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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 14, No. 51 Oct. 25, 2006 FREE
Pumpkin walk! Sisters Piper, 4, and Maite Hansen, 1 1/2, walk through rows of pumpkins enjoying the splash of fall color at Harvest United Methodist Church in
Lakewood Ranch. Painted pumpkins are from the "patch" at the Island Publix. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan, Bonner Joy
Voter rolls increase prior to Nov. 7 election
By Lisa Neff
The U.S. population hit the 300-million mark on
Oct. 17, but there were other vital stats to watch closely
this month: voter registration figures.
Voter registration for the Nov. 7 election closed
earlier this month in many locations, including
The mid-term election ballots include U.S. House,
U.S. Senate, state executive and legislative races, as
well as local contests for county and municipal com-
missions and boards.
Efforts to build voter registration this season went
beyond partisan outreach to include campaigns as
varied as efforts by Rock the Vote, Focus on the Family,
MySpace.com and Wal-Mart. Early estimates suggest
these campaigns have added voters young and old to
registration rosters across the country.
A demographic anal\ sis from the Manatee County
Supervisor of Elections Office indicates registration
numbers went up this year in the three cities on Anna
Maria Island, but down in the 1Mianatee County portion
of Longboat Key:
In Anna Maria City there are 1,492 acti\ e voters,
including 473 Democrats and 679 Republicans. Going
into last fall's election, there were 1,48.3 active voters.
About 43 percent of them cast ballots.
White females represent the largest bloc of regis-
tered voters in Anna Maria with 758 voters. The largest
group.by age is 66 and up, with 515 voters.
Holmes Beach has 3,438 active voters com-
pared with 3,406 active voters in the November
2005 election, when turnout was about 29 percent.
There are 970 registered Democrats and 1,585 reg-
Again, white females represent the largest voting
bloc with 1,735 registered voters. They also represent the
largest blocs in Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key.
In Bradenton Beach there are 974 active voters,
including 296 Democrats and 394 Republicans. The
number is up from last fall, when there were 947
In the Manatee County section of Longboat Key
there are 2,231 active voters, a majority of them in the
GOP. There are 577 registered Democrats compared to
1,120 registered Republicans. There were 2,276.regis-
tered voters last year.
The total number of registered voters in Manatee
Community turns out for 'Pete's sake'
By Diana Bogan
Hundreds and hundreds of people sho0% ed up to
support Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon
-and his family Thursday night at a findraising dinner
for his benefit. Lan non was recently diagnosed \\ ith
pancreatic cancer. "
*The turnout was "astounding." said Lannon. He was
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Photo: Bonner .Iov
overwhelmed by the outpouring of support evident in
the tightly-packed activity hall of St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church, pro- ing jusi how many people Lannon has
impacted during the six years he has worked on the Island
- especially teaching programs to Island youth.
Many of the familiar faces included families and
PLEASE SEE LANNON, NEXT PAGE
County is 199,132, including 64,542 Democrats and
87,371 Republicans. The number of active voters in
the county went up in 2004 from 2002 and it's gone up
again this year.
The Islander last week surveyed two dozen Island
residents and found 18 were registered to vote.
"I think we owe it to our community and our coun-
try to be registered and to vote on election day," said
Anne Gables, 67, of Anna Maria.
"'People say we have a right to vote. I think we have
an obligation," said Joel Shoe, 75, of Holmes Beach:
Most voters who cast ballots in the general elec-
tion will do so on Nov. 7, but there are other options,
including absentee balloting and early voting.
E arl,' otini; in Manatee County began Monday and
continues through Oct. 2.8 and Oct. 30 through Nov. 4.
Early voting takes place at.two locations: the Supervi-
sor of Elections Office, 321 15th St. W., Bradenton, and
Elections Center Annex, 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 100.
Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Florida law requires voters to present both picture
and signature identification cards.
Sample ballots for the. election can be found at
AME Fall Fest
Anna Maria Elementary School's Fall Fest
is Saturday, Oct. 28.
The Parent-Teacher Organization-spon-
sored fundraising event will be held on school
grounds for the first time in three years. The
student parade will begin at 10 a.m., and par-
ticipants should gather in costumes with their
respective classes at.Holmes Beach City Hall at
9:30 a.m. The parade will proceed form there to
All festival activities will take place on
the grounds at the school. There will be class-
sponsored booths as well as a bounce house and
climbing wall. A magician will be strolling the
grounds, spooky tales will be told outside the
haunted auditorium and, depending on student
votes, AME Principal Kathy Hayes might have
to kiss a.pig as part of a new contest.
Food will be sold and served in the cafeteria
as well as bake sale items. ,
There will be prize drawings throughout the
day. Tickets are on sale for $1.
The event, following the parade, will be
held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and people are
encouraged to use the trolley for transportation
or park at Holmes Beach City Hall and walk
since parking at the school is limited.
2 OCT. 25, 200(6 THE ISLANDER
Fire department seeks referendum support
By Lisa Neff
Deputy Chief Brett Pollock last week sought to
stoke voter support for a referendum to increase impact
fees in the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District.
Pollock urged support during a meeting of Mana-
Lannon benefit huge success
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
teachers from Anna Maria Elementary School and the
former Island Middle School where Lannon taught
the Drug Awareness Resistance Education program.
However, Lannon said he was also approached by
many people whom he didn't know, but who rec-
ognized him as the officer conducting traffic at the
school crosswalk during arrival and dismissal times.
Many told him that they love to see him smile and
wave as they pass by the school each morning even
if he didn't know them.
The dinner included a bake sale, T-shirt sale fea-
turing an artist's rendering of "Super Pete," jewelry
sale and silent art auction. Jimi Gee and several stu-
dents from his music program provided entertainment
for the evening.
The event raised $13,000 to help Lannon and his
family manage financial issues while he undergoes
medical treatment and is unable to work.
Lannon's wife, Debbie, said the family wants to
thank everyone. "Thank you, thank you, thank you,"
The Holmes Beach Police Department'and friends
of Pete are planning another event to take place in
November. "Put Your Feet on the Street for Pete" will
be a walk-a-thon from Bayfront Park to Anna Maria
Event organizers are seeking business sponsors
interested in having their name printed on the back of
the event T-shirt. Sponsor forms for walkers will be
available at HBPD and AME beginning the first week
of November and the walk will be held at 10 a.m. Sat-
urday, Nov. 18.
For more information, call Julie Krokroskia at 778-
5447, or the HBPD at 708-5804.
.tee County Commission District 3 residents on Oct.
19. The meeting, held by County Commissioner
Jane von Hahmann for constituents, took place at
the county utility operations building, 4410 66th St.
Pollock read for the residents the referendum on
the Nov. 7 general election ballot: "Shall West Mana-
tee Fire & Rescue District be allowed to increase
impact fees on new construction only, to pay for new
equipment and facilities as necessary to accommo-
date new growth?" The ballot answer options will be
"yes" or "no."
"This is on new construction only," Pollock said,
adding that the referendum does not involve an ad
valorem tax. "If you already have an existing home,
this doesn't apply to you unless you sell your home
and build a brand new home in our fire district."
Pollock said the fire district requested the referen-
dum to help pay for new facilities and equipment. For
example, past impact fee funds went to the purchase
of thermal-imaging equipment to detect heat sources
and laptop computers to improve operations with 911
The current impact fee schedule, set in 1985, is
$100 for residential construction and $200 for the first
5,000 square feet of commercial construction.
"We're the lowest in the county," Pollock said. A
2005 study conducted by the fire district showed it has
a "significantly lower rate compared to other fire dis-
The referendum, which would need approval by
the state Legislature and an OK from the governor,
could take impact fees to the top of what's allowed in
The recommended schedule, said Pollock, is $500
for residential construction and $980 for 5,000 square
feet of commercial construction. Additional commer-
cial construction would be charged 25 cents per square
Pollock didn't hear any complaints about the pro-
posed fee increases from the 17 people in attendance
at the meeting and he left with several committed
Earl Moreland, the state attorney for the 12th Judi-
cial Circuit, also spoke at the meeting.
"I'm here to tell you who I am and what I do," said
Moreland, a former police officer who was first elected
to his office in 1988.
For the next 40 minutes, District 3 residents pep-
pered Moreland with questions and heard from him
about crime and gangs, violence, mental health, sub-
stance abuse, government budgets and mandates and
unrealistic television crime dramas.
City hall gets colorful coat
Roman Garcia, with Valcourt Building Services of
Florida LLC of Bradenton, reaches his paint roller
to a high spot on Holmes Beach City Hall on Oct.
16. Garcia said he expected the work, which involves
a blue-and-white color scheme, to be completed
sometime this. week. Work on a Sunday drew a.
few complaints to The Islander office by folks who
complained the city should follow its own contractor
rules. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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TIHE ISLANDER U OCT. 25. 2006 3
Island haunt: Coquina setting for ghost story
By Lisa Neff
"So spooky," Carla Nevins said as she walked
through the picnic grounds at Coquina Beach at dusk
The Holmes Beach visitor had just heard the story
of the man in black said to be haunting the site.
With the air turning a tad cooler, the pine needles
crunching under foot and darkness falling sooner, she
got a thrill and a chill from the Halloween-themed tale.
"I don't say that I believe in ghosts, but who doesn't want
to wonder this time of year," said Nevins, of Ames, Iowa.
"I believe that places have spirits, like memories,
of things that happened or people who were there," said
Nevins' walking partner, Joseph Preza.
October brings a hallo-fest of fun and fright trick
or treat adventures, haunted house visits, costumed
extravaganzas, horror flick marathons and the telling
of ghost stories.
"People love ghost stories," said Bill Sharpe,
of Tampa Ghost Watchers, an area group that came
together via a Web-based hookup. "It's the old 'what's
underneath the bed?' thrill. That fear that people get,
that adrenaline rush."
The Coquina Beach story as told on Web sites
such as www.theshadowlands.net and in paperback col-
lections of Gulf legends is set at the very southern tip
of Anna Maria Island before the Longboat Key bridge.
There a male figure in black is said to walk from the
picnic grounds to the shoreline and then vanish. There's
speculation that the figure was a guest of a hotel now
long gone. The story varies the ghost appears at
dusk, at night, or during the day.
"That sounds like that might be fun to investigate,"
said Sharpe, who has been involved in a number of
investigations and recently attended the GhoStock
ghosthunters convention in Savannah, Ga.
The man in black is not the only Island ghost story
in circulation. A Bradenton Beach house built on Gulf
Drive by Henry Curry in 1,923 was said to be haunted
by several ghosts that of a woman drowned in a
shipwreck, that of a pipe-smoking sailor and that of a
child with a puppy. The building was taken down to
make way for a newer home.
A third story is set in Holmes Beach. In this tale, a
couple went to the Bali Hai Beach Resort, 6900 Gulf
Drive, to honeymoon. The groom drowned in the Gulf
and the ghost of the bride now haunts the shore, walking
the beach in her wedding gown, but only in August.
Other ghost stories in Manatee County are set at the
At the Island's
in black is
said to haunt
story goes that
he walks from
to the shore
Historic Gamble Plantation in Ellenton, the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge, the Sarasota Opera House and the John
and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota.
These stories don't involve Amityville Horror-style
spirits that wreak havoc, but rather benign beings that
go bump in the night or day.
Those are the most common stories, said Sharpe.
And those are the kinds of ghost stories Nevins
"I like the idea I might-come across a mysterious
figure that just disappears into the water,";' she said as
the sky over Coquina Beach faded to black. "But noth-
ing more. OK?".
Mayor SueLynn bows out from Anna Maria City
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Ma' or SueLN nni attended her last com-
mission meeting Oct. 19. ending, nearly\ fi e ,ears of
public sert ice to the cit\ She is not seeking re-election
in No\ cmber.
A scheduled No\. 9 w orkession \\as to ha\e been
her last meeting, but commissioners \ oted to hold onl\
one meeting in No\ ember, thatron No\. 16. The meeting
,A ill be preceded b\ the required si\ earing-in ceremony
and organizational meeting for the ne\\ commission..
In her last report to the commission, the ma\.or
updated commissioners on the states of the cirt\ s efforts
to clean up the Villa Rosa project on South Ba\ Boule-
N ard and the just-started road pa\ ing project.
The site of the former Villa Rosa sales office has
been cleaned up somewi hat. said SueL\ nn. but some
"issues" remain \with owners GSR De\elopment
She. cit\ attorneN Jim D\ e and other cit\ staff met
with GSR la%% \ers last week to discuss further cleanup
efforts and what GSR needs to have the city sign the
final plat. GSR needs a final plat to sell the lots at a
planned auction sale in earl December. GSR has filed
for bankruptcN in the federal court in Tampai.
The ma;-or also observed that the first phase of the
long-a\\ aited road-paN ing project beman Oct. 16 with 52
sections of cihN roads scheduled for mincro-resurfacing
and other streets set to receive a full-depth reclama-
In other business., the commission passed an ordi-
nance to create a process for the installation of fences
in public utility easements, and approved the first read-
ing of four ordinances related to lowering the city's
flood i nsIurance premiums under the Federal Emergency
lManagenment Agenc\'s community rating system.
The ordinances are foi flood damage prevention,
storm\\ater management, temporary building struc-
tures. trailers and recreational vehicles and a property
Building official Ket in Donoihue. \\ ho operates ti-e
FENIA CRS sstesm for the cit\. noted that b\ pass-
Dog costume parade Oct. 28 "
E\pect more barks than boos from the parmcipants in the "' '.
Hallow een canine costume contest and pet parade planned for
OcL 28 at The lnihvde, new paper office in Holmes Beach.
The event a parade iof sorts) and a dogg costume .
contest \\ill feature Island pets and their human compan-
ions follow ing the fall fesri\ al at the elementary school. "
Registration for the contest is from 3-3:30 p.m.
Saturday at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. The parade participants will then
assemble at "the corral" under-the big tree at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Beach Blvd., In one of her last official acts, Anna Maria Mayor
and parade to The Islander. There, as the pups and other SueLynn presented an appreciation award to Charles
pets circle, judges will decide the prize-winners. Flowers of the Manatee County Farm Committee at
Dog bones and other prizes will be awarded, the Oct. 19 city commission meeting in honor of farm
although the costume contest is "dogs only." ,city, wek NVov.,lZ--S.lslander Photo: Rick Catlin
ing the ordinances, the city will move from a-Class 7
CRS rating to a Class 6, saving city property owners
$261,000 in flood insurance premiums. Each move to a
lower classification gives the city a 5-percent discount
on the premiums. he said.
If the city reaches Class 5 as he plans in the future,
residents would save a collective $300,000 in premi-
SueL\ nn gave Donohue a "-thank you" for. his
efforts, noting that since he's been in charge of the CRS,
the city lihas mo ed from a Clas' 8 to a Class 6.
The meeting adjourned after discussion of the insur-
ance settlement for the roof damaged this past summer
during a heavy rainstorm, ending four years, and nine
months of SueLynn on the commission.
Anna Maria City
Nov. 2, 1 p.m., capital improvements advisory com-
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Oct. 25, 4 p.m., WAVES committee meeting.
Oct. 27, 3 p.m., city pier bid opening,
Oct. 31, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Nov. 2, 7 p.m., city-commission meeting:
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Nov. 3, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Nov. 7, Election Day, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Polling loca-
Anna Maria City, city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
Bradenton Beach, city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Holmes Beach, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive; St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive.
4 S OCT. 25. 2006 U THE ISLANDER
Anna Maria City orders Olesen wall torn down
By Rick Catlin
In an apparent clash of legal opinions, the Anna
Maria City Commission wants a recently constructed
wall at 504 S. Bay Blvd. torn down because it encroaches
into a city-owned beach access.
Efforts the past four tnonths to reach a compromise
solution on the wall built by the Olesen family as part
of a renovation project at their property have appar-
ently failed. Commissioners at their Oct. 19 meeting
voted 4-1 to have city attorney Jim Dye send a letter to
the Olesens indicating that if the wall isn't torn down,
the city will take "all necessary measures" to have it
Since the dispute arose last April after build-
ing official Kevin Donohue halted the renovation
project because of the right-of-way ownership issue,
the Olesens have consistently maintained they own
a 5-foot right of way in the access, while the city
and Dye's position has been that nothing was ever
recorded to show the city had vacated the 5 feet to
Dye has said previously that the only avenues open
to the Olesens for a remedy to complete their renova-
tions were either to apply for a vacation, a variance or
sue the city in circuit court.
The commission, however, has long held the view
that it wanted to help the Olesens and would look favor-
ably on a variance application. But a variance applica-
tion would admit that the Olesens don't own the prop-
erty, an admission that the family apparently isn't going
Attorney Craig Colburn, representing the Olesens,
argued at the meeting that the Olesens were willing to
tear down the wall if the commission would instruct
Donohue to approve a new site plan for the project. But
approving that site plan would be an admission by the
city that the Olesens own the disputed 5 feet.
Colburn produced a number of documents and cor-
respondence to show ownership, but Dye was unim-
By Rick Catlin
.Verizon Wireless has made a preliminary inquiry to
the Anna Maria Island Community Center about build-
ing a cell phone tower antenna at the Center's new $4
million under-construction facility in Anna Maria.
But before anyone has visions of a high-rise per-
sonal wireless services facility also known as a cell
tower in Anna Maria, AMICC board member Andy
Price said the board will proceed slowly with the issue
and any discussions with Verizon.
Price, who is also chief of the West Manatee Fire
Rescue District, said Verizon called him because he's
on the AMICC board and he's had experience dealing
with cell towers in his capacity as WMFR chief. The
WMFR station in Holmes Beach has a cell tower that
Verizon utilizes that brings in about $24,000 a year in
revenues to the fire district.
"They called me to see if we were interested," said
Price. "but we're going to proceed very slowly. Cer-
tainly we will listen to their presentation, but we are not
going to allow a cell tower to affect our project. We will,
have to decide if we can do this, if we want to do this
and if it will benefit the kids and the community."
Price said that during his initial conversation with
Verizion, the company indicated it did not want to
build a "cell tower" like the one in Holmes Beach, but
an "internal flag pole" devipe.that wouldn't have any
external antenna visible from the outside.
Price emphasized, however, that Verizon has not
made a formal presentation to the board, nor has it
pressed. "There is nothing new," he noted. Colburn
presented the same material to the commission June
20 when Dye offered his opinion to the commission
that there are only three possible solutions.
