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Skimming the news ... Candidate profiles in this issue, page 3.
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News on Anna Maria Island
Panel addresses Cortez on drug problems,, solutions
The panelists at the Oct. 12 community forum on drugs and crime in Cortez includes, left to right, Judge
Janette Dunnig'an, Manatee County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells
and prosecutor Ed Brodsky of the 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office. The event took place at the
renovated 1912 schoolhouse. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Cortezians get advice
dealing with drug crimes
By Lisa Neff.
More than 170 people gathered Oct. 12 in Cortez's
newly renovated 1912-schoolhouse got an education in
the justice system and instruction in taking back their
community from 'criminals.
A gathering of such size in the village typically has
something to do with fishing and involves a potluck
dinner with mullet and grits, but the Thursday night
crowd went to hear about two recent drug raids and
discuss illegal drug activity in the community.
Manatee County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann,
a 32-year resident of the village and a business owner,
organized the forum. "Cortez has gone through its ups
and downs and this is not the first time we've had to deal
with this. We just aren't going to tolerate it any more as
The estimated 170 attendees at the forum heard
from von Hahmann, Manatee County Sheriff Charlie
Wells, prosecutor Ed Brodsky and Circuit Court Judge
Janette Dunnigan. They also heard from top deputies in
the sheriff's office, a code enforcement supervisor and
a repetitive crime specialist. Sarah Meaker, the Demo-
cratic candidate for an at-large seat on the Manatee
County Commission, also attended.
The panelists repeated an overriding message it
takes a village to stamp out crime.
"You can change the atmosphere in your neighbor-
hood if everyone works together," said county crime
specialist Ann Marie Harper.
One Cortez resident, characterizing .the crime in his
neighborhood, described illegal drug activity, public
intoxication, heavy traffic and loud noise. The situation,
he said, was "like living across from vampires."
Many people at the forum expressed fear of.retalia-
tion and wanted to know how they could rid their com-
munity of crime while remaining anonymous.
"If you get tag numbers off these cars are they going
to give the name out publicly?" Cortez resident Plum
Taylor asked. referring to citizens reporting license plates
connected to suspected illegal activity. "We're a commu-
nity of older people and you don't want people to know
who you are, but you want to report what's happening."
Criminal intelligence is privileged and not pub--
licized, said Wells,. who received repeated rounds of
applause from the audience.
Criminal intelligence, the sheriff said, helped in
the recent arrest of two men John Robin Kight, 51,
and Steven Fine, 50, in connection with raids on two
alleged "crack houses" in Cortez. The raids took place
at 12116 45th Ave. W. and 4408 123rd St. Ct. W.
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Volume 14, No. 50 Oct. 18, 2006 FREE
By Diana Bogan
Members of the Holmes Beach Parks and Beauti-
fication Committee agreed to urge the mayor to sup-
port proposal by Westbay Cove residents to preserve
the strip of land between the Rotary welcome sign and
Westbay Cove's property on Manatee Avenue.
The committee received a status report from West-
bay Cove resident Molly McCartney on Manatee Coun-
ty's plans to improve Kingfish Boat Ramp at its Oct. 11
Earlier the same day McCartney said she met with
County Commissioner Joe McClash and Manatee
County's Ecosystem Administrator Charlie Hunsicker.
She said, "nothing is set in stone, but the group came
to a happy medium."
Previously the Manatee County Commission had
proposed expanding parking into the area beyond the
dolphin/manatee welcome sign. McCartney said both
McClash and Hunsicker indicated to one of the most
important aspects of the Westbay Cove proposal.
"They are not touching the Rotary sign," she said,
meaning that they will not move it from its location.
In addition, they agreed to prohibit parking behind the
McCartney said there are plans to remove the
Brazilian pepper trees and replace them with native
plants. The Australian pine trees should remain in
the picnic areas. McCartney said an agreement was
also reached to relocate the palm tree clusters in the
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Candidates, public welcome at forums Oct. 23
The Islander ne\\ paper and the League of Women directed by a panel from The Islander and League of
Voters are pleased to welcome candidates and the public Women Voters. Questions from the public will also be
in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and District 6 of the welcome.
Manatee County Board of County Commissioners to Everyone is invited to attend. Candidates may dis-
two candidate forums on Monday, Oct. 23. tribute literature and "meet. and greet" voters prior to
In Anna Maria, the doors to city hall will open at the start of each forum.
5:45 p.m. and the forum will start at 6 p.m. The forum The candidates are:
is scheduled to end no later than 6:45 p.m. Anna Maria City Commission (two vacancies):
The Holmes Beach candidate forum will begin at Linda Cramer, Joann Mattick, Duke Miller.
7 p.m. Oct. 23 and city hall will open to-"meet and Anna Maria mayor: Fran Barford, Tom Turner.
greet" candidates at 6:45 p.m. The city candidates will Holmes Beach City Commission (two vacan-
preceed the two candidates for the District 6 vacancy cies): Pat Geyer, Sandy Haas-Martens, Sheila Hurst
on the Manatee Count) Board of Commissioners. Don Maloney and John Monetti.
Candidates will each be allowed two minutes for Manatee County Board of County Commissioners
opening and closing remarks and questions will be District 6: Sarah Meaker and Carol Whitmore.
Plans for boaters, preserve area
Manatee County Commission Chairman Joe
McClash, center, met Oct. 11 with Westbay Cove
residents at the Kingfish Boat Ramp to discuss future
plans for the ramp area. Pictured around the table
are, from left, Dale de Haan with grandson Taro de
Haan, McClash, Dick Kowal and Rosanna Strauss.
McClash brought along an aerial photograph of the
area and rolled it out onto a picnic table for the dis-
cussion. Islander Photo: Molly McCartney
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Drugs rock Cortez, spur meeting
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Kight was charged with sale of cocaine, a second-
degree felony. Fine was charged with possession of
drug paraphernalia, a first-degree misdemeanor, and
possession of rock cocaine, a third-degree felony. Kight
and Fine are scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 17, accord-
ing to the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court.
Wells said nearly 20 years ago the crack cocaine
epidemic caught the county off-guard. Today, he said,
substance use factors in most crimes in the county, from
vandalism to homicides.
"I know that it hits you, some of you here in Cortez,
because I've heard from you," Wells said.
Wells and several of his top officers explained what
the sheriff's office needs before an arrest gets made
- officers either must witness the crime or have infor-
mation indicating that a crime was committed.
That's where the community plays a role in law
"We'll take out the garbage but somebody else has
to take responsibility ... to be a watchful eye," said
MCSO Capt. Pat Bartholomew.
Even after a citizen shares details of a crime, the
sheriff's office needs time to investigate and act.
"I don't have fear of these people, but at the same
time I don't want to act emotionally," said Wells.
Patience, he added, "is critical in conducting these
Law enforcement needs to make a good arrest so
prosecutors can present a solid case, said Brodsky, the
felony division chief who represented State Attorney
Earl Moreland at the forum. The arrest, said Brodsky,
"is only the beginning of the journey" and, while police.
only need probable cause, prosecutors must prove a
crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
"Reasonable doubt that's a little harder [to
prove] than what you see on TV," said Dunnigan.
The judge emphasized the difference between drug
possession and drug dealing, and the harsher penalty
handed down for the latter.
Dunnigan detailed for the audience the problems
of overcrowded judicial systems and jails and under-
funded drug treatment efforts.
"You don't fix this problem by throwing people in
jail and locking them up," she said.:
Robert Taylor accepts a $500 check from John Luch-
kowec, president of the Rotary Club of Anna Maria
Island, as a donation to the National Alliance for the
Mentally Ill of Manatee County. Taylor is treasurer of
the alliance and a resident of Anna Maria Island.
"It's not just crack cocaine," Dunnigan added. "It is
heroin addiction. It is crystal meth. It is unhealthy what
goes on in your community.... It is truly an epidemic."
From code enforcement supervisor Joe Fenton and
crime specialist Harper, the audience heard about how
securing vacant buildings, cleaning up property and keeping
watch over renters can help curb crime in a community.
During the public comment portion of the forum,
one resident praised the sheriff's office for stepped-up
patrols of Cortez and asked whether the heightened
presence would continue.
Wells answered "yes," and added that he and his
top deputies would join some of the patrols.
Steube encouraged residents to request patrols. "We
will come out for a number of reasons," he said. ."Just
call and ask."
Von Hahmann, who has witnessed and reported ille-
gal drug activity in Cortez, called the forum a success.
"I think the No. 1 thing people got out of this is that
they can respond to situations and not fear reprisal," the
commissioner said. "The community knows it has to
take responsibility. for itself."
Christ United Methodist Church located at 5512
26th St. W., Bradenton, has opened its pumpkin patch.
The patch is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday through
The church will also host a fall festival Saturday,
Oct. 21. From 1 to 4 p.m., festivalgoers can enjoy free
hayrides, roast marshmallows over a campfire and play
For more information, call 755-2722.
Kingfish Boat Ramp plans
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parking area of the ramp, in order to provide more
parking spaces. There is also talk of establishing a
clear entrance and exit route for vehicles utilizing
the parking area.
In her meeting McCartney learned that the county
-would like to prohibit parking across the street from
the ramp due to the safety issues in crossing Manatee
McCartney said there are also talks of putting in
a bike path that would not trespass on Westbay Cove
McCartney said her next step is to put into writing
the results of her meeting and forward it to McClash
for approval. Following that there will likely be another
work session scheduled with McClash and Hunsicker.
McCartney noted that engineers have not yet evaluated
the proposed plan.
She said that Islanders would likely see things
progress smoothly over the course of the next year,
but should not expect changes overnight.
"The agreement satisfies our concerns in terms
of safety and aesthetics," McCartney said. "Kingfish
should be a beautiful space in welcoming visitors as
they come across the bridge."
The committee will meet again at 5 p.m. Nov. 8
and members have invited McCartn6y back to provide
a status report.
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CANDIDATE PROFILES 2006
Anna Maria mayor
Anna Maria has two candidates seeking election to
the post of mayor on Nov. 7 as Mayor SueLynn chose
not to run for another term. While both candidates agree
adoption of the comprehensive plan is a major issue
facing the city, the two have somewhat divergent views
on its composition.
Fran Barford and husband Tom moved from Tampa
to Anna Maria in 2004 and have been property owners
since 1987. She holds a degree in occupational ther-
apy from the University of Illinois and worked in that
field for 30 years in Tampa.
Barford was the mayor of
Temple Terrace for six years
and a city commissioner
there for eight years.
that the major issue for the
mayor is to be a solid town
administrator. The city has
to run efficiently and provide
Barford good customer service. The
taxpayers of Anna Maria are
the city's customers and they must feel welcome at city
hall. The "customers" must always be treated right, even
if they don't always get the answer they want. People
should not be afraid to go into city hall.
She does not believe the city needs to hire an
administrative assistant, although there.is a provision
in the city charter for such a post.
Barford praised the proposed comprehensive plan
and believes it is very workable. It preserves the mixed-
use component of Anna Maria while maintaining the resi-
dential quality of the city. She does believe, however, that
the plan needs to get approved as quickly as possible by
the city commission for Anna Maria to move forward.,
There is a need for "pro-active" planning in the city,
and she would create a mayor's advisory council of
citizens to provide input on planning and other issues.
She favors the current line of credit adopted b\ the
city commission to implement the capital impro\ enent
Two major issues for Anna Maria are taxes and
wind insurance rates. While the city cannot do much
about rising taxes from Manatee County or the state's
wind insurance program. Barford believes she has a
number of contacts in Tallahassee that she can lobby
to effect some change for Anna Maria.
Her experience as a city commissioner and nhia. or
in a small Florida community will only help her as
mayor, she said, as she works to preser\ e the character
of Anna Maria.
Tom Turner bought property in Anna M aria in 1968
and settled here permanent\ in 1984. He is retired from
the U.S. Air Force and spent 20 years in claims insur-
ance and management before retiring from that industry.
He is a former chairman of the Anna Maria planning and
zoning board and the code
He does not believe
that the position of mayor
in Anna Maria is full time.
The city staff is competent
Se enough to handle a number
of issues and assume more
S As nma or, hlie would
Like to look at tightening
Turner the budget. including an
examination of the amount of money the city spends
on consultants, attorne.\s and experts.
While he generally'agrees with much of the pro-
posed comprehensive plan, Turner does believe there
are some problems with the housing element of the
plan, particularly the retail-office-residential area on
Pine Averiue. He said he will present specific objections
to the comprehensive plan at The Islander candidate
forum on Oct. 23.
Turner objects to the line of credit fori capital
improvement projects as passed by the current city
commission, calling it a "waste of money." If the city
manages its money properly and sets aside a certain sum
every year for capital improvements, there would be no
need for a line of credit. He does not believe the current
capital improvements project list is a five-year plan.
The city's land development codes need to be
updated. Turner said he wrote the draft for a number of
codes and had suggested then, without success, that the
city have a schedule to review all its codes. As mayor,
he would institute a regular schedule of code review.
His believes his vast experience in management
in both the Air Force and in the private sector gives
him the ability to manage Anna Maria and maintain
.the essential character of the city. "
Anna Maria has three candidates vying for the
two seats up for election Nov. 7. All the candidates
agree adoption of the proposed comprehensive plan
is the major issue facing the new commission and are
in general agreement with the draft plan, with some
possible minor revisions during the plan's upcoming
Linda Cramer is a current city commissioner and
has served three consecutive terms on the commission.
An Anna Maria resident for 26 years, she has been a
self-employed businesswoman for 23 years.
.. Cramer is seeking
a fourth term, she says,
., because she's received a
S-"considerable amount of
support from residents and
S the business community to
continue the direction of the
The present commis-
sion has adopted a parking
ordinance and established
Cram : a capital works projects list
and funding for those projects; two issues that had long
stood as unsol] ed in the city.
While Cramer is plea. ed that those issues were-
finallk addressed. she believes the major issue confront-
ing the ne%\ commission \ ill be adoption of the pro-
posed comnprehensi\ e land-use plan and accompanying
future land-use map. She supports the work of the com-
mission and planning and zoning board in preparing the
comprehensive plan for adoption and wants to continue
the work in progress. She believes her experience as -a
commissioner \\ ill ser e her well in overseeing adop-
tion of the plan.
The -commission has worked well together and with
the ma) or to ha\ e established a smooth-running city, she
said, but there are some difficulties ahead, particularIl.
with establishing land development codes that. comply
with the comprehensive plan when it's adopted. This.
will be a major challenge for the next commission.
Cramer is also concerned about the proposed
coastal overlay district to control development seaward
of the coastal construction control line. The commis-
sion has a moratorium on construction within this area
until next year and the next commission must address
the proposal and reach a conclusion that will be legally
defensible and preserve the character and quality of
If elected for another term, a major goal will be
establishment of a "walkable community" program that
will preserx e the village character of Anna Maria and
enhance walkways, bicycle paths, parking and other
She also believes future budgets need to be tight-
ened to prevent taxes from increasing. She supports any
effort by officials to control rising property taxes and
insurance rates on Anna Maria Island.
Joann Mattick was out of town last week and
unavailable for an in-depth interview. The following
is taken from her candidate profile of 2005, when she
unsuccessfully sought a seat on the commission.
Mattick moved to Anna Maria from Ohio five years
ago and first bought property here in 1999. She and
her family own the Pine Avenue General Store on Pine
She spent a number of years in hospital manage-
ment in Ohio, and moved to Anna Maria with some of
her children and grandchildren because of its family
atmosphere and quiet lifestyle.
S -,- Mattick believes the
major issue before the new
-: commission will be the
revised comprehensive plan
the city will have to approve.
She's concerned the com-
: mission might approve a
-. plan that takes away prop-
S. erty owners' rights.
S- .The city should not
.' take awvay a property own-
Mattick her's legal right to develop a
property unless that development has a negative impact
on the city, she said.
She's also concerned that the city lacks any long-
range planning for capital improvement projects and
Mattick favors the line of credit adopted by the
current commission to finance implementation of capi-
tal improvement projects now while the costs are still
low, rather than waiting to fund just a few projects
As a property owner, she'd like the city to look
into lessening the tax burden on residents by generating
more revenue from tourism. Tourists are not going to
stop coming to Anna Maria, but the city is not reaping
any benefit from its tourism economy. She wants to
keep the residential character of the community, but
not at the expense of excluding businesses.
Mattick believes in compromise on issues to reach
a decision, rather than continued debate that leads
She praised the current commission for its stance
on the parking issue, noting it's a good example that
compromise can produce a solution.
Duke Miller was first elected in 2002 and unop-
posed in the 2004 election. He is now seeking his third
term in office.
Miller has been an Anna Maria property owner
since 1957. A native of St. Petersburg, he and wife
Cindy moved to Anna Maria in 2000.
He decided to seek re-election because he wants to
ensure that the city stays on the right track to solving
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Anna Maria City
Oct. 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
storm\ after issue at 115 Sixth St. N., pier update,
various board appointments, special event applica-
tion for Drift In, capital improvement request for
police vehicle, software maintenance contract report,-
approval of public,works remodeling, consent agenda
and commission reports.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Oct. 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 20, 3 p.m., city commission work meeting.
Oct. 23, 4 p.m., WAVES committee meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Oct. 19, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Oct. 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, Sudakoff Hall, USF-
New College campus, Sarasota.
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Candidates speak out
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3
a number of issues, including adoption of the proposed
While Miller favors the proposed plan and accom-
panying future land-use map, he's worried that some
people will try to change a number of elements during
the upcoming public hearing on the plan.
He also wants to serve
.- another term because the com-
mission must adopt a number
of land-development codes
to match the comprehensive
plan. He noted that a number
of Anna Maria ordinances
are at odds with the current
comprehensive plan and the
next commission will have to
Mie- resolve those conflicts. The
previous commission has
addressed and corrected a number of those problems and
Miller wants to continue that work. His experience with
those problems will serve him well, he said.
Miller also believes the proposed comprehensive
plan will help maintain the quality of life in Anna Maria.
The proposed plan is a good mixture of the residential
and business aspects of the city.
