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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992" www.islander.org Volume 15, No. 8 Dec. 27, 2006 FREE
Boat carries 25 from Cuba to Longboat Key
By Lisa Neff
The nature of the complaint was simply recorded as
"suspicious circumstance," but the arrival last week of
25 Cuban migrants to Beer Can Island was no routine
Early Dec. 18, at about 5 a.m., Dennis Holden, of
Brooksville, was driving along Gulf of Mexico Drive
near North Shore Road in Longboat Key when he saw
a large group of people standing in the roadway.
The shrimp delivery driver called the Longboat Key
Police Department, which dispatched several officers.
The officers, according to a police report, found
"That people would travel all that way,
under such conditions, to come here
says so much. I think that should make
us proud and grateful, not hateful."
Bradenton Beach resident
25 people, three of them suffering symptoms of hypo-
thermia and dehydration. They said they had traveled
by boat from Cuba and were left on the northern tip of
Longboat Key at Beer Can Island.
Sky view of the construction progress at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
Deadline looms for Center
building fund, bank loan
By Diana Bogan
The Anna Maria Island Community Center has
until Jan. 8 to raise the required money to pay off its
Northern Trust bank loan.
The bank extended the Center a loan after the
cost of construction for the new Center rose to $4.1
million, almost twice the original $2.5 million budget
and twice the amount raised and pledged for the
According to Center executive director Pierrette
Kell', Northern Trust provided the bridge financing to
allow construction to begin while the Center raises the
remaining funds. Kelly said the Center must come up
with $500.000 in cash and $600,000 in pledges by Janu-
ary. Of that debt, she said, nearly $580,000 still needs to
be raised. .
"We're hopeful that we will still meet our dead-
line," said Kelly. "Plans will continue to move for-
Kelly said that the Center has applied for grants
that are still outstanding and that it still needs a ground-
swell of support from the community.
Similar to a family on a tight holiday budget, Kelly
said the Center is trying to do its best, even though she
isn't sure how they'll make it happen.
"I do believe in miracles," Kelly said. "And I do
believe we will raise the funds needed, it may just
come a little late. I don't think it will be an issue."
Kelly said construction will continue to move for-
ward, and that so far the project is slightly ahead of
schedule. "If we continue to move at this rate, we could
be in our new facility by the summer," she said.
Kelly cautions that in addition to the Northern
Trust loan, there is still a capital campaign to raise the
remaining $1.1 million.
Plans for the building and ball field remain the
same, with the facility's space doubling thanks to the
addition of a second-story.
Kelly said that sports activities will resume at the
Center once construction is completed. However, some
thought has been given to hosting soccer events at both
the Center and the Holmes Beach city field.
For more information and to contribute call
the Center at 778-1908.
All donations to the building fund from $1 and up
made by Dec. 31 are being matched up to a total
of $50,000 by Chuck and Joey Lester of Holmes
Beach, thanks to a community challenge sponsored by
The Islander newspaper.
"I've been here coming up on 26 years and I never
in my wildest dreams thought I'd get such a call," said
Longboat Key Deputy Police Chief Martin Sharkey.
Still, Sharkey said officers responded quickly, treat-
ing the incident as a rescue operation.
Longboat Key police called out Longboat Key
Fire Rescue. Calls also quickly went out to the U.S.
Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection,
with agents arriving within an hour. Officers from the
Bradenton Beach Police Department and the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office also responded.
"It really all worked well," Sharkey said. "It was
PLEASE SEE CUBANS, PAGE 3
Staff and customers at CVS/pharmacy in Holmes
Beach were shocked Christmas night, Monday at about
6 p.m., when an armed robber confronted them.
Holmes Beach police, along with deputies from the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office and Bradenton police
were involved in a high-speed pursuit of the robber on
Manatee Avenue when a crash occurred. The suspect
and police, including vehicles from the three respond-
ing agencies, were involved in the crash.
The suspect was apprehended at the crash scene,
requested treatment and was transported to a hospitaI_
The suspect is John Butler, 45, of no known
HBPD Chief Jay Romine said that just before 6
p.m. they received a call about a suspicious person at
CVS, at the corner of Manatee Avenue and East Bay
PLEASE SEE CRASH, NEXT PAGE
By Rick Catlin
Boat owners who rent dry storage space at the-
Perico Harbor Marina along with.the accompanying
businesses at the marina have been given the boot by
the owner: the St. Joe Co. of Jacksonville.
