developed in two subspecies, A.i. amplicostatus being
the one found in Florida waters.
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The Roser Thrift Shop, 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,
is scheduled to reopen for the season Saturday, Sept. 2,
after being closed for the summer.
Hours on opening day will be 9 a.m. until noon,
and regular hours from then on will be 9:30 a.m. to 2
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AME.PTO seeks committee volunteers
By Diana Bogan
Shannon Dell, Anna Maria Elementary School's
new Parent-Teacher Organization president hosted an
information session Friday, Aug. 25, for parents inter-
ested in volunteering at the school throughout the year.
The 2006-07 school year will feature some new fund-
raisers and events in addition to its annual Fall Fest
and Spring Fling, that offer numerous opportunities for
volunteers, said Dell.
The first fundraiser the organization will kick off is
"Art to Remember." Volunteers are needed now to help
in art class as children create work that will be featured
on keepsakes parents can order.
PTO secretary Tricia Hackworth said volunteers
can expect a one-time commitment of one hour on
this project and are welcome to assist with their own
child's art class.
This year there are new products available to adorn
student art include the covers of a scrapbook and recipe
book. Parents will receive order information within the
Volunteers will also be needed to help distribute
orders when they arrive.
Another volunteer opportunity that begins early
in the school year is the gift-wrap sales. Merchandise
arrives in mid- to late-October and volunteer tasks
include sorting orders - a time commitment of an
hour or two for up to three days during school and at
Volunteers are needed to organize the school's
annual participation in National Walk-to-School Day.
Held in early October, the event raises awareness about
safe routes to take to school for walkers and bikers.
These volunteers would assist School Resource
Officer Pete Lannon as members of Parents on Patrol,
and would also be needed during school arrival and
dismissal to direct children and parents safely through
In late October, the PTO hosts the school's Fall
Festival - a fundraiser featuring food and games. The
festival will return to school grounds this year follow-
ing several years at St. Bernard Catholic Church during
construction of the new school.
Volunteers are needed to plan the event, organize
and run game booths, sell tickets and more. "There is
something for everyone," said Dell.
In January the PTO will organize its first 5K Fun
Run and Walk. Volunteers, especially those experienced
in participating in events for' runners, are needed to
help plan and organize the event. Volunteers will also
be needed on race day.
In the spring, the PTO has two major fundraisers.
The first is the Scholastic Book Fair. Volunteers are
needed to assist the committee chairperson during the
weeklong event. "This is basically like running a book
store," said Dell.
Volunteers help set up and break down the book
displays and help is needed at school while students
purchase books. Volunteers also work one evening
when the book fair is open to the Island community.
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school auditorium Aug. 30. Listening to AME guidance counselor Cindi Harrison. stihdit,m. discuss volunteer
procedures are, from left, Becky Walter, PTO co-treasurer; Stacy Siegel, PTO vice president; Shannon Dell, PTO
president; Tricia Hackworth, PTO secretary; and AME Principal Kathy Hayes. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
The PTO's other spring event is the Spring Fling
dinner, dance and silent auction. Like the Fall Fest,
there are several subcommittees involved in planning
the event, from securing auction items to planning food
vendors. Planning usually begins in late December or
PTO volunteers are also needed for the following
* Campbell's Soup labels - A volunteer collects
the Campbell's Soup Labels from a collection can at
school. The volunteer is responsible for sending the
labels, keeping track of school points online,, and order-
ing school merchandise earned with the points.
* Hand tiles - A volunteer is needed to get hand-
prints from new students for tiles that are later mounted
in the halls, writing names and years on the tiles, having
them fired and mounting the tiles on the walls at the
end of the school year. Volunteers with artistic skills
are also needed to paint tiles for business sponsors.
* Kindergarten welcome - Near the end of the
school year, a volunteer committee will need to plan an
informative breakfast to welcome new parents to AME
at the start of the 2007-08 school year.
* Memorial bricks - Volunteers are needed to sell
memorial bricks for the school's peace garden. This
involves taking orders and collecting money at vari-
ous school functions. Help is also needed to deliver
* PTO dinners - Each month the PTO hosts a
fainil\ dinner in the school cafeteria prior to student
performances. Volunteers set up the cafeteria, help
during dinner and \\ ith cleanup. Help is also needed
organizing restaurant sponsors.
* School store - The school store is open Tuesday
mornings in the auditorium. Volunteers sell school supplies
before school - a one-hour time commitment. Dell said
that with enough volunteers, the store could meet student
demand and be open on Thursday mornings as \\ ell.
* Yearbook - AME media specialist Lynn
McDonough chairs the yearbook staff. Volunteers assist
in soliciting community sponsors and gathering photos
throughout the year.
McDonough also needs volunteers to help shelve
books and assist students in the media center through-
out the school year.
Art teacher Gary Wooten relies on volunteers to
decorate for student plays, make costumes and help in
the art room.
Harrison is seeking volunteers for the school's
upcoming peace day celebration. This week volunteers
are needed to help third-grade students create doves out
of recycled materials. Students will "fly" their creations
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By Jim Hanson
The financial crisis.that threatened the restora-
tion of the historic Burton store in Cortez may turn
out not to be a crisis after all.
Aamie Fish of Holmes Beach with her Anna Maria
Island news at the Tower of Pisa in Italy.
Even if it is, it may well have been solved
through a rerouting of the store's move from the
west end of the historic fishing village to its des-
tination at the old schoolhouse grounds.
The store has sat on blocks across the street
from the Coast Guard Station Cortez for more than
a decade. It was rescued from the scrap heap by
the Cortez Village Historical Society when it was
cut off from the old Albion Inn when the inn was
razed to make way for the station.
Now it is to be moved to the grounds of the
1912-built school, which is being converted to
the Florida Maritime Museum. There, the store
will be restored and become part of the histori-
The foundation was set on the site and the
mover preparing to transport the old building when
money reared its head: The route planned for the
move crossed a number of utility lines that had to
be moved out of the way.
That would cost $2,500, according to estimates
a few years ago when the project was getting under
way. Now, however, the cost would be $10,000 to
handle the Verizon lines and $6,000 more for the
Cingular lines. The $16,000 would virtually wipe
out the restoration fund.
Now, though, mover Brett Johnson has what
appears to be a solution - reroute the move to
Cortez Road instead of through the village streets,
which would cut the cost to much nearer the origi-
nal $2,500 estimate although no one has a firm
The store started its life in 1896 when Wil-
liam Bratton built a small building on his dock. He
soon leased it to Jesse Burton, who developed it as
a small general store, post office and community
center. His family lived upstairs.
A couple of rooms were added as rentals in
1900, then in 1906 the building was expanded to
hotel size and it became the Albion Inn, with the
original store attached.
When the hurricane of 1921 hit the village, it
destroyed nearly all of Cortez except the Albion,
the store, and the brick schoolhouse built nine
Together, they gave shelter to Cortezians while
they rebuilt their lives.
Cortez may have solution
to Burton store crisis
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Thursday at AME
Representatives from both the Boy Scouts and Girl
Scouts will be at Anna Maria Elementary School at 6:30
p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, to provide troop information
for Island families.
Representatives will also host a "Scout Rally" for
students Aug. 30 during school, which will feature a
slide presentation for students of scouting events and
provide a brief introduction to the organization.
For more information, call Scout leader Robert
Hicks at 737-2377.
Monday, Sept. 4
Tuesday, Sept. 5
Breakfast: Chicken Patty on Biscuit, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese or Fish Nuggets,
Roll, Winter Mix, Peaches
Wednesday, Sept. 6
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick, Yogurt, Cereal,
Lunch: Breaded Chicken Pieces or Mini Corn Dogs,
Broccoli with Cheese Sauce, Chips, Applesauce
Thursday, Sept. 7
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: Popcorn Chicken or Sloppy Joe Sand-
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Friday, Sept. 8
Breakfast: Cinnamon Roll, Graham Crackers,
Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Pizza or Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Corn, z:
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Juice and milk are served with every meal.
Coast Guard Auxiliary offers
course on boat safety
Flotilla 81 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is
offering a safety and seamanship course in Septem-
ber at its building in G.T. Bray Park, 5801 33rd Ave.
The free two-day course will be from 8:15 a.m. to
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By Rick Catlin
Anna moving up
Ron Valdez of the Holmes Beach
branch of Wachovia Bank was recently
promoted to county-area business
manager for the bank. Islander Photo:
More awards for
Galati Yacht Sales on South Bay
Boulevard in Anna Maria was recently
presented with several prestigious
awards, including an award from Cruiser
Yachts as its No. 1 sales dealer for 2005
and the Dealer of Distinction award for
the same year.
In addition, Carver Yachts gave
Galati Yacht Sales the Top Carver Dealer
Worldwide award for 2005.
These awards recognize Galati Yacht
Sales unparalleled commitment to cus-
tomer service and highlight its continued
dedication to exceed customer expecta-
tions, said Joe Galati.
"I'm very pleased and proud to
receive these awards. This recognizes
On the move
Almarode's BBQ recently moved to its new h0 Ltiiioi at 8799 Cortez Road W.
adjacent to Shutter Vue. The rt,imint ii, Wafinrmerlv located in the 7800 block
of Cortez Road West. Pictured are owners Kevin Almarode and server Linda
Bergeron. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
all the hard work of the entire Galati
organization. From sales to service to
the support staff, it truly takes a team
effort to make this possible," he said.