Another major issue for the next commission will be
adoption of the coastal overlay district ordinance to limit
development seaward of the coastal construction control
line. The commission has spent a considerable amount of
time studying the issue and the ordinance has to be legally
correct. Adoption of this ordinance is critical to keeping
Anna Maria's residential character, he maintained.
Miller is very pleased with the direction of the current
commission. He and the commission have been involved
in solving a number of long-standing issues, including
parking and a capital improvements plan, and he wants to
continue to find solutions to other problems, he said.
His major goal as a commissioner would be to work
to maintain Anna Maria's quality of life and uniqueness,
while keeping taxes to a minimum.
Islander Reporter Rick Catlin compiled the profiles for
the Anna Maria election.
Holmes Beach mayor
In his bid to become Holmes Beach mayor, Rich
Bohnenberger doesn't need a campaign slogan.
He doesn't need a campaign fund.
And he doesn't need a truckload'of campaign signs.
Bohnenberger faces no opposition for mayor in
-the Nov. 7 general election.
And, experienced with the
uncertainties that come with
oilud an election day, the current
chairman of the Holmes.
Beach City Commission
...... doesn't mind.
"Ithinkof it as a vote
of confidence," Bohnen-
berger said of his lack of
includes director of the Florida League of Cities, vice
president of the Manasota League of Cities and Island
rep to the Manatee County Joint Planning Committee.
He has 11 years experience as ari officeholder in Holmes
Beach -- nine years as a city commissioner and two
years as mayor.
"I enjoy working with our staff. I enjoy meeting with
people on the Island. I enjoy heading off problems,"
Bohnenberger said during an interview Oct. 9 at Mana-
tee Public Beach.
Bohnenberger, a retired firefighter from Philadel-
phia and U.S. Air Force veteran, came to the Island 17
"I came in 1990 on an open-ended g action and I'm
still here," said Bohnenberger, a father and grandfather \%ho
owns a home in Holmes Beach with his wife, Phyllis.
But it's been something of a working vacation for
Bohnenberger, a real estate agent who's involved with
the Island Kiwanis, Moose and historical society groups,
as well as Anna Maria Elementary, Mote Marine Labora-
tory and the local American Legion post.
Bohnenberger first took a seat on the Holmes Beach
City Commission in 1993. He cites his work on creating
a system of dedicated funding for stormwater projects
and creating a drug-free workplace policy for city hall
as top achievements.
Looking ahead, Bohnenberger sees Holmes Beach
dealing with growth and development matters, support-
ing property owners caught in the insurance crisis, and
opposing a push for a county charter government.
"I think the biggest threat to our quality of life comes
from outside the city, off the Island," Bohnenberger said,
referring to a concept of a county charter government that
he believes would interfere with Holmes Beach's "self-
control and self-determination."
"City government is like a corporation and the citi-
zens are the shareholders," he said.
Bohnenberger's decision to seek the mayoral job cre-
ates a vacancy on the city commission a one-year seat
that is the balance of his term as city commissioner. The
seat will be filled by the new commission after election day
and the swearing in of two newly elected commissioners.
Pat Geyer's held a number of titles over the years,
including city commissioner and mayor.
She's also answered to a second name Miss Duffy,
as the owner of Duffy's Tavern, the Holmes Beach insti-
*tution known for cold beer
Geyer, 75, is running
in a somewhat crowded race
for the Holmes Beach City
Commission in the Nov. 7
election. "Five people for
two seats has me a little con-
cerned," said Geyer, seated at
a table after a lunch rush at
Geyer Geyer is neither a new-
comer to Holmes Beach nor politics.
In the early 1950s, Pat and Edward Geyer were living
in Cincinnati. They had friends who vacationed on Anna
Maria Island and returned to Ohio to spread the word about
their discovery. By the early 1960s, the Geyers had settled
in Holmes Beach, where they raised five daughters.
"When we moved here, in the summer time, there was
hardly anyone on the Island," Geyer recalled. "The kids
could play a baseball game in the middle of Gulf Drive."
The Geyers purchased Duffy's Tavern in 1971
- Island lore holds that Pat Geyer wanted to keep her
daughters out of trouble..
By 1978, she was holding elected office in Holmes
Beach. She served repeated terms on the city commission
and was elected mayor from 1990-94.
She said she learned as mayor that it's essential to
run a government like a business: "You know what your
budget is and that's what you stick to."
She learned as commissioner that it's important to
look for the greater good. "You hear from your con-
stituents and they tell you what they like and \\hat the\
wouldn't like. And then you have to sort it all out arid
see what's good for everybody," Geyer said. "Common
sense needs to figure in whatever you do."
For the November election, Geyer is campaigning
under the slogan, "Put Pat back to work for you."
Her agenda includes revisiting area disaster plans to
accommodate for new development, specifically Perico's
SevenShores project, working with the county to keep
the beaches open to the public and "pristine," keeping
watch over growth and density, and working to bring
recycling to beach access points.
"People are complaining that we don't have recy-
cling bins at the beach," she said. "That is something we
have to think about."
Ge_ er also supports changing the designation for the
city's Grass\ Pointe property from lo" -densitN residen-
tial to conservation..
"'We need green space on the Island," she said.,
Her agenda includes supporting initiatives to help
small businesses in Holmes Beach, such as deferments
for motels struggling %\ ith a controversial spike in prop-
erty taxes and allowing for mixed use commercial
and residential of a building.
"In commercial areas, people can't live above their
businesses," said Geyer. "That will have to be looked at
for change ... so people can own one piece of property
and live and work there."
Geyer glanced around her restaurant. She doesn't
live at Duffy's, but she spends a lot of time there. "I do
a lot of campaigning from here," she added.
"Running again?" the man asked Sandy Haas-Mar-
tens as she walked across the parking lot at Manatee
She smiled and said, "Yes, running again." She's
held elected office on the Island since 1992 and she's
run a lot of campaigns.
The man offered his
support. Another vote for
Haas-Martens to count on in
her bid for a fifth consecutive
s term on the Holmes Beach
Haas-Martens, a retired
bank manager and officer,
was born in a small town out-
side Toledo, Ohio. Holmes
sHaas-Martens Beach reminds her of that
small town, the kind of place where people really get to
know one another and help one another.
Her family moved to Manatee County in 1960, and
Haas-Martens attended Manatee High School, graduat-
ing in 1964.
She started working on the Island in 1969 and,
in addition to working in Island banking, she's been
.involved with numerous community organizations,
including serving as president of the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce and as elected commissioner for
the local fire district.
"I try to be involved," said Haas-Martens. "I like
doing things, keeping busy."
So she studies her interests, taking classes and going
through training whether the interest is law enforcement,
gardening, mutual funds or civic leadership.
"Whatever I'm working in, I like to take classes,"
Haas-Martens said. "No one can ever take away what
She described her first campaign, for fire district
commissioner, as "fantastic." Held during the 1992 presi-
dential election, she found the race thrilling. She caught
the political bug, though she doesn't think of herself as
"I never thought of myself as a politician to be
honest," she said. "I like to help people. I like giving
back to the community. The Island community is like
She recognized that the Island is changing, with
growth in development and population. But she's con-
fident the Island won't lose it's small-town appeal. "It's
going to keep the Island character," Haas-Martens said.
Given that, Haas-Martens has said she wants to
ensure that building density and height are not increased
and that the plight of business owners struggling with
tax and insurance issues must be addressed.
One specific concern is helping mom-and-pop motels
burdened by the constitutional amendment requiring them
to be taxed at the highest and best use of property.
"We really need to get that amendment changed,"
On another small business issue, she said she sup-
ports a proposal to create a mixed-use provision in the
commercial land- use category. The proposal would
allow residential units above the ground floor.
"I think it's great," she said, comparing the concept
to Main Street-style commercial districts with street-
level shops and upper-level residences. "I don't have a
problem with mixed use and I think it's a great idea."
Hans-Niartens said she's proud of her work on
Holmes Beach's infrastructure -i canal dredging, street
paving and drainage.
And she's most proud of the construction of the
skateboard park near city hall. 'It % as just great for the
kids," she said.
-Sheila Hurst paused, trying to come up with the words
to describe what she considers a permissive atmosphere
allowing the overdevelopment ofAnna Maria Island.
"I'm afraid they are going to be like Michael Jackson
and his face 'Oh my God, what have we done,'" said
Hurst, 44, one of five candidates running in the Nov. 7
election for two vacancies on the Holmes Beach City
"The crisis that we're facing has to do with over-
development and a lot of county intrusion," Hurst said.
"All the development that's going on is scary."
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Hurst, who grew up in Highland, N.Y., about 90 miles
from New York City, earns her living as a therapist at
Manatee Glens in Bradenton.
She works with adults recov-
-ering from substance abuse.
t- M "The clients are the most
honest people and they're
survivors," she said. "They're
people who had a little bit of
a problem and they survived
and those survival skills are
what make them unique."
Hurst, who moved to
Hurst Manatee in 1989, is married
to Michael Hurst, and is the mother of two daughters,
a 20-year-old attending Manatee Community College
and a 14-year-old at Manatee High School. She credits
her husband, who works at the Holmes Beach Publix
supermarket, with introducing her to the Island.
The family rents in Holmes Beach, playing ,what Hurst
called the "Island monopoly game," moving from one
annual rental to another as their landlords sell the property
for new construction or convert to seasonal rentals.
Hurst's political work on the Island dates to the
early 1990s, when she worked on an Anna Maria may-
oral campaign. Hurst later ran for office herself, losing
a race for Holmes Beach commissioner by 14 votes.
Today she's president of the watchdog group Save
Anna Maria Inc. and takes pleasure at once being called
a "squeaky wheel" in a newspaper endorsement.
"I'm kind of the odd-person out," Hurst said. "Some-
people kind of cringe when they see me.
"I'm always for the underdog," she continued: "I'm
always for the minority. I'm always for a person trying
hard. And I'm an environmentalist. I'm for people who
don't have a lot of say."
Hurst's environmental interests led her to volunteer
at Mote Marine Laboratory on Sundays, where she helps
care for sick and injured dolphins, whales and turtles.
Her environmental interests also led her to oppose
a county effort to extend parking and add rest rooms at
the Kingfish Boat Ramp. She supports creating a nature
trail there instead and said the issue is a key campaign
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"The parking does not need to be extended," Hurst
said. "It just needs to be reconfigured.... Kingfish needs
to be protected and preserved. That is such a wonderful
ecosystem there. We used to see manatees there we
Hurst's campaign for commissioner is a low budget
one. Her husband made her 25 hand painted signs from
recycled wood for a total of $32.28.
"Money needs to be out of politics," she said.
"I have a real good chance of winning," she 'contin-
ued, "but if I don't win, I won't be disappointed."
Don Maloney made his career in sales and rharket-
ing and he applies the lessons he learned to politics and
The No. 1 principle in sales and marketing?
"Give the people what they what," said Maloney.
The same principle must be applied to governing,
said Maloney, one of five candidates running for Holmes
Beach City Commission in the.Nov. 7 general election.
Take for example the question of whether Holmes
Beach needs to expand its recreational facilities. "If you
look behind city hall, you'll see that whole expanse of
land," Maloney said. "I recently saw kids playing soccer
there and was just thrilled. But what should that land be
for? We need to talk to the people. What do they want
to do there? Give the people what they want."
There are two commission seats to be filled one
is the seat now held by Roger Lutz, who is not seeking
re-election, and the other is the seat held by Sandy Haas-
Martens, who is running for a fifth term.
Maloney, 78, has held the commission job before,
having served nine years, and he'd like it again.
"I'm not a newcomer," he said. "I bring experience
and I've made it clear where I stand."'
Maloney came to Anna Maria Island 17 years ago.
In many cases children follow their retiring parents to
Florida. In Maloney's case. he and wife Sarah followed
their daughter and her family.
Maloney quickly took an interest in Island politics
"The first thing that moved me is I could not believe
that there was an island seven miles long, a half mile
wide at the largest, with three cities," he said. "We have
three mayors, 14 commissioners, three of everything.
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THE ISLANDER E OCT. 18, 2006 0 5
That might have been OK in the old days, but the world
is changing too fast."
Maloney has been an advocate of exploring consoli-
dation on the Island and he said he's bothered that there's
been little action since Holmes Beach voters endorsed a
'-. consolidation study in a non-
S binding referendum last fall.
-- "The government
.'-isn't paying attention to
\ the people," Maloney said,
I adding that citizens feel
disenfranchised and thus,
too few attend meetings
and go to the polls.
.J ,. "We need to get
Maloney people involved. When I
get elected this time, every
month I want to get five citizens together and just talk,
right here, in my office," he said, gesturing toward the
expanse of chairs at Cafe on the Beach.
Given his business background, Maloney would
like to see more efficiency and accountability in gov-
ernment. So along with seeking to study consolidation,
he advocates evaluating a "professional management"
form of government.
"Florida is growing too fast and this Island is grow-
ing just as fast," Maloney said. "I don't believe there's.
anything we can do about growth...but we have to
effectively address growth management. So I continue
to shove for a look into professional management."
After years of moving from state to state, the Monetti
family decided to plant some roots 11 years ago. They
chose Anna Maria Island, largely because of the reputa-
tion of Anna Maria Elementary School.
John A. Monetti has now lived longer in Holmes
Beach than anywhere else in his 45 years.
Monetti is one of five candidates running for two
seats on the Holmes Beach City Commission. He's
served on the planning commission but this is his first
run for elected office.
Monetti's campaign team includes his wife, Rejane,
who helped put together his ads and mailer, and his three
children. Monetti's 2-year-old son went door-to door
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Do your part
The clock is ticking down to election day, Nov. 7.
Voters on Anna Maria Island have a lot of choices on
their ballots. Anna Maria and Holmes Beach have may-
oral and/or city commissioners from which to choose.
There are also candidates on all the ballots attempting
to fill federal, state, regional and other offices, plus a
slew of constitutional amendments to mull.
Now is the time to do some homework. It's not
easy to live in a democracy it takes some research
and thought to study the issues, meet the candidates,
review their stands on what matters to you, and vote.
We've started the process for you in this week's
Islander with profiles of candidates with special impact
to the Island. We're also hosting forums Oct. 23 where
you can meet the candidates, and will be running arti-
cles on the amendments in upcoming weeks.
Do your part do your homework, and be sure to
vote Nov. 7.
With the fall season comes the return of you
guessed it Snowbirds!
And they are certainly welcome. It will be a great
boost to the Island economy at a time when it is sorely
needed. We can't recall a summer season so "quiet" in
a long time. Even the winter after the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks was good for us on Anna Maria Island. Where
safer, assume, folks were thinking as they streamed
back from "up north."
But taxes, insurance and increased rents for busi-
nesses and residential tenants-on Anna Maria Island
made for a long summer.
It's time we "bust out" of the dulldrums and hit the
tourist season running.
We can turn it around.
Good news, bad news-
The bad news we learned about Holmes Beach
.Police Officer Pete Lannon took us all by surprise -
none the least of whom are Pete and his family. Cancer
often strikes without warning.
But a positive attitude and determination both
high points in Lannon's character ,- will help carry
And the community is dedicated to helping him,
too. A pasta dinner, car wash and other events are rais-
ing funds for the Lannon family's mounting bills. Folks,
are pitching in from the school, where Lannornexcelled
in teaching, mentoring and protecting children. And
others.are coming forward, parents of past students and
many members of the community who know the gentle'
Pete and his big heart.
It takes an island. And Pete so deserves our good
thoughts and our help.
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SLICK 'Welcome back winter friends' By Egan
Where's the tea party?,
I spent some time driving around Anna
Maria Island last week to see what is-new, what
is gone, what is added to etc., since my summer
It occurred to me that over the 45 years. I have
been visiting and/or living here, a lot has changed,,
but in some ways nothing has changed. It is still the
,best place I can imagine living.
I wake up every morning to sunshine, good
weather and tropical foliage. I hear the early morn-
ing walkers and bike riders passing by in front of my
house on Spring Avenue in Anna Maria. I live in a
bird sanctuary and can listen to an osprey's calls and
parrots shrieking all da\.
So many wonderful and interesting people live
here. I can eat Duffy burgers and drink pina coladas
at the Sandbar. Walk on the beach. I feel a real sense
of community. It is great to see some of the young-
sters who went to school with my kids, like Jason
Sato, Scott Rudacille, Justin Moore and Derek Pet-
tigrew to name a few, coming back here as adults to
live and work.
Yes, our way of life is in peril right now. Hor-
rible insurance issues,.oil companies wanting to drill
offshore, a county tax assessor run amock, city gov-
ernments micromanaging and focusing on things that
don't matter while the larger issues seem to float by
But you know what? I know a lot of people
here' who are very savvy, very aware and very
much dedicated to preserving this great place and
lifestyle that we enjoy. Together we will fight the
threats and we will prevail. It is what we have
always done here and we have the next generation
helping us now. With their help,)youth, energy
and education, combined'with our old age and
treachery as the saying goes, we will remove the
obstacles to our greatness we kriow- who and
what they are.
Now if you will excuse me, I have to go to the
Boston Tea Party.
Janet Aubry, Anna Maria
Last evening, my husband and I had the privilege
of seeing the present production of the Island Players
"Quartet." It was smashing.- We have supported the
Island Players since we arrived on the Island four
years ago. This playhouse and its performers are truly
a jewel to the Island community.
The performance of "Quartet" was exceptional.
Bravo to the'play's director, Gareth Gibbs, and the
perfectly casted performers, Ms. Gibbs, Lamoueus
and Fleming, and Mr. McDowell and Schubel.
Run, do -not walk, to get your tickets for this out-
Ann and Donald Rully, Holmes Beach
Scratch and sniff
I live here on Anna Maria Island and I just love
your Rotten Ralph ads. They're always fun and inter-
However, last week I scratched and sniffed
Ralph's "Ad-aroma" ad until there was a hole in the
paper and I could not smell a thing. So I decided to go
to the restaurant and smell things out for myself.
I have to admit, when I arrived at Rotten Ralph's
Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria, the smell of
the fish and chips made me smile just like the lady
pictured in the ad with the plate of fish.
. Thank you to the folks at Rotten Ralph's and The
Islander for the entertaining ads.
From a resident with a good nose.
