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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 14, No. 52 Nov. 1, 2006 FREE
GSR math: $1.5 million better than $2.5 million?
By Rick Catlin
In the convuluted world of bankrupt GSR Develop-
ment LLC's mathematics, selling a property for $1.5 mil-
lion appears to be much more advantageous to the finan-
cially strapped company than-selling it for $2.5 million.
The bizarre financial arrangement appears possible
after U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Rodney
May last week gave the company partial approval to
proceed with a proposed auction sale of its Villa Rosa
property in Anna Maria by allowing the sale of just one
In granting the partial auction sale motion, May set
the minimum bid for Lot 14 at $1.5 million, while at
the same time noting that Fifth Third Bank has a lien
against the property for $1.87 million. A model home
has been constructed on Lot 14.
But wait. All may not be as it appears.
This little doggie takes the prize!
Frank Almeda, left, shares a winning moment with finance Nilda Llanes and her "Frannie," a d-monih-old
Chiifahua-Daschwid mix whose costume. complete ". ith flint ring eYelashet. red lip -. baimgle's amt a handbaun.
was judim d fiur phict ai'mti about 20 canines at The Islander Dii Costiiu Contesi and Pet Parade Saturday.
Llanes and Frannie and the runners up received "IHallow'ee" baskets wiith oodics. anU donario's frwomIsland
Animal Clinic. All the participants eiteived Iteat.%. The event was organized by Olivia Willis of the local office'
of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Islander Photo: Bonmnr Joy
Grassy Point agreement gets OK
National Basketball Association player Theo Ratliff
- late of the Portland Trailblazers and traded this past
summer to the Boston Celtics has a $2.5 million
purchase contract on Lot 14 dated April 20, 2004, for
the land and accompanying house. That means the
minimum bid price is $1 million less than what Ratliff
is willing to pay.
Ratliff has claimed in court documents he has a
PLEASE SEE GSR, NEXT PAGE
Three bidders vie to
build pier restaurant
Three contractors have offered bids to build the
new restaurant-dockmaster office-bathhouse-dock-
age facilities at the City of Bradenton Beach Historic
Bridge Street Pier.
The pier restaurant, damaged during hurricanes,
has been closed since September 2004. The damage to
the popular restaurant at the east end of Bridge Street
was so severe that'the structure was razed earlier this
year. Plans were drawn up to rebuild the structure, as
well as ancillary buildings and an extensive floating
dock to the south of the 630-foot-long deck that juts
into Anna Maria Sound.
A bid opening last Friday produced three contrac-
tiir ,,. illini to do the construction on the buildiing-. and
docks. The bidder.s inchlhded:
Kesselring Corp. of Bradenton at $2,362,370.
Ha'es Construction .of Fort NIMers at
Southern Cross Contractors of Sarasota at
City officials had estimated the work to cost $1.7
million, which is to come from a-variety-of funding
sources, including grants.
City commissioners are scheduled to discuss the
matter and approve a contractor to do the \\ ork during
a special city commission meeting, at 1 p.m, Nov. 8.
By Lisa Neff
An agreement backed by the Holmes Beach City
Coinmission lasiweek should seed restoration and pres-
erxation at Giassy Point.
The agreement between the city and the Sarasota
: Ba\ Estuai\ Program sets forth ho,\ the project shall
proceed. including funding.
Commissioner Sands Haas-Martens, during a
meeting Oct. 24, moved to appro\ ethe agreement
and authorize Nla) or Carol Whitmore to execute the
contract. Commissioner Da\id Zaccagnino seconded
the motion. A 4-0 vote followed, with Haas-Mar-
tens, Zaccagnino, Rich Bohnenberger and Roger
Lutz voting "yes." Commissioner Pat Morton did
not attend the meeting..
"Let's get moving on it," Haas-Martens said after
Earlier Haas-Martens had suggested the Grassy
Point project could be similar to the larger Leffis Key/
Coquina Baywalk preserve in Bradenton Beach.
Intending the acreage for preservation, Holmes
Beach in 2000 used-state funds to purchase large por-
tions of Grassy Point, located. north of Mike Norman
Real Estate off East Bay Drive.
Some private parcels remain in the area but conm-
'missioners last week said it seemed doubtful the\ could
SBEP, one of 28 national estuiar programs in the
United States,. has drafted a design for Grass\ Point
that includes e\otic plant remo\al. re-\egetation and
-"EssentillI righi rnow our plans are to remove the
exotics and do earthwork," said Gary E. Raulerson,
a senior environmental scientist with SBEP. "There's
some huge Australian pines out there."
Eventually there may be a nature trail and board-
walk. "That's not set in stone," Raulerson said.- "But I
think the city and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program,
we're interested in having a recreational component,
the right kind of recreational component."
The Grassy Point project is part of the comprehen-
sive five-year habitat restoration plan SBEP created in
2003 to restore intertidal and submerged aquatic habi-
tats and create artificial fishery habitat.
PLEASE SEE GRASSY POINT, PAGE 3
Spiderman meets Superman!
Spiderman (Dr. Roger Danziger) has been a regular at
Anna Maria Fall Festivals and parades, but new this
year was the unveiling of Holmes Beach Police Officer
Pete Lannon's alter-ego! Lannon's battle against cancer
has brought him to be known as "Super Pete," and his
attitude is super, too. He led the parade of classrooms of
costumed kids to the school grounds, where the festival
commenced. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
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GSR dispute continues
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$100,000 deposit to purchase the model home and
According to several contractors familiar with the
Villa Rosa model home, the structure needs an estimated
$800,000 in further construction and improvements
before the city can issue a certificate of occupancy,
In the world of GSR accounting and business practices,
however, $1.5 million might be better than $2.5 million.
This is the same company whose principals, Robert
Byrne and Steve Noriega, have both presented financial
statements for $33 million and $22 million respectively,
yet the company filed for bankruptcy in July.
While both men are millionaires on paper, neither
were able to repay a mere $25,000 invested in GSR
two years ago by Cynthia Graeff, an Island food server
who had taken 10 years to save the money for her son's
college education, often working two and three jobs
at the same time. Graeff, after numerous unsuccessful
attempts to recover her investment under the personal
guarantee given her by Byrne, sued Byrne, Noriega
and GSR in the Manatee County Circuit Court and was
awarded a judgment in September 2005.
In addition to Graeff's life savings, several Island
residents have reportedly invested their retirement funds
and financial portfolios in the company. When contacted,
most declined comment on the status of their investments
or their relationships with GSR, Byrne and Noriega.
One Holmes Beach resident, who asked not to be
identified, did say, however, that "Robert Byrne is my
friend and I trust him with our money. I'm sure this will
all work out."
GSR is also the company that paid just $3.4 million
for the Villa Rosa property in 2002 and sat on the project
for three years a time when other Island develop-
ers and investors cashed in heavily on their real estate
investments and housing developments. Island real estate
values more than doubled between 2002 and 2005, yet
GSR was apparently unable to turn a profit on any of its
major projects and filed for bankruptcy in July 2006.
At one of the company's early bankruptcy hear-
ings, Theresa Boatner of the Office of the U.S. Trustee
indicated to the principals that she could not account
for approximately $4 million of company funds.
And, according to a former employee of GSR,
Byrne and Noriega turned down an offer in 2005 by
Tampa investor Hamilton Jones to purchase Villa Rosa
in its entirety for about $12 million.
Yet just a few months later, in September 2006 after
GSR filed for bankruptcy, the company offered Jones
virtually the same deal for all of Villa Rosa, but for just
$11.5 million. Jones apparently found it was an offer
he could refuse and rejected the proposition.
"That's GSR," said the former employee. "Turn down
the $12 million, but offer the property for $11.5 million."
To further complicate matters, attorney John
Anthony, representing the unsecured creditors com-
mittee of GSR, has alleged in court documents that
GSR's $6.5 million financial deal with Bon Eau Enter-
prises LLC of Sarasota on Villa Rosa is "usurious" and
"criminal" under Florida law.
May last week also ordered that a "compromise
controversy motion" between GSR and Bon Eau Enter-'
prises of Sarasota over the $6.5 million debt be sent to
mediator C. Timothy Corcoran III of Tampa. The initial
mediation hearing was Oct. 27.
The unsecured creditors committee has claimed
that Bon Eau's deal with GSR allowed it to purchase
the $12.5 million Villa Rosa property for' a mere $6.5
million and has vowed legal action, if necessary, to
prevent Bon Eau from gaining control of Villa Rosa.
All bids on Lot 14 must be received by GSR
.restructuring manager William Maloney by Dec. 1. A
"good faith" deposit of 5 percent of the purchase price
must accompany the bid. The deposit is refundable,
according to GSR attorney Richard Prosser.
The attorney also said in the motion that the prop-
erty would be sold without any representation or war-
ranties, or "as is" and "where is."
Any objection to a proposed sale must be filed with
the court by Dec. 4, and a final hearing before Judge
May on the sale is scheduled for Dec. 8.
The unsecured creditors have objected to the pro-
posed auction sale on the grounds that all monies left
over after paying the liens and mortgages should be
ditributed to the unsecured creditors on a proportion-
ate basis, not handed over to GSR as operating capital.
The committee did not object to the sale of Lot 14.
Efforts to reach Maloney and Anthony for comment
A break in an underground line sends water gush-
ing 30 feet over North Shore Drive and Genevieve
Alban's yard in Anna Maria City on Oct. 23. Alban,
who lives in the 900 block of North Shore, was lying
down for an afternoon break when a couple rang her
doorbell. When Alban answered, she heard, "Do you
know there's water going all over the street? Alban,
an artist and longtime resident, looked out, saw the
geyser and called for assistance. A sheriff's deputy
arrived to check on her safety and a two-person
crew with the water department arrived to repair the
pipe. Alban watched as the team worked and said
she. hoped she wouldn't be charged for the water on
her next bill. An onlooker commented, too bad it is
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THE ISLANDER NOV. 1. 2006 3
Chief Anna Maria election issues: comp plan, spending
By Rick Catlin
Candidates for the two vacant Anna Maria City
Commission seats and the post of mayor discussed their
positions on a number of issues at the Oct. 23 Islander
candidate forum and generally agreed that adoption of
the comprehensive plan and future land-use map after
the Nov. 7 election and spending are the main issues
facing the city.
Some candidates, however, appeared ready to
throw outgoing Mayor SueLynn under the bus, blam-
ing her for a number of city ills, inchiding spending :an
inordinate amount of money on consultants and legal
experts, particularly for the coastal overlay district and
daylight plane ordinances.
Incumbent City Commissioner Duke Miller, who
is seeking his third consecutive term in office, said his
main reason for seeking re-election was to guide the
proposed comprehensive plan through the upcoming
public hearings and eventual adoption.
He said he was "100 percent" in favor of the plan
as proposed because it "supports all the reasons you
and I mo% ed to Annai Maria." The plan protects both
the residential character of the city and the business
community. Adopting the plan will ensure that Anna
Maria won't change for the next 20 years, he said.
Miller cautioned, however, that there were some
people who wanted to make changes to the plan that
would add more retail-office-residential areas.. "I'm
against that," he said emphatically.
Commission candidate Jo Ann Mattick also
endorsed the plan, saying it equalized the residential
and ROR districts. She said there is a need in the city
to support the business district, which the plan does.
Current City Commissioner Linda Cramer, seeking
her fourth consecutive term, said she-has supported the
comprehensive plan "to this point," but does have one
issue with the future land-use map.
"Unfortunately," she said, it concerns her property
at the corner of Palmetto Avenue and Gulf Drive.
The proposed FLUM has her property designated
as residential. Cramer claims the property is zoned
commercial and the 1991 FLUM contained an error.
She maintained, however, that the problem should
"not be a personal issue, just a property issue." She
pledged to protect her property as much as she has pro-
tected other residents' property in the past.
Mayoral candidate Tom Turner said he supported
much of the comp plan, but had an issue with the
part that states that any lot less than 5,000 square
feet is not a buildable lot. "That's wrong," he said.
He also expressed concerned about the setbacks on
Candidate for mayor Fran Barford, who is also
chairman of the planning and zoning board, defended
the plan, which took nearly four years to prepare.
"We got the plan moving forward. There was give'
and take" on a number of issues on the planning and
zoning board, she said. Not everyone got everything
they wanted in the plan, she noted, but there was a lot of
compromise. The proposed plan works for Anna Maria,
Line of credit
Barford supports the recent city commission deci-
sion to establish a $1 million line of credit to begin many
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Voting fever in Anna Maria
The five candidates up for election in Anna1, Ma ia Niiov. 7 Fran Barford and Tom Turne! for ma' or and Linda
Cramer, Jo Ann Mattick and Duikt Mllle'c for c irv coi'nmniision met. Oct. 23 at city hall for The Islander politi-
cal candidate forum. Islander Photo: Rick Carlin
Grassy Point plans presented
CONTINUED FRONr PAGE 1
"Restoration activities %]ill ... improve tidal cir-
culation and re-e.trablish natural h. droperiods." read :a
project outline from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Senr ice.
"Restoration will eliminate non-nati e plant species,
thus contributing to the recovery of natural mangro\ e,
salt marsh and seagrass communities. It is believed that
the loss of these vital habitats and associated declines in
water quality has resulted in reduced fisheries in Sara-
sota Bay. It is estimated that Sarasota Bay is approxi-
mately 50 percent as productive as historically docu-
mented. The future of the bay's fisheries depends on the
community's ability to restore and enhance wetlands
and seagrass habitats and restore water quality."
GrassN Point could become a sanctuary for herons,
ospre., pelicans, mangrove crabs, snails, fish at high
tide, raccoons and squirrels. Raulerson said.
"And over the next 20 years mangroves will prob-
ably colonize," he said.
SBEP came up with 50 percent of the $80,000
needed for the first phase of the project, including
$ 10,000 in funding from the U.S. Interior Department's
Fish and Wildlife Service. Holmes Beach included the
remaining $40,000 in its fiscal 2006-07 budget, accord-
ing to a memo from City Treasurer Rick Ashley.
SAbout $30,000 of the funds will be used for permit-
ting and planning and $50,000 for exotic removal and
habitat restoration and maintenance.
In other business at the Oct. 24 meeting, the
Approved using Brisson Planning Solutions, Inc.
on an as-needed basis. The firm, which was hired to
work on the land development code, would be paid a
rate of $95 per hour.
Approved and authorized the mia or to sign a
fiscal 2006-07 contract for canal dredging The con-
tract- uith NMillmac Corporation is for %347.876.56 and
includes %work 'it 72nd and 74th streets canal number
HB-7), 68th and 09th streets IHB-11 I. 28th Street and
Bayview Drive (HB-22), Dundee and Emerald lanes
(KR-6) and Concord and Dundee lanes (KR-71.
*Appointed Lutz and Zaccag nno to the canm asing
board to work with CitN Clerk Brooke Bennett to can\ as
returns and absentee ballots. Lutz and Zaccagmno v% ere
chosen because they are not up for re-election.
Approved the lineup of local poll % workerss for the,
Nov. 7 election.
During a work session follow% ing ihe regular meet--
ing, the commission discussed definitions and regula-.
tions in a draft of the land development code.
The document won't be considered by the current
commission and ma not be acted upon b. a ne"\ l\
elected commission before Januar\ 2007. .
The commission and mayor also discussed annex-
ing Manatee Avenue from the city line east to the Anna
Bohnenberger plans to send a letter to Manatee
County Commission Chairman Joe McClash suggest-
ing the parties explore "a voluntary annexation" of
City officials don't want to maintain the Kingfish
Boat Ramp or pay the associated costs, but they do want
their police officers to have the jurisdiction to handle
emergencies in the area. "
"A lot of stuff happens out there," Zaccagnino
The next commission meeting is scheduled for 7
p.m. Nov. 14. -- --------- --.-
long-needed capital improvements, but said the city
needs to ensure there is "heavy oversight" of the con-
struction. As mayor, she promised that would happen.
Turner, however, is opposed to the line of credit,
claiming the city could have done all that work without
borrowing or paying interest. The city was supposed to
have set aside money in the budget each year for capital
improvements, but didn't. The city is wasting money
by paying interest, he said.
Cramer was supportive of the LOC, although she
said she had some reservations. She claimed she had
"encouraged" Mayor SueLynn to establish the capital
improvements advisory committee several years ago,
to prepare a project list. She hopes the $1 million
draw will be successful, but the city still needs to be
fiscally responsible as it has to pay back $200,000
per year for the loan.