For more information on Cruisers
or Carver Yachts, call Matt Condon at
850-654-1575, or go online at www.
Curves 'On the Island' fitness center
for women is celebrating its second
anniversary Aug. 30 with everyone
invited to the party at 5366 Gulf Drive
in Holmes Beach.
CJ's Deli and Cafe will be catering
the affair and, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2,
Curves is offering new memberships at
a grand opening price of only $49.
an award-winning staff member? Call
Island Biz at 778-7978, fax your news
to 778-9392, or e-mail us at news@
Island real estate
218 52nd St., Unit 6, Villas of Holmes
Beach, Holmes Beach, a 3,122 sfla /4,684
sfur 4bed/3bath/2car bayfront condo built in
2006 was sold 08/10/06, Moreland Marine
Development Corp., Holmes Beach, to Odom
625 Ivanhoe Lane, Holmes Beach, a
2,400 sfla / 3,702 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car bay-
front pool home built in 1979 on a 130x137
lot was sold 08/07/06, Walmsley to Tillet for
$2,200,000; list $2,695,000.
210 52nd St., Unit 1, Villas of Holmes
Beach, Holmes Beach, a 3,122 sfla /4,684
sfur 4bed/3bath/2car bayfront condo built in
2006 was sold 08/10/06, Moreland Marine
Development Corp., Holmes Beach, to Rose-
mury for $1,750,000.
608 Dundee Lane, Holmes Beach,
a 1,486 sfla / 2,274 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car
canafront home built in 1967 on a 90x115
lot was sold 08/07/06, RT Southern Invest-
ments LLC to Lam for $835,000.
6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 281, Westbay
Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,114
sfla / 1,426 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
1979 was sold 08/08/06, Stella to Guy for
$450,000; list $539,000.
8402 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,211
sfla /1,703 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1957
on a 80x100 lot was sold 08/11/06, Laurie to
Culhane for $400,000; list $525,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-
Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at
Gulf-Bay (941) 778-7244.
Current Island real estate transactions
may also be viewed online at www.islander.
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Wednesday, Aug. 30
8 to 9 a.m. - "Good Morning, Longboat Key" break-
fast at the Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Keys Chamber
of Commerce, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key. Information: 383-2466.
9 a.m. - Save Anna Maria Inc. memorial tree
planting at Westbay Cove, 600 Manatee Ave., Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-4255.
Thursday, Aug. 31
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. - "Identifying Strategies that
are Public Relations in Nature" small business suc-
cess workshop at the Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Keys
Chamber of Commerce, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 383-8217. Fee applies.
Saturday, Sept. 2
7:30 a.m. to noon - Nature walk at Felts Audu-
bon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information:
8:30 a.m. - Kiwanis Club meeting at Cafe on
the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive,
Sunday, Sept. 3
6 to 9 p.m. - Concert on the Lawn featuring Pocket
Change at the Ritz-Carlton, 111 Ritz-Carlton Drive,
Sarasota. Information: 309-2008. Parking fee.
Tuesday, Sept. 5
Noon - Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting
with a presentation on the Rotary Leadership Institute
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
denton Beach. Information: 350-4326.
Wednesday, Sept. 6
7 to 8 a.m. - Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Informa-
8 to 9 a.m. - "Good Morning, Longboat Key" break-
fast at the Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Keys Chamber
of Commerce, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key. Information: 383-2466.
* "How to Market Your Web site and Web Place-
ment" workshop at the Longboat-Lido-St. Armands
At Gallery West
The "Red Hot Poppies" exhibit of digitally enhanced photographs by Richard Stewart is at the Island Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Stewart photographed the poppies during a trip to the Aegean coast of
Turkey and prints them on canvas and watercolor paper.
Keys Chamber of Commerce, Longboat Key, Sept. 7.
* "Review! Review!" opens at the Manatee Players
* Gulf Coast Writer's meeting at the Island Branch
Library Sept. 11.
* Excel Level 1 at the Longboat-Lido-St.
Armands Keys Chamber of Commerce, Longboat
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* Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Sun-
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Perico resident dreamed of
Naval aviation for World War II
Robinson "Sky" King of Perico Island was just
17 years old and a senior in high school in Des
Moines, Iowa, when the Japanese bombed Pearl
Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, bringing the United States
into World War II.
"After Pearl Harbor, we all knew we were going to
be drafted," remembered Sky.
While a lot of his classmates opted for the Army
or other branches of service, Sky always knew he was
going to be a pilot.
"Even when I was just a teenager, I would pay 10
cents to ride the trolley out of town, then walk another
mile to the Fort Des Moines airport to get a ride in a
plane. I was bound and determined to be a pilot."
He also thought being in the Navy sounded pretty
good, and he enlisted in the Navy's V-5 flight school
program on his 18th birthday.
"I was supposed to wait about six or eight months
until my class was ready, so I enrolled at Drake Univer-
sity. I got called up in early 1943 and went to pre-flight
school in Iowa."
That school was mostly physical training mixed
with some classroom work. The idea there was to sepa-
rate the "men from the boys" and about 10 percent of
Sky's class dropped out.
From Iowa, it was on to Tucson for flight school
where Sky and his fellow cadets trained in an open-
cockpit WACO bi-plane, a throwback to World War I.
"But it was our first real flying and I loved it. I
wanted to be a pilot so bad I begged our instructors to
give me another chance if I messed up." Fortunately,
Sky passed through Tucson with "flying" colors,
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He received his coveted aviator wings and his
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1945, then got married to his high school sweetheart,
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Sky and Marilee had to wait to get married because
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ater, where the Navy was operating dozens of carrier
task forces as the Allies were advancing on the Japa-
Alas, it was not to be.
"I got orders to New Orleans to be a flight instruc-
tor. I didn't know whether to be happy or sad. On one
hand, I didn't want to leave my buddies, but I was also
just married. It was just the luck of the draw. I guess I
was fortunate to get a stateside assignment."
From March 1945 to June 1946, Sky taught aspir-
ing Naval aviators the fine art of aviation. He had 36
students and all but two of them got their wings.
He laughed at the irony of a 21-year-old pilot
teaching 19- and 20-year-old "kids" how to fly the
"I was a kid teaching kids, but I got them through
the course," he remembered.
Sky was discharged in 1946, but remained an
active member of the U.S. Navy Reserves. He returned
to Des Moines, but the nearest Navy aviation center
was in Minneapolis, about a two-hour drive once every
Sky went to Iowa State and earned a degree in engi-
neering in 1950, while remaining a reserve Navy pilot,
part of the UR13 Transport Squadron. He eventually
became the commanding officer of the squadron and
retired from the Navy in 1968.
Interestingly, Sky and his crew would fly their C-54
to Hawaii several times a year as part of their ongo-
ing training. It was quite a change coming from the
frozen prarie of Minnesota to the shores of Honolulu
and Wakiki Beach during the middle of winter.
That could explain why a lot of guys and gals in
the reserves were always begging for a free ride to
Hawaii, even if it was only a two-day stop for Sky and
"It was mostly the WAVES (women members of
the Navy) who would ask for a ride. Sometimes I said
'yes' and sometimes I said 'no.'"
But Hawaii wasn't always a tropical vacation.
On one return flight, Sky lost one of the four
engines on his plane and returned to Honolulu. After
two days waiting for a new engine, he took off again
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on the dreary 14-hour flight back to Minnesota, only to
lose another engine! It was back to Hawaii for another
The third time Sky took off, he thought about
just making the long flight on three engines, but
thankfully, the engines held and he never had to
cross that bridge.
Indeed, Sky has been pretty lucky during his 50
years of flying.
Even the time in the early 1970s when he was
flying into Des Moines with his second wife, Nancy,
and three of her children with weather threatening to
close the airport.
"I was flying a single-engine plane," recalled Sky.
"I was about 20 minutes out when the engine quit."
While that might have prompted panic among some
less-experienced pilots, Sky kept his cool.
"Nancy told the kids to start praying, but I figured
I had enough altitude where I could just dead-stick
(glide) the plane down into a pasture."
Unfortunately, he was flying at night in the
But Sky has always been lucky.
He happened to see the runway lights of a small
airport outside Des Moines and glided down to a perfect
There was another good aspect of that landing,
however. "Nancy told me if we were going to fly again,
we'd have to do it in a twin-engine plane. I'd always
wanted a twin-engine, but if I had brought it up to
Nancy before, she'd have said it was too expensive.
So, I ended up getting my wish and bought a Piper
Aztec," he laughed.
Sky had lost his first wife in 1971 and married
again the following year. Between he and Nancy,
they have eight children, 19 grandchildren and five
They lived in Fort Lauderdale before moving to
Perico in 1994.
"It's been a good life," said Sky. "I owe it all to the
Navy. I'm proud of my service. I was ready to go to the
Pacific, but I didn't get sent. I'd do it all over again if
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man or woman, who served in the armed forces of 778-7978.
Estuary program launches series of 'conversations'
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program has begun a
series of "community conversations" that will extend
into the winter season, beginning with one at the
Braden River Library.
That meeting was Saturday morning, and its suc-
cessor will be from 10:30 a.m. until noon Saturday,
Sept. 9, at the North Sarasota Library, 2801 New-
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Flying fish on Suwannee, manatees visit Cape Cod
A couple of buddies went on a paddling trip in
northern Florida a week or so ago.