There is still nothing in the official survey of the
property or on file with the Manatee County Circuit
Court to indicate the city ever vacated the right of way
to the Olesens, he observed.
And, Dye added, it appears the Olesens have no
intention of accepting the commission's suggestion to
apply for a variance.
Colburn, however, disagreed that the issue was "cut
and dry." The city in correspondence from the 1950s
and 1980s has "always indicated the Olesens own the
property," he claimed.
He suggested.the commission wanted the Olesens
to demolish the house, a suggestion quickly rejected by
Commissioner Dale Woodland.
The commission has bent over backwards to help
the Olesens, Woodland said, but it can't override its
own codes and ordinances. There are procedures and
processes in place for the Olesens to follow. Likewise,
the commission can't play favorites. To order Donohue
to approve the site plan is like the commission "pick-
ing and choosing which ordinances we abide by," he
Woodland asked Colburn under what authority can
the commission direct Donohue.
"You are elected to make decisions," said Col-
burn. The commission, he claimed, has the power to
say Donohue's previous ruling is too harsh. The com-
mission needs to make a "value judgment." It appears
the city is trying to force the Olesens to tear down their
house, he indicated several times.
But selective enforcement is not the way a city
operates, countered Woodland, and from the very first
day Colburn and the Olesens appeared before the com-
mission, it has been sympathetic to a variance.
"If you're back to who is right and who is wrong,"
he told Colburn, "we are going nowhere."
asked to be on a board agenda. And he's not-seenrany
drawings, site plan or engineering designs from Ver-
izon. Everything about any proposal at this point is
"We're going to proceed very slowly. The income
could help the Center, and that's the only reason we'll
even listen to them. We first want to find out what the
codes and ordinances are in Anna Maria regarding cell
towers," he said.
"The bottom line will be that if it's not a benefit to
our kids and the Center, we're not interested."
Attorney Laura Bellflower, who represents Verizon,
said the company has no plans for a cell to" er in Anna
Maria "at this time," but is always looking for potential
sites on the north end of the Island.
In 2001, Verizon had a contract for construction of a
cell tower-at the Roser Memorial Community Church, but
local activists protested the construction of such a facility
to city officials and the deal eventually collapsed.
But Anna Maria city commissioners discovered
during meetings on the Roser proposal that under fed-
eral law, the city could not prevent construction of a
cell tower, only limit its location and appearance.
The city eventually spent more. than $40,000 on
a cell tower consultant to develop a master plan for
wireless communications services in the city. The plan
indicates that the most preferred locations for a cell
tower would be on public property.
Price emphasized again that at this point, neither
he nor any AMICC board member has seen anything
on paper from Verizon.
Not so, said Colburn. "This is a land-use issue and
you have the authority to look at the code and inter-
"But we've already supported a variance," said
Commission chairman John Quam, although the Ole-
sens have shown no interest in this procedure.
"So, the city's position is the house must come
down?" questioned Colburn.
Not so, said Quam. "My motion did not talk about
demolishing the house."
Commissioner Duke Miller agreed with Quam and
Woodland and admonished Colburn to stop putting
words in commissioners' mouths.
"From the beginning the commission has directed
our attorney to find a remedy under our ordinances,"
said Woodland. Dye offered three solutions months ago
and the Olesens apparently have not agreed to any of
The commission is only accepting the advice of
its attorney to direct the Olesens to remove the wall,
Woodland said. "You are trying to twist this to make it
appear we are trying to get your client to demolish the
house. That's wrong and your argument is weak," he
"But demolishing the house is the logical course of
events," responded Colburn.
Stop, said Miller. "We thought several months ago
we had a solution., Why not take a variance? We've
gone out of our way to accommodate you. We are on
Commissioner Linda Cramer, however, agreed the
Olesens own the property and voted against the motion.
She said that from the description of ownership pre-
sented, "It indicates they don't need a variance."
Quam's motion will still leave room for the Olesens
to apply for a variance.
Colburn did not indicate if or how the Olesens
might seek a solution.
Rich pickings for
kids this Halloween
By Jim Hanson
A youngster won't have to be especially nimble
to fill his "trick-or-treat" stash this Halloween on the
Island there are three big parties and they're on dif-
So a young'un can make up to three really rich
hauls, depending on his or her persuasiveness with par-
ents who will haul their offspring to and from the tricks
First of the parties will be Friday, Oct. 27, at the
Anna Maria Elementary School for students in the
after-school program. It will be in the cafeteria at the
end of the school day, and Friday will be an "early out"
from classes, said April Jonatzke, who is in charge.
The kids will change into costumes for their own Hal-
loween costume contest, apart from the one later in the
holiday schedule during the Trail of Treats they will
be eligible to enter that one too, Jonatzke said.
The school will have food and beverages, for the
50 to 60 students expected to be there.
On Saturday, Oct. 28, the lM loose Lodge will have a
Halloween party from 1 to 3. p.m. for all Island young-
sters up to age 10. That % ill be in the Moose hall, 110
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. It will feature a costume
contest and trick-or-treatine for an estimated 40 to 50
On HaIlloeen day itself, Tuesday, Oct. 31, the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will spon-
sor its annual Trail of Treats in Holmes Beach.
The fun %% ill start at 3:30 p.m. in front ofthe cham-
ber offices, 5313 Gulf Dri\ e. Holmes Beach. A costume
contest for the various age groups will bring prizes for
the winners, plus treats for e% ern one.
Then comes trick-or-treating all around the area,
with most businesses armed .with gobs of treats for the
tricksters. Maps will be handed out to the kids at the
chamber gathering, setting out the trail kids may follow
to harvest treats.
"This will be a very safe place for a safe event for
all the kids," the chamber said.
Further information may be obtained for each event
at the following phone numbers: school, 708-5525;
Moose, 778-4110; or chamber, 778-1541.
has asked the Ann
Maria Island Com-
munity Center -
board of directors
about the possibil-
ity of building a cell
phone tower at the
new Center facilin'
on Magnolia Avenue .. ... .-
in Anna Maria.
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Island-Sarasota trolley hookup not forgotten
By Paul Roat
An effort to close the gap in mass transit service
on the barrier islands of Manatee and Sarasota counties
hasn't been forgotten, at least by the northern contin-
Ralf Heseler, director of the Manatee County Area
Transit, said he has been working with his Sarasota
County counterparts for three years to extend service
from mid-Longboat Key to the transfer point on north
Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
The willingness is there on both sides, he said, but
the funding is not.
"We have an interlocal agreement with Sarasota
County Area Transit to close the six-mile gap," Heseler
said. "The problem is the county commissions aren't
willing to fund it."
Federal and state grants for a trolley running from
the tip of Anna Maria Island to Lido Beach and down-
town Sarasota were not forthcoming in past transporta-
The Island trolley service was created through such
grants and county funding.
Heseler said consideration had been given to chang-
ing the timing on the Island trolley run from 20 minutes
to 30 minutes during the slower summer months. Rider-
ship in "high season" January through March is
usually three times that of the rest of the year, which
has prompted the possible change.
Newer, quieter trolleys are slowly being phased
into the regular runs on the Island, he added. There
is now a fleet of nine trolleys in Manatee County,
four of them newer and much quieter than- their
"The newer ones are better constructed," Heseler
said, "with improved floors, brakes, suspension, and
are less prone to breakdown."
After overcoming a number of roadblocks, the
Manatee Trolley system began in March 2002. Rider-
ship soared on the free service, which runs from 6:30
a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily the length of the Island.
A "beach express" was added on Manatee Avenue
on Sunday to bring people from the mainland to the
Island without the need of private vehicles. Heseler said
a similar express was under consideration on Cortez
As to the Manatee Trolley on Anna Maria Island,
he said, "It is one of the showcase trolley systems in
the state and nation."
Holmes Beach board acts against code violators
By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board took
action Oct. 19 seeking to correct electrical problems
at one property and to further prevent an abandoned
vehicle problem at another.
The board, during an hour-long meeting at city hall,
voted unanimously in both cases.
In the first matter, the board heard from city offi-
cials about unpermitted work complaints at 5400 Gulf
Drive, Unit 16, a rented condominium owned by David
H. and Betty Wieland, of Grand Rapids, Mich..
Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Officer Nancy
Hall presented testimony and evidence showing that
some renovation work in the condo occurred without
a valid permit and resulted in electrical problems in the
Hall also testified that the property owners, who did
not send a representative to the hearing, had months to
correct the matter.
Board members agreed and gave the Wielands a
Nov. 8 deadline to comply with permit requirements
and correct the electrical problems or face a $250-per-
"It appears that the violations are there," said Chuck
Stealey, board chairman. "In my opinion, they've had
plenty of time to do something about it."
In the second case, the board heard from city offi-
cials about an abandoned vehicle on Key Royale Drive
at a residence owned by Edward S. North.
Initially complaints involved several abandoned
vehicles and an overgrown yard littered with debris.
But a cleanup followed a city inspection and the
issue before the board last week was solely the status
of a gray Mazda truck without current tags that North
said he planned to donate to Goodwill.
After a city inspection, the truck was moved from
the property, then returned, then moved again. The
morning of the hearing, the Mazda had been removed.
"The vehicle keeps appearing and disappearing on
me," Hall said.
The board, on a motion by Barbara Hines, agreed
that the truck had been on the site longer than 72 hours
and in violation of city code. The vote put the violation
on record, so if the truck returned it could be cited as a
North didn't attend the hearing.
Anna Maria Island wedding
Couples from all around the world seeking a beach
destination wedding on Anna Maria Island will find it much
easier now, thanks to a new group of professional businesses
who have created a one-stop shopping guide and Web site
geared toward all facets of the wedding industry.
The Anna Maria Island Wedding Guide and Web site
promotes the Island as "The Wedding Capital of Florida."
The Web site, www.amiweedings.com, and the
accompanying guide will soon be available to prospec-
tive brides and grooms to help them make wise and
informative decisions on venues, florists, officiates,
photographers, musicians, catering, accommodations,
day spas, makeup, transportation and all other busi-
nesses in the wedding industry.
For more information, call Jack Elka at 778-2711.
For Holmes Beach City Commissioner
SEEKING, THROUGH A CONIMMON
SENSE APPROACH, TO MAINTAIN THE
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THE CITi OF HOLMES BEACH.
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6 N OCT. 25, 2006 U THE ISLANDER
Trick or treat?
If Halloween is scary, taxes and insurance are scarier.
Everyone's talking, but who can really help?
Lots of seniors are stuck in the middle, unable to
downsize their home for fear the property taxes and insur-
ance on a new place, where they must pay at the high end
of appraised value without the protection they currently
enjoy under the Save Our Homes 3 percent cap.
It sounds like lunacy, but it's likely the allowances
for the Homestead Exemption and the Save Our Homes
amendment got us into this pickle in the first place.
But if all taxpayers paid a fair share, however small,
there would be less burden on any group of taxpayers,
whether they be resident, business or non-resident.
One tax group, TaxWatch, advocates abolishing the Save
Our Homes amendment to create a fair base across the board.
Fat chance, with voter approval needed to abolish
Save Our Homes, and almost no one (voters) willing to
give up their "protection."
How properties are appraised, however, deserves
some examination by the Florida Legislature. Let's hope
that goes under the magnifying glass in next year's session
and some "real relief" for businesses like the motels on
Anna Maria Island can be enacted.
That "real relief' would amount to a tax based on the
current use, not some future "loathsome" condo conversion
and not a postponement of accumulated tax that has to be paid
"on sale" when property is sold. That has the potential to
ruin any possible deal or profit for the "mom and pop."
And on another tax note, the TaxWatch folks did a
case study for one city where they developed a "zero
budget" approach. They advocate municipalities and other
governments plan their spending based on need rather than
the current process of spending based on revenue.
Island cities presently look at the money coming in
from various sources and ask, how should we spend it?
Rather they look at how they can efficiently run city
government and provide thecommunity and citizens with
their needs, and determine how much that will cost.
The paring of spending and tax rates should begin
there from the bottom up.
But alas, the budgets, spending and taxes are set for
the coming year.
But the elections aren't over yet.
And there's still plenty of scary stories going around
See you at the polls on Nov. 7.
We want especially to thank Holmes Beach Police
Officer Pete Lannon for his generosity in attending recent
events, giving the children he helped educate and protect
atAnna Maria Elementary School an opportunity to show
their support for him in his battle with cancer.
We would like to speak for everyone in saying how
pleased we all are to have found a way to help the Lannons.
For the kids and the community, it's comforting to
know we can have even the slightest-impact in Pete's
peace of mind and a positive attitude for recovery.
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No, thank you
We want to thank everyone who is coming out to
all the events to support Pete and our family. It is truly
overwhelming. We owe everyone a debt of gratitude.
Everyone has been truly amazing.
People came up to Pete at the dinner and said,
"I don't know you personally, but I just love it in
the morning when I go by the school crossing and
you wave at me and smile." Others just stopped in
to give donations.
Thanks to Joy, Jamie, Chris, Becky, Donna, Mary
and all Pete's other friends who made the dinner a suc-
cess.-Kudos to everyone who put it all together, espe-
cially those who worked in the kitchen and on cleanup.
They put together more than 600 delicious meals.
We want to say thanks for all the anonymous dona-
tions given to "the Pete Lannon fund" at Wachovia. We
can never thank everyone enough.
We hope everyone is having a good time at the
events. I know Pete is enjoying seeing everyone.
I'm sure that everyone who got massages and
treatments Sunday are relaxed and looking fine after
"spa day." Thanks to Dina and Danielle for all their
We hope the kids had fun at the car wash Sunday
and didn't get too waterlogged.
We had a wonderful time Saturday at Bayfest and
enjoyed all the great food, great cars and great friends.
But all the fresh air and sunshine made us too tired to
come back out to the Island on Sunday and it's a
24-mile drive each way for us. Thanks to Cindy for all
her work there.
We know more events are planned and we are
grateful. Words of thanks can not truly express how
we feel. Please, keep up the good thoughts.
Deb Lannon for husband Pete and their family
What it's all about
You have to love Anna Maria Island, this little piece
of paradise: the sunsets, beautiful white sand beaches,
wildlife, plants, etc.
None of this can match what we witnessed Thurs-
day night. This community and the love it showed at the
dinner at St. Bernard Catholic Church is a true and grow-
ing testament to what paradise is all about. Thank God!
Pete Lannon, such a powerful man with a tender
heart, wears a uniform and carries a gun, yet his author-
ity comes from love. A reverent man, unafraid, yet
gentle as an island breeze as he takes a child's hand.
His smile aglow, encouraging, teaching your kids, my
kids, our kids. His enthusiasm and kindness show in
his sparkling eyes, proud as any of the parents as each
kid passes to the next level. Even more as they receive
awards for DARE.
An illness has grabbed him, yet can't hold him
down. Courage and strength are his from above: Faith,
hope and love.
Love is the greatest and is exemplified in you, Pete.
Thank you and God bless.
Lance, Francis and Lee Bergeron
For Pete's sake, thank you
The evening was a great success on all levels. We
.raised more than $13,000 dollars for Holmes Beach
Police Officer Pete Lannon and his family.
Thank you td our sponsors for a wonderful dinner.
The Chiles Group, Beach Bistro, Island Gourmet,
Publix and all the bakers out there.
Thank you Jimi Gee and The Swinging Cats of
Rhythm for the great.sounds enjoyed by all.
The faculty and children of Anna Maria Elementary, the
Cub Scouts, the Girl Scouts, The Islander, Pyrates of the Gulf
Coast, artist Paul Arnold, Elsa Hellum-Brusso, Capi Whit-
field, the Community Center, Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment, City of Holmes Beach, St. Bernard Catholic Church,
Rotten Ralph's, Mr. Bones, our T-shirt sponsor J & J Graph-
ics, Gordon and Sharron Burgess, Stoltzfus family, Pumell
family, and all the teenagers, volunteers and everyone that
attended made it a very special night for the Lannon family.
Joy Murphy, Jamie Walstad, Mary Gallagher and
Donna Perez, Lannon dinner organizers
THlE ISLANDER M OCT. 25. 2006 M 7
Award is posthumous for slander
By Jim Hanson
Jarrad Budnick of Holmes Beach wasn't there for
his special award, but his mother and father accepted
it to note his outstanding work for the Island, Manatee
County, and Keep Manatee Beautiful.
His parents received the award from the incom-
ing chair of Keep Manatee Beautiful, Dantia Gould of
Holmes Beach. Both expressed deep sorrow for Jarrad's
death before he could claim his honor.
He died April 25 of a combination of medications
for pain from injuries suffered in an automobile acci-
dent, said his mother, Sandi Budnick.
"He lived in terrible pain from the injuries," his
Still, he managed to stencil "Dump No Waste Pro-
tect Your Water" on 223 storm drains around the Island
and the north end of Longboat Key. His service was
noted in the 2006 Outstanding volunteer award from
Keep Manatee Beautiful.
Before the accident, he operated Island Deck and
Dock Co., Holmes Beach.
His award was announced along with others at the
annual luncheon of Keep Manatee Beautiful at the Bra-
denton Country Club. Officers were elected at the meeting
- Gould as chair, Sandy Harmon as vice chair, Cheryl
Richert as treasurer, Corinna Decker as secretary.
Outstanding Landscaping awards were presented
to the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum
and the Manatee County Historical Records Library.
In the Oct. 24, 1996, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency
established a recovery center in Holmes Beach to assist
victims of Tropical Storm Josephine, which caused
about $4-million in damage to Manatee County when
it struck on Oct. 7.
Members of the Barrier Island Elected Officials
criticized disaster procedures utilized by the Island
Emergency Operations Center during Tropical Storm
Josephine, claiming there was a lack of communication
and coordination among the three Island cities during
Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard said the
city itself didn't suffer a disaster from Tropical Storm
Josephine and any federal emergency funds should be
directed toward private individuals.
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Oct. 17 69 86 0
Oct. 18 75 90 0
Oct. 19 74 88 0
Oct. 20 76 90 .0
Oct. 21 76 91 0
Average Gulf water temperature 840
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First mass for new priest
Gordon Zanetti, son of Islanders Cornelia and any Cathedral, 350 Tampa Ave. W., Venice.
