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Skimming the news ... Anna Maria Island map inside, page 16.
"The Best News on Anna Maria
Holiday sales start out brisk on Island
Shoppers browse for gifts and goodies at Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria,
on Nov. 24. The city's businesses and the Anna 'Maria Island Historical Society and Museum hosted the second
annual Christmas Walk. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
- Lukewarm start to winter
tourist season on Island
By Rick Catlin
When the first snows fell in October for the north-
ern climates, winter visitors made an earl\ start to the
season, flocking to Anna Maria Island in droves.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the beach.
The weather got warmer up north, while getting colder
down south, particularly during Thanksgiving.
That turn of the weather apparently created a mixed bag
of occupancy\ rates at various Island accommodations.
Some accommodation owners reported occupancy
levels were good for the Thanksgiving weekend,
while others said their occupancy was only "aver-
age" for the holiday.
"Thanksgiving was pretty good," said Richard Dors'e\
of the Club Bamboo Resort in Bradenton Beach..
"Maybe not spectacular. but I'd say it was above
average for the first holiday* of the season. It wasn't
At Hale\ 's Motel in Holmes Beach, owner Tom
Buehler had the same \ iew.
"We were pretty well booked. It's a good start
to the season, but the week before we were slow
and the week after Thanksgi' ing we're slow," he
said, noting that Thanksgi% ing is generally family
holiday and manr people don't think of an Island
vacation for that week.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
reported .a hea ier than anticipated amount of walk-in
traffic and e-mails just before Thanksgiving.
Most of the inquiries % ere about Island acconmmo-
PLEASE SEE TOURISM. NEXT PAGE
S. p)al'. 1i
Volume 15. No. 4 Nov. 29, 2006 FREE
ring in the season
B\ Lisa Neff
Nladelin MNontgomertn clocked in at 5 a.m. and out
at 10 a.m. on Black Frida\. No%. 24. shopping at a fren-
zied pace in the big discount stores on the mainland.
'Then she returned to the Island and went on holi-
da). shopping all da\ at a leisurely pace at the spe-
cialty stores in Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and
Black Frida), the dat\ after Thanksgi\ ing that his-
torically has been the busiest retail shopping da\ of
the year, sees many major retailers open earl) and
offering significant discounts on select items to draw
Long after the buN ing frenz\ began at the chains
on Friday, traffic \\as just starting to build and retailers
opened on the Island.
"We move at a different pace out here.," said shop-
per Sharon Nixon, of Anna Maria. browsing at the
White Egret, 10006 Gulf Drive. Anna Maria. "Because
you enjoy things more when you slo" it do.tn "
Still, Island retailers hoped for and predicted brisk
business on Friday.
"We had a sale right off the bat," said Bridge
Street Interiors owner Debbie Myers, predicting a
good business day at the store, 114 Bridge St., Bra-
On the sidewalk outside, Montgomery and a friend
l i igered in front ofjheiaJheb.,_ _.f.henearby-
Jeep Cherokee already contained six over-sized bags
loaded with wrapping paper. holiday cards, toys and
electronics purchased at a Bradenton Target.
"That was the work," Montgomery said, referring
to the first hours of shopping on the mainland. "We got
that out of the wa\. Now we're here. having really just
a beautiful day."
"There's some gorgeous items here." said Mont-
gomer 's shopping companion. Dianne Ager. of Keno-
sha. Wis. "This is "here I buy all mN special gifts."
Ager didn't work from a shopping list. but she had
an idea of "hat she wanted to find.
PLEASE SEE SEASON, PAGE 3
Holidays get seriously under way Friday
B) Jim Hanson
The biggest festive season of the year is rolling and
will see its full momentum in a day or two, complete
Snow in Holmes Beach? You bet a snow making
machine %ill crank out flakes and drifts in the central
part of the Island as part of the Downtown Holmes
Beach Holida. Open House Friday. Dec. 1.
That's a special in Florida, but it's not alone. There
will be dozens of-attractions all along the way for the
The next week on Saturday, Dec. 9, will be just as
busy, maybe even more so. It will have the Privateers
holiday parade with Santa Claus prominent and lead-
ing the family to visits with Santa and Chuck and Joey
Lester's Fun Day at Coquina Beach, Winterfest arts-and
crafts show next to Holmes Beach City Hall, and Braden-
ton Beach's annual welcome to the holidays on Bridge
Street, which will run for most of the day this year.
The Islander-sponsored Downtown Holmes
Beach Holiday Open House will be from 5.to 8
p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and the Privateers will be at
that event also, bringing Santa to the festival's focus
next to the newspaper office in the Island Shopping
Center's parking lot, at Gulf and Marina Drives in
Holmes Beach. The Privateers, live music, snow
machine-and-a dance group will help liven the atmo-
sphere at The Islander_ :- ..- _
Holiday lights will be turned on with ceremony at
the chamber office, musicians will serenade the gather-
ing, Saggy Aggy the clown will charm the kids, partici-
pating merchants will offer entries for a raffle of their
And the. snow, probably the first ever for many
youngsters. It will come from a machine set up in front
of The Islander and Ooh La La! Bistro, arranged for
Coming Saturday in Holmes Beach
A movie poster for "It's a Wonderful Life." The 1946 film,
nominated for multiple Academy Awards, will be shown in
the field next to Holmes Beach City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Sat-
urday, Dec. 2. The film also airs onNBC-TVon Dec. 16.
For more information see page 13. Image courtesy NBC
2 0 NOV. 29, 2006 0 THE ISLANDER
Tourism starts off a bit slow
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
dations and things to do during the holiday, said Debbie
Cooney of the Chamber staff.
"We're delighted with the increase. It was very
busy here and I expect a good holiday weekend for the
Island," she said.
At the White Sands Resort in Holmes Beach, owner
Jeff Gerry said the weekend was "about average."
"Because of the cold weather, it wasn't excep-
Normally, the resort is fully occupied the entire
Thanksgiving week, he said. Because of the weather,
the full house didn't start until last Wednesday.
"We are geared to repeat customers and a few of
them didn't come simply because of the weather, but
the week after Thanksgiving is looking very good,"
"It's only been an average start to the winter
season," he concluded.
That's a sentiment echoed by Barbara Rodocker of
the Bridgewalk Resort in Bradenton Beach.
"I'd like to say Thanksgiving is sold out, but it
isn't," she said, characterizing occupancy as "about
In some past years, she's had nearly 100 percent
occupancy for the holiday, but not this year.
"There's been a lot of warm weather up north and
that usually keeps visitors from heading south until it
does get cold," she said.
What might be average in 2006 wasn't the case four
In fact, according to the latest occupancy figures
from the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau, occupancy of Island accommodations in Octo-
ber 2006 was just 35.6 percent, down from 39.8 percent
in 2005 and 49.8 percent in October 2003.
Overall occupancy in October of all accom-
modations in the CVB survey has fallen from a
high of 60.6 percent in 2004 to just 49.5 percent
for October 2006.
The CVB surveys accommodations on Anna
Maria Island, Longboat Key and the Manatee County
mainland to determine occupancy and average-room-
ltzr-4. .-. _Making it
left, and Michael
-- sworn into
..office as city
Beach Nov. 20 by
-deputy city clerk
SIt is Shearon's
S._ _second term, and
.opposed in their
S bids for the Ward
J 4 and Ward 2
tively, in the city.
Comp plan hearing Thursday in Anna Maria
Comp plan hearing Thursday in Anna Maria
After nearly four years of preparation, Anna
Maria's revised comprehensive plan and future land-
use map head to the first public hearing at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 30.
Among other controversial proposals, the plan-
calls for more retail-office-residential space along
Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive and elimination of the R-
2 (duplex) land-use category.
Development of the revised plan and FLUM first
began in January 2003 when professional planner Tony
Arrant made a presentation to the city commission on
the process to revise the comprehensive plan, which is
generally done every 15 years. Arrant was hired by the
city at that time to facilitate the process.
The revised plan was due to be submitted to
the Florida Department of Community Affairs in
March 2006, but Arrant has said there is no penalty
for missing the deadline as long as the document is
What generally happens, according to Arrant, is
that the DCA will review the.comp plan and FLUM
and return them to the city for revisions.
Once the DCA accepts a revised comprehensive
plan, the city then has the thankless task of passing
accompanying ordinances to support the provisions of
the plan. At the same time, the city is likely to under-
take a review of all city land-use ordinances to ensure
compliance with the comprehensive plan and FLUM.
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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 29. 2006 K 3
Olesens file suit over ownership
By Rick Catlin
Months of negotiations to settle a control ers\ o\ er
ownership of an easement at 504 S. Ba\ BlId. in .Anna
Maria have apparently failed, resulting in a law ut tiled
Nov. 17 against the city.
The Olesen family, owners of the property claim
they own half of the 10-foot-wide easement and the
right to build into it, while the cit} claims it can rind
no record the city ever vacated a portion of the narrow
strip of land to the Olesens,
The Olesens have asked the Manatee Count\ Cir-
cuit Court to settle the title issue, at the same time seek-
ing a temporary injunction against the cit\ remotet ing,
altering or destroying" any improvements the family\
has made to the house that the city belie% es encroaches
into the easement.
City building official Ke\ in Donohue had origi-
nally issued a building permit to the Olesens in October
2005 for renovations, but halted the project in April
2006 when he discovered the city had ne\ er vacated the
easement. The Olesens had been expanding their house
into the easement, which they claim thie citr \ acated to
their family in 1953.,
The Olesens claim their family\ has used the area
in question since the 1950s without complaint from the
city and have produced a number of letters written by
prior city building officials indicating the Olesens had"
ownership/use of the 5-foot section.
City attorney Jim Dye has responded that "there
has been no evidence presented or uncovered that
there has been any intent of the city to abandon that
right of way."
He indicated the letters produced by the Olesens
"at best indicate a mistaken impression on the part
of the city staff at that time that the city previously
vacated its interest in the 5 feet. The letters do not
show an act of the city commission in 1982, or earlier,
to vacate the walkway." ..
The city includes the walkway in its inventory of
Season shopping starts strong
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"I'm looking for a Haw aiian shirftT'r my son arid
something surf-related for my daughter," she said. "And
Florida ornaments formy friends, something \ou can't
get anywhere else, maybe something \\ ith a manatee or
a palm tree."
In Anna Maria. at Ginn. 's and Jane E's at the
01d IGA, 9807 GUlf Dri e. \ acationers Herbert
and Gayle Normand of St. Paul, Mlinn.. shopped
for Christmas ornaments under a festi' e red "Surf
"I think e\ en thing in here is unmquel the Island,"
Gayle Normand said. "I'm looking for friends. I'm
having trouble deciding w hat to buy, because I want
Michael Tyler did his holiday shopping at T wo
Sides of Nature in Anna Maria's Bai\ iew% Plaza., pick-
ing up a tropical-theined shirt for his dad, a purse for
his mom and a beach bag for his sister.
"They live in Cleveland so I think these %t ill make
their day," said Tyler.
The Anna Maria resident added, "Plus, check it out,
in one stop, I'm done."
A renter \working for hourly \ ages. Tyler said he
was onl\ bu sing Christmas presentsfor immediate
family this Christmas.
"It's been like ope of those \ears., ou know\." he
said. "Things are real\ right right no\."
Forecasters are predicting that consumers won't
spend more this holiday season than the\ did last \ear
in Florida. The prediction is based on t\\o sur'e\s b\
the University of Florida show ing consumers ha\e less
money to spend because of higher-expenses for utilities.
insurance premiums. rising interest rates and debts from
last year's holiday\ shopping.
;To.conduct one survey IUF researchers contacted
504-Florida residents b\ phone and learned:
54.6 percent of consumers said they expect their
purchases will be the same as last year.
32.8 percent said less thanlast year.
1-2.6 percent said more than last year.
The margin of error in the data is 4 percent.
S Another report conducted in September contained
i -."The similarity in results suggests that the guarded
MUCh aao aDOut a iIttle lana
This 10-foot-wide casement at 504 S. Bu\ Blvd. is-
at the center of a controversy between Anna Maria
arid the owners of the property that has resulted in a
lawsuit against the city over who owns 5 feet of the
narrow strip of land leading to Tampa Bay. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
beach access points and the 1989 comprehensive plan
shows the walkway as city property, Dye has said.
Compromise efforts since April have failed as the
Olesens apparently had no interest in applying for a
variance or a formal vacation of the easement, although
the city commission indicated its willingness to con-
sider either request in a favorable light.
The issue will now be decided by the circuit court.
shopping is not due to high gasoline prices but because
of more fundamental issues concerning rising insurance
and mortgage costs and consumer debt levels," said
Barton Weitz. executi\e;director of the Miller Center
for Retailing Education and Research in UF's War-
rington College of Busipess -.dministration.
In the most recent sur'Ney. consumers also said the\
had less income and fewer people on their gift lists
becalise of children moving out of the home. di' orce
and Other changes to family\ structure.
-These findings led researchers to predict sales at
disc&iit stores ,ill be better compared to other retail-
ers, iiut special\ stories ma\ struggle.
On the Island, retailers said the\ strive not to
compete with. but instead cater to needs unmet b\
the box chain retailers. -
S"We're trLning not to compete w ith them and not
carrn ing their merchandise. You ha\e to set \ourself
apart," said Signa Bouziane. co-o" ner of Nlister Rob-
erts Resort Wear, 5330 Gulf Drike. Holmes Beach.
S"We're hoping for a good holiday\ season and hoping
people will support their Island stores."
"Look around," said Myers. gesturing to ward the
merchandise to emphasize x\hat's found in Bridge
Street Interiors and not at Wal-Mart.
In addition to focusing on unique merchandise,
Island businesses are partnering in holiday open houses.'
One is scheduled for Dec. 1 in Holmes Beach. Another
took place Nov. 24 in Anna.Maria and another is sched-
uled Dec. 9 in Bradenton Beach.
Businesses from Bay Boulevard to Gulf Drive in
Anna Maria kept later hours on Friday to usher in the
holiday season with the second annual Anna Maria
At Ginn% 's and Jane E's, flutist Suki Janisch
plaN ed holiday songs while "Father Christmas" circu-
lated among customers who were dining on light bites
and chatting with the shopkeepers in the bakery, the
antiques store and at Silvia's Flower Corner.
Walkers found refreshments hot dogs and
punch, cider and wine, candy canes and cookies at
numerous other stops along Gulf Drive, Pine Avenue
and Bay Boulevard.
.As the shoppers browsed, kids'and a smattering
of adults settled into chairs outside Bayview Plaza to
watch movies, the final show being "How the Grinch
During the Holmes Beach City Commission meeting
Nov. 14, there were goodbyes and thanks said. Commis-
sioner Sandy Haas-Martens, left, presented outgoing
Commissioner Roger Lutz with a plaque. There were also
goodbyes for Carol Whitmore, the new at-large Manatee
County commissioner. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Lutz ends commission
work after four terms
By Lisa Neff
Roger Lutz was convinced of something eight
"I knew that you're supposed to do something,"
Lutz said, referring to serving the community.
He's still convinced about serving the com-
But Lutz, who recently left the Holmes Beach City
Commission after four terms, isn't certain how he'll
serve in the future.
"I'm going to do something else," he said during
a recent interview at Holmes Beach City Hall. "I just
don't know what."
-Lutz-is-an attorney with his own law firm and part-
ners in Sarasota Lutz, Bobo and Telfair.
Lutz served eight years on a medical board, eight
years on an a theater board'and now recently) completed
eight years on the city commission.