Armed with a pair of kayaks, they hit a few springs,
waters and rivers in the Big Bend and Panhandle -
Manatee Springs, High Springs, the island around
Cedar Key and the Suwannee River, among others.
It was in the Suwannee that they had some interest-
As you may have heard, sturgeon tend to move
into rivers and streams in the summer from their usual
deep-water Gulf of Mexico haunts. The river vacation
is to spawn, and some scientists believe that the fish
jump from the water in an effort to attract a mate.
The sturgeon were definitely in an amorous mood
when Jack and Jeff were on the river. Jeff first thought
that the huge splash he heard was Jack goofing around.
Not for long, as fish after fish leapt from the water.
"It was like watching Polaris missiles coming out
of the water," Jeff said. They counted 15 jumps in their
Remember that sturgeon aren't your everyday,
average-size mullet leaping out of the water. They,get
to more than 12 feet in length and weigh hundreds of
pounds. The paddling pair said the biggest they saw
leap totally out of the water was at least a 6-footer.
There have been six human-sturgeon "interactions"
so far this summer, with the humans bearing the brunt
of the impact with the hard-skinned fish. Several people
have ended up in the hospital after the incidents.
Environmental regulators are in the process of
installing signs on the Suwannee to warn boaters to
beware of flying fish.
Manatee makes it to Cape Cod
A wayward manatee has managed to swim up
from its usual Florida home to Cape Cod, a distance
of 1,000 miles.
The sea cow, nicknamed Marvin, has gone far-
ther north than any other critter of his kind and has
prompted concerns that if it doesn't turn around and
head for home soon, it may be stricken by cold water.
The manatee was spotted a few weeks ago in the
Hudson River off Manhattan.
About 12 years ago, another manatee went on a
walkabout - swimabout? - to Chesapeake Bay. It
had to be captured and returned to Florida as the waters
cooled and it became obvious it wasn't going to make
the trip home without some human intervention.
Marvin has outdistanced Chessie, the previous
wanderer, by a few hundred miles.
Manatees can travel up to 30 miles a day, so Marvin
had better start high-tailing it home, pronto. Manatees
have problems with water when it gets much below 68
- degrees and, with fall coming up north, this wayward
marine mammal may soon need help finding its winter
No clue as to why the critter decided to go on an
extended northern vacation.
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some jail time.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission has increased penalties for repeat offenders
of the state's laws regarding fishing and hunting. The
laws "increase the penalty for hunting or fishing with
a suspended or revoked license, making it a criminal
offense, increasing the fine and adding jail time and
suspension of the license," according to the FWC.
The changes came at the urging of a number of con-
servation groups in Florida and beyond. The changes
include the following, according to the FWC:
Level 1, noncriminal violations are those which do
not directly impact natural resources, such as hunting
or fishing without a license, deer hunting without an
orange vest and violations of wildlife management-area
rules. First and subsequent convictions result in a $50
fine plus court costs, unless the person was convicted
of having no license. In that case, he would have to pay
the cost of a license,'too. Any subsequent violations of
having no license would result in a fnandatory $100
fine plus the cost of a license.
Level 2, criminal infractions are those that directly
impact resources, such as exceeding bag limits, fishing
or hunting during closed seasons, violating artificial-
reef requirements and illegally feeding wildlife. First
conviction, a second-degree misdemeanor, results in a
fine of up to $500 and 60 days in jail. Second conviction
in this category and within three years is a first-degree
misdemeanor with penalties of a mandatory minimum
fine of $250 fine and up to a year in jail. A third con-
viction within five years and Level 2 or higher is a.
first-degree misdemeanor with a mandatory $500 fine, a
year in jail and a mandatory one-year suspension of all
FWC recreational licenses and permits. Fourth and sub-
sequent convictions within 10 years adds a minimum
mandatory fine of $750 and a three-year suspension of
all FWC recreational licenses and permits.
Level 3, criminal violations of fish and wildlife
laws are those that directly impact resources. These
are considered more serious violations, such as pos-
session of commercial quantities of freshwater game
fish, taking deer or turkey during a closed season or
with use of a gun and light at night, possession of three
fish in excess of the daily bag limit of trout, snook or
redfish, taking 1,000 pounds or more of illegal finfish
or 100-plus lobsters, stones crabs or blue crabs. A first
conviction, a first-degree misdemeanor, results in a fine
of up to $1,000 and up to a year in jail. Second con-
viction within 10 years and within Level 3 or higher
results in a first-degree misdemeanor and up to a year
in jail with a $750 minimum mandatory fine and man-
datory three-year suspension of all FWC recreational
licenses and permits.
Level 4 is the most serious criminal fish and wild-
life violation that directly impact natural resources, and
includes possession of a counterfeit license, molestation
or theft of freshwater fishing gear or lobster, stone or
blue crab traps, lines or buoys, or illegal sale of deer,
turkey or marine fish that ate illegally harvested. First
and subsequent convictions are viewed as third-degree
felonies and could result in up to a $5,000 fine and five
years in jail.
Hunting or fishing with a suspended or revoked
license is a first-degree misdemeanor, up from a non-
criminal infraction which carried only a $50 fine, court
costs and the cost of the license. Anyone convicted of
violating the law now will face a mandatory $1,000
fine and five-year suspension of all FWC recreational
licenses, and could be sentenced up to a year in jail.
In other words, don't help yourself to any crabs
in someone else's traps unless you want to face some
serious penalties this crab season.
Chessie, the manatee that visited Chesapeake Bay
in 1994 and had to catch a plane home, apparently
decided the whole adventure was so much fun that it
took off again the next summer, ending up in the waters
off Rhode Island. This time, the manatee did the return
trip unaided by humans.
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Friday fun: Snook season opens Sept. 1
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Mackerel, snapper and redfish continue to dominate
the fishing scene in the backwaters.
Offshore, grouper and snapper are still a good
mainstay, still in the 100-foot-plus depths. Amber-
jack catches are also being reported off the deepwa-
Snook season opens Sept. 1. Please remember that
the slot limit has been narrowed, with keepers now
mandated at 27- to 34 inches only. You can keep one
fish per fisher per day, and don't forget that snook
permit on your fishing license.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's found bay
fishing and water quality excellent this week. "Plenty
of reds around the oyster bed were hitting," he said,
"and mackerel and trout were being caught fishing bait
schools in the deeper grass areas."
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said pier fishers
are still catching lots of Spanish mackerel and snap-
per. Jacks are "invading" the pier most days, he said,
and snook are lurking under the pier but not hitting
- maybe waiting for the opening of the season?
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
it's mackerel catches in the morning and catch-and-
release snook at night, plus some flounder, snapper and
small bonnethead sharks.
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's putting his charters onto legal-size catch-
and-release snook, keeper redfish and a few good-size
trout, plus lots of mackerel
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said mackerel
are coming off almost every fishing pier in, off or
near the Island right now. Offshore action is steady
for grouper and snapper in about 100-feet of water,
and amberjack seem to be lurking off the deeper water
reefs in the Gulf now.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
black drum are coming on strong right now from the
cut, with catches reported of 12 pounds. Mangrove
snapper is also a good bet, with most catches within
the legal slot limit. There are also some good reports
of bonnethead and blacktip sharks coming out of
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's finding fishing
to be pretty excellent., ith good catches of redfish on
the higher tides coming from the mangroves in the bays
and Spanish mackerel in the Gulf.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include small
grouper and snapper, big yellowtail jacks and mackerel
near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge area. In Tampa Bay,.
look for snapper and redfish, with incoming tides seem-
ing to work the best for the better catches.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said he's finding fishing to
continue to be strong despite some patchy red tide in
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All shapes, all sizes
Anna Maria neighbors Tom Farrell, Bill Starrett and George Kyd are pictured with some of Tampa Bay's finest
catch. The trio was guided by Capt. Gary Huffminan aboard the Tuna Breath. Islander Photo: Courtesy Capt.
the area. "Keeping live bait alive is the big challenge,
catching fish is easier," he said. He advises that anglers
use live shrimp or artificial bait to bring in the big ones.
"Shrimp will stay alive quite well, even during the
worst of red tides, if they are in a really good aerated
well," he said. He's putting his charters onto some big
redfish catches, sometimes up to 40 per day and up to
34 inches in length, as well as speckled trout, Spanish
Mote 2-for-1 admission price
runs through September
The aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory is launch-
ing its annual "September splash" ticket deal of "buy
one, get one free" during the month.
.Itincludes admission to "Shark Tracker," a new
interactive exhibition Which visitors track sharks in the
wild in Mote scientists' program. A new 15,000-gallon
tank features bonnethead sharks, a new species-of inter-
est to Mote.
Free painting programs focusing on sharks will be
offered to children from 11la.m. to 1 p.m. every Satur-
day in September, Mote said.
Hours at the aquarium are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every.
day. Regular admission is $15 for adults, $10 for chil-
dren ages 4 to. 12. under 3 free. Details may be obtained
by calling 388-4441 .
INSHORE SPORTFISHING CHARTER BOAT
Captain Steven Salgado
Lifetime experience in local waters
Full & Half Day Trips
Custom Trips Available
Fishing License, Ice, Bait &
Anna Maria Island
mackerel and mangrove snapper.
On my boat Magic, we've been catching several
sharks to 30 inches in length, plus redfish, mackerel,
mangrove snapper ans some trout, but the trout action
has slowed a bit.