Rudy Kratz, who owns Perico Island Boat Sales,
said he was originally told he had to vacate the prem-
ises by Jan. 15, but last week got a 30-day extension.
Boat owners, however, say they have been given
notice to remove their boats by Jan. 15.
For Kratz, it looks like the end of the line for his
"We can't get another waterfront location, so it
looks like we're going out of business," he said. -
Kratz was formerly at the Island Marina on Pine
Avenue in Anna Maria for six years, but was forced out
of that location when the owners elected to tear down
the marina and sell off the individual lots. He's been
at Perico Harbor for the past four years.
"I've been in the business 25 years," said Kratz,
"but without a waterfront location, we're going to close
up shop for good. There just aren't a lot of waterfront
PLEASE SEE PERICO, NEXT PAGE
2006 EAR N REIEW'
2 E DEC. 27. 2006 E THE ISLANDER
Perico businesses to close
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
locations left in the area for our business."
The good news for boaters is that Kratz has more
than 50 boats in his inventory, ranging in size from 12
feet to 36 feet and they've all got to be sold.
"We're going to have a gigantic clearance sale start-
ing Jan. 1," said Kratz. "Basically, we're going to be
discounting the boats down to the factory price."
The sale also includes trailers, parts, batteries,
other boating accessories and new Yamaha outboard
Kratz sells new Triumph, Pro Sport and Nautico
Star boats, but will have some used boats with inboard
engines for sale.
"I think it's fair to say there will be some pretty
good package prices for boaters," he added. "We've
got to clear out everything."
According to staff at the Dalia Deli convenience
store located in front of the marina, that business has not
been given any notice and will remain in operation.
The eviction notices were not unexpected.
St. Joe, the largest private landowner in Florida,
bought the marina, the former Leverocks Restaurant
and the convenience store several years ago as part of
its plans for the Seven Shores condominium project
located on the land adjacent to the marina.
The company has a Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection dredging permit for the boat basin
at the marina and plans to build 180 wet-slips spaces
for deep-draft boats, presumably for use by the condo
At the time it purchased the marina, St. Joe sub-
mitted plans for a retail-office complex on the site of
the marina, along with a restaurant.
Efforts to reach St. Joe spokesperson Jerry Ray in
Jacksonville for an update on the company's plans for
the marina and retail space have been unsuccessful.
St. Joe's Seven Shores project calls for 686
condominium units in 12 structures to be built in
several phases around the complex. Last year, the
company announced it was getting out of the home
construction business, leaving that to local builders,
but would continue to develop the infrastructure of
its many projects.
Although infrastructure development at Seven
Boat and business owners at the Perico Harbor Marina have been given notice to vacate the premises as the pres-
ent structure will be torn down as part of the Seven Shores condominium development. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Shores has been ongoing for the past two years, the
start of actual construction of Phase I could well be in
the distant future. Sources close to the project say only
nine units have been sold since St. Joe opened its sales
office in January 2006.
Efforts to confirm the number of sales at Seven
Shores were unsuccessful.
Seven Shores is actually located in Bradenton,
which annexed the property nearly seven years ago
after St. Joe discovered it would have to pay Manatee
County impact fees for its condo units, but could avoid
the problem by being part of Bradenton.
A bitter legal struggle developed with the county
along with the three Island cities, ManaSota-88 and
several private individuals, claiming that Bradenton's
actions were contrary to its own comprehensive plan.
The suit was settled several years ago, allowing St.
Joe to proceed with its Seven Shores plans.
Unfortunately for the company, the condominium
market, particularly on or near Anna Maria Island,
began to fizzle in mid-2006. St. Joe has declined to
indicate the price range of its Seven Shores units, but
sources indicate the least expensive unit is around
$600,000, with the asking price of some of the larger
units selling in excess of $1 million.
Crash CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Drive. Meanwhile, Butler re-entered the store and
robbed the clerk at gunpoint.
He then fled on foot and car-jacked a 2006 Toyota
at Westbay Cove condominiums just moments before
the owner loaded family members into the car. He took
off eastbound, crossed the Anna Maria Island Bridge
and stopped momentarily just long enough for offi-
cers to begin a felony arrest stop.
But Butler took off in the car, making it to the Palma
Sola Bridge in the 9500 block of Manatee Avenue before
he lost control of the vehicle, hit the bridge, spun out
and bailed out of the car.
At that point, HBPD officer Mike Leonard was
stopped in the road and had exited his vehicle.