Mattick said it was a "shame" that infrastructure
was allowed to deteriorate to the point where the city
had no choice but to borrow money. She also noted it
took more than a year for the commission to approve
the line of credit. With inflation, the city is now getting
less for its $1 million, she said.
Miller is "100 percent supportive" of the draw. He
was the commission liaison to the CIAC as it prepared
the project list. He said the line of credit was the only
way to complete the capital improvements without
He also defended the commission's use of outside
consultants, noting that when the city had Tarpon Street
and Oak Avenue repaved two years ago, it had tried to
oversee the project itself, rather than pay an engineer.
As a result, the job was botched and the city ended up
paying quite a bit more for the project without a totally
Mattick said the mayor can handle a lot of prob-
PLEASE SEE ANNA MARIA, NEXT PAGE
Anna Maria City
No%. 2, 1 p.m., capital improvements advisory
Nox 4, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., fall cleanup.
Anha l.Miam City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 708-
No. 2. 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda.
First reading on employ ee handbook ordinance,
appro\ al of upgrades to cii. commission chambers.
Christmas Prelude special event application request.
daN beacon replacement appro\ al. request for pro-
posals for landscape maintenance, approval of job
description for project-program manager and approve al
to advertise for position, special e'ent and banner
request for Winterfest festival and consent agenda.
SNo\. 8,1 p.m., special city commission v ork
meeting on city.pier and selection of contractor.
Bradenon Beach City Hall., 10 GitlfDrive N.,,
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Holmes Beach "
No\. 3. 1.30 p.m.. police retirement board meeting.
No\. 8. 5 p.m., parks and beautification commit-
Holines Beach Cirt Hall, 5.301 Marina Drive,
-No. 7, Election Day, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Polling
locations: Anna Maria City, city hall, 10005 Gulf
Drive e: Bradenton Beach, city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.;
Holmes Beach, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive, and St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive. (Check voter I.D. for polling location.)
Nov. 9, 9 a.m., The Islander 's Greatest Genera-
tion celebration, Holmes Beach Butterfly Garden and
Nov. 10, Veterans Day observed. Government
offices in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes
Beach and Longboat Key-will be closed for the
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4 M NOV. 1. 2006 E THE ISLANDER
Office.seekers court Holmes Beach voters at forum
By Lisa Neff
Five candidates for Holmes Beach City Commis-
sion echoed a common theme at The Islander election
forum Oct. 23 growth is inevitable, so it must be
tempered to fit the Island's character.
Candidates Pat Geyer, Sandy Haas-Martens, Sheila
Hurst, Don Maloney and John Monetti are running for
two commission seats in the Nov. 7 election. The elec-
tion also includes contestsat the county, state and fed-
eral level, as well as several ballot questions.
During the forum at city hall, the commission
candidates mostly agreed that a new board must
preserve the city's character and charm as Holmes
"I know things have to change, but there's a history
of why they were," Geyer, a former mayor and com-
missioner, said as she introduced herself to voters. "I
think this is a paradise. I want to keep it that way."
Haas-Martens, the lone incumbent, emphasized
her longstanding community involvement and said
she looked forward to a term of cooperation with
Hurst, a community activist, said she's eager to
listen to the people and her most critical concern is
protecting the environment on the Island.
Maloney, a former commissioner and member
of the code enforcement board, touted his service
in business, the Army and the government as "one
of my major talents" and said he hoped as commis-
sioner to encourage more people to get involved and
serve the city.
Monetti, a restaurant manager and planning com-
missioner, said he wanted to dedicate himself to his
community and promised a common-sense approach
as a commissioner.
The candidates fielded a variety of questions from
The Islander publisher Bonner Joy about regulating
resort housing in residential districts, supporting recre-
ational amenities, creating mixed-use commercial/resi-
dential opportunities, promoting conservation, enhanc-
ing code enforcement and studying consolidation.
On the subject of consolidation, the candidates
delivered some of their most impassioned remarks.
Anna Maria candidates speak out
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3
Current Mayor SueLynn got herself "involved in a
lot of outside issues" that apparently were a lot of work
for her. Mattick was not in favor of hiring an adminis-
trative assistant to aid the mayor.
Both Barford and Turner see the mayor's post as
"part-time" and said the city staff is competent enough
to handle many problems. .
Miller agreed, noting that this past summer lie had
prepared a list of duties that could be delineated to the
staff rather than the mayor.
Cramer didn't support the position of administra-
tixe assistant. but believed the Island as a \\hole should
look at sharinge" an Island manager. She did note, how-
e\ er. that each ear the work involI\ ed at city hall seems
to growi more complex\ and involved.
Coastal overlay district,
daylight plane ordinances
Mattick said adoption of the coastal overlay district
to limit development seaward of the coastal construc-
tion control line would "be a disaster" and is "totally
unnecessary." The COD "doesn't make sense," she
said, and leaves the city open to lawsuits.
She is also opposed to the daN light plane ordinance,
saying that if the ordinance had passed it would have
reduced property values in the city.
Both issues were "knee-jerk" reactions.by Mayor
SueLynn, she claimed.
The daylight plane ordinance was not adopted by
the city commission. The overlay ordinance is pending
before the next commission.
Miller said it was not prudent to make a snap
decision about the COD. He said he wanted to
reserve judgment on the ordinance because it hasn't
"I'm not in a position yet. I need to deal with the
facts," he said. He observed, however, that the city is
charged by the state with the safety of residents living
too near the coast. The COD is a safety issue to protect
Maloney said last November Holmes Beach voters
decided they wanted to study consolidation and their
will must be respected.
"Almost a year ago, 63 percent of the voters
asked that our present commission provide the
where-with-all necessary to study the advantages,
if any, in our Island's three-city consolidation ques-
tion," Maloney said. "Eleven months have gone by
and nothing has happened."
"It needs to be studied," Hurst said firmly.
Monetti too said a study must be conducted.
"I think we should listen to our constituents who
wanted it studied," he said. "I think there should be
every effort made to get back on track and have it
But there were other thoughts.
"I really think it's too late to consolidate the three
Island cities," Geyer said. "It's been tried.... I think
we should push for consolidation of some services and
leave it at that."
Haas-Martens expressed reservations about going
forward without support from all three Island cities.
"Anytime that we have tried to do something it's
like Holmes Beach is taking over," she said. "I just
think it's a dead point, a moot point, at this point."
About 45 people attended the forum, which fol-
lowed a similar event in Anna Maria and proceeded a
question-and-answer session with the two candidates
seeking an at-large county commission seat, Democrat
Sarah Meaker and Republican Carol Whitmore.
Holmes Beach will also get a new mayor this
month, but voters won't decide who gets the job now
held by Whitmore. Rich Bohnenberger, currently chair-
man of the commission, is unopposed.
Polls on Nov. 7 are open from 7a.m. to 7 p.m.
Florida statute requires that voters present photo
and signature identification cards.
The victors in Holmes Beach will be sworn in at
city hall at 9 a.m. Nov. 20. Afterward, the newly orga-
nized city commission will have the task of appoint-
ing someone to fill a commission vacancy created by
Bohnenberger's move to mayor.
Candidates for Holrhes Beach City Commission gather at city hall on Oct. 23 for The Islanfer election forum.
Islander publisher Bonner Joy, left, questions the candidates Pat Geyer, Sandy Haas-Martens, Sheila Hurst,
Don Maloney and John Monetti about city services and civic goals. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Barford said that the P& Zboard looked extensi el)
at both ordinances. The daylight plane ordinance was
examined for the height of a structure and the light
angle, but it turned into an architectural issue when it
reached the commission.
Turner said it was a waste of city money to have
the COD reviewed by an attorney\ from the east coast of
Florida with no knowledge of Anna Maria. He \\as also
opposed to the da\ light plane ordinance as proposed by
Turner said the city spends too much mone\ on
consultants and attorney) s, claiming the cit\ doesn't
always need a consulting planner or engineer.
Barford said the current budget is "on target" and
building a reserve fund for the city, at the same time
keeping the millage rate at 2.0 mils.
Cramer said she supports tighter budgets in the
future. but defended the: use of a city planner. The city
planner has helped -, ith many legal aspects of ordi-
nances as has the city engineer. She noted that the com-
mission has dealt with a number of major issues the past
two years, issues that had been ignored in the past.
Miller agreed with the current budget and said the
millage rate is "right where it needs to be. '
'Mattick said it's possible to reduce the village
rate along with planning and legal fees. The city spent
$179,000 last year for consultants, attorneys and plan-
ners. "We can do a better job," she said.
Miller said Anna Maria is in much better shape now
than four years ago.
"We've worked hard and compromised" and passed
a number of ordinances, he said. Legal fees have
increased because the commission had to rewrite many
ordinances passed by previous commissions that con-
tained errors. The city is also facing an ever-increasing
assault by outside attorneys over a number of issues.
Proper legal advice is needed to fight back.
Mattick, however, disagreed. "The present pro-
cess is flawed." She said the mayor should present
issues in a public forum before bringing them to the
. co m.is.sion. .. .
And "too man. commissioners seem to ha\ e already)
made up their minds" on issues., she claimed, adding
that it seems public comment at commission meetings
is bare \ tolerated by commissioners.
Cramer also defended the work of the commission
the past few years. A number of major decisions have
been reached and she's always voted "according to the
desires" of her fellow citizens.
Barford said the mayor is the town manager and she
pledged an increase in customer service. "The citizens
are our customers, our stock holders."
She said she would look at getting more grants for
the city. With her contacts from her prior public service,
she would lobby for lower taxes and insurance rates.
Barford was mayor of Temple Terrace, near Tampa,
for six years and before that, a city commissioner there
for eight years. She's also been a member of the Tampa
Bay Regional Planning Council and a Florida League
of Cities member for 16 years.
"I have the experience to make a difference and
preserN e the charm and uniqueness of Anna Maria. I
have the energy," she said.
Barford and her husband moved to Anna Maria
permanently in 2002.
Turner said his management experience will pay
off as mayor. As mayor, he would have P&Z review
all ordinances on a regular basis, not the city attorney,
building official or city planner.
He added that if elected, he would donate his
salary as mayor to charity. Turner also said all can-
didates should declare who made their campaign
"I can fulfill all aspects of the job," he promised.
Turner is a former chairman of the P&Z board and
the code enforcement board and served on a number
of city boards and committees since moving to Anna
Maria in 1984. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after
22 years and spent another 20 years in the insurance
All candidates urged the electorate to vote on
THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 1, 2006 9 5
Mayor SueLynn refutes candidate attacks
By Rick Catlin
After some of the candidates at the Islander politi-
cal forum Oct. 23 appeared to blame Mayor SueLynn
for a host of city ills perceived or otherwise the
outgoing mayor fired back at her detractors.
"It's typical of the way candidates choose to build
themselves up by tearing someone else down," said the
mayor, who was not at the forum and is not seeking
Statements by a few of the candidates indicating
she. was responsible for "pushing" the daylight plane
and coastal overlay district ordinances through the com-
mission are nonsense.
"That was the commission's choice," she said.
"I only present issues to the commission. That's part
of a mayor's job. It's up to them to respond and I go
forward only when they agree. I proceed at the com-
On several issues she has brought to the commis-
sion during her administration, commissioners did not
agree to proceed further, she obser\ ed..
She also said it's ludicrous to blame her for a
"The infriattructlure had been deterioratng for \ ears
when I came into office. It took me three-and-a-half
years to convince the commission to do something."
She added thai the idea that she A% a- responsible for
spending the money for a second opinion on the coastal
overlay district ordinance was also laughable.
"It was the commission's choice to move forward
and spend the money. The commission made the deci-
sion to get a second opinion. I only agreed with the
A reference by one candidate that the COD and
daylight plane ordinances were "knee-jerk reactions"
by her to a situation was also dismissed by the mayor.
"Again, both issues were only brought forward
after commission direction. It was the commission's
prerogative to actand it's totally inaccurate to say those
were 'knee-jerk' reactions on my part."
She also noted that any decision to spend money
outside of the budgeted line-item amounts for out-
side consultants, city planners and city engineers -
are made by the commission. "I can't spend any more
money than what the commission permits.
"It's amusing that all of a sudden I have this power
to act independently. It's just not the case for me or
anyone who is mayor," she emphasized.
Another statement by a candidate that the city spent
$179,000 last year on consultants, planners and attorneys
is misleading, she noted, because that figure includes the
$28,000 budgeted., by the city commission for profes-
sional planner Tony Arrant to guide the city through the
required comprehensive-plan revisions mandated by the
Florida Department of Community Affairs.
She also noted that the candidates who seem to
delight in blaming her for some of the city's problems
never attended many of the meetings where those issues
were discussed, at least not until political campaigning
began in earnest.
The mayor also observed dryly that the idea of the
mayor holding public meetings to discuss issues before
presenting them to the commission is not new. She held
a number of town hall meetings during her first two
years in office, but public attendance was extremely
poor and the forums were discontinued.
SueLynn defended her record the past four years
and nine months, noting that a number of previously
unresolved issues, such as parking, drainage and capital
improvements, that had festered in the city through a
number of administrations, have now been addressed
and resolved by her administration and the commis-
Amendment questions on Nov. 7 ballot answered
By Paul Roat
There are more decisions to make on the Nov. 7 ... and West Manatee
ballot than just choosing candidates Florida voters prOposes impact fee hike
hate iK amendments to the state Constitution to
mull.Voters in the West Manatee Fire Rescue Dis-
"There original i\ ere eight proposals, but one was
pulled b\ the Florida Legislature and the other ruled
unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme Court.
The nonpartisan group orteSmartFlorida.org. and
its accompany ing \Veb sue. offer a purported unbiased
\ie\\ of the si\ amendments. Go6to the site for more
detailed information than what is provided below:
Amendment 1: state planning and budget process.
Ballot summary: Limits non-recurring general fund
appropriation increases to 3 percent per year unless
approved by three-fifths vote of the Florida Legisla-
ture. It would also create a Joint Legislative Budget
Commission to deal withflong-range budget financial
issues and a Government Efficiencs Task Force. Propo-
nents state the amendment would place both budget and
revenue estimates together in one document, and the
committees formed would create a long-term financial
outlook. Opponents state current general law provides
trict will be asked to vote on a ballot measure
Nov. 7 to allow the district to increase the impact
fees it charges on new construction. The measure
"Shall West Manatee Fire Rescue District be
allowed to increase impact fees on new construc-
tion only, to pay for new equipment and facilities
as necessary to accommodate growth?"
all the necessary measures and additional commissions
are not needed.
Amendment 3: create broader public support for
Constitutional amendments or revisions. Ballot sum-
mary: Provides for any changes to the constitution to
be approved by 60 percent of the voters, rather than
the current simple majority approval process. Propo-
nents say Florida has one of the easiest constitutions to
PLEASE SEE AMENDMENTS, PAGE 7
6 N NOV. 1, 2006 E THE ISLANDER
For a small island of three cities, with residents and
governmental bodies that all resist change yet yearn for
progress the political winds swirl like the tides change.
Not so long ago, a distinction of the three cities was
erased when the once-revolving election cycle spread
over three months changed to all elections falling
within the general election calendar. Cost savings, of
course, was the reasoning.
But still, it lacks distinction for each city's campaign-
ing and election and another unique quality of Anna Maria
Island was lost.
That said, there's no lack of enthusiasm in Anna Maria
and Holmes Beach this year for city elections. Lacking an
incumbent for mayor of Anna Maria along with two com-
mission seats there, and two seats for commission in Holmes
Beach, the result has been a lively exchange on the issues.
Nov. 7 is election day. And all voters have a vast array
of choices to make in what is called an "off-year" election.
There are federal, state and local candidates, plus a host
of constitutional amendments.
We offer the following suggestions to voters:
Anna Maria City
For mayor, Fran Barford and Tom Turner have both
offered their services to the city. Both-provide a wealth of
background experience that would benefit the city Bar-
ford with her experience as mayor of Temple Terrace and
Turner with his many years on various city boards.
However, with the changing pace of government and the
greater interaction with other agencies, we believe that Fran
Barford has the energy and vigor to better lead the city.