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@
islanderorg. Please include identification for persons
in the picture along with information on the catch and
a name andphone number for more information. Snap-
shots miay be retrieved once they appear in the paper.
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22 0 AUG. 30, 2006 0 THE ISLANDER
Skimmers show off board skills at BeachHouse
By Kevin Cassidy
For the fifth consecutive year, the Back-to-School
Skimboard Bash at the BeachHouse Restaurant enter-
tained a crowd of 200 or so onlookers with great skim-
ming, good music and "interesting" commentary from
Joe Bonk of Ormond Beach, who has been announcing
skimboard contests for 17 years. Judges were locals
Ben Handley, Tom Rudek and Bluewater School of
Surfing owner William Kimball.
Once again, however, the contest, which took place
Saturday, had to overcome unforeseen conditions.
Three years ago the field was halved due to Hurricane
Charley's wrath, and this year spectators and contes-
tants had to deal with a thunderstorm that had canopies
and umbrellas flying as well as the noxious red tide that
has descended upon Anna Maria Island beaches.
Ironically, the contest raises money for red tide
research with a portion of each entry fee and raffle
ticket sales going to the research.
The red tide didn't deter the entrants, with more
than 100 participants in nine divisions pulling off a
variety of entertaining tricks, like pop shove-its, back-
side 540s and the invariable attempt for some "big air,"
which is what the crowd likes to see.
Local winners included Blaine Jenefsky in the minis (8
and under) division and Giorgio Gomez in the menehune
(9-11) division. Neil Carper and Izzy Gomez finished in
second and third place respectively in the minis, while Luke
Shakelford took second and Bradenton's Bryce Hamilton
grabbed third place in the menehune. Blake Tyre claimed
first place in the men's 18-21 division with Joey Mattay
grabbing second place. Other winners were Matt Smetts
of Venice in the boy's 12-14 division, junior men's (15-17)
champion Alesi Fernandez and senior men's (22 and over)
champion John Schrader. Islanders represented themselves
well in the 15-17 division with Spencer Carper, Kevin Kim
and Josh Riccio taking second through fourth places.
Melanie Gannon captured the girl's 14 and under divi-
sion, while Michelle Srioud was the 15 and over winner.
The professional division, with $1,200 in prize
money, was extremely competitive. Austin Bleiweis
pulled off some unbelievable tricks to claim first place
ahead of Stephen Bradford, who was competing for the
first time as a pro. Dave Armstrong and Pete Anderson
rounded out the championship-round contestants.
Key Royale golf news
The men and women of the Key Royale Club some-
how got their swings in between the many rain showers
that hit the area Aug. 21-25.
On Monday, Larry Fowler carded a two-under 30
_ to win the men's nine-hole, low-net golf competition.
Jim Dunne, George Heiber, Dan Hayes, Russ Olson and
Dick Mills were one shot back to finish in a five-way
tie for second. Charlie Knopp and Gerry Elson tied for
third with a score of 32.
Joyce Reith fired a three-under 29 to win the ladies'
nine-hole, low-net game Tuesday. Joyce Brown, Diane
Miller and Sylvia Price each shot 33 to finish in a three-
way tie for second place.
In addition to the low-net game, the ladies played
what's called a "hate 'eri" game, where they choose
three holes they hate before the round and don't count
strokes on those holes.
Reith came out on top of the "hate 'em" game as
well with a score of 25 to finish two shots ahead of
Nancy Grimme, who shot a 27. Rosewitha Fowler and
Diane Miller both shot 28 to finish'in a tie for third.
Gerry Nelson fired a five-under-par 59 to win the
men's 18-hole, individual low-net game on Wednesday.
John Heiselman was four shots back with a one-under
63 to claim second place. Dale Hudson (64), Dick Mills
(65), and Chris Collins (66) rounded out the top five.
Still room in Her-icane golf challenge
There are still some spots available for the Manatee
High School Her-icane Golf Challenge at the Braden-
- ton Country Club at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. For only
$100, golfers can play Bradenton's most exclusive and
challenging layout in a four-person scramble,
To sign up a foursome, list four players and their
respective phone numbers and send with a check pay-
able to Manatee Girls Soccer Booster and mail it to me,
- -Coach Kevin Cassidy, at 3610 York Drive, Bradenton
FL 34205. The event is a benefit for the girls soccer team
at.MIHS. For more information, _calLm aat751-..60Q2,..,
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Rides like this earned Stephen Bradford a second-
place finish in his first venture into the pro division
during the skimboard bash at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
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Justin Boisclair throws up a wall of water during
semi-final action in the pro division at the skim-
With the autumn schedule of programs
coming soon, summer activities continue for
.the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
While the Center complex is occupied with
planned construction, the programs will be at the
-activities hall of St. Bernard Catholic Church,.
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, for months
Sit 'n' Knit will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday with Barbara Hines as instructor.
The program is in four sessions, at $32 for mem-
Dion Davis gets some air during semi-final action in
the pro division at the annual skimboard contest held
at the BeachHouse Restaurant.
Austin Bleiweis won the professional division of
the Back-to-School Skimboard Bash on this ride.
He got some big air, kicked the board to his hand,
then somehow got the board back under his feet and
nailed the landing to produce a huge roar from the
crowd of onlookers.
bets and $40 for nonmembers.
Muscles and More continues from 9 to 10
a.m. Tuesday and Thursdays with Sherry Fideler
instructor. Cost is $5 per class for members, $8 for
Two levels of plates are offered with Laura
Bennett as leader. Her intermediate class meets
from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday and beginners
from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursdays.
Cost is $4 per session for members, $5 for non-
goes on for Center
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GLASS RATTAN OCTOGON table
with four rattan chairs $150, sleeper
couch with hideaway mattress $50.
SOFA AND LOVESEAT: cream,
fitted slipcover, easy wash and dry,
like new. $300 each. 941-779-2106.
FURNITURE FOR SALE: mission-
style king bedroom set. Headboard,
footboard, matching side rails and
frame, eight-drawer dresser, two
night stands, $850. Mission-style
lighted entertainment center, coffee
table, end table and library table,
$600. Leather couch (butterscotch)
$500. Loveseat (twin sleeper, red)
with matching ottoman with hidden
storage, $300. 941-538-9309.
DINING SET $175, King, queen, twin
bedroom sets $50-100, chest $25,
waterbed $50. Call 941-730-4689.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria
Island. View and purchase online:
FREE DELIVERY to your home or
condo: Shrimp, crabs, native fish.
Prompt delivery to your door. Call James
Lee, 941-795-1112 or 704-8421.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From
Calusas to Condominiums" by Ralph
B. Hunter. Signed copies available
at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
BIG YARD SALE: 8am-? Friday,
Sept.1, through Labor Day week-
end. 305 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
YARD SALE: Starting at 9am Sat.,
Sun. and Mon., Sept. 2-4. Many
families, all kinds of nice items for
sale. The sale will be held inside the
recreation hall. 2601 Gulf Drive N.,
Sandpiper Resort Recreation Hall.-
SALE: NIKI'S GIFTS, Antiques,
Jewelry. All sterling jewelry 50-70.
percent off. Select gifts, antiques,
oil paintings, prints, salt and pepper
sets, cup and saucers, thimbles,
vintage Lubite purses, collectible
shoes, vintage and costume jew-
elry and crystal 50-90 percent off.
Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm.
941-779-0729. 5351 Gulf Drive,
LOST BIRD: INDIAN Ringneck.
Yellow with red beak. Name is Sun-
shine. Call Sabina at Haley's Motel,
MISSING CAT: FAMILY pet, inside
cat. Orange and tan, small and
friendly. Name is Woodstock. Last
seen Aug. 13 on 62nd Street, Sea-
side Gardens, Holmes Beach. If
found, please call 941-778-7770..
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four
through adult. Call 941-807-1734-or
KEY WEST FANTASY Fest: One
cabin left. 5 days/6 nights aboard
65-foot sailing vessel, Lex-Sea.
$1,895 per couple, inclusive, bring
your own beer. Depart from Cortez
Oct. 25. 941-713-5958.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Pur-
chase a personalized brick in the
Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park.
Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50.
Forms at The Islander or call 941-
518-4431 for more information.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just
for the asking. Courtesy of the Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission. Free at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
GUARDIAN AD LITEM volunteers
needed: A guardian ad litem is a
trained volunteer appointed by the
court to represent and advocate
for the best interest of children who
have been abused, abandoned
or neglected. Make a positive
impact! Call 941-744-9473 or visit
BILLIE JOE: I'm a 2-year old male
cat, very handsome, black and
white. Need a special person to
adopt me, my family was evicted.
Neutered and microchipped. 941-
FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for
loving homes to foster puppies and
kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical pro-
vided. Julie, 941-720-1411.
ADULT CATS in desperate need
of loving homes. All are current on
vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.
BOAT SLIPS FOR rent, up to 50
feet. Two minutes to Intracoastal
Waterway by Cortez. Parrot Cove
BOAT DOCK FOR rent: 50 feet,
lighted, power, water, private
access. Call 941-778-3013 or 941-
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt.