"I thought this would be a worthwhile thing to do,"
he said, referring to the commission work.
On Nov. 14, at his last regular commission meetinIg,
Lutz praised his colleagues and city employ \ ees, saying
he was impressed by the quality and commitment of the
people he worked \ ithi at city hall.
"I thinkltheto\ n is luck) toTiae )6ti all," Lutz said.
Lutz also received some praise, as well as a plaque
that Conmissioner Sand\ Haas-Nlartens presented.
"I tried to make Roger sta\." incomJing Mal or Rich
Bohnenberger said. "'
Outgoing Ma\ or Carol \Whitmnore thanked Lutz for
his "good common sense" and knoQledge of the law.
Looking back o\er his.tenffure. Lutz said he's
S"enjo ed seeing ideas corner to fruition, getting an idea
and making it happen. not just talking about it.':
Hoblmes Beach, Lutz'said. is a "cleaner, nicetr look-
ing place" than eight s\ears ago and the c uP government
"is a lot more sophisticated."
"I think." he said. "the cit\ ordinaiices and codes
are cleaner and -fairer and have less 19oopholes. But
that's a \ork in progress. ': -
Anna Maria Citk
No\. 30, 7 p.m., citr commission public hearing on
Dec. 5, 6:45 p.m., en\ tronmental education and en-
hancement committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Nov. 29, 1 p.m., city commission work meeting on
pier major development plan and pier contractor.
Nov. 30, 2 p.m., city commission informational semi-
nar on government in the sunshine.
Dec. 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
www.cityofbradenionbeach.org i "
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
4 M NOV. 29, 2006 U THE ISLANDER
Insurance: No solutions yet, rate debate continues
By Molly McCartney
Harrington House owner Frank Davis can't quite
believe what he's been hearing about the 767 percent
rate increase proposed by Citizens Property Insurance
Corp. for commercial wind coverage.
"It's mind-blowing," Davis said.
The proposal is so outrageous, he said, that it must
be part of a political showdown between Citizens, the
state's insurer of last resort, and state lawmakers, who
mandated one of the requirements behind the. Citizens
rate. proposal. "There is a little bit of political postur-
ing going on here," Davis said, "and if it isn't, then
everybody is in trouble."
Harrington House, a beachfront bed and breakfast in
Holmes Beach, is one of the dozens of Manatee County
commercial customers now covered by Citizens.
Wind rates for these small businesses, many of
them on Anna Maria Island, will skyrocket 767 percent
if the recommendation developed by Citizens actuarial
and underwriting committee is eventually approved.
The committee has recommended an increase of 1,263
percent for commercial wind customers in Sarasota
County. Substantial increases also are recommended
for residential policyholders.
But a firestorm has developed in recent days over
the proposed rates, which are scheduled to take effect
Bruce Douglas, chairman of the Citizens board of
governors, said last week that he opposes what his own
actuaries have proposed. In an interview published in
the St. Petersburg Times, Douglas said the March rate
increase must be eliminated because the economic
impact would be too severe. -
"I have no dog in this fight except to represent the
policyholders," the Times reported he said.
He will have his chance to do that when the Citi-
zens board meets Dec. 7 in Gainesville to consider the
Citizens, the state's largest insurer, has about 1.3
million policyholders and a loss exposure of nearly
Concern about that exposure was an important
force behind Senate Bill 1980, a new state law aimed
dard insurance companies.
In developing its rate proposal, Citizens also took
into account the higher rates charged by the Florida
Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association,
created in September to provide wind coverage for
commercial property owners who were not eligible
Actuaries for Citizens said their recommendations
for the March rate increases are rooted in state law.
But some legislators complain that Citizens went
beyond the requirements of the law.
State Rep. Don Brown, Defuniak Springs, was
quoted in a Sarasota Herald-Tribune story.last week
as saying that Citizens has misread the new law. He
noted that the proposed increases have "created a good
deal of consternation and h\ steria."
Brown also said, "If they want to press that issue,
at reducing future losses for Citizens and ultimately-the- wewilintervene -
state's taxpayers. State Rep. Bill Galvano, who represents i western
The law requires that Citizens include the cost of Manatee County, had expected a special legislative
reinsurance when setting its rates, even though Citizens session to be called for early December to address the
does not have to buy reinsurance. The idea, according Citizens rate proposals and the state insurance crisis.
to some insurance analysts, was to bump up Citizens "The word around the capital is that we will have
rates to make Florida a more attractive market for stan--a special session; but ft in December." he saidiiast
Store moving through Cortez Tuesday
By Jim Hanson
After a decade of problems and indecision, the his-
toric Burton Store is scheduled to be moved from the
west end of Cortez to the east.
It will start the journey about 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec.
5, and go east on 45th Avenue right through the historic
fishing village. Brett Johnson of R.E. Johnson & Son
Inc., of Palmetto, will do the tricky job.
Wires and cables must be lifted out of the way or
mo\ ed aside, and the three affected businesses have been
patient and generous throughout the long planning process,
said Roger Allen, manager of historic sites in Cortez.
The Johnson company will move the bulk), some-.
what shaky, old building from 48th Avenue and 124th
Street to the foundation prepared for it on the grounds
of the old 1912 school house;which has been restored
Egan accepted to
The Association of Editorial Cartoonists board
of directors recently accepted Jack Egan as a retired
member of the AAEC. Egan is the editorial cartoonist
for The Islander.
The AAHC is a professional association con-
cerned with promoting the interests of staff, freelance
.-and student editorial cartoonists in the United States.
The organization sponsors a Cartoons for the Class-
room program designed to aid educators at all lex els in
teaching histo-ry, economics. social studies and current
e% ents. The group, based in Harrisburg, Pa., also hosts
an annual convention.
in preparation for its new occupant, the Florida Mari-
time Nluseum. -
It will move n6rth on 124th to 45th Avenue, east on
45th to 119th Street and its new home. That will take
it through the main east-west street of the town, not
counting Cortez Road.
For a time, Cortez Road itself was thought to be
the only feasible route, given the problems % ith shifting
utility wires for the building on 45th Avenue, but that
was ultimately worked out "just splendidly, better than
we thought," said Allen.
It will end up costing a fraction of what was origi-
nally feared, for the three companies involved managed
to cut their charges to the bone.
Florida Power & Light-will donate its $1.500 costs
to the cause, BrightHouse Net works is N ailing its
$6.000 charge. and Verizon is.cutting its charge to the
minimum the la%% allows, $4,481.71.
The building is 20 feet wide and 27 feet tall, by
Johnson's calculations, not a big deal for his firm except
for ha% ing to go smack through the % village.
Burton Store is one of the first buildings in
Cortez, built by William Bratton in 1896 and leased
to Jesse Burton. He put in a small general store and
post office, and for \ ears it was the center of life in
the fishing village.
The Albion Inn %was added as a sort of attachment
to the store, and it and the schoo1l'ere among the only
surviving structures of the 1921 hurricane that wiped
out the rest of Cortez. The inn eventiallb was demol-
ishedand U.S. Coast Guard Station Cortez built there.
The store-section was rescued by the Cortez Village
S h Property
well as small
.-." Photo: Molly
week. "They are now talking about January."
Galvano was "very disappointed about the timing
for a special session, but the insurance issue has to be
dealt with. Everybody in the chamber is feeling it from
The challenge, he said, is for lawmakers to act in
time to impact the rates that insurers set for 2007.
Harrington House owner Davis is also eager for
solutions to the insurance imbroglio, which he says
" scares the checkout of etertbody" and threatens Island
residents as d ell as small businesseS.
- "Just about ever hotel on the beach is listed for
sale, and it's not just becauseof the insurance." hesaid.
"It is the taxes, the employee benefits, everything hit-
ting the small business people so hard that many of
them ha e to rethink their priorities and whether to sell
and get out."
Daviseand his wife Jo started their bed and breakfast
in 1989 and intend to keep it open as long as they can.
But small business owners can only absorb so much of
the increasiing costs for insurance and taxes,.he said.
"When you get all these costs eating away at you, the
margin ofprofit Bd indles ... and who knows how much
anif-individual-bu-siness can take."
improvements at Gulf
Drive-Cortez Road planned
Improve events to the Gulf Drive-Cortez Road
intersection in Bradenton Beach are planned for
sometime early in 2007.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie said
the Florida Department of Transportation was
expected to begin the process of bidding the
$650,000 project after the first of the year, with
a completion date of July 2007. Actual work on
the project should take about a month.
The project includes resurfacing of the road-
way in the area near the intersection and instal-
lation of a new traffic signal and "mast arm."
Other improvements could include longer turn
lanes, Chappie added, but the final design plans
are not yet finalized.
SAM meeting set for Dec. 2
Save Anna Maria Inc. has scheduled a general
.meeting for 10:30 a.m. Satiirday., Dec.:2.
SAM invited Joe Duennes, the superintendent of
public works for Holmes Beach, to attend and talk
about the proposed annexation into the citq of the area
around Kingfish Boat Ramp and plans for the GrassN
The meeting, open tothe public, will takedplace
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
For more information, call Nancy Deal at 941-
THE ISLANDER U NOV. 29, 2006 U 5
Everyone's i v ted!
All three Island cities' residents, officials, kids,
parents, grandparents Everyone!,
Absolutely everyone's invited to Holiday Fun Day.
C lAmRJMA\ PARABD AM
M @L AV. FU M DATr
10-3 Saturday Dec. 9
TI e Islander
MUSC FUN! FOOD!
Join the parade orwatch from the streets from Anna Maria to Coquina Beach,
where Santa will visit witih young-uns aboard ship. At Coquina, Chuck and
Joey Lester, on behalf of the Annia Maria Island Community Center, welcome
young and old alike to their traditional Holiday Fun Day. TV raffle courtesy
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6 E NOV. 29, 2006 0 THE ISLANDER
Breathe big sighs
Hurricane season officially ends Nov. 30. It came
and went this year without so much as a tropical storm or
a 35-mph breeze on Anna Maria Island and throughout
storm-ravaged Florida, Mississippi and New Orleans.
At the risk of causing a "big blow," everyone
here and along the coast should breathe a big sigh
- Call it Mother Nature's recovery. It was much-
needed in those areas where blue tarps still cover roofs,
families live crowded in trailers instead of their homes,
and local economies still struggle.
Flora and fauna and Florida beaches destroyed
and displaced by so many storms needed recovery
time, too. -
Despite early forecasts that called for another
abnormally high number of storms, we ended up
with a season that ranks in the "average" category.
Most of the storms were mired in the midst of the
Atlantic Ocean and, although disruptive to ship-
ping, did little harm to land. Bermuda did get hit a
couple of times. Ireland, of all places, also received
a record amount of rainfall from the remnants of
The end of hurricane season also marks the begin-
nings of our, hopefully, "high" tourist season. And
although the weather wasn't hot, hot, hot here for
Thanksgiving guests and visitors, it brought some relief
for those of us weary of three months of 95-degree,
95-percent humidity days and nights.
Golf, beach, cycle, skateboard, or just walk the
dog it feels great outdoors in this "change of
season." Just watch out for increased traffic and the
potential mix between cars, pedestrians and drivers
with no patience.
Sunny days and cool breezes at night are ideal
Who could ask for anything more? Paradise!
Let the lady sing ....
... other season thoughts
We're gearing up for a rush of events on Anna
Maria Island in the weeks ahead. From parades to
pirates, brunches to parties, open houses to wide-
open churches, now is the time to enjoy our little
place in the sun;, '
Don't forget Santa .he's coming to town.
Please be sure to avail yourselves of the festivities.
And try to throw a little extra in the collection pots for
those whose needs are greater than our own.
And have a good time. Let the season the holi-
day season begin!
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Your article regarding the loss of wind coverage at
our church, Island Baptist, had several factual errors
that need to be corrected. .
First, you stated that our application for Citizens cov-
erage was submitted by Ralph Warfel of Oswald Trippe
& Co. Our policy has been in effect for years and was.
originally submitted by our-former agent, Ken Christie..
Secondly, you stated that Mr. Warfel "assured
officials at Citizens and the church" that we qualified
for the coverage. Since Citizens had been writing the
policy for years, there was no discussion about such
qualification. We simply asked Mr. Warfel to service a
policy already written by Citizens.
Finally, you stated that our property is located at
8605 Gulf Drive. This address can not be used in deter-
mining the line since it is arbitrary. As you know, there
are no recognized street addresses in Anna Maria, just
I have spoken directly with Citizens to inform them
of this issue, since a portion of Island Baptist's property
is within 1,000 feet of the zone. I asked for specific
language in the law that would deny us coverage since
part of our property is within the 1,000-foot line and to
--date they have not responded.
It is disturbing that the article implied that Mr.
Warfel may have acted unethically to obtain the cov-
erage because he is a church member. Anyone who
knows Mr. Warfel, personally or professionally, is
deeply offended at the suggestion.
The Rev. Dale Lawson, senior pastor, Island Bap-
Editor's note: The Islander stands by the story, "Baptists
lose wind coverage." Reporter Molly McCartney has
reviewed the story and the materials that were the basis
for the story, including information from Citizens Prop-
erty Insurance Corp., church treasurer Jim Husbands
and insurance agent Ralph Warfel. The church has lost
its wind policy with Citizens because its buildings are
not in the state-designated wind zone.
Impact fee referendum
My fellow fire commissioners and I would like to
thank the citizens of West Manatee Fire Rescue District
for supporting the impact fee referendum on Nov. 7.
This referendum will allow the fire district to adopt a
new impact fee schedule after legislative approval.
Although undeveloped land remains minimal
compared to the fire districts in the northern and east-
ern part of the county, we believe there is still future
potential for additional growth and development in the
district. This impact fee referendum will not increase
the number of firefighters on shift, but will provide the
ability to purchase new equipment or facilities that are
the result-of the additional growth.
Once again, thank you for your support.
Jesse L. Davis, commission chairman, WMFRD
Thanksgiving thanks -
This Thanksgiving I would like to give a big
warm thanks to all the teachers at the School for*
Thank you for taking such wonderful care of my
children and making our days brighter.
I love you all.
Susan Belfiore, Cortez
To the judges of the recent Islander Pet Parade and
Costume Contest, thank you very much for picking
Babe the guinea pig for "one of a kind."
And-merry Christmas and a happy new year to my
Sandy Stewart, Holmes Beach
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THE ISLANDER NOV. 29. 2006 U 7
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Just the other day, I read that our 2006-07 Snow-
bird Season is already off to a "very strong start" now
that we're past the hurricane months and into the "the-
macame" months. And, after a dozen and a half years
welcoming them down here every winter, I've decided
that this year I'm going to do at least a little of the
coming back up there this winter to where I came here
from Plattsburgh, N.Y.
It's not that I'm looking forward to shoveling snow
again, or even to plugging in my car every night to
where I used to plug in my electric lawnmower in the
summer. It's merely that I've missed living through
January and February up there where all those poems
and songs and fairy tales the ones I had so much
trouble trying to believe when I was a little boy down
near New York City that came to life when we
moved up to Plattsburgh.
There, those unfulfilled childhood dreams I had
back in the real New York City finally became cold
- very cold hard facts.
Like surely you remember that old song that went
"over the river and through the woods to grandmoth-
er's house we go." Now, mind you, I grew up just
a couple of SUV lengths from downtown Manhat-
tan where we sang the song every year around the
Thanksgiving holiday, but no one there believed a
word of it.
For one thing, we knew only one river, the
Hudson. And the only ways to go over it were either
on the George Washington Bridge or the Wee-
hawken or Yonkers ferries. Does that sound like
"dashing through the show?" I knew even then that
they wouldn't let a "one horse open sleigh" over that
bridge or even a closed one.