For commission, incumbents Linda Cramer and Duke
Miller are being challenged by Jo Ann Mattick. Voters will
select two to sit at the dias. Although we have at times
differed, we've seen strides in compromise from Miller
and we believe the seasoned experience of incumbents
will provide the citizens of the city with the necessary
knowledge for the next few years. We've also seen strides
from Mattick in relating to issues and voters and encour-
age her to continue her quest.
The Islander endorses Barford, Cramer and Miller.
Incumbent Sandy Haas-Martens is seeking another
term in office. Also running for two seats on the city com-
mission are former commissioner and mayor Pat Geyer,
SAM president Sheila Hurst; former city commissioner
Don Maloney and planning board member John Monetti.
Haas-Martens has provided the drive and business savvy
in her past few years in office to warrant her re-election.
Geyer brings years of experience as a long-time city
resident, businesswoman and elected official to the table.
Hurst is offering a platform of "people opinion-t firs-i"
and environmental issues good traits to bnng to office
Maloney has spent countless hours learning 16ader-'
ship skills and the duties of a commissioner at various
seminars and would bring [hat valuedlexperience back to
Monetti, though, has a business-like approach to gov-
ernment and could be a refreshing addition to the com-
mission, and a deep undei standing of the cir 's long-range
plan the comprehensive plan that ma\ proxe useful
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in the years ahead. ,
We endorse Haas-Martens and Monetti for the Holmes
Beach City Commission.
Manatee County Commission .
Democrat Sarah Meaker and Republican Carol Whit-
more are seeking the partisan, at-large seat on the Manatee
Meaker is a former businesswoman who is now help-
ing professionals change careers to become teachers in the
Manatee County School District.
Whitmore, former Holmes Beach city commissioner
and current mayor, has a wealth of contacts and connec-
tions in various state and local offices and agencies in
Florida and be\ ond.
-Meaker has offered some interesting thoughts on
growth inanagenment and small-business development,
while Whitmore appears to have a better grasp on local
It will be a big step for either candidate, from admin-
istrator to legislator, with big issues at hand for the county
and for future growth.
We believe either candidate would do a good job -
N leaker %t ith an intellectual perspective and Whitmore
with governmental contacts to guide the growth of
West Manatee Fire Rescue, the fire district that
includes Anna Maria Island, Cortez and northwest Bra-
denton, is seeking an increase in impact fees on new con-
struction to help fund the department.
West Manatee has the lowest impact fee rate in the
county, and has not adjusted the fees in almost 20 years.
Although no one likes to pay more to government,
we believe this increase is justified and deserves voter
.,Please, vote Tuesday, Nov. 7
Thank you, mayor
It's a sad state of affairs when not one Anna Maria
City commissioner took the opportunity to thank Mayor
SueLynn during the last commission meeting she attended,
on Oct. 19.
It just seems like common courtesy and respect for
an individual would have stirred one of the commis-
sioners, or all of the commissioners, to express their
appreciation for all of SueLynn's hard work for the city
of Anna Maria.
Charlie Daniel, Anna Maria
Help Pelican Man's
There has been a great deal of concern recently over
the financial condition of Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary.
It is-true that the sanctuary is experiencing a significant
-financial crisis. Revenues have not.kept pace with costs
and unless something changes, we will have to curtail the
animal rescue and rehabilitation services we have provided
for more than 25 years in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
.We have taken steps to streamline costs and have
put plans in place to increase and stabilize revenues in
the future. We have developed new processes, programs
Our hope is to raise $200,000 within the-next several
weeks. That amount will cover the immediate cash short-
fall and allow us to begin our new programs.
Consider these facts:
The sanctuary is one of the largest non-profit, wild
bird rescue, rehabilitation, release, relocation and public
education centers in the United States.
Thousands of birds are rescued each year, returning
most back to their home in the wild.-- -
Feeding and care of the birds costs about $1.2 million
I believe that our community will suffer if this institu-
tion cuts back, or possibly stops, providing care to sick
and injured birds, even if it is for a month or two.
Let us all remember how it started 25 years ago when
Dale Shields rescued a bird, and had no place to take it
for care. Losing the services we provide would be a step
backward: Instead, let's move forward. We are asking our
community to please help us. Together we can continue
our services to the people, to the birds, and to the environ-
ment of Manatee and Sarasota counties.
Judith Ragona, president and chairman of the board,
Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary
THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 1, 2006 0 7
County candidates Meaker, Whitmore face off on issues
By Paul Roat
Candidates for the District 6 at-large seat on the
Manatee County Commission faced each other at an
Islander candidates forum last week.
Democrat Sarah Meaker is the former president
of Trade Routes Ltd., developing United States retail
markets for artisans living in Asia, Africa and Latin
America, and moved to Manatee County in 2000.
She started a soup kitchen, school and clinic for
Guatemalan street children. She currently works for the
Manatee County School District, managing a program
that certifies professionals who want a second career
as a teacher.
Meaker has a bachelor's degree in political sci-
ence and a doctorate in leadership and education. She
has a 6-year-old daughter, and attends Christ Episcopal
Republican Carol Whitmore was elected to the
Holmes Beach City Commission in 1991, and elected
mayor in 1998, a position she holds today. She was a
nurse, at Manatee Memorial Hospital and is currently
administrator at Parkway Plastic Surgeons, where her
husband, Dr. Andre Renard, practices.
She is a graduate of Manatee High School and
Manatee Community College. Whitmore has periodi-
cally served on the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Amendments to Constitution
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5
amend in the country and, by having more people
approve any changes, it would mean a greater consen-
sus of the voters would issue such mandates. Opponents
state that a voter-initiated constitutional change requir-
ing a higher percentage of voters would diminish the
chance of such a change.taking place.
Amendment 4: protection of people against health
hazards caused by using tobacco. Ballot summary:
Forces the Florida Legislature to use some tobacco
settlement funds for statewide tobacco education and
prevention programs. Proponents state that Florida
receives $360 million annually from the tobacco settle-
ment, yet spends $1 million in educational programs.
The change would earmark $57 million for such pro-
Planning Organization, Manatee Opportunity Coun-
cil, and as a board member on the Anna Maria Island
Community Center and Solutions To Avoid Red Tide.
She is married and has a grown daughter.
"The position of a county commissioner is to rep-
resent the entire county," Meaker said to the question
of impacts to Anna Maria Island. She stressed the need
of revising the county's comprehensive plan to improve
the quality- of life for all residents.
"We need to make sure that Holmes Beach is not
turned into a parking lot," Whitmore said. She said the
entrances to the Island are the entrances to the county's
top tourist locations the beaches and they have
to be protected.
As to the annexation of county property by the
cities of Bradenton and Palmetto, Meaker said, "It's
important that the county manage what it has. The
county turned over management to Bradenton [with
Perico Island]. I think annexation should be used as a
last resort. I want to work together with the cities and
work through issues."
PLEASE SEE COUNTY, NEXT PAGE
Bonner Joy, of
Sarah Meaker and
Whitmore, the two
candidates for an
at-large seat on the
a forum Oct. 23
at Holmes Beach
City Hall. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
grams. Opponents state the tobacco education funds
would come out of other programs, such as education
and transportation, and the changes would be better
served coming from the legislature.
Amendment 6: increased homestead exemption.
Ballot summary: The amendment would increase
homestead exemption for low-income seniors from
$25,000 to $50,000 per year. Proponents state older,
poorer residents are subject to increased property tax
values and the change would offer tax relief. Opponents
state tax revenue is an important funding source for
government and that the amendment would shift the
tax burden to other taxpayers.
Amendment 7: discount on property tax for per-
manently disabled veterans. Ballot summary: Provides,
a formula for perinanently disabled veterans aged 65
or older. Proponents state the amendment would give
thanks to veterans who were injured in a foreign war
and would keep the exemptions in line with their level
of disability. Opponents state exemptions are already
in place and the amendment would create exemptions
of varying degrees for each veteran.
Amendment 8: eminent domain. Ballot summary:
Prohibits the transfer of private property taken by emi-
nent domain to people or private groups, but allowing
the Florida Legislature by a three-fifths vote to permit
such transfers. Proponents state the amendment is
needed because current law allows the courts to deter-
mine the eminent domain fate of property, and without
the change the question of whether or not a govern-
ment may take property for economic development will
remain unanswered. Opponents state the amendment is
not needed and would place limits on the use of prop-
erty taken by eminent domain.
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8 M NOV. 1. 2006 M THE ISLANDER
Whitmore marks last meeting as Holmes Beach mayor
By Lisa Neff
Carol Whitmore arrived at her last Holmes Beach
City Commission meeting as mayor to find a gift on
her desk a box of tissues.
She knew to open the box, because she knew there
were more gifts, fond farewells, hugs and tears to come
at the Oct. 24 meeting. -
Whitmore has served as mayor since 1998 and
she served as a city commissioner from 1991 to
1998. Whitmore decided not to run for another may-
oral term and said she would seek a city commission
seat. In late June, she instead entered the race for
an open, at-large seat on the Manatee County Com- -
But the talk last Tuesday night was of appreciation,
dedication and friendship, not politics.'
A crew of 10 skateboarders and their parents
- presented Whitmore with a plant and thanked
her for supporting them, their sport and the con-
struction of the micro-skateboard park just north
of city hall.-
Skateboarders Cory Wash, Jake and Andrew
County commission candidates
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7,
"Annexation is usually used by developers find-
ing they can get a better deal with a city than with the
county," Whitmore said. "It all deals with relationships,
and I hope to see annexations decrease."
Regarding a merger of the county's myriad fire
departments, Meaker said she favored looking into the
matter. "In the northern part of the county, there are only
two emergency medical workers on duty," she said.
Whitmore said "it's a waste of money to not have
emergency medical workers and firefighters together.
It's a lot more cost-effective to share. Consolidation
would be more streamlined."
Both Meaker and Whitmore agreed-that county
impact fees should be increased, although Whitmore
questioned the formula used to determine some of
As to the increases in taxes and insurance rates in
Carol Whitmore and a crew of young skateboard-
ers show mutual appreciation and affection during
Whitmore's last Holmes Beach City Commission
meeting as mayor. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
the county, Whitmore said she believed recent "market-
driven" property prices should correct themselves in the
next few years. "Until the market .starts to flatten, we
won't see a change in taxes."
Meaker said she believed the county can maintain
taxes at a flat level, plus inflation, and said she favored
small-business tax relief. "We need to find a way to
offer some tax relief, because people are becoming
bound to their homes."
Both candidates said they favored a zero-budget
And what is the most critical issue in Manatee
Whitmore said she hoped to see a greater respect
given to individuals by the county. She also said the
No. 1 issue is how the county deals with growth.
Meaker said quality of life was her No. 1 prior-
ity. High-paying jobs are important to attract and
maintain, she said, as is the need of green space and
Ross, Travis, Gigi and Sophia Belsito, Luke Shakel-
ford, William and Henrick Brusso and Carson Wooten
gathered around Whitmore. They listened as the
mayor, who knew them all by name, reminded them
to wear their helmets.
"This is good and healthy for the kids," Whitmore
said of the interest in skateboarding. "And I'm so glad
that we could do something for them that we all loved
when we were kids."
Andrew Ross said, "I think Mayor Carol is really
nice and I am thankful that she wanted to do something
fun for kids."
His brother Jake added, "I'm glad that she made
the skatepark because kids are loving it."
Also at-the.meeting, Commissioners Rich Bohnen-
berger, Sandy Haas-Martens, David Zaccagnino and
Roger Lutz presented Whitmore with a plaque. Com-
missioner Pat Morton did not attend due to illness.
"Thank you everybody, I appreciate it," Whit," Whit-
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie and Anna
Maria Mayor SueLynn, who decided not to seek re-
election this fall, also attended the meeting.
Whitmore welcomed them with flower bouquets.
"This is my last meeting as mayor," she said. "I
wanted to show my appreciation for Mayor Chappie
and Mayor SueLynn."
The mayors praised each other for a spirit of coop-
eration even when they disagreed.
Also last Tuesday, Whitmore issued her last
proclamations as mayor, declaring Nov. 12-18
Farm-City Week and endorsing Amendment 4 on
the Nov. 7 election ballot. Amendment 4 would
mandate restoring funding to the state's compre-
hensive tobacco education and smoking preven-
The guest speaker for the Oct. 28 Island Kiwanis
Club meeting was incorrectly identified in the Oct. 25
edition of the Islander. The executive director of the
Arts Council of Manatee County, Robin Kaercher, was
the featured guest.
"PREPARED TO LEAD" ...
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Former Mayor of Temple Terrace, FL (Tampa area). 6 years Former City Council
Member, Temple Terrace, FL, 8 years Metropolitan Planning Organization,
Hillsborough County, 6 years Council of Governments, Hillsborough County, 12
years Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Member 3 years Florida League
of Cities: 16 years Chairman, Criminal Justice, Ethics & Personnel Committee
- Chairman, Collective Bargaining Committee Chairman, Planning & Zoning Board, City
of Anna Maria Board of Directors,Anna Maria Community Center Chairman, Roser
Community Church, Long Range Planning Committee Anna Maria Historical Society,
Member Friends ofAnna Maria Island Library, Member Mote Marine Aquarium, Member
Dear Fellow Anna Maria Citizens,
As a candidate for mayor of Anna Maria, this is my plan:
I will use my expertise and prior experiences as a mayor, a leader and an elected
official to preserve Anna Maria's unique character and charm.
I will increase the spiritand importance of custorner service, understanding that
our citizens are our customers and our shareholders.
I will work hard to ensure that the city of Anna Maria has a dedicated,
accountable staff that is responsive in serving our citizens.
I will be a team player who will work closely with our elected commissioners and
our citizens to identify future opportunities for the city, to see that more effective lines
of communication are established, and to resolve problems that may occur.
I pledge to prepare a lean, no-frills, fiscally sound budget for needed city services
and I will be proactive in identifying and pursuing alternative funding sources.
I will use my governmental contacts and experience to work with our legislative
delegation to lower our homeowners' insurance rates and with the Manatee
County Commission to lower county property taxes and improve county
services to the Island.
I have the time and energy to represent the city to outside
agencies and the public. Please vote on Tuesday, November 7,2006.
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TIlE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 1, 2006 E 9
Insurance: Holmes Beach taxpayers hardest hit
By Molly McCartney
Here is yet another insurance horror story on
Anna Maria Island this one for taxpayers in
Figure this: Holmes Beach taxpayers are paying
more than five times as much for wind insurance to
protect city property as taxpayers in the other two
The wind insurance bill for the Holmes Beach City
Hall complex is now $49,773 a record. That is more
than double what it was last year.
Neither Bradenton Beach nor Anna Maria City
have been hit like that.
The disparity is the result of the controversial
state-designated wind pool boundaries that divide
businesses and non-residential property owners into
two groups: those who are eligible for the state's
lower-priced Citizens Property Insurance Corp. cov-
erage and those who are not.
Holmes Beach City Hall is outside the wind pool.
The city buildings for Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria
City are within the measured distance from the Gulf of
Mexico that constitutes the wind pool.
"To me, it's just ridiculous that they wouldn't
be treated the same," said state Rep. Bill Galvano, a
Republican who represents western Manatee County
and who has been a leader of the effort to find solutions
to the state insurance crisis.
"You are talking about three cities clustered
Young with new ideas to protect
the old ideals of Island life.
Pd. Pol. Adv. Paid for and approved by Sheila Hurst, n.p.a. for Holmes Beach city commission.
Three Anna Maria Island cities wind insurance rates
City Insurer Insured value Current rate Prior year
Bradenton Beach Citizens $1.22 million $4,573 $4,108
Anna Maria City Citizens $1.4 million $4,595 $4,239
Holmes Beach Fl League of Cities $2.5 million $49,773 $22,121
together on a barrier island," he said, "and because of
an arbitrary line, Holmes Beach taxpayers have to pay
all that extra money."
The wind pool is an area of specific boundaries
in coastal counties. On Anna Maria Island, it begins,
on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico and extends east
for 1,000 feet.
Under state rules, the owner of any property
inside the wind-zone boundary can go to Citizens for
wind insurance if it isn't available from a standard
carrier. Residential property outside the wind pool
also can qualify for Citizens if no standard insurance
can be found.
But the owners of commercial and non-residential
property, such as churches and municipal buildings, are
not eligible for Citizens if the property is outside the
State rules also say that Citizens is supposed
to charge rates equal to or greater than insurance
offered by regular insurers. But because of the turmoil
in today's insurance market, Citizens wind prices are
typically a bargain compared to the premiums available
from other insurers, such as the unregulated carriers or
special groups, including the Florida League of Cities,
an organization that sells insurance and other products
and services to member cities.