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Tidemark moving forward,
Easterling out of management
By Rick Catlin
The man who guided the Tidemark hotel/marina/
condominium site plan through the Holmes Beach City
Commission in 2001 and a subsequent company
bankruptcy is no longer involved in the daily man-
agement of the project, the new owners have said.
While Nick Easterling continues to be part of the
new ownership Tidemark Reliance LLC Lance
McNeill of Tidemark Reliance said Easterling is not
involved in construction management.
"He's still an interested party," said McNeill, "but
no longer in management."
Easterling said, however, that he will co-manage
operations of the complex under the contract he has
with Reliance Tidemark.
At the same time, McNeill said work on the 5-year-
old project has been steadily going forward. The foun-
dations for the buildings are in and bids on the "vertical
construction" have been received and construction on
that portion should begin in the near future.
Construction crews are now finishing up the under-
ground sewer and water connections along with the elec-
trical hookups. That took a bit longer than anticipated,
McNeill indicated, but that phase of the project "should
be finished in about three to four weeks," he said, adding
that construction of the marina and docks won't begin
until the vertical construction phase is complete.
McNeill is also getting the documents for the condo-
minium association ready for state of Florida approval.
He anticipated that approval should be received within
a few weeks. Once the state signs off on the documents,
Tidemark can begin marketing the planned 40'units.
"We'll then begin offering them for sale," he said.
Potential buyers who had "reservations" on a unit
before Tidemark went into bankruptcy will be given
first opportunity for a condominium.
McNeill said he did not have a firm price range
for the units, which will include one-bedroom, two-
bedroom and at least .one luxury unit.
"We'll be announcing the price range in the near
future," he said. "Obviously, the market is not what it
used to be."
He downplayed any perceived delays in completion
of the project after Tidemark was reorganized following
"This is being done step by step. We're going for-
ward steadily. We're very close to having everything
organized," he predicted confidently.
The Holmes Beach City Commission approved the
Tidemark site plan in August 2001 a plan organized
and headed by Easterling.
Following financial difficulties in getting the proj-
ect off the ground, Easterling placed Tidemark into
voluntary bankruptcy in January 2004.
Tidemark came out of federal bankruptcy court in
August 2005 as a new company Tidemark Reliance
LLC along with a financial savior in Ken Dardis
and Reliance Property Group of Connecticut, and a
new plan that originally called for construction on the
marina phase of Tidemark to begin by January 2006.
That didn't happen, but Easterling was all smiles
with much of the project's debt dismissed as the reor-
ganized and refinanced company emerged from bank-
ruptcy court as a viable operation.
Construction of a new seawall began shortly there-
after and Easterling at that time confidently predicted
the marina phase of construction would begin soon.
In December 2005, Easterling said he expected to
open the marina and resort about 12 to 18 months after
Prices for the 40 units of Tidemark would range
from about $500,000 to just over $1 million, Easterling
The marina phase will add 65 boat slips including
public spaces and an accommodation for police boats
and emergency services.
The marina is needed to provide dock space for
the large number of visitors by boat the city's business
district receives. Tidemark leased the city's boat basin
for about $10,000 a year, and promised to provide some
slips to the public.
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$4.9 million, while Anna Maria Island alone suffered
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recently. His 7-year-old son helped take pictures for
the campaign. His 15-year-old daughter lobbies her
friends for votes.
Monetti, who spent his "formative years" in Pitts-
burgh and is a graduate of Notre Dame, moved to
Manatee County for a job at the Columbia Restaurant,
where he's general manager. The job came after years
of working in the corporate
"I moved 12 times in
11 years prior to taking the
job," said Monetti. "I real-
ized it was time to settle
Settling down for
Monetti didn't simply involve
setting up a house, enrolling
the kids in school and meet-
Monettiing the neighbors. He also
wanted to get involved in his community and when he
read an ad in The Islander seeking citizens for a storm-
water abatement team in Holmes Beach, he volunteered.
"I wanted to do something for the city," Monetti
said. And he went on to the planning commission and
currently serves as that board's vice chair.
In the restaurant, Monetti is used to making deci-
sions quickly and on his own. Government, he observed,
"is very process driven.... The wheels of progress seem
to churn slowly."
But there's good reason for the pace, he added. The
time allows for study and consideration and all sides
on an issue get to make a case.
"It's been interesting listening to people, learning to
step back and listen and in many instances see the other
side," Monetti said. "I have learned to be open-minded."
He considered this when he came up with his
campaign pledge: "Seeking, through a common sense
approach, to maintain the unique beauty and balance
of the city of Holmes Beach."
Monetti's concerns include protecting the beaches
and the downtown district, maintaining Holmes Beach
home rule, getting a fair share of collected taxes, watching
density and balancing residential and tourism needs.
One issue likely to come before a new commission
is whether to restrict resort rentals in R- 1, low-density
residential zones, to no less than 30 days.
"The, idea behind it was to protect the character of
residential neighborhoods," said Monetti, estimating
that about 900 homes are in R-1 zones. "The thought
was that people should have some protections."
The recommendation came from the planning com-
mission that Monetti serves on, but he's not certain how
he'd vote on the city commission.
"As I speak to people out there I find a lot of folks
who disagree and it's made me pause," he said. "I will
look at all the angles, reflect on the issue. I do believe
in the merits of the arguments for it. But I will represent
the citizens of Holmes Beach the best I see fit."
Islander Reporter Lisa Neff compiled the profiles for
the Holmes Beach election.
Commission, District 6
Sarah Meaker is the Democratic candidate in the
partisan race for the District 6 at-large seat on the Man-
atee County Commission.
She is the former president of Trade Routes Ltd.,
developing United States retail markets for artisans
living in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
She started a soup kitchen, school and clinic for
Guatemalan street children. She currently works for the
Manatee County School District, managing a program
that certifies professionals who want a second career
as a teacher.
Meaker has a bachelor's degree in political sci-
ence and a doctorate in leadership and education. She
has a 6-year-old daughter and attends Christ Episco-
She said she believes the need for "slow, sustain-
able, strong growth equals smart growth" sets her
apart from her opponent. "I
have a strong desire to help
small businesses through
S tax relief."
Meaker said her plat-
e .e form includes slow, sustain-
able growth, growing the
tax base of the county, and
revitalization of the quality
of life in the county. "The
Maker quality of life has changed
in Manatee County," she
said. "I want to maintain the beauty of the area so my
daughter can grow up and enjoy it."
Question: How can you as a commissioner ensure
that Anna Maria Island, touted in tourism promotions,
can maintain its facilities with the continued growth
and development in the eastern section of the county?
"The bigger problem is that there are pockets of
Manatee County that are not being addressed by the
county," she said. "There are community centers in
Myakka, Palmetto, Anna Maria that are in need. The
problem is like an onion, with a variety of different
layers. We. have to address new development, yet we
also have to have the infrastructure in place for it. In
the old days, we were told to go west. Now, everyone
seems to be going east, and the east is going away. We
need to look at what other counties, what other com-
munities, are doing to handle growth and try to figure
out what we need to do here."
Carol Whitmore is the Republican candidate in
the partisan race for the District 6 at-large seat on the
Manatee County Commission.
Whitmore was elected to the Holmes Beach City
Commission in 1991, and elected mayor in 1998, a
position she holds today. She was a nurse at Mana-
tee Memorial Hospital and is currently administrator
at Parkway Plastic Surgeons, where her husband, Dr.
Andre Renard, practices. She is a graduate of Manatee
High School and Manatee Community College. Whit-
more has periodically served on the Sarasota-Mana-
I 8 tee Metropolitan Planning
S '.Organization, Manatee
Opportunity Council, and
as a board member on the
Anna Maria Island Commu-
l r To Avoid Red Tide. She has
.a grown daughter.
Whitmore said her
Whitmore sets her apart from her
opponent. "I believe my
experience and contacts with state agencies, local agen-
cies and local elected officials sets me apart," she said,
"and my history of governmental service."
She said her platform includes the need for better roads
and transportation, control of taxes, maintaining social ser-
vices and emergency services in the county, and protecting
the water and environment in Manatee County.
Question: Manatee County appears to be in a mode
of simply buying property as a means of preservation
of green and open space. Is that a good approach, or
should some other means or set of incentives be put in
place to protect the environment?
"The county is buying land and turning it into
an educational experience, like at the Robinson Pre-
serve. The goal is to buy up waterfront property, and
it's important. The county's land development codes
are becoming more strict about having developers pro-
vide open space for environmental purposes, and I'm
seeing that developers and businesses are becoming
more attuned to that. I believe developers are beginning
to realize that they have to offer more incentives or they
won't get their projects approved."
Paul Roat compiled the profiles for the Manatee County
Pier plan moves forward
Approval of a major development plan for the His-
toric Bridge Street Pier is recommended now by the
Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board and
will soon come before the city commission.
Planners last week unanimously recommended the
city commission approve the plans, which include a
92-seat restaurant, dockmaster offices, a tackle shop,
rest-room facilities and an enhanced day-docking facil-
ity. Fire officials, engineers and other experts said the
proposal met all professional qualifications, and board
members agreed the project met the requirements of
the city's codes and comprehensive plan.
City officials have been working for more than
a year on plans for the new construction at the pier,
which was severely damaged during Hurricane Frances
City commissioners are expected to address the
major development plan in November.
The pier is expected to be open to the public by
spring 2007. Bids for construction on the project are
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Expect more barks than
boos from the participants
in the Halloween contest
planned for Oct. 28 in Holmes
The event a parade, cos-
tume contest and party will
feature Island dogs, other inter-
ested pets and their human com-
The Islander and Holmes
Beach resident Olivia Willis,
a loan officer at-Wells Fargo
Home Mortgage, are co-spon-
soring the event.
Willis proposed the cel-
ebration for her 9-year-old
daughter, Emma Terry, a stu-
dent at Anna Maria Elemen-
"They always used to have
one and my daughter asked
why they don't anymore,"
Then her 19-year-old
daughter, Lauren Dipolito, sug-
gested organizing the event.
Emma Terry, 9, of Holmes Beach, prepares
for the dog costume event that she helped
initiate with The Islander and the mort-
gage company where her mother Olivia
Willis works, Wells Fargo Home Mort-
gage. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
"So, I said, well, let's get
one going," Willis said. "We
don't even have a dog." Willis
noted that Emma so loved the
contest that one year she bor-
rowed a neighbor's dog to par-
Last week fliers were
drawn up and the effort to
collect prizes and organize
Registration for the con-
test is from 3-3:30 p.m. at The
Islander office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, fol-
lowing the Fall Festival at the
school. The parade participants
will then assemble at "the
corral" under the big tree at the
Anna Maria Island Art League,
5312 Holmes Beach Blvd., and
parade to The Islander. There,
as the pups and other pets circle,
judges will decide the prize-
But, Willis added, every
dog will get a bone.
Compound crashes, bridge delays Sunday night
Two crashes in a short span of time on the Anna
Maria Island Bridge resulted in injuries and long delays
for folks hoping to cross to the other side on Manatee
.Avenue Sunday evening.
According to Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Ken-
neth Piegari, a stalled vehicle belonging to Alex Wage-
naar, 51, of Anna Maria, the result of an earlier crash,
caused Kathleen Kramer, 68, of Key Royale, to attempt
to pass Wagenaar's Toyota and her Nissan hit head-on
a Cadillac driven by Frank Moravec, 87, of Bradenton.
His wife Grace, 87, was also in the Cadillac.
The Moravecs sustained serious injuries and were
taken to Blake Medical Center. Kramer had minor inju-
ries and was also transported to Blake.
A third vehicle in the crash driven by Douglas Hall,
39, of Bradenton, was hit by Wagenaar's car before it
came to a rest on the bridge. Kramer was charged with
passing in a no-passing zone.
Traffic was halted on the bridge from approxi-
mately 7. p.m. until after 9 p.m.
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By Rick Catlin
All World War II veterans whose stories have
appeared in The Islander newspaper's "Greatest
Generation" column are invited to a special cer-
emony to honor veterans starting at 9 a.m., Thurs-
day, Nov. 9, at the Holmes Beach City Hall But-
terfly Park and Veterans Memorial.
The public and all veterans are welcome to
attend and honor the "Greatest Generation."
Prior to the presentation of the colors by an
honor guard from the Kirby Stewart American
Legion Post, The Islander will have a complimen-
tary buffet breakfast at the park for all the veterans
and their spouses.
Several Island veterans will make brief
remarks, followed by the presentation of the colors,
the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Islander will also present a special bound col-
lection of all the "Greatest Generation" stories that have
appeared in the newspaper to the Island Branch of the
Manatee Public Library and Tingley Memorial Library.
After presentation of the collection, the honor
guard will fire a 21-gun salute for all veterans and
Taps will be played. The ceremony should con-
clude by 10 a.m.
All veterans whose stories have been in The
Islander will receive a mailed invitation, but if any
such veteran doesn't receive the invitation, they are, of
course, welcomed. Addresses are occasionally incor-
rect or get lost. Dress will be Island-style casual.
Because of prior commitments, the American
Legion honor guard was not available on Veter-
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By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria to GSR: No sale.
While financially strapped GSR Development
LLC partners Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega might
have thought that a proposed auction sale of each of
GSR's 17 lots at its Villa Rosa property in Anna Maria
would bring a desperately needed infusion of cash to
the beleaguered company, Anna Maria City Attorney
Jim Dye dashed those hopes last week with a dose of
reality. Villa Rosa is still one big piece of property, not
individual lots, he said. .
In response to the auction sale motion filed in fed-
eral bankruptcy court by GSR attorney Richard Prosser,
Dye said there's a slight problem. The city has never
signed off on the final plat of the property.
"It poses a problem" for GSR, said Dye.
Technically, said Dye, GSR can "sell off chunks of
Villa Rosa," but the individual buyers would be unable
to get a building permit until each lot is platted.
To get the final plat including individual lots -
recorded, GSR needs to comply with several "minor"
stipulations that the city placed on Villa Rosa when it
gave approval on June 9, 2005. Those stipulations are
still pending, noted Dye in a letter to Prosser last week,
and until those problems are satisfied with the city, no
building permits can be issued.
In addition, added Dye, Villa Rosa has been sitting
vacant for more than a year. Any improvements done by
GSR since site plan approval in 2002 may need "repairs
or maintenance" and a city inspection.
Dye told Prosser it would be in everyone's best
interest for GSR to complete the plat process, rather
than attempt to split the property through an auction,
forcing the individual owners to plat the property.
Mayor SueLynn said she would meet with Prosser,
Dye and Building Official Kevin Donovan this week-to dis-
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The deadline for GSR to clean up its Villa Rosa property or face code enforcement action by Anna Maria
expired on Oct. 9, but city officials said GSR asked for an extension. By Monday, Oct. 16/ the debris had been
cleared, according to code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon. This photo shows rubble left by GSR before
clean up, along with the $2.5 million model home that NBA player Theo Ratliff of the Portland Trailblazers has
a contract to purchase. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
GSR compromise motion hearing Oct. 24
By Rick Catlin
A motion by GSR Development LLC to "compro-
mise controversy" with Bon Eau Enterprises LLC will
be heard in federal bankruptcy court at 2:30 p.m. Tues-
day, Oct. 24.
In its emergency motion, GSR asks Judge K.
Rodney May to grant the company until Dec. 15, to
exercise its $100,000 repurchase option with Bon Eau
on GSR's Villa Rosa property in Anna Maria. GSR also
asked for the same deadline to close a sale on the Villa
Rosa property. Both would take place on or before Dec.
15, GSR attorney Richard Prosser said.
Prosser said that if the $100,000 isn't paid by the
Dec. 15 deadline, or if paid, but not all of the Villa Rosa
property is purchased by that day, then all of GSR's
interest and claims to any "unsold lots" in Villa Rosa
"would be terminated and deemed null and void."
In plain English, it means if GSR can't come up
with the $100,000 and close on a sale of Villa Rosa by
the due date, the company no longer has any claims on
But if May denies the emergency motion, GSR said
it would reserve all of its "claims, rights and remedies"
on Villa Rosa.
The unsecured creditors committee for the GSR
bankruptcy has subrfitted its own opinion on the motion
to Judge May, claiming that Bon Eau's deal with GSR
was "criminally usurious" and was a "disguised loan."
The committee also claimed that the Bon Eau deal is
unenforceable because GSR was insolvent at the time
PLEASE SEE GSR, NEXT PAGE
cuss what the city requires from GSR for the final plat.
Bankruptcy Judge Rodney May held an emergency
meeting Oct. 12 to hear the auction sale motion, but has
not yet rendered a decision. A number of major GSR
creditors lodged objections to the proposed auction.
GSR received site-plan approval for Villa Rosa
- its multi-million dollar gated community of luxury
homes on South Bay Boulevard in August 2002.
At that time, Byrne and Noriega indicated a final plat
would be ready within 12 months and construction on
the project would begin soon after.
During the past four years, however, the only con-
struction has been a model home, and National Bas-
ketball Association player Theo Ratliff of the Portland
Trailblazers claims he has a contract to purchase that
house and accompanying lot for $2.5 million. Sources
involved with the construction of the model home
say anywhere from $700,000 to $1 million in further
improvements are needed before the city can issue a
certificate of occupancy.
GSR's glorified Island empire crashed in July when
the company filed for voluntary bankruptcy protection.
At the time, GSR claimed it had $47 million in assets
and just $33 million in liabilities, but was prevented
from completing its various projects because of law-
suits and liens that have stalled financing.
The company also has a Bradenton Beach Gulffront
condominium project Rosa del Mar and held a
grand opening party in 2003 to announce the project,
but no construction ever began at the site.
Included in the $33 million in liabilities against
GSR are approximately $6 million in unsecured claims,
many from Island residents who apparently have
invested savings, retirement plans and other liquid
assets with GSR.
GSR's reorganization plan and full financial state-
ments are due in federal court by Nov. 13.
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Members of the Island community have planned
several events to raise funds for Holmes Beach Police
Officer Pete Lannon and his family since learning
the community resource officer is battling pancreatic
cancer. The first event will be a pasta dinner from 5
to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at St. Bernard Catholic
Lannon said he hopes to attend the dinner, but if he
is not feeling well due to medical treatment, his family
will still come in his place.