Gordon Zanetti, will have his first mass of priest- According to his proud mother, Gordon
hood at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at St. Bernard may be the first parishioner from St. Bernard to
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Bayfest stimulates senses, boosts
By Lisa Neff
Melanie Thayer got a good dose of melodic medi-
cine from the Dr. Dave Band.
Steven McDuff sniffed the sweet air scented by
freshly made kettle corn.
Six-year-old Tatum Paul's jaw dropped as she
watched a red-nosed clown magically pull a "rabbit"
from his hat.
Mimi Lou Bowen smacked her lips at the first sip
of her first-ever salty margarita.
The sixth annual Island Bayfest, presented on Pine
Avenue on Oct. 21 and sponsored by the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, stimulated every sense.
Bayfest also stimulated charitable giving, raising
money for ailing Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete
Lannon, the chamber and its scholarship fund and the Anna
Maria Island Community Center. Most of the chamber's
revenue came from beverage sales made by volunteers at
beer stands, wine tables and a margarita booth.
"We have a huge amount of volunteers out here,"
said the chamber's Mary Ann Brockman. "We just can't
do it without the volunteers."
Bayfest organizer Cindy Thompson said the cham-
ber hoped to see 15,000 attendees. "Three years ago we
had 10,000," she said, adding that the crowd estimate
would be based on reports from the trolley service, food
vendors and the city of Anna Maria.
Street preparations began early Friday, Oct. 20, and
continued right up to the start of the festival at 10 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21. For much of the day, Pine Avenue
was closed to vehicle traffic so feet and a few golf carts
had the run of the road.
In the Bayfest marketplace on Pine, 111 vendors
and festivalgoers traded in commerce and ideas.
Merchants sold plastic pink flamingos and water-
color paintings of brown pelicans, steel shark sculptures
and stained-glass rose petals and crystal rocks and rock-
"I usually try to buy Christmas presents," said Bay-
fest browser Gregg Hill, of Bradenton. "I look for the
unusual here and usually find it."
At the Democratic Party booth, people talked
about the Nov. 7 general election. They talked about
old Florida and new Florida at the Save Anna Maria
Inc. table, about protecting wildlife at the Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch stand and about preserving history
at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum.
"I've beenmeaning to get involved with something
and I talked to a lot of nice people today about a lot of
really good programs," said Tracey Lloyd, who recently
moved from St. Louis to Anna Maria.
While Lloyd enjoyed the educational opportu-
nities, her daughter enjoyed the child's play. Angel
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Llo. d. .. tossed darts at balloons. She dined on stra% -
herr \-flaored sha' ed ice She tueged on a clo\n's
hat. And she labored o\er a te-d\e T-shirt at the Iland
Rock School tent. w which collected mone) for the Offi-
cer Lannon fund.
"What I like is the _ame-i and the food." said Aneel.
"That's \ hat I I ike best."
Ba\ fest's menu featured the ofterin;s of 17 %en-
dors. Fa\t 'i ites included jerk-seasoned trouper tiom
Banana Cabana's grill, clam chowder from Shells Res-
lautanit. burgers fiom Skinn\'s Plaice. crab cakes from
the Sun House Restaurant and the Bali chicken sand-
K ic'hes tfom the Sandbar Restaurant
Fesutialh.oers dined and danced at the main stage.
\\here the S\% inging Cats of Rh\ thm. Almost Famous,
Koko Ra.\ and the Soul Pro\ iders and the Dr. Dave
"Ba\ fest is the biggest bash on the Island all 'sear
around." said Thal er, of Bradenton Beach. "I gre\ up
with it. I love it. I really\ lo\ e it."
On the stage before her, the Dr. Date Band
played on and a sign read. "See \ou ne\t sear! Oct.
to Holmes Beach
Please re-elect Sandy Haas-Martens
as your commissioner on Nov. 7.
On Homes Beach since 1969
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Why the Last Four Years
Have Been Good For
When I first ran for City Commissioner four years ago, I pledged to do
everything I could to preserve the uniqueness and charm of this community.
Below are some of the reasons the last four years have been good ones for Anna
Maria. They are testimony to the progress toward that goal.
After three years of preparation, our Comprehensive Plan is now ready for
public hearings, beginning November 21st. As presented, this plan will
preserve and protect Anna Maria as I promised you.
We are now meeting the financial needs of our City without tax increases
while maintaining an adequate level of reserves to meet emergencies.
We now have a fiscally responsible plan to fund capital expenditures that
allows us to wisely undertake needed improvements.
We enacted numerous ordinances. Some necessary to correct defects in
previous legislation. Others are essential to preserving our quality of life.
The age-old parking issue is history. The result is a plan that helps manage
the impact of burgeoning growth development to our East.
We are firmly but fairly upholding our development laws, and we are act-
ing responsibly to deny all variances contrary to the intent of our codes.
We successfully transitioned to our new City Charter and are well on the
road to needed improvements in serving and responding to our citizens.
SWe continue to demonstrate we can be a dedicated, capable commission
that can work together in the interest of our citizens.
This year marks 50 years that Anna Maria has been a part of my life. I have
thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to and influence the accom-
plishments above. Your vote to re-elect Duke Miller on November 7 is a vote to
keep Anna Maria the way it is.
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THE ISLAND)EIR OCT. 25. 2006 U 9
To her mother's delight, Tia Klein, 4, gets a look at the butterfly mask that Angela
Oakes painted during the sixth annual Island Bayfest on Oct. 21 in Anna Maria.
Oakes, of Faces of Angel in Venice, said the butterfly was definitely her most popu
lar mask on Saturday.
ing Cats of
the first act
to take the
like "As Time
Goes By" to
the delight of
A lot of pedestrian traffic traveled through the classic car lot on Pine Avenue
during Island Bayfest. Many cars dated to the 1950s, '60s and '70s. And most,
like this El Camino, sparkled outside, inside and under the hood.
CAPT. JOE WEBB
HAPPY 51 FROM
MOM AND "THE
WHOLE WEBB CLAN"
Pat Geyer is the ONE vote
that will work for you
Pat's ability to bring positive and successful leadership to our city's
government was proven during times of her prior service.
Pat pledges to support businesses in the city of Holmes Beach.
Pat will insure the interests of commerce and the residential community
will complement one another.
Pat will work towards supporting the recycling initiative at all beach
access points in Holmes Beach.
Pat will work towards% the city revisiting the disaster and hurricane
evacuation plans due to Perico's Seven Shores development.
Pat will watch beach erosion and will get actively involved at
the count level to keep our beaches pristine and open to;
Pat will keep a respectful eye on the city's growth-
and density management. .-
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I would like to endorse, Linda Cramer for another term as Commissioner. A genuine
concern for the history of Anna Maria has joined us together in the past year. I will be
meeting with a committee in. November to save our historical sites for future generations
and have asked Linda to help us bring this to fruition.
Since Linda and her family lived in Belle Haven Cottage for 14 years she was very instru-
mental in helping move the cottage to the Historical Complex five years ago. Today, it
stands in tribute to our city, as the little cottage that fell into the bay in the mid-1920s. This,.
along with the City Jail and the Museum need to be designated for" Historical Preserva-
tion along with other city sites. Linda has proved her mettle in saving Belle Haven and I
believe she can help us preserve it with another term in office. Sissy Quinn
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A twisted chain of events, beginning at the Manatee
Public Beach, led to the arrest of two men for breaking
into a doctor's office in Bradenton.
Originally, Daniel Sullivan, 24, was arrested by the
Holmes Beach Police Department on Wednesday, Oct.
11, for battering Peter Thome, 44, on the beach.
According to a federal immigration agent who wit-
nessed the attack, Sullivan hit Thome several times in
the head with his fists, knocking him down and kicking
him in the head. The witness told police Thome did not
Thome told police Sullivan is his roommate and
that the fight began after Sullivan made some sexual
comments to the children of a third roommate, Kath-
erine Boudle, also present at the beach.
Sullivan was taken to the Manatee County jail for
Thome continued speaking with officers volun-
tary, making several incriminating admissions. Thome
reportedly told police that he and his roommates were
all "crack addicts" and that the children were not being
properly cared for. After questioning Thome at length
the officer gathered that the Bradenton home was full of
drugs, there was no food and the house was very dirty.
Thome accused the children's mother of neglecting and
beating her children.
According to the report, the officer did not observe
any injuries to the children, but did note that the three
adults were obviously very intoxicated. The officer,
had Child Protective Services respond to investigate
Thome's admissions and take charge of the children.
The officer also phoned in a report on the children to
an abuse hotline.
Since Boudle and Thome were too intoxicated to
By Jim Hanson '
"We need some cold weather to make them
move around," Walter Bell said of the stone crabs
that his fishermen and others seek this time of
The water has not cooled enough to get the
crabs moving, and the take is a mediocre 1,000
pounds or so per day, said the president of A.P. Bell
Fish Co. of Cortez. the largest commercial buyer
in the area.
Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant & Marina on
Longboat Key, x h ic h brings in most of its delicacy
on its own boats, reports no great bumper crop of
stone crabs, but has plenty every day to keep its
Moose has blue.ribbon
recipe for charity
By Lisa Neff
The five judges didn't take long to cook up a deci-
sion. The first-place. blue ribbon in the Moose Lod',e
2188 chili cook-off \eni to Hurricane Hank's.
Second place in the cook-off held Oct. 15 at the
lodge on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach went to. Mr.
Bones BBQ Restaurant, while third place went to
But judge and emcee Ernest Casali Jr. emphasized,
as lodge members lined up to sample the chili from
an a.,ortment of crockpots, that the 14 entries in the
contest --are all great."
.Proceeds from the charitable event $3 from
each bowl of chili sold and $200 donated by the lodge
- will go to the Anna Maria Island Community Center
and Mooseheart Child City and School.
The community center, according to its Web site,
serves more than 3,700 adults and children in recre-
ational, cultural and social programs. It began as a
one-room schoolhouse in the early 1900s, is currently-
building a new facility in Anna Maria.
Mooseheart is a 1,000-acrecampus about 38 miles
diners happy, said a spokesperson.
It's far too early in the season, which opened
Oct. 15, to make any predictions, Bell said. Every-
one along the Cortez waterfront hopes for the best
"just as we do every year.
"There seem to be quite a few in the (Sara-
sota) bay and along the beaches," Bell said. Crab-
bers are now "sampling," dropping traps in places
productive in the past, and the ones that prove
most encouraging this year will get "a lot more
traps right away. -
"But I'm hearing bad things.about red tide,"
Bell said.ominously. "More fish are dying here
again, and that doesn't look good for crabs or any
other sea life."
Ed Farrell, one of the judges in the chili cook-off at
the Bradenton Beach Moose Lodge on Oct. 15, sam-
ples No. 2 in a blind taste test. Farrell said he was
looking for lots of heat. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
outside of Chicago. The Loyal Order of Moose home
exists for children from infants through teens -
whose families cannot care for them. More than 11,000
children have lived at Mooseheart since 1913.
The commercial contestants included Hurricane
Hank's, BridgeTender Inn, Ooh La La! Bistro, Isabell's
Eatery, Moose Lodge 2188, Annie's Bait and Tackle,
Tommy Bahamas, Fit to Eat, Jessie's Island Store, Mr.
Bones BBQ, Walker Tree Service, Draft Masters and
Duffy's Tavern and there was a personal entry called
':P.elic.4 Bay." ,,.
drive their vehicle, an officer reportedly placed them
on a county bus for a ride back into Bradenton.
Later in the day, Bradenton Police responded to
2306 Seventh Ave. W., in Bradenton, the home of
Thome, in reference to another domestic battery. Thome
was taken into custody for the battery.
While there, police noticed, a lot of blood on the
Coincidentally, the night before, there had been a
break-in at Doctor Correa's office, located at 2505 Mana-
tee Ave. W., in which a lot of blood had been left behind,
due to breaking a window at the doctor's office.
At that time, police found a bloody thumbprint
which later matched Sullivan's print, and he was
already in jail for the earlier beating of Thome. Thome
told detectives Sullivan had been staying at his home.
Detectives put the two incidents together and found
a considerable amount of medicine and papers from Dr.
Correa in the home and vehicle. They also found the
burglary tools used to break into the doctor's office.
Both men were charged with burglary and both
were in the Manatee County jail at that time.
NewsManatee.com publisher Mike Quinn contrib-
uted to this story.
Stone crab harvest begins slowly
Fire district pitches impact fee
hike, not tax increase
By Rick Catlin
The West Manatee Fire Rescue District may have at
last fltind a method of raising revenues that's palpable
to district voters.
After three recent rejections at the polls for an ad
valorem tax for fire services, the district is now propos-
ing that its impact fees on new construction be raised
from the current $100 per new house to $500.
Speaking at the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting Oct. 18 in Anna Maria, WMFR
Deputy Chief Brett Pollock told BIEO members that
the district hasn't raised its impact fees since 1985.
But most important, said Pollock, is that impact
fees are paid only on new construction. Anyone cur-
rently owning a home or business who does remodeling
or renovations doesn't have to pay the fee.
"It does not impact current homeowners, only new
construction," Pollock emphasized repeatedly during
The district will ask voters to approve a referendum
Nov. 7 to allow the WMFR board to raise the impact fees.
WMFR Chief Andy Price noted that the board could
raise the impact fees without the resolution, but Gov.
Jeb Bush has said fire districts must get local approval
first before any impact fee increase. The jump from
$100 to $500 for new home construction is only-a rec-
ommendation at this time, said Price, but it's not likely
the board will raise the fee any higher.
Price observed that impact fees in the district are
the lowest of any fire district in Manatee County. Rais-
ing the impact fee on new construction of a residential
home to $500 will only put the district on par with most
other districts in the county.
If the resolution is approved, the board would also
increase the impact fee for business construction from
its current $200 level to $980.
Price said that raising the impact fee should gener-
ate between $40,000 and $60,000 in annual revenue for
"We're not talking about a lot of money," he
observed, noting that the district has little room left
for growth. The onl) areas in the district where more
housing construction is likely is northwest Manatee
County and along Cortez Road.
"There's little potential for growth left in the dis-
trict," he said.
Holmes Beach City Commissioner David Zac-
cagnino wondered how the district provides assistance
to Bradenton and asked if the district ever gets reim-
bursed for its services to Bradenton,
No, replied Price. All districts offer mutual aid to
other districts, although Price did note that WMFR is
the first responder to a fire or emergency on Perico
Island, even though that area is in Bradenton.
"There are many areas of Bradenton where our sta-
tions are closer than their stations," Price said. Perico
Island is directly in the middle of the district, but Bra-
denton won't pay anything for aid, he said. But, he said,
"It's all mutual assistance."
In response to another Zaccagnino question, Price
noted that the issue of consolidation has been discussed
among the various fire districts for at least the past 25
years, but without success. The districtsupports a con-
solidation study to show what the cost savings and other
benefits would be for one countywide fire district, but
some of the other districts have shown little interest.
"We agree to the study, but we can't get all the other
districts to agree," he said.
One consolidation issue he doesn't agree with,
however, is that a single fire district should be placed
under county government. Any consolidation should
result in an independent fire district.
In other business, Longboat Key Town Commis-
sioner Jeremy Whatmough noted that the U.S. Coast
Guard is supposed to change the bridge opening times
for the Cortez Bridge and Anna Maria Island Bridge
starting in December. He asked Anna Maria Mayor
SueLynn to followup with the Coast Guard and the
local bridge tenders to make sure they remember the
changes the USCG has initiated.
During the trial period of December and January,
the bridges will be raised every 30 minutes on demand,
rather than every 20 minutes, as is the current policy.
The Coast Guard agreed to the trial period after several
years of negotiations with the BIEO..
The BIEO had long supported a longer interval
between bridge openings during the winter season to
allow more time for traffic to clear from congested
areas such as the Cortez Road-Gulf Drive intersec-
tion in Bradenton Beach and the Gulf Drive-Manatee
Avenue intersection in. Holmes Beach.
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'Ladies' to meet 'Carnegie'
The theatrical enthusiasts in the Off Stage Ladies
auxiliary of the Island Players plan a touch drama for
an upcoming gathering.
The auxiliary, a group of volunteers that supports
the players and their theater in a variety of ways, will
host Donald H. Thompson, known for acting out a his-
torical interpretation of Andrew Carnegie.
The performance is part of the program at the aux-
iliary's lunch meeting Nov. 8, at 11:30 a.m. at the Bra-
denton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton.
Thompson has been performing the one-man show
for about eight years, especially for school social stud-
ies classes. With costume, artifacts and anecdotes,
Thompson creates an impression of Carnegie. who
The Off Stage Ladies
auxiliary of the Island .
Players held its first
luncheon meeting of the
season on Oct..11 at the
BeachHouse Restaurant. .
Directors Phyllis Elfen-
bein, Gareth Gibbs and
Kelly Woodland spoke
about their upcoming
Photo: Nancy Ambrose
went from an impoverished childhood in Dumferline,
Scotland, to steel magnate and philanthropist in the
United States. In the early 1900s, Carnegie dedicated
more than $200,000 for libraries in Florida, including
the Bradenton Carnegie Library, 1405 Fourth Ave. W.,
and the Palmetto Carnegie Library, 515 10th Ave.
The program is open to members and those con-
sidering volunteering with the auxiliary.
"Anybody who would like to come to check us
out would be welcome," said Carol Heckman, auxiliary
Attendance is $15 per person. Reservations must
be made by Nov. 1. For reservations, call Marge Ebel,
Sunday Oct. 29
Starts at 8am!
Antiques & Art
5602 Marina Drive
(Please park at the library)
Also visit Ginny's at the old IGA
& Jane E's E-Cafe & Bakery
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Island artist exhibits
Anna Maria Island artist Loretta "Lolly" Owens
will display two of her original works at a first-of-its-
kind exhibit at Chatham College in Pittsburgh. The all-
alumnae art exhibit was held in October at the Art and
Design Center Gallery.
"I submitted two works from my Island series for con-
sideration and both were accepted," said Owens. One is a
watercolor called '"Tranquil Place," which won an award
from Art Center Manatee earlier this year and the other is
a watercolor collage called "Island Day & Night."
The exhibit will be a feature of the school's 2006
reunion. Chatham College was founded in 1896 and is
located in the Shadyside area of Pittsburgh.