Here is the tale of our three cities when it comes to
Bradenton Beach city properties, including city
hall, the police department's building, garage and the
nearby Tingley Memorial Library, are valued at $1.22
million. The city paid a wind premium of $4,573 to
Citizens an amount that works out to $3,748 per $1
million of coverage.
Anna Maria City paid $4,595 for a Citizens wind
policy covering $1.4 million in city property, including
city hall and the adjacent Island Players playhouse. That
works out to $3,282 per $1 million in coverage.
Holmes Beach paid $49,773 for wind insurance
to protect its $2.5 million in properties, which includes
city hall, police and administrative offices and con-
tents. That works out to $19,909 per $1 million of
coverage, or more than five times the rate paid by the
other two cities.
If Holmes Beach had access to Citizens and was
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The Islander newspaper is hosting a special
ceremony and breakfast at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov.
9, at the Holmes Beach City Hall Butterfly Park
and Veterans Memorial to honor all Island veterans,
especially World War II veterans and those who have
been featured in "The Greatest Generation" columns
in The Islander. All Island veterans and spouses are
invited to attend.
Prior to the presentation of the colors by an
honor guard from the Kirby Stewart American
Legion Post, The Islander will have a compli-
mentary buffet breakfast at the park for veterans
Several Island veterans will make brief remarks,
followed by the presentation of the colors, the
national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Islander will also present a special bound
collection of all the "Greatest Generation" stories
that have appeared in the newspaper to the Island
Branch of the Manatee Public Library and Tingley
After presentation of the collection, the honor
guard will fire a 21-gun salute for all veterans and
Taps will be played. The ceremony should con-
Insurance crisis hits city hall, too
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9
able to get the same rate as Bradenton Beach and Anna
Maria City, Holmes Beach would be spending $8,200
to $9,400 for wind insurance, rather than $49,773.
The irony is that Holmes Beach should be getting a
break on the wind insurance for its buildings based on
the construction and age. That is because underwriters
typically charge higher rates for older buildings such.
as city halls in Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria. The
Holmes Beach City Hall is nearly new and was con-
structed to tougher building codes.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore says she will
work with Galvano and other legislators "to get things
changed as fast as we can, to get some relief" for Holmes
Beach, Anna Maria Island and Manatee County.
Whitmore, who is running for an at-large seat on
the Manatee County Commission, said she will "do
whatever it takes" to encourage insurance reforms,
including going to Tallahassee, if necessary, to push
for legislative action.
The mayor pointed out that the Legislature had a
chance earlier this year to expand the wind pool by
approving the amendment proposed by Galvano to
expand the pool boundaries for five counties, includ-
ing Manatee. The measure was defeated by a vote
of 57-56. .
"That one vote was cast by Rep. Ron Reagan,"
Reagan, a Republican who represents the east-
ern half of Manatee County, said at the time that he
voted against the Galvano amendment because it was
opposed by the Republican leadership in the Legis-
lature. Reagan has since taken the position that the
amendment "was not the right thing to do at the time
because it would have dumped several thousand more
policies into Citizens."
He now says he would support expansion of the
wind pool for Manatee County If it can be done with
"proper" legislation. .
Whitmore said she thinks Reagan, a Bradenton
insurance agent \, ho is unopposed for re-election, "has.
been educated" and will be working with new legisla-
tors elected this November as well as many veteran
lawmakers to correct the insurance crisis.
Owners of commercial and non-residential property
outside the wind zone are especially eager for insurance
reform as they continue to struggle to find affordable
Sind coverage. :
.:Some of them would be thrilled to get the per-mil-
lion rate that Holmes Beach is paying even if it is five
times as much as the other cities.
The annual wind premium from Lloyd's of London
for the Island Shopping Center, valued at $2 million,
is more than three times that of the city of Holmes
Beach. The shopping center is outside the wind pool
anddoesn't qualify for Citizens.
clude by 10 a.m.
All veterans whose stories have been in The
Islander will receive an invitation, but if any such
veteran doesn't receive the invitation, they are,
of course, welcome. Addresses are occasionally
incorrect or get lost.
Dress will be Islandstyle casual.
Some of the telephone numbers and
addresses of the WWII veterans whose stories
have appeared in The Islander have been mis-
placed. If you know the address or phone number
of any of the following veterans, or if you are the
veteran, please call us at 778-7978, or e-mail us
The veterans we need are:
Ray McDannold, Bob Shafer, Peter and Cedella
Duke, Joe Frattura, Bob Seipel, Paul Kaemmerlen,
George Wilson, Walter Stewart, Leo Ostiguy and
Because of prior commitments, the American
Legion honor guard was not available on Veterans
For more information on The Islander cer-
.emony, call Rick Catlin at 778-7978.
Neither does Roser Memorial Community
Church, which has no wind insurance. The church
lost its coverage in June and has been unable to find
The only insurer willing to write a wind policy for
Roser wanted $225,000.
The church and the Island Shopping Center are
each valued at about $2 million. If they could obtain
wind coverage similar to the Island cities, the premium
$39,818 based on the Holmes Beach rate from the
$7,496 based on the Bradenton Beach rate
$6,564 based on the Anna Maria City rate
Homeowner saves $1,300
Anna Maria homeowner Dorothy Perricone is a
retired school principal and district administrator who
reads The Islander and kno\ s how to follow up on a
news tip that can save her money.
.Perricone figures she is about $1,300 richer as a
result of what she read in the Oct. 18 edition of The
Islander about wind insurance. The article reported that
Florida residents who were "taken out" of Citizens and
charged higher rates for wind insurance might be able
to return to Citizens and its lower rates under an order
issued Oct. 11 by the state insurance commissioner.
Perricone was notified this summer that her wind
policy was being "taken out" of Citizens and put into
Florida Peninsula Insurance Company. But the bill
for her wind renewal policy didn't arrive until a'few
She was focused on that bill which was about
two and a half times what she knew Citizens would have
charged at about the time she read The Islander.
Perricone knew she had a limited amount of time
to act because the new, higher premium was due Nov.
3. Last week she started making phone calls. The first
one was to her agent, who told her she couldn't go
back to Citizens, '
"But I have learned in my life that you can't always
take no for an answer," she said.
Next she called Citizens and found a representa-
tive there named Judy, who assured her that she could-
get back into Citizens. Judy said the agent probably
hadn't had time to learn about the change ordered by
the insurance commission earlier this month. She sug-
gested that Perricone go back to the agent.to enlist his
help in making the switch.
Sure enough, when Perricone called the agent back
to report her conversation With Citizens, he agreed to
pursue the matter. As of Thursday, Oct. 26, the agent
assured Perricone he was doing the necessary paper-
work to get her back into Citizens at the lower rate.
"This is going to save me about $1,300," Per-
Calling all Island vets for
Veterans Day ceremony
Islander ordained into priesthood
By Lisa Neff
An Island parish celebrated a favorite son's ordina-
tion into the Catholic priesthood on Oct. 26.
Gordon M. Zanetti Jr., the son of Cornelia R. and.
the late Gordon M. Zanetti Sr., celebrated the First Mass
of Thanksgiving last Thursday at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive in Holmes Beach.
The day before, in Venice, Bishop John J. Nevins
ordained Zanetti, a resident of Holmes Beach since 1993.
Coadjutor Bishop Frank J. Dewane joined in that service.
Zanetti's mother, who moved to the Island in 1995,
attended both events.
"Humbled," she said with a break in her voice when
asked how she felt Thursday morning before her son's
mass. "But very happy for him because he's so happy.
He loves his ministry, all his ministries.
"My only wish for my seven children was that they
be happy in their lives."
Zanetti grew up in New York with five older siblings
and a younger brother. He attended St. Leo College, worked
for the U.S. Mint and served in the U.S. Navy. Zanetti was
stationed at a NATO base in Iceland when he met the Rev.
Robert L. Keane, a Jesuit priest and Navy chaplain who
encouraged Zanetti to consider the priesthood.
"Gordon was in the Navy, a sailor," said Keane.
"He would come to the chapel. We would talk. I sensed
that Gordon had a strong calling to serve."
The service at St. Bernard began with a procession
Then, from the altar, Zanetti addressed the con-
"Good morning, everyone," he said.
"Good morning, father," the congregation sang
Zanetti paused to smile, then welcomed his "brother
priests, family and friends."
He congratulated the parish, saying, "You gave up
one of your sons or your brothers to be a worker
in the vineyard. What a great day for this church. What
a great day for the people of Anna Maria Island."
The message on Thursday, in the readings and the
homily, was about service.
Bayfest's youth games
The Bay of Dreams Foundation recently received
a check in the amount of $2,154 from the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce.
According to Mary Ann Brockman, president of
the Chamber, and Cindy Thompson, chairperson of the
Island Ba\ fest event, the monies represent the net pro-
ceeds from the assorted games in the children's area at
Bayfest, as well as donations made for Holmes Beach
Police Officer Pete Lannon in tip jars located throughout
the event on Pine Avenue.
"While the chamber was the organizing host for
the games and Bayfest, these funds represent the deep
feeling the whole community has for Officer Lannon,"
Community fish fry Saturday
The Cortez Yacht Club will host a community fish
fry on the \aterfroni in Cortez from 6 to 8 p.m. Sat-
urday, Nov. 4, at the Bayside Banquet Hall (next to
Cortez Kitchen), 4528 119th St. W.
Fish, chips and slaw will be served and the cost is
$10 per person. The Tiki Bar will open to serve a cash
bar at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
For information, call Diane Crockett 792-4535.
The Rev. Gordon M. Zanetti Jr., center, prays before
celebrating his first mass of priesthood on Oct. 26 at
St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. Many
joined in the celebration, including Auxiliary Bishop
John J. Kaising of the Archdiocese for Military Ser-
vices, left, and the Rev. Robb Mongiello of St. Ber-
nard. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
"I am now your humble servant," Zanetti said,
expressing his commitment to love and serve with
"compassion and mercy."
In the program for the mass, Zanetti thanked those who
shared in the celebration, especially "mom, Father Robb
Mongiello and staff, the Holy Name Society, the Council
of Catholic Women and the Community of St. Bernard."
After the service, friends, family and parishioners
gathered for a luncheon in the church's banquet room,
elegantly decorated with subdued lighting, flowers and
The Diocese of Venice has assigned Zanetti to the
Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Bradenton.
Zanetti, who also holds the rank of lieutenant
in the Navy, will serve at Sts. Peter and Paul for
about three years and then likely be assigned as a
"Gordon will make a great priest and a great chap-
lain," Keane said.
Bay of Dreams
Chuck Webb accepts ic/ nifi
contribution made i, ilit Ba\ .'I
Dreams organization in bcw half
of Holmes Beach Ormi Pte:
P Lannon. Presenting ilict-he. I k i
Cindy Thompson, ci ii per sii _ft
the Island Bayfest, ,-, an nn i, ,'iU
exceeding $2,000. The Biti o'
Dreams is a newly stabiliihtd
-non-profit organizatuni pon-
sored by the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce that will
help raise funds for families in
need. Pictured, from left, are
Karen LaPensee, Mary Ann
Brockman, Webb, Thompson and
Don Schroder. Islander Photo:
winner for 'Officer Pete'
The check was presented to Chuck Webb, president of
Bay of Dreams Inc. Webb is a local attorney who donated
his time to set up the foundation's non-profit corporation.
The foundation was formed with the intent to
have.a suitable organization already in place to
assist the community in raising funds for a person or
family in need. The foundation's first goal is assist-
ing Lannon, who recently made public his battle with
"Bayfest is in its sixth year as a community fair,
and certainly our ability to donate these funds to
Bay of Dreams is in the truest sense of the cham-
ber's and Bayfest's commitment to the Island com-
munity," said Thompson. "We couldn't be happier-
that we had this opportunity to make a meaningful
contribution to Bay of Dreams and hope that these
funds will help the foundation grow and achieve its
Donations may be sent to Bay of Dreams for Pete
Lannon by mail to P.O. Box 1849, Anna Maria, FL
34216. Please note on the check "Bay of Dreams Inc./
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Dredge work under way in Cortez channel
By Lisa Neff
Dredge work is under way to clear out the Cortez
fishing channel, the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heri-
tage reported last week.
"Dredging has commenced," Allen Garner,
FISH president, told the board during a meeting
Oct. 26 in Cortez. "They're making progress. That's
kind of exciting."
The work, coordinated by the West Coast Inland
Navigation District and urged by FISH, began in
"It's all good stuff," Garner said of the material
being removed from the channel.
There had been concern there might be pol-
lution stirred up by the project, explained FISH's
"That channel very badly needed dredging," Allen
said. "The thing that finally brought the whole project
around is they tested the bottom and they found it is
not polluted. It's clean. But that was the big concern.
Everybody was concerned about that."
To assist with the dredge project, FISH allowed the
operators to use about seven acres of the FISH Preserve
for retention of the dredged materials.
"The material comes out as very, very wet with
a lot of sediment," Allen said. "It needs a place where
it can settle out.... So they've cleared an area, burned
it off, lined it with a membrane and pumped it into this
FISH also benefited from that arrangement -
before the property could be used it had to be cleared
of invasive, non-native Brazilian pepper and Australian
"When they're done, they'll bring in a fresh layer
of topsoil and ... we'll plant native species," Allen said.
"It's a great project for us.... They spent a lot of money
taking out the non-natives."
The board also discussed a grant request with the
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program to nurture the local scal-
lop population and the continued interest in purchasing
the Seafood Shack property for a maritime museum and
Allen attended a recent conference that involved
discussions on legislation that might help fund the pres-
ervation of traditional "working waterfronts" and boost
efforts like FISH's purchase of the Seafood Shack.
"People are out there doing astonishing preserva-
tion in the state," Allen told the board.
On the restoration front, Florida Sea Grant marine
extension agent John Stevely told the board he sub-
mitted a request for $2,000 for a small-scale scallop
Stevely said the plan calls for spawning scallops in
tanks and he has a local hatchery producer interested
in the effort to restore the scallop population adjacent
to the FISH Preserve.
"We'll find out about the proposal in January," he
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Allen reported that the 1890 Burton Store might be
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will be moved to the grounds of the 1912-built school
that now houses the Florida Maritime Museum.
Garner reported that stone crab season has started
andd'I haven't heard any complaints."
Linda Molto said plans for the annual fishing fes-
tival, scheduled for next Feb. 17-18, were going well.
"Everything is falling into place," she said, adding
that organizers expect to see a number of returning art-
Mary Fulford Green announced the Cortez Village
Historical Society is producing a new "What's Cooking in
Cortez" cookbook under a hard, padded cover. Green said
recipes should be sent to P.O. Box 963, Cortez FL 34215.
The next FISH meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Nov. 30 at the Cortez Community Center, 4523 123rd
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Brrrr! Cold front visits Anna Maria Island
By Lisa Neff
Elizabeth Keller hunched her shoulders and braced
herself against the wind as she walked the length of the
Historic Anna Maria City Pier early Oct. 24.
"Feels like winter," Keller said, before she remem-
bered what winter is like in her native Cleveland and
that she'd spent the first half of October seeking to
escape the heat here.
A cold front came to Anna Maria Island last week,
bringing cool, dry air and low temperatures in the 50s.
Air conditioners were turned off and wrinkles smoothed
from sweaters and jackets.
A meteorologist with the National Weather Service
predicted a series of cold fronts the next several weeks
- and no tropical storms in sight as the end of the hur-
ricane season approaches.
"You won't hear me complaining about cold," said
David Turner, a seasonal visitor from Philadelphia on the
Island for two weeks to prepare his Holmes Beach home.
"Have you seen the weather reports from up north?
"The coldest here is still warmer than up there,"
Turner continued, adding that he hears almost daily
from envious friends.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminis-
tration's climate prediction center has forecast an El
The winter is likely to be warmer than the 30-year
norm for much of the nation, but still cooler than last
year. In other words, the early frosty weather in the north
doesn't necessarily signal a wicked winter ahead.
. In Florida, the prediction is for wetter-than-average,
cloudier conditions and "an increase in severe weather
activity during the winter and spring," according to
for a work
team on the
city pier in
on Oct. 24.
NOAA's most recent seasonal forecast.
Current conditions and various forecasts imply
that El Niflo conditions may strengthen during the
next few months.