Mike Heistand on the charter:bbat
"Magic." Full or half day backWa-
ter and near shore fishing. USCG
licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
ISTRATIVE assistant needed for
Island church. Hours are Monday
through Friday, 9am-4pm. Comr-
puter proficiency in MS Word, Excel,
Publisher a must. Experience in
Power Church or other church
membership software, PowerPoint
helpful. Call 941-778-0719.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten
hours, rotten pay. Apply at Rotten
Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant, 902
S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call
NURSES NEEDED FOR long-term
home care for lady with spinal injury.
Hoyer lift. Full/part-time available.
Travel opportunity. (941) 383-6953.
PART TO FULL-time handyman
needed for Holmes Beach area
properties. Please, fax resume to
PART-TIME HOUSEKEEPING posi-
tion available at local area motel.
Phone Janet at 941-778-2780
WANTED: WILDLIFE CONTROL
technician. Job requires working in
heat, on ladders, roofs, attics. Appli-
cants should possess good commu-
nication skills and be able to do light
carpentry work. Valid, clean Florida
driver's license, be able to pass a
drug test and background check.
.Please call 941-812-1666 or e-mail
* 1 & 2 Bedroom suites.
* Large heated pool.
* On-site rental management.
* Over 90,o occupancy in
first half of 2006.
* Prices start at $449,000.
Advantages of ownership:
* Winter home.
* Unlimited vacations.
* Sharing with family/friends.
* Outstanding rental income while
VOu are away.
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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT FOR busy con-
struction office. Part- or full-time. Computer experi-
ence necessary. 941-761-7770.
SEEKING KITCHEN HELP and servers for fine dining
restaurant. Apply in person to Chef Damon, Ooh La
La! Bistro, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
SEEKING PIANO PLAYER evenings for Ooh La La!
Bistro. Music range from classical to jazz. Call Chef
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Tingley Memorial Library.
Duties include checking books in/out, reshelving,
and generally assisting library patrons. Call Eveann
. Adams, (941) 779-1208.
BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT: THRIVING busi-
ness, building with additional income, beer/wine.
$1,690,000. Confidentiality agreement required.
Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and
intermediates. Free skimboard use with lessons. $10
per half-hour lesson, three lessons recommended.
Local teen, team competitor. Call 941-778-0944.
BABYSITTER: Responsible 10th-grader, great with
kids, first-aid certified. Charlotte, 941-756 5496.
BABYSITTER, PETSITTER, dog walker: First-
aid certified, 13-year-old, eighth-grader, female,
great with kids and animals. Call Kendall, 941-779-
NEED A BABYSITTER? Call Felicia, 941-761-1569.
Red Cross certified.
We have two annual rentals and a few
Winter rentals available too. Call us today!
"We ARE the Island! "
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
BEAUTIFUL TORTUGA INN 2BR unit has a WOWI!!!I QUALITY AND LOCATION Old
full kitchen and furniture. Garden view and Bridge Village. Top-end luxury, pools,
steps to the private beach, pools, bay, and docks, slip, 2BR, bonus room, living,
dock. Flexible rental, on-site management. kitchen, dining, private elevator, turnkey'
$470,000. home. $999,900.
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Beach. 2BRtownhouse style kitchen,living, , H
dinette. Upgraded throughout and new / oriz
furniture. Fantastic for rental or second , R alty
home. $599,000. - R t
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419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 * PO Box 2150
(941) 778-2291 * EVENINGS 778.2632
FAX (941) 778-2294 * www.betsyhills.com
-ANNA MARIAHIDEAWAYNEAR GULFTasteful and elegant3BR/2.5BA
home within steps of the Gulf! Amenities include stainless steel
appliances, sunny Florida room, circular driveway, outdoor shower,
sprinkler system, and lovely landscaping. $799,900, furnished.
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.
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 AND DINA'S cleaning service: We do
yard work, dog-sitting, house cleaning and we run
errands. We do not mow grass. Open 3-5pm every
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The. Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
AFFORDABLE, RELIABLE NURSING care. 24
hours. For assistance with doctor appointments,
taking medications, grocery shopping and errands,
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enter toi the living room
complete ilth fireplace and
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add-s .ist the right touch. A
goumluet kiichen, complete
with panuy closet, is designed
to be the center of family
gatherings or entertaining.
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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 com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-
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 #CGCQ61519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete-com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networkingWeb services, wire-
less services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer,
941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
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GULFVIEW CONDO 2BR/2BA full Gulf view condo, second floor,
corner unit. Offered at $825,000. Call Michel Cerene, Broker-
Associate, 941-545-9591 evenings.
CANALFRONTANNA MARIAThis large 3BR/3BAfamily home is an
easy walk to the beach and has great expansion potential. Tile and
wood floors. The master-bedroom is the ultimate master suite with
a spa bathroom and a kitchenette. Auto generator keeps the whole
first floor running. $1,195,000. Call Lori Guerin, Realtor, 941-773-
3415 or Carmen Pedota, Realtor, 941-284-2598 evenings.
SINGLE FAMILY Centrally located, one block to beach. 2BR/2BA
spacious home on corner lot. $635,000. Call Joy Murphy, Realtor,
5910 Marina Drive * Holmes Beach FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 * firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
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Real Estatc . Inc
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CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.
EXPERIENCED CERTIFIED TEACHER available for
tutoring in math, science and reading for elementary-
to college-level students. $35/hour. 941-524-4177.
HANDYMAN SERVICES: PAINTING caulking, interior
carpentry, custom mirror and other interior/exterior
general household repairs. Offering quality services
since 1994. Reliable. Call Colin at 941-376-0541.
PIANO AND VOICE lessons by New York profes-
sional artist/teacher. By appointment. Palmetto.
SAn Island Place Realty
We are looking for annual properties to
manage! Rent your home to one of our
qualified tenants looking for homes!
Please call either Sue or Adele at 941-779-9320.
411 Pine Avenue * Anna Maria * www.islandplacerealty.com
REAL ESTATE LLC
OLD FLORIDA - ANNA MARIA NEAR BEACH
3BR/1.5BA Cracker cottage plus separate studio apartment.
West of Gulf Dr. Just steps to finest beach! $875,000.
FLAMINGO CAYWATERFRONT POOL HOME
3BR/2BA plus den, heated pool, new roof and landscaping,
dock and boatlift, direct access to Intracoastal. $859,000.
HOLMES BEACH POOL HOME
2BR/2BA open plan. Vaulted ceiling, wet bar, deck, large lot,
fenced yard, pool and hot tub. $574,500.
HOLMES BEACH WATERFRONT
3BR/2BA home. Tile, pavers, fence, room for pool, new dock,
direct access to Tampa Bay. $799,900.
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. boadift.
Community heated pool, tennis. $870,000.
FABULOUS GULFFRONT OCEANA CONDO
3BR/2BA turnkey furnished on beautiful beach. Small pets,
open plan, elevator, carport, shutters. $1,999,000.
SUN PLAZA WEST CONDOS
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,
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.
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.
BAY PALMS WATERFRONT HOME
3BR/2BA.canalfront. Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay
and Inrtracoastal Waterway. $679,000.
ANNUAL and SEASONAL
779-0202 * (800) 732-6434
W Mis Suhioast
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center * 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 * www.suncoastinc.com
CLEANING BY HELENE: Thirty-year Island resi-
dent. Weekly, bi-weekly, detail oriented, honest,
reliable, excellent references. Free estimates. Call
CONSCIENTIOUS HANDYMAN: CEILING to floor.
Texture painting, fixtures, etc. Drew Hudson, 941-
EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR painting by "Sisters."
Decorating and popcorn removal. Call Nancy, 941-
756-9595, or Ellen, 941-779-0555. References.
D&E HANDYMAN SERVICES: Drywall, finishing,
texture, painting, trim, demolition. Free estimates.
Dwayne, 941-524-0299, or Elda, 941-524-9046.
UNHAPPY WITH YOUR house cleaner (even if
it's you)? Call Shirley at 941-778-4515, or e-mail:
BUYING NEW WINDOW treatments? Avoid mis-
takes! Let me measure you windows before you
purchase.Years of experience. Call Shirley at 941-
778-4515, or e-mail: email@example.com.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
BRADENTON-19600 ESTATE ROAD 64 Unique home situated on 20 acres w/2 acres of mature grapes and spring fedperennial stream.Directly
across from Lake Manatee State park which protects views, provides additional riding trails, swimming and boat launch. 3BR/2BA $1,795,000
7516 MARSH ORCHID CIRCLE
Absolutely charming condo beautifully turn-key
furnished in a"cottage style" decor.Best location
in the Preserve Golf Club atTara.The living/dining
room and screened lanai overlook a lovely pond
and preserve with privacy. $289,000
HOLMES BEACH - 5601 FLOTILLA i
DRIVE Largest rental property. on island.
Sleeps 18! 7BR/6BA, 3 kitchens, heated pool
with dock/boat house. Great cash flow. Will
i itmVL J5-jU4-J1t nAoY. oxlArI vEL5 uI j n ..UstOII1 'LAEIN JuAJN n BLUB million. unllar
home at ground level, 12 feet above sea level built unobstructed full views of the Gulf of Mexico
to meet Miami Dade Code for 140 mph wind load. with incredible direct sunsets, Listen to the
Protected mooring on 200 feet of sailboat water, waves lapping on the beach. The oversized
45-foot dock, 12,000 Ib boatlift. 4,000 sf open screened lanai with Bar-B-Q, has stairs down
floor plan. Three miles from 1-275. $1,740,000 beaches. 3BR/2BA SEVERAL e ONDOS
PALM AIRE. COUNTRY CLUB - 5523
COUNTRY LAKES TRAIL Best home in the
area at this price!Totally remodeled,private backyard,
caged pool.4BR,beautifully landscaped,great location
between Sarasota and Bradenton.PalmAire Country
Club offers golf and tennis. $499,000
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with incredible sunsets. Small gated enclave
of custom homes. Lot has deeded boat slip.