Monday, ct. 30
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Super Donut. Toast,
Lunch: Chicken Tenders or Shrimp Poppers,
Steamed Carrots, Fruit Cocktail, Juice Bar
Tuesday, Oct. 31
Breakfast: Chicken Patty on Biscuit, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. Fruit
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese or Fish Nuggets,
Roll, Green Beans. Peaches
Wednesday, Nov. 1
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick, Yogurt. Cereal.
Lunch: Breaded Chicken Pieces or Mini-Corn
Dogs, Broccoli with Cheese Sauce, Chips, Apple-
Thursday, Nov. 2
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: Popcorn Chicken or Sloppy Joe Sand-
wich, Curly Fries, Veggie Cup, Strawberries and
Friday, Nov. 3
Breakfast: Cinnamon Roll, Graham Crackers,
Cereal, Toast, Fruit A -
Lunch: Pizza or Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Corn,
Mandarin Oranges. Fruit Cup
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
Library closing three days
The Island Branch Library will be closed on two
regular business days during November Friday, Nov.
10, to note Veterans Day, which falls on the next day,
Nov. 11, and on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24,
The rest of the November schedule:
Monday, Nov. 6 and 13, Internet class for begin-
ners, advance registration necessary by calling 778-
6341, at 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 14, Dr. David Mullen speaks at two
sessions, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Friends of the
Library lecture series, on "Happiness, New Light on
Wednesday, Nov. 8, Friends Book Club,
Friday, Friends board meeting, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, family origami with Judy Pruitt, 10:30
a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The library, at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sunday, closing at 8 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday,
5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Cramer in medical study
Anna Maria City Commissioner Linda Cramer has
just returned from Atlanta and her first participation in
a medical study for a genetic disorder that her doctors
first diagnosed in December 2005.
She is a participant in an Emory University
School of Medicine's research study program on
hereditary kidney disease. She has hereditary poly-
cystic kidney disease and had begn on a wait-Jist to
enter the program.
"The doctors said they were very encouraged after
looking at all the blood work," noted Cramer. "Their
initial prognosis was very good."
As part of the research program, Cramer takes
a special medication designed to slow the growth
of the disease. She will return to Emory once every
four months for the next four years for evaluation
"The doctors said there's no reason I can't con-
tinue working and this should not interfere with any
duties as a city commissioner or in my business,"
Kalen Knepp digs through a treasure box search-
ing for a prize thanks to good behavior counselors
observed during the week at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's Tender Loving Care afterschool
program. Participants have two chances to earn
prizes. First if a counselor observes good behavior,
and second by earning "Skill Bills, "play money
awarded during life skills sessions for good things
the students report they have done for others outside
the Center. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Island Kiwanians to hear
former art director speak
Robin Haecher, former director of the Art Council of
Manatee County, will address the Kiweanis Club of Anna
Maria Island when it meets at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct.
28, at the Cafe orjhe Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, at the Gulf
of Mexico end of Manatee Avenue, Holmes Beach.
It will be the weekly meeting of the service club. Addi-
tional information may be obtained by calling 778-4865.
Center sponsoring flu shots
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
sponsor #u shots from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov.
6, at St. Bernard Catholic Church's activity hall, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Identification and Medicare Part B cards must be
shown. Cost is $25. Additional information may be
obtained by calling 778-1908.
BUSINESS & PROPERTY OWNERS
2006 MANATEE COUNTY
TAX COLLECTION NOTICE
The 2006 Manatee County Tax Roll-has been delivered to the Tax Collector by the
Property Appraiser for collection beginning~on or before November 1, 2006. Taxes to
be collected are Real Estate, Special Assessments and Tangible Personal Property.
The 2006 Tax Bills will be mailed on or before October 31, 2006. If you have not received
a tax bill by November 3rd, you can pay your bill or print a duplicate bill from the Tax
Collector's website www.taxcollector.com. All City and County taxes, assessed on the
Manatee County Tax Roll, are entitled to discount for early payment as follows:
Decem ber ....................................... 3%
February.......................... ................ 1%
Payable without discount in March
On April 1st, unpaid taxes are delinquent and subject to 3% interest and advertising.
Payments received after March 31st must be in the form of certified funds.
PAY TAXES ONLINE www.taxcollector.com
BY MAIL: P.O. Box 25300, Bradenton, Florida 34206-5300
OR AT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS,
Monday through Friday, during the office hours of 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM:
1. DESOTO OFFICE, 819 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton
2. LAKEWOOD RANCH OFFICE, 6007 111th St. E., Bradenton (off SR 70)
3. PALMA SOLA OFFICE, 7411 Manatee Av. W., Suite 200, Bradenton
4. PALMETTO OFFICE, 1341 10th St. E. (Hwy. 301 E.), Palmetto
YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A RECEIPT UNLESS YOU:
SEND A SELF-ADDRfSSED STAMPED ENVELOPE WITH PAYMENT OR
PAY ONLINE OR AT ONE OF OUR OFFICES
2007 INSTALLMENT PAYMENTS
Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes for the 2007 Tax Year may be paid in four
installments if an application is filed with the Tax Collector before May 1st. You may
apply for the installment plan online from our website www.taxcollector.com/.
THIS APPLICATION DOES NOT APPLY TO 2006 TAXES
If you are presently paying by the installment method;your account will be automatically
renewed for 2007, UNLESS you advise the Tax Collector to remove your name.
KEN BURTON, JR. MANATEE COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR .(941) 750-9566
Holmes Beach City Hall Veteran'semorla
Program: 9 am Continental Breakfast
9:30 am Presentation of Colors
Presentation of Service Flags
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Wednesday, Oct. 25
8 to 9 a.m. "Wake up and smell the coffee" at the Longboat-
Lido-St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce, 6960 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466.
Thursday, Oct. 26
9 to 10:15 a.m.- Beginning- to intermediate-level yoga class
at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
6 to 9 p.m. Family Halloween night at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-4131. Fee
Friday, Oct. 27
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.- Goblin gathering and fall festival fun house
at G.T. Bray Park, 5504 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Information:
742-5974. Fee applies.
6 to 9 p.m. Parents night out hosted by the Island Baptist
Church for children toilet-trained through fifth-grade, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-2979.
Saturday, Oct. 28
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 with guest Robin Haecher,.former
director of the Art Council of Manatee, at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee
Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
10 a.m. -AME Fall Festival parade from Holmes Beach City
Hall to Anna Maria Elementary School in Holmes Beach. Information:
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sierra Club Energy Film Festival at the
Sudakoff Center, 5845 General Dougher Place, Sarasota. Informa-
tion: 330-9603. Fee applies.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Super Shark" Halloween fun at Mote Marine
Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-
4441. Fee applies.
11 :.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fall'Festival at Anna Maria Elementary
School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525.
2 p.m. "Betty Comora's Swing Street Trio" at the Manatee
Players' Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information:
748-5875. Fee applies.-
5:30 p.m. Oktoberfest at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1638. Fee applies.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fall festival fun house at G.T. Bray Park,
5504 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Information: 742-5974. Fee
8 to 11 p.m. Halloween party/dance at the Bradenton Wom-
an's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 773-0177.
Sunday, Oct. 29
3 p.m. Sarasota POPS Orchestra featuring pianist Joyce Val-
entine at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton.
Information: 351-8000. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. Italian Harvest Party at the Palma Sola Botanical
Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 761-2866. Fee
Monday, Oct. 30
9 to 10:15 a.m.- Beginning- to intermediate-level yoga class
at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
7 to 9 p.m. 'The Way of the Heart' class at St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church, 248 S. Har'c.r Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
'Parisian Woman' opens renovated Asolo
Jennifer Logue (center) stars with Matt Brown (left)
and Marcus Johnson in "The Parisian Woman,"
the first theatrical performance in the newly 'reno-
vated Historic Asolo Theater at the John and Mable
Ringling Museum of Art. The play, presented by the
FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training begin-
ning Nov. 3, is a 19th-century comedy of manners
and starts the conservatory's 33rd season. Logue is
the granddaughter of Island-resident Jo-an Perry.
For more information about the play, call 351-8000.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Frank Atura
Tuesday, Oct. 31
Noon Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting with guest
speaker on growing up in the Moonies and helping others heal at
the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
3:30 p.m.- Costume contest and Trail of Treats departing from
the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 779-9412.
Wednesday, Nov. 1
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna Maria Pier,
100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-7062.
"Sweeney Todd" at Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102
Old Main St., Bradenton, through Oct. 29. Information: 748-5875. Fee
Watercolor exhibit by Paul Acre at Island Gallery West, 5368
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Oct. 31. Information: 792-1039.
Faculty exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Nov. 3. Information: 778-
* "Latin American Art Exposition" at the Longboat Key Center for the
Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat Key, through Nov. 9. Informa-
Flu shots at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
Anna Maria Island Community Center's Food for Life cooking
class at St Bernard Catholic Church Nov. 3.
Fall Bazaar at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church Nov. 4.
Taste of Manatee.Nov. 4-5.
Internet class at the Island Branch Library Nov. 6.
Flu shots at St. Bernard Catholic Church Nov. 6.
Island Young Professionals at Duffy's Tavern Nov. 6.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce installation dinner
at the Sun House Restaurant Nov. 6.
Cooking class schedule set
A series of free "Food for Life" classes, with lunch
included, for cancer prevention and survival, is sched-
uled by the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
The classes, sponsored by the nonprofit Cancer
Project of Washington, D.C., will be from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. at the activities center of St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. The theme
is "advancing cancer prevention and survival through
nutrition education and research." The schedule:
Nov. 3, Planning Healthy Meals and Antioxidants.
Nov. 10, Immune-Boosting Foods; Maintaining a
Dec. 8, Fueling Up on Low-Fat Foods.
Dec. 29, Favoring Fiber.
Jan 5, Discovering Dairy Alternatives.
Jan. 12, Replacing Meat.
Jan. 19, Planning Healthy Meals.
Jan. 26, Antioxidents and Phytochemicals.
Feb. 2,. Immune-Boosting Foods.
Feb. 9, Maintaining a Healthy Weight.
Further information may be obtained at 778-1908.
'Art and Attic' sale planned
An "Art and Attic" sale is planned for Nov. 18 as a
fundraiser for the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island.
It will be on the sidewalk of the guild's gallery, 5414
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To be sold are oil, acrylic and watercolor paint-
ings, jewelry, sculptures,. and carvings by members of
the guild, plus items gleaned from their attics, such as
books, furniture, lamps, etc.
Individual artists will have booths there as well,
and a baked goods sale is on the program. Additional
details may be obtained by calling 778-6694.
Candidates host Friday fish fry, politics
A line of volunteers for Anna Maria mayoral candi-
date Fran Barford and city commission candidates
Jo Ann Mattick and Linda Cramer serve fried fish,
baked beans, cheese grits, coleslaw and hush puppies
to a crowd gathered for the free dinner and politics.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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Insurance: Candidates want you to know they care
By Molly McCartney
With early voting in the November mid-term elec-
tion already under way, the state wind insurance crisis
has become a burning issue as candidates focus their
speeches, advertisements and Web sites on the insur-
ance problem and make tough statements about what
they would do to fix it.
State Rep. Bill Galvano, a Republican who is
unopposed for re-election to the 68th District, which
includes Anna Maria Island, said that insurance has
become "if not the top issue, then one of the top two
or three issues."
At the gubernatorial level, the candidates for both
major parties are making a special effort to present
themselves as activists looking out for property owners
hard hit by the absence of affordable wind coverage.
"The crisis that homeowners and business owners
are facing because of rising insurance costs is critical
to the future of the state and will be one of the biggest
challenges that the next governor faces," said Josh Ear-
nest, communications director for the Jim Davis cam-
Earnest told The Islander that the insurance crisis is
a critically important part of Davis' stump speech and
"it is something he talks about on every stop."
Davis is the 11th District congressman from the
Tampa-St. Petersburg area running for governor on the
Charlie Crist, the current Florida attorney general
from the Pinellas County area, is the Republican candi-
date for governor. According to Crist campaign materi-
als, "no issue is more on the minds of Floridians than
the rising cost of insurance."
The Crist plan
Here are highlights of what Crist proposes, based
on information posted on his Web site:
"It is my fundamental belief that the insurance
industry should assume the financial risk for hurri-
canes.... Therefore, the first stpp to bringing private
insurers back to Florida is to provide affordable reinsur-
ance for them so that these companies can, in turn, pass
those savings on and provide affordable insurance to
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Oct. 14, 400 block of Magnolia Avenue, alarm.
Deputies responded to the location due to an alarm and
secured the property.
Oct. 17, 10006 Gulf Drive, White Egret, battery.
According to the report, the victim came to the location
to return a set of keys. An argument began in regards
to some personal property and escalated into a physical
Oct. 1. 12500 block of Cortez Road West. traffic
arrest. A man w as arrested for dri. ing an unregistered
Oct. 9, 2500 block of Gulf Drive N.'. traffic. A
drill er %%as issued a summons to appear for using a tag
registered to another vehicle .
Oct. 10, 2513 Gulf Drite N.. Circle K. lost prop-
ert\. A Velda Farms employee stated that he left his
inventory control computer on the side of his vehicle
and that he heard it hit the ground as be drove away.
BN the time he turned around and pulled back into the
parking lot, the computer w as gone.
Oct.- 10. 2502 Gulf Dri\e N.. Club Bamboo
Resort, criminal mischief. Officers received an
anonymous complaint about loud noise around the
pool area. Upon arrival, the officer found several
items had been throw n into the pool. The items.
which had originally been placed around the pool
deck, included si\ concrete ashtray s. one large con-
crete planter and plant. weighing approximatelN 300
pounds, one orange traffic cone. a beer bottle and a
Oct. 11, 3000 block of Gulf Dri' e N.. traffic arrest.
A man was arrested for driving ith a suspended
S.Oct. 12,1800 Gulf Drite S.'"Coquina Park. \\a-
rant arrest. :TMarine rescue personnel made a corn-
?. lainta. o \b.^ r m.n ccm ^"s 1 a 0-d 1 '*
homeowners." He would do this by making funds in the
Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (the so-called Cat
Fund) "more readily accessible to residential insurers."
The Cat Fund was established by the state in 1993 as
a way to reimburse insurance companies for a portion
of their catastrophic hurricane losses.
"I will require insurance companies to provide -
home inspections so that homeowners know what
they can do, like adding hurricane shutters and exterior
"I will require the Insurance Consumer Advocate to
publish an annual report card that analyzes the claims
handling, consumer complaints, profit margins, and
financial health of every insurance company."
For more detail on the Crist approach to the insur-
ance crisis, go to www.charliecrist.com and click on
the button for policy papers.
The Davis plan
Candidate Davis would establish what he calls
a "Hurricane Premium Protection Fund Plan" and a
"Policyholders Bill of Rights." Here are some of the
main points of the Davis proposal, based on his Web
The Davis Protection Plan "will lower rates by
providing inexpensive capital to insurance companies
to allow them to pay claims in a timely and efficient
manner." He said it "will lower rates because the fund
will accrue capital during less damaging hurricane sea-
sons" and "spread risk across every property in Florida
to keep rates low."
Davis would also restructure the Cat Fund. He says
it will be "capitalized with a portion of the premiums
collected by insurance companies from windstorm poli-
"Insurance companies will be prohibited from
raising rates without prior approval from the Office of
Davis' "Bill of Rights" for policyholders would
include rights to "stable insurance premiums," the set-
tling of damage claims "fairly and quickly,"'a "fully
funded, financially sound Hurricane Catastrophe
Fund," and rights to "easily obtain lo" -interest loans"
to strengthen their homes and businesses against hur-
For more details on the Jim Davis plan, go to his
Galvano: Candidate focus
on insurance is good
Galvano couldn't be happier about all the atten-
tion that campaigns are giving to insurance. In his
view, the controversies kicked up by candidates talk-
ing. about insurance are adding to the pressure for
elected officials to come up with solutions that benefit
"Each party is trying to blame the other for the
current situation," he said. "So whoever gets elected
is going to feel a real mandate to go and work on this
issue to do whatever we can to make it better for the
citizens of Florida."
Galvano, who has been a leader in the effort to find
solutions for the insurance crisis and who expects the
governor to call a special session in early December to
look at insurance, said "people are so tuned into this"
that the insurance industry won't be able to control the
solutions that are developed by the Legislature.
He said that people will be looking to see how
their senator or representative is voting, and this has
the potential to make a big difference in what the gov-
ernment actually does.
Galvano notes that "even the federal candidates are
talking about insurance." That awareness can help Flor-
ida consumers, he said, because one of the proposals
under consideration is the idea of a national catastrophe
fund that could be '"worked into the picture, especially
given what happened in New Orleans."
In looking at the problem and at the need for action,
Galvano believes government is going to have to come
up with some relief for property owners.
"If we don't do something," he said, "I think you
will certainly see the ramifications in the next election
Meantime, there is the human element.
"People are so upset about what is happening to
them," he said. "I hear from constituents and they don't
know where to turn. Insurance goes up and those are
the lucky ones. The others just get canceled."
Man injured diving from resort balcony
This past month the resort manager at Club pool and "acting crazy."
Bamboo Resort requested a report be filed with the Although the uncle had told the nephew seve
Bradenton Beach Police Department for an incident times he was planning to jump into the pool fr<
at the resort resulting in serious injury to a Parrish the balcony, the nephew said he didn't take l1
man. serious. .
According to the report, officers assisted Emer-
gency Medical Services on Sept. 8, when the 37-
year-old man attempted to jump into the pool and
missed, plummeting from a third-story balcony.
The manager told police the victim was not a
guest of the resort, but the man's nephew visiting
from Michigan was renting a unit.
The nephew told police the two of them had
shared a 24-pack of beer while hanging out at the
park. She was arrested on a Hillsborough County
Oct. 13, 700 block of Gulf Drive North, threats.
Two women reported receive i ng threats from another
woman. Due to the nature of the threats, an offi-
cer advised the women to each obtain a restraining
Oct. 13, 2300 block of Gulf Drive North, burglary.
A woman reported a package stolen from her unlocked
vehicle. Her boyfriend also reported items stolen from
his vehicle. Both had been parked in the same car-
Oct. 14, 100 block of Gulf Drive North, traffic
arrest. According to the report, a vehicle crossed the
center line of the roadway almost striking a police
vehicle. The driver was arrested for driving without a
Oct. 15, 200 Bay Drive S., city parking lot, towed
vehicle. A vehicle parked in a city-owned lot was towed
because it appeared to be abandoned.