However, this event is not expected to reach the
magnitude of the very strong 1997-98 El Nifio episode,
said Vernon Kousky, research meteorologist at the cli-
mate prediction center.
Golf club seeks to resolve Dumpster dispute
By Lisa Neff
Time will tell whether oleander bushes can solve
the Dumpster dispute between several property owners
and the Key Royale Club.
Tommy and Sharon Smith and Paul and Dorothy
Swanberg are property owners adjacent to the Key
Royale Club. Represented by attorney N lark BarnebeN,
they recently appealed to the Holmes Beach Cit) Com-
mission a building official's decision about the club's
location of a Dumpster near their property.
"When the approval originally occurred for the golf
course, the Dumpster was approximately 100 yards from
the nearest home," Barnebey said during a commission
meeting Oct. 24. "Now it's- directly across the street
from a number of residences, potential residences."
Bamebey said his clients wanted relief fromthe sight
and smell of trash so they appealed to the city, assert-
ing that "if the club is determined to have the Dumpster
remain in its current location.. .they must go through the
site plan approval process... in order to ensure that the
proposed location is in compliance" with city code.
Club officials did not accept any of the three options
offered by Barnebey on behalf of the complainants.
However, the club recently repositioned the trash bin
and planted oleander bushes for screening.
"I was asked to thicken up the bushes," said John
Seclor, superintendent of the Key Royale Club.
Barnebey didn't formally accept that compromise,
but city commissioners last week voted 4-0 to take
no action on his clients' appeal. They had numerous
concerns about the appeal, including the fact that the
Dumpster was in place for 14 years and that the club had
already repositioned the bin and planted screening.
Commissioners suggested letting the bushes
-fast growing evergreen shrubs that can reach 20
Commissioner Pat Morton did not attend the
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CITY OF ANNA MARIA
Resident for 23 years
Active in City Affairs
* Maintain present single-family zoning
, Thank you for your vote.
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Art executives address
Island artists Monday
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will hear
two area art executives when it meets at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 6, at the Episcopal Church of the Annun-
ciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Diane Shelty, director of the Manatee Art Center,
and Joyce Karp, of the Anna Maria Island Art League,
will help the guild conclude plans for its Art and Attic
Affair, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 18 in the
Island Shopping Center.
Additional details may be obtained by calling 778-6694.
Art League opens fall exhibit
The Anna Maria Island Art League will hold its
annual "Fall Open Exhibit" with an opening reception
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10.
The exhibit is open to all artists, with submissions
accepted Tuesday, Nov. 7, and Wednesday, Nov. 8, from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call the league at 778-2099 for entry
fee and prize information.
Prizes will be awarded at the opening reception.
Melinda's Cafe (formerly Fit to Eat Deli) in Holmes
Beach will sponsor the event.
The exhibit will be on view through Nov. 30 at the
Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, 9 a.m.
to 2:30 pm, Tuesday through Friday.
Gulf Coast Writers meeting
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 10:15 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 6, at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Canadian writer Elizabeth Waterston will be the
guest speaker. She has co-written the authorized biog-
raphy of L.M. Montgomery, author of the famed Anne
of Green Gables book series.
Visitors and potential members are welcome
to attend. For more information, call 761-9036 or
Council of Catholic Women
meet Nov. 9
The Council of Catholic Women of St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church will hold its first lunch
meeting of.the season Nov. 9.
The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. and
topics of discussion include finalizing arrange-
ments for the Nov. 18-19 holiday bazaar.
All women of the parish are invited to join
the organization. Dues are $10, to be collected
at the first meeting.
Art league seeks
non-profits for Winterfest
Organizers of Winterfest Fine Arts and Crafts Fes-
tival are seeking non-profit groups to set up booths at
the annual event.
The festival, presented by the Anna Maria Island
Art League, takes place Dec. 9-10 on the soccer field
at Holmes Beach City Hall.
In addition to arts and crafts, the festival features
educational displays for non-profit organizations. So
organizers have reserved a number of booth spaces for
For more information, call the art league at 778-
2099. The application deadline is Nov. 10.
yard sale Saturday
On Saturday, Nov. 4, the Island Baptist Church's
Revolution! Student Ministry will host a yard sale. The
event will take place in the Island Baptist Church park-
ing lot at 8605 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria.
It will begin at 8 a.m. and end at approximately
noon. Proceeds will benefit the Island Baptist Church
Edwin Doerr, 84, of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 21.
Born in Chicago, Ill., Mr. Doerr came to Manatee
County from Park Forrest, 111., in 1995. He was a computer
programmer with General Electric. He served in the U.S.
Navy during World War II. He was a member of American
Legion Post 24. He attended St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Visitation was Oct. 26 and funeral Mass Oct. 27 at
the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St.
Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island
Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Burdette; sons Michael and
wife Valera, Ed and wife Joanne, Nick and wife Carolyn,
Bill and.wife Sally, and Richard and wife Sheila; daugh-
ters Diana Cruz, Jan and husband Ken Martch, Mary Jane,
Kathy and husband David Fares; Joanne, Eileen and hus-
band Mike Johnson, Laura and husband Sam Guzzino, and
Renee and husband Dennie Kuta; sister Dorothy Ammer
Pohl; 30 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Roser schedules community
Tickets will be available soon for the annual free
community Thanksgiving dinner at Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,.Anna Maria.
The dinner with turkey and trimmings will be at 2
p.m. Nov. 23 at the church's fellowship hall. It is open
to anyone and everyone seeking to share the holiday
traditions, a spokesperson said, but tickets are needed
to give the cooks and their helpers an idea of how many
people to expect, how much food to prepare.
The tickets may be obtained following Sunday
worship services Nov. 5, 12 and 19, from the church
business office during regular business hours, or may
be reserved by calling the church office at 778-0414.
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 getactively-involved
at the county level to keep our beaches pristine i-and 6n eto
S.Pat wvill keep a respectful eye on theciy's growt and
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As new residents of Anna Maria, we were confronted with an ordinance change that had
.enormous impact on our vision. Our family moved here to enjoy the small town and worry-
free lifestyle this city had always offered. This new ordinance compromised the safety of all
residents especially my children. We approached.Commissioner Cramer with our concerns,
she immediately expedited this issue to the Commission and.Mayor. Resulting in the reversal
of an ordinance that restored the quality of life we've come to expect.
Our issues were answered. Thank you, Commissioner Cramer. The Fischer family
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In the Oct. 31,1996, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
The Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment approved
the addition of a canopy on the patio of the Manatee
Public Beach Cafe pavilion, although the present struc-
ture does not conform to the city's comprehensive plan.
The recommendation will go to the city commission for
Small businesses on Anna Maria Island that suf-
fered damage from Tropical Storm Josephine may now
apply for a small business loan under a Small Business
*, Mike Norman charged Bradenton Beach Board
of Adjustment member Charlie Grace with violating
the public trust by voting on a variance request for a
property that Grace is interested in purchasing. Grace
voted against on the variance for the property, located at
2306 Canasta, but the measure passed by a 3-2 vote.
Save Anna Maria roundtable
Save Anna Maria Inc. will meet at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 4, at the West Manatee Fire and
Rescue District's Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
There v ill be no guest speaker, but a round-
table discussion will include recent develop-.
ments at Grassy Point and Kingfish Boat Ramp in
Holmes Beach. All interested parties are invited
to attend and share their ideas about issues that
concern Island communities.
Rotary Club member
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a-
weekly lunch meeting every Tuesday at noon at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
The guest presentation for Tuesday, Nov. 7, will be
from club member and Holmes Beach City Commis-
sibner David Zaccagnino on the Rotary Foundation.
For more infoi. riiti1n.'call 350-4326.
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8 a.m. 3 p.m. Saturday Nov. 4
at the Anna Maria City Pier parking lot
FLEASF Yard waste must be separated from other refuse.
, CS iF- Sorry no refrigerators, A/C units, batteries,
tires or paint will be accepted at this cleanup.
(RAIN DATE Dec 2)
Remember ... Monday is recycle pickup day in Anna Maria.
Please set your blue bin at the curb.
For questions about recycling, call Anna Maria City Hall, 708-6132, ext. 25.
Paving under way
in Anna Maria
have begun the first
steps in the current
project in Anna Maria.
Materials and equip-
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lot along the east side
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Kiwanis Club Arthritis
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets every
Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee
Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The guest speaker for Saturday, Nov. 4, is Jay
Burnell, executive director of the Arthritis Foun-
dation. Jay is also a member of the Bradenton
New Anna Maria Web site
The City of Anna Maria recently introduced a new
Web site for city news and events.
The site provides up-to-date information on city
commission and planning and zoning agendas, minutes
and scheduled meetings.
In addition, the site features an online calen-
dar and news blog to inform readers of department
operations, special events, news and weather-related
The city will continue to improve the Web site
as technology becomes available, said City Clerk
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The prospect of significant cuts in services unless
$200,000 is forthcoming has been raised by the head
of the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary.
In a letter mailed to 7,500 supporters, executive
director Jeffrey Dering said the operation must reach
"that level of support by the beginning of November"
or face further reductions in services.
The sanctuary already has suspended "on-call res-
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admitted to the hospital if someone brings them in or
drops them off. And even with a limited rescue opera-
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Privateers' 'Thieves Market' will be first of five
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its first "Thieves Market" of the season on Sat- Privateers own roasted corn on the cob for "a
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Oct. 22, 800 block of North Bay Boulevard, lost
property. A man reported that he was unable to find
Oct. 19, 100 block of 24th Street North, Baker Act.
A man was taken into custody under the Baker Act after
attempting to harm himself.
Oct. 20, 2400 block of Avenue C, drug arrest. Based
on probable cause, officers executed a search warrant of
-a residence. Various items of drug paraphernalia were
reportedly found and Robert Ligon, 31, of Bradenton
Beach, was arrested.
Oct. 22, 2500 block of Avenue B, battery. A woman
filed a report against another woman alleging she was
pushed during an argument.
Oct. 20, 6800 block of Palm Drive, theft. A man
Reported the theft of his auto tag decal.
Oct. 21, 3600 block of Fourth Avenue, leaving the
scene. A palm tree was uprooted and a stop sign dam-
aged in a vehicle crash. According to the report, officers
followed the breadcrumbb" trail of vehicle parts to a
residence in the 500 block of 77th Street, where the
owner of the vehicle was given a criminal citation for
leaving the scene of an accident.
Oct. 21, 600 block of Manatee Avenue, drugs.
James Martin, 22, of Bradenton Beach, was arrested for
possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana after a
routine traffic stop.-
Oct. 21, 200 block of 78th Street, lost property. A
man reported the loss-of his vehicle tag.
Oct. 22,.3200 block of Sixth Avenue, battery.
According to the report, some friends were gathered
at the residence to have a few drinks and watch a foot-
ball game. One of the men stated that he reportedly
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Witnesses lead Bradenton Beach Police to arrest
An arrest has finally been made in the grand
theft of a custom-crafted steel gate resembling
an octopus owned by Fred Bartizal that had been
installed at 100 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. The f.e
theft occurred April 28 and without the proper
affidavits from witnesses, the investigation .:
Bradenton Beach Detective Lenard Diaz
said that shortly after the incident he obtained
the name of a man believed to have witnessed
the theft. The man is a part-time Florida resident
and Diaz said it took a couple of months to locate
the witness and that the man was then unable to
positively identify the suspect.
Diaz said that in mid-September several wit-
nesses contacted him at BBPD, offering informa-
tion that finally resulted in the arrest of Jonathon
Welch, who at the time of the theft owned a video
rental shop on Bridge Street.
Welch, a Bradenton resident, no longer owns a
business on Bridge Street. He was arrested within.
Bradenton Beach city limits on Oct. 17, while Steel gone
operating the taxi service he currently owns. This steel gate on Bridge Street owned by Fred
According to Diaz, Welch denies taking the Bartizal was stolen in April. Although the $3,000
gate and, by Oct. 24, Bartizal had signed a waiver, functional artpiece has not been found, Braden-
dropping the charges against Welch. ton Beach police made an arrest last week after
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wanted to fight someone. Another of the men report-
edly offered to let the guy hit him, which he did. The
victim was transported to a hospital and required 19
stitches under his eye.
Oct. 23, 5300 Marina Drive, driver's license. A
woman stopped for a traffic-violation was reportedly
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Oct. 24, 2700 block of Gulf Drive, domestic vio-
lence. A woman reported that her boyfriend woke her
up by allegedly burning her chest with a cigarette. The
woman stated that she was in the process of moving out
and that they had an argument the previous night. The
man accused told police the mark was a spider bite. The
woman was given a domestic violence packet.
Oct. 24, 3224 E. Bay Drive, Wedebrock Real
Estate, bad check. An employee reported receipt of a
Oct. 24, 3324 E. Bay Drive, West Marine, theft.
An employee reported a GPS unit missing from the
displa\ shelf. -
Oct 25, 2710 Gulf Drive, Cedar Cove, warrant.
A man was arrested on a Pinellas County warrant. He
was also charged \ ith pro\ hiding false identification to
the arresting officer.
Oct. 26, 3200 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. Sev-
eral tools, including nail guns and a saw,-were stolen
from a secured construction trailer.
Oct. 26, 600 block of Dundee Lane. theft. A resi-
dent reported a Waste NManagement trash can stolen.'
Oct. 26, 5424 Nlarina Drive, Jessie's Store, prop-
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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.
Thursday, Nov. 2
1 to 2 p.m. -The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
six-week Tai Chi class with Sherry Fideler begins at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
2 to 6 p.m. Flu shots at the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach. Infor-
Friday, Nov. 3
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center will host a Food for Life cooking class featuring
"healthy menus and antioxidants" at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:,
778-1908. Includes lunch.
6 to 8 p.m. Artists reception for Sandi Nowicki at the
Artists Guild Gallery, 5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Saturday, Nov. 4
7:30 a.m. to noon Guided nature walk at the Felts
Audubon Nature Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Infor-
8 a.m. to noon Island Baptist Church Revolution! stu-
dent ministry yard sale at the Island Baptist Church, 8605
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-0719.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club meeting with guest speaker
Jay Burnell, executive director of the Arthritis Foundation, at
Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive,
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fall bazaar at Kirkwood Presbyte-
rian Church, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Information:
10:30 a.m. Save Anna Maria roundtable discussion at
the West Manatee Fire Rescue Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
5 to 9 p.m. Taste of Manatee along Barcarrota Bou-
levard and the riverfront in downtown Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 747-4655. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels PLUS
6 to 8 p.m.- Cortez Yacht Club Community Fish Fry on
the waterfront at the Bayside Banquet Hall, 4528 119th St.
W., Cortez. Information: 792-4535. Fee applies.
Sunday, Nov. 5
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. -Taste of Manatee along Barcarrota
Boulevard and the riverfront in downtown Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 747-4655. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels PLUS
Monday, Nov. 6 -
8:30 a.m. Internet class at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flu shots available at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-1908. Fee applies.
10:15 a.m.- Gulf CoastWriters meet with guest author
Elizabeth Waterston at the Island Branch Library, 570"1 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-3209.
6 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
awards and officer installation dinner at the Sun House Res-
taurant, 100 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 779-
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Reading fest draws authors from near, far
Another book in author/illustrator Jolie Bell's "Poor
Tugger" series is available. And so is Bell, who plans to
make an appearance at the Sarasota Reading Festival
on Nov. 4.
Local authors Lyn and Sharon Clarke of Bradenton
Beach also plan to appear at the festival in the Pepper-
tree Press tent.
The festival lineup includes best-selling fiction
writers John Jakes, Michael Connelly and Sena Jeter
Naslund, celebrated cookbook authors George Stella
and Nathalie Dupree, award-winning environmental
writers Michael Grunwald and Richard Louv and 25
more nationally renowned authors.
The free event scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
in Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota also includes
children's activities, performances, seminars, author
readings and appearances by local writers such as Bell
and the Clarkes, who are husband and wife.
Bell's latest is "Poor Tuggerisms: A Book of Canine
Comments, Quips, Thoughts, Tips and Other Fun Stuff
About Dogs" from Peppertree Press in Sarasota.
An Ohio native, Bell lives on Anna Maria Island
with her husband, Steve, and her inspirational pup,
Lyn Clarke is the author of "Memoirs of a Welsh-
man," a collection of stories about his travels to inter-
esting locations and his encounters with interesting
Sharon Clarke, a Michigan native, is the author of
7 p.m: Island Young Professionals present "Island
Business History" at Duffy's. Tavern, Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 779-9108.