Enjoy Anna Maria without the island traffic,
the sugar sand beaches of Cortez beach are
just five minutes away. $995,000
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BRADENTON BEACH - 244 17TH ST
2BR plus office/den, 2BA, open plan, granite,
underground parking with elevator. 1/2 block
to beach access. Wonderful location on Anna
Maria Island. Bradenton Beach Club has
two heated pools, spa, fitness center and a
boardwalk that leads to the Bay. $599,000
PALMETTOU-46U7 ARLINGTON ROUAD
Full Bay views are unbelievable! 100' seawall,
total remodel includes Maple cabinets, Corian
counters, new appliances, new tile and carpet,
newly painted, new A/C and oversized garage.
Amazing sunsets! Only 17 minutes from St.
Pete. 2BR/2BA $985,000
BRADENTON BEACH - SANDCASTLE Gulf
front newer construction, complex only has
8 units, covered parking, pool, 3 bedroom, 2
bath, beautifully turn-key furnished, elevator.
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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 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.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and com-
mercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping,
cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
E ,'-, Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Re.lior
PERICO BAY CLUB: BRADENTON
920 Waterside Lane- Furnished lakefront villa, 2BR 2BA. 1,132 sf. S359,000
827 Waterside Lane: 2BR. 2BA updated, one-in garage, 1,069 sf. 5399,900.
940 Waterside Lane. Lakefroni villa, 2BR, 2BA, 1 292 sf S399.900
THE TERRACE: HOLMES BEACH
3100 Gulf Drive #5: Steps to the beochi 2BR. 2BA lownhouse. furnished, heated
pool and views of Gulf. S499,900.
419 Pine Ave. * PO Box 2150 * Anna Maria FL 34216
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.
THE GRASS HOPPER Man will give*your lawn the
TLC it deserves and beat most prices. Residential and
commercial. Call for free estimate, 941-755-4474.
GULF SHORE LANDSCAPING: Lawn care, pressure
washing, landscaping, owner operated by Island res-
ident. Exceptional value! Licensed and insured. Call
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"
CANALFRONT HOME * 506 68th ST. * $599,500
4604 BIMINI DR. * $575,000
DUPLEX * 304 65th ST. * $599,000
120 OAK AVE. * GULFSIDE * $699,000
1437 N. GULF DR. * $748,900
.s ./ . Tina Marie Doxtator, P.A.
Simply the Best
KEY ROYALE fully furnished 2BR/2BA with large patio,
boat dock and view down the canal. Room to expand.
Best value and lowest price in Key Royale. $679,000.
Norman 310177GUF DRIVE
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
Ofrecemos servicio de ventas en espanSl
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. 941-729-9381.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Complete clean-
ups, installations, native plants, palms, aquascapes,
rock and patios. Shell installed $42/yard. Shark
CLOUD NINE LANDSCAPING: Mulching, shell-
ing, plant, sod and tree installation. Full landscape
installation. No job too big or too small. Excellent ref-
erences. Fully insured. Please call 941-778-2335.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
, . Melanie, JohnsonBroker/Re.to
\ AGNER REALTY
WEST BRADENTON Cozy and cute 2BR/1 BA old Florida-style bungalow.
Quiet neighborhood, large, fenced yard. $168,900.
ELLENTON Brand new 3BR/2BA, den, double garage with great
upgrades on a cul-de-sac and pond. Near Prime Outlets Mall. $349,900.
SARASOTA 2BR/2BA end unit condo in popular Central Park II. Great
location and great amenities. $234,500.
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3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
Vic Caserta (941) 778-4364 Fax
Realtor, fluent in 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
Italian, Spanish and English (941) 778-6943 Home
(941) 730-1062 Cell
TWO WATERFRONT LOTS:
7089 Longboat Drive North
Initial bid at $1,025,000
Auction at the Bankruptcy Court in Tampa
September 25, 2006 at 11:00 am
Contact Robert Davenport
at Brasota Mortgage Company
P 7, Panoramic ,. iews of Sk', way Bridge and Tampa Bay with
135-foot se)v. all, heated pool and deep-water dock with
Sb:oar it ' 3BR.'3BA. 3 000 sf on two lots in private setting.
S.. Eritirdel, updated Large master suite added and kitchen
is top of ihe lirne in e .'er,' way. A short walk to the Gulf.
Must see to appreciate. Lots of extras. $2,495,000.
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Call John Zirzow, Agent/Owner
(941) 778-9171 Markey Realty
32 Years of Professional Service
EXPERIENCE - REPUTATION - RESULTS
MARTINIQUE N. Direct Gulf, corner, garage/storage. Updated.
Shows beautifully. $859,000.
KEY ROYALE Canalfront lot, 9,450 sf. Golf course view. $699,000.
BAYVIEW 4-5BR/4BA includes guest quarters, large master suite. $1,330,000.
IRONWOOD 1-2BR, extra storage. $139,900. Great buy!
HARBOUR VILLA CLUB 2BR/2BA turnkey, boat dock. $794,900.
LINKS PINEBROOK Golf course view, sixth floor, turnkey. $260,000.
SANDY POINTE 3BR/3BA, pool, upgrades, turnkey. $598,000.
DESOTO SQUARE VILLA 2BR/2BA, gated, pool, clubhouse. $175,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL AND ANNUAL RENTALS
WOODLANDS 2BR, heated., pool, ten minutes to beach.
LUXURY GULFFRONT VILLAS, CONDOS, HOMES
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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, 941-726-3077.
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.
INTERIOR SURFACE RENOVATION: Drywall, tex-
ture, paint, tile, wall and ceiling repairs, Fred Wein-
KEN &TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 941-792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Island resident, converting
life-long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275
for free estimates.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
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-SIX YEARS 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.
RANDY'S REMODELING: WINDOWS, door, insula-
tion, drywall, interior trim, carpentry, finishing, tex-
ture, demolition and exterior repair. 941-320-2506.
QUALITY TRIM CARPENTRY: Specializing in inte-
rior crown moulding, door, window and base trim.
Licensed and insured. Kimball Wood, 941-744-9892
FISHING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander,
Live directly across from pristine
beaches and produce income at the
same time! Ten year track record.
Perfect as designed, or rebuild
multiple units. Gulfsideisa4BR/3BA
and the bayside is a 2BR/IBA.
Open kitchen with bar. Dine-in or
enjoy sunsets through French doors
that open to the balcony. Top floor
engulfed by master suite with private
balcony. Surrounded by gardens and
plenty of drive-thru parking.
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Sandy's Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 23 Years of
SOrviCe Quality & Dependable Service.
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778-1345 and hardscape needs.
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8208 Cortez Road W. Bradenton 34210 (941) 794-6504
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Pool Deck, Patio and Driveway Renovations
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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.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across from
beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments,
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1BR/1 BA with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. 901-301-8299 or e-mail
captko462 @ aol.com.
WEEKLY RENTALS: Alecassandra villa, 1 BR/1 BA,
$700/week; Island duplex, 2BR, $800/week;
Gulffront cottage, 2BR, $1,000/week; Bradenton
Beach Club, 2BR/2BA, $1,400/week. Please call
Kim Fisher, Wagner Realty, 941-778-2246. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/unfur-
nished. Great location, quiet, modern. 941-750-0648.
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/1 BA with garage and-
fenced yard. Newly remodeled. $1,200/month plus
utilities. Small pet OK. 941-795-8979. Credit check.
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.
NICEST HOME IN North Beach Village. Total
remodel 2006. Heated pool, sun desks, screened
patio. One minute to beach. Private cul-de-sac, trop-
ical landscape. $750/weekly. Amivacationrentals.
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. 941 -
FURNISHED MOTHER-IN-LAW apartment, canal view
with a large deck, dock and saltwater pool to share.
.Apartment has private entrance, bath and kitchenette.
All utilities except telephone included. $350/week or
$850/month. Perfect for a clean and quiet individual!
Please e-mail email@example.com or call 941-928-
8735. Leave message for information and availability.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA: AIR conditioning, washer and
dryer, water, large pool, cable. Parking only 200
steps to beach. First, last and security. $950/month.
2BR/2BA CONDO AT the Waterway in west Braden-
ton. Boat slip, pool, washer and dryer, water-view.
Annual or long-term. 941-773-3375.
ANNUAL BRADENTON BEACH: ocean views from
big back yard. 2BR/1 BA. Washer and dryer. Pet OK,
no pit bulls, etc. 2204 Ave. C. $995/monthly. 216-
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA duplex. Anna Maria
City across from beach. $925/month plus utilities.
SEASONAL RENTAL: NORTH end of Longboat
Key. One bedroom villa on bay with dock. Beach
on side. Private, beautiful views. Call for rates. 941-
RENOVATED 1 BR/1 BA: walking distance to shop-
ping and beach. Tile floors, washer and dryer, lawn
service included. $725/month. 941-735-5375.