Oct. 15, 100 block of Bridge Street, assault. A
-According to the report, the uncle climbed
over a metal safety gate in place to keep guests
from falling over the edge of the breezeways. He
then jumped. landing on his head and resulting in
a broken neck.
The man % as taken by EMS to Kingfish Boat
Ramp % here the W were met by a helicopter from
Ba Hlite M medical Transport and he w\as transported
to Bay front Medical Center in St. Petersburg.
man as arrested after attempting to assault a police
officer. According to the report. the man was into\i-
cated and approached an office's patrol car and
demanded a ride home. When the officer refused to
give the man a ride, he approached the officer in a
Oct. 17, 3600 block of Sixth A\enue, theft. A
woman reported her 1988 Buick Regal. which she
parked at her home. stolen. The w oman advised
police that the ke3 s to the vehiclee were left on
the driver's floorboard, the driver's door is inop-
erative and her wheelchair was in the trunk. The
following day, Manatee County Sheriff's Office
advised an arrest had been made and the vehicle
was recovered.at a motel.on 14th Street in Bra-
Oct. 18, 3324 E. Bay Drive, West Marine, theft.
A multiband tranceiver radio displayed on the store
counter was reportedly stolen.
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by Rick Catlin.
Longboat Key man was Army
doctor in North Africa, Italy
Jack "Doc" Sanders never envisioned three years
in the Army as a doctor when he completed his medical
training and internship at the University of Illinois-Chi-
cago medical school in June 1941. Fact is, he promptly
got married to a pretty nurse named Jane and headed to
Canada for a honeymoon.
But thoughts of military service were never far
from Doc's mind. At that time, the U.S. military had a
one-year draft for all physically fit men 18 years and
Rather than wait to get drafted, Doc volunteered
for the U.S. Army Medical Corps in September 1941,
figuring he'd only have to spend a year in the service
before he could enter private practice.
"This was before Pearl Harbor and I was newly
married. Everybody hoped we wouldn't get in the war,"
said Doc. -
Little did he know he would end up spending nearly
four years,of his life as an Army doctor, including land-
ings in North Africa and Italy.
But all that was in the future when he returned to
his hometown of Chicago from Canada to purchase his
new uniform as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
"I remember how proud I was in my new uniform,
complete with Sam Brown belt and sword. I swaggered
out to my wife with my cap at a jaunty angle and said,
'How do I look?' First, she stared at me in awe, then
started giggling and said, as she pointed, 'Your fly is
open.' So began my career as an Army officer and medi-
cal doctor in World War II."
With no military training, Doc was assigned to
Camp Stewart in Georgia with the dubious title of chief
of a venereal disease ward.
Then, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and
America swung into action.
Doc was quickly sent to Fort McPherson in Atlanta
as part of a medical induction team giving physical to
new recruits. It was like an assembly line at a Ford auto
plant, Doc remembered.
After about two months of this duty, in early 1942,
Doc was assigned to an anti-aircraft battalion as bat-
talion surgeon and received several days of military
training; learning how to salute, march, give orders,
get up at reville and. try to be what the Army called a
First Lt. Jack Sanders, M.D., as a battalion surgeon
in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in North Africa
during World War II.
"That was it. We then shipped out to New York.
We figured we were going overseas, but didn't know
exactly where. I remember that the wives who lived
near the camp were permitted to come in and say good-
bye. It was a very short moment for Jane and me. I
know I tried very hard to be brave. I-never imagined I
wouldn't see my wife for another three years."
Doc and his battalion sailed for Northern Ireland
aboard the "Queen Mary." Once on British soil, the
unit began training for an invasion of an as-yet undis-.
closed location. Doc's job was battalion surgeon, but
as it turned out, that was just a fancy name for "chief
In its haste to get American troops into the war, the
Army showed how far behind it was from the mecha-
nized and modern warfare the British had endured for
more than two years.
"We arrived in Northern Ireland unprepared for
modern warfare. We had World War I helmets, rifles
and equipment and metal containers with bandages
dated 1918." The battalion also had very few Army
medics, so Doc trained a few men in the art of first aid
and got them assigned to his section as medics.
Eventually, Doc's unit received modern weap-
ons, helmets and equipment. In early November, they
boarded a British troop ship, the Ormond, and sailed
in convoy to the "unknown destination."
In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on Nov. 8,
1942, Doc and his men learned they were going to,
invade Africa as part of the first Allied offensive in
the European Theater. It .was a rough and confusing
Attempting to dock -at Oran harbor in North
Africa in the middle of night without lights or radar,
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already at anchor.
"It was organized chaos," Doc remembered with a
laugh. Everyone was ordered to climb down the ropes
into the landing craft and head for the shore.
"Luckily, nobody was shooting at us." But that was
the only good news for Doc and the medics. Arriving on
shore, Doc found that his equipment including his
tent was still on board the ship. Doc spent the night
in near-freezing conditions, walking around slapping
his arms and shoulders to keep warm.
The next day, Doc finally got his gear and medical
supplies and set up the battalion aid station to begin
treating casualties, which were remarkably few. The
Allies weren't facing the vaunted Afrika Corps of Field
Marshall Erwin Rommell at least not yet but the
Vichy French forces, who were confused and not eager
to engage the Americans.
Life in North Africa was primitive Army to say the
least. What Doc and his medics didn't have, they had
to build or find.
A "john" was built outdoors with no surrounding
walls to keep sightseers out. Doc remembers that on
occasion, Arab women on donkeys would come by and
stare. "I had no intention of moving. We would just look
at each other," he laughed.
Life in North Africa certainly did have its lighter
Doc and the medics would always bring up the rear
of the convoy when the battalion moved out. One night
in late December 1942, Doc's unit stopped next to what
looked like an American grain silo. Upon investigation,
however, the silo turned out to be a French winery.
Not wanting to waste a good location for an aid
station, Doc and his assistant, Sgt. Pezzula, quickly set
up office in the winery. Word spread quickly within the
battalion and Doc had a higher than usual number of
sick call patients the next few days.
When the battalion moved out, Doc became suspi-
cious when he saw all the men were so happy. It turned
out that Sgt. Pezzula had filled all the 5-gallon water
cans attached to the medical jeeps and ambulances with
wine, not water.
When the North African campaign ended in 1943,
Doc and his unit were in on the invasion of Italy in Sep-
tember, landing near a town called Torre Annunziata
south of Naples. The fighting was much fiercer than in
North Africa, and the battalion aid station had plenty
Doc's job was to perform first aid and minor surgery
to the wounded and transfer the more serious cases back
to the rear to a field hospital. He later learned that the job
of battalion surgeon on the front lines was always given
to the newest and youngest doctor, while the "older doc-
tors" were given the jobs back at the rear hospitals..
Of course, these "real doctors" at the field hospitals
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had "real female nurses" working with them.
But bringing wounded to a field hospital had its
"We wore helmets, had rolled-up sleeves, open shirts
and combat boots caked with mud when we went back
to the rear. The field hospital nurses had real respect for
us 'fighting GI docs,' not the old crock doctors."
A few weeks after the invasion of Italy, the Italians
surrendered and the former enemies were now friends,
except that Italian military personnel were supposed to
head to prisoner-of-war camps. One day, some Italian
soldiers walked up to the aid station and surrendered.
They should have been sent to a POW camp, said
Doc, but somehow Pezzula, who spoke Italian, managed
to get two of the men to work for Doc as a personal aide
in exchange for food and a place to sleep. Pezzula kept
one man as his own aide. This was against regulations,
but Pezzula convinced Doc it was OK because "the Ital-
ians are now our friends," as the sergeant put it.
This arrangement worked well for about five
months, until the men were discovered one morning
by a major on a unit inspection.
The major ordered Doc to bust Pezzula down to
private, but Pezzula pleaded his case that all his money
was going back to his mother in the states and he
couldn't afford a demotion.
"What could I do? He suckered me again," said
Doc with a laugh.
Pezzula eventually married an Italian girl while he
was serving in Italy. Doc was the best man at his wed-
But all good things, or bad things, must sooner or
later come to an end.
The war in Italy ground on through the spring of
1945, until Germany surrendered in May. Doc and
his medics continued to treat the wounded and even
assisted at a Naples hospital, helping Italian doctors
treat civilian patients.
He saw his share of dead and dying, but those are the
stories of the heroes that are still over there, Doc said.
After three years overseas, Doc had enough points
to qualify to return to the States and get his discharge.
He became chief surgeon of a 500-bed Veterans Hos-
pital in Arkansas and later entered private practice as a
surgeon in Chicago. He was eventually appointed clini-
cal professor of surgery at the University of Illinois.
He came to the Bradenton area in 1976 following
. .L ..... .
Jack "Doc" Sanders and wife Virginia today at their
Longboat Key home. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
the death of Jane that year, and practiced at Blake Medi-
cal Center for about 25 years.
He now lives on Longboat Key with his second
"My wartime experiences have stayed with me all
my life. I guess I was glad to offer my medical training
and efforts, but I must admit I wasn't much of a soldier.
Not that the Army didn't try to make one out of me.
The war was one hell of an experience. I discovered
that I could be just as scared as the next guy but keep
going. We weren't heroes. We just did our job and I
like to believe that a number of guys got back to the
States because of what I did. Not seeing my new bride
for three years was rough, but I came back."
Just another member of the Greatest Generation.
Calling all Islander vets
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By Jim Hanson
Remember "springing forward" an hour last April?
Well, it's time to "fall back" again, but for the last time
in October. Next year you'll fall back in November.
The time schedule, or rescheduling, wasn't confusing
enough. Just when we were getting used to it, "shifty"
Washington lawmakers changed it again and made day-
light-saving time end on the first Sunday of November.
But this year we'll go back to Standard Time at
2 a.m. on the last Sunday in October, which is Oct.
29. Set your clocks back one hour then, or about then
- most seem to prefer doing the resetting before going
to bed Saturday night.
Although DST originally was designed to give farm-
ers more daytime in the fields, it turned out that they
had the same number of hours of daylight and dark as
under the old system. So the time meddlers decided in
1918 it would conserve resources for the World War I
effort, but almost nobody bought that nonsense and it
was abandoned. When we went into our second World
War, Congress reinstated DST, calling it War Time, and
the country stayed ahead of itself until 1945. Then locali-
ties were set free to do as they wished with the time, but
that brought so much confusion that the Congress put the
United States on DST again in 1966. Still called it Saving
Time, instead of, more properly, Switching Time.
Hello? You still with us?
Last year President Bush signed the Energy Policy
Act of 2005, which changed the time again as of 2007.
So starting next year, clocks spring forward on the
second Sunday of March and fall back the first Sunday
But for 2006, fall back on Oct. 29.
'Growing Up in the Moonies'
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Donna Collins will describe "Growing Up in the
Moonies and Helping Others Heal" at a luncheon meeting
of the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island Tuesday, Oct. 31.
This will be the weekly session of the Island group
at noon at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive
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Remembering Gregg Allman on Anna Maria Island
By Paul Roat
The 16th Annual Carl Balck GMC Sarasota Blues
Fest will be Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Ed Smith Stadium,
2700 12th St., Sarasota.
Headlining the show is Gregg Allman, who has
roots to Anna Maria Island, as well as Jamie Eubanks,
Sarasota All-Stars, Devon Allman's Honeytribe, Maria
Muldaur and Magic Slim & the Teardrops.
Allman lived on the Island during the late 1970s
and ran into a bit of trouble at a favorite watering hole
in Bradenton Beach in the form of an open-container
charge. Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Lisa Marie Phil-
lips remembers that fateful day.
"I was 16 when the Oar House was in it's last days.
Before the fire, it was a real draw; very popular and
packed on weekends. The music was always rock -
southern rock and blues and the merry crowd would
spill onto the beach for overflow seating.
"Being a child of the 1960s and '70s with a very
young mother, I-was heavily into rock and roll. We
idolized the southern rock bands, especially the Allman
Brothers, which is why when Gregg showed up with
some bikers at the Oar House, my mother called me at
home and said, 'Grab your camera.'
Italian Harvest Party Sunday
The annual Palma Sola Botanical Park garden party
will be held Sunday, Oct. 29, at the park, located in
northwest Bradenton at 9800 17th Ave. N.W. "Italian
Harvest" is the party theme.
A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by
dinner and entertainment. There will also be a silent
auction and complimentary wine and beer.
Tickets cost $50 per person. This is a fundraiser for
the Palma Sola Botanical Park Foundation. For more
information, call 761-2866.
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Autumn yoga classes have begun at the Anna Maria
Island Art League quarters, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, with Preston Whaley Jr. in charge.
The classes will be on Mondays and Thursdays
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"When I arrived, the action was already taking
place out front. The local officers were taking Gregg
to task over an open container, or some such issue, and
the bikers were all crowding around to protect their
star. Initially, I wanted to just get pictures of Gregg
Allman as a fan, but the minute I raised my camera, I
was thwarted by some of the bikers. They didn't want
any pictures. I was lucky to keep my camera.
"Since I was a photographer for the Manatee High
School yearbook, I considered myself-something of a
photojournalist, and had black-and-white film in my
old Nikon. I'm not sure what inspired me, but I started
shooting 'from the hip.' I held the camera at my waist
and hoped for the best.
"I watched as they had Gregg empty his pockets,
laying his wallet and pocket change on top of the squad
car. Then they turned him t6 face the car in order to.
search him. That's the image I captured: Gregg Allman
with arms raised and resting on the roof of the car, with
his possessions between them, ready to be frisked.
"The images were few, but good, and I thought it
would be so cool to show them to Manatee High's student
newspaper. What actually followed was a whirlwind.
"I called the phone number listed in People maga-
zine and they agreed to pay me $200 for the photo,
which seemed a fortune to me in the 1970s. I received
calls from the National Enquirer and others after that,
but I had promised People an exclusive. Before the
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issue was released, it was brought to my attention that
it may draw Mr. Allman's ire and I actually had the
opportunity to speak with him about it as he was so
frequently out and about on the Island in those days.
He said he didn't care.
"The photo appeared in print in People with 'Dutch
Sapienza' credited, my nickname and maiden name."
Oar House owner David Reid also remembered
"Gregg used to come in at all hours, including our
morning happy hour (from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the Trop-
icana late shift). In the morning he drank Ouzo. A shot.
Evenings it was more Cutty and coke, the first time I had
ever heard the combo and I've mixed a lot of drinks.
"After the arrest, the place was a living memorial
for him. My partner and I rented the jukebox outright
so all profits went into our pockets, no split like on the
pinball machines, and we loaded the juke with Allman
Brothers' 45s. Unfortunately only one really rang true
to our customers, and I thought I'd go off the deep end
dangerous at a beach bar if I heard 'Midnight
Rider' one more time.
"It was during this hype that other 'celebs' dropped
in. I'd do the bar for the backstage at Van Wezel and the
promoters would give them a map to the Oar House.
Tom Waites and Leon Redbone both ventured out, and
of course Dickey Betts, and Dickey's wife even brought
Gregg's wife out one afternoon. She is known in her
own right as Cher."
And then there was that fateful Sunday afternoon
when the Allman Brothers put on a show at the Oar
"They brought out their equipment Saturday night,
then Sunday morning all hell broke loose. The roads to
Bradenton Beach were packed, we sold out of beer all
of it and we carried Pabst.Blue Ribbon Light. Bud-
weiser brought a truck out to the Island and we almost
sold it completely down. We drove two pickups to Cortez
and loaded the bed full of ice from Star Fish Co. As fast
as the beer would chill it went out over the bar.
"A good time."
Reid also remembered that when the bar burned
down, Gregg had an outstanding tab of $154.75, but
with all the publicity given to the Oar House by the
singer, all was forgiven.
Gates open at 11 a.m. Gregg Allman and Friends
perform at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19 in advance at Tick-
etmaster, $25 at the gate.
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By Rick Catlin
Wagner Realty, with offices at 2217
Gulf Drive N. and 1801 Gulf Drive N.
in Bradenton Beach and 5360 Gulf of
Mexico Drive on Lorrnboat Key, recently
named Harold Small of its Anna Maria
Island office as one of its top listing agents
for September. Bill Greene took the same
honor on Longboat Key.
The team of Becky Smith and Elfi
Starrett were named sales leaders on Anna
Maria Island, while Cathy Meldahl and
Harry Christensen took the sales award
on Longboat Key.
In the closed volume category, Small
won the honor in- the closed volume cat-
egory, while Greene grabbed the distinc-
tion on Longboat Key.
Awash in painting,
Holmes Beach resident Darrin Wash
has been an Island resident for the past 19
'Whale' of a contractor
Charles Woehle, right, and Chuck Cherko of Woehle Construction Co. are custom
home builders and renovaters who have recently expanded their services to include
Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Siesta Key. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
years, handling carpentry and remodeling
all over Anna Mfaria Island, Perico, Long-
boat Key and west Bradenton.
Fact is, he and his family have comr-
pleted more than 2,000 remodeling and .
carpentry jobs just on the Island.
But Darrin Wash and Wash Family Inc.
are more than just a carpentry and remodel-
ing company. The company provides com-
plete interior and exterior painting services.
While most of the company's painting con-
tracts are for homes, Darrin also does busi-
ness properties, both inside and out.
Wife Dawn handles the books and
appointments, while their three children
are often put to work "washing" down all
"It's been a great 19 years," said
Darrin. "I just want all our many friends
on the Island and in Bradenton to know
about our painting services. Now, we're
really able to do it all for the home and
To reach Darrin or Dawn, call 725-
Anna Maria Island
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
welcomed the following new members
Two scoops for
Two Scoops ice cream,
sandwich and gift shop
opened in the Bayview
Plaza in Anna Maria
Oct. 18, occupying
o athe site of the former
Mama Lo's. From left
ai are owner Mary LaBell
S..:along with Alyssa
Knepp and Erin Beal.
Hours of operation are
Monday through Sunday
from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information,
call 779-2422. Islander
Photo: Nancy Ambrose
and his crews can be reached at 761-3363.
Got a new business going up in Anna
Maria Island, Cortez or Longboat Key?
How about a new product or service, an
anniversary, a new hire, or an award-
winning staff member? Call Island Biz at
778-7978,fax your news to 778-9392, or
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Boat and Yacht Sales, 323 10th
Ave. W., No. 105, Palmetto, 228-3489.