Lannon said he is overwhelmed by the communi-
t\ 's response after learning of his illness. "I feel like
Jimmy Stewart in the movie 'It's A Wonderful Life.'
I feel like I just did my job. every day and I wouldn't
have thought I had so much of an impact. I feel really
Lan non has been on medical leave for1 wo months,
from the Holmes Beach Police Department as well as
his duties at Anna T laria Elementar School as the Drug
Awareness Resistance Education teacher.
Lannon said he has a good health plan through the
city and that his coworkers have "been fantastic.'" Soon
he will begin chemotherapy treatments to shrink the
golf-ball-sized tunior that has been pressing against his
spine. causing lo\% back pain.
"My wife has been my rock. I don't know what
I would d have done without her," Lannon said. "She
is an incredible woman and I would have given up if
it weren't for her." His .wife is a nurse and Lannon
said she has been a great strength to lean upon, espe-
cially during the months spent seeking a diagnosis for
his back pain and then upon the shock of learning the
Lannon said his children are also taking the situ-
ation in stride. His son Pete Jr. is maintaining the two
properties the family is trying to sell, and daughter Jesse
keeps dad stocked with Starbucks coffee and pumpkin.
"Jesse has my sense of humor," said Lannon,
"so, we're able to crack jokes no one else might find
Lannon also has a 10-year-old son, Mathew.
Doctors have not given Lannon the "all clear" to
return to work, but have not ruled it out as a possibil-
ity. Lannon said his biggest worry is providing for his
"I hate to be in a position to ask for financial assis-
tance, but what my family needs now is help with our
bills," Lannon admitted. "It's the last thing I'd ever
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of the loan and Bon Eau was aware of GSR's financial
The federal bankruptcy court is located at 801 N.
Florida Ave., Suite 727, in Tampa.
want to ask for, but just not knowing what the future
holds and if I'll be able to help is worrisome."
Lannon said although he has a good health plan,
insurance only covers so much. In addition Lannon is
not yet entitled to full benefits through the police retire-
According to Holmes Beach Lt. Dale Stephenson.
Lannon has only been N ith the department six years
and therefore is only partially vested. Officers beconmi
fully vested after 10 years.
The pasta dinner is the first of several events
planned to raise money on Lannoin'ns behalf. The
dinner is sponsored bh the Chiles Group, Island Gour-
met. Beach Bistro. Publi\. Girl Scouts. Cub Scouts,
St. Bernard Catholic Church. J&J Graphics. Pyrates
of the Gulf Coast. The Ilsaei r new paper and man\
The e\ ening menu include.- Caesar or tossed salad
with fresh mozzarella: alfredo sauce, marinara sauce.
and meatballs over your choice of bo\\ tie. angel hair o01
'penne pasta; and bread. Tickets for adults are $10 and
$5 for children. Organizers hae asked that e'eryone0
bring a favorite dessert to share for an old-fashioned
Jimi Gee and the Edison Rhythm Cats will be pro-
volunteerss are welcome to help.set up the church
activity hall anm time after noon on Thursday. Auction
items are being collected for that evening. Advance
tickets \ ill be sold until Wednesda\ at St. Bernard,
Holmes Beach Police Department, Time Saver and
Anna Maria .Elementary. Take out is, available and
remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
Also coming up is a spa fundraiser at Danielle's
Day Spa, 103 Seventh St. N-, Bradenton Beach from
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. Dina Stewart and
Danielle Sewall will host a day of massage, manicures,
pedicures and facials at discounted prices and all pro-
ceeds will go to the Lannon family.
At Holmes Beach City Hall on Oct. 22 there will
also be a car wash by members of Southeast and Mana-
tee high's service.clubs. The wash will be running from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and donations of extra towels and
sponges are appreciated. The group has a collection box
at the School for Constructive Play on Pine Avenue in
Anna Maria. .
In the meantime, Lannon is determined to get
through this hurdle. "I believe in the power of prayer
and I believe in miracles."
The story in the Oct. 4 issue of The Islander on the
motion to appoint William Maloney as GSR Devel-
opment's restructuring manager should have said that
one of GSR's principals is Robert Byrne, not Richard
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Anna Maria nixes daylight plane ordinance
By Rick Catlin
After spending more than $3,000 with professional
planner Alan Garrett to develop a daylight-plane ordi-
nance not to mention a plethora of meetings on the
issue Anna Maria city commissioners at their Oct.
12 meeting quashed the proposed ordinance that would
have required new construction in the city to conform
to increased setback requirements as the construction
The commission had even prepared a draft ordi-
nance that passed its first reading several weeks ago,
but commissioners backed away from continuing any
further research or discussion of the ordinance, citing
Commissioner Christine Tollette said she couldn't
support the ordinance as she was opposed to anything
that might take away property rights from owners.
Commissioner Duke Miller said that without a
consensus to continue further discussion and collecting
more information, "We might be wasting our time."
Agreed, chimed in Commissioner Dale Woodland.
"I can't make a decision on this now, but it's obvious
there is not enough support. So, in the best interests of
everybody, just drop this."
Commission Chairman John Quam noted that the
commission was originally concerned with the appear-
ance of three recently constructed houses on Pine
Avenue on the former Island Marine property.
Mayor SueLynn, who had spearheaded devel-
opment of the ordinance the past six months at the
commission's direction, responded to the rejection,
saying that while the commission should not ignore
any person's rights, it appears commissioners are now
supporting the developers by not enacting this legisla-
tion. Without a daylight plane ordinance, the character
of the-city will gradually change in the coming years,
much to the detriment of future residents.
"You or your descendants will regret this decision,"
she told the commission.
Waste Management Inc., the city's contracted trash
.and yard-waste hauling service, made a presentation of
the new containers the company will introduce under a
proposed new contract with the city. The current con-
tract expires March 3J, 2007.
WMI said the new "automated" service will require
one less person on the pickup trucks, but customers will.
be obligated to utilize either a 35- or 64-gallon con-
tainer. The service is already. in use in Holmes Beach
and Palmetto, said Dave Smith of WMI.
The automated service will also increase the price
of basic service under the new contract, Smith tild
Commissioners were concerned that orome of the
city's winter visitors and elderly residents might not be
able to handle such a large container, but Smith assured
the commission that rear-door pickup setn ice w%%ould
still be available.
The new service is only for trash. Yard waste \ would
continue to be picked up under the current sN stem of
placing the waste in plastic bags beside the curb.
Resident Margaret Jenkins objected to the pro-
posed $1 increase in service, while others. objected
to the fact that WMI charges a duplex owner for
two pickups, even if the entire duplex is occupied
by one fa min i \
Smith said the company might entertain some
exceptionss" to this police but it would be up to the
A waste of space?
Waste Management Inc., Anna Maria's contracted
trash arid yard-waste hauling service, introduced new
35- and 64-gallon bins at the city commission's Oct.
12 meeting for .use by residents with WMI's auto-
mated service under a proposed new contract with
the city. The automated service is already in use in
Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
commission to'decide who gets an exception and bring
the proposal to WMI.
The commission directed Smith to return to a future
commission worksession with a draft contract and pro-
Commissioners agreed to have planner Garrett look.
into e;stablishini ne- setback standards in the retail-
office-residential area that would correspond to the
same setbacks in a residential zone.
Garrett said he did not know why the front and
sideyard setbacks were different in the ROR than the
The commission directed Garrett to return with rec-
ommendations and a draft ordinance, prompting Sue-
Lynn to note somewhat sarcastically that Garrett
doesn't work for free.
"Don't have him go around in circles like you did
with the daylight-plane ordinance," she suggested.
Woodland wanted the commission to look at the
"reality" of motel operations in Anna Maria, particu-
larly if they were meeting all other ordinance require-
ments. He was concerned that a number of such proper-
ties had been converted to condominiums the past two
years, although the use remains as a motel.
He wondered if increased occupancy would create
an impact on surrounding residential areas.
But other commissioners were not impressed.
Miller and Tollette said they didn't see an issue and
no one has been complaining that motels are causing
more of an impact.'
"I don't see a need to spend money" on having
Garrett prepare a study unless the city starts getting
complaints about motels, said Miller.
Further discussion of the issue was dropped by the
The city engineering firm of Baskerville-Donovan
Inc. proposed an increase in its fees when the company
and the city meet in the near future to discuss renewal
of the contract, which expires this year.
Unfortunately, BDI lost its copy of the current con-
tract with Anna Maria and asked the city to provide one
of its copies for the company.
BDI also said it would retain the services of engi-
neer Tom Wilcox for Anna Maria's stormwater drainage
projects, even though he's no longer with BDI.
The commission consensus was to extend BDI's
contract with an accompanying increase in hourly rates
to $150 per hour. The commission will have to vote on
the extension at a regular meeting.
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Island police reports
Oct. 11, 800 block of North Shore Drive, suspi-
cious circumstances. Someone was observed pulling
crab traps in the water surrounding the Rod & Reel Pier.
The theft from the traps was reported by the deputy to
Florida marine enforcement officers.
Oct. 1, 2200 Gulf Drive S., south boat ramp at
Coquina Beach, theft. A woman reported that her Papa
John's magnetic sign was stolen from the side of her
Oct. 8, 200 block of Bay Drive North, burglary.
A woman reportedly left the windows of her vehicle
down and her satellite radio was stolen from the front
window. The car had been parked in front of her apart-
ment for approximately one liour.
Oct. 8, 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K store, disorderly
intoxication. Officers received a report of an intoxicated
Mildred E. Becker
Mildred E. Becker, 92, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 12.
Born in New York City, Mrs. Becker was a winter
resident from the Chicago area on Longboat Key for
35 years, and became a fulltime resident 10 years ago.
She was a homemaker and was formerly employed by
the American Chicle Company in Long Island City and
Seaboard World Airlines in New York.
No services wer& held. Memorial contributions may be
made to ManaSota-88, PO. Box 1728, Nokomis FL 34274.
She is survived by daughter Joan Dunn of Bradenton;
stepdaughter Lizabeth Vecchiolla and husband Donald of
New York; stepson William and wife Cheryl of Califor-
nia; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Jeremy K. Marlar
Jeremy K. Marlar, 24, of Bradenton, died Oct. 11.
Born in Bradenton, Mr. Marlar was a 2001 graduate
person causing a problem and refusing to leave. The
woman was found slumped down on the sidewalk yelling
at no one. Due to her belligerent nature she was arrested.
Oct. 9, 120 Bridge St., Drift Inn, disorderly intoxi-
cation. A customer reportedly refused to pay his tab. He
Oct. 11, 300 block of Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach,
driver's license. A man was arrested for driving with
a suspended license and using a tag given to him by a
Oct. 6, 3304 E. Bay Drive, Island Bazaar, fraud.
A man reported a fraudulent charge by the store to his
credit card, which had been stolen.
Oct. 7, 6000 block of Flotilla, criminal mischief.
A soccer coach of a winning team reported that while
parked at a game his truck was vandalized with a sharp
object, like a key.
Oct. 8, 5600 Marina Drive, drug arrest. A juvenile,
16, from Holmes Beach, was arrested for possession of
2.9 grams of marijuana.
Oct. 8, 3248 E.'Bay Drive, Walgreens, armed bur-
glary. Officers were alerted to a burglary in progress.
According to the report, a store manager witnessed
of Manatee High School, where he played varsity foot-
ball. He attended the M.E. Rinker School of Construc-
tion, Design and Planning at the University of Florida,
Gainesville. He was a member of Phi Theta fraternity.
Memorial services were Oct. 14 at Trinity United
Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be
made to Young Life of Manatee County, P.O. Box
14876, Bradenton FL.34280. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by sister Kelli Walker of Gainesville;
parents Jerry and Martha of Bradenton; maternal grand-
parents Nancy Heffner of Holmes Beach. and Ralph
Wild of Lancaster, N.Y.; paternal grandmother Virginia
of Washington, N.C.; and aunts and uncles Don and
Jackie Maneval, Daniel and Linda Wild, Robert Hef-
fner, Tom Heffner, Robin Polder and Brenda Heffner.
a man attempting to pry open the metal, roll-down,
pharmacy window. The suspect was using a hammer
and screwdriver that he stole from a tool kit sold at the
store. Further, the suspect reportedly opened a package
of razor blades to cut open the tool kit. When check-
ing the suspects personal items an officer found a note
in his wallet stating, "You will be shot if you don't
fill ..." three types of prescription drugs. The suspect
reportedly had been terminated from his position as a
Clearwater firefighter.a month ago..
Oct. 9, 3008 Ave. C, Air America, theft. A company
vehicle was reported stolen after an employee did not
return to work with it.
Oct. 9, 5626 Gulf Drive, Harrington House, theft.
A bike was stolen from the property.
Oct. 10, 4000 Gulf Drive, driver's license. An offi-
cer stopped a vehicle that had no tag. The driver was
arrested for driving with a suspended license.
Oct. 12, 2800 block of Gulf Drive, driver's license.
A motorcyclist was stopped for speeding. He was given
a citation because he did not have the proper endorse-
ment on his license to operate a motorcycle.
Oct. 12, 29th Street and Gulf Drive, driver's license.
A driver was issued a citation for driving with a suspended
license, for not having insurance and expired registration.
Philip T. Spaziani
Philip T. Spaziani, 51, of Bradenton, died Oct. 9.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Spaziani came to
Manatee County from Chincoteague, Va., in 2003. He
was a member of Knights of Columbus. He attended
Saints Peter & Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, Bra-
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Mass was held Oct. 13 at the church. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Pallia-
tive Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Brown
and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in
charge of arrangements.
He is survived by parents Philip and Julia of
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Gloria Dei welcomes Backer as new pastor
By Lisa Neff
Like many people who come to Anna Maria Island,
the splendor of the sunrises and sunsets hasn't escaped
the Rev. Rosemary Backer.
"Look at every sunrise and sunset," said Backer,
the new pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. "I think we do, on the
Island, see God's hand in a different way."
Backer arrived to the Island about two weeks ago
and began settling into a routine at the church, where
she was welcomed by members of the congregation,
representatives of other churches, and her neighbors.
She also began settling into the pastor's home on
74th Street in Holmes Beach. "It's on a canal," she
Backer grew up in a family of five children in
New Carrollton, Md., not far from Washington, D.C.,
where she came to appreciate the city's politics and
Wednesday, Oct. 18
10 a.m. to noon Watercolor class at the'Anna Maria
Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-2099. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Networking lunch with the Long-
boat-Lido-St. Armand Keys Chamber of Commerce at the
Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
Information: 383-8217. Fee applies.
Noon Anna Maria Garden Club presents container
gardening at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-2809.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Basket-weaving class at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Thursday, Oct. 19
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tri-Chamber business after-hours
table top displays at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777
N. Tam'iami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies.
Until 9 p.m. Family activities at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St., Bradenton. Information: 746-4131.
Friday, Oct. 20
5 to 7 p.m. Reception for women contemporary art-
ists exhibiting at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St.,
Bradenton. Information: 746-4131. Fee applies.
Saturday, Oct. 21
8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ABC Boating class at the
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 5801 33rd Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 795-6189. Fee applies.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club presents Jay Wittner of AG
Edwards who will speak about the "Space Program" at Cafe
on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive,
She graduated from Lutheran
Theological Seminary in Gettys-
burg, Pa., the oldest Lutheran
seminary in the United States.
In 1997, she went to work at
Bethlehem Lutheran Church in
Lutheran was difficult, but the
Gloria Dei congregation called .
Backer to serve their Island church and she sensed a
"I was interested in the community of people and
their hopes and desires," said Backer, Gloria Dei's first
fulltime pastor in about three years. The last was the Rev.
Danith Kilts, who was installed as pastor in 1993.
She also appreciated the partnership the Island
churches share. "It was unexpected, that there was such
great communal spirit," Backer said. "I like the fact that
the churches work together."
10 a.m. to noon Beginning drawing for ages 8-12 at the
Anna Maria Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Island Bayfest sponsored by the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce on Pine Avenue
in Anna Maria. Information: 779-9412.
.10:30 a.m. -Save Anna Maria, Inc. meetingwith guest
Joe Duennes of Holmes Beach Public Works at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Nurse Shark" Halloween fun at
Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sara-
sota. Information: 388-4441. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Fall festival at Christ United Methodist
Church, 5512 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 755-
Monday, Oct. 23
7 to 9 p.m. "The Way of the Heart" class at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, Oct. 24
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Home school festival at Mote Marine
Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Informa-
tion: 388-4441. Fee applies.
Noon Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting with
past Rotary District Gov. Jim Henry speaking about the Island
club's clean well project in Nigeria at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
"Quartet" at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, through Oct. 22. Information: 778-5755. Fee applies.
"Sweeney Todd" at Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre,
102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Oct. 29. Information:
748-5875. Fee applies.
Watercolor exhibit by Paul Acre at Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Oct. 31. Information:
Faculty exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League,
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in 2009, is a member congregation of the Evan-
gelical Lutheran Church in America. The church
has about 200 active members and about as many
associate members who mostly attend from January
Backer conducted her first worship services in the
church on Saturday and Sunday and focused on new
"Jesus always invites us to start over," she said.
"This is a new beginning for me and a new beginning
for Gloria Dei."
Backer's foremost goals at Gloria Dei involve bring-
ing people to the church and bringing people together.
"It's important for people to know that everyone's wel-
come here. That this is a place to feel connected, to hear
the good news of Jesus," she said. "All are welcome
here. Just come and see."
An installation service for Backer is scheduled for
Nov. 12 at the church.
Island chamber dinner
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold its annual awards dinner and installation of new
officers at.6 p.m. at the Sun House Restaurant Monday,
The menu includes a choice of Three-Cheese
Chicken, Drunken Shrimp or Denver Prime Rib. Dinner
includes salad and dessert.
Reservations are $35 per person. For more informa-
tion, call 779-9412.
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Nov. 3. Informa-
"Latin American Art Exposition" at the Longboat Key
Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat- Drive, Longboat Key,
through Nov. 9. Information: 794-0650.
Family Halloween night at South Florida Museum Oct.
Fall festival fun house at G.T. Bray Oct. 26-17.
Goblin Gathering at G.T. Bray Oct. 27.
Fall Festival at AME Oct. 28.
Oktoberfest at Church of the Annunciation Oct. 28.