Up in Plattsburgh though, we didn't need anything
like that to cross Lake Champlain in the winter. We just
walked across the ice.
The only woods around New York City were in
Central Park, and any female roaming around there
probably wouldn't last long enough to be a grand-
mother. So you see, it was just a song.
And then there's that poem, "T'was the night before
Christmas." I distinctly remember it opens up with "not
a creature was stirring ..
Can you imagine any time in New York City when
not a creature was stirring?
Dreaming about a "White Christmas" was another
childhood pastime in New York City. But even if it did
snow there, it turned black rather quickly.
However, we found that up in Plattsburgh, we had only
to dream how deep our "White Christmas" would be.
I was going to get into that song about "Jack Frost
nipping at your nose." I never met Jack up in Platts-
burgh, but during my first winter there, he nipped at
everything I owned.
Anyway, like I said, I'm ready to spend some
of the coming winter up north-in Plattsburgh, not
New York City.
And one last big plus for Plattsburgh: Down
in southern New York and New Jersey, we used to
hate winter because the ponds would freeze and
kill the fishing.
When the lake freezes in Plattsburgh, that's when
Believe it or not, it's the best place to spend the
winter. Take it from an old city boy.
And while I'm gone, please be nice to the Snow-
birds even the-ones that don't know how to use their
Parents get 'day out,'
children get fun
The second annual "Parents Day Out" will be Sat-
urday, Dec. 9, parents to be freed up for Christmas
shopping while their children enjoy themselves and
It will be at the sponsoring Island Baptist Church,
8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, from 1 until 6 p.m. It is
for all Island children from potty-trained to fifth-grade,
and teenagers will be welcome to help ride herd on the
The kids will spend the afternoon making Christ-
mas gifts and ornaments, watching movies and puppet
In the Nov. 28, 1996, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Members of the Barrier Island Elected Officials
gave a lukewarm reception to a proposal by a committee
of Island residents in favor of a community pool, citing
lack of widespread interest among the three cities.
Holmes Beach resident and baseball writer Chuck
Feeney was voted into the writers' wing of the Baseball
Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency
gave Florida residents affected by Tropical Storm Jose-
phine until Dec. 14 to register for FEMA assistance for
damage related to the storm.
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Nov. 19 56 72 0
Nov. 20 52 60 0
Nov. 21 46 60 1.00
Nov. 22 50 70 0
Nov. 23 53 71 0
Nov. 24 54 72 0
Nov. 25 56 78 0
Average Gulf water temperature 650
24-hour rainfall accumulation with reading at approximately 5 p.m. daily.
shows, and playing reindeer games. Popcorn, pizza,
cookies and sodas will be provided, and a "special
someone" will visit.
This replaces the regular "Parents Night Out" for
December. Space is limited, said Donna Perez, so she
asks that parents call her soon at 778-2979 to set it up
for their offspring.
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Costa Rica beckons well known Anna Maria artist
By Rick Catlin*
Anna Maria resident and artist Mark Alonso is
known to just about everyone who lives in the city.
Kids and grownups alike know him as the man who
makes quirky animal-like art work out of just about
anything: scraps of wood, old coconuts, pieces of
During city festivals, the holiday season, elections
and just about anytime, he can be seen pedaling his
"artsy" bicycle built for two or three around town, look-
ing for anyone in need of a ride.
Now, Alonso's artistry is being put to the test.
He's been hired to go to Costa Rica for a month as
a "visiting artist," courses\ of Island resident Robert
Erickson, who has a construction company in Limon
on the Caribbean coast. The company is involved in
construction and Alonso \% ill be called upon to add his
artistry to outside effects for houses, buildings, busi-
nesses and parks.
"Basically, it's whatever I come up with. I may be
building something, I might be decorating, I might be
just suggesting," said Alonso, who has never been to
"I'm really looking forward to going," said the popu-
lar Alonso, who grew up in Spain before coming to Amer-
ica during World War II and joining the U.S. Army.
But there's a downside to the upside of going to a
"It's going to be a pleasure-working trip," said
Alonso, who acknowledged he's heard that a fixed
income goes a lot further in Costa Rica than it does
on Anna Maria Island. He may be looking to relocate
to the country, particularly since he and his wife both
"When I first came to Anna Maria Island, I thought
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"The last few years have been a struggle for my
wife and I to live here," he said. "The Island is going
the way of the dinosaur. It's getting to be extinct except
for the super-rich. It's difficult on a fixed income."
The 30-day trip will help Alonso "explore the
simple life" that is reportedly found in Costa Rica.
"It's supposed to be the simple life like we used
to have in Anna Maria I don't know, but I'm looking
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THE ISLANDER M NOV. 29. 2006 2 9
SueLynn accepts honors
from city, Quam
While former Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn declined
to attend the city commission's Nov. 16 organizational
meeting where she was to have been honored for her
nearly five years of service to the city, she appeared to
let bygones be bygones and accepted an invitation to
a tree-planting ceremony Nov. 17 in her honor at the
Anna Maria Island Historical Society Park.
City officials planted an oak tree at the park, dedi-
cated a plaque in SueLynn's honor and presented her
\with a restaurant gift certificate. She was also given
an artist's depiction of what the tree will look like in
Commission Chairman John Quam made a brief
speech noting the former mayor's many accomplish-
ments during her tenure and thanking her for her dedi-
George Tooker, of
Anna Maria, works
on an oil painting
in the studio class-
room at the Anna
Maria Island Art
who started paint-
ing about 12 years
ago, has a show at
the league, 5312
starting Friday at
5:30 p.m. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
'Grandpa Tooker' gets art show
Old and new
New Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barfbrd, right, and
former Mayor SueLynn greeted each other at the tree
dedication ceremony held in. ana Maria Nov. 17 in
honor.of the ex-mayor. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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George Tooker eyed his painting.
He wanted more color, more depth. He wanted to
bring out the face.
He picked up his paintbrush and went to work on
The Islander took up painting about 12 years ago,
at the age of 74, encouraged by his late wife.
This week, Tooker's work is to be featured in a
one-man exhibit at the Anna Maria Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. The show, "George
Tooker: The Spirit Moves Him," opens Friday, Dec. 1,
and continues through Dec. 29.
Tooker's work is oil-based, and much of it conveys
a religious theme. Last week he worked in the studio on
a portrait of Jesus, and nearby were two other portraits
of Jesus. He has done others, as well as portraits of
Judas, the Madonna and child and Padre Pio.
"Religious paintings are out of favor today, that's
why I do it," Tooker said.
Painting transformed the Islander of 30 years.
"I call myself Grandpa Tooker," he said, smiling
slightly, to show he's not totally serious. He chuckled at
his reference to renowned folk artist Grandma Moses,
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who began painting in her 70s after abandoning a career
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Tooker doesn't compare his painting abili-
ties to Grandma Moses. Nor does he compare
his work to that of another George Tooker. That
Tooker, a cousin, is considered one of American
Magic Realism's more prominent visual artists.
-His eerie, mysterious paintings rarely go on the
block, but one piece recently sold for $500,000
at a Christie's auction.
Tooker the Islander said he's neither interested in
selling his work nor his reviews.
"The one who gets the most satisfaction out of it
is yourself," he said, adding that he tends to give his
paintings to relatives.
Since taking up painting, Tooker has enrolled in
classes at the art league and the Anna Maria Island
Community Center.-He also created a space in his home
in Anna Maria to paint a small studio withtwo easels
so he can work when he's in the mood.
"It's a great pastime," Tooker said. "It's a great way
to keep yourself active."
His advice to others interested in painting, whether
they are 7 or 74, "You don't have to be a Michelangelo,
you just need to enjoy it."
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turing dog contests, talent and fashion shows will be
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at G.T. Bray
Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton.
It is open to all dogs, as long as they're on leashes, have
inoculation tags and can "be social." Admission is cans or
bags of pet food, pet treats or toys, or cash donations.
Contests, which are open to all with a $5 entry
fee, are Canine Christmas Contests for longest ears,
smallest and largest dogs, and best tail wagging, at 11
a.m.; "American Fido" talent show at noon; and canine
fashion show at 1:30 p.m.
A dog house designed by Anna Maria architect Eugene
Aubry will be sold at auction, and there will be raffles, pet
portraits with Santa, and other animal events.
Additional information may be obtained by calling
Island churches bless
Habitat for Humanity home
Brenda Posada, hosted an open house on Nov. 19,
welcoming dozens to the new Palmetto home with the
white picket fence in the front yard.
But Posada's not selling. She's settling.
Posada on Nov. 19 celebrated the completion of
the Manatee County chapter of Habitat for Humanity's
68th home her home at 510 11th St. Drive W.
The Palmetto residence was built with the financial
and volunteer support of the Island churches.
Posada, who moved to Manatee from New Jersey
with her father and three children, also worked some
300 hours to secure the home.
During the dedication program, several Islanders
officiated. The Rev. Harry Parsell gave the invocation,
the Rev. Frank McGrath blessed the house, and the Rev.
Gary Batey spoke of the value of a home and the impor-
fance of performing good deeds, at home and away.
The Habitat house. Bates said. demonstrated the
partnership among the Island churches, and serves as a
reminder that the Island is not isolated from but rather
part of the county.
Home sweet dog home
For the Canine Christmas silent auction, Anna Maria
architect Gene Aubry designed and built a dog house.
The auction takes place at the dog park Saturday,
Dec. 2, at G.T. Bray Park (enter from 51st Street
West) in Bradenton. The event, with a talent show, a
fashion show, vendors, raffles and the auction, raises
money for local rescue groups and individuals that
- foster and care for homeless pets.
a-. ra a. Firm foundation
right, and support-
ers with Habitat for
Humanity and Island
at the dedication
of Posada's new
home on Nov. 19.
helped build the
Island Gallery West starts
Saturday art demonstrations
The season's first regular Saturday demonstration at
Island Gallery West will be from 10 a.m. to noon Dec.
2 with Dee Pastorius "Painting Holiday Glass."
Demonstrations will continue on Saturdays through
the winter season at the gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Additional details are available at 778-6648.
'Beads and Beading'
.scheduled in series at library
"The History of Beads and Beading" will be dis-
cussed by Island businesswoman Nica Rose at 6 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 3, at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, as part of the library's
"Local Business" series.
Other events at the library during December:
Monday, Dec. 4 and 18, internet class for begin-
ners, 8:30 a.m., with pre-registration required by calling
Tuesday, Dec. 5,,Famrnil Stor Hour at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 12, actress Barbara Knode and the
Asolo Theatre Guild Playreaders in a seasonal perfor-
mance at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 13, Friends of the Library Book
Club, 10:30 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 15, Friends board meeting, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 18, family origami with Judy Pruitt,
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sunday,
closing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m. Tues-
day and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is at
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The phone number
"Poor.Tuggerisms" author and Islander Jolie Bell,
right, talks with a customer during the annual "Art
and Attic Affair" sale Nov. 18 in the Island Shopping
Center, Holmes Beach. The event, featuring new art
and old items, raised money for the guild's scholar-
ship fund and promoted local artists, such as Bell.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
New day at
The Rev. Rosemary W.
Backer was installed
as the pastor at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church
in Holmes Beach on
Nov. 12. With the min-
ister are the Rev. Ken
Barrios, dean of the
left, and Bud Edgren,
vice president of the
t hurch worship and
music committee. The
Rev. Gary Batey of
Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church looks
on. Islander Photo.:
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Island writers for 19th time
Gretchen Edgren of Holmes Beach, author and
retired senior editor of Playboy magazine, will speak
to the Gulf Coast Writers group at its meeting at 10:15
a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Edgren has written extensively about the Playboy
enterprise, with two books published recently, and con-
tinues to be a contributing editor of the magazine.
The writers' meeting will be at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Additional
information is available at 778-3209 or 761-9036.
featured at Guild Gallery.
The opening reception for the show of Paula
Schoenwether's photographs at the Artists Guild of
Anna Maria Island Guild Gallery will be from 6 to 8
p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.
The exhibition will be from Friday through Dec.
31 at the gallery, 5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
- Demonstrations in the gallery during December
will be Barbara Hines showing how to make Christmas
cards from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, and Sue
Lynn Cotton demonstrating watercolor painting from
1:30 to 3 p.m.-Dec. 12.
Additional information may be obtained by phon-
ing the gallery at 778-6694.
Winterfest, the Anna Maria Island Art League's
"festival of fine arts and fine crafts," is almost here
again for its 19th edition Dec. 9 and 10 this year.
It attracts more than 100 artists and artisans every
year, and features much more than artworks: Music,
displays, raffles and other family-oriented activities
will be there.
Winterfest is one of two major fundraisers for the art
league, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the
arts here. The other is Springfest, coming in March.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both Winterfest days
at the city hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking.
The main feature is the village of booths featur-
ing artworks and their creators, with the works juried
and prizes awarded. In addition, artworks are raffled to
"give everyone a chance to collect great art for a small
donation" of six chances for $5.
Bluegrass, zydeco and classical Spanish guitar
music will be played by local performers throughout
the affair. A food court will bring specialties, such as
seafood, barbecue, Italian ice, and baked goods.
Community, historical and environmental organi-
zations will present interactive displays and explain
Additional information may be obtained by calling
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"Breaking Legs" opens this week at Island Players. The comedy was written by Tom Dulack and directed by
Phyllis Elfenbein. The cast is, from left, Bob Lamb, Steve Ivester, Joe Kerata, Bob Becchetti, Melanie Marquez
and Tony.Busciglio. The play runs through Dec. 10, with shows at 8 p.m. weeknights and two Sunday matinees.
The theater is quiet Mondays, and the box office at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, opens 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
Monday through Saturday, as well as an hour before performances. Tickets are $15. Additional information
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Wednesday, Nov. 29
8 to 9 a.m.- "Good Morning Longboat Key" at the Long-
boat-Lido-St. Armands Keys Chamber of Commerce, 6960
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466.
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Holidays at the Crosley Festival of
Trees, One Seagate Drive off North Tamiami Trail and U.S.
41, Sarasota. Information: 722-3244. Fee applies.
Thursday, Nov. 30
8 p.m. Opening night of "Breaking Legs" at the Island
Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-5755.
Friday, Dec. 1
5 to 7 p.m. Tree lighting at the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open
House in the Island Shopping Center and businesses sur-
rounding Gulf and Marina drives, including Santa visits at The
Islander, Holmes Beach.
6 to 8 p.m. Opening reception for photographer Paula
Schoenwether at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5413 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.
6 to 9 p.m.-- Holiday night on St. Armands Circle, Sara-
sota. Information: 388-1554.
6 to 9:30 p.m. Artists reception-for "The-Blue Briny:
Mermaids & More" at the Village of the Arts, along 12th
Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 747-0823.
Saturday, Dec. 2
7:30 a.m. to noon Guided nature walks at the Felts
Audubon preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information:
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club meeting with guest speaker
Larry Fowler of the Island Golf Club at Cafe on the Beach,
Manatee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
10 a.m. to noon Holiday glass painting demonstration
by Dee Pastorius at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 792-1039.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Canine Christmas Festival featuring
a talent show, contest and fashion runway at G.T. Bray Park,
51st St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-3611.
10:30 a.m. Save Anna Maria Inc. meeting with guest
Joe Duennes, superintendent of Holmes Beach Public Works,
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-4255.