Silvia's Flower Corner, 9807 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, 720-0424.
First in Care Home Health Agency,
4900 Manatee Ave. W., No. 101, Braden-
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61st Terrace E., Ellenton, 776-8870.
Island Bazaar, 3304 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach, 778-3443.
Bridge Street Bazaar, 117 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach, 778-3400..
Danielle's Day Spa, 103 Seventh St.
N., Bradenton Beach, 650-5441.
For more information on Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce activities,
Charles Woehle has more than 30
years experience in the custom-home con-
struction industry and for the past 13 years
has put his experience to work in west
Bradenton and other mainland areas.
Among his more noteworthy projects
are the Peaches Restaurants in Bradenton.
Now, Woehle Construction Inc. has
expanded to Anna Maria Island, Longboat
Key and Siesta Key.
In addition to custom homes, Woehle
arnd his staff also do major remodeling
projects and commercial renovations,
including office buildings.
A licensed Florida contractor, Charles
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Registered Nurse Valerie Fortunato has
joined the staff of Island Family Physi-.
cians at 3909 E. Bay Drive in Holmes
Beach. With her addition, IFP, includ-
ing Dr. Stephen Pelham and Dr. Scott
Kosfeld, is now able to handle new
patients with greater efficiency. To make
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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 25. 2006 19
St. Joe slows, Seven Shores going forward
By Rick Catlin
Despite a slowdown in the Florida housing market
that has prompted home building giant St. Joe Inc. of
Jacksonville to announce plans to exit the homebuild-
ing business in Florida, the company has no intention
of halting its Seven Shores condominium project on
Instead, the company will look for a construction
partner or partners to complete the planned 686-unit
community that will eventually include 13 buildings.
St. Joe chief executive Peter Rummell .issued a
press release on St. Joe's decision to get out of the
Florida housing market and concentrate on "creating
infrastructure" in its developments and partner with
homebuilders, who will do the actual construction.
Rummell said that the company will lay off more
than 100 staff in the next 18 months and offer the con-
struction rights on a number of its current 42 projects
to building partners, rather than complete the project
While Rummell did not name Seven Shores as a
potential candidate for a partner, industry analysts say
it's likely that St. Joe will look for local home build-
ers as partners in the project first before scanning the
national market. St. Joe will complete the infrastructure
on Seven Shores, which includes a man-made lake,
clubhouse, tennis courts and canoe ramp.
Efforts by The Islander to reach St. Joe spokesper-
son Jerry Ray in Jacksonville for comment on the future
of Seven Shores were unsuccessful.
Site clearing and preparation at Seven Shores has
been ongoing since January and St. Joe has established
6424 Gulf Drive, Unit 7, La Plage,
Holmes Beach, a 2,132 sfla / 2,442 sfur
3bed/2 1/2bath/2car gulffront condo built in
2003 was sold 10/02/06, Hildorf to Ruck-
deschel for $1,950,000; list $2,225,000.
617 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach,
a 2,602 sfla / 3,147 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car
- bayfront pool home built in 1965 on a
92x160 lot was sold 10/03/06, Kelly to
Ruiz for $1,500,000; list $1,790,000.,
Site clearing and construction of the infrastructure at the St. Joe company's Seven Shores condominium devel-
opment on Perico Island has been under way since January, although little has happened in recent months and
no start date of actual construction has yet been announced. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
a sales office at the east end of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge for prospective buyers, although actual con-
struction of any of the buildings has not yet started.
Units are priced from $800,000 and, unofficially,
seven reservations have been taken for units. No com-
816 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a
vacant 87x160 bayfront lot sold 10/02/06,
Turner to FLM inc. for $1,050,000.
7007 Holmes Blvd., Unit A, Island
Views, Holmes Beach, a 1,500 sfla / 2,000
sfur 3bed/2bath condo built in 2002 was
sold 10/06/06, Island Views Condo to
Shuttleworth for $546,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty, (941) 778-7244. Cur-
rent Island real estate transactions may
also be viewed online at www.islander.
org. Copyright 2006.
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St. Joe is the largest private landowner in Florida
and, since 1997, has been active in the home construc-
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Autoway Ford remains undefeated with 5-0 win
By Kevin Cassidy
Autoway Ford remained undefeated in Division III
after a convincing 5-0 victory over Americo Title on
Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Holmes Beach soccer fields.
Autoway Ford wasted no time getting on the score-
board. Jack Walter stole the ball in the midfield and
passed it ahead to Robby Officer on the left side of the
field. Officer drew two defenders toward him before
finding Neil Carper on a break-away, and Carper fin-
ished it for a 1-0 Autoway Ford lead.
Americo Title looked to tie the score two minutes
later when Jake Parsons ran down a Chris Burdick punt,
beat two defenders and-was closing in on the Autoway
Ford goal. Autoway goalie Maddy Valadie came off
her line and smothered the ball to deny Parsons and his
Autoway extended its lead to 2-0 in the 12th minute
when Officer found some space up the left side. He
beat an Americo defender around the corner and fired
a rocket that clanged off the near post. The ball rolled
out in front of the goal and Emma Peery alertly knocked
the ball into the empty goal.
Officer looked like he was going to score another
goal three minutes later when he again dribbled into the
Americo box, but Burdick made a nice defensive play
to deny the Autoway striker. However, Carper retrieved
the clearing pass and deposited the ball far post for a
3-0 Autoway lead.
Autoway Ford put the game away as the first half
came to a close when Officer stole the ball from an
Americo defender and poked it in for a 4-0 lead.
The second half saw Autoway play more conser-
vatively on offense, though first-half goalie Valadie did
notch one goal to complete the scoring at 5-0.
In other soccer action on Saturday, Air & Energy
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to a 4-2 victory over Mike Norman Realty in Division
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and single goals from Jazmin Rivera, Mikayla Kane,
Kiley Aldefer and Joselin Presswood. Jewel Martinez
led Mr. Bones with one goal in the loss.
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Americo Title defenders Jake Parsons and Lilly Lu
during Division III soccer action. Islander Photos:
The Sun edged Island Real Estate 3-2 in Division
II as Joel Hart notched two goals, while Josh Schmidt
added one. Daniel Pimental led Island Real Estate with
Three goals from Carlos Rios and one goal from
Jordan Sebastiano carried ReMax Gulfstream Realty
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season with a 2-1 win over Ooh La La! Bistro in Divi-
sion III action on Oct. 20. Lexi Moore and Joe Class
each notched one goal to lead Mike Norman on offense.
Josh Zawistoski scored the lone Ooh La La goal in the
The Sun continued to roll with a 5-2 win over West
Coast Surf Shop in Division II soccer action on Oct. 19.
Joel Hart led the way with three goals, while-younger
brother Adam chipped in with two goals of his own in
the victory. The Surf Shop received single goals from
Stephanie Purnell and Danny Krokroskia in the loss.
Air & Energy cooled off Americo Title with a 5-1
Division III victory on Oct. 18. Kalif Mora and Mikey
Ellsworth led the way with two goals apiece, while
Madison Driscoll chipped in with one goal. Jake Par-
sons notched the lone goal for Americo Title in the
ReMax Gulfstream received four goals from Carlos
Rios during its 7-2 victory over Harry's Continental
Kitchens in Division I soccer action on Oct. 17. Cory
Wash added a pair of goals for ReMax, which also
received one goal from Jordan Sebastiano in the win.
Harry's was led by Matt Bauer and Kyle Aritt, who
each scored one goal in the loss.
Division III Autoway Ford continued its quest for
an undefeated season with a 4-2 win over Mr. Bones
on Oct. 16. Robby Officer led the. way with three
goals, while Neil Carper added one goal for Ford.
Blaine Jenefsky scored two goals to lead Mr. Bones
in the loss.
Island Little League organizes
A community organizational meeting for the Anna
Maria Island Little League will be held on Friday, Nov.
3, at 6 p.m. at the Holmes Beach Fire Station. The
meeting is open to all a dult Little League enthusiasts
residing on Anna Maria Island and the Manatee County
portion of Longboat Key.
The primary agenda will be to vote in the new Little
League slate of directors.
Mark your calendars and plan on attending this
important formation meeting. For more on Little
League, contact Center athletic director Andy Jonatzke
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Four of the eight teams in attendance for the Oct.
14 horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall
pits posted undefeated records and advanced to the
In the first semifinal, Sam Samuels and Tom Skoloda
ran away with a 21-12 victory over Hank Huyghe and
Roy Vickers. The other semifinal game saw Debbie
Rhodes and Tim Hottinger fall to the walker, Norm
Good, by a 25-17 score.
Samuels and Skoloda then prevailed in the finals
against Good by a 22-15 score.
Horseshoe action on Oct. 18 saw Samuels again
claim the duck-shaped trophy, this time as a walker and
the only owner of a perfect 3-0 pool-play record. Ron
Pepka and Carole Watson emerged to win the playoff
for second place.
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.
Key Royale golf news
The teams of Collins-Tripolino and*Lewis-Elliot
both shot 125 to tie for first place in the Key Royale
Club's sum-of-partners 18-hole tournament held on
Oct. 18. Morgan and Heiselman came in second place
with a score of 128, while Thorton and Winegarden
came in third with a score of 130.
Oct. 16 saw the men tee it up for a nine-hole, indi-
vidiial-low-net game. Driscoll fired a five-under-par 27
to claim first place-by two strokes over Morgan. Two
shots back in third place were Atkins6n and Fowler,
who both shot 31 on the day.
Friday the 13th of October saw the team of Terry
Westby, Don Hookem, Jim Finn and Dick Mills claim
the weekly coed, nine-hole tournament. Playing a
two-best-balls-of-foursome game, the foursome shot
a 55 to win by four shots over the team of Morgan,
Morgan, Winegarden and McKinna, who combined
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Division I (ages 12-14)
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ReMax 5 2 0 15
LaPensee 4 2 0 12
Harry's 2 5 0 6
Danziger 1 5 0 3
Division III (ages 810-11)
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M.Stanley 4 2 0 152
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Cannons 1 4 0 3
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Division III (ages 8-9)
Ford 6 0 0 18
Bones 5 2 0 15
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Weird animal tales coming in left and right these days
Between skunk ape sightings, stingray attacks and
drowned swamps, it's apparent that Mother Nature is
- in a frisky mood of late. Here are some of the tales.
Skunk ape in Naples?
Florida's own version of Bigfoot, or the Tibetan
Yeti, have again surfaced, this time from the Big
Cypress National Preserve.
A Massachusetts woman said she saw the big ape-
like creature five years ago and snapped a blurry picture
of it. (Ever noticed that all the pictures ever taken of the
critters are blurry?) She held off promoting it until now,
she said, because she "didn't want people to think I was
crazy," she told the Naples Daily News. The picture is
part of a set of shots she's got for sale now, though, at
a museum in Everglades City.
Swamp apes have been reported in Florida for about
60 years. There were a flurry of sightings in the mid-
1970s of what was described as a 7-foot-tall ape-like
creature, covered in light brown hair. It moved upright
like a human and had a really, really bad smell, hence
In the late 1990s, the stinky creature was spotted
again near Ochopee. This time, the tiny city's fire chief
got a pretty good picture of the beast before it scuttled
back into the brush.
As they say, believe it or don't.
Stingrays attack again
OK, so it wasn't really an attack, but a Lighthouse
Point man was stung in the heart.by a 3-foot-long sting-
ray last week.
The big ray apparently jumped from the water as
they're known to do but flew into the boat and stung
the 81-year-old. Friends kept him from pulling the barb
out, probably saving his life, and rushed him to the hos-
pital, where surgeons operated and removed the barb
as if it were a fish hook they poked it through his
heart, then stitched up the holes.
"Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irvin was struck in the
chest last month and died from his wound. Doctors
believe he exacerbated the "sting" by pulling the barb
from his chest.
Stingrays have a barb at the base of their tales.
When they're stepped on by bathers, or otherwise
molested, they can whip the barb into their attacker.
The barb has a nasty toxin that can cause excruciating
pain. Best treatment is very, very hot water, which tends
to break the toxin down.
Of course, it's hard to soak your chest in very, very
hot water, but it does work for a sting on your foot.
Stingrays are about the most benign creatures in the
--sea and in no way are they aggressive. They do jump
out of the water, though, and apparently the Lighthouse
Point guy just happened to get his boatin the way of
the ray's flight path.
There was a time when I was out in my boat % ith
friends years ago and had a ray smack me in the chest
while we were skimming at some speed o\ er the sea-
-grass beds near Key Royale. I thought is was some-
body's hat for a second, until I realized I was pretty
wet and saw the little ray flapping around the deck of
Upon closer look, we found that somebody) had
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apparently caught the ray and cut off its barb bad
for the ray, but good news for me.
How long does it take
to do the right thing?
After years of research and debate, a Sarasota
nature preserve has finally said "Enough!" and filed
suit against the water management district for drowning
trees near the Myakka River.
According. to my buddy Bob Ardren, writing in
the Pelican Press newspaper, the Crowley. Museum &
Nature Center has sued the Southwest Florida Water
Management District for pouring millions of gallons
of water into the river for upstream irrigation of tomato
Swiftmud became aware of the damage to down-
stream forests about 10 years ago. Trees killed were
tupelo, oak, popash and red maple, all trees that like
to live in swamps and don't mind having their roots
However, with upwards of 12 million gallons of
water a day flowing through their swamps, the trees
didn't get a chance to dry out during the usually less-
wet winter months. They basically drowned. By the
Swiftmud officials promised to slow the flow and
alter the water patterns in 2001. Nothing happened,
prompting the lawsuit by the nature center.
"They promised change and instead, things have
gotten worse," attorney Monica Reimer of the non-
profit law firm Earthjustice said last week.
"We're just trying to get Swiftmud to do its job,"
Crowley Executive Director Bill Cowdright said.
"We're trying to get them to change.their water prac-
tices from flood-type to drip-type systems.. We were.so.
hopeful that the water management district was going
to stop our trees from being killed. But it is getting
worse and we have huge oak trees lying dead on the
Swiftmud spokesman Michael Molligan defended
his agency, saying "We're aware of the flood issues and
have been working several years to correct them."
But too little, too late, it would appear, at least on
the surface of the lawsuit.
Run over a manatee? No problem!
In a somewhat unusual approach to wildlife man-
agement, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are
offering a "bye" to boaters who strike manatees as long
as they are complying with manatee speed-zone rules.
No citation. No problem.
"Officials said cooler weather will cause-manatees
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to begin their annual migration from open water to
warm-water springs and power plant discharges, leav-
ing the slow-moving sea cows vulnerable to speed-
ing and even slow-moving vessels," according to the
FWC. "Law-abiding boaters who strike a manatee or
observe a manatee hit by another vessel can call the
FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-3922 with-
out fear of a citation. Boaters should be prepared to
provide the incident location, weather conditions, boat
specifications and other relevant information."
FWC officials will attempt to recover and rehabili-
tate the manatee.
"We want to assure boaters who operate vessels
lawfully and responsibly they should not feel reluctant
to report accidental collisions with manatees," FWC
executive director Ken Haddad said. "The informa-
tion we gather from reported accidents can help guide
manatee conservation efforts in the future."
Then there's this:
"People who disregard the law must be held
accountable, but we understand that people operating
their boats responsibly and legally may accidentally hit
manatees," FWS regional director Sam Hamilton said.
"We will treat accidents as what they are accidents.
We hope boaters will report them to us so we have a
chance to rescue the animal and a chance to learn more
about how to protect the species."
I believe I will withhold comment on any of the
above and let you draw your own conclusions.
Coyote populations are flourishing in Florida and,
although we haven't had any reports on Anna Maria
Island of the critters yet it's not out of the realm
of possibility in the future.
The relatively small dog-like critters are thick
in the Panhandle and are moving through Pinellas
and Pasco counties. Wildlife experts-say there are no
reports of attacks on humans, and that large dogs are
20 times more likely to harm house pets than coyotes,
who are generally shy, retiring creatures.
Red tide diminished further
The Florida Marine Research Institute has
announced that %\ after samples taken last week indi-
cate low to no trace of red tide off Manatee County.
"Water samples detected Karenia brevis, the
Florida red tide organism, alongshore between
Pinellas and southern Collier counties," the St.
Petersburg-based institute reported. "Conditipns
in Pinellas. MNanatee and Lee counties appear to
be impro\ ing %\ ith concentrations ranging from"
Snot present 10to lo."
The highest concentrations of the algae were
found long the Sarasota County coast, with
medium concentrations in souther% Charlotte
County and portions of Collier County, as well as a-
small patch in Pine Island Sound in Lee County.
Red tide is a naturally occurring algae that at
-times "blooms." During blooms, fish can die and
the toxic aerosol can impact marine mammals and
for humans cause respiratory distress.
RATES VALID OCT. 25-NOV. 8
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Backwater Near Shore Up
to 7 miles out in the Gulf
Fishing Reservations a Must!
Tackle, bait, ice, fishing
Capt. Mike Heistand
THE ISLANDER U OCT. 25. 2006 M 23
Red, snook action still good in bays; grouper offshore
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing seems to be perched to explode, with the
finny critters just waiting for that first real cold front
to move through the area, dropping water temperatures .-
and driving the fish into a feeding frenzy. ,
Not that things are all that bad right now. There are
good reports of big redfish and snook coming out of the
bays. Offshore fishing for grouper and snapper is also .
good, and big dolphin catches are coming from about
35 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. ,
Don't forget the second annual fishing tournament
sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Mana-
tee County is scheduled for Oct. 27-28. Prizes include
a week-long vacation at the RonJon resort of Cape 7
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. Big yahoo for this wahoo
Wayne at Angler's Repair on Cortez Road said Kirk Davis of Bradenton caught this big wahoo off Anna Maria Island while fishing with Capt. Keith Offen-
that Capt. Thom Smith has been catching a lot of hauer aboard the "Lucky Dog." Also along on the trip were Fred Miller and Joey Gratton.
Terry Tucker caught this big cobia while fishing with
Capt. Tom Chaya aboard the Dolphin Dreams.
INSHORE SPORTFISHING CHARTER BOAT
Captain Steven Salgado
Liiliire e.p i.e ri e; in local waters
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We'd love to hear your
fish rsories, and pictures
are welcome, too.