ABC'Boating class at U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Oct.
Sidewalk astronomy at South Florida Museum Oct.
Sierra Club Energy Film Festival Oct. 28.
Italian Harvest Party at Palma Sola Botanical Park Oct. 29.
Trail of Treats Oct. 31.
Save the Date:
Taste of Manatee Nov. 4-5.
Suncoast Winefest Nov. 11.
Empty Bowls downtown Bradenton Nov. 16.
Sandblast Nov. 18.
Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra and Choir
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Red tide panelists agree much known, more data needed
By Paul Roat
Is the Florida red tide exacerbated by nutrients
flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from shore?
A panel of experts wholeheartedly answered "yes"
to that question during a forum on red tide held in Sara-
sota last week before a group of about 80 citizens.
"Yes, nutrients like nitrogen from coastal areas near-
shore help exacerbate red tide," said Dr. JoAnn Burkholder,
an algae expert from North Carolina State University.
"But you can't point a finger at it and say that is the
cause of red tide," warned Dr. Cynthia Heil, who stud-
ies red tide at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
in St. Petersburg.
Red tide in Florida is called Karenia brevis,. It is
a naturally occurring algae that is always found in the
water at some level of concentration. For reasons as yet
unknown to scientists, it occasionally "blooms" and can
emit a toxic substance that kills fish and marine mam-
mals and can cause respiratory distress in humans.
Burkholder knows first-hand about impacts of
algae on humans. During research on red tide in North
Carolina 15 years ago, she discovered a new strain of
an algae, Pfiesteria piscicida, that was deadly to fish
and harmful to humans to the level that she and her
fellow researchers became seriously ill. The algae was
later tracked back to its "trigger" sewage and the
sewage source was the state's extensive hog industry.
The panel, including Island restaurateur Ed Chiles,
also the chair of the group Solutions To Avoid Red
Center groundbreaking Nov. 16
Anna Maria Island Community Center Executive
Director Pierrette Kelly announced the date of the
Center groundbreaking at this month's board meeting.
The ceremony, which is still in the planning stages, will
be held Nov. 16.
Kelly also gave board members an update on the
status of the time capsule retrieved from the ground
last month for safe keeping until construction of the
new center facility is completed. When the time capsule
was unearthed it broke, revealing water had seeped into
into the capsule causing extensive water damage to the
Kelly told board members many of the items are
too fragile to go back into the ground and efforts are
being made to conserve them. These-items may go to
the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum instead.
Board members also considered a slate of member
nominations: Carol and Robert Carter, David Zac-
cagnino, Derek Pettigrew and John Monetti. The-
board-voted to accept the Carters and Pettigrew as new
members and wait until after the November election
to decide upon accepting Zaccagnino and Monetti's
request to join the board. Center board members were
concerned of a perceived conflict of interest if two com-
missioners from the same city were .to become voting
members of the Center board. Zaccagnino is a Holmes
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Richard Pierce, agreed that red tide blooms both world-
wide and in Florida's waters have been increasing in
frequency and distribution in recent years.
-But all said that serious studies on the algae blooms
were in their infancy, especially in Florida.
"Ten years ago, there was only $250,000 from the
state for red tide research," Chiles said. "Today, there's
about $4 million. We are starting to see some urgency from
policy makers to study the cause and effect of red tide."
The effect of the throat-scratching, coughing ele-
ment of red tide is more than just discomfort to beach-
goers,. Chiles said that a particularly strong and lengthy
outbreak in 1995-96 nearly put his chain of three res-
taurants on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key out
of business during its nearly year-long tenure.
He added that he estimated a red tide bloom cost
$20-$30 million to the economy through lost sales at
restaurants, lost bookings at resorts and lost revenue
from other coastal businesses.
"I know of two people who moved from this area
because of the red tide blooms," Burkholder said.
And the group all agreed that much more data was
needed in the study of red tide.
Heil said that her. agency collects water sampling
information from 70 different agencies in Florida to
track red tide outbreaks. She is just now preparing to
release findings from a four-year, $5 million study that
looked at red tide booms, their possible causes, and
methods to control the outbreaks.
"We know a lot more than you know what we
know," Pierce said, and the findings will be published in
various journals and publications within the next year.
The "trigger" of what causes red tide to suddenly
bloom is still a mystery, although there are about 24
stated theories on the cause. Excessive nitrogen seems
to feed the algae, but land-based nitrogen doesn't coin-
cide with the usual bloom's start far out in the Gulf.
Recent reports of a bloom being spurred by under-
ground springs and rivers transporting excessive levels
of nitrogen into the far Gulf after the spate of hurricanes
in 2604 is being studied, Heil said. However, historic
analysis of hurricanes and red tide blooms don't appear
to back up the theory, she said.
Chiles cut to the chase on the issue when he said
that regardless of what starts red tide, coastal pollution-
is doing no good to anything in the marine environment
and should be cut back or eliminated.'
And how can red tide be controlled once it bursts.
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ozone. Clay has been successful in other parts of the
world to reduce the intensity of red tide. There are also
biological elements that can be used to kill the algae.
"What's important, though, is to assess if it's eco-
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Several years ago, during a 500-square-mile out-
break of red tide off Tampa Bay, he estimated that if a
ship were to make a 100-foot-wide swath through the
bloom and spray something in the water to kill it, it
would take about one year to cover the area.
"And one month later, the bloom was 5,000 square
miles in size," he said.
Pierce suggested that red tide blooms be tracked, and
warnings posted, similar to the way hurricanes are stud-
ied. "We need a strategic response strategy," he said.
"Red tide is a quality of life issue," Chiles said.
"The beaches are the linchpin of our economy here."
$4.7 million earmarked for red
Data gaps may start to be filled on red tide thanks
to a five-year-long, $4.73 million federal grant.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in
St. Petersburg is the recipient of the grant from National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
"This grant will enable FWRI to assemble a diverse
team of scientists focused on identifying nutrient sources,
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fying regulatory alternatives. With more than 125 com-
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By Molly McCartney
The wind insurance program that the state hastily
established this summer has offered only minimal help
so far to the dozens of commercial property owners
on Anna Maria Island, and in other high-risk areas
in Florida who are struggling to find available and
affordable wind coverage.
The Florida Property and Casualty Joint Underwrit-
ing Association (PCJUA) opened its doors for business
in mid-September with the declared intention of provid-
ing wind insurance to small businesses that are unable
to find coverage.
But after four weeks of operation, the PCJUA
has insured only two Manatee County structures and
issued only 42 policies in the entire state, according to
an agency spokesperson.
This disclosure comes just as headlines announce
record billion-dollar profits for insurance companies
across the nation, thanks to strong investment profits
and the absence of a major hurricane this year.
With the approach of the Nov. 7 election, insur-
ance has become a hot issue on the campaign trail with
candidates debating the problem and proposing various
The level of activity has also increased in state gov-
ernment as regulators issue tough decisions on-behalf
of policyholders and state reformers go forward with
meetings and recommendations aimed at bringing relief
But the pain of sky-high premiums and hard-to-find
-wind insurance continues for many property owners.
One explanation for the small number of PCJUA
policies issued so far by the state is the high cost of
"From what I hear about the premiums, I don't
think we will be able to afford the coverage," said Dr.
Paul Barrese, president of the Holmes Beach condo-
nminium office building at 3909 E. Bay Drive where his
practice is located.
He said a PCJUA wind policy could cost the condo
as much as $39,500.
The PCJUA application process, which requires
a 10-day search for coverage from a standard insurer,
also appears to have slowed down state efforts to help
"The agent said he had to fill out a lot of forms,"
Dr. Barrese said, "so now we are waiting to hear back
from him and to get a quote."
PCJUA wind coverage is limited to commercial
and non-residential properties valued at $1 million or
That disqualifies property like the Roser MIemorial
- Community Church, because its buildings are \alued
at more than $2 million.
Roser has been without wind co% erage since its
policy expired in June.
The Island Shopping Center. \ alued at $2 million.
isn't eligible for the PCJUA either. Center manager
Hugh Holmes Jr. was able to obtain wind co% erage
from Lloyd's of London, but the police cost $125.000
andhas a $100,000 deductible. -
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costs are passed on to the small businesses that lease
space there and rents there ha'e increased appro\i-
mately 30 percent since May.
One Island business that \_ would appear to meet the
PCJUA rules, based on the value of the property, is the
Pine Avenue General Store in Anna Maria.
Owner Sandy Mattick said her agent applied for
PCJUA coverage for her frame building as soon as
it became available last month. But Mattick said the
PCJUA rejected her application because she lives in
the back part of the store.
The PCJUA will not insure a building used for both
commercial and residential purposes, she said.
Holmes Beach insurance agent Mark Mixon said
deductible built into the PCJUA policy make it unaf-
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While the PCJUA has issued only a few policies,
the bureaucracy behind the program itself is. growing
as employees are hired, attorneys retained and rules
But questions are now being raised about the
need for a second state-created property insurance
"My common sense is why? Why are we building
two separate entities the PCJUA and the Citizens?"
asked Bradenton insurance executive John C. Laurie,
a technical advisor to the state insurance reform com-
mission now working to find solutions to the insurance
In an interview with The Islander, Laurie said he
believes that the PCJUA should be collapsed and folded
into Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, the state's
insurer of last resort.
Laurie, who has also been working with state Rep.
Bill Galvano to develop ideas for insurance reform, is
hopeful that his proposal will be adopted by the com-
mission in the final report it issues in mid-November.
"My recommendation is that we are coming into
a special legislative session in December, presumably,
so you could take care of this there," he said:.
The key to making the merger work, Laurie said,
: wouldd be to reconcile the difference-. in the rates
charged b\ Citizens and the PCJUA.
Citizens' charges for commercial ind insurance
are much lower than the rates charged b\ the PCJUA,
he said. One reason for the difference is that Citizens'
rates hae not been raised in more than 10 years and
need to be adjusted upward to reflect the market, he
said. The PCJUA commercial rates were set more
recently\ and more accurately he said.
Laurie belie% es that merging the PCJUA with Citi-.
zens and reconciling their commercial rates wouldd have
Sthe effect of eliminating the controversial wind pool
He described the state-designated wind-pool bound-
aries as arbitrary lines that have "everything to do with.
availability and affordability and whether your business
is covered or not, and that is not right."
Laurie said the boundaries were set many years
ago and no longer make sense. "What is clear is that
this is supposed to be safety-net coverage. And yet not
everyone is eligible to access that safety net. And that
is a matter of unfairness that needs to be corrected."
A scientific study to set wind-pool boundaries won't
solve the basic problem, he said, "because the boundary
he has recei\ ed inquiries from some businesses hoping is going to change the very next day after you establish
the\ might quality for the PCJUAcoverage. But so far, it, so eliminate it and allow that safety net to be there
_he said. lie hasn't sold anm policies. for everyone."
Mixon said he doubts that the average small busi- Laurie, a principal with Wyman, Green & Blalock
ness is in a position to pay the PCJUA premium rate, Inc., said that his proposal would have the effect of
which is set at $1.49 per $100 of coverage, although it letting the market rather than the state dictate the wind
can be adjusted to reflect the building's age, material pool boundary.
and distance from the shoreline. Other steps that he recommends to produce long-
- ,Because of the adjustments, the rate "is always term solutions include:
going to be higher than what the JUA set," Mixon Increase the state's re-insurance capacity by modi-
said. In his view, the premium price anId the 5 percent fying and expanding the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe
S *.; Insurance execu-
S. tive John C.
Laurie, a techni-
cal adviser to the
S '' sion, recommends
4 ,state wind pool
SZ boundaries that
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ance available to
some small busi-
nesses but deny
policies to others.
Encourage property owners to fortify their homes
against wind damage.
Create a more consistent approach to regulation
that would bring more insurance companies to Florida
while providing consumers with the benefit of addi-
Transform and restructure Citizens to hold down
future growth while eliminating unnecessary .bureau-
Citizens takes back policyholders
Florida residents who were "taken out" of Citizens
and charged higher rates for insurance may now be able
to return to Citizens and its lower rates under an order
issued Oct. 11 by the state insurance commissioner.
This action has the potential to'reduce insurance
bills for some homeowners, although it isn't clear yet
how the new arrangement is going to work or how
it will.help policyholders who have already paid the
annual premium to their takeout company.
According to a release from Florida Insurance
Commissioner Kevin McCarty's office, thousands of
policyholders have had their policies "taken out of Citi-
zens only to see their premiums increase dramatically
beyond what they were previously paying."
Citizens' takeout provisions were intended to help
reduce Citizens' exposure to risks, but .because of
"unintended consequences these people have been hit
with a financial nightmare," the statement said.
Will community center
find wind insurance?
By Molly McCartney
The new $4.1 million Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center building complex now under construction
has adequate wind insurance coverage at least for
But that coverage is only good during.the construc-
tion phase, according to board chair Andy Price. When
the building is completed next year, it will be up to the
center's board to find new insurance.
"Whether it will be available, I don't know," Price
said in an interview with The Islander.
The Center will have to go to the open insurance
market for coverage because it is a non-residential
property at 407 Magnolia Ave., about two blocks out-
side the state-designated "wind pool." That means the
Center is not eligible for coverage through Citizens
Property Insurance Corporation, the state's insurer of
Price said he is optimistic that the board will be
able to find insurance for the new building because it
is being constructed to tough new federal standards that
make it more secure against wind and flood damage.
And, as he noted, "we could have kept the old
building and we would still be struggling with insur-
Walbridge Aldinger Construction Company is
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THE ISLANDER M OCT. 18, 2006 M 19
Manatee Players opened
'Sweeney Todd' Oct. 12
"Sweeney Todd," a musical thriller by Ste-
phen Sondheim, opened Thursday, Oct. 12, and
run through Oct. 29 at the Manatee Players Riv-
erfront Theater, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton.
Rick Kerby is directing the musical, which
stars Steve and Dianne Dawson and a large cast
of Manatee County players.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2
p.m. Tickets at $20 may be reserved by calling
Andy Price, board chair of the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, stands at the construction site for
the new $4.1 million building at the intersection of
Magnolia and Crescent, Anna Maria. Finding wind
insurance for the structure when it is completed next
year, "is an issue for us," Price said. Islander Photo:
Insurance question for Center
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18
building the new two-story community center. The old
center was demolished several weeks ago.
Price said the Center is paying about $50,000 for
the wind and property insurance needed during the con-
struction phase. That policy was purchased by Wal-
bridge Aldinger.for the project and charged back to the
Center as part of the construction cost.
Pierrette Kelly, the center's executive director, said
that the board is in the process of appointing a task
force to study-the insurance issue and find coverage for
the building when it is finished.
The task force "will be a group that has, worked
with insurance before," she said, "and they will have
several months before they actually have to make a
Kelly said the insurance problems "really chal-
lenging because every penny we raise we want to put
back into programs, not insurance. We want to make
sure the people we ser\ e get the benefits, not the insur-
The center now has about $2.5 million in cash and
pledges, according to Price. He said the center also has
a $2 million loan that will have to be repaid at some
"Now that we have the building going into the
ground, we expect to see a large influx of donations,"
he said. "So we are hoping in the next couple of years
to pay off that loan and be free and clear."
Island Players season.opener:
Sympathy for the diva
By Lisa Neff
The Island Players "Quartet" is a bittersweet
comedy not an opera, but when the show comes to a
close audience members shout "bravo!"
And they leave the theater, after several curtain
calls, whistling Verdi.'
"Quartet," the Island Players' 58th season opener,
continues through Oct. 22 in the community playhouse
at Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive.
Ronald Harwood, known for "The Dresser" and
"The Pianist," wrote "Quartet," a hit in London's West
End. The co-producer is Jan Olson and the director is
Gareth Gibbs, the founder of the Players Theatre of
Gibbs first came. to the Island 30 years ago and
stayed with the late Helen Peter is. at the time the direc-
tor of Island Players. He's returned repeatedly to work
with the theater group while continuing to find suc-
cess in the United Kingdom, where, two years ago, he
directed "Quartet" to critical acclaim.
Here's the play's premise:
Cecily Robson (Mavis Gibbs), Reginald Paget
(Sam McDowell) and Wilfred Bond (Richard Schubel)
are opera singers whose stars have dimmed. They live
together in a retirement home for musicians and singers
in some sense of comfort and companionship, but still
longing for the old curtain calls.
Then comes the arrival of a new resident, Jean
Horton (Barbara Fleming). She was briefly married to
Reggie and she's a grand diva, though she hasn't per-
formed since an abrupt exit from the opera scene 30
Life gets complicated when the four get asked to
recreate the quartet from "Rigoletto" for the home's
annual gala celebrating Giuseppe Verdi's birthday. They
had starred together in the opera in much younger days,
with much stronger voices. Will a reprise make them
feel young again or even older?
Act One brings sincere drama and lots of laughs,
some of the laughs for easy Viagra jokes and some of
them for clever witticisms.
But the actors seem to really click in Act Two, when
their characters share their secrets and lies, dreams and
Mavis Gibbs' endearing Cecily, flighty and consid-
erate, is irresistible. So when Cecily, late in the play,
comes close to coming undone and getting sent to a nurs-
ing home, the audience shares a profound anguish.
Fleming delivers some delicious "Sunset Boule-
vard" moments, but she succeeds in creating a com-
plete, sympathetic character rather than a one-dimen-
Bond's sex-starved Wilfred curiously provides the
play with some of its deepest insights, and McDowell
presents a portrait of a kind but sad man who cloaks
Reggie's nemesis is Angelique (Rita Lamoreux), an
employee of the home whose brief appearances send
the seemingly sensible man into a fantastically funny
rage. Reggie only wants the marmalade that she denies
him day after day at breakfast.
"Quartet," set in a music room with the lighting
suggesting sunlight and a pleasant garden just beyond,
is a charming play about existence and the human
Following "Quartet," the Players will stage:
"Breaking Legs," by Tom Dulack, Nov. 3-Dec.
"Smell of the Kill," by Michael Lowe, Jan. 18-
Feb. 4, 2007.
"Drinking Alone," by Norm Foster, March 15-
April 1, 2007.
"Guest in the House," by Hager Wilde.and Dale
Eunson, May 10-20, 2007.