6:30 p.m. Outdoor movie feature "It's a Wonder-.
ful Life" at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
7 p.m. "Sing We Noel" Magic of Manatee Sweet Ade-
lines Christmas Show at the Bradenton Christian High School
auditorium, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 751-
9788. Fee applies.
Monday, Dec. 4
8:30 a.m. Internet class for beginners at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Registra-
10:15 a.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting with guest
speaker Gretchen Edgren, former editor of Playboy maga-
zine, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-3209.
6 p.m.- "History of Beads and Beading" presented by
Nica Rose at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
7 to 9 p.m. "The Way of the Heart" with Kenneth
The Haitian Ministry brought baskets of the harvest for offering at the All Island Ecumenical Thanksgiving
service Nov. 22. The program, an annual event on the Island, took place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church's new pastor, the Rev. Rosemary Backer, delivered
the sermon. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Alonso at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Tuesday, Dec. 5
10 a.m. Family story hour at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Diive, Holmfes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Noon Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting with
speaker Roger Allen of the Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 350-4326.
6 p.m. Relay for Life kickoff meeting at the Moose
Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information:
Wednesday, Dec. 6
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information:
12:30 to 4 p.m. Anna Maria Island Community
Center hosts duplicate bridge at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Inforn'alion:
Sandi Nowicki art exhibit at the Artists Guild Gallery,
5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach through Nov. 30.
"Breaking Legs" at the Island Players, 10009 Gull
Drive, Anna Maria, through Dec. 10. Information: 778-5755.
Holidays at the Crosley Festival or Trees, One Seagate
Drive off North Tamiami Trailand U.S 41, Sarasota. through
Dec. 7. Information: 722-3244. Fee applies.
Photography exhibit of work by Paula Schoenvvetter al
the Artists Guild Gallery, 5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
through Dec. 31. Information: 778-6694.
Old-fashioned holiday display at Belle Haven Cottage
and Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, through Dec. 31. Information: 778-0492.
"The Blue Briny: Mermaids & More" at the Village of
the Arts, along 12th Avenue West, Bradenton, through Jan.
6. Information: 747-0823.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holiday out-
door decorating contest judging Dec. 7.
Art demonstration at Artists Guild Gallery Dec. 7.
*"Seussical" at RiverfrontT.heatre Dec. 7.
Snowfest holiday celebration at Bradenton Preparatory
Academy Dec. 8.,
Florida West Coast Symphony at Neel Auditorium
Parents night out at Island Baptist Church Dec 9.
Christmas celebration along Bridge Street Dec. 9.
"Sea Monsters" at Mote Marine Aquarium Dec. 9.
Annual Island Privateers Christmas Parade Dec. 9. :
Leon Merian's Big Band Extravaganza at the Riverfront
Theatre Dec. 9.
Winterfest at Holmes Beach City Hall Dec. 9-10:
Sarasota Shell Club holiday.auction at Mote Marine
Lawton Chiles Christmas party at Sandbar Restaurant
Save the Date:
"Messiah & More" Anna Maria
Orchestra and Choir concert Dec. 17.
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'Wonderful Life' celebration set Saturday
By Lisa Neff
"I do a pretty good George Bailey," Micah Yucho-
"Good" and "George Bailey" might seem redun-
dant when talking about the everyman hero of "It's a
Wonderful Life." But Yuchovich's right, the part-time
Bradenton Beach resident can do a pretty good George
Baile\. which h he performed without any coaxing for his
small lunch group at Cafe on the Beach.
"I'm gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories
high," he said on Wednesday afternoon.
Yuchovich, a retired firefighter whose summer
home is in Burlington, Vt., plans to be seated on a
-beach towel for the outdoor showing of "It's a Won-
derful Life" on Saturday, Dec. 2, in the field next to
Holmes Beach City Hall.
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Com-
mittee will present the film, one of several events this
week ushering in the holiday season. The Downtown
Holmes Beach Holiday Open Hobuse festil ities take
place Friday. Dec. 1.
"Parks and beautification has been planning this (movie
presentation) the last couple of months," said committee
member Dantia Gould. "I think it's a wonderful way to
offer a family-type kickoff for the holiday season."
Last year, the parks committee sponsored a show-
ing of "White Christmas" that drew an audience of
about 50 to 75 people.
"Last year was the very beginning, with due credit to
Carol Whitmore," committee chairman Jim Dunne said,
adding that the city explored various ideas for sponsor-
ing a movie under the stars. "Everybody who came out
thought it would be good to carry on with a tradition."
"I just enjoyed all the different people coming
out," committee member Pam Leckie said of last
year's showing. "It's something the Island can take
part in as a whole group. It's fun to see all the people,
Ho\% well do you know "It's a Wonderful,
Life"? See how many of these trivia questions
you can answer.
1. Clarence Odbody, George Bailey's
guardian angel, is said to have the IQ of what
2. Which ear does George Bailey lose his
hearing in during a childhood accident on the
3. True or False: Cornflakes painted white
Sere used for snow in the film.
4. What film title is on the movie house mar-
quee as George Bailey runs down the street in Bed-
5. What song do the townspeople sing at the
end of the film? -
6. True or False: The gym floor that opens up to
reveal a swimming pool was real and was located
at Beverly Hills High School in L.A.
7. What two Muppets share the name of two
"It's A Wonderful Life" characters?
8. Finish the line: "Sentimental ..."
.- n lt et5
1. -1 rabbit: 2. The left: 3. False. cornflakes had been used in films, but were loud and required
the dialogue to be dubbed in. So for "I hs a obndetufil Life," a new award-winning snow was created
isiniig soap, water and a firefi.Qlnin g, chemical called ftamite; 4. "The Bells of St. Mary's" in which
Henrn Travers. who plays Clarence. starred: 5. ".Auld Lantg Syne," but originally the script called for
"Ode To Jov'": 6. True.: ~. Bert and Ernit: S. "'hoensli"
a warm feeling.",
Hot chocolate will contribute to that warm feeling,
Like last year, Beach Bistro will supply free hot
chocolate and chocolate chip cookies at the concession
stand, which opens at 5:30 p.m.
About an hour later, the film will begin i th those
familiar shots of streets and buildings in the town of-
Bedford Falls, N.Y. The streets deserted on Christmas
Eve. The snow falling. The townspeople heard pray-
ing. "I owe everything to George Bailey. Help him,
Director Frank Capra once described "It's a Won-
derful Life" as the story of "a good man, ambitious.
But so busy helping others, life seems to pass him
Toni Creatnert; Ned Perkini and
Maar Creamer step into Christ-
inas past in historic Belle Hat en
Cottage n i/the grounds 0f the
Anna Maria Island Historical
Musetun, 402 Pine At e.. Anna
Maria. The tnusculn and local
businesses hosted a Christnas
4Walk on Nov. 24 to usher in the
holiday season. Thie holidaY
displays will remain through
Decenmbe,; open fion 10J a.n. to
4 p.mn. Tuesday through Sanradav.
Islander Photo: Lisa Ne-ff
by. Despondent. He wishes he'd never been born. He
gets his wish. Through the eyes of a guardian angel
he sees the world as it would have been had he not
Leckie has a fondness for the film. "It just makes
you feel good," she said. "It's one of those movies, just
a happy movie."
"We try to get a holiday film that everyone likes,"
said Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino,
the board's liaison on the parks and beautification com-
mittee. "It's a good family favorite."
The black-and-white film can be taken as a holiday
sweet, or, as the film villain's Henry F. Potter might put
it, "sentimental hogwash."
"It's like a candy cane," said Holmes Beach resi-
dent Nancy Ackerman. "I watch it every year at Christ-
mas. So romantic. I crn ever time Jimmyn Stei art finds
Zuzu's petals. I lo'e it."
The 60-N ear-old film can also be seen as a conmmen-
tarN on the human condition. Capra called "It's a Won-
derful Life" his statement to the "ears. disheartened
and disillusioned that "\ou are the salt of the earth."
"It's more than a feel-good movie. I think it's \er\
much a message mo\ ie about w hat is trul\ meaningful
in life." said film fan and Anna Maria resident Chris
Madison. "It's not material health h that we should mea-
sure our likes b\. but ho\% \%e touch others."
"It kind of brings things into perspective." said Zac-
cagnino. "I think a lot of times %we complain about the
little things when we're %en lucky. ... It seems like it's
alw ay sa wonderful life on Anna Maria."
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The Sandbar Res-
taurant in Anna
Maria is open
for business, said
owner Ed Chiles,
ances of the
tion project on
the west side of
the building that
is anticipated to
be finished by, the
Montez 'Tez' Dittman
Montez "Tez" Dittman, 89, of Holmes Beach, died
Born in Hamilton, Ohio, Mrs. Dittman retired to
Florida in 1986 from Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a librar-
ian at Lane Public Library in Hamilton. She and her late
husband Mel owned Dittman Foods in Cincinnati.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hos-
pice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL
34238, or Roser Memorial Community Church, P.O.
Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by nieces Becky Mejia of Califor-
nia and Ruthann Cowling of Indiana; nephews Ronald
Mann and Rick, both of Florida, Fred Matix and Keith
of Ohio, Steve of Georgia; and sisters-in-law Erma
McCreary of Ohio and Inez of Florida.
Col. Agustin 'Gus' Gonzalez
Col. Agustin "Gus" Gonzalez, 86, of Bradenton and
formerly Anna Maria Island, died Nov. 19.
Born in Tampa, Mr. Gonzalez spent 37 years in the
military, retiring from the Army National Guard as post
commander at Camp Blanding, Fla., and then spent 20
years with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 79,
Tampa. He was Catholic.
Catholic funeral services were Nov. 25 in Tampa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fallen
Patriot Fund at fallenpatriotfund.org.
He is survived by daughter Christina and son Remy.
M E QeNU
Monday, Dec. 4
Breakfast: Waffle Sticks, Yogurt, Cereal, Toast.
Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza.or Chicken Nuggets,
Peas, Chips, Peaches
Tuesday. Dec.5 :
Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito, Cereal. Toast, Peanut .
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Cheeseburger or Burrito, Spanish Rice,
MixedyVeggies, Pineapple Tidbits
Wednesday, Dec. 6
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Yogurt, Cereal, Toast, -
Lunch: Tacos or Breaded Chicken Patty on Bun,
White Rice, Oranges and Pineapple
Thursday Dbec. 7
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Cereal. Toast,
Lunch: Turkey Gravy or Hot Ham and Cheese
Sandwich, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes.
Strawberries and Banana
Friday, Dec. 8
Breakfast: Blueberry Muffin. Oatmeal, Cereal,
Lunch: Barbecue Rib Sandwicht or Pizza, Corn,
Tator Triangles,-Fruit Cocktail _
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
Kiwanians to hear
Larry Fowler. will diJcuss the 'Anna 1i ria
Island Golf Club when he speaksto thAiAnna
Maria Island Kiwanis Club at 7:30 a.m. Satur-
day, Dec. 2.
This will be the weekly breakfast meeting at
the- Cafe on the Beach, where Manatee Avenue
ends at the Gulf of-Mexico, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Further information may be
obtained by calling 778-4865.
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All the trimmings
Dick Ashman and Irene Lawson carve two turkeys in
preparation iibr the all-Island dinner at Isladu Baptist
Church .'605 Gult Drite. Anna M aria. on Not. 23.
The menu included nirkey, ham and all the triini inL
of a tradtonal Thanksgiving. Dozens auttnded the
lc lhration. "I think ii's wonderful thev tdo is."'
said dinei Gamle iNussbaum. of Bradenion. "-This is
the wav the holiuida\ is supposed to be celebrated."
Islander Photos: Lisa Neftf
Grouper fishing may
go to year's end
By Jim Hanson
Grouper fishermen may get a full run at their crop
this year, as quotas are slower to fill than the last few
years and the trip limits apparently are doing what they
were designed to do.
That's the word from fisheries regulators, and
it's good news to local commercial fishermen, most
of whom work out of the historic fishing village of
What it means is that instead of shutting down
about now with quotas filled, the season will remain
open much longer this year and perhaps will go to the
end of the year.
For the past few years, the quota of 8.8 million
pounds of grouper was filled and the season closed
weeks before the end of the year. Based on data com-
piled to date, it is unlikely to close in 2006.
Last year, the quota was filled and the season closed
in the Gulf of Mexico in October and a limit of 6,000
pounds of gutted grouper per trip was imposed for
2006. That was to slow the rate of harvest and extend
the season. It seems to have worked.
That will assure two more months of paydays for
the fishermen, as opposed to going the final months
of the year without an income. It also assures a steady
supply of wild-caught grouper for restaurants and
The declining gag grouper fishery is among the hot
topics being discussed at a meeting now in Galveston,
Texas, of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management
Council, a federally created agency to restrict catches
when a fishery appears threatened.
The serving line begins with volunteer Pam Leckie
dishing up the turkey at Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church. 512 Pine Ave.. Ana Maria. About 150
people celebrated the Not. 23 holiday with a com-
maniai. JOasti in the church 'i Fellowship Hall. The
Ret. Gar, Batey. of Rose.: 1 clcomned the guests and
invited them Ito aettnd s r't. cs atit the Island churches.
In prao %et. Baiev gave thanks jor the Island paradise
and its inanl blessings, including the opportuiiiny to
provide "'hospialirY in the whole w/ world "
Featured sale: Ihts home at 857
N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, sold.
in June 2002 for .$850.000 and in
November 2006 for $1,135,000,
an increase of $2S5,000 or 34
percent. It is a 1,827 sfla /2,312
sitir 3bed 2bath 2car lbal frint, i ,
home built in 1972 on a 72.137r'
lot. It sold II11 06, Grady to
Sand & S.iin. Investments LLC,
for $1,150W000; list $1,589,000.
The ,cot pet square foot is $621.
Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson
Current Island real estate
transactions may also be viewed
online at www.islander.org. Copy-
We welcome You.and Your Family to our
5-8 P.M., FRIDAY, DEC. 1
Enjoy the Holiday Spirit and Decorations *
Meet merchants, share refreshments at shops,
galleries and restaurants and kick off your holiday
season. Manatee High School Chamber Orchestra
performs starting at The Islander. All participants
and sponsors are located in "Ye 01' Business
District" surrounding the Island Shopping Center,
S&S Plaza, Island Fitness Plaza, and along Marina
Drive and Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
rjy 4 Honey-Bee of the Month j i '
Y-w4- Ethan Hagele Age 6
S- months. Son of Aleisha
Hagele of Bradenton.
S' Ethan is a happy and
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has a smile on his face.
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Island kindergartners offer water wisdom
By Diana Bogan
Students in Katie Boesen's kindergarten class are
not just growing wise, they are growing water wise.
For the past three years the Anna Maria Elementary
School teacher has quietly been fostering an under-
standing of the importance of water for our bodies and
Boesen began teaching her students that "water
matters" after learning funds are available from the
Southwest Florida Water Management District's youth
education program. She became a recipient of a "Splash
Grant," and she uses the funds to help her classes learn
the importance of water and sustaining life on earth.
With the help of parents, Boesen said she began
researching easy-reading texts about water and worked
with Harcourt publishers to compile a list of resources
to teach students about water sources and how it sus-
tains life on earth.
Since starting three years ago, Boesen now
integrates the study of water into her science and
social studies lessons. Students explore for three
months the topic through poetry, art, music and a
But Boesen says the lessons learned are ones that
students have taken to heart and have made a lasting
commitment to be good stewards of our water sources.
She says that many students have brought the message
"Water Matters" home to their families.
Among the many projects students have engaged
in, some on the home front include water conservative
landscape design, plans for consuming more water for
healthy living, plans for saving freshwater consumption
and many other innovative plans. For instance, parents
Mike and Stephanie Fischer followed a plan written by
their son Miles to conserve water while brushing teeth,
rinsing dishes and shaving.