TEMPORARY ISLAND RENTAL: One month or
more, September through January. 2BR/1 BA duplex,
newly remodeled, one block to beach. $975/month.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/1 BA, private yard,
fireplace, close to community center, $1,025 plus
utilities, no pets. Call 941-756-8787.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR townhouse 500 feet from
Gulf. Updates with granite, tile in kitchen, baths.
Patio, private yard, washer and dryer. $1,350/month.
MONTHLY RENTAL: 2BR/2BA with den. Furnished
condo on canal. West Bradenton, five minutes to
beaches. $2,100/month. June through November
FOR RENT: 3BR/1BA nicely furnished home.
Updated, ground-level, walk to beach. First, last and
security. $950/month plus utilities. 941-727-5789.
LUXURY! BEACH HOUSE:. Gulf views, 200 feet to
beach, 3BR/3.5BA, sleeps nine, pool-spa, elevator,
gourmet kitchen, granite tops,five TVs, golf cart. Check
pictures, prices, availability at www.costalotta.net or call
863-581-3252.3600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
ENJOY SUNSETS FROM large balcony, glimpse of
the Gulf, steps to beach. Annual, updated 2BR/2BA,
living and dining rooms, kitchen with granite coun-
ters, garage and office, recreation room with access
to patio. $1,500/month. 941-545-6118.
55-PLUS MOBILE home resort. 1 BR/1 BA turnkey fur-
nished. Steps to Gulf and bay. Available September
through December, $800/month,'or $700/month for
two months or more. Includes utilities. 941-778-6207.
BEACH HIDEAWAY: 2BR/2BA, covered parking,
large storage unit, balcony out back. $950/month.
941-746-8666. 2411 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach.
BRADENTON BEACH ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA home.
Ocean views from big yard. Washer and dryer. Pets
OK. 2204 Ave.' C. $995/month. 216-469-2857.
CHARMING COTTAGE: ANNA Maria. Ground level,
steps to beach. Washer and dryer, cable, utilities
included. $1,700 month, multiple month discounts.
Available Nov.1. 813-388-0444.
ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA DUPLEX Holmes Beach. $925/
month including garbage and yard service, near
beach and shopping, large backyard, pets consid-
ANNUAL: ANNA MARIA 2BR duplex just renovated,
all new. $850/month plus security. 941-778-6088.
ROOMMATE WANTED FOR furnished 2BR/2BA
house in Anna Maria. Five houses from beach.
Washer and dryer, no pets. Quiet professional grad
student preferred. Credit check required. $445/
month plus half utilities. 941-778-8201..
KEY WEVT WATERFRONT vacation condo:
2BR/2BA sleeps six at the Galleon Resort and
Marina. Regularly $2,700, only $1,800 for the week,
Oct. 7-14. Nancy, 941-518-4431.
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR villa on the bay with
dock. Ground-level, washer and dryer, great view,
sleeps four. $1,500/month. Willing to share. Call
BEACH HOUSE: 2BR/1 BA, garage, storage shed,
new roof, new air conditioning. Quaint. Close to
beach, west of Gulf Drive. Call 813-690-5143 or
813-681-9111. 112 81st St., Holmes Beach.
FURNISHED 2BR/1 BA. Sandpiper Resort, steps to
the beach. Sale price, annual and seasonal rates
on request. 941-778-2912.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web" site
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WATERFRONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA open-plan
with great views of Tampa Bay. Canalfront, walking
distance to beach and restaurants. $779,000. Diane
FOR SALE BY owner: Best value on the Island!
2BR/ 2BA, one-car garage, gourmet kitchen, new
windows, updated baths and more. Two blocks from
beach. $615,000. 941-778-8677. 406 Bay Palms
Drive, Holmes Beach.
3BR/2BA: One bedroom used as a den/office/
playroom, enclosed lanai, tiled with carpeted bed-
rooms. 1,400 sf, county water/sewer, citrus trees,
near Brentwood school in Sarasota. Reduced to
$274,900. 941-379-4196 or 941-954-7474.
KEY ROYALE: Holmes Beach. Direct bayfront, gor-
geous view of Skyway, 3BR/2.5BA, two-car garage,
private dock. $2,500,000. North Point Harbor canal-
front 4BR/3BA, five-car garage. Elevated with new
lap pool/spa/waterfall, seawall and dock. $872,500.
2BR/2BA, two-car garage, renovated ranch with
new seawall/dock/20,000-lb lift. $989,500. Both
with community pool and tennis. Call Lynn Bankuty,
Realtor, SunCoast Real Estate, 941-737-1420.
C P R: 941-794.1515. Sales, rentals, property man-
agement. Coastal Properties Realty. www.coastal-
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.
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.
BRAND NEW 2BR/2BA villa with garage. Only $89/
month fee. $225,000. Bill, 941-518-9300.
2BR/1BA COMPLETELY REMODELED. All new
appliances, new washer and dryer, large yard,
plenty of parking, five minutes to beaches! 941-
761-9512. 4423 102nd St. W., Bradenton.
TRIPLEX: IDEAL LOCATION WITH great appeal.
Beautifully updated and maintained, new roof,
turnkey furnished. Beach access just steps away,
bay views, boat dock, ample parking, great income
rental. Room for a pool. Convenient to restaurants
and shopping. $875,000.111 8th St. S., Bradenton
Beach. Bridget Spies, ReMax Properties, 941-308-
6763. MSL# 313022.
BEACH CONDO: LIKE new. Priced below appraised
WEST BRADENTON: OPEN noon-4pm Sunday. Six
months condo fees paid! Free-standing, private three-
bedroom upgraded condo with two-car garage, new
lanai. Call for details, 941-792-0763. $309,900.5605
Whipporwill Ct. off 59th Street West, Tanglewood.
REDUCED $151,000! BUY now and save Realtor's
fee and more. Brand new 3BR/3BA, steps to beach,
elevator, granite, bamboo floors, Gulf view. $999,000.
941-932-7131. 747 Jacaranda, Anna Maria.
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.
CANAL HOME FOR sale in Holmes Beach by
owner. $790,000. Call 717-392-4048.
UPDATED 3BR/2BA: 1,560 sf, tastefully furnished
and decorated, sold turnkey. For sale by owner.
Buyer's agents, 3 percent. $599,900 Appointments
only. 813-818-8314. 8104 Marina Drive, Holmes
PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA with full bay views!
Granite countertops, glazed porcelain tile, carpet,
designer furnishings, plantation shutters and more.
HOLMES BEACH AREA: charming canalfront home,
newly renovated, 3BR/2BA. Granite kitchen. 1.5 miles
to beach. For sale $599,000; rent $1,600/month, or
lease with purchase option. 614-207-7878
BEACHFRONT CONDOS:TWO 1 BR/1 BA, new con-
struction, designer furnished, breathtaking views,
Jacuzzi. Great rental, walk to shopping, restaurants.
Both $995,000 or each $519,000. Captko462@aol.
HOLMES BEACH AREA: charming canalfront home,
newly renovated, 3BR/2BA. Granite kitchen. 1.5
miles to beach. Sale, $599,000, rent $1,600/month,
or lease with purchase option. 614-207-7878.
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA end unit with full
Gulf views. Turnkey furnished, stainless-steel appli-
ances, granite, boat docks, tennis, pool. $659,000.
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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.
OPEN SATURDAY AND Sunday 1pm-3pm, refresh-
ments served. Remodeled house, 4BR/3BA. $899,000.
941-730-3653. 408 Poinsettia Road. Anna Maria.
Island Team, Wedebrock Real Estate, 941-730-3653.
REDUCED DRAMATICALLY! RUNAWAY Bay large
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished. Everything new in 2006!
Great view, close to beach, great rental complex or
second home. Call for more details. $369,000. George,
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.
LOT: ONE BLOCK to beach. 57.75x1 14 feet. $529,000.
941-778-4246. 125 Neptune Lane, Holmes Beach.
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 shopping,
restaurants and trolley stop. Asking $599,000. Easy
to rent or create your own Island hideaway! Call 646-
842-0096 for more information.
PERICO ISLAND PATIO home: 1.5 years new,
3BR/2BA split plan, shabby chic, master bath, vanity,
wood-look floors. $435,000. Rhonda, 941-761-8135.
BRADENTON BEACH: Two 2BR/2BA condos, Unit
D: Open floor plan with soaring ceilings to upper loft
master bedroom. Relax and enjoy the spectacular bay
views, Just steps to the beach! $599,900. Unit B:
Totally remodeled. New kitchen, granite countertops,
spacious master bedroom, master bath, Gulf and bay
views! $699,000. Sue Maxey, Keller Williams Realty
FOR SALE: ALL new beach house. 1BR/1BA, fully
furnished, all appliances. Sandpiper resort #521. 55-
plus community on the Intracoastal across the street
from the beach. $175,000. You can't get on the Island
for less than this! 317-873-3307.
FROM OUT-DATED TO fabulous! West Bradenton
2BR/2BA, family room and garage. $249,900.Carol
Heinze, 941-920-8089. Coldwell Banker Real Estate.
MOUNTAINS OF NORTH Carolina: No hurricanes or
air conditioning. Call Tina Hampton, Realtor, born and
raised in Anna Maria. Toll-free 866-861-4444. tinah @
GULFFRONT LOTS: $595,000. Homes starting mid-
$300s. New master-planned oceanfront community on
beautiful Mustang Island, near Corpus Christi, Texas.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Escape the heat in
the beautiful peaceful mountains of western North Car-
olina homes, cabins, acreage and investments. Chero-
"kee Mountain GMAC Real Estate. cherokeemountain-
realty.com Call for free brochure, 800-841- 5868.