The box office is open daily 9 a.m.-l p.m. and one
hour before performances with tickets $15 per show.
Season tickets are available/ Show times are 8 p.m.,
Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The theater is closed Mon-
days. For information, call the box office at 778-5755.
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AMICC Division II soccer action showcases Hart
By Kevin Cassidy
Any question as to what team rules Division II in
the Anna Maria Island Community Center's fall soccer
league was emphatically answered by Joel Hart in the
first five minutes of Saturday's game between the Sun
and Morgan Stanley.
Hart scored three goals in the opening minutes
of a game that was billed as a battle for first place
between the un6tefated Sun and once-beaten Morgan
Stanley. That he scored three quick goals to essen-
tially put the game away early wasn't the story here,
but how he scored those three goals certainly was.
Each goal was scored in almost identical fashion. Hart
would set up shop on the Morgan Stanley side of the
midfield stripe, gather in the goal kick or attempted
clearing pass, take a couple of touches and rip a 25- to
30-yard rocket that seemed to be pre-programed for
the corner of the goal.
After giving the Sun a comfortable lead, Hart was
content to hang back on the defensive side of the ball
and let forwards Connor Field and Josh Schmidt work
on adding to their lead. Field and Schmidt worked a
give-and-go to perfection in the 14th minute with Field
easily finishing to put the Sun up 4-0. Hart got back
into the Sun offense five minutes later when he again
AMICC 2006 Soccer League
Team Win Loss Tie Points
Division I (ages 12-14)
Physicians 4 2 0 12
ReMax 4 2 0 12
LaPensee 4 2 0 12
Harry's 2 4 0 6
Danziger 1 4 0 3
Division II (ages 10-11)
Sun 5 0 0 15
M. Stanley 4 2 0 12
IRE 3 2 0 9
Cannons 1 4 0 3
Surf Shop 0 5 0 0
Division III (ages 8-9)
Ford 5 f0 0 15
Mr. Bones 4 1 0 12
A&E 3 2 1 13
Ooh La La! 2 3 0 6
M. Norman 0 4 2 2
Americo 0 4 1 1
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picked off a clearing pass and rocketed in a shot from
35 yards for his fourth goal and a 5-0 score.
Field and Schmidt again worked a give-and-go, but
new Morgan Stanley goalie Jack Titsworth-was up to
the challenge with a nice save. The save seemed to give
Morgan Stanley some life as they came right down the
field to score and cut into the Sun lead. Jacob Titsworth
carried the ball up the right side before switching the
point of attack by crossing it all the way to the left side
to cousin Trevor Bystrom. Bystrom beat one defender
before lofting a shot over the head of the Sun keeper
to pull to within 5-1. The Sun attempted to get the goal
back as the half came to a close, but Jack Titsworth was
again up to the challenge as he made a great save on
Hart, who had beaten three defenders.
Jacob Titsworth and Bystrom hooked up early in the
second half to give the Morgan Stanley faithful some
hope. Bystrom found Jacob at the 18-yard line and fed
-him the ball, which he finished to pull to within 5-2.
Five minutes later, Jacob Titsworth ran onto a long
punt from goalie Jack Titsworth and dribbled past two
defenders to score and pull Morgan Stanley to within
Hart had seen enough. He gathered in a punt from
Jack Titsworth, dribbled up the middle through several
defenders and ripped a rocket just inside the far post.
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Field, Schmidt and Hart worked the ball methodically
down the field with Field laying the ball off to Hart for
his sixth goal on the afternoon. Field ended the scoring
when he picked off a short goal kick afnd dribbled in
for the score to end the game with the Sun on top by
an 8-3 score.
Field finished with two goals and an assist, while
Schmidt added one assist. Ariana Collins, Adam Hart
and Claudia Hynds were cited for their outstanding play
on defense for the Sun.
Morgan Stanley was led by Jacob Titsworth,
who scored two goals and assisted on one, and Bys-
trom, who notched one goal. Defensively, Morgan
Stanley was led by goalie Jack Titsworth with seven
saves. Mallory Kosfeld, Dayle Hoffman and Henry
Fradley also played well on defense for Morgan
Stanley in the loss.
In other Saturday soccer action, Island Real Estate
rode a hat trick from Daniel Pimental to record a 3-1 Divi-
sion II victory over West Coast Surf Shop. Stephanie Pur-
nell scored the lone goal for the Surf Shop in the loss.
Danziger Destroyers shocked Division I leader
Island Family Physicians 2-0 for its first victory on the
season. Tommy Price led the way for the Destroyers
with a pair of goals.
LaPensee Plumbing received one goal apiece from
Jordan Hinton and Daniel Janisch to defeat Harry's
Continental Kitchens by a 2-1 score in Division I soccer
action. Kyle Aritt scored the lone goal for Harry's when
he converted a penalty kick.
Friday the 13th of October was unlucky for Divi-
sion III Mr. Bones as it dropped a 2-0 game to Air &
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Soccer League schedule
Time Team vs. Team
I (ages 12-14)
9 a.m. LaPensee vs. Physicians
10 a.m. Danziger vs. ReMax
II (ages 10-11)
5:45 p.m. Surf Shop vs. Sun
11 a.m. Sun vs. IRE
Noon M. Stanley vs. Cannons
5:30 p.m. Surf Shop vs. IRE
III (ages 8-9)
5:45 p.m. M. Norman vs. Ooh La La!
1 p.m. Mr. Bones vs Ooh La La!
2 p.m. A&E vs. M. Norman
3 p.m. Americo vs. Ford
5:30 p.m. Ooh La La! vs. Ford
Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Oct. 18 5:45 p.m. Ralph's vs. Duncan
Oct. 19 5:45 p.m. Bistro vs. Bank America
Oct. 24 5:30 p.m. Bistro vs. Duncan
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Energy behind two goals from Madison Driscoll.
Island Real Estate received goals from Chris Pate
and Daniel Pimental as it earned a 2-0 victory over
Cannons Marina in Division III soccer on Oct. 12.
Mike Norman Realty and Americo Title battled to
a 2-2 tie in Division III action on Oct. 11. Lexi Moore
scored a pair of goals to lead Mike Norman, while
Jake Parsons and Eliza Scott each notched a goal for
Americo Title in the tie.
Morgan Stanley received two goals from Trevor
Bystrom and one goal from Reina Glavan to defeat West
Coast Surf Shop 3-0 in Oct. 11 Division II action.
Island Family Physicians made an emphatic state-
ment as to who rules Division I when it shut out second-
place ReMax Gulfstream Realty 4-0 on Oct. 9. Martine
Miller led the Physicians with a pair of goals, while
teammates Wyatt Hoffman and Kyle Parsons chipped
in with one goal each in the victory.
A ringer by Jay Disbrow powered the team of Dis-
brow and Tom Rhodes past Roy Vickers and Ron Pepka
by a 21-17 score to win the Duck trophy during Oct. 11
horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
Two teams emerged from the Oct. 7 horseshoe
competition with 3-0 pool-play records and battled
it out for bragging rights. George McKay and Doug
Yox went up against Hank Huyghe and Jesse Brisson
with Huyghe and Brisson coming out on top by a 22-9
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Downtown tourney on horizon
Bradenton Downtown Progress and the Florida
Gulf Coast Sports Commission have gotten together
for the second, semi-annual Downtown Hoops, 3-on-3
basketball tournament Oct. 21 on Main Street in Bra-
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Oktoberfest Oct. 28
The fourth annual Oktoberfest will be held
at the Church of the Annunciation at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28.
Bratwurst, knockwurst, hot dogs, sauerkraut,
draft beer, German-style potato salad and special
desserts will all be on the menu. Tickets cost $12
and are available in advance at the church office,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 778-1638.
peting in five age groups in the one-day tournament.
In addition to tournament play, Downtown Hoops
will also offer a three-point shooting contest and a
Cost to enter a team is $40, plus $12 per person
for a mandatory Amateur Athletic Union card, which
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Cleanup clears debris from coast
Students with Sugg Middle School Builder's Club try
to free a tire planted in the mud near the Kingfish
Boat Ramp on Oct. 7. The students were among the
65 volunteers who removed 1,267 pounds of gar-
bage and debris from the shores in Holmes Beach
during the 21st annual Coastal Cleanup, which was
organized locally by Keep Manatee Beautiful. Some
25 volunteers removed 302 pounds of trash in Anna
Maria City and 202 volunteers removed 885 pounds
of trash in Bradenton Beach, said Ingrid McClellan,
Keep Manatee Beautiful's executive director. McClel-
lan said 115 volunteers collected pounds of
trash along the Palma Sola CauseWl,5 divers in
the area gathered up 103 pounds of debris and 108
volunteers on the Manatee County side of Longboat
key collected 687 pounds of waste. When all the
numbers are recorded, McClellan expects the 2006
cleanup effort to match or exceed the 2005 campaign
in Manatee County. With statistics from nine groups
still out, McClellan said a total of 905 volunteers in
this year's event removed 17,153 pourids of debris in
Manatee County. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Caregivers meeting set at library
The family caregivers support group sponsored
by Meals on Wheels Plus will meet from 1 to 2 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20, at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The meeting is open to anyone taking care of a
friend or relative with a mental problem, including
Alzheimer's disease. Additional information may be
obtained by calling 747-4655.
Trail of treats Oct. 31
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
be sponsoring the annual Trail of Treats Oct. 31. The
fun starts at 3:30 p.m. in front of the chamber office at
5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
There will be a costume contest by age group for
the youngsters. Prizes and treats will be given at the
chamber and trick or treating begins after the contest.
Local businesses will be handing out candy and treats
Children of all ages are welcome to participate.
Maps will be given the day of the event announcing
the "trail" of participants.
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Red tide thoughts, environmental successes ... of sorts?
Sometimes, acceptance of an idea can take an
unconventional form of communication.
The Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota
County hosted a discussion of economic impacts of
red tide to the area last week. The panel of experts
included scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory, the
Florida Marine Research Institute and North Carolina
But it was Islander Ed Chiles who got the round of
applause from the 80 or so business types in the audience.
Besides running three waterfront restaurants, he is also
chair of the local group Solutions To Avoid Red Tide.
After the scientists all agreed that, yes, nutrients
like excessive fertilizer and other chemicals flowing
from the land into the bays and Gulf of Mexico did
appear to exacerbate red tide, and that, yes, red tide did
appear to be of greater intensity and frequency in the
last few years, Chiles offered a thought.
Since nobody seems to think that stormwater runoff
and all its accompanying chemicals is any good for the
water or the environment, why don't We start to pressure
the policy makers to reduce the flow of stormwater?
His question was greeted with a round of applause
from the business people in attendance.
Is anybody listening?
Clean is not such a good thing?
Remember that familiar proverb that goes some-
thing like be careful of what you wish for because you
just might get it?
Seems that the folks in New York City are having
their wish come true with some unusual results.
The New York Harbor has basically been a cesspool
for hundreds of years. Everything from the city ended
up in the harbor sewage, chemicals from plants, the
works. Everything percolated to the bottom, causing
methane gas to rise. The harbor has at times caught fire
because of all the toxic and combustible muck.
After the hue and cry from environmentalists finally
reached someone's ears, the harbor and rivers abutting
it became the focus of a massive cleanup effort. The
flow of yuck was lessened, the toxic stew of the bottom
dug up, and things started to improve in the 30 or so,
years since the cleanup began.
Now, with the waters cleaner than they have been in
almost forever, there'-. another problem that has arisen:
stuff is starting to grow in,the water. Specifically, wood-
eating critters called gribbles.
Historicall, gribbles were found in the harbor and'
rivers, but the pollutants killed them off. No% the' 're
back, and they're hungry. Very hungry, and looking for
wood in the form of boat hulls, docks and pilings. Ship-
worms are also present and chowing down on whatever'
wood the\ can find.
Piers are collapsing as these underwater wood-
pecker-like crustaceans happily munch their way
through the pilings.
It's good ne%% s for the environment'that marine
life is- starting to flourish again, and good news for
pier builders. \\ho have a burgeoning new business of
replacing the old wood with new concrete and steel.
Back many years ago, a.buddy lived in a modest
house on the shores of Whitaker Bayou in Sarasota.
The cinr of Sarasota used the ba\ ou as its ouitfall for its.
treated effluent treated sewage and millions of.
gallons of the mostly fresh water entered the waterway
and then Sarasota Bay every day.
My buddy rented out three or four slips on his
waterfront property to boaters,, at extraordinary prices,
because all the fresh water kept marine life from grow-
ing on the bottom of the boats. Boaters could go years
without having to have their boats hauled and scraped
if they could rent one of -his boat slips. In fact, his boat
slip rental pretty much paid for his house expenses and
let him pretty much live there free.
He was probably the only person in Sarasota who
objected to the discontinuation of Whitaker Bayou as
the treated effluent outfall site and, for him at least, a
huge loss of revenue.
Although we don't have to worry too much about the
ravages of ice and snow for our Florida boats, there are
some good tips offered by the Boat Owners Association
of the United States for the upcoming winter months
when trips out on the water are few and far between.
In fact, some of the most common problems associ-
ated with boats in winter arise in the South.
"Surprisingly, it's the balmy states of California,
Florida, Texas, Alabama and Georgia where boat-
ers are most likely to have freeze-related damage to
engine blocks and it routinely occurs to boats stored
ashore," BOAT/U.S. reports. Because water retains heat
longer than air, boats left in the slip are less susceptible.
Put the white pages in the blue bin
.ew '007'telephone books are arriving at Island
businesses and on residential doorsteps. So, what to
do with the old books? Put the old white and yellow
pages in the blue recycling bins, said Holmes Beach
City Commissioner Pat Morton. Morton-said Waste
Management will collect the books from the bins from
Oct. 16 to Nov. 6. Also, at a date not yet announced,
a reci lin bin will be placed on the Holmes Beach
City Hall grounds for anyone who does not have
curbside recycling. Later this fall, Holmes Beach
City Hall grounds will serve as a collection point for
electronics and other hard-to-dispose of products.
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to sudden freezing.
Another problem is failure to drain'water from
the sea strainer. "Like an engine, the seawater strainer
must be winterized or residual water could freeze and
rupture the watertight seal," according to the organiza-
tion. "Sometimes you don't know it's damaged until
spring launching and water begins to trickle in.
"For boats left in the water, leaving seacocks open
during the winter is like going on extended vacation
without locking the house. If a thru-hull cannot be
closed, the vessel must be stored ashore the sole
exception is cockpit drains.
"Engine cooling system petcocks clogged by rust
or other debris can prevent water from fully draining.
If it's plugged, try using a coat hanger to clear the
blockage or use the engine's intake hose to flush anti-
freeze through the system."
It's hard to think about winter when the tempera-
tures are in the 80s, but plan ahead. It could get chilly
Here's another bit of technological wonderment
that I've been envious of for a while now.
Seems the city of Sarasota has come up a nifty
computer program that lets you go to a meeting agenda,
find the item or items which interest you, click on the
topic, and not only get a view of all the backup mate-
rial available to the commissioners, but you can "go to
the video" of whatever action took place through the
cameras in the meeting room.
Audio tapes of meetings are generally available for
people to listen to, and in some of the bigger venues
you can even get a copy of a video tape of the meet-
ing. Now, Sarasota's gone one step further and lets you
scroll to the topic you want and then watch the action
on your computer. Free, of course.
OK, so only some computer nerd or a real political
wonk would want to do this, but it's been surprising
how many people I run into who mention something
about watching the county commission meetings on
TV. And don't forget the popularity of what's usually
one of the most mundane of all events, the weather,
via the Weather Channel.
And OK, so call me lazy, but it sure would be
nice to be able to sit at home and 'tarch the antics of-
the various Island. city commission meetings without
having to sit through the whole meeting; but just scroll
through to the "good parts."
Maybe some day soon ...
One of the worst red tide outbreaks in Southwest
Florida occurred from 1995-96. The dead fish kept
.piling up, airborne toxins caused coughing and sneez-
ing, and manatees and dolphins died from the tide.
"It lasted 11 months and 21 days," Island restau-
rateur Ed Chiles-pointed.out.
Approximately, ofcourse., not that he v% would ha% e tracked
something that he said almost put him out ofbusiness.
Is there any kind of insurance businesses can get
to offset the impacts of red tide? he was asked last
No, he said with some emotion, or at least as much
emotion as you can get in a one-word answer.
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Dolphin, wahoo offshore, snook, reds in backwater
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing action is picking up as the water tempera-
Offshore action for dolphin, wahoo, grouper and
snapper is excellent right now. Backwater fishing for
redfish, snook and trout is also good, with lots of good
catches of big reds being reported.
The second annual fishing tournament sponsored
by the Home Builders Association of Manatee County
is scheduled for Oct. 27-28. Prizes include a week-long
vacation at the RonJon resort of Cape Caribe, as well
as cash prizes for inshore and offshore divisions. Cost
is $400 per boat.
The captain's meeting/party will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 27 at Hooters. Weigh-in will take place at the Bra-
denton Yacht Club from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 28, with the
award banquet to follow.
Proceeds from the tournament will go to help the
Habitat for Humanity, Future Builders of America and
the Manatee County Home Builders Association. For
more information, call Beverly Smock at the HBA of
Manatee County at 749-7035, ext. 1'.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said fishing has been fair, "but
nothing to write home about. Bait is absolutely thick
and big, with some luck the big pilchards will still be
around when the kingfish show up." He said snook
and redfish were the bulk of the catch for the week and
ranged in size from dinks to specimens in the 30-35
inch range. "One of the more unusual catches has been
juvenile Goliath grouper being encountered all over
the inshore area," he said. "The average mini-Goliath
has been about 18 inches. My clients have landed and
released more of the potential giants in the past couple
of weeks than I have seen in an entire career of fish-
ing the inshore waters of Manatee/Sarasota counties."