Part of the learning process included special guest
presentations by members of the community. In addi-
tion to members of the Rotary Club and Sierra Club,
speakers included Joanne Driscoll, AME student Max
Driscoll's grandmom, who has studied water matters
in the Bradenton and Sarasota area for many years.
Boesen said students have used art as an outlet to
share what they learned and this year some of these
projects are available for sale. In an effort to spread
their water wisdom, Boesen's students have a Web site
and 2007 calendar that has just been published with the
Emily.Lathum-Turner and Tyler Pearson pencil in
designs that they and fellow classmates will paint
onto a rain barrel by Katie Boesen's Anna Maria
Elementary School kindergarten class. The rain
barrel will be auctioned at the Downtown Holmes
Beach Holiday Open House Dec. 1. The project is
one of many Boesen's students are undertaking to
learn about water conservation and raise funds to
benefit water-friendly organizations.
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The drawings were actually adapted from a book the
students published. The book also included written pas-
sages by the students.
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art pieces some of which are available for pur-
The student Web site is www.weatersaveus.com
and Boesen's students use it to share what they have
learned, sell greeting cards, their calendar and other
projects, and it offers links to reliable information
on topics such as conserving water through earth-
Boesen's current class is painting a rain barrel that
will be auctioned at the Dec. 1 holiday open house
for "downtown" shops in Holmes Beach. Funds raised
from this auction, sales of the calendar and all future
projects will be donated to Project Hope, which pro-
vides fresh water to Ugandan refugees.
The Rotary Club identifies needs in third-world
countries and shares information developed by local
organizations that research ways to conserve and pre-
serve the fresh-water access here, said Boesen.
"Our ultimate goal is to communicate our learning
and commitment to the world," said Boesen, "and set
up links through our Web site to information on how
water saves us and we can save water."
Boesen's students have even penned a poem, which
serves as a pledge of commitment:
The Sea's in You.
The Sea's in Me.
It is in every river, every child, every garden,
Rivers, glaciers, oceans and streams,
We wish you well,
We'll save you,
We'll keep you clean.
"The beautiful vista of Tampa Ba\ from our school
playground is a constant reminder of living water all
around us," said Boesen. 'The Web. site allows us to
celebrate our commitment and share our appreciation
of water's recreational value, its beauty and its healing
power to save us all."
To learn more, visit the Water Saves Us Web site,
or reach Boesen through AME at 708-5525.
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Islanders spark Manatee Her.icanes to strong start
By Kevin Cassidy
The Manatee High girls' junior varsity and varsity
soccer teams are off to great starts, thanks in part to the
contributions of Island residents Sean Edwards, Amber
Wright and Christina Papazian.
The junior varsity team is off to an impressive 6-
0-2 start that includes a 5-0 victory over Fort Myers
Bishop Verot on Nov. 20. Edwards, a freshman, started
her soccer playing career at age 5 in the Anna Maria
Island Community Center's recreational soccer league.
She is seeing a lot of playing time at outside midfielder.
Edwards says she is having a lot of fun with her fellow
JV teammates and has enjoyed learning new things
about soccer from JV coach Jeff Nelson.
Nelson is impressed with Edwards as well. "Sean
is a smart player who looks first to pass and create
combinations with her teammates."
Edwards who lives in Holmes Beach with brother
Patrick, mom Trish and father Don, was asked about
her best soccer memory. She didn't hesitate, saying,
"Making the team. I didn't know if I was going to make
it and was so happy when I did."
When asked what the future may hold for her,
Edwards wasn't sure. She definitely wants to play
soccer in college and would like to earn a living through
soccer. For now, she is concentrating on helping her
team remain undefeated.
The girls varsity team lost its opening match against
Sarasota, but has since reeled off six straight wins,
including impressive victories over Lakeland George
Jenkins and Fort Meyers Bishop Verot.
Junior defender Amber Wright and freshman goalie
Christina Papazian have both made vital contributions
to the Her-icane's success.
-Wright, a junior, is in her first full year of varsity
soccer after spending the last two seasons playing for
Nelson on the JV squad. She is a life-long resident of
Holmes Beach, where she lives with her younger brother
Alex, mom Angela and dad Andrew. Amber is also a prod-
uct of the Center recreational soccer league, getting her
first kicks as a 5-year-old in the instructional division.
In the Her-icane's 4-3 victory at George Jenkins,
Wright played the entire game marking Kayla Grimsley,
a dangerous senior forward, and held her scoreless. With
the return of all-area senior defender Hannah Brickse,
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Amber Wright all got their kicks in the Anna Maria
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Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Wright has assumed the role as a reserve defender, but
she's ready to play when called upon.
When asked what the future holds for her, Wright
wasn't sure, though she did express interest in pos-
sibly continuing her playing career in college if the
opportunity is there. Typical of a defender, Wright's
best memory in her two-plus seasons of playing high
school soccer is scoring a goal with her left foot against
Bayshore High in her freshman season.
Playing behind Wright and between the pipes for
the Her-icanes is freshman goalie and Longboat Key
resident Christina Papazian. Christina, along with little
brother Nick, mom Gigi and dad Rob, moved here from
Longbeach Island, N.J., two years ago, though she
pointed out that she was born in Seminole, Fla.
Papazian, who started playing soccer at age 8 in
New Jersey, has always been a goalie, though she
showed some field skills during the Her-icane's 8-0 vic-
tory on Nov. 14 over Bayshore High. Papazian started
at forward in the second half with the Lady Canes hold-
ing a 5-0 lead and promptly notched a goal and an assist
as the Her-icanes mercy-ruled the Bayshore Bruins.
Christina already has her future plans mapped out,
which is why she is attending Manatee High in the
first place. She wants to be a veterinarian and came to
Manatee because of the medical academy curriculum it
offers. She would love to continue her education toward
that goal while also playing goalie for the powerful
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When asked what her best memory of playing high
school soccer is, she didn't hesitate. "All of the pen-
alty kicks." Papazian has been between the pipes since
age 8 and until she joined the Her-icanes, she had not
faced a penalty kick in a regulation game situation.
She's getting her practice in now, facing one penalty
kick against the Sarasota Sailors in her first game, two
against George Jenkins, and one more against district
foe Port Charlotte during a three-game stretch.
Though she hasn't blocked one yet, she's guessed
correctly on all four penalty kicks so she's due to block
Congratulations and continued success to Christina,
Amber, Sean and the rest of their Manatee High soccer
Playing sports for your high school team?
Calling all Island athletes and parents. Give us a call
or send us an e-mail and let us know about any and all
athletic endeavors for your high school team. We're ready
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Ron Pepka's leaner blocked out any chance at the
Nov. 22 horseshoe matches for Sam Samuels and John
Johnson to rally, giving Pepka and partner Bill Starrett
the 21-17 victory to claim bragging rights.
Five teams emerged from pool play action on Nov.
18, which, combined with the return of shoe legend
Bill Starrett, made for some exciting playoff matches.
Starrett, who holds the pit record for seven consecu-
tive ringers, was teamed up with Ron.Slagh. They
advanced to the finals, but fell to George "Walker"
McKay by a 21-8 score.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Cheerleading signups begin
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registering boys and girls, ages 7-13, for its 2006-07
basketball cheerleading squads. Cost for cheering this
season is $35 for first child that is a center member
and $30 for any additional siblings. Cost for non-
members is $50 for the first child and $45 for any
The last day to register for the season is Saturday,
Dec. 8, so don't delay.
Registration will be held at the following times
and nights at King Middle School, 600 75th St. N.W.
6-8 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 30.
7-8 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 7.
6-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.
Cheerleaders each receive a uniform, including a
cheer shirt, skirt or shorts, and socks. Cheering is a two-
or three-hour per week commitment that includes two
games and one practice per week. Due to construction
at the Center, all games will be played Monday-Friday
at King School.
The Center is also looking for cheerleader squad
leaders. To sign up as a squad leader or to get more
information, contact the Center at 778-1908.
Register now for AMICC basketball
Boys and girls ages 5-17 (before Dec. 2) are invited
to register for the Anna Maria Island Community Center
2006 basketball league. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday
and Thursday, Nov. 28 and 30, players can register at
King Middle School, 600 75th St. N.W., Bradenton.
Cost for playing basketball is $45 and $40 for any
additional family-member players. Non-members fee
is $60 for first child and $55 for additional children.
Due to construction at the Center, all games this
season will be played at King Middle School.
Every child who registers will be placed on a
team, but all prospective and returning players must
first register and attend tryouts at the times and dates
Ages 14-17: 6-6:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.
Ages 12-13: 6-6:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.
Ages 10-11: 6-6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Ages 8-9: 7-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Ages 5-7: 6-6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Coaches and prospective coaches and volunteers
are-asked to check in with league director Andy Jona-
tzke at the Center.
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No%. 14, 300 block of Gulf Drive South, traf-
fic arrest. A woman was cited for driving with an
'Nov. 18, 100 block of 24th Street North, trespass.
A man requested a trespass warning be issued to a male
living with his daughter. According to the report, the
father owns the property and his daughter was not to
have anyone living with her.
Nov. 18, 2400 block of Avenue B, resisting arrest.
Officers responded to a fight in progress. Upon arrival,
the officers witnessed a male hitting another man that
he had pinned down. According to the report, once offi-
cers made their presence known the suspect became
verbally abusive and resisted arrest.
Nov. 18, 400 block of Gulf Drive North, warrant
and drug arrest. During a routine traffic stop, Kevin
Tupin, 21, of Bradenton, was arrested when officers
found him to be in possession of two pipes. Accord-
ing to the report, a pipe used for smoking marijuana
was in plain view of the officer when Tupin exited his
vehicle and a second pipe used for smoking cocaine
was reportedly found in the waistband of Tupin's pants.
The suspect was also wanted on a Manatee County
warrant for violation of probation.
Nov. 19, 100 block of Gulf Drive North, driver's
license. Officers contacted the driver of a car parked at
the beach after hours and at that time established the
person's driver's license was suspended. The man was
reportedly advised to make other arrangements for trans-
portation. According to the report, the man was seen later
the same evening driving the vehicle and was arrested.
Nov. 19, 200 Gulf Drive N., BeachHouse Restau-
rant, theft. A woman reported that she placed her wallet
on the dining table and forgot to take it when leaving the
restaurant. When she returned the wallet was gone.
Nov. 20,2601 Gulf Drive N., Sandpiper Resort, crim-
inal mischief. The convertible top of a vehicle parked at
the mobile home park was reportedly damaged.
Nov. 18, 4600 block of Gulf Drive, traffic arrest.
A woman was cited for lacking proof of insurance and
Crash in Cortez sends
woman to hospital
An early evening one-car crash in Cortez sent
a woman to Bayfront Medical Center Nov. 24.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol,
Donna Ann Mendoza, 42, of 115th Street West
in Cortez, was westbound on Cortez Road when
she lost control of her 1997 two-door Chevrolet
vehicle. The car spun out of control and struck a
tree at 119th Street.
Mendoza was taken by Bayflite medical helicop-
ter to the St. Petersburg hospital. FHP officials "suspect
alcohol and/or controlled substances were a contribut-
ing factor in the crash," according to troopers.
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proper vehicle registration.
Nov. 18, 5424 Marina Drive, Jessie's Island Store,
warrant arrest. A man was arrested on a Manatee County
warrant for violation of probation.
Nov. 18, 300 block of 56th Street, trespass. A
woman reported that she suspected a man previously
issued a trespass warning was prowling around her
home. According to the report, when officers found
the suspect at the back doorstep of the woman's home
and he was arrested.
Nov. 16, 4600 block of Gulf Drive, traffic crash.
An officer observed a trolley stop bench that had been
destroyed and damage to a nearby condominium sign.
The sign for the trolley stop was reportedly found in
the middle of the road. Residents reported hearing a
loud crash around 3 a.m. but did not see the accident.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine estimated the
value of the damage at $1,200.
Nov. 20, 500 block of Key Royale Drive, criminal
mischief. A man reported that a rock had been thrown
through the window of his parked truck.
Nov. 20, 6200 block of Flotilla Drive, Baker Act.
Officers responded to a possible domestic situation.
Both a woman's mother and husband informed police
of their concerns that the woman was not taking her
medication or caring for herself. The woman was taken
into custody under the Baker Act.
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Taking a look back in time to hurricane season long ago
With Hurricane Season 2006 in its final few days,
here's a blast from the past as the St. Petersburg
-Times put it as you contemplate those leftover
It seems that the early European settlers at Plym-
outh Rock had to contend with a Category 3 hurricane
not long after they settled in their new world. The storm
hit in August 1635, making landfall in what would later
become Long Island and then traveling north into New
England. The storm packed 130-mph winds and had a
21-foot flood surge.
It was a fast-moving hurricane at about 30 mph, so
the impact was fierce but fleeting. There was enough
, of a blow, though, to wreck houses and ships. Power
outages were minimal, of course.
According to a report by William Bradford, leader
of the Plymouth colony, "Such a mighty storm of wind
and rain as none living in these parts, either English
or Indian, ever saw. It blew down sundry houses and
uncovered others ... it ble"% down many hundred thou-
sands of trees, turning up the strongest by the roots and
breaking the higher pine trees off in the middle."
The "Colonial Hurricane." as it has been called,
has sent a message to storm trackers of today. A similar
storm, on a similar path, could pretty much take out
a huge swath of the country. And yes, power outages
would be a bit more widespread today than what the
Pilgrims had to deal with in 1635.
Happy end of Hurricane Season 2006. Time for
Tsunami to the west
An earthquake-spawned tsunami from Japan snuck
up and smacked Crescent City, Calif., a week or so ago,
causing about $1 million in damage. There are some red
faces on the tidal wave forecasters, not a result of the
first warning, which came pretty much on schedule, but
another big wave wasn't forecast came three hours later
with no warning.
According to the journal Nature, a harbor master
in the city watched the surprise wave and commented,
"It looked like the tide coming in really fast. The water
would go from high tide to low tide in the span of
maybe 10 minutes." The waves reached a height of
about 6 feet.
The earthquake was a magnitude-8.1 trembler,
which took place off the Kuril Islands near Japan. Five
hours later, Crescent CitN got hit bN the waves.
Apparently. the Pacific Ocean-fronting city has
something of a tsunami history. A wave -killed 11
people there in 1964, the only fatalities in recorded
history in the continental United States resulting from
a tidal wave.
We've got all.this advance warning data streaming
into the "command centers" that watch for such waves:
As the Nature article put it, "So why was the warn-
ing called off? The decision was based on the small
predicted size of the surge, says Paul Whitmore of the
West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. It was
a classic example of officials struggling to balance the
need for warning with the dangers of a false alarm, he
adds. Other experts say they agree with the tough deci-
sion, but the 'event has left some calling for changes in
the U.S. tsunami alert system."
As one expert put it, "We consciously decided that it
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wasn't appropriate to warn the entire state of California
for this event, so we did a very targeted, one-on-one,
The harbormaster got a call, but the waves
were later than anticipated and much, much larger
The whole incident is similar to those that hurri-
cane forecasters face every time a storm starts brew-
ing in the Atlantic. If you order an evacuation, and
the storm dwindles or changes course, the chances are
good that the next time a storm comes that way, people
will blow you off, not leave, figure you don't know
what you're doing, and people will die.
Unlike our hurricane gurus, it seems that there
isn't much in the way of gray in tsunami warning
circles. It's coming, or it's not, is about the way they
play the game.