WITH TENNESSEE'S BEAUTIFUL lakes and moun-
tains, you are sure to find the perfect spot to call home.
Call Nancy Gaines, Gables & Gates, 865-388-7703
or 865-777-9191. www.nancygaines.com
MURPHY, N.C.: Aah, cool summers, mild winters,
affordable homes, mountain cabins, land. Call for free
brochure, 877-837-2288. Exit Realty Mountain View
NATIONAL BUILDER: ZERO percent down when you
own land! Home built on your lot starting at $58 per square
foot. Call for free color brochures, 800-622-2832.
EAST TENNESSEE: NORRIS Lake. 5.6-acre wooded
lakefront lot, $66,500, 5.1-acre wooded-view lot,
$28,900. Call Lakeside Realty at 423-626-5820, or
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NORTH CAROLINA: COOL mountain air, views and
streams, homes, cabins and acreage. Free brochure,
800-642- 5333. Realty Of Murphy, 317 Peachtree St.,
Murphy NC 28906. www.realtyofmurphy.com.
NORTH CAROLINA: BEST buy in mountains! Owner
financing, three acres with spectacular view. Paved road,
gated, restricted. 3,400-foot altitude. $95,000, Bryson
City. Call owner! 800-810-1590. www.aewilliams.net. "
CUMBERLAND PLATEAU, TN: Spectacular one- to five-
acre parcels from the $40s. Bluff view, .wooded or pond
sites. Clubhouse with fitness center. Nature trails. Min-
utes to Fall Creek Falls State Park. Call 866-292-5769.
LAKE BARKLEY WATERFRONT: 2.51 acres of lake-
front property on the Tennessee/ Kentucky border. Par-
tially wooded, in a quiet area off of the main channel in
a large cove. $44,500. Call now, 866-339-4966.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Seven acres on
mountain top in gated community, view, trees, water-
fall and large public lake nearby, paved private access,
$99,500. Owner, 866-789-8535. NC77.com.
GEORGIA/NORTH CAROLINA: Captivating mountain
views, lakes, rivers, waterfalls. Homesites starting at
$39,900. Log-home kits at $39,900. Limited availabil-
ity. Call 888-389- 3504, ext. 700.
LAKEFRONT PRE-DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY!
www.grandeharbor.info. All water-access homesites
direct from the developer. Most amenities already in,
Far below market value, from $79,900. Possible 18-
month no payments! Call now! 888-BY-LAKES.
WATERFRONT WILMINGTON, N.C.: Historic port city.
Coastal development, the bluffs on the Cape Fear.
Fastest growing county in North Carolina. Grand
opening fall 2006. Direct ocean access. Pre-construc-
tion incentives to call now. www.thebluffsnc.com 866-
725-8337. Cape Fear Bluffs LLC, broker.
WESTERN NEW MEXICO: Private 62-acre ranch,
$129,990. Mountain views, trees, rolling hills, pas-
tureland, borders bureau of land management. 1930s
stone homestead and barn ruins. Horseback riding,
hiking, hunting. Perfect family ranch, electricity. 100
percent financing. 866-365-2825.
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PALMA SOLA PARK: 3BR/2BA cedar home with guest starting at $89,900 for spectacular parcels with views, TENNESSEE DEEPWATER PROPERTIES! Starting
apartment, two-car garage. $595,000. Carol Heinze, waterfalls, mountain streams, amenities and much at only 39,900! Won't last! Call now! 866-950-5263,
941-920-8089. Coldwell Banker Real Estate. more. Call for appointment, 866-930-5263. ext 105.
If you could afford it how much would you be willing to pay for a luxury
single family 2BR/2BA direct waterfront home, just steps from the sound of
waves caressing the seawall,with long range views of the deep water Intracoastal
with access to Gulf and Sarasota Bay, yachts passing through glorious sunsets, a
romantically lighted bridge to Longboat Key in the background, deep sea fishing
and top restaurants near at hand, both docks available and all this in a deed
restricted, zoning protected (no condos) historic site with miles of some of
the finest white sand beaches on earth just a healthy stroll or bike ride away.
If you had the money or credit burning a hole in your pocket would you
be willing to pay a couple of million dollars for such a property?
Well, hang on to your captain's hat. Here comes the most
exciting Bradenton/Anna Maria Island real estate news you have
heard in years. The property just described is for sale by owner
right now on a first come basis for only $499,900.
Call 941-792-7335S or 941-704-5852
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two:iralslone fireplaces prvalebeach ArineE Miler, coming back Possible owrer Financing Karen Day Ilichenloc,'GnaarndPeierillariofTheRloyallam Gir3 941776' 33ij0 MLS4533262 1.%9,000
941 778.2246 MLS#535344 $1.950.00(0 941 778-2246 MLSu529518 $1.650.000. UlJano 94.17,61. 3100 MLS#5i3139 $1 249000
DIRECT GULFFRONTIII EnlVy sunsel views
Irom screened lanai ihal also overlook.'. pool
Urnil has ever beer rented. Turnkey lurnished
2BR/2BA plus laundry Karen Day, 941-778 2246.
CORAL SHORES Enjoy a swim or go boaling Ifrom
ih.s 3BP/2BA 1,890 sl home New 14.32 pool
doe', covered boal lift and more. Ane E. Miller
941 778-2246 MLS# 535474. $789.000
FAUULUUS GULI- VYIWS PrimTe end lrnlgned
unrl clleting spacious Iloor plan wih ea.l-i krichen.
brea.lasi bar. walk in closels. frepia.e" aind
Iwo balconies. Dave Moyniharn. 941 778,2,46
MLS507333.'1]-%5,000 ' ' .
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BEACH DUPLEX Prime Holmev Beach loca
lion wirtin sleps ol Ihe beach Unique duple'
3BR/2BA ground floor unil and a BR/BA ijunil
above garage. Dave Moynihan 941-778-2246
LUXURY ON THE ISLAND Beauldul lownhome,
new in 2005, 3BP/2 5SBA Iwo-car garage pool.
elevator Corian and lie Walch he suriselS Iron
iwubalconiesi Car.lyniJoeCordrey.,94 .776.3300.
MLS5524055 1749,00O0 . ' " '
CONDOWITHSPECTACULARBAYVIEW.Theview ABSOLUTE DOLLHOUSE! Thoroughly mrnjrr,
unroldsas.vouwall. Ilhoughlronl dco,,r .'B/2BA den wilh old Florid3 ,:harm i land i.ojage ha3 ,ri .sile
Ovel 1.400sl in peaceful erling Healed po,, Tenrni,, marnagmer, Deeded beach fishing pier on tray.
pel welcome. No sleps Io climb Joan OClshzelws1. pool Bec"y Smolh or Elli Slarren, 941 7;8.2246
941-761.3100 MLS#530772 1530,00" MLS.124049. '39').90(
NORTH WEST BRADENTON Ouiei secluded
waierioni community wih beach, pool, spa docd0 ,
tennis clubhouse,'Spacious upgraded wuoner.
lul boating lift yyl. Rir.I Horlon, 941.778 2246
ML. .533119 1.'6000
BRAND SPANKING NEW! Light bright i3R,,BA
HiddAl rdl,6 Tnj minuleilrnr:mte,i'.h vajIulle jj ling
.Cened lanri onec: r anac.hed gar.iage Lateview.,
pool. pa lrines; Hon eva:ua:ian .one Penny Bray
9441 - 765, MLS#53475 ,5'a-9.9r0
BEACHFRONT CONDO Top floor middle until wil
fabulous view of Gult. 2BRIlBA condo in a well
maineriea len.unri complex in Holmes Beach Healed
pool Near restaurants. Dave Moynihan, 941 7782246
MLSuai85j964 599 500.
NEWER HOME IN HERON'S WATCH! Don I mrss
Oul )n lhi 3BP'2BA S3ridpip.r morel home is ready
ior immerrliale oi:upanwy: JuOl a liw miles Irom ihe
Gull teac:ne; Gina and Peler LilianolPoval Team
941 761.3100l MLi9i;'80i 1355 0001
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32 0 AUG. 30, 2006 T THE ISLANDER
Bra,-d new ho-,e,-s by
Southwest Florid.'s C:.c t
experienc-a--, . ..
Wisteria Park is a new neighborhood m NIorth-.. it Br:diint:i..n
offered by Neal Communities TI-ictr i eihinri l't :c one
with maintenance-free and ti .idt,:,ion i l - Iitiil, h ome .iLnd
twelve floor plans with two-tor:, option-, rorni trh nt 2 ,0J -
to 3,341 a/c square feet. Visi: \\\'Er . -r r':.d i, ind LIour OuL
four beautiful new models.
A place where m; i. . l i ;z i.Uc,
fam ily I !' ,.,,, !*I,. j
friends will i *l ./c..
and private momcna i, l clh ihcd.
I J111drit L-**fcl~'L URAI In h-Piet: 6 7. 712-33pnr
1. Perico Harbor
Anna Maria Island & Gulf Beaches
S, Robinson's Preserve
Botanical Garden Park
Stewart Elementary School
Geraldson Farms Produce
King Middle School
, U.S. Post Office
Urgent Care Medical Center
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