Snook are also a good bet in the backwaters, he said,
although redfish haven't been schooling as much as
usual for this time of year. "Sheepshead are absolutely
thick and if they don't pull a disappearing act between
now and Thanksgiving, it should be a banner winter
season for the convict fish," he added.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he did well last week on redfish to 25 inches,
a few trout, mackerel and some small snook.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said fishing is good right
now. Offshore action for dolphin, wahoo and tuna
is excellent, as well as good catches of grouper and,
snapper in more than 100 feet of water in the Gulf of
Mexico. Inshore fishing is comprised of snook, redfish
and mangrove snapper.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers there
are catching lots of small redfish, some mangrove snap-
per, pompano, a few mackerel and some black drum.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
he's seeing some mackerel come onto the deck, plus
some small snapper, flounder, some big jacks and a
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Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's seeing lots of big redfish coming out of the Mana-
tee River, with the best hookups coming from near the
docks. Big snapper are being caught by the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge, and a few snook are coming out of
Terra Ceia Bay.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said snook fishing is still
fairly good, and redfish action is getting better as the
Red tide abating
Water samples taken last week indicate that
the red tide bloom off Southwest Floridais slow-
According to the Florida Marine Research
Institute in St. Petersburg, "Patchy conditions of
Karenia brevis exist in Manatee, Charlotte and
Lee counties with concentrations ranging from
not present to medium. Highest concentrations
were detected along the Sarasota County coast.
Offshore sampling conducted this week also
found medium concentrations of K. brevis 3.5
to 18 miles offshore between southern Manatee
.and southern Lee County."
Red tide is a naturally occurring algae that
at times "blooms." It can cause fish kills and
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At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include
mackerel catches in the morning, snapper throughout
the night and day, plus small grouper and flounder are
starting to hit with some frequency.
On my boat Magic, we've been-catching lots of
redfish, with most catches within the slot limit, although
we did catch two 29-inch reds last week. We're also
catching a few flounder to 22 inches and mangrove
snapper to 16 inches.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt, Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide a fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@
islander.org. Please include identification for persons
in the picture along with information on the catch and
a name and phone number for more information. Snap-
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Plans shaping up for AME Fall Fest Oct. 28
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School's Fall Fest is fast
The Parent Teacher Organization-sponsored fundrais-
ing event will be held on school grounds for the first time in
three years. The student parade, which kicks off the event
at 10 a.m., departs from its pre-construction starting point,
Holmes Beach City Hall. Students will proceed on foot to
the school where there will be a costume contest. This year,
look for special parade guests, including Spiderman.
All festival activities will take place on the grounds
at the school.
The festival will feature some new rules and new
activities. New rules apply for the annual bake sale.
This year, the committee voted to opt out of any sort
Bake sale chair Tricia Hackworth said she wanted
to eliminate the stress associated with the bake sale and
make it something more enjoyable something parents
- could take time to do with their kids. "I'd rather people be
creative and take 30 minutes with their kids to come up
with something fun," she said. "The only downside is that
maybe we won't get as many baked items this year."
Hackworth urged homeroom moms to encourage
parents. to bake something, and suggested that some
Ato Kelly, Chef Giovanelli Tocco and Michael
McGowan of the Via Italia restaurant at 6777 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton, share a toast of wine in honor of
the restaurant's two-for-one wine special with dinner
and an accompanying advertisement in the Oct. 18
issue of The Islander. For more information on Via
Italia, call 792-5332. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
parents, like herself, who love to bake, might be willing
to do extra.
Competition remains an incentive in selling prize
tickets. Students selling the most prize tickets will
receive a reward party. Committee members felt the
competition driven by ticket sales was less stress and
found that students actually are spurred on by watching
the sales "ghosts" (showing which classes are in the
lead) fill up each week. The ghost standings are posted
in the cafeteria.
Tickets are on sale for $1, and each ticket will be
redeemable for a free cookie after the festival.
The costume contest won't be the only challenge
this year. Students are casting votes for which staff
tickets on sale
The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra is selling concert tickets and series subscrip-
tions this year to ensure its supporters and other music
lovers that they will not be turned away from popular
concerts. Advance ticket purchase of $15 per ticket
will assure admittance to that concert and discounts are
offered for multiple concerts, including a four-concert
There are several ways to bu) ticket: : "
Obtain an order form by calling 7i-1217 or by
downloading it from www.amicco.org. Mail the com-
pleted form and check to AMICCO, P.O. Box 1213,
Holmes Beach FL 34212. Tickets will be mailed or
may be held at the door on request.
A week prior to each concert, tickets will be on
sale at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
located at 5313 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.
One hour prior to each concert, remaining tickets
will go on sale at the door. All concerts will be held
at the Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
A "Celebration of Autumn" wil open the concert
season on Nov. 19 with organ, choral and orchestral
music by Bach, Handel and Mozart, followed on Dec.
17 by AMICCO's annual presentation of "Messiah and
On Feb. 18 AMICCO will showcase "An Opera
Sampler" with musical favorites by Rossini, Massenet,
Bizet, Verdi, Puccini and Offenbach.
March 25 the "uadience % ill be treated to "ATaste of
France," featuring music by Faure, Offenbach. Gounod,
Ravel and Honegger. -
For more information, call-778-1716.
member they would like to see kiss a pig. Candidates
for the "Kiss a Pig" contest include AME Principal
Kathy Hayes, Coach Barry Borell, art teacher Gary
Wooten, PTO President Shannon Dell and maintenance
worker Shirley Beard.
And this year numerous attractions will line
the walkways. Of particular interest, Stacie Siegel
has promised to help the fifth-grade students create
a "spooky" haunted house. There will also be a
storyteller sharing "spooky" stories outside the
There will be a roaming magician, and in addi-
tion to the class carnival booths there will be a "Moon
Walk" and climbing wall.
Food will be served in the cafeteria. Volunteers will
be needed to help decorate and serve food.
Morrow said this year's committee is striving to
create an old-fashioned carnival atmosphere with enter-
tainment and picnics on the lawn all starting off with
an old-fashioned American parade.
The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28.
Monday, Oct. 23
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Yogurt, Cereal. Toast,
Lunch: Ravioli or Popcorn Chicken, Breadstick,
Tuesday. Oct. 24
,Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit. Cereal. Toast,
Peanut Butler and Jelly Sandwich. Fruit
Lunch: Hamburger Gravy or Grilled Chicken Patty
Sandwich. Mashed Potaloes, Broccoli with Cheese,
Wednesday. Oct. 25
Breaklasl: Breakfast Burnto, Yogurt, Cereal. Toast.
Lunch: Corn Dog or Nachos. Steamed Carrots. Fruit
Thursday. Oct. 26
Breakfast: Toast with Cheese Omelet. Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: Rotini with Meat Sauce or Maxx Sticks,
SGreen Beans. Veggie Cup, Strawberries and
Bananas. Birthday Cupcakes
Friday, Oct. 27
Breakfast: Waffle Sticks, Graham Crackers, Cereal,
Breakfast for Lunch: French Toast Sticks or Omelet,
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SUBURBAN 2500 SERIES: 1994 very clean, out-
standing maintenance records. Heavy-duty package
for trailering. Dual air conditioning, heavy duty brakes,
radiator, tranny cooler, etc. Must see to appreciate.
$6,500 or best offer. 941-730-9622.
BOAT SLIP FOR rent in Holmes Beach. Monthly or annu-
ally, $175/month. Call for more details. 941-778-2581.
FOR RENT: DEEP-water boat slip, north end of Anna
Maria, easy Gulf access. 941-794-8877.
HURRICANE DECK BOAT: 19-foot, newer 90-hp Mer-
cury. Less than 40 hours. Trailer, full canvas cover.
Good condition. $7,000. 810-516-5613.
1999 27-FOOT PRO-LINE walk around. 225EFI Mer-
cury. 360 hours. Full canvas cover. GPS, VHS, fish
finder, new bottom paint. $29,700. 941-779-9731.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten pay.
Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant, 902 S.
Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-778-3953.
LOOKING FOR A nanny to care for 13-month old in my
home. Flexible work schedule including weekdays and
weekends. Light housekeeping a plus! Please contact
HELP WANTED: CLERICAL/administrative assistant.
Experienced in multi-tasks, good customer service
and computer skills. Great benefits. E-mail resume
and salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR HIRE: PART-time housekeeper for area motel. -
WANTED: EXPERIENCED LICENSED sales persons
for real estate sales opportunity of a lifetime. Please
call Betsy Hills, licensed real estate broker, at 941-
778-2291 or 941-720-0178.
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valor ic'iur, iajgarage I igoo p,,r l ad lr1 a il ifrin.t iOver : 4ij A l ir 4BR. 3 5.B A pni
wine storage closet, three fireplaces, and 40+ pool. Almostone acre lot on Warners Bayou.
foot dock on deep water to bay. $2,795,000. With newer dock and davit. $1,350,000.
Smuggler's Landing ?2R.28A waier- Smuggler's Landing 2BR'2BA Reirind.
front condo with den. Almost 1600 sf with eled unit with glass enclosed lanai over-
40-foot deep-water boat slip. Vaulted ceil- looking your 40-foot deep-water boat
ingi buill-ri ana wel-tar $649.500 slip. $499,000.
Mariner's Cove Elegant town home Smuggler's Landing This 3BR/3BA
with deeded 24-foot boat slip. 4BR/3BA unit has been completely renovated and
with over 2,700 sf of living space. Just everything inside is practically brand
completed in Dec. 2001 and is like new. Includes 40ft boat slip. $799,000
brand new. $849,000.
Over 20 years experience specializing in waterfront & boating properties
WANTED: LICENSED COMPUTER savvy real estate
rental manager for busy Island real estate office. Sala-
ried position with profit sharing incentives. Please call
Betsy Hills, licensed real estate broker, at 941-778-
2291 or 941-720-0178.
WANTED: FRIENDLY EXPERIENCED receptionist for
busy Anna Maria real estate office. Salaried position with
profit sharing incentives. Please call Betsy Hills, licensed
real estate broker, at 941-778-2291 or 941-720-0178.
ELECTRICIAN: MINIMUM FIVE-years experience in
remodeling and service calls. Benefits, steady work.
Journeyman card a plus. Call 941-778-4454.
TOP ADVERTISING sales position open at The
Islander newspaper. Great territory, commissions.
Previous outside sales helpful. If you possess a will-
ingness for strong community involvement, positive
outlook and drive to succeed, fax or e-mail a letter and/
or resume to 941-778-9392, email@example.com.
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 business,
building with additional income, beer/wine. $1,690,000.
Confidentiality agreement required. Longview Realty,
PAW SPA: PROFITABLE pet-grooming business.
Loyal customer base in great Holmes Beach location.
$59,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
MEALS AND MORE: 50-seat restaurant with great
ambience also retails select items. Beer and wine
license. Any menu OK. $120,000. Confidentiality
agreement required for details. Longview Realty, 941 -
383-6112. For more great business and realty buys:
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and inter-
mediates. 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 cer-
tified, 13-year-old, eighth-grader, female, great with
kids and animals. Call Kendall, 941-779-9783.:
NEED A BABYSITTER? Call Felicia, 941-761-1569.
Red Cross certified.
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Michelle Musto, PA Reo.io,
a I ,,. -' 514 North Bay Blvd.. Anna Maria:
',J Fabulous Bay views! 4BR/3BA, 2,205
NOW- sf, Brazalian leak floors. New kitchen,
Sbaths, roof, siding, doos and windoWs.
Sleps to park and beach! S1,150.000.
Gayle Simyson Schulz...
Jim Anderson Realty Company
PO Box 1789 401-B Pine Avenue
Anna Maria, FL 34216
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
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walerfronl views from this
private 19,000 sf beautifully B .
landscaped property, one of the largest lois around. Super Key Royale
location in a very desirable neighborhood. It's a boating paradise with
deep, protected water. Fish from your private dock and swim in the large
solar heated pool. Your cars will even be happy in the three-car garage.
3-4BR/3BA. Please call Gayle Schulz, 941-812-6489.
ENSURE YOUR CHILD'S safety while you relax. Call
Gemma, 941-447-9657. Responsible, reliable and
experienced, with a love for children. Red Cross baby-
sitting 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
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 avail-
able. 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 day! 941-524-9350.
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,
CNA CAREGIVER AVAILABLE for home care. Flex-
ible hours, have references. Call 941-753-8345 or 941-
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance. Hard-
working and responsible. Excellent references. Edward
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, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communica-
tion electronics offers wireless and cable networks,
.upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training.
Call Robert, 941-778-3620.
EXPERIENCED CERTIFIED TEACHER available for
tutoring in math, science and reading for elementary-to
college-level students. $35/hour. 941-524-4177.
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149 Crescent (Dr. A 26ed/2.5 ath home $569,000
789 x. Spanish (Dr. LK a 55+ condo $395,900
611 uff DOr. guffview 55+ condo $451,000
1003 S. uCfDOr. guCfview 26edfcondo $485,000
6250 Ytomnes Blvd #39 Spacious condo $569,000
302 60th St. Vacant 101.(112 Lot,V2 $589,000
129 49th St. West of guf (Drivel $595,000
2102 W 32ndSt. 26ed/26ath, 6ig ot $230,000
4007 ~Rverview Blvd Sweeping views $989,000
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L A D RaC L A S I I D
.ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. License #CGC061519, #CCC057977,
#PE0020374. Insured. Accepting MasterCard/Visa.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete computer
solutions for business and home. Installation, repairs,
upgrades, networking, Web services, wireless ser-
vices. Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-
5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.
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 professional
artist/teacher. By appointment. Palmetto. 941-729-2244.
I CLEAN HOUSES, garages and sheds. Please call
THE ROYAL MAID Service: Licensed, bonded, insured.
Professional experienced maids, free estimates, gift
certificates available. Call now. 941-727-9337.
NEED YOUR HOUSE cleaned? Palaces, castles, cot-
tages, homes, condos and apartments in the general
Bradenton area. For more information, call Peter at
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
AAA CONFIDENCE CLEANING. Housecleaning,
office cleaning and window cleaning. Good references,
reasonable rates. Licensed and insured. Family owned
and operated. 941-812-0499.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and com-
mercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping,
cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
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 land-
scape maintenance. Now accepting new accounts at
great rates. Please call 941-778-2335 or 284-1568.
GULF SHORE LANDSCAPING: Lawn care, pressure
washing, landscaping. owner operated by Island resi-
dent. Exceptional value! Licensed and insured. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Tree trimming, landscapes,
property maintenance. Insured, Island resident since
1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/yard. Hauling: all
kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call
Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City of
Anna Maria resident. Cell 941-448-3857.
FIND IT! BUY ITI SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential
and commercial. 30-years experience. 941-729-9381.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Complete cleanup,
installations, native plants, palms, aquascapes, rock
and patios. Shell installed $42/yard. Shark Mark 941-
SCOTT FOLEY & CO.: Commercial and residential
lawn care. Hauling, tree trimming, deck refinishing, free
estimates. Call Scott, 941-730-3077.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. 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 estimates.
35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at 941-778-1730.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Isl ad and off-Island service
since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free estimates,
no overtime charges. Now certifying back flow at water
meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924 or 778-4461.
TILE -TILE -TILE.All variations of ceramic tile supplied
and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,, reliable,
many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
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Sandy' Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 23 Years of
S vic Quality & Dependable Service.
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778.1345 and hardscape needs.
77U4Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
; Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
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Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
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Removal of all types of trash, debris and junk.
Curtis Clark & Assoc. Inc. Vinyl Siding & Aluminum Specialists
L Vinyl Siding Soffit Custom Break Work
Corrugated (941) 713-SIDE-T '
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Jimior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants. --,-
-mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup-, Yo-
Call Jmunior, 807-1015Oi c4
WASH FAMILY INC Since 1988
LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED
DARRIN J. WASH WE OFFER LIFE TIME PAINTS.
New Construdion Charlie Woehle
S Remodels 941-761-3363
WOEHLE CONSTRUCTION, INC.
P.O. BOX 14070, BRADENTON, FL 34280-4070
OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE
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ROOFING REPAIRS anrd replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. License #CGCO61519, #CCC057977,
#PE0020374. Insured. Accepting MasterCard/Visa.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert. All
phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Thirty years
experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and
prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references. Free
estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor Cover-
ings. 941-792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman,
light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing
and tree trimming. Call 941 -778-6170 or 447-2198.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more. Life-
time 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.
IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive distribu-
tor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free, cour-
teous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors. Lic.#
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.
LICENSED AND INSURED Building contractor ready
to help you renovate all aspects of your existing home,
add extensions or build a new home on your lot. We
only do high quality workand a re very prompt with our
customers. Call Daniel DeBaun at 941-518-3916.
HOME REPAIRS ANDimprovements: General repairs and
Quality renovation, including carpentry, drywall, tile, paint,
even-landscaping. Please call Chris, 941-266-7500.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wede-
brock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-749-6665.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR two master
suites-/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to beach.
S- Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer, garage,
.designer furnished with tropical yardsetting: One of the
finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly. Call 941-713-
0034 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,1 BR/1BA
with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi, walk to shops
and restaurants. Available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
901-301-8299 or e-mail email@example.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,-
S2BR/2BA, $1,400/week. Please call Kim Fisher, Wagner
Realty, 941-778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com.
BRADENTON BEACH: NEWLY remodeled BR/1BA
suite with full kitchen, fully furnished, one block from
Bridge Street, three minute walk to beach. Sleeps four
only. No pets. Now taking reservations for summer.
* Available weekly, monthly or seasonal. 941-776-3696,
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety,'
changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202,
or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
ANNUAL: ISLAND HOME 2BR/1BA with garage and
fenced yard; Newly remodeled. $1,200/month plus utili-
ties. 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.
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 RENTAL: BEAUTIFUL, immaculate 2BR
townhouse, 500 feet from Gulf. Granite, tile in kitchen
and baths. Patio, private yard, washer and dryer.
SEASONAL FURNISHED NEW home in Anna Maria.
Elevated 3BR/2BA. Available now through April. One
block to beach. 813- 251-9201.
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.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: CHARMING 2BR/2BA, Florida
room, washer and dryer hookups, tile floors, carport,
$1,000/month; 2BR/1BA washer and dryer hookups,
carport, $900/month; 1BR/1BA nice, clean, $700/
month. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL 1 BR/1 BA FURNISHED, washer and dryer, bay
view. Quiet neighborhood. $850/month. 941-545-7109.