Just give usa call at
778-7978 or stop by our
office in the Island Shop-
ping Center. Holmes Beach.
Full & Half Day Trips
Custom Trips Available
Fishing License, Ice, Bait &
Anna Maria Island
undersize redfish "just under the limit, but a lot of
them" as well as some flounder and snook from Terra
Matt Bowers at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said there are a lot of red-
fish and snook catches coming out of the bays. Oyster
bars and near the mangroves on the higher tides are
producing the best action, he said, and oversize reds
are also starting to move closer to the hook. Offshore
fishing for grouper is picking up, and snapper fishing
is getting better every day. Dolphin catches are also
common about 35 miles. out in the Gulf.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina had "a good day with reds and
snook midweek with Capt. George Munden of the Sea
Hunter out of Elizabeth City, N.C. Numerous redfish
were boated, ranging in size from 16 inches to 20
inches, and a half-dozen or so snook running up to 30
inches. Whitebait accounted for the success on the flood
tide in the morning, with a change just before noon.
The reds and snook cooperated an hour or so either
side of the top of the tide. Other catches for the week
included juvenile Goliath grouper, mackerel, snapper
and jacks. There is a substantial front forecast for later
this week, hyped to drop temperatures to the 50s. If the
forecast holds, it should drop water temperatures into
the 70s and bring on the fall migration of mackerel,
kings, cobia and a few tarpon."
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said there is
plenty of bait working around the pier right now, and
fishing is fair for snapper, jacks and ladyfish. He's
seeing a few mackerel, too, plus sheepshead.
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at CATCHER'S MARINA
(by Holmes Beach boat basin)
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.Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishers there are "knocking mackerel dead" right now.
Pompano are also a good bet, both keeper-size and a
few too large to hang onto. School jacks are moving
past, and snook are a good bet, especially at night,
although daytime linesider action has also been good
with pinfish as bait. "As always, about 10 percent of
the people seem to catch 90 percent of the fish," he said
with a laugh.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 25-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide a fishing
report. Prints and digital images of your catch are
also welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.
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FOR SALE: RATTAN table plus six chairs. Dining"
room table 58x40 inches, white-washed rattan with
glass top, six upholstered chairs, good condition.
$250. Phone 941-794-2323.
COMMERCIAL GARLAND COMBO: Two-oven six
burner, flat-top grill. Taking best offer starting at
$500. 941-795-1111. Leave message.
OPEN WEDNESDAY: NEW Island indoor flea
market next door to Niki's Island Treasures. Lots of
coffee tables, chest of drawers, dresser, 50-gallon
fish tank, lamps, chairs, bookcase, desks, jewelry,
books, clothes, bric-a-brac. Bargain prices. Open
9:30am-5pm. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, 941-795-1112 or 704-8421.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
- ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesdays and Thurs-
days 9:30am-2pm, Saturdays 9am-noon. Half-price
porch sale. 941-779-2733.511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE! 8am Saturday, Oct. 28. Household
items, small refrigerator, miter saw and lots more!
216 Periwinkle Plaza, Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE: 8am-noon Saturday, Oct. 28. The
fun one! Gardener's treasure, bird baths and stat-
ues. 7002 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FLEA MARKET: 9am-3pm Saturday, Oct. 28. Parking
lot in front of Niki's Island Treasures. Multi-neighbors and
dealers. Lots of collectibles, furniture, jewelry and junk.
5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Next to Time Saver.
GARAGE SALE: 9am Friday, Oct. 27. Small furni-
ture, some antiques, two cribs, twin stroller, toys,
miscellaneous. 796 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
YARD SALE: 8am -? Saturday, Oct. 28. Don't miss
this sale! Videotapes, dishes, plants, pots, outdoor
plant stands, ladies shoes and matching bags,
ladies tops, some new, dolls, bears, large and small
pictures in frames, tools and much, much more..
Everything must go, prices very reasonable. 7400--
B Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
LOST: GOLD, FLEXIBLE wedding ring. near Sand-
bar restaurant, off Pine Avenue beach. Reward it
found. Call 941-778-3423.
LOST DOG: MEDIUM-size, reddish brown female.
Hard of hearing,.name is Shelby. Call Monica, 941-
KARATE ON TH-E Island: Ages four through
adult. Call 941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.
BAYSIDE BANQUET HALL Affordable waterfront
patio and tiki bar available for events. Bring your
own food, drinks and grill. 941-798-2035. www.bay-
DIVORCE? RELOCATING? ESTATE sale? Foreclo-
sure? House in disrepair? We pay cash, any price
or condition. Close in ten days. 941-448-0963.
HOLIDAY PET PHOTO: 10am-5pm Nov. 1, 4 and
5. Call 941-356-7303 for appointment and prices.
Manatee causeway dog beach. www.snaparts.com.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at The
Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more information.
FREE GUN LOCK.Yes, free. Just for the asking. Cour-
tesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission. Free at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
GUARDIAN AD LITEM volunteers needed: A guard-
ian ad litem is a trained volunteer appointed by the
court to represent and advocate for the best interest
of children who have been abused, abandoned or
neglected. Make a positive impact! Call 941-744-
9473 or visit www.12circuifgal.org.
BILLIE JOE: I'm a 2-year old male cat, very hand-
some, black and white. Need a special person to
adopt me, my family was evicted. Neutered and
FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough
for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.
FREE KITTENS: 11 weeks old. Three male, beau-
tiful tiger markings. First kitten shots, kitty-litter
trained. Call Carrie, 941-779-1046.
2006 CHRYSLER PT Cruiser Touring Convertible.
Turbo, alloy wheels, all power options, 12,000 miles.
Factory warranty, silver metallic, black top. Shop this
price! $17,000. Jim, 941-920-9227.-
2006 CHRYSLER SEBRING Touring Convertible.
9,000 miles. All power options, factory warranty.
Gold and black top. V-6 motor. $17,000. Jim, 941-
GREAT ISLAND BIKE: 2004 250cc Honda Rebel.
Must sell. $2.000 or best offer. 941-962-4257.
26-FOOT 1986 Gulfstream RV: 27,000 miles. Must
sell by weekend, make offer.-813-645-6738. $4,995.
Located at 3501 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach.
SUBURBAN 2500 SERIES: 1994 very clean, out-
standing maintenance records. Heavy-duty pack-
age 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
annually, $175/month. Call for more details. 941-
16-FOOT CAROLINA skiff: 50-hp, four-stroke Mer-
cury, jack plate, trolling motor, trailer plus extras.
Excellent condition, $5,900. 941-792-3579.
COVERED BOAT LIFT for rent. Electricity and
water. $250/month. 941-778-7553. Cortez Bridge,
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
and near shore fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait,
tackle provided. 941-723-1107.
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 week-
days and weekends. Light housekeeping a plus!
Please contact Haley, 727-641-0240.
HELP WANTED: CLERICAL/administrative assistant.
Experienced in multi-tasks, good customer service
and computer skills. Great benefits. E-mail resume
and salary requirements to: email@example.com
SEEKING A RELIABLE and pleasant person for the
wash-and-fold position at a local laundromat. 8am-
2pm Monday through Friday. Call 941-526-7500.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT: THRIVING busi-
ness, building with. additional income, beer/wine.
$1,690,000. Confidentiality agreement required.
Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
PAW SPA: PROFITABLE pet-grooming business.
Loyal customer base in great Holmes Beach loca-
tion. $59,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
MEALS AND MORE: 50-seat restaurant with great
ambience also retails select items. Beer and wine
license. Arly menu OK. $120,000. Confidentiality
agreement required for details. Longview Realty,
941-383-6112. For more great business and realty
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SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and
intermediates. Free skimboard use with lessons. $10
per half-hour lesson, three lessons recommended.
Local teen, team competitor. Call 941-778-0944.
BABYSITTER: Responsible 10th-grader, great with
kids, first-aid certified. Charlotte, 941-756 5496.
BABYSITTER, PETSITTER, dog walker: First-
aid certified, 13-year-old, eighth-grader, female,
great with kids and animals. Call Kendall, 941-779-
NEED A BABYSITTER? Call Felicia, 941-761-1569.
Red Cross certified.
RED CROSS first-aid certified babysitter certified.
Call Alex, 941-778-5352.
ENSURE YOUR CHILD'S safety while you relax.
Call Gemma, 941-447-9657. Responsible, reliable
and experienced, with a love for children. Red Cross
babysitting and first-aid certifications.
DOG WALKER, PET sitter, child sitter and odd jobs.
Tenth-grader, available after school and weekends.
GETYOUR BOAT washed without the hassle, just give
me a call. Regular scheduling available, perfect for
when you're out of town. Call Richard, 941-447 9657.
BABYSITTER/PETSITTER: RESPONSIBLE, Red
Cross certified. Experienced with kids and pets of
all ages. Many Island references! Transportation
available. Weekly and monthly rates available. Call
Hilary or Natalie. 941-778-5181.
PAYTON AND DINA'S cleaning service: We do
yard work, dog-sitting, house cleaning and we run
errands. We do not mow grass. Open 3-5pm every
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
CNA CAREGIVER AVAILABLE for home care. Flex-
ible hours, have references. Call 941-753-8345 or
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
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upgrades. Large lot in quiet northwest Bradenton. Marina
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3BR/4BA plus den/office. Outstanding contemporary home. Vaulted
ceiling, fireplace, 55-foot dockage. Four-car garage. $1,695,000.
HOLMES BEACH POOL HOME
2BR/2BA open plan. Vaulted ceiling, wet bar, deck, large lot,
fenced yard, pool and hot tub. $574,500.
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
Bamboo flooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
OLD FLORIDA ANNA MARIA NEAR BEACH
3BR/1.5BA Cracker cottage plus separate studio apartment.
.West of Gulf Dr. Just steps to finest beach! $875,000.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO
IBR/1BA condo. Great rental complex. Heated pool, close to
beach. Barbecue area, heated pool, clubhouse. $349,000.
FABULOUS GULFFRONT OCEANA CONDO
3BR/2BA turnkey furnished on beautiful beach. Small pets,
open plan, elevator, carport, shutters. $1,999,000.
FLAMINGO CAYWATERFRONT POOL HOME
3BR/2BA plus den, heated pool, new roof and landscaping,
dock and boatlift, direct access to Intracoastal. $859,000.
HOLMES BEACH WATERFRONT
3BR/2BA home. Tile, pavers, fence, room for pool, new dock,
direct access to Tampa Bay. $799,900.
GULF PLACE CONDO
3BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, beautiful
beach, on-site management, excellent rental. $995,000.
BEACH HOUSE LARGE LOT
4BR/2BA just steps to white-sand beach, turnkey furnished,
deckl Sell..r finaing. $1,299,000.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO
1BR/.1.5BA turnkey furnished, Sautillo tile, pool, beautiful
beach. Direct Gulf view, manager, excellent rental. $799,900.
BAY PALMS WATERFRONT HOME
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay
and Intracoastal Waterway. $679,000.
TRADEWINDS RESORTVILLA- 1BR/1BA, Pool. $325,900.
KEY ROYALE BAYFRONT 3BR/2.5BA, Dock. $2,400,000.
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS.CONDO 2BR/2BA, Patio. $399,900.
SUN PLAZAWEST CONDOS 2BR/2BA. From $.9,,iO
PERIWINKLE COTTAGE 2BR, Close to Beach. $649.900.
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MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
COMPUTER.OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941 -
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reason-
able, reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communica-
tion electronics offers wireless and cable networks,
upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and train-
ing. Call Robert, 941-778-3620.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-,
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
less services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer,
941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.
EXPERIENCED CERTIFIED TEACHER available for
tutoring in math, science and reading for elementary-
to college-level students. $35/hour. 941-524-4177.
HANDYMAN SERVICES: PAINTING caulking,
interior carpentry, custom mirror and other interior/
exteriorgeneral household repairs. Offering quality
services since 1994. Reliable. Call Colin at 941-
PIANO AND VOICE lessons by New York profes-
sional artist/teacher. By appointment. Palmetto.
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,
cottages, homes, condos and apartments in the
general Bradenton area. For more information, call
Peter at 941-753-7838.
AAA CONFIDENCE CLEANING. Housecleaning,
office cleaning and window cleaning. Good refer-
ences, reasonable rates. Licensed and insured.
Family owned and operated. 941-812-0499.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller,-941-795-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941--
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call 941-778-2581.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Top quality lawn and
landscape maintenance. Now accepting new
accounts at great rates. Please call 941-778-2335
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
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A dynamic and accomplished
Watkins offers extensive
experience and expertise
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options available to suit your unique needs.
For the finest in personalized real estate
service, trust Melissa to provide successful
results focused on your satisfaction.
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150
(941) 778-2291 cell: (941) 730-5227
PROFITABLE ISLAND BUSINESS!
GULF SHORE LANDSCAPING: Lawn care, pres-
sure washing, landscaping. owner operated by
Island resident. Exceptional value! Licensed and
insured. Call 941-726-7070. www.gulfshoreland-
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Tree trimming, land-
scapes, 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 esti-
mates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone"
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 941-448-3857.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential
and commercial. 30-years experience. 941-729-9381.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Complete clean-
ups, installations, native plants, palms, aquascapes,
rock and patios. Shell installed $42/yard. Shark
SCOTT FOLEY & CO.: Commercial and residential
lawn care. Hauling, tree trimming, deck refinishing,
free estimates. Call Scott, 941-730-3077.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Landscape installation,
mulching and shelling. Tree, plant and sod installa-'
tion. Insured and references. Please, call 941-778-
2335 or 941-284-1568.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
COMMERCIAL & INVESTMENT REAL ESTATE
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NEW 3BR/2.5BA steps to beach. Elevator, pool, every
CANALFRONT NEAR BAY 2BR/2BA. Pool, new air conditioning,.
roof, dock and lift. $749,900.
DUPLEX 3BR/2BA AND 1 BR/1 BA NEAR BEACH 9,000 sf lot. Invest
now build two new homes later. Numerous upgrades. $799,900.
ANNUAL 1 BR/1 BA new kitchen. $675/month.
SEASONAL by month or week 2BR/2BA. 150 steps to beach.
$2,500/month or $850/week.
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA. Pool, new, many amenities. $2,250/month.
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150
(941) 778-2291 EVENINGS 778-2632
FAX (941) 778-2294 *www.betsyhills.com
Don't miss the chance to own your own business in para-
dise. Great locals hang-out with live music, entertainment
and 4COP liquor license with capabilities for a full package
store. This is a terrific opportunity with many possibilities
and long-term lease. LIVE THE DREAM! Offered at $475,000.
9906 Gulf Drive
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Ken Jackson, 778-6986
Kathy Geeraerts, 778-0072
Maureen Dahms, 778-0542
Kate Eiseler, 778-5115
PERICO ISLAND PATIO HOME Inviting 2BR/2BA home with
den, mirrored fireplace, tiled floors and entryway, double sinks
in both baths, gourmet kitchen, new Fiberglass-shingle roof,
new heat pump, airy vaulted ceilings, and private solar heated
pool and spa. $464,900.
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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied
and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable,
many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting.Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
KEN &TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 941-792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Islarl resident, converting
life-long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275
for free estimates.
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Choice Gulffront properties for sale. We have .
several on pristine natural beach in quiet residential
neighborhood. Call today for further details.
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
BEAUTIFUL TORTUGA INN 2BR unit has a WOW!!!!! QUALITY AND LOCATION Old
full kitchen and furniture. Garden viewand Bridge Village. Top-end luxury, pools,
steps to the private beach, pools, bay, and docks, slip,. 2BR, bonus room, living,
dock. Flexible rental, on-site management. kitchen, dining, private elevator, turnkey
$470,000. .. home. $999,900.
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GREAT SUNSETS 3.,r,,: i r :. i L" J -n
Beach. 2BRtownhousestyle kitchen, living,
dinette. Upgraded throughout and new H rizon
furniture. Fantastic for rental or second
home. $599,000. Realty
IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive dis-
tributor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free,
courteous.estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors.
Lic.# CBC1253145. 941-730-5045.
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call
TUB AND TILE refinishing: A division of D.J. Murphy
Painting Inc. Save up to 80 percent over traditional
remodeling costs. Call us with your kitchen and
bath needs. Don't buy new redo! 941-751-1245.
Licensed, certified and insured.-
LICENSED AND INSURED building contractor
ready to help you renovate all aspects of your exist-
ing home, add extensions or build a new home on
your lot. We only do high quality work and are very
,prompt with our customers. Call Daniel DeBaun at
HOME REPAIRS AND improvements: General
repairs and quality renovation, including carpentry,
drywall, tile, paint, even landscaping. Please call
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR two master
suites-/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to beach.
Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer, garage,
designer furnished with tropical yard setting. One of the
finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly. Call 941-713-
0034 or e-mail: email@example.com.
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA, 1 BR/1 BA
with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi, walk to shops
and restaurants. Available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
901-301-8299 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
3101 Gulf Drive,
A. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
S(941) 778-6696 Office
Vic Caserta (941) 778-4364 Fax
Realtor, fluent in 1-800- 67-1617 Toll-Free
Italian, Spanish and English (941) 778-6943 Home
S(941) 730-1062 Cell
Cindy M Jones
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ISLAND CANAL HOME REDUCED 3BR/2.5BA with fireplace.
,Corner lot on canal with new dock and caged pool. New kitchen
cabinets and granite countertops. New metal roof. $580,000. Call
Carleen Weise, Realtor, 941-224-6521 evenings.
KEY ROYALE- 3BR/2BA single-family on deep large canal. Kitchen
updated. Large caged pool, great dock, boatlift. Turnkey furnished.
$1,100.000. Call Michel Cerene, Broker, 941-545-9591 evenings.
KEY ROYALE This outstanding 3BR/3BA canalfront home has
been renovated, updated, and added on. Extensive pavers, brick
walk and patios, new barrel roof 2004,75-foot seawall, 50-foot dock
with 13,000 lb. boatlift. This home is lovely inside and out. A 27-foot
Sport Craft with twin 150s will stay with full price offer. Offered at
$1,650,000. Call Zee Catanese, Realtor, 941-742-0148.evenings.
GULFFRONT CONDO-SereneGulfvistascan beyoursataremarkable
.price. Spacious 3BR/2BA with private lanai overlooking white sandy
beach. Undercover parking. $795,000. Call Lori Guerin, Realtor, 941-
773-3415 or Carmen Pedota, Realtor 941-284-2598 evenings.