After the Crescent City debacle, that may change..
As one'guy put it, "When we call a warning, it's either
all on or all off. There needs to be a level of warning
that doesn't trigger that massive response an advi-
sory that just tells people to stay off the beach and out
of the water."
Makes sense, doesn't it?
Landscape assistance available
There's some planting assistance available to you,
and it's free.
"The Manatee County Extension Service's Flor-
ida Yards and Neighborhoods program began offer-
ing landscape planning assistance to homeowners in
August 2006," according to the agency. "The program
has been a huge success with positive feedback from
both participating homeowners and the Master Garden
Yard Advisors who meet with individuals. We are
extending this program into 2007 and have dates avail-
able for homeowners who haven't yet taken advantage
of this free service."
Sessions are available on the first Wednesday after-
noon and the third Monday morning of each month
from January through June. Homeo%\ ners can sched-
ule an appointment by calling 941-722-4524, ext. 237,
or by completing the online form at manatee.ifas.ufl.
If you go to the session, they suggest you bring a
drawing of your property or site sketch. pictures of the
- ard and plants, and any ideas about what you want to
create in the landscape. "Yard Advisors will work with
you on your ideas to help you create a Florida-friendly
landscape plan. You'll receive the FYN Handbook,
workbook, checklist for) ard recognition, and the UF/
IFAS 2006 plant list.
Sounds like a good deal, all brought to us by the
Liniversityr of Florida Manatee County Extension Ser-
vice, Southwest Florida Water Management District,
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Fishing bans spreading
My old buddy Dr. David Tomasko told a good story
years ago about what he called "taboo zones" in the
Pacific. It seems that islanders there would often come
up with a part of the water that all agreed would not be
fished for a while, allowing the critters to grow fat and
numerous to be caught another day.
They'd been doing that fishing taboo for thousands of
years, Now, it would appear, we're finally catching on.
The Florida Cabinet agreed to extend a no-fishing
preserve in the Dry Tortugas, west of Key West. The
total preserve is more than 260 square miles, and no
fishing of any kind is allowed in the zone.
Fishery experts hope the zone will allow a
-resurgence of oft-overfished stock like red snap-
per and grouper.
It's the largest fish preserve in North America.
California is following Florida's lead, with about
200 square miles of preserve scheduled to be put in
place early next year. The preserve there stretches from
Santa Barbara to San Francisco, and is expected to aid
in the recovery of rockfish, abalone and shellfish.
Naysayers state that the zones aren't needed, that
the bans will only increase imports from abroad, and
that the stock is in fine shape as it is. "We're being
regulated out of business," one fisher said.
A scientist with the Natural Resources Defense
Council countered the arguments with a flat statement:
"We've mismanaged the oceans from abundance into
scarcity. We can't protect our oceans without setting
aside safe havens where fish can grow big and the
whole food web can thrive."
Preserves seem like a pretty good compromise to
me. Establishing no-fishing zones sure makes more
sense than an outright ban on using one type of gear,
like gillnets, to attempt to save our natural resources.
Los Angeles has come up with a'fan palm ban.
City council members have decided not to plant any
more of the tall, willowy palms that have been the
city's mainstay for decades, opting instead to plant
the more pedestrian sycamore, oak or other native
species that provide more shade, although not quite
the same ambiance.
It's the end of another era.
Flood insurance material from the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency and the National Flood
Insurance Program is available at Holmes Beach City
Hall and the Island Branch Library.
Available information includes advice on disaster
protection, flood risks, insurance coverage and hiring
contractors for rebuilding.
For more information, go to www.floodsmart.gov.
Or to obtain answers to questions about floqd maps,
elevations or building regulations, contact the Holmes
Beach Building Department, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
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Wind kicks up seas, kicks down fishing offshore
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Rough weather kept a lot of the fishing action close
to shore last week, but for those willing to go out in
the Gulf of Mexico, kingfish were a good bet. Kings
were running up to 25 pounds.
Backwater fishing for sheepshead, redfish, trout
and some snook were also reported, plus some big
flounder catches. Black drum are also a good bet from
the piers on the Island.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said rough seas
and strong winds kept most of the offshore boats at
the dock last week, but inshore fishing was good for
sheepshead. Whiting and pompano are a good bet in
the passes, and redfish are being caught in the canals.
Tom at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there
caught some small redfish, black drum, a couple nice-
sized snook and a bonnethead shark last week.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
sheepshead have been a good catch for pier anglers,
as well as a few mackerel, small mangrove snapper,
black drum and some snook at night.
Capt. Mark Johnson at Annie's Bait and Tackle
in Cortez said he's been getting his charters onto a lot
of small redfish and a few big ones. He's also catching
some snook in the canals, with all the backwater action
coming from shrimp-baited hooks. Offshore kingfish
action is good, with the run pretty much running in
the 20- to 25-pound range. Grouper fishing was also
good until the cold front and it's strong winds drove
the boats closer to shore.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he took the "Biddle Boys"
from Rye, N.Y., on their annual Thanksgiving trip
and boated a mixed bag of redfish, snook, mangrove
snapper, trout, sheepies and jack crevalle. "All of the
fish were taken in Palma Sola Bay, Sarasota Bay and
the beaches of Anna Maria Island," Capt. Zach said.
"Shrimp was the primary bait fished on the tail of
an outgoing tide and the first of an incoming tide on
Friday. The cold front really dropped the water tem-
peratures and whitebait supplies are on the wane for
the w inter months." He said the weather for this week.
should be beautiful with air temps in the 80s. "That is
-great for comfortable fishing, but the best thing right
now'would be for the winter pattern to set in firmly
and reinforce that style of fishing for the next couple.
of months," he added.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
sheepshead and snapper are being caught by the Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay, black drum and
redfish are in the Manatee River, and there are lots of
snook coming out of Terra Ceia Bay.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include a
slow mackerel bite right now, as the water tempera-
tures drop. There are good reports of reds coming out
of Miguel Bay, though, as well as sheepshead by the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge ship channel, and flounder
fishing has really picked up in the past week or so.
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On my boat Magic, we caught redfish, black drum
and sheepshead, with most catches running small,
although there were enough big reds caught to keep
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide a fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@
islander.org. Please include identification for persons
in the picture along with information on the catch and
a name and phone number for more information. Snap-
shots may be retrieved once they appear in the paper.
starting, looking good
By Jim Hanson
The mullet are running and castnetters are cashing
in, though nothing like they hope to do as the season
With an unusually early start, the big run of the
fish will end in early January, according to nature's
schedule that's when the eggs are all laid and fertil-
ized and the fish lose their plumpness.
Right now "they're really nice and fat," said Karen
Bell of the A.P. Bell Co., largest fresh fish processor in the
area. The prices paid to fishers are around $1 per pound,
with females bringing far more than males because they're
the ones with the highly valued, high-priced roe.
The roe is similar to caviar, and many markets
abroad sell it as caviar. The rest of the fish is smoked or
sold as a high-yield, low-cost protein. South America
is a particularly good market for the fish, Bell said.
It is caught with castnets nowadays, work fit for
the exceptionally strong and determined. The nets are
circular and of varying sizes, and are whirled out over
the surface and allowed to sink to the bottom. Hauled
to the surface, they hopefully will have snared many
heads of mullet.
A good castnetter in a good run of mullet can make
up to $1,000 a day, said Bell. About 20 fishers work
out of Cortez for the season, nearly all of them taking
time off from regular jobs to fish.
Some years Bell buys and processes 200,000 pounds
and more of the fish, but last year was "a bummer," she
said. Red tide was a season killer then, but there is no
indication of any such calamity this season.
The mullet must be netted because, unlike other
fish, it is a vegetarian and can't be caught with bait on
a hook and line. For years they were disdained, used as
animal food and fertilizer. Now, though, it is accepted
widely as a food fish and Cortezians have developed
ways of cooking them that make mullet a delicacy.
The mullet roe season begins about Thanksgiving
and usually lasts until sometime in January.
Snook Trout Redfish Tarpon Grouper Cobla
Capt Mark Howard Inshore/Nearshore
Capt Mark HowardG licensed/nsred
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Jeff Bailey, visiting from Felton, Calif., caught this
40-pound cobia while fishing offshore with Capt.
Wayne Genthner of Wolfinouth Charters. The big fish
was reeled in on 8-pound-test line. Other catches of
the day included mackerel, lemon sharks and small
grouper. Jeff was joined by his father Don for the
day on the water.
Garden club gets dirt on potted plants
Ervin Shannon, of the University of Florida Exten-
sion Service Manatee County, talks to the Anna
Maria Garden Club about container gardening. The
club held its first meeting on Oct. 18 At Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria
City. Shannon is a specialist in small farm and veg-
etable gardening. The next meeting of the club will be
held Dec. 13. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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SALE: NIKI'S GIFTS, Antiques, Jewelry. Weekly
specials, 50-gallon saltwater fish tank with wood
cabinet and pump, was $379, now $50. X-mas shirts
were $19.98, now $3, all sizes. Porcelain dolls with
stands were $17.98, now $4. All sterling jewelry 50-
80 percent off. Furniture, paintings, reduced, select
antiques, jewelry, porcelain, crystal. Orientals 50-80
percent off. Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm.-941-
779-0729. 5351 Gulf. Drive, Holmes Beach.
KING-SIZE BEDROOM set: Dresser, mirror, armoire,
two side tables, headboard. Medium-yellow wood
with bamboo-look trim. $250. 941-779-0709.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, 941-795-1112 or 704-8421.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. 941-778-7978. "
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
MOVING SALE: 8am Saturday, Dec. 2. Tools, lawn
mower, furniture, dishes, linens, glassware, and
more..3619 116th St., Sunny Shores Mobile Home
DOWN SIZE SALE: 9am-1-pm Saturday, Dec. 2.
Classic Christmas items, mission-style king size
bedroom outfit, electric range, oak entertainment
center, futon, bathroom sinks, many household
items. 6923 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
GARAGE/CONTENTS OF rental unit sale: noon-
5pm Friday, Dec. 1, and 9am-2pm Saturday. Dec.
2. Quality home furnishings. Thomasville sofa and
iloveseat, cottage-style kitchen and dining sets, wall
units, coffee and end tables, palio furniture, wall
decor, refrigerator and much more. Everything goes!
308 68th St., Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE: 9am-noon Saturday, Dec. 2-..
Dining and living room sets, accessories, tools and
more. 217 71st St., corner Holmes Blvd. and 71st
SSt., Holmes Beach.
FABULOUS GULFFRONT At north end inh -spe:- ,
tacular views of Gulf, dunes and sea oats. Very large
2BR/3BA, 2,400 sf ...
BAYFRONT Large 2BR 2BA ho-,use withi new. tile flcor-
throughout, plus great mother-in-law apartment. New
dock on deep sailboat'I ater Great view. $995,000,
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GIGANTIC YARD SALE: 9am-4pm Friday and Sat-
urday, Dec. 1-2.. Furniture, girls clothes, sizes 3-
8, books, toys, dishes, pots, pans, knick-knacks,
lamps, microwave, bike and much more. 7204 Palm
Drive, Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE: 8am-2pm Friday and Saturday,
Dec. 1-2. Household items, old wrought iron patio
furniture. Two designer leather sofas,$950 each,
queen mattress set, headboard and two night-
stands, $400, tiger -eye antique oak sideboard and
HOUSE DEMOLITION and moving sale: Saturday,
Dec. 2. Furniture, fixtures and personal items. Dining
plus retro furniture, lighting, stove, dishwasher, cabi-
nets, doors, etc. 812 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
ST. BERNARD'S RUMMAGE sale: 9am-1pm Sat-
urday, Dec. 2. Great selection of jewelry, clothing,
Christmas items, crafts, white elephants, plants and
food. 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
BUDGET BOX: Free flea market 9am-2pm Satur-
day, Dec 9. Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, Saturday,
10am-2pm. 941-746-4906. 401 42nd St. W., Bra-
LOST: BLACK AND while cat. Name is Zeus, he is
5 years old. Please call 941-778-1746. Last seen on
Guava Street between 58th Street and Gulf Drive.
LOST DOG: Black-and-white Border collie., wearing
red collar. Information on collar is wrong. Name is
Cocoa. Please call Louise, 941-518-7336.
MISSING DOG!! OLD black Labrador wandered
awayfrom yard at 509 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. His
name is Heck, wearing a blue and orange "Life is
Good" collar, very deaf, nearly blind and senile.
Please call Adele at 941-587-6328.
.FOUND: WATERSKI. NEAR Perico mangroves. Call
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult.
Call 941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.cmasdi-
BAYSIDE BANQUET HALL Affordable waterfront
patio and tiki bar available for events. Bring your
own food, drinks and grill. 941-798-2035;. www.bay-
WATERFRONT BAY SIDE
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BRADENTON BEACH NEW RENOVATION
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ISLAND CANAL HOME REDUCED 3BR/2.5BA wiin 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, boat lift Turnkey furnished.
$1,100.000. Call Micrel Cerene. Broker, 941-545-9591 evenings
KEY ROYALEThis outstanding 3BR/3BA canalfront home has been
renovated, updated, and added on. Extensive pavers, brickwalkand
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 Craf wnih twin 150s-will stay with full price offer. Offered at
$1,650,000. Call Zee Catanese, Realtor, 941-742-0148 evenings.
SAN REMO SHORES REDUCED Situaied on deep water canal,
2-3BR/2BA. den, ceramic tile. new kitchen 2005. fwo-car garage.
barrel lile roof privately situated $499,900 Call Marion Ragnm,
Realtor, 941-720-7046 evenings.
AZALEA PARK4BR/2BA, in Bradentonropenfloorplan,fireplace, family
room, plus Forida room, roof November 2002, steps to community
pool. $384,900. Call Zee Catanese, Realtor, 941-742-0148 evenings.
'5910 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
Web site: www.smithrealtors.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 infor-
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
GUARDIAN AD LITEM volunteers needed: A guard-
ian ad litem is a trained volunteer appointed by the
court to represent and advocate for the best interest
of children who have been abused, abandoned or
neglected. Make a positive impact! Call 941-744-
9473 or visit www.12circuitgal.org.
NEED A MEETING place? Try the conference room,
Tingley Memorial Library. Eveann Adams, 941-779-
1208. 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
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.
1997 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER for sale: Perfect
for Island driving, pull boat, haul plants. 4-wheel
drive, V-8, automatic, leather, new tires, one owner,
high mileage, but runs great. $2,500. 941-794-
SCOOTER: 2004, 45 mph-plus, Yellow and gray,
nice! $999 or best offer. 941-778-1916.
BOAT FOR SALE: 14-foot aluminum Grumman.
Every accessory. Electric start. 25-hp, Mariner with
FOR SALE: 1998 17-foot Maxum boat. 120-hp
Mercury engine. Runs fast! $3,500. Call 941-779-
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
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BEAUTIFULLYAPPOINTED ISLAND HOMEThistastefully decorated
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include formal dining area, textured ceilings,;-tiletopvanities, and -
a sunny patio with plenty of room for a pool. There is a handy
circular driveway, outdoor shower, sprinkler system, and lush
tropical landscaping. Best of all, the 'sparkling Gulf of Mexico is.
only a short stroll away! Tucked away at the secluded north end,
this choice property is priced at $799,900, furnished. Hurry!