7 to 9 p.m. "The Way of the Heart" class at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, Nov. 7
Noon Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting with
Rotary Foundation presentation by David Zaccagnino at
the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 350-4326.
Wednesday, Nov. 8
7:45 to 9 a.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce "Sunrise Breakfast" at the Sun House Restaurant, 100
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 779-9412.
10:30 a.m. Friends of the Island Branch Library book
club at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-6341. -
Faculty exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Nov. 3. Informa-
"Latin American Art Exposition" at the Longboat Key
Center for the Aris, 6860 Longboat Drive. Longboat Key,
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Sandi Nowicki art exhibit at the Ariist Guild Gallery.
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"Mourning Redemption," a story set in the early 1900s
about a young family settling in America.
In addition to appearing at the reading festival, the
Clarkes plan several book signing in the area, including
a signing from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 10 at Bridge Street Inte-
riors, 100 Bridge St. in Bradenton Beach and another
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Council of Catholic Women at St. Bernard Catholic
Church Nov. 9.
"The Odd Couple" at Manatee Players Nov. 9-25.
Florida West Coast Symphony at Neel Performing Arts
Center Nov. 10.
Artists reception at Anna Maria Island Art League Nov.
Suncoast Winefest Nov. 11.
Anna Maria Island- Privateers' Thieves Market at
Coquina Beach Nov. 11.
Holiday bazaar at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic
Church, Longboat Key, Nov. 11.
Family origami at the Island Branch Library Nov. 11.
Widowed persons support group at St. Bernard Catholic
Church Nov. 13.
"The Management Course" at the Longboat-Lido-St.
Armands Keys Chamber of Commerce Nov. 14.
David Mullen at the Island Branch Library Nov. 14.
Ooh La La! Bistro hosts Thanksgiving dinner at Anna
Maria Elementary School Nov. 14.
Save the Date:
Empty Bowls downtown Bradenton Nov. 16.
Sandblast Nov. 18.
Anna' Maria Island Community Orchestra and Choir
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Anna Maria Elementary School media specialist
Lynn McDonough is continuing her "Birthday Book
Club" to expand the school's library collection and
honor students' birthdays.
The "Birthday Book Club," is open to all AME stu-
dents at a one-time cost of $15. Students who join the
Monday, Nov. 6
Breakfast: Waffle Sticks, Yogurt, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza or Chicken Nuggets; Peas,
Tuesday, Nov. 7
Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito, Cereal, Toast, Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Cheeseburger or Burrito, Spanish Rice,
Mixed Veggies, Pineapple Tidbits
Wednesday, Nov. 8
- Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Yogurt, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: Tacos or Breaded Chicken Patty on Bun,.-
White Rice, Oranges and Pineapple
Thursday, Nov. 9
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: Turkey Gravy or Hot Ham and Cheese
Sandwich, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Straw-
berries and Banana
Friday, Nov. 10 o
Breakfast: Blueberry Muffin, Oatmeal, Cereal,.
* Lunch: Barbecue Rib Sandwich or Pizza, Corn,
Tator Triangles. Fruit Cocktail
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club will be invited to a bimonthly birthday party in the
At their birthday party, students are able to choose
a brand new book for the library's collection. Students
sign the bookplate with their name and birth date. Birth-
day book selections are then marked on the binding
with a star sticker so students know which books have
been dedicated to the library by club members.
McDonough said she asked students about their
reading interests before purchasing the books for the
club donations. She said the new additions are books
published within the past year.
To learn more about the program, call McDonough
Members of Anna Maria
"Birthday Book Club"
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and September birthdays
and sponsor a new book
for the media center. Club
members are the first
to check out their new
book selection before it's
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By Diana Bogan
Spooky goblins and.sparkly princesses traversed the
lawns of Anna Maria Elementary School Saturday. Oct.
28. aut he Pairefit-Teacher Organization's Fall Festival,
This year the festivalreturnied to the island school
campus after being hosted on the grounds of St. Bernard
Catholic.Church during construction of the new school.
The event- began with a costume parade from
Holmes Befich City Hall to the school on Gulf Dri; e.
S The wvalkways in front of the school were lined
_with class-sporinsored booths. Some hew features this
year included "Guess that Goo,'" a touchv-feely game
conjured up. byKaithy Granstad's class, Halloween
Limbo-and a pumpkin ring toss..
The auditorium was transformed into a haunted
house.wvith the help of AME fifth-graders and their.
parents and provided a good scare for exen the older
students. The line to get in on the haunt stretched down
the walkway. keeping the ghosts and goblins inside
busy throughout the entire event.
Another new event that drew a large crowd was the-
Kis.-A-Pig contest. Students had an opportunity to vote
throughout the month of October for the person they most
wanted to see kiss a pig- In the running fo- thie falffest
smooch were PTO president Shannon Dell, custodian Shitr
le Beard, ar teacher Gar,' Wooten,.coach Barry Borell
and principal Kath\ Hayes. Wooten trailed ilh second place
with 88 votes, leaving Haves the -winner with 126 notes.
Behind the-school. inflatable games, such as a
bounce house for toddlers and a second one for older
kids, kept kids in motori. There was also a rock-cliib- -
ing wall and a dunk tank. .
In addition to having lunch available in the cafeteria
parents provided baked goods for sale .Aniothernewy fea-
rure this year %'as a silent auctioaofreadytio-heatimeals
prepared by AMIE teachers. Gathering sorne comipetitiye
bids were.Maureen Lo\'elad's-gourmet meatloaf Tbani -
Lashway's stuffed shells, Marcia Brock,-ay's-craTmbeat-
stuffed tilapia overrice, andaBetsy Kern's round chicken
lasagna with marinara sauce Kathbyflanslad also offered
dessert and wine with her lasagni tak&e-bu -
The annual festival is a PTO fundraiser and pro-
ceeds-will benefit school resource ofticr Pete anno,
who is fighting cancer, -
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SFestival Phoros: Diana Bogdti, -Parade Pliotos: BonnerJo o'-:-
Kindergarten cop Dylan Mclntosh and little hippie
Abby Achor: bot/ih AAE kindergarten students, shoot
for the finish line in a mini-boat race.
THE ISLANDER U NOV. 1, 2006 M 25
Autoway Ford remains undefeated with 5-0 win
By Kevin Cassidy
There were no major changes in any of the divi-
sion standings during the last week of regular-season
action for the Anna Maria Island Community Center
Soccer League. ReMax Gulfstream Realty held onto
its slim lead in Division I over LaPensee Plumbing,
while the Sun maintained its lead and an unblemished
record in Division II. Autoway Ford's bid for a per-
fect season in Division III ended with a tie, but it still
holds an insurmountable 10-point lead on second-
place Air & Energy.
In other matters, the Center is hosting a Veterans
Day weekend soccer tournament to close out the season
Nov. 11-12. Teams will be seeded according to how
they finished the regular season. In addition, all-star
games will also be played over the weekend, includ-
ing a 6-7 age group and a 7- year-old all-star game for
instructional leaguers. Look for the complete schedule
in next week's Islander.
Autoway Ford defeated second-place Air & Energy
.2-1 on Oct. 27 behind one goal apiece from Neil Carper
and Robby Officer. Kalif Mora notched the lone goal
for Air & Energy in the close loss.
Division II Cannons earned its second win on the
season when it defeated West Coast Surf Shop 1-0 on
Oct. 26. Hunter Parrish scored the lone goal of the game
to lead Cannons to victory.
Ooh La La! Bistro continued its strong play as of
late, earning a 2-0 victory over Americo Title on Oct. 25
in Division III action. Kiley Aldefer and Diana Pimen-
tal each notched goals for Ooh La La! in the victory.
Island Real Estate received one goal apiece from
Chris Pate and Daniel Pimental during its 2-0 vic-
tory over West Coast Surf Shop in Division II action
on Oct. 24. .
Division III leader Autoway Ford avoided its first
loss on the season when the auto-team edged Ooh La
La! 2-1 on Oct. 23. Neil Carper notched both goals for
Auto\\ a. Ford in the victory. Josh Zawistoski scored
the lone goal for Ooh La La! in the loss.
Anna Maria Island Little League news
A community\ organizational meeting for the Anna
Maria Island Little League \\ill be held at 6 p.m. Friday,
Nov. 3, at the West Mlanatee Fire Rescue Station No. 1.
-The-meeting is open to all adult Little League enthu-
siasts residing on Anna Maria Island and the Manatee
County portion of Longboat Key.
The primary agenda of this meeting is to vote in
the new Little League board of directors.
Mark your calendars and plan on attending this
important formation meeting. For more informa-
tion, contact Center athletic director Andy Jonatzke
Tom Rhodes and Herb Heesch were the outright
winners of the Oct. 25 horseshoe competition at the
Anna Maria City Hall pits as they posted the only 3-0
pool-play record. Herb Puryear teamed up with Sam
Samuels to earn second place with a thrilling 22-20
victory over Cathy Stoltzfus and Steve Doyle.
Only two of eight teams advanced from pool play
during the Oct. 21 horseshoe competition. Doug Yox
and Jessie Brisson defeated George McKay and Ron
Pepka 23-19 to capture the duck-shaped trophy and
bragging rights for the day.
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 Key Royale Club held its "stag day" nine-hole
golf tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 25, with two shot-
AMICC Soccer League final standings
Team Win Loss Tie Points
Division I (ages 12-14)
ReMax 6 2 O 18
Family Physicians 5 3 0 15
LaPensee Plumbing 5 3 0 15
Harry's 2 6 0 .6
Danziger 2 6 0 6
Division II (ages 10-11)
Island Sun ,
Island Real Estate
Division III (ages 8-9)
Air & Energy
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9 -0 1' 28
7 3. 0 18
5 5 0 15
4 4 1 13
2 5 3 9
0 9 1 1
'oint for tie, 0 points for a loss
gun starts in a two-best-balls-of-partners game.
The team of Ernie Hauser and Vince Fanton fin-
ished in a tie for first place with the team of Web Cut-
ting and Ed Havlik after both teams shot a combined
54. Three shots back in a tie for second place were
Quent Talbert and Bob Sayles and Gordon McKinna
and Lew Winegarden. Winegarden also captured clos-
est-to-the-pin on No. 8, while Larry Fowler earned that
distinction on hole No. 3.
A record seven golfers chipped in, including Chris
Collins, Don Ledford, Chuck Reed, Talbert, Sayles,
Winegarden and Havlik. John Atkinson captured the
individual low net with a score of 29.
The second shotgun start was similar to the first, in-
that there was a crowd at the top. Merritt Fineout and
Russ Olson fired a combined 62 to tie George Hieber
and Bob King for first place. Art and Bob Reppenhagen
finished in a four-way tie for second place with Bob
Dickinson and Ormer Trolard, Gordy Lindstrom and
Ralph Bassett, and last, but not least, Hugh Holmes Sr.
and Adam Ksiazek with identical 65s.
Bassett won the closest-to-the-pin on No. 3, while
Bob King got closest on No. 8. Bill Melvin and Jim
Finn each had chip-ins, while Melvin also captured the
individual low net with a score of 30.
Tai chi for arthritis class
A six-week class of beginners' tai chi for arthritis
will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the St. Bernard
Catholic Church activities center, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Community
Center. it % ill be taught b Sherr Fideler, the Center's
- fitness instructor. Costis $25 for members, $40 for non-
members. Details are available at 778-1908.
Center's 'friendly yoga'
.The season's "friendly Kripalu yoga" schedule at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center will begin
1 ith a class at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6.
Taught by Dolce Little, it will be in the activities
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Good inshore fishing for snook, reds, grouper hot
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Finally, cold fronts moved through and really turned
up the heat on fishing. Snook and redfish are snapping
at the-hooks in the backwaters, as well as flounder and
some big early season sheepshead.
Offshore action for grouper and snapper is also
good in the Gulf of Mexico.
Remember, however, that red snapper season closes
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he has closed his shop, a victim of higher
rent due to increased taxes and insurance, but he's
Corky's Bait and Tackle on Cortez Road is a new
reporting station for The Islander. Reports include good
catches of snook, redfish, snapper and a few mackerel,
plus some pompano.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore
fishing is excellent and getting better each day the
water cools off a little more. Grouper and snapper
fishing is the best bet in the Gulf. Backwater fishing
for snook is something of a moveable feast, as the
fish start to migrate toward their winter habitats in the
bays. There are lots of redfish being boated, Bill said,
and sheepshead are starting to make a good showing
as the cold fronts thunder past us.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams said
he's finding kingfish starting to make a good showing.
"The shipping channel in Tampa Bay is holding good
kings in the 10- to 20-pound range. They should stick
Red snapper season
closes in Gulf
The recreational red snapper fishing season
in all Gulf of Mexico waters closed Nov. 1.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, "This closure occurs
each year to help rebuild overfished red snapper
stocks in the Gulf.
"In Gulf state waters, the recreational har-
vest and possession of red snapper is prohibited
Nov. 1 through April 14," according to the FWC.
"However, while the recreational red snapper
fishery in Gulf federal waters also closes on
Nov. 1, the Gulf federal waters fishery does not
reopen to recreational harvest until April 21."
Florida state waters extend 9 nautical miles
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Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish Charters.
around right through November. Snook and reds are the
main target in the bay with best action around the docks
and bridges at night. Excellent numbers of bluefish in
the 2-6 pound class are also providing good action."
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said the best
catch of last week was a 35-pound black drum. Other
action includes a few pompano and mackerel, as well
as some flounder and a 33-inch-long snook.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
big snook 28 inches and 34 inches in length were
caught by pier fishers. There are good reports there of
mangrove snapper and lots of really big sheepshead.
Whitebait is also thick around the pilings.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said that he's finding fishing to be "red hot
right now with the fall weather rolling in and grouper
action as good as it gets. We are fishing out to 120
feet off Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, using
live pinfish and Spanish sardines. We are getting limit
catches of red grouper to 13 pounds, big gags to 15
pounds, monster mangrove snapper, cobia, kingfish,
big Spanish mackerel and blacklip shark,. to 4 feet." He
said he took Cordell Green of Lakeland and friends out
to catch 16 big grouper, but 10-year-old Caleb Screus
out-fished the four men in the party, catching six of the
largest grouper. Capt. Larry said he's also got a new
boat, a 31-foot Morgan, which allows charter to have
a little more room to catch more fish.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
snook are thick in Terra Ceia Bay, with some of the
linesiders reaching monster size. Mangrove snapper are
coming on strong near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge,
with some catches at better than 4 pounds. Sheepshead
are also starting to show up around the docks in the
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At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include a
few cobia near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, some
sheepshead, and Miguel Bay produced redfish up to
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he took Kyle and Susan
Korabek from Palm Harbor and AnneMary Schram
from San Francisco out last week and "did well on
redfish to 28 inches. After the front and high winds,
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plentiful and shrimp also took a number of species
including some sheepshead, the first of the season for
my clients." He said Hans and Lars Dietermiek, visit-
ing from Germany, boated '"around 30 reds, most of
them under the slot and a number of snook topped by
a 29-inch keeper, and a few sheepshead at the end of
the week. The small reds are a pretty common catch
all across the area and is indicative of a really strong
spawn about two years ago. These same rat reds should
bring on some top notch redfishing in the area another
year.or so down the line."
On my boat Magic, we caught lots of small snook,
a few sheepshead, redfish and big mangrove snapper
to 18 inches.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@
islander.org. Please include identification for persons
in the picture along with information on the catch and
a name and phone number for more information. Snap-
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Whaling resurfaces in northern Atlantic waters
Could whale steaks from Iceland be coming to a
grocery store near you soon? Could be.
Iceland has resumed commercial whaling for
fin and minke whales. A total of 39 of the marine
mammals will be killed through August of next year,
according to the journal Nature. The commercial
harvest is in violation of the International Whaling
Commission, which has had a moratorium on such
killings since 1986.
The frosty country has had a longstanding cool
relationship with the whaling commission, and, in fact,
dropped out of the international body for 10 years due
to a dispute over how many whales could be taken for
"scientific" purposes and then failure to provide data
on sustainability of the two targeted species. Iceland
rejoined the group in 2002.
Why kill the big marine mammals?