SAN REMO SHORES REDUCED Situated on deep-water canal,
2-3BR/2BA, den, ceramnic4ile, new kitchen 2005, two-car garage,
barrel tile roof, privately situated $499,900. Call Marion Ragni,
Realtor, 941-720-7046 evenings.
5910 Marina Drive* Holmes Beach FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
WEEKLY RENTALS: Alecassandra villa, 1BR/1BA,
$700/week; Island duplex, 2BR, $800/week;
Gulffront cottage, 2BR, $1,000/week; Bradentohi
Beach Club, 2BR/2BA, $1,400/week. Please call
Kim Fisher, Wagner Realty, 941-778-2246. www.
BRADENTON BEACH: NEWLY remodeled BR/1 BA
suite with full kitchen, fully furnished, one block from
Bridge Street, three minute walk to beach. Sleeps
four only. No pets. Now taking reservations for
summer. Available weekly, monthly or seasonal. 941-
776-3696, or e-mail email@example.com.
A ANNUAL RENTAL WESTBAY Cove: Lower unit,
2BR/2BA waterfront, unfurnished.Jncludes 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 vari-
6ty, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
ANNUAL: ISLAND HOME 2BR/1 BA with garage and
fenced yard. Newly remodeled. $1,200/moTith plus
utilities. Small pet OK. 941-795-8979. Credit check.
Q ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH duplex: 2BR/2BA com-
pletely remodeled, furnished, washer and dryer.
$1,000/month plus utilities. 941-778-1819. 2906
Ave. B, Holmes Beach.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BEAUTIFUL, immaculate 2BR
townhouse, 500 feet from Gulf. Granite, tile in
kitchen and baths. Patio, private yard, washer and
dryer. $1,300/month. 941-778-4548.
32 Years of Professional Service
EXPERIENCE REPUTATION- RESULTS
PERICO BAYFRONT 3BR/2BA 1,866 sf covered parking vaulted
ceilings, turnkey furnished. $585,000.
SUNBOW BAY Direct Bayfront, 2BR/2BA end unit. $449,000.
MARTINIQUE N. Direct Gulf, corner, garage/storage. Updated?
Shows beautifully. $859,000.
"KEY ROYALE Canalfront lot, 9,450 sf. Golf course view. $699,000.
BAYVIEW 4-5BR/4BA includes guest qtfurters, large master suite. $1,150,000.
IRONWOOD 1-2BR, extra storage. $139,900. Great buy!
HARBOUR VILLA CLUB 2BR/2BA turnkey, boat dock.' $794,900.
LINKS PINEBROOK Golf course view, sixth floor, turnkey. $260,000.
DESOTO SQUARE VILLA 2BR/2BA, gated, pool, clubhouse. $175,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL AND ANNUAL RENTALS
LUXURY GULFFRONT VILLAS, CONDOS, HOMES
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Removal of all types of trash, debris and junk.
Curtis Clark & Assoc. Inc. Vinyl Stdig & l41ummum Spe.CalIsts
Vinyl Siding Soffit Custom Break Work
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Storm Panels (941) 713-7433
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WASH FAMILY INC* Since 1988
LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED
DARRIN J. WASH WE OFFER LIFE TIME PAINTS
The Paver Brick Store
8208 Cortez Road W. Bradenton 34210 (941) 794-6504
9:00 AM til Noon, or by Appointment
Pool Deck, Patio and Driveway Renovations
Junior's Landscape & Mahintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants. .
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup. "- .
Call Junior, 807-101,5 I~
New Constriction Charlie Woehle
WOEHLE CONSTRUCTION, INC.
P.O. BOX 14070, BRADENTON, FL 34280-4070
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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 DUPLEX: CHARMING 2BR/2BA, Florida
room, washer and dryer hookups, tile floors, carport,
$1,000/month; 2BR/1 BA 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.
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/1 BA 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. 31. Dishwasher, 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.
NEAR BRADENTON BEACH: month-to-month fur-
nished 1 BR/1 BA condo. $750/month includes utili-
ties. References. Call Jackie, 941-929-7165.
SEASONAL: ANNA MARIA City. 2BR/1 BA ground-
level duplex, walk to beach. Telephone, cable and
utilities provided. $1,600/month. 941-704-4646.
FOR RENT: WATERFRONT duplex. Dock with
davits. Walk to beach, washer and dryer, carport,
storage. Quiet location. $1,000/month. 727-784-
3679. Bradenton Beach.
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/1BA Holmes
Beach. Steps to beach, great neighborhood. Nicely
updated. Annual $900/month, seasonal $1,800/
SEASONAL ISLAND RENTAL: 1BR/1BA turnkey,
washer and dryer, utilities included. One block to
Gulf. $700/week, $1,500/month. 941-721-6090.
PALMA SOLA BAY views: 3BR/3BA penthouse, fur-
nished condo, two miles to beach, large boat slip,
pool, tennis, Jacuzzi. $2,050/month, year lease.
ANNUAL: 2BR/1 BA Holmes Beach. Must see inside,
freshly painted, reduced to $920/month. Garbage
and yard service included. 941-224-4091.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA, 1 BR/1 BA and studio
apartment. Starting at $695/month. Fran Maxon
Real Estate, 941-778-2307. www.franmaxonreal-
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
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA balcony, Gulf view. $950/
month, $900 deposit, $50 application fee. 2411
Ave. C., Bradenton Beach. Efficiency, $750/month
includes utilities. $700 deposit, $50 application
fee. 112, 52nd St., No.1, Holmes Beach. Call 941-
ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach. 2BR/1BA,
,close to stores and trolley. $1,100/ month/utilities
included. Washer and dryer on premises. Call 646-
STEPS TO BEACH: Seasonal 2BR/2BA ground-
level home in quiet Holmes Beach. Nonsmoking,
no pets. 813-961-6992. -
WATERFRONT: BIMINI BAY, Anna Maria. Annual,
1BR/1BA boat moorage, water, garbage and yard
service included. Available December. $950/month.
Information at http://goff-club.com/510B/
UNFURNISHEDYEARLY 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. 1BR/1BA $720/month,
move in 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 medi-
cal. Available Dec. 15. $1,400/month. 941-773-6581
HOLMES BEACH: 1BR condo across from beach.
Heated pool. Furnished. Annually $1,200/month. Six
months $1,600/month. Three months $1,900 per
ANNUAL OR MONTH-to-month: 4BR Island family
home in quiet residential area. Bayfront with direct
water view. Perfect for family with children. Extra large
balcony, covered parking, laundry room with washer
and dryer. Park setting, two blocks to Gulf beaches.
Fully furnished. $2,500/month annual, $3,200 month-
to-month. Pets considered. Call 941-704-2993.
LARGE 2BR/2BA VILLA: 55-plus, furnished/unfur-
nished. Great location, quiet, modern. 941-750-0648.
WINTER RENTALS AVAILABLE: Monthly starting at
$2,000/month. Weekly starting at $625/week. Fran
Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-2307. www.franmax-
BRADENTON TROPICAL PALMS: 55-plus park,
2BR, furnished, gated, pool, hot tub. Cable, air con-
ditioning, washer and dryer, on creek. $695/month,
yearly lease. Winter, $1,000/month. E-mail chicken-
plucker@ webtv.net. 863-688-3524.
HOLMES BEACH: 1 BR/1 BA apartment. 750 sf, 100
feet from bay. Includes water and trash. Available
Nov. 1. 941-587-1456.
HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1 BA house. One and a half
blocks from beach. Available Nov. 1.949-813-4900.
SEASONAL: WEST BRADENTON. 2BR/1 BA house,
completely furnished. Washer and dryer. Garage
and patio. Large yard. Electric, water and yard ser-
vice included. Available Nov. 1. Three-month mini-
mum. No smoking and no pets. 941-794-6507.
GULFFRONT CONDO, 2BR/2BA, available April 2007
due to cancellation. Great views, pool, elevators, walk
to restaurants, shopping, and more. 941-778-6288.
HOUSE FOR RENT: Holmes Beach canalfront,
caged pool, 3BR/3BA on large fenced lot. Pets
OK, six-month lease then month-to-month. $1500/
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH elevated 2BR/1 BA spa-
cious duplex. Laminate floor, carport, deck, laundry.
Great beach neighborhood. $900/month plus utili-
RENTTO OWN: Large 3BR/2BA home. Fireplace, hot
tub, fenced yard, $1,295/rrionth, west Bradenton. Also,
clean, quiet, nice 55-plus modular home, 1 BR/1 BA,
premiere retirement park $795/month. West Braden-
ton. 941-447-6278. www.44Smart.com.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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SEASONAL RENTALS: LONGBOAT Key home.
Updated, 2BR/1 BA new inside,$2,500/month or a
3BR/2BA, $3,500/month. Key Royale, Anna Maria
Island, 3BR/2BA, pool, spa, boat dock, $3,500/month
or $1,200/week. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
WATERFRONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA open-plan
with great views of Tampa Bay. Canalfront, walk-
ing distance to beach and restaurants. $779,000.
FOR SALE BY owner: Best value on the Island!
2BR/ 2BA, one-car garage, gourmet kitchen, new
windows, updated baths and more. Two blocks from
beach. $615,000. 941-778-8677. 406 Bay Palms
Drive, Holmes Beach.
3BR/2BA: One bedroom used as a den/office/
playroom, enclosed lanai, tiled with carpeted bed-
rooms. 1,400 sf, county water/sewer, citrus trees,
near Brentwood. school in Sarasota. Reduced to
$274,900. 941-379-4196 or 941-954-7474.
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.
ALMOST ISLAND HOME: Adorable 1BR/1BA. Brand
new furnished, bay windows with water view. Hurricane
Force-3 manufactured home. One mile from Anna Maria
Island and one block from 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.,
Beautifully updated and maintained, new roof,.
turnkey furnished. Beach access just steps away,
bay views, boat dock, ample parking, great .income
rental. Room for a pool. Convenient to restaurants
and shopping. $875,000.111 8th St. S., Bradenton
Beach. Bridget Spies, ReMax Properties, 941-308-
6763. MSL# 313022.
WEST BRADENTON: OPEN noori-4pm Sunday.
Six months condo fees paid! Free-standing, pri-
vate three-bedroom upgraded condo with two-car
garage, new lanai. Call for details, 941-792-0763.
$309,900.: 5605 Whipporwill Ct. off 59th Street
OPEN HOUSE: 1-4pm Sunday: New home, 3,746 sf
3-4RR/3BA nranite/cherrvy kitchen three screened
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
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.
FOR SALE: ALL new beach house. 1 BR/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 shop-
ping, restaurants and trolley stop. Asking $599,000.
Easy to rent or create your own Island hideaway!
Call 646-842-0096 for more information.
PERICO ISLAND PATIO home: 1.5 years new,
3BR/2BA split plan, shabby chic, master bath,
vanity, wood-look floors. $435,000. Rhonda, 941-
BEST BUY IN PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA with
full bay views! Granite countertops, glazed porce-
lain tile, carpet, custom closets, updated baths,
plantation shutters, designer furnishings and more.
SWEEPING WATER VIEWS from large 2BR/2BA
-condo with deeded 35-foot deep-water dock and
carport. Must sacrifice or foreclose. $499,000.941-
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.
WESTBAY POINT & MOORING: Lower, corner,
condo unit with fantastic view of Tampa Bay and
Sunshine Sky.way 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
community. Filled and ready to build. $650,000. Call
617-803-2393, or e-mail nancy12151 @aol.com.
BEAUTIFUL NEW 4BR/4BA Anna Maria home.
Waterfront with dock, walk to Gulf and bay beaches.
BY OWNER, PURCHASE or lease: Manatee river-
front condo, 2BR/2BA, beautiful views, pool, gated,
covered parking, fitness. $325,000 or $1,100/month.
$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 Ter-
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
LONGBOAT KEY PAINTING & DESIGN, INC.
HK Faux painting Cabinet refinishing
Furniture restoration Custom painting
Jackson Holmes, owner (941) 812-3809
HANNA PAVEMENT SERVICES INC.
FulmAsephalt Seal Coating Repair Striping
BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
WASH FAMILY INC Since 1988
COMPLETING OVER 2,000 JOBS ON ANNA MARIA 1
DARRIN J. WASH
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CH IR'OPRACT rC 792-3777
c"u. 6607 3rd Ave. W; *Bradenton
-'V Specializing in landscape
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Bob Heffner Construction Inc.
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3BR/2Bth plus den and two-car garage. Low $300s.'
2BR/2Bth plus den and two-car garage, high $200s.
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a few miles from the beach. Gorgeous clubhouse
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wanted at an affordable price! Free washer and dryer
with purchase when you mention this ad. Call Phil
Paxton, Remax Gulfstream, 941-920-1363.
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 at mangrove-
hideaway.com. Priced right, $749,000. 815-351-
5052. 5008 Mangrove Point Road, Bradenton.
CONDO FOR SALE: Beautiful water view. Immedi-
ate occupancy. Turnkey, only bring your toothbrush.
Condo in pristine condition. Sale by owner, seller
will carry mortgage to qualified buyers. Low down
payment, low fixed interest rate. Huge price reduc-
tion. Phone 315-733-0851.
BAYFRONT: 4BR/3BA JUST renovated. Two miles
to Longboat Pass. Stop by and get information. 500
Bay Drive S., Bradenton Beach. 941-778-0300.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: 2BR/2BA, garage.
Totally remodeled, new roof, air conditioning. Like
new, great location. $279,900. 941-761-1458.
2BR/2BA condo with private pool, $325,000. Fur-
nished 2BR/2BA condo on Palma Sola Bay inlet
with boat dock, $349,900. Offering $2,500 buyer's
rebate. 863-852-3391. Owner/agent.
WATERFRONT; 65A Cortez Park, Avenue D. 941-
NEW LAKEFRONT CONDOS: Low $300s. Minutes
to beach, no flood, evacuation zone. Hidden Lake
Real Estate, 941-761-0444. www.HiddenLakeCon-
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VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: 2BR/2BA, two-car garage,
completely updated. $325,000. Open Sunday. 6608
12th Ave. W., Bradenton. 941-448-8502.
BRADENTON BEACH BY owner: 2BR/2BA end unit
with full Gulf views. Kitchen has stainless-steel appli-
ances, granite counters, nice turnkey furnished. Two
large balconies. Amenities include boat docks, tennis
court, pool with spa. $649,000. 941-388-5238.
ISLAND CANAL LOT: 75x1 00-feet, new dock, priced
to sell quickly. Below market and appraised value,
$550,000. Call Jake, 941-544-7786.108 Gull Drive,
DUPLEX $495,000 OR best offer. Must sell. Call
813-645-6738. 3501 Sixth Ave. Holmes Beach.
BEACH BUNGALOW; MANUFACTURED home.
Great rental. $10,000 down and $200/month with
owner financing. Sandpiper Resort, Bradenton
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Escape the heat in
the beautiful peaceful mountains of western North Car-
olina homes, cabins, acreage and investments. Chero-
kee Mountain GMAC Real Estate. cherokeemountain-
realty.com. Call for free brochure, 800-841-5868.
DOCKABLE WATERFRONT AND deeded boat slip,
water-access homesites. Below appraisal! Lake
Chatuge, Georgia and North Carolina mountains!
Excellent financing! Two-day sale Nov. 4-5! Appoint-
ment only! 877-234-8850, ext.102.
A LAND BARGAIN: Wyoming. 35 acres, $49,900;
50 acres, $59,900. Located 90 minutes east of Salt
Lake in the foothills of the Uinta mountains. Snow-
capped mountain views, surrounded by government
land. Recreational paradise. E-Z terms. Call Utah
Ranches LLC. 888-541-5263.
BEAUTIFUL BLUE RIDGE, N.C., mountain views. Eight-
plus acre mountain estate. Heavily wooded with stream.
E-Z financing. $49,900.800-230-6380, ext.120.
EAST TENNESSEE: NORRIS Lake, 5.6-acre
wooded lakefront lot, $66,500. 5.1-acre wooded-
view lot, $28,900. Call Lakeside Realty at 423-626-
5820, or visit www.lakesiderealty-tn.com.
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eastern Tennessee real estate. Excellent retirement
area. Very affordable homes, cabins, land. Low
taxes. Good paying jobs available. www.mtlakes-
GULFFRONT LOTS: $595,000. Homes starting mid-
$300s. New master-planned oceanfront community
on beautiful Mustang Island, near Corpus Christi,
Texas. www.cinnamonshore.com. 866-891-5163.
FRANKLIN, N.C.: NEW timber-frame home, rustic
elegance, 2.7 acres, captivating mountain views,
stream, ponds, porch with outdoor fireplace,
3BR/3BA, loft and unfinished basement. 770-998-
MURPHY, N.C.: AFFORDABLE homes in the moun-
tains. Affordable homes, mountain cabins and land.
Call for free brochure, 877-837-2288. Exit Realty
Mountain View Properties. www.exitmurphy.com.
TENNESSEE LAKE PROPERTY: From $49,900,
with boat slip. Call it, 877-293-5253, or click it, www.
GrandeVistaBay.com. Waters-Edge Properties Inc./
LAKE LOT CLOSE-out sale: Saturday, Nov. 11. We'll
make your payments for the first year! Lake access
bargain $34,900. Free boat slips! On spectacular
34,000-acre recreational lake in eastern Tennessee,
surrounded by state forest. Limited number available.
Call today for early appointment, 800-704-3154, ext.
880, TN Land Partners LLC. 10 percent down, bal-
ance financed one year at 7.25 percent fixed, one-
year balloon, OAC, payment $189.77/month.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN LOG cabin: unfinished
inside, view, trees, private, large creek and river
nearby, $139,500. Owner, 866-789-8535.
NEW, PRE-CONSTRUCTION golf community:
coastal Georgia. Large lots with deepwater, marsh,.
golf, nature views. Gated, golf, fitness center, tennis.
trails. Oak park, docks. $70s $300s. 877-266-7376.
NORTH CAROLINA GATED, lakefront commu-
nity. Pleasantly mild climate, 1.5 acres, 90 mrniles
of shoreline. Never offered before with 20 percent
pre-development discounts, 90 percent financing.
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to help.you get the home of your dreams.
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611 % GulfO Dr. gulfView 55+ condo $451,000
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