SEASONAL BRADENTON BEACH condo: Decem-
ber through April, luxury beachfront efficiency sleeps
2-4. Breathtaking views and sunsets from your own
private balcony, turnkey furnished, full kitchen, gran-
ite counters, cable TV, internet .access, heated pool,
second-floor unit, elevator access, maid service. No
pets/smoking. New construction, completed at the end
of 2005. $1,100/weekly, $4,000/monthly. View pictures/
slideshow at http://photos.yahoo.com/mlmswartz2 @
sbcglobal.net. Call 330-933-7174, or e-mail mlm-
email@example.com for questions/reservations.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA DUPLEX: Completely remodeled,
yard service, pets accepted. Large back yard, close to
-shopping, trolley and beach. $925/month plus utilities.
First, last and security required. 941-730-8339.
HOLMES-BEACH: POOL;furnished 2BR/2BA. Oct.-
Dec 1Dishwasher, washer and dryer, tile through-
out, cable TV, pool: 1.5 blocks to beach. $1,400/month
or $950/month plus utilities. 941-778-3104.
PRIVATE HOME FOR rent annually on water.
2BR/2BA,' enclosed garage, beautiful view. One block
to beach. Washer dryer hook ups. Bradenton Beach.
$1,300/month. By owner, 1941-778-6170.
NEAR BRADENTON BEACH: month-to-month fur-
nished 1 BR/1 BA condo. $750/m6nth includes utilities.
References. Call Jackie, 941-929-7165. -
CLEAN TURNKEY 2BR/1BA doublewide mobile
home. 55-plus community.-Sandpiper Resort #200.
$800/month through December. Negotiable January
through April. 941-538-6505.
SEASONAL-: ANNA MARIA City. 2BR/1BA ground-
level duplex, walk to beach. Telephone, cable and
utilities provided. $1,600/month. 94-11-704-4646.
FOR RENT:WATERFRONTduplex. Dock with davits.Walk
to beach, washer and dryer, carport, storage. Quiet loca-
tion. $1,000/month. 727-784-3679. Bradenton Beach.
PALMA SOLA BAY views: 3BR/3BA penthouse, furnished
condo, two miles to: beach; large boat slip, pool, tennis,
Jacuzzi. $2,050/month, year lease. 941-358-7560.'
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH townhouse: 2BB/2BA
completely remodeled. 150 steps to. beach on 52nd
Street. Available Dec. 1, 2006. 330-758-3857.
LARGE-DUPLEX: 2,000 sf with garage in Sunny
Shores. Quiet, close to everything, beaches. Available
now. $850/month. 941-749-1238.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY: LOVELY 3BR/2BA, quiet canal,
large cage, boat dock, washer and dryer, tile floors,
garage, no smoking. 941-779-2005.
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL: 2BR/1 BA Holmes Beach.
Steps to beach, great neighborhood. Nicely updated.
Annual $900/month, seasonal $1,800/month. 941-
SEASONAL ISLAND RENTAL: 1BR/1BA turnkey,
washer and dryer, utilities included. One block to Gulf.
S$700/week, $1,500/month. 941-721-6090.
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ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA, 1BR/1BA and studio
apartment. Starting at $695/month. Fran Maxon Real
Estate, 941-778-2307. www.franmaxonrealestate.com.
PARADISE IN COMFORT at Palm Breeze rentals in
Holmes Beach. Two beautifully furnished units in a Key
West-style home on a large corner lot. Each unit has
3BR/2BA, washer, dryer and fully equipped kitchen. Heated
pool, bikes, grill, etc. Just bring your clothes and a tooth-
brush and enjoy. www.apalmbreeze.com. 941-730-5126.
GULFFRONT ANNUAL: 1BR/1.5BA spacious condo.
Fifth floor, north Martinique. Fantastic view of Gulf
and Intracoastal. Rental includes water, cable, secure
building. Pet OK, washer and dryer available. Asking
$1,290/month. Call 941-737-0915.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club rental available for
December 2006, January and February 2007. Totally
remodeled unit, nonsmoking. Two-week minimum.
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA balcony, Gulf view. $950/month,
$900 deposit, $50 application fee. 2411 Ave. C., Bra-
denton Beach. Efficiency, $750/month includes utilities.
$700 deposit, $50 application fee. 112, 52nd St., No.1,
Holmes Beach. Call 941 -746-8666.
ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach. 2BR/1BA, close
to stores and trolley. $1,100/ month/utilities included.
Washer and dryer on'premises. Call 646-842-0096.
WATERFRONT: BIMINI BAY, Anna Maria. Annual,
1 BR/1 BA boat moorage, water, garbage and yard
*service included. Available December. $950/month.
Information at http://goff-club.com/510B/
PERICO ISLAND PATIO pool home for six-month or
annual rental, $1,500/month, or for sale $360,000.
941-224-8466.11006 Peach Point Ct., Bradenton.
CORTEZ: SUNNY SHORES.1 BR, storage, carport,
marina and boat ramp nearby. $640/month. Phone,
STEPS TO BEACH: Seasonal 2BR/2BA ground-level
home in quiet Holmes Beach. 813-961-6992.
ANNUAL: ATTRACTIVE 2BR/2BA, Florida room, dish-
washer, washer and dryer.hookup, carport, $1,000/
month. 2BR/1 BA carport, washer and dryer hookup,
$900/month. 1BR1BA, $700/month. No pets. Dolores
M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
ANNUAL RENTAL: DIRECTLY on the beach condo.
UNFURNISHED YEARLY RENTALS on Palma Sola
Bay. Move in for security deposit and half rent. Rent
includes all utilities except electric. Studio $680/month,
move in for $1,020. 1 BR/1 BA $720/month, move ih for
$1,080.2BR/1 BA $950/month, move in for $1,425. Call
Jerry, 9am-6pm at 941-448-8100.
HERON'S WATCH: 3BR/2BA two-car garage, like new.
Ten minutes to beach. Near shops and medical. Avail-,
able Dec. 15. $1,400/month. 941-773-6581 or 941-
ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA Holmes Beach. Must see inside,
freshly painted, reduced to $920/month. Garbage and
yard service included. 941-224-4091.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach, shop-
ping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinna-
WATERFRONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA open-plan with
great views of Tampa Bay. Canalfront, walking distance
to beach and restaurants. $779,000. 941-779-1512.
FOR SALE BY owner: Best value on the Island! 2BR/ 2BA,
one-car garage, gourmet kitchen, new windows, updated
baths and more. Two blocks from beach. $615,000.941-
778-8677.406 Bay Palms Drive, Holmes Beach.
3BR/2BA: One bedroom used as a den/office/play-
room, enclosed lanai, tiled with carpeted bedrooms.
1,400 sf, county water/sewer, citrus trees, near Brent-
wood school in Sarasota. Reduced to $274,900. 941-
379-4196 or 941-954-7474.
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.
ENJOY SPECTACULAR VIEWS of Passage Key
and Tampa Bay from this updated beachfront cot-
tage. Deep property with room to expand. Seawall
and beach. MLS#534612. $1,399,000. Lynn Parker,
RoseBay Real Estate, 941-321-2736.
LOT FOR SALE: One block to Gulf. 50x100 feet,
cleared. $539,000.215 71st St., Holmes Beach. (941)
ALMOST ISLAND -IOME: Adorable 1BR/1BA. Brand
new furnished, bay windows with water view. Hurricane
Force-3 manufactured home. One mile from Anna Maria
Island and one block from Intracoastal Waterway with
new marina and boat ramp. Land owned. Home owner's
association optional. $159,900. 941-224-6521.
TRIPLEX: IDEAL LOCATION WITH great appeal. Beau-
tifully updated and maintained, new roof, turnkey fur-
nished. Beach access just steps away, bay views, boat
dock, ample parking, great income rental. Room for a
pool. Convenient to restaurants and shopping. $875,000.
111 8th St. S., Bradenton Beach. Bridget Spies, ReMax
Properties, 941-308-6763. MSL# 313022.
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.
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.
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 Beach. www.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
50-by-110-FOOT LOT in Anna Maria. Owner will
finance. No streets to cross to the beach! $480,000.
813-837-6224.117 Willow Ave.
FOR SALE BY owner: Holmes Beach, Sandy Pointe condo.
2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, covered parking for two cars,
washer and dryer, two blocks from beach. $335,000.813-
486-9535. email@example.com. 3607 East Bay Drive.
BEST BUY IN PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA with full
bay views! Granite countertops, glazed porcelain tile,
carpet, custom closets, updated baths, plantation shutters,
designer furnishings and more. $584,500.859-264-8644.
WESTBAY POINT & MOORING: Lower, corner, condo unit
with fantastic view of Tampa Bay and Sunshine Skyway
Bridge. Beautiful island kitchen, turnkey furnished. Must
see. $610,000. Call 941-778-1766 or 401-497-6327.
WATERFRONT LOT WITH 40-foot dock in gated com-
munity. Filled and ready to build. $650,000. Call 617-
803-2393, or e-mail nancyl2151 @aol.com.
BEAUTIFUL NEW 4BR/4BA Anna Maria home. Waterfront
with dock, walk to Gulf and bay beaches. 941-778-5181.
BY OWNER, PURCHASE or lease: Manatee riverfront
condo, 2BR/2BA, beautiful views, pool, gated, covered park-
ing, fitness. $325,000 or $1,100/month. 941-720-0092.
SWEEPING WATER VIEWS from large 2BR/2BA condo
with deeded 35-foot deep-water dock and carport. Must
sacrifice or foreclose. $499,000. 941-807-5449.
$459,900. CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA one-car garage,
boatlift, caged pool, fireplace, 1,449 sf. Two miles to
Island beaches. 941-447-9844.4308 Bamboo Terrace,
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'03 w/1BR. $899,900. Kathy Marcinko 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 538518
RIVERVIEWBLVD. This beautyboastsexquisiteremodelingthroughout,hardwoodfloors,
3000 SF and 3-4BR's. Separate quest quarters, sparkling caged, heated pool & room for"
your RV. $775,000. Ruth'Lawler or Maryann Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 525433
PLAYA ENCANTADA. Superbly maintained Gulf-front complexthat is complete with
all the extras. 2BR, turnkey furnished, built-ins, partial Gulf views, updated kitchen,
ru,:iur: ari r r 'runr.. *t,,0) 00 ii lrrmii,,' R, .- ril 48.-3. ori ', ,r 4 -- 8 9 i.3i.64;'
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SAN REMO SHORES. Buy canal front and restore/remodel for great return. This
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TIME& PRIDE shows inthis adorable BR home. Newerwindows, F'rg,, ioour';. Icrriener.
enclosed porches, garage,workshed. Extralarge lovelylandscaped corner lot.Nearbeaches,
shops & restaurants. $239,000. Colette Gerrish,748-6300 or 71t-6557. 539132
THIS 2 BR HOME in popular Village Green has been priced to sell. All new windows
throughout plus a glass enclosed air conditioned Florida room: Private' backyard
- setting. $229,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 538573
DUPLEX ON LARGE lot, 90x108 feet. Second lot east
of Gulf Drive in north Holmes Beach resort area. Annual
tenants in place, includes well-known Island architect's
plans for complete remodel. $885,000. 941-704-7729.
THE CROWN JEWEL of Coral Shores! The only two-
story canal home in Coral Shores. Beautiful 4BR/2BA
home, 2,420 sf, 36-foot dock, boat lift, stunning caged
pool. Two month window for sale before going off
market for seasonal rentals. Photos and tour at man-
grovehideaway.com. $749,000. 815-351-5052. 5008
Mangrove Point Road, Bradenton.
BAYFRONT: 4BR/3BA JUST renovated. Two miles to
Longboat Pass. Stop by and get information. 500 Bay
Drive S., Bradenton Beach. 941-778-0300.
CANAL HOME FOR sale: $750,000. 717-392-4048.
WATERFRONT LOT FOR sale. Holmes Beach large
deep-water canalfront 90x121 feet. Great street. First
.time on the market. Must see! 941-362-9585.
OPEN HOUSE: 1-4pm Sunday, Oct. 21. Spectacular
views from this home. Updated 2BR with ample room
to expand. Beach and seawall $1,399,000. 865 N.
Shore Drive, Anna Maria. Lynn Parker, broker, 941-
321-2736. Rosebay Real Estate.
-BRAND NEW MAINTENANCE-free villas just west of Intra-
coastal in west Bradenton. No age restrictions. 3BR/2Bth
plus den and two-car garage. Low $300s. 2BR/2Bth plus
den and two-car garage, high $200s. High quality con-
struction, not in a flood zone and only a few miles from the
beach. Gorgeous clubhouse with full.gym and pool. Finally,
everything you always wanted at an affordable price! Free
washer and dryer with purchase when you mention this ad.
Call Phil Paxton, Remax Gulfstream, 941-920-1363.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: 2BR/2BA, garage.
Totally remodeled, new roof, air conditioning. Like new,
great location. $279,900. 941-761-1458.
BEACH CONDO FOR sale. 717-392-4048.
MORE FOR YOUR money:.6BA/4BA, 3,400 sf,
75x100-foot lot. Single-family residential, zoned
duplex. One block to beach. $230 per sf or $769,000.
We have two annual rentals and a few
Winter rentals available too. Call us today!
"We ARE he Island!"
SINCE, 1957 .
Marie Franklin, Lic.-.eal Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
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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
NORTH POINT HARBOR SHOWPLACE Thi i u:rl.Ai.: 4BR 5BA waitNlrront
DO]uty Irr, dei:p 3j5e wlieA d D0B f31 )rl ) .g',n ,hJ lrveil wterwjy plui ,J
sparkling swimming pool with beautiful brick deck. Amenities include a
comfy great room floor plan featuring a gourmet kitchen with expansive
breakfast bar and stainless-steel appliances, pretty ceramic tile floors, airy
vaulted ceilings with fans, recessed lighting and a handsome tile fireplace. -
There isan invitingformal dining room, screened lanai and spacious master
suite with Jacuzzi tub for two and additional fireplace. Columns, Palladian
windows and a gorgeous hardwood staircase with distinctive banister add-
a decorative flair. This is the perfect family retreat! Priced at $1,679,000.
ATTENTION BUILDERS! HANDYMAN SPECIAL! Village of Anna Maria. Buyone
ortwo lots.Thisolder2BR/1BAground-level home is located withinashortstroll
of the best Gulf beach! Maturetrees, including a Canary Island Palm and Royal
Poincianna lend character and charm to the generous 85x63-foot high and dry
lot. Unlimited potential for remodeling and renovation. Adjoining 85x60-foot
lot is also available for $425,000. Priced to sell at only $475,000.
KEY ROYALE: $90,000 below appraisal. Act now for
your place in the sun. Tastefully remodeled 3BR/2BA
pool, spa, boat dock. Call owner direct, 941-356-1456.
Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
LONGBOAT KEY: NORTH-end village. 3BR/2BA, two-
car garage unique. $729,900. Direct cell, 941-356-
1456. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY: Includes real estate,
two homes on a lake and business. $200,000. Real
Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
TOTALLY REMODELED 4BR/2BA vacant, move-in
ready. Community pool and marina. $10,000 below
appraisal at $239,900. Call owner direct, cell, 941-
356-1456.100 percent financing available. Real Estate
CAPTAIN'S SPECIAL: STEAL this one! 2BR town-
house, boat slip and pool. Way below market for quick
sale. $279,900. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
MURPHY, N.C.: Affordable homes in the mountains.
affordable homes, mountain cabins and land. Call for
free brochure, 877-837-2288. Exit Realty Mountain
View Properties. www.exitmurphy.com.
MOUNTAIN WATERFRONT SALE: Lakefront home-
.sites and condos with boat slips on beautiful Lake
Chatuge in Western North Car6lina. Call now for Nov.
4 reservation. 877-234-8850, ext.102.
GULFFRONT LOTS: $595,000. Homes starting mid-
$300s. New master-planned oceanfront community on
beautiful Mustang Island, near Corpus Christi, Texas.
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.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Escape the heat in
the beautiful peaceful mountains of western North Car-
olina. Homes, cabins, acreage and investments. Cher-
okee Mountain GMAC Real Estate. cherokeemoun-
tainrealty.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
EXPERIENCE REPUTATION- RESULTS
PERICO BAYFRONT 3BR/ 2BA 1.866 sf covered parking vaulted
ceilings, lurnkey furnished. S585,000
SUNBOW BAY Direct Bayfronl. 2BR/2BA end unit. S449,000.
MARTINIOUE N. Direct Gulf, corner, garage,.'slorage. Updaled.
Shows beautifully. S859,000.
KEY ROYALE Conalfronl lol. 9.450 sf. Golf course view. S699,000.
BAYVIEW 4-5BR,!4BA includes guest quarters, large master suite. S1,150,000.
IRONWOOD 1.2BR. extra storage. S139.900. Greal buy!
HARBOUR VILLA CLUB 2BR/2BA lurnkey, boal dock. S794,900.
LINKS PINEBROOK Golf course view, sixlh floor, turnkey. S260,000.
DESOTO SOUARE VILLA 2BR/2BA, galed, pool, clubhouse. SI/5,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL AND ANNUAL RENTALS
LUXURY GULFFRONT VILLAS, CONDOS, HOMES
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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.:
FRESH PRICE!! Bring thewholefamily. 2,920 sf3BR/3BAcanalfront,
caged pool home can expand to five bedrooms. Enjoy the master
suite getaway equipped with its own kitchenette. Meticulously
maintained. $974,900. 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,
BAYFRONT CONDO NEW LISTING 2BR/2BA updated waterfront
condo with amazing view. Glass lanai, breakfast bar. Ownermotivated.
$499,000. Call Carlene Weise, Realtor, 941-224-6521 evenings.
WEST BRADENTON REDUCED Well-maintained, updated
3BR/2BA home on spacious lot. Wood flooring in living area. Roof
replaced 2003. Newairconditioning. Excellent starter orretirement
home. A pleasure to show. $245,900. Call Zee Catanese, Realtor,
5910 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
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2. Anna Maria Island & Gulf Beaches
3. Robinson's Preserve
4. Botanical Garden Park
5. Rivertown Marina
. Stewart Elementary School
. Geraldson Farms Produce
King Middle School
.U.S. Post Office
Urgent Care Medical Center
Building. Home. Life.