The Bradenton Beach police car then slammed into
Leonard's patrol truck, and the MCSO car slammed
into the Bradenton Beach patrol car.
The suspect stripped his clothes, and was about
to jump off the bridge when he was apprehended by
Butler faces "multiple charges," according to
Romine, and Sarasota police were en route to the jail
to interview the suspect about a bank robbery.
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By sunrise Dec. 18, Longboat Key Police Depart-
inent served.as a wait station for Emilia Zonaida Vazquez
Sevilla, Jorge Luis Gonzalez Morejon,-Yuniel Esteus
Consepcion, William Perodin Gongova, Yusimi Carrillo
Gomez, Carlos Ivan Suarez Rodriguez, Fernando Mar-
tinez Sanchez, Alfredo Gutierrez Prieto, Diosvany Guti-
errrez Barredo, Estevan Torres Lieva, Ignasio Estevan
Torres, Denet Imas Valdes, Jaidelys Hernandez Cruz,
Sonia De La Pena Hernandez, Miladys Garcia Castro,
Luis Alberto Diaz Rodriguez, Ismael Suarez Medina,
Ditzan Vegas Diaz, Odalis Carmona Mena, Victor Alva-
rez Cano, Armando Otero Leon, Rafael Salgado Vaez,
Freddy Cruz Garcia, Dennis Alan Duran Morales and
an unnamed person.
Odalis Mena, 19, was the youngest on the trip and
Estevan Lieva, 60, the oldest.
Cuban Dennis Morales, with the help of a translator
and Longboat resident Luis Ortez, provided authorities
the details of how he and the others came to Longboat
Key. Each passenger apparently paid $2,000 about
50,000 Cuban pesos to be transported by a 30-foot
boat from.Cuba to the Miami area.
The passengers told authorities they crowded into
the boat's cabin on the night of Dec. 15 and left Cuba-
for the United States, making their way through storm
weather and traveling without %% after. food or a bath-
room. They arrived three days later, hungry and cold,
at Beer Can Island instead of Miami at about 4:30 a.m.
A Sarasota County Area Transit bus, flagged do% n
by a police officer, took them to the police department.
-where they received blankets, clothing, water and food.
Longboat Police Capt. Steve Roehl drove to nearby
Publix for sandwich fixings, fruit and be% erages and
the breakfast was spread out on a dining table.
"We started slapping sandwiches together," Shar-
key said. -
The Cubans gathered in a fenced area behind the
police department while waiting for transportation to
"We never closed the gate," Sharkey said. "That, I
think, m\ would have certainly added to their anxiety. We
wanted them to know,.we were friends, here to help.
The\ \\ere jo\ ous when they left. happy in their dream.
The\ 'd come to America."
MTeanwhile. the U.S. Coast Guard. % ith boats and
aircraft, searched the Gulf \\aters for the smugglers
and their boat and U.S. Customs and Border Protec-
tion officials took o\ er the investigation into how the
Cubans came to America.
About mid-morning, the Cubans \\ere taken to the
border patrol office in Tampa. \\here the \\ ere inter-
Sie\\ed b\ authorities and then released, most of them
leaving with family\ and friends from the Miami area.
T he United States and Cuba have an agreement in
S\hich Cubans interdicted at sea are returned to Cuba.
Those "\ho reach U.S. soil, however, can remain and
apply for residents.
The Cubans %\ ho made posh Longboat Ke\ their
port of entrn into America must take several steps to-
remain in the States. They must obtain work authori-
zation and Social Security numbers. And, after a year,
they can apply for permanent residency.
Officials said Beer Canisland. mighfibe the north-
ernmost point on the Gulf coast that smugglers have
brought Cuban migrants, but trips to the West Coast
are not unheard of.
"I don't think we're going to be looking at
droves and droves of people, but we're prepared,"
said Dave Bristow, MCSO spokesperson. "You
make sure the people are cared for and you call the
"You prepare to handle any situation that comes
up," said Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine.
"And this is something that certainly bears watching.
It was not a coincidence that they ended up there."
Two other trips from Cuba to Florida's West Coast
occurred in the past two months-29 Cubans arrived
in Naples Nov. 13 and 17 Cubans arrived on Sanibel
Island Nov. 12.
Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Fort
Myers Beach detained two people suspected of smug-
gling the Nov. 13 arrivals 12 men, four women and
a child from Cuba to Sanibel Island.
The alleged smugglers were found in a boat near
the Caloosahatchee River. Their 33-foot boat contained
several extra fuel tanks and both men had been previ-
ously arrested for human smuggling.