THE ISLANDER E NOV. 29, 2006 U 25
HELP WANTED: CLERICAL/administrative assis-
tant. Experienced in multi-tasks, good customer
service and computer skills. Great benefits. E-mail
resume and salary requirements to: t.jmix@adel-
FULL AND PART-TIME sales position. Retirees wel-
come. Flexible six-hour shifts. Openings in Anna
Maria Island and Holmes Beach gift shops. 727-
244-5906 or 941-778-8607.
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting quadriplegic. Morning, 8am-1 pm and over-
night, 10pm-8am, shifts available. Travel opportunity.
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HOLMES BEACH POOL HOME
2BR/2BA open plan. Vaulted ceiling, wet bar, deck, large lot,
fenced yard, pool and hot tub. $559,000.
RIVERVIEW BOULEVARD PRIZE
2 or 3BR/2BA Cape Cod with charm and warmth, fabulous
trees, terraced patios and more. $529,900.
B3R 2 S BA with fabulous, direct Sarasota bay views. Nature
lovers look only if you plan to buy. $1,124,900.
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.
ANNA MARIA CONTEMPORARY
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
-R.Bamboo flooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping. library ind rcuLi.iurnu $459,900.
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.
FLAMINGO CAYWATERFRONT POOL HOME
3BR/2BA plus den, heated pool, new roof and landscaping,
dock and boatlift, direct access to Intracoastal. $859,000.
HOLMES BEACH WATERFRONT
3BR/2BA home. Tile, pavers, fence, room for pool, new dock,
direct access to Tampa Bay. $759,900.
GULF PLACE CONDO
3BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, beautiful
beach, on-site management, excellent rental. $995,000.
BEACH HOUSE LARGE LOT
4BR/2BA just steps to white-sand beach, turnkey furnished,.
deck. Seller financing. $1,299,000.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO
IBR/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.
TRADEWINDS RESORT VILLA- 1BR/1BA, Pool. $329,900.
-KEY ROYALE BAYFRONT 3BR/2.5BA, Dock. $2,400,000.
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS CONDO 2BR/2BA, Patio. $349,900.
SUN PLAZAWEST CONDOS 2BR/2BA. From $675,000.
PERIWINKLE COTTAGE 2BR, Close to Beach. $649.900.
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EXPERIENCED COOK AND dishwashers, will train.
Full and part-time needed for small, very busy res-
taurant. Mr. Bones, 941-778-6614.
HARRY'S CONTINENTAL KITCHENS now hiring:
baker, pantry and line chef, servers, bussers, deli
and catering personnel. 941-383-0777, or e-mail
info @ harryskitchen.com.
FULL-TIME LICENSED real estate agent wanted
for a team position at Sky Sotheby's International
Realty. Opportunity to be mentored by experienced
agent includes base pay plus incentives. Must know
Anna Maria Island. Scan resume to terry.hayes@
LOOK WHAT'S NEW: Two Scoops Ice Cream Parlor
and Coffee Cafe. 101 S. Bay Blvd., Bayview Plaza,
Anna Maria Island. Now hiring full-time evening
lead person and part-time staff with varied work
schedules. Experience not required but helpful.
Great pay and a great place to work and have a
little fun. Owned and operated by your friends from
Two Sides of Nature at 101 S. Bay Blvd., Unit 1.
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.
2716 PALMA SOLA Exquisite full bay views from every room of this 5,000 sq. ft, custom on over half an acre.
Features 5BR, 4 car garage, library, great room, pool and multilevel terrace. Lots of space for family and entertaining.
24071 JENNINGS ROAD Beautiful home BRADENTON-19600 E STATE ROAD
on 6+ acres in park like setting directly on 64 EPICUREANS TAKE NOTE! Old Mission
Lake Manatee. Vineyard, a unique home on 20 acres with
mature grapes and spring-fed stream.
513 56TH ST Holmes Beach.Waterfront full
bay-view with custom dock and lift. Features
quaint Florida cottagewith darling guest apt.
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PALM AIRE COUNTRY CLUB 5523 7516 MARSH ORCHID Adorable turnkey 6200 FLOTII:LA, # 268. WESTBAY POINT
COUNTRY LAKES TRAIL Palm Aire. Bring the furnished 2BR/2BA in prestigious Tara MOORINGS. All new carpet and paint, 2nd
golf clubs, all new kitchen, tile, paint and carpet. Preserve. Bring the golf clubs and enjoy your floor end unit with water view. Great deal,
Lovely country club community. lake view from this ground floor condo, least expensive unit offered!
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BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT BUSINESS,
$299,000. Buy building alone for $1,600,000or
buy both for $1,690,000. Confidentiality agree-
ment required. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
For more great business and realty buys: www.
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
GIFTS/DECOR FOR patio, home and garden.
Enchanting shop, fun items in good resort area
location. $99,000. Confidentiality agreement
required for details. Longview Realty, 941-383-
6112. For more great business and realty buys:
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.
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.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE INC.
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OLD FLORIDA LIFESTYLE and Key West feel.
Newer elevated home in quaint Cortez Village. Fill
wrap-around porch, French doors, huge down-
stairs bonus room, wood cabinets, and newer tile.
Keep your boat here and beatthepublic boat ramp
and Intracoastal Waterway in minutes. $829,000.
BUY OF A LIFEIIME! in ri .H'la gro.unda
floor unit has a shaded lanai overlooking the
lake and fountain and just a few steps to the
walkway to deeded beach access. Turnkey
furnished unit with adorable beachy furni-
luI 1,399 000
ADORABLE 2BR/2BA pondo in establisneo
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
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station shutters, parking for up .. :, rs, ceilings; custom cabinetryand built-ins, granite
garden entrance arid morel 1i 1'23 l'i 00 countertops, private elevator, plantation shut-
ters, and fireplace. $1,195,000.
OVER 20 A LRS EXPERIENCE PEC-i LIZIN IN t U ERFRONT & BOATING PROPERTIES
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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 ele-
mentary-to college-level students. $35/hour. 941-
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-"
HOUSECLEANING: I am experienced. Reasonable,
reliable. Serving the general Bradenton area. For
more information, call Peter at 941-753-7838.
THE ROYAL MAID Service: Licensed, bonded,
insured. Professional experienced maids, free
estimates, gift certificates available. Call now. 941-
PIANO AND VOICE lessons by New York profes-
sional artist/teacher. By appointment. Palmetto.
AAA CONFIDENCE CLEANING. Housecleaning,
office cleaning and window cleaning. Good refer--
ences, reasonable rates. Licensed and insured.
Family owned and operated. 941-812-0499.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or
SANDY'S CLEANING SERVICE: Exceptional clean-
ing and decorating island references available. For
unbeatable service, call 798-9484.
CLEANING BY HELENE: Thirty-year Island resi-
dent. Weekly, bi-weekly, detail oriented, honest,
reliable, excellent references. Free estimates. Call
Prudential Palms Realty
Mich'elle Musto, PA Reolior
203 70lh Slreel: Duplex, IBR/1iBA ea. side, sleps Io beach! S639,000.
305 63rd Street: New Home, 3BR/3.5BA, den, elevator, pool. S849.000.
6301 Holmes Blvd: New Home, 3BR/2.5BA, wood floors, pool. $799,000.
301 Highland Ave., #5 Condo, 2BR/IBA, healed pool, furn. S479,000.
1301 N. Bay Drive, #5B Condo, 2BR/2BA, 1079 sf, pool, furn. $489.000.
SSALES & RENTALS --
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria F L3421.6 PQ BP -2150
(941) 778-2291 EVENINGS 778-2632 ,.
FAX (941) 778-2294 www.belsyhills.com
This charming 1BR, one lull, two half -Dam cracker-style hideaway
offers a lushly landscaped corner lot with room for a pool/parking.
There is a sunny.front deck and shady back deck, overlooking a
charming gazebo. The elevated rnaster suite adjoins the sitting
room. Just steps to the historic City Pier and is zoned-residential-
office-retail. Affordably priced at $789,900.
HABLA ESPANOL? LEARN to speak, read and
write Spanish. Hourly lessons at your home. Call
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call 941-778-2581.
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, pres-
sure washing, landscaping. owner operated by
Island resident. Exceptional value! Licensed and
insured. Call 941-726-7070. www.gulfshoreland-
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/yard. Hauling:'
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone"
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 941-448-3857.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !
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, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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wonderful home located in a great
neighborhood on a spacious corner
lot with room for a pool and room,
-to park RV/Boat. Attached carport
-and separate laundry room. Owner
to provide home warrantyand pay
for title! $218,000
RIVERVIEW CUSTOM Custom
home ith % let s of the Nanatee
Riler. High ceilings and arched
entry to the living room complete
with fireplace and balcon)
overlooking river. Area in garage
can be orn erted into livable space
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NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residen-
tial and commercial. 30-years experience. 941-
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Complete clean-
ups, installations, native plants, palms, aquascapes,
rock and patios. Shell installed $42/yard. Shark
CLOUD NINE LANDSCAPING: Now accepting lawn
and landscape maintenance accounts at great rates.
Fully-insured, references. Please call 941-778-2335
LANDSCAPING: LET ME help you rent or sell your
house with beautiful curb appeal. 941-376-0541.
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 sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,*
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-
ROOF-ING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
--eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
Sbaths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
"-- STOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases-otcarpentry, repairs and painting. Thirty
years experience.rInsured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements
Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941 -
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
-- WINDOWSHADES, 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-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call
TUB AND TILE refinishing: A division of D.J. Murphy
Painting Inc. Save up to 80 percent over traditional
remodeling costs. Call us with your kitchen and
bath needs. Don't buy new redo! 941-751-1245.
Licensed, certified and insured.
HOME REPAIRS AND improvements: General
repairs and quality renovation, including carpentry,
drywall, tile, paint, even landscaping. Please call
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 exist-
ing home, add extensions or build a new home on.
your lot. We only do high quality work and are very
prompt with our customers. Call Daniel DeBaun at
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 refer-
ences. Quality paint. Call for free estimates. Sched-
ule soon, season is coming! 941-756-9595 or 941-
ISLAND HOME REMODEL Inc.: Kitchen, bath, deck
and complete home remodeling. Call 941-795-1968.
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.
HOME REPAIRS AND Improvements. Carpentry,
doors, paint, trim, crown molding, minor remodel-
ing, drywall, texture, general.home repairs. 941-
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Very meticulous and reliable. Call Colin at 941-
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-
ANNUAL: ISLAND HOME 2BR/1 BA with garage
and .fenced yard. Newly remodeled. $1,000/
month plus utilities. Small pet OK. 941-795-8979.
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: beachdreams @tam-
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1 BR/1BA with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. 901-301-8299 or e-mail
WEEKLY RENTALS: Alecassandra villa, 1 BR/1 BA,
$700/week; Island duplex, 2BR, $800/week;
Gulffront cottage, 2BR, $1,000/week; Bradenton
Beach Club, 2BR/2BA, $1,400/week. Please call
Kim Fisher, Wagner Realty, 941-778-2246. www.
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 HOLMES BEACH duple): 2BR/2BA com-
pletely remodeled, furnished, washer and dryer.
$1,000/month plus utilities. 941-778-1819. 2906
Ave. B, Holmes Beach.
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or email@example.com.
HOLMES BEACH: POOL furnished 2BR/2BA. Oct.-
Dec. 31. Dishwasher, washer and dryer, tile through-
out, cable TV, pool. 1.5 blocks to beach. $1,400/
month or $950/month plus utilities. 941-778-3104.
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,
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 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
WINTER RENTALS.AVAILABLE: Monthly:starting at
$2,000/month. Weekly starting at $625/week. Fran
Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-2307. www.franmax-
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA: AIR conditioning, washer and
dryer, water, large pool, cable. Parking only 200
steps to beach. First and deposit. $950/morith. 941-
MIKE NORMAN REALTY
WWW. MI NOWMANEIJTY.COM
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandys Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 23 Years of
Service Quality & Dependable Service.
Call us for your landscape
77841345 and hardscape needs.
jt L Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
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WASH FAMILY INC Since 1988
LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED
DARRIN J. WASH WE OFFER LIFE TIME PAINTS
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lau\%n care PLUS native plants.
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The Paver Brick Store
8208 Cortez Road W. Bradenton 34210 (941) 794-6504
9:00 AM til Noon, or by Appointment
Pool Deck. Patio and Driveway Renovations
New Construction 11 Charlie WoehIe
Remodels 33U 941-761-3363
WOEHLE CONSTRUCTION, INC.
P.O. BOX 14070, BRADENTON, FL 34280-4070
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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-
HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1 BA house. One and a half
blocks from beach. $1,195/month, includes trash.
Available Dec. 1.First, last and security deposit.
ISLAND CASTLE: FABULOUS French Normandy
home. 4BR/3BA on best beach and quiet street in
Anna Maria. 941-794-8202.
PALMA SOLA BAY views: 3BR/3BA penthouse, fur-
nished condo, two miles to beach, large boat slip,
pool, tennis, Jacuzzi. $2,050/month, year lease.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA, 1BR/1BA units
starting at $695/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate,
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH: Glimpse of Gulf from
large balcony, steps to beach, updated 2BR/2BA,
living room, dining room, eat-in kitchen with granite
counters. All new appliances, large garage, office
with separate entrance and access to patio. 941 -
ANNUAL DUPLEX: ATTRACTIVE 2BR/2BA, Flor-
ida room, dishwasher. Washer and dryer, carport.
$1,000/month: 2BR/1BA washer and dryer, car-
port, $900/month. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-
HOLMES BEACH: 1BR/1 BA apartment. 750 sf, 100
feet from bay. Includes washer and dryer, water and
trash and cable/DSL. $795/month. 941-587-1456.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON Beach. 2BR/2BA
condo located south of Bridge Street. The unit has
an upstairs and downstairs living area with under-
neath parking. Furnished or unfurnished. Call 813-
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA balcony, Gulf view. $950/
month, $900 deposit, $50 application fee. 2411
Ave. C., Bradenton Beach. Efficiency, $750/month
includes utilities. $700 deposit, $50 application.
fee. 112, 52nd St., No.1, Holmes Beach. Season-
ally, 1BR Gulf view, cute and clean, $900/week or
$2,400/month. Call 941-746-8666.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach. $400-$550/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments.
CORTEZ COTTAGE: QUIET area. Fully furnished,
walk to water. Two people only, no smokers. $1,700/
month includes utilities. 941-794-5980. www.dive-
YOUR WATERFRONT OASIS awaits! Exquisitely
furnished 2BR/2BA in Bradenton on Manatee River.
Swimming pool, covered parking, fitness center, riv-
erfront walking paths. Annual rental $1,200/month.
Utilities included. Seasonal rental $750/week or
$2,500/month. Phone 830-596-0678, or e-mail
sherowens @ hotmail.com.
ANNUAL: CORTEZ 1 BR, storage, carport, boat
ramp nearby. $640/month. 941-778-2710 after
MUST SEE INSIDE! Beautiful 3BR/2BA in northwest
Bradenton. Stone fireplace, ceramic tile throughout,
except bedrooms. Gorgeous oak kitchen cabinets:
Open greatroom. $1,450/month. Call Judi at 941-
778-8277, 941-962-8347, or 748-5113. 718 83rd
St. N.W. -
SEASONAL RENTAL:-2BR/2BA, ground-floor,
updated condo on wide deep-water canal. Five
minutes to Anna Maria Island Gulf beaches. Avail-
able monthly now through May 2007. $2,400/month.
SUNNY SHORES MOBILE home: 1BR/1BA near
beach, clubhouse. Very nice. Turnkey. $1,200/month.
1 or 2BR, ACROSS FROM beach, newly remod-
eled, all appliances, screened porch, internet, cable.