"The whaling issue has always been under dis-
cussion here in Iceland," said one Iceland whale
expert. "The people are very much dependent upon
What's especially ironic is that fin whales are
classed as "endangered" by international stan-
dards; minke whales are in the category of "near
However, Iceland officials apparently believe that.
the international standards don't quite apply to waters
near their country, which has indeed seen a resurgence
of the populations in recent years.
To their credit, taking 39 whales out of a population
of more than 25,000 isn't a huge "taking," especially
considering that whalers were killing upwards of 10,000
a year during the "high season" from 1940-60. *
Marine researchers figure that total populations of
the two species of whales could withstand an annual
hunt of 150 fin whales and 400 minke whales, without
harm to the overall population.
Environmentalists, specifically Greenpeace of
London, England, have argued that the whales are more
valuable to the lucrative whale-watching eco-tourism
industry than on someone's dinner table.
Other "takings" include upwards of 600 minke
whales per year by Norway, limited killings by Inuit
in Greenland and Canada, and some questionable sci-
entific killings by Japan.
Regardless of the numbers, do we really need
another form of white meat on our tables?
Another wayward manatee has moved far to the
north from its usual Florida haunts, this time to the
chilly waters of the Mississippi River in Tennessee.
As of this writing, biologists had bailed on attempt-
ing to capture the 1,000-pound marine mammal. Mana-
tees don't like cold water, and with water temps hov-
ering around 60 degrees there, the sea cow may. die if
it's not captured. If it is .netted, it will be transported
to SeaWorld for a checkup before being released in
warmer Florida waters.
Another manatee took another unprecedented
trip up the eastern seaboard of the United States last
summer, making it as far north as Cape Cod. That way-
ward critter has dropped out of site, apparently, and
hopefully is hot-finning its way back south before the
water gets too cold.
Now THAT'S a big barnacle
Researchers have discovered a rare-to-Florida
barnacle that is about as big as your fis.t near St.
The big barnacle, Megabalanus coccopoma, is
usually found from Mexico to Ecuador in the Pacific
Ocean, but in the last few years has been reported
in Brazil, Texas and Louisiana waters, according to
scientists with the University of Florida in Gaines-
ville. It probably tagged along on a ship and ended
up in the Atlantic. It was first spotted in Savannah,
Ga., last summer.
Anyone who's scraped a boat bottom free of the
nasty critters knows that barnacles are a pain. Barnacles
as big as tangerines are a royal pain.
As one.Florida Sea Grant extension agent put it
rather mildly, too "I think it's fair to say it will
have an impact. Especially for boating, they're a fouling
hazard. They tend to have sharp openings and they're a
pain to get rid of."
According to UF researchers, "Barnacles, arthro-
pods that are related to crabs and lobsters, fix them-
selves to objects or other animals and wait for food to
come to them. The creatures can hitch a ride to their
new destinations by attaching themselves to ship or
boat hulls, or their larvae get sucked up in ballast water
used to balance large vessels, such as cruise ships.
"When ships unload cargo in ports, they take on
millions of gallons of sea water to keep them steady as
the load lightens. Ballast-water transport is believed
responsible for many invasive species around the globe,
such as zebra mussels in the Great Lakes area, and
officials estimate ballast-water transport causes an esti-
mated $10 billion in damages a year."
Locally, Asian green mussels have plagued the
water inflow pipes for Tampa Bay Water's 25 million-
gallon-per-day desalination plant.
The whole ship-ballast issue is being addressed by
federal officials through something called the National
Ballast Information Clearinghouse, The group was
, formed in 1999, and penalties on ships went into effect in
2004. Basically, ships must unload ballast in non-coastal
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areas to flush out whatever has piggybacked in them.
And, apparently, it's not just stuff from there
ending up here that's the problems. A U.S. ship car-
ried some kind of jellyfish to the Black Sea in the
late 1980s, where it flourished and killed off the
As to the big barnacle, it seems to like relatively
warm waters and experts predict it will indeed become
a sticky problem for years to come.
A true exotic
Not all exotic species are bad, though.
A California company has genetically engineered
non-allergenic cats. Apparently, the kitties replace shots
and pills for allergy sufferers, as well as purr and do all
the other things that cats do.
At $4,000 per cat, it's not a feline to sneeze at, but
the company, Allerca, apparently has a steady stream of
customers willing to go through an arduous interview
process before they can take delivery of such a critter.
As the St. Petersburg Times put it, "People who go
to the trouble and expense of buying one of Allerca's
cats obviously don't view their cuddly purr machine
as medicine, except maybe for the soul."
Before you get going about genetic manipula-
tion and all its philosophical and ethical questions,
there's anaddition to this cat tale. Allerca has discov-
ered that about one in 50,000 cats has some form of
mutation that makes it allergy-free for humans, and
they're actively breeding those cats for their soon-to-
Here are some whale facts from the American
"The fin whale is one of the rorquals, a family that
includes the humpback whale, blue whale, Bryde's
whale, sei whale and minke whale. The fin, or finback
whale, is second only to the blue whale in size and
weight. Among the fastest of the great whales, it is
capable of bursts of speed of up to 23 mph; leading to
its description as the 'greyhound of the sea.' Its most
unusual characteristic is the asymmetrical coloring of
the lower jaw, which is white or creamy yellow on the
right side and mottled black on the left side. Fin whales
are found in all oceans of the world, though they seem
to prefer temperate and polar waters to tropical seas."
"The minke whale is also known as the Little Piked
Whale. Like all the rorquals, the minke is a fast swim-
mer, capable of reaching speeds of up to 21 mph. The
minke can be curious, and has been known to approach
ships, even at times keeping up with moving vessels.
Often, however, minkes spend relatively little time at the
surface. It may be hard to see a minke at sea because its
blow is rarely visible and it tends to disappear quickly
after exhaling. Since it is relatively small, it may be
hidden in a choppy sea. Minke distribution is wide-
spread, ranging from sub-tropical to polar waters."
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COMMERCIAL GARLAND COMBO: Two-oven six
burner, flat-top grill. Taking best offer starting at
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FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
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James Lee, 941-795-1112 or 704-8421.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
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ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tues-
days and Thursdays, 9am-noon Saturdays. Always
half-price sales. 941-779-2733.511 Pine Ave., Anna
HUGE SALE: 8am-1 pm Saturday, Nov. 4. Proceeds
to benefit needy family, Bethel Mission, Parrish. 524
56th St., Holmes Beach.
BUDGET BOX THRIFT shop: 10am-4pm Monday-
Friday, 10am-2pm Saturday. Plus sizes, furniture,
jewelry, china, kitchenware, more. 401 42nd St. W.,
RENOVATION SALE: 8:30am-12:30pm Saturday,
Nov. 4. New and gently used plumbing, electrical
fixtures, furniture and other household items. Holi-
day decorations, toys and clothes. 611 Gladstone
Lane, Holmes Beach. Key Royale.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: 1-5pm .Saturday and
Sunday, Nov. 4-5. Handcrafted treasures, including
jewelry. Refreshments. 941-779-1199. 3803-9A E.
Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
SALE: NIKI'S GIFTS Antiques and Jewelry. All ster-
ling jewelry 50-60 percent off. Select glassware, salt
and pepper sets, cups and saucers, collector dolls
and plates; furniture, art, books, lamps, vintage
and costume jewelry, Orientals 50-90 percent off.
Open seven.-days, 9:30am-5pm. Visit new Island
Flea Market next door. 941-779-0729. 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
ATTIC STUFFED? CRAFTS to sell? Rent a space
at The Artists Guild's sale for $25. Saturday, Nov.
18. Holmes Beach. Call 941-778-6694.
GARAGE SALE: 8am-noon Saturday, Nov. 4. LOTS
of great stuff. Antique desk, household and outdoor
stuff. 114 White Ave., Holmes Beach.. ;
BABY YARD SALE-plus. 8am-1 pm Saturday, Nov..
4. Changining table, car seat, baby clothes, etc. 420
Alamanda Road, Anna Maria.
HUGE MOVING-IN sale: Furniture, decorative items,
wicker collectibles, miscellaneous household. 9am-1 pm
Saturday, Nov. 4.890 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
SALE: 9AM-2PM FRIDAY, Nov. 3. Beautiful furnishings:
four sofas, three love seats, six Queen Anne end tables
and sofa table, two queen-size beds, night stands, 13
assorted arm chairs, five very nice etageres, wing
chairs, 13 lamps, easy chairs, nice desks and creden-
zas, office chairs, pictures, files, linens, accessories
and more. Pictures and details at www.appraisals4u.
biz. Sales by Julie McClure. 6000 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Across from fire station.
NEED A PLACE to meet? Why not try the conference
room at Tingley Memorial Library. Call for availability
and reservations. Donations accepted. Eveann Adams-
941-779-1208. 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
LOST: GOLD, FLEXIBLE wedding ring, near Sand-
bar restaurant, off Pine Avenue beach. Reward if
found. Call 941-778-3423.
LOST DOG: MEDIUM-size, reddish brown female.
Hard of hearing, name is Shelby. Call Monica, 941-
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult. Call
941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.cmasdirect.com.
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-
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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! $16,500. Jim, 941-920-9227.
2006 CHRYSLER SEBRING Touring Convertible. 9,000
miles. All power options, factory warranty. Gold and
black top. V-6 motor. $16,500. Jim, 941-920-9227.
1997 CHRYSLER SEBRING convertible, excellent
condition. Dark red, tan top, leather. 52,400 miles.
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-
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 Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-
HELP WANTED: CLERICAL/administrative assistant.
Experienced in multi-tasks, good customer service
and 'computer skills. Great benefits. E-mail resume
and salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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one-year experience using RNS vacation rental
software. Job consists of training and supporting
customers with our rental management software
package. Some bookkeeping experience required.
Salary range based upon experience, $29,000-plus.
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SEEKING PART-TIME property manager for small
resort in Anna Maria. Please, fax your resume to
ISLAND CPA FIRM needs part-time receptionist,
part-time bookkeeper, part-time tax preparers. Flex-
ible hours. Fax resume to 941-778-6230.
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WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping, library and restaurants. $459,900.
KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT POOL HOME
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.
ANNA MARIA CONTEMPORARY
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
1BR/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 lhnd.cajping.
dock and boatlift, direct access to Intracoastal. $859,000.
HOLMES BEACH WATERFRONT
BR 2-A b ,.me. ilk, pavers, fence, room f,.r p;:..l nc duJ.,
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 towhite-sand beach, turnkey furnished,
deck. Seller financing. $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.
SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA-turnkey from $175,000.
TRXDEWINDS RESORT \ILLA- IBR/iBA, Pool. $325,900.
KEY ROYALE BAYFRONT 3BR/2.5BA, Dock. $2,400,000.
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS CONDO 2BR/2BA, Patio. V'' I.
SUN PLAZAWEST CONDOS 2BR/2BA. From $675,000.
PERIWINKLE COTTAGE 2BR, Close to Beach. $649.900.
ANNUAL and SEASONAL
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Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
TOP ADVERTISING sales position open at The
Islander newspaper. Great territory, commissions.
Previous outside sales helpful. If you possess a
willingness for strong community involvement,
positive outlook and drive to succeed, fax or e-
mail a letter and/or resume to 941-778-9392,
sales @ islander.org.
SEEKING KITCHEN HELP and servers for
fine dining restaurant. Apply in person to Chef
Damon, Ooh La La! Bistro, 5406 Marina Drive,
SEEKING PIANO PLAYER evenings for Ooh La La!
Bistro. Music range from classical to jazz. Call Chef
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
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. Any menu OK. $120,000. Confidentiality
agreement required for details. Longview Realty,
941-383-6112. For more great business and realty
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
THE DESOTO GRANDE 200 S GULF DRIVE MORE SAND...LESS DOLLARS! Imagine owning a private, luxury beachfront home for a
fraction of the cost. Fractional ownership opportunity.
513 56th St. 3BR/2BA in main house with BRADENTON BEACH CLUB.Millionr dollar CORTEZ-12917 W 42ND Direct Bayfront lot
unbelievable views! Efficiency with full bath Gulf and bay views available. Wonderful -with incredible sunsets. Small gated enclave
above garage. Separate Laundry room. Great location, heated pools, spa, fitness center of custom homes. Lot has deeded boat slip.
rental Expansive bay front property with and much more. Luxurious two and three Enjoy Anna Maria without the island traffic,
custom protected dock and easy access to bedroom condos. the sugar sand beaches of'Cortez beach,are
full.service marina. Short walk to beach. just five minutes away.
shopping and library:. '
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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, 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER? Call Felicia, 941-761-1569.
Red Cross certified.
ENSURE YOUR CHILD'S safety while you relax.
Call Gemma, 941-447-9657. Responsible, reliable
and experienced, with a love for children. Red Cross
babysitting and first-aid certifications.
DOG WALKER, PET sitter, child sitter and odd jobs..
Tenth-grader, available after school and weekends.
RED CROSS first-aid certified babysitter certified.,-
Call Alex, 941-778-5352.
GETYOUR BOAT washed without the hassle, just give
me a call. Regular scheduling available, perfect for
when you're out of town. Call Richard, 941-447 9657.
BABYSITTER/PETSITTER: RESPONSIBLE, Red
Cross certified. Experienced with kids and pets of
all ages. Many Island references! Transportation
available. Weekly and monthly rates available. Call
Hilary or Natalie. 941-778-5181.
PAYTON AND DINA'S cleaning service: We do
yard work, dog-sitting, house cleaning and we run
errands. We do not mow grass. Open 3-5pm every
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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.
419 Pine Ave. PO Box 2150 Anna Maria FL 34216
2BR!2BA canal home with salt- 3BR'2BA bayironi home
water pool, north end. Two boat $1,589,000
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/exterior
general household repairs. Offering quality services
since 1994. Reliable. Call Colin at 941-376-0541.
HOUSECLEANING: I am experienced. Reasonable,
reliable. Serving the general Bradenton area. For
more information, call Pete at 941-753-7838.
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.
AAA CONFIDENCE CLEANING. Housecleaning,
office cleaning and window cleaning. Good refer-
ences, reasonable rates. Licensed and insured.
Family.owned and operated. 941-812-0499.
CHILD CARE: HOLMES Beach. Clean, safe, nur-
turing environment. Experienced home-schooling-
mom will work with your schedule and needs. Next
to school bus stop. Call Judy, 941-580-5242.
,MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
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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, Brol'er 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, 9.41-742-0148 evenings.
SAN REMO SHORES REDUCED Situated on deep-water canal,
2-3BR/2BA, den, ceramic tile, 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
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, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and com-
mercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping,
cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call 941-778-2581.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING:Top quality lawn and land-
scape maintenance. Now accepting new accounts at
great rates. Please call 941-778-2335 or 284-1568.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
GULF SHORE LANDSCAPING: Lawn care, pressure
washing, landscaping. owner operated by Island res-
ident. Exceptional value! Licensed and insured. Call
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/yard. Hauling: all
kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call
Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 941-448-3857.
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.
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VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident-Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied
and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable,
many Island references. Call Neil, 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.
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Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 941-792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
"experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Island resident, converting
life-long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275 for
IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive dis-
tributor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free,
courteous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors.
Lic.# CBC1253145. 941-730-5045.
THIRTY-SIXYEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call
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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.
INTERIOR SURFACE RENOVATION: Drywall, tex-
ture, paint, tile, wall and ceiling repairs, Fred Wein-
LICENSED AND INSURED building contractor ready
to help you renovate all aspects of your existing home,
add extensions or build a new home on your lot. We
only do high quality work and are very prompt with our
customers. Call Daniel DeBaun at 941-518-3916.
HOME REPAIRS AND improvements: General
repairs and quality renovation, including carpentry,
drywall, tile, paint, even landscaping. Please call
NEW DOOR SHOP now open. Steel, fiberglass, fire-
rated, commercial, residential, thousands of glass
options. All code-approved, impact available. Retail,
wholesale. Metro Door Shop, 941-758-5828.
E&N PAINTING: INTERIOR, exterior. Island references.
Quality paint. Call for free estimates. Schedule soon,
season is coming! 941-756-9595 or 941-518-3054.
ISLAND HOME REMODEL Inc.: Kitchen, bath, deck
and complete home remodeling. Call 941-795-1968.
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ANNA MARIA DUPLEX Price slashed on this Anna Maria
duplex, steps to the Gulf. Needs some TLC with 2BR/1 BA on
each side. $575,000. "As is" Don't miss it!