"Smuggling human beings into the United States
can sometimes be dangerous, but it is always illegal,"
said Pettn Officer 1st Class Tasha Tully, Coast Guard
"This doesn't surprise me really," said Longboat's
Sharkey. "It's hot down there on the East Coast. So
coming this way, that doesn't surprise me. I think now
we'll see this for a while until law enforcement
assets are diverted to here and it gets hot."
The Coast Guard searched most of Dec. 18 for
a boat that might have brought the Cubans to Long-
boat Key but failed to find a vessel, said spokesperson
The search was called off late that afternoon, she
But the incident remains under investigation.
"Anytime vke get an arrival of undocumented
people who have been smuggled here, we try to look
into the facts," said special agent and U.S. Customs and
Border Protection spokesperson Zachary Mann.
He declined to say whether federal officials were
following any leads in the incident or pursuing certain
The thought of smugglers in the waters near Long-
boat Key and Anna MariaIsland thrilled beachgoers
days after the incident.
"I'm both appalled and kind of vowed by this,"
said Longboat Key resident Charlene Smeltzer. "It's
like modern-daN pirates. I might know these people,
but probably not."
People visiting Beer Can Island last week also
reflected on freedom and country.
"I think sometimes I take this country and what
it guarantees us for granted," said Norm Farrell, of
Bradenton Beach. "That people would travel all that
way, under such conditions, to come here says so
much. I think that should make us proud and grateful,
gets Island boot
By Rick Catlin
The man who once bragged that he and his company
would change the face of Island real estate and develop-
ment has been evicted from a Bradenton Beach condo-
minium following a mortgage foreclosure suit brought
by Carol and Mel Yudofsky of Holmes Beach.
Steve Noriega of financially troubled GSR Devel-
opment LLC was served with eviction papers at the
Capri Condominiums at 300 Gulf Drive S.,-Unit B, in
Bradenton Beach last week after the Yudofskys won a
mortgage foreclosure action in civil court.
The Yudofskys allege they are still owed $191,000
by Noriega and his GSR partner, Robert Byrne, and
have filed a claim with the U.S. bankruptcy court in
Tampa that is handling the GSR bankruptcy case.
Noriega does not live at the condominium and,
apparently, no longer lives on Anna Maria Island.
Sources familiar with Noriega say he now lives in
Tampa and rarely ventures to the GSR office on Mana-
tee Avenue or to the Island to oversee GSR's crumbling
real estate fortunes.
Noriega and Byrne did win a small victory in bank-
ruptcy courtlas-t week. Judge K. Rodney May extended
GSR's allowed time frame as the exclusive agent to file
a company reorganization plan until Jan. 9, preventing
any of the major creditors in the case from presenting
their own reorganization plan.
GSR's original filing date was Nov. 13, but May
allowed an extension of that date following a motion
by GSR lawyer Richard Prosser.
The company also has to list all its financial assets
and transactions on that date, a requirement that has likely
sent Noriega and Byrne scrambling to piece together the
details of their failed real estate empire following the
boom years of Island real estate sales and development.
Some of the major creditor banks in the GSR case,
along with the unsecured creditors committee, are lob-
bying May to have all GSR assets sold and the proceeds
distributed to all creditors, secured and unsecured,
before any funds are given to GSR.
GSR has retained the services of William Malo-
ney to piece together its financial picture along with
a reorganization plan and present that to the court for
approval. Maloney will receive a $125,000 bonus if he
can reorganize the company in order that all creditors,
secured and unsecured, are paid back.
At the same time, the unsecured creditors commit-
tee is asking the court to hire its own forensic accoun-
tant to trace GSR's money and assets.
Sources close to the bankruptcy case say GSR has
received approximately\ $74 million in-loans during the
past four years.
When it filed for bankruptcy on July 13, GSR listed
assets of $47 million against debts of just $33 million,
including about $6 million owed to unsecured creditors.
Byrne and Noriega have presented personal net
worth financial statements of $33 million and $22 mil-
Anna Maria City
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Jan. 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Holmes Beach City Hqll, 5801 Marina Drive,
City offices in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Ho1-
mes Beach and Longboat Key will be closed Mon-
day, Jan. 1, for the New Year's holiday.
Garbage, trash or recyclable collection regularly sched-
uled for Jan. 1 in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Long-
boat Key will take place on Saturday, Dec. 30. There
will be no service interruption in Bradenton Beaci.\:
4 M DEC. 27. 2006 U THE ISLANDER
New year brings new resolve
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter ."