For pictures, look on www.beachesndreams.net.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA home, $1,200/month.
2BR/2BA apartment, Anna Maria $875/month.
1 BR/1 BA, new tile and paint, $775/month. Fran
Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-2307. www.franmax-
SEASONAL RENTAL: PALMA Sola Park.
3BR/2BA, like new, fresh and clean. Small pet
OK, close to beaches. Available Dec. 1. $2,000/
WELCOME TO OUR little slice of paradise! Two
beautiful second-floor condominiums, close to
historic old village on north Longboat Key. Beau-
tifully furnished and fully equipped. Heated pool,
tennis courts and private beach access. Great
restaurants and shops nearby. A perfect location
for fun and relaxation! 2BR/2BA or 1BR/1BA,
monthly. 800-431-0278 or 941-778-2333. www.
ANNUAL RENTAL: PALMA Sola Park. 3BR/2BA,
like new, fresh and clean. Small pet OK, furnished or
unfurnished. Available Dec. 1. $1,500/month. 941-
HOLMES BEACH: ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, steps to
Gulf. Lanai, laundry remodeled. First, last, security,
no smokers. $895/month plus electric. 941-778-
5412 or 585-473-9361.
SEASONAL CANCELLATIONS: WESTBAY Cove/
Westbay Point and Moorings. 2BR/2BA, all ameni-
ties, close to beach, shopping and trolley. Sharon,
Old Florida Realty, 941-713-9096.
ANNUAL WATERFRONT: 2BR/2BA ground-floor at
Westbay Cove. Tennis, pool, cable, water included.
Sharon, Old Florida Realty, 941-713-9096.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA LARGE, enclosed porch. One
block to beach. No pets. $900/month. 941-778-9378.
5611-B Guava, Holmes Beach. -
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH rental. 2BR/2BA,
luxury, furnished, air conditioning, washer and dryer.
dishwasher, cable, Internet access available. One
block to Gulf. Available Dec. 6, -Jan 2. $750/week
or $2,500/month. 941-778-7741.
SEASONAL VACATION RENTAL: Snowbirds wel-
come. Fully furnished cottage with mini-loft. Quief
residential area in Bradenton. Ten minutes from
beaches, full kitchen, 1BR/1BA, laundry privileges.
Small pets OK. non-smoker. Call 941-748-1149.
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA: TROPICAL duplex, one block
to beach, washer and dryer, some utilities included.
No Smoking or pets. $950/month and $700 deposit.
941-798-9765. Responsible persons only.
SEASONAL: JANUARY, FEBRUARY. Clean 2BR
elevated unit, one block to beach. Newly remod-
eled with laundry. $575/weekly, $1,975/monthly.
STEPS TO THE beach! Great views! $1,500/month.
Nonsmoking. Call 941-747-3321.
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SEASONAL HOME RENTAL: Waterfront, boat dock,
pool, spa. 3BR/2BA, all updated. $1,000/week.
$3,500/month. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
AFFORDABLE SEASONAL, BURGUNDY apart-
ments. 1 BR/1 BA. $1,200/month. Real Estate Mart,
ANNUAL LARGE 1BR/1BA. Screened lanai, laun-
dry room, garage. No pets, no smoking. $950/month
plus utilities. 941-778-9710 or 847-530-8833.
ANNUAL BAY VIEW: 1BR/2BA, Remodeled, every-
thing is brand new. Poolside with huge covered patio.
Must see! 201 S. Bay and Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
$1,200/month. 941-779-9357 or 720-235-9025.
HOME FOR THE holidays? Attractive 2BR/2BA,
Florida room, washer and dryer hook-up, dish-
washer, close to beach. Duplex, $1,000/month. No
pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
LOVELY 3BR/2BA HOME: Quiet canal, large
screened porch, fenced yard, dock, garage, walk
to beach. Nonsmoking. Call 941-779-2005.
ANNUAL STUDIO COTTAGE, Cortez Village.
Lovely setting and water garden, nicely furnished,
$900/month plus utilities. Call Adele at An Island
Place Realty, 941-779-9320 or. 941-587-6328.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, GULFFRONT, 55-plus, heated
pools, direct beachfront, furnished! $1,100/month
plus utilities. Call Adele at An Island Place Realty,
941-779-9320 or 941-587-6328.
THE BEACH INN: Rooms and bungalows available
nightly or weekly. Call 941-778-9597 for reserva-
tions. Bark and Company Realty Inc.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
DECEMBER SPECIAL across beach Anna Maria
Isl-and. Large 1 BR/2BA apartments. Internet avail-
able, washer and dryer, cable. Only $350/week. Call
'NAT-FERONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA open-plan
with great views-ro Tampa Bay. Canalfront, walk-
ing distance to beach and restaurants. $739,000.
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.
LOT FOR SALE: One block to Gulf. 50x100 feet,
cleared. $539,000. 215 71st St., Holmes Beach.
ALMOST ISLAND HOME: Adorable 1BR/1BA.
Brand new furnished, bay windows with water view.
Hurricane Force-3 manufactured home. One mile
from Anna Maria Island and one block from Intra-
coastal Waterway with new marina and boat ramp.
Land owned. Home owner's association optional.
TRIPLEX: IDEAL LOCATION WITH great appeal.
Beautifully updated and maintained, new roof,
turnkey furnished. Beach access just steps away,
bay views, boat dock, ample parking, great income
rental. Room for a pool. Convenient to restaurants
and shopping. $875,000.111 8th St. S., Bradenton
Beach. Bridget Spies, ReMax Properties, 941-308-
6763. MSL# 313022.
WEST BRADENTON: OPEN noon-4pm Sunday.
Six months condo fees paid! Free-standing, pri-
vate three-bedroom upgraded condo with two-car
garage, new lanai. Call for details, 941-792-0763.
$309,900.5605 Whipporwill Ct. off 59th Street West,
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. Reduced to $585,000.
813-818-8314. 8104 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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.
SWEEPING WATER VIEWS from large 2BR/2BA
condo with deeded 35-foot deep-water dock and
carport. Must sacrifice or foreclose. $499,000. 941-
WESTBAY POINT & MOORING: Lower, corner,
condo unit with fantastic view of Tampa Bay and
Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Beautiful island kitchen,
turnkey furnished. Must see. $610,000. Call 401-
BY OWNER, PURCHASE or lease: Manatee river-
front condo, 2BR/2BA, beautiful views, pool, gated,
covered parking, fitness. $325,000 or $1,050/month.
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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.
DIRECT WATERFRONT: Latchkey. 65A Cortez
Park, Avenue D. 941-779-CAIN.
NEW LAKEFRONT CONDOS: Low $300s. Min-
utes to beach, no flood, evacuation zone. Hidden
Lake Real Estate, 941-761-0444. www.Hidden-
ISLAND CANAL LOT: 75x100 feet, new dock, priced to
sell quickly. Below market and appraised value, $550,000.
Call Jake, 941-544-7786.108 Gull Drive, Anna Maria.
BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR/2BA elevated with
covered parking. View of bay from large covered
porch. Only two blocks to Gulf, great neighborhood.
BY OWNER: 2BR/1.5BA condo. Bath and kitchen need
update. $399,999.863-412-2612. www.cflrealestateo-
nline.com/condo. 5400 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
FOR SALE BY owner: Holmes Beach triplex. Rental
income of $34,000 annually. Reduced to sell at
$575,000. Call 646-842-0096 for more information.
ISLAND TOWN HOME: Holmes Beach. Rare
opportunity at Sunbow Bay. Two pools, tennis, lush
grounds, 150-yard private fishing pier or fish out
your back door. Put in your own dock and boat.
$590,000. Private seller. 941-228-3489.
FOR SALE BY owner: Deep-water canal ranch,
$550,000. Nicely remodeled with granite countertops,
tile flooring,and more. Call Scott Wheeler at 614-207-
7878, or e-mail email@example.com.
ANNA MARIA 4BR/3BA."2,220 sf living area, 4,380
sf under roof. Reduced to $639,000. All written offers
considered.,941 -773-0706. ..
LOT: ONE-BLOCK from beach. 57.75x 114 feet.
$520 000 941-779-4505 or 941-778-4246. 125
Neptune Lane., Holmes Beach.
LARGE DIRECT BAYFRONT lot on Anna Maria
Island. Unobstructed waterfront. $1,150,000.
Michael Saunders & Company, 1-800-539-1486,
ext. 209, or 941-918-0010.
419 Pine Ave. PO Box 2150 Anna Maria FL 34216
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Srenovaied! ,895.000 furnished.
Build your dream home on very 2BR/2BA canal home with salt-
large lot, 100x223 sf. Panoramic water pool, north end. Two boat
bay view! docks. $849,000.
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FOR SALE BY owner: Holmes Beach 3BR home,
deep-water "grande canal", pool, boat dock, many
upgrades. $815,000. Call 941-778-6474.
RUNAWAY BAY 2BR/2BA condo. No assessments
for six months! Great view of pond, close to beach
and pool. New carpet, ceramic, washrooms, all fur-
niture and more. Heat and air conditioning, six-year
guarantee. $375,000. George, 312-321-7501.
CLUB BAMBOO SOUTH: Second floor, direct
Gulffront. All new everything. Pool, private beach,
on-site management, nightly rentals and more! Way
under market at $449,000. George, 312-321-7501.
SANDY POINTE CONDO with many upgrades.
2BR/2BA plus two-car carport, new wood floors,
stainless-steel appliances, quartz countertop, ceil-
ing fans and blinds. Walk to beach, enjoy watching
wildlife from your cozy veranda or take a refreshing
dip in the heated pool. Perfect Island residence or
vacation getaway! $349,900. Chard Winheim Hori-
zon Realty, 941-713-6743.
BAY POINTE CONDOMINIUMS: Low maintenance
fee, low Insurance, low taxes! Minutes to beaches.
1-2-3-4 BR condos now. available. New in 2005.
Models open daily 2-4pm. Keller Williams Realty,
KEY ROYALE REMODELED home. 3BR/2BA,
canal, boat dock, pool and spa. $829,900 or best
offer. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
BRADENTON BEACH BY owner: 2BR/2BA end
unit with full Gulf views. Kitchen has stainless-
steel appliances, granite counters, nice turnkey
furnished. Two large balconies. Amenities include
boat docks, tennis court, pool with spa. $649,000.
LOT FOR SALE: 126 50th Street. 100x100 feet.
Zoned R2. $650,000. 941-746-7423.
TOWNHOUSE ON PALMA Sola Bay: 2BR/1.5BA
with boat slip and canal view. Only $379,000. Also
available as seasonal rental, January-April.at
$2.800'month. Call 941-794-1976. .
ISLAND-TOWNHOME: WATERFRONT 3BR/3 full
baths..Rare opportunity aL.SunBow Bay. Small
boat OK and great fishing out your back door. 150-
yard private pier, lush landscaping, two heated
pools, tennis and a great living experience. Walk"
the grounds, walk to beach. Save thousands at
$599,000. Call owner, 228-3489.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
EXPERIENCE REPUTATION RESULTS
LUXURY WATERFRONT VILLA WITH BOAT DOCK. 3BR../2BA.
designer kitchen, imma(ulaole and completely updated. Covered parking,
tennis, pools. Few blocks to beaches, glassed-lanai, elevalor. S689,900.
SUNBOW BAY Direcd Bayfroni, 2BR/2BA end unit. 5449,000.
MARTINIQUE N. Dired Gulf, corner, garoge/slorage. Updated.
Shows beautifully. S859,000.
BAYVIEW 4-5BR/4BA includes guesi quarters, large master suite. 51,150,000.
HARBOUR VILLA CLUB 2BR/2BA lurnkey, boat dock. 5794 900.
LINKS PINEBROOK Golf course view, sixth floor, turnkey. S260,000.
DESOTO SQUARE VILLA 2BR/2BA, galed, pool, clubhouse. S175,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL AND ANNUAL RENTALS
LUXURY GULFFRONT VILLAS, CONDOS, HOMES
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: GREAT location.
2BR/2BA, garage, totally renovated. 1,553 sf under
air conditioning. $265,000. Great value. Available,
immediate occupancy. 941-761-1458.
BRADENTON BEACH BAY view: Updated cozy 1 BR
mobile home in the Pines Park. Turnkey furnished,
boat slip available. $45,000. 941-962-8220.
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.
NORTH CAROLINA: COOL mountain air, views and
streams, homes, cabins and acreage. Free brochure,
800-642-5333. Realty Of Murphy, 317 Peachtree St.,
Murphy N.C. 28906. www.realtyofmurphy.com.
NORTH CAROLINA: BEAUTIFUL Blue Ridge
mountain views. 3.2-acre mountain estate. Heavily
wooded with stream. E-Z financing. $29,900. 800-
TENNESSEE AFFORDABLE LAKE and mountain
properties. Low property taxes. No state income tax.
Four seasons. Southern hospitality. For more infor-
mation, call Lakeside Realty, 888-291-5253. www.
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;
70 acres, $89,900; 107 acres, $129,900. Snow-capped
mountain views. Surrounded by government land.
Abundant wildlife. Recreational paradise. Low taxes.
E-Z terms. Call Utah Ranches LLC. 888-541-5263.
120 ACRES: NORTHEAST Alabama. Private lake
frontage, panoramic views, abundant deer, turkey,'
good fishing, good timber value,, excellent invest-
ment $240,000. Call Phillip, 256-239-7808.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS LARGE 5-acre tract along
very large trout stream.with private elevated home-
site. Good access, view; trees, nearby river. $59500 .
COASTAL GEORGIA: NEW, pre-construction golf
community. Large lots and condos with de.eppwater,
marsh, golf, nature views. Gated, golf, fitness center,
tennis, trails, docks. $70s-$300,000. 877-266-7376.
GEORGIA/FLORIDA BORDER: Pre-construction
grand.opening. 20 acres, $99,900. Pay no closing
costs. Terrific opportunity .to own 20 acres in Ga.
"'coastal region. New survey, subdivision potential,
excellent financing at the unbelievable price of
$99,900. Call now! 800-898-4409, ext. 1002. CLP-GA
Land Services LLC. Licensed Real Estate Broker.
BOATER'S PARADISE AND BEAUTIFUL CONDO
40-foot dock on sailboat canal. Spacious 3BR/2BA,
designer kitchen, water views from every window.
Smuggler's Landing #204.
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Each residence has an elevator,
private pool and summer kitchen
too! Gina and Peter Uliano/The
Royal learn, 941-761-3100.
LONGBOAT KEY WATER-
FRONT Key West-style home
on sailboat water. Boallifl, open
Iloor plan, four-c:ar garage,
workout room and 30-fool
screened balcony. Becky Smith
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lumiihed 2BRiPBA cottage with IBPJIBA bunga sleps ol [he beach. Unique duplex 3BR/2BA ground ol the Gull of Mexico trom this ground floor 2BR/2BA Island. Full Gulf view, waich Ihe dolphins and tree-slandingcondohlasberenvenvaled.Newkichen.
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shops.beach and more. Anne Miller 94 -778 2246. Moynihan, 941-778 2246. MLS#524807 $775,000 potential. Turnkeyfuirnished CunBell,94 761-3100 beach access, healed pool, lumnkey lurnished, irg.roolandgarage Roomlorapool. DaveMoynihan.
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DIRECT GULF FRONT CONDO n weiil-mainlained PERICO BAY CLUB beautifully ma niained and tur ABSOLUTE. DOLLHOUSE! Thoroughly modern RUNAWAY BAY CONDOS Now available several MARINERS COVE Direci Bayfronl. lop loor,
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