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ULU FLUOIUA LIF-aSYLt an0 Key west feel.
Newerelevated home in quaint Cortez Village. Full
wrap-around porch, French doors, huge down-
stairs bonus room, wood cabinets, and newertile.
Keepyourboat hereand beatthe publicboatramp
and Intracoastal Waterway in minutes. $829,000.
ADORABLE 2BR/2BA condo in established
complex right off of 75th St. W. Walk to
shopping and great restaurants. Extra-large
screened lanai for outdoor Florida living at it's
best. Neutral colors make this unit ready for
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like a model. Turnkey furnished with La-Z-Boy
furniture. Bright ceramic tile throughout, laun-
dry room, open kitchen with breakfast bar,
covered parking, heated pool and a gorgeous
stretch of deeded beach access. $547,700.
VIEWS OF SARASOTA BAY with 2,775 sf of TRADITIONAL ELEGANCE 3,241 sf home on
living space. Great layout. Amenities include Sarasota Bay. Solid glass wall of water views,
elevator, fireplace, granite countertops, plan- totally renovated. Hardwood floors, vaulted
station shutters, parking for up to six cars, ceilings, custom cabinetry and built-ins, granite
garden entrance and more! $1,023,000. countertops, private elevator, plantation shut-
ters, and fireplace. $1,195,000.
OVER 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE SPECIALIZING IN WATERFRONT & BOATING PROPERTIES
ISLANDER'S RETREAT: 2BR Gulfwatch
condo that is comfortably decorated and
turnkey furnished encouraging relaxing
Island lifestyle. Attractive rental policy or
ideal for your own beach oasis. $399,000.
SOOTHING GULF BREEZES: Surprising
water views from this updated, large 4BR
duplex with an open floor plan, bamboo
floors and multiple decks including a roof
deck with endless possibilities. $709,900.
GREENFIELD PLANTATION 2-3BR main-
tenance-free home in'move-in'condition.
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tile, home warranty provided and com-
munity pool and recreation facilities with
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patio with brick pavers. $310,000.
BEACHTREASURE: Enchanting and meticu-
lous describes this beachfront complex and
the location of this 2BR turnkey furnished
condo that has front-seat views of the pool
and spa. .$700,000.
BOATER'S DREAM:An exceptional,well main-
tained and upgraded home with canal views
from most rooms that is ideal for waterfront
living. New dock, 10,0001b lift. $629,900.
BEACH COTTAGE 1.BR condos with terrific
location in Holmes Beach located just six
completely updated including new roof, new
heated pooland newtropicallandscape.Great
rental or beach get-away. $375,000.
centrally located in Bradenton Beach.
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tions including new heated pool, new
roof, new tropical landscape and turnkey
furnished. Ideal investment opportunity.
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RESILIENT PROPERTIES AND renovations: Kitch-
ens, bathrooms, tile work, decks, sheetrock, paint-
ing and more. Reliable work start-to-finish. What
does your home need? Free estimates. Call Thomas
P. Lass, 941-782-7313.
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.
WEEKLY RENTALS: Alecassandra villa, 1 BR/1BA,
$700/week; Island duplex, 2BR, $800/week; Gulffront
cottage, 2BR, $1,000/week; Bradenton Beach Club,
2BR/2BA, $1,400/week. Please call Kim Fisher, Wagner
Realty, 941-778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com.
BRADENTON BEACH: NEWLY remodeled BR/1 BA
suite with full kitchen, fully furnished, one block from
Bridge Street, three minute walk to beach. Sleeps
four only. No pets. Now taking reservations for
summer. Available weekly, monthly or seasonal. 941 -
776-3696, or e-mail email@example.com. -
ANNUAL RENTAL WESTBAY Cove: Lower unit,
2BR/2BA waterfront, unfurnished. Includes water,
sewer, cable. Old Florida Realty, 941-778-3377 or
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
ANNUAL: ISLAND HOME 2BR/1 BA with garage and
fenced yard. Newly remodeled. $1,200/month plus,
utilities. Small pet OK. 941-795-8979. Credit check.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH duplex: 2BR/2BA com-
pletely remodeled, furnished, washer and dryer.
$1,000/month plus utilities. 941-778-1819. 2906
Ave. B, Holmes Beach.
ANNUAL RENTAL: ALL remodeled townhouse, 200
steps to beach. Tile floors, granite counters. Washer
and dryer, patio, private backyard. $1,250/month.
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVDNCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaintvillage. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 $9501month 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.
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.
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL: 2BR/1 BA Holmes Beach.
Steps to beach, great neighborhood. Nicely updated.
Annual $900/month, seasonal $1,800/month. 941-
SEASONAL ISLAND RENTAL: 1BR/1BA turnkey,
washer and dryer, utilities included. One block to
Gulf. $700/week, $1,500/month. 941-721-6090.
MANATEE RIVERFRONT: 2BR/2BA, spectacu-
lar views! Gated, pool, covered parking, security,
fitness center. $1,050/month annual. Call Maria,
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.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club rental available for
December 2006, January and February 2007.
Totally remodeled unit, nonsmoking. Two-week
minimum.-813-781-7562. .. ..
STEPS TO BEACH: Seasonal 2BR/2BA ground-
level home in quiet Holmes Beach. Nonsmoking,
no pets. 813-961-6992.
UNFURNISHED YEARLY RENTALS on Palma Sola
Bay. Move in for security deposit and half rent. Rent
includes all utilities except electric. Studio $680/
month, move in for $1,020. 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
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH townhouse: 2BR/2BA
completely remodeled. 150 steps to beach on 52nd
Street. Available Dec. 1, 2006. 330-758-3857.
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.
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-
ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA: AIR conditioning, washer and
dryer, water, large pool, cable. Parking only 200 steps to
beach. First and deposit. $950/month. 941-779-1586.
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.
HOLMES BEACH: 1 BR/1 BA apartment. 750 sf, 100
feet from bay. Includes water and trash. Available
Nov. 1. $775/month. 941-587-1456.
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/1BA spa-
cious duplex. Laminate floor, carport, deck, laundry.
Great beach neighborhood. $900/month plus utili-
PARADISE IN COMFORT at Palm Breeze rentals
in Holmes Beach.Two beautifully furnished units in
a Key West-style home on a large corner lot. Each
unit has 3BR/2BA, washer, dryer and fully equipped
kitchen. Heated pool, bikes, grill, etc. Just bring your
clothes and a toothbrush and enjoy. www.apalm-
RENTTO OWN: Large 3BR/2BA home. Fireplace, hot
tub, fenced yard, $1,295/month, 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.
HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1 BA house. One and a half
blocks from beach. Available Nov. $1,100/month. 1.
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ISLAND CASTLE: FABULOUS French Normandy
home. 4BR/3BA on best beach and quiet street in
Anna Maria. 941-794-8202.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA, 1BR/1BA units
starting at $695/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate,
3BR/2BA CLOSE TO Island. Bay Lake Estates.
Large yard. $1,395/month. Available Dec. 1. First,
last and security. Call 941-779-6753.
2BR/1BA DUPLEX in Bradenton Beach. Walk to
beach. Call 941-779-6753. Available now. First, last
and security. $1,100/month.
VACATION CONDO: ACROSS from Coquina
Beach. 2BR/2BA, boat dock, pool, fully loaded!
ANNUAL DUPLEX: ATTRACTIVE 2BR/2BA, Florida
room, dishwasher. Washer and dryer, carport. $1,000/
month. 2BR/1 BA washer and dryer, carport, $900/
month. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA: TROPICAL duplex, one block to
beach, washer and dryer, some utilities included. No
Smoking or pets. $1,100/month and $700 deposit.
941-798-9765. Responsible persons only.
ANN UAL 3BR/3BA TWO-car garage. Tropical Cortez
waterfront home. Boatlift/dock, washer and dryer. No
smoking or pets. Two miles to beach. $1,400month.
$800 deposit. 941-798-9765. Responsible persons.
ANNUAL: 2BR/1 BA: Must see inside, large yard.
$920/month. Garbage and yard service included, pets
OK. 941-224-4091. 54th Street, Holmes Beach.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BEAUTIFUL 4BR home, vaulted
ceilings, chef's kitchen, master suite with large sit-
ting area. 408 Poinsettia, Anna Maria. Anna Maria
Gulf Coast Properties, 941-782-5609.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: SEASONAL rental. Available
monthly, December through May. $3,500-$3,950/month.
Martinique condo. 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis. Call Carla
Price, Bark & Company Realty Inc., 941-720-8746.
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH. 1BR/1BA newly
renovated condo. Pool, tennis, elevator. Available
December. $3,200/month. 301-873-5444 or 410-
257-2214, no voice mail.
NOVEMBER SPECIAL: ACROSS beach, Anna
Maria Island. Large 1 BR/2BA apartments. Internet
available, washer and dryer, cable. Only $350/week.
SEASONAL RENTALS: KEY Royale 3BR/2BA boat
dock, pool, spa. $650/week. Available now, November
and December. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090. \
COLLEGE-EL CONQUISTADOR-IMG area. Large
3BR/2Ba two-car garage, family room. $1,200/
month. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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 1 BR/1 BA. Brand
new furnished, bay windows with water view. Hurricane
Force-3 manufactured home. One mile from Anna Maria
Island and one block from Intracoastal Waterway with
new marina and boat ramp. Land owned. Home owner's
- association optional. $159,900. 941-224-6521.
TRIPLEX: IDEAL LOCATION WITH great appeal. Beau-
tifully updated and maintained, new roof, turnkey fur-
nished. Beach access just steps away, bay views, boat
dock, ample parking, great income rental. Room for a
pool. Convenient to restaurants and shopping. $875,000.
111 8th St. S., Bradenton Beach. Bridget Spies, ReMax
Properties, 941-308-6763. MSL# 313022.
WEST BRADENTON: OPEN noon-4pm Sunday. Six
months condo fees paid! Free-standing, private three-
bedroom upgraded condo with two-car garage, new
lanai. Call for details, 941-792-0763. $309,900. 5605
Whipporwill Ct. off 59th Street West, Tanglewood.
OPEN HOUSE: 1 -4pm Sunday: New home, 3,746 sf
3-4BR/3BA, granite/cherry kitchen, three screened
verandas. $829,000. Horizon Realty, 941-725-7000.
303 58th St., Holmes Beach.
UPDATED 3BR/2BA: 1,560 sf, tastefully furnished
and decorated, sold turnkey. For sale by owner.
Buyer's agents, 3 percent. $599,900 Appointments
only. 813-818-8314. 8104 Marina Drive, Holmes
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/1 BA, 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.
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"B Faux painting Cabinet refinishing
Furniture restoration Custom painting
Jackson Holmes, owner (941) 812-3809
HANNA PAVEMENT SERVICES INC.
,., Asphalt* 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
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f .Creative Vistas
N4^ Specializing in landscape
design & installation
Cell 941.807.1035 Office 941.721,9655
Bob Heffner Construction Inc.
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And many more services offered
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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.
SWEEPING WATER VIEWS from large 2BR/2BA condo
with deeded 35-foot deep-water dock and carport. Must
sacrifice or foreclose. $499,000. 941-807-5449.
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 Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge. Beautiful island kitchen, turnkey
furnished. Must see. $610,000. Call 401-497-6327.
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 $1,050/month.
DUPLEX ON LARGE lot, 90x108 feet. Second lot
east of Gulf Drive in north Holmes Beach resort
area. Annual tenants in place, includes well-known
Island architect's plans for complete remodel.
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.
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.
BAYFRONT: 4BR/3BA JUST renovated. Two miles
to Longboat Pass. Stop by and get information. 500
Bay Drive S., Bradenton Beach. 941-778-0300.
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-
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NEW LAKEFRONT CONDOS: Low $300s. Minutes
to beach, no flood, evacuation zone. Hidden Lake
Real Estate, 941-761-0444. www.HiddenLakeCon-
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,
BEACH BUNGALOW; MANUFACTURED home.
Great rental. Only $10,000 and $200/month with
owner financing. Sandpiper Resort, Bradenton
BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR/2BA elevated with
covered parking. View of bay from large covered
porch. Only two blocks to Gulf, great neighborhood.
BEAUTIFUL PERICO ISLAND patio pool home.
$363,000. 2BR/2BA with den, fireplace, waterfall,
spa seat, pool, garden tub in master bath, two-car
garage, many extras! $0 down, 100 percent financ-
ing. 11006 Peach Point Court, Bradenton FL 34209.
LARGE CORNER LOT: 2BR/2BA home. $489,000.
West of Gulf Drive, 2BR/1 BA cottage. Lots of possi-
bilities. $795,000. Call Carla Price, Bark & Company
Realty Inc., 941-720-8746.
FOR SALE: 1 BR/1 BA beachfront Martinique condo.
Newly renovated. Pool, tennis, elevator. High-impact
glass. $685,000. 301-873-5444 or 410-257-2214,
no voice mail.
LEASE OPTION: CANALFRONT, Key Royale. Con-
sidered 3BR/2BA. All new interiors. Pool, spa, boat
dock. $829,900. Call Fred direct, 941-356-1456.
Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
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/North Carolina mountains! Excel-
lent financing! Two-day sale Nov. 4-5! Appointment.-
only! 877-234-8850, ext.102.
BEAUTIFUL BLUE RIDGE, N.C.: Mountain views.
8-plus acre mountain estate. Heavily wooded with
stream. E-Z financing. $49,900. 800-230-6380,
6842Gur of M-i oDrive Longboat Key 94 i.38 90041
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419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150
(941) 778-2291 EVENINGS 778-2632
I FAX (941) 778-2294 www.betsyhills.com
Thanks for 28 years!
3101 GULF DRIVE
WEST BRADENTON HIDEAWAY Beautifully remodeled 3 and
4BR/2BA home on secluded cul-de-sac in northwest Braden-
ton! New kitchen with maple cabinetry, granite countertops,
stainless-steel appliances, tile floors, French doors and a new
heated pool with waterfall and hot tub. $449,000.
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.
VIEW WESTERN NORTH Carolina, north Georgia,
eastern Tennessee real estate. Excellent retirement
area. Very affordable homes, cabins, land. Low taxes.
Good paying jobs available. www.mtlakesreguide.com.
MURPHY, N.C.: Affordable homes in the mountains.
Affordable homes, mountain cabins and land. Call
for free brochure, 877-837-2288. Exit Realty Moun-
tain View Properties. www.exitmurphy.com.
TENNESSEE LAKE PROPERTY: From $49,900 with
boat slip. Call it, 877-293-5253, or click it, www.Grande-
VistaBay.com. Waters-Edge Properties Inc./Broker.
NORTH CAROLINA: GATED lakefront commu-
nity. Pleasantly mild climate, 1.5 acres, 90 miles
of shoreline. Never offered before with 20 percent
pre-development discounts, 90 percent financing.
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.
WYOMING RANCH DISPERSAL: 35 acres, 49,900.
50 acres, $59,900. Snow-capped mountain views.
Surrounded by government land. Abundant wildlife.
Recreational paradise. Low taxes. E-Z terms. Call
Utah Ranches LLC. 888-541-5263.
NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS: Secluded seven-
acre retreat, located within 50 miles of metro
Atlanta. Has 600-foot trout stream frontage in rear
of 5BR/4BA rustic home, pool, hot tub, pasture and
woodlands. $575,000 list price, motivated seller. Ron
Zalkind, Metro Brokers/GMAC, 404-843-2500.
NORTH CAROLINA: COOL mountain air, views
and streams, homes, cabins and acreage. Free
brochure, 800-642-5333. Realty Of Murphy, 31.7
Peachtree St., Murphy, N.C. 28906. www.real-
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN: Seven acres on
mountaintop, view, trees, waterfall and large public
lake nearby, paved private access, gated commu-
nity, $99,500. Owner, 866-789-8535.
NEW, PRE-CONSTRUCTION golf community.
Coastal Georgia. Large lots with deepwater, marsh,
golf. nalure views. Gated, golf, fitness center, tennis,
trails. Oak park, docks. $70s-$300,000. 877-266-
MAINE SPORTING PARADISE! 500 acres only
$299,900. Hunters and fishing enthusiasts wanted!
Private 500-acre parcel of land ideal for hunting
offers access to crystal clear trout and salmon
stream, unbelievable fishing. New to market! Great
owner financing. Call L&S RIty, 207-781-3343.
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
We6b site www.annamariareal.com
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 quarters, 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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