Snowbird offers a novel resolution for the new year
probably because she works in novelties.
Snowbird is a clown with a red nose who performs
at Island events, most recently the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society's social with Santa. Her resolution
is "to learn how to make more balloons, because that's
what clowns do."
Snowbird's friend at AMIHS, administrator Sissy'
Quinn, also plans to ring in 2007 with a resolution.
"Resolutions, to me, mean that there is something
that I need to work on. That being said, I resolve to be
more thoughtful of our volunteers, benefactors, mem-
bers, chamber associates, and friends both here and on
the mainland who continue to support us as we enter
2007," said Quinn. .
The new year is marked in different ways and "'
at different times around the world, but one shared .B ."
tradition is the making of resolutions. The tradition "My new year's resolution? To learn how to make
dates back at least to the early Babylonians, whose more balloons," says Snowbird the Clown. Islander
most common resolution was to return borrowed farm Photos: Lisa Neff
equipment, according to the free Internet encyclopedia
Last week, Island residents, workers and visi-
tors shared their resolutions and wishes with The
Some resolutions involved personal accomplish-
"Of course, I'd like to lose 20 pounds," said Holmes
Beach resident Mary Kramer. "I always want to lose 20
"To get tolthe beach more than I do," Perico Island
resident Jean Ehlis said, offering a goal for 2007.
"One thing that I'm going to do is be more posi-
tive;" said Erin Beal, a Bradenton Beach resident who
works at Two Scoops in Anna Maria.
Sheila Hurst, the president of Save Anna Maria Inc.,
resolved to "spend more time on myself by myself' and
"make sure my kids are happy."
Hurst also resolved to "stay active as a community
activist and hug as many dolphins as possible at Mote",
marine laboratory, where she volunteers.
Hugging dolphins, saving trees, rescuing manatees I
and other environmental goals are increasingly popular "One thing that I'm going to do is be more positive,"
resolutions, according to national surveys conducted by says Bradenton Beach resident Erin Beal.
Simmons Market Research over the past five years.
On the Island, such.resolutions are widespread. I'm going to pay more attention to the issues of the
Holmes Beach resident and artist Barbara Hines day."
said her resolution is "to do more to protect our fragile "I have a wish for peace and my new year's resolu-
environment so that our children and grandchildren will tion is to extend it to everyone," said Nancy Morrelle,a
be able to see manatees and sea turtles and have safe Bradenton resident who works at Two Sides of Nature
water to drink and to enjoy." in Anna Maria. "When you have peace, it becomes con-
Simmons Market also has documented since 2001 tagious."
a decrease in the number of people who resolve to diet With the holiday season at hand, Holmes Beachd
and better manage their finances and an increase in the City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens considered
number of people who resolve to be more patriotic and service members away from home and family as she
work for peace. made a new year's wish rather than resolution.
"I'm going to put my flag out each and every day," "I usually don't do resolutions," she said. "But]
said Todd Wayans, a vacationer from St. Louis. "And have a wish that our troops come home safely."
Happy new year!
It isn't unusual on Anna Maria Island to hear many
languages spoken, especially during the holiday season
when the Island welcomes an influx of visitors from
around the world.
So how do you say "Happy new year" in Chinese?
"Chu Shen Tan."
You can also say:
Arabic: "Kul 'aam u antum salimoun"
Dutch: "Niuw Jaar"
Finnish: "Onnellista Uutta Vuotta"
French: "Bonne Annee"
German: "Prosit Neujahr"
Greek: "Eftecheezmaenos o Kaenooryos hronos"
Hebrew: "L'Shannah Tovah Tikatevu"
Hindi: "-Niya Saa Moobaarak"
Irish (Gaelic): "Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit"
Polish: "Szczesliwego Nowego Roku"
Portuguese: "Feliz Ano Novo"
Spanish: "Feliz Ano Neuvo"
Turkish: "Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun"
Vietnamese: "Cung-Chuc Tan-Xuan"
And on Anna Maria Island: "Happy new year,
Source: U.S. State Department
Other local officials shared service-oriented and
"My resolutions would be to continue to provide
the best possible fire and rescue services to our citi-
zens," said West Manatee Fire Rescue District Deputy
Chief Brett Pollock.
I resolve to be more thoughtful of our volunteers,
benefactors, members, chamber associates, and
friends both here and on the mainland who continue
to support us as we enter the New Year 2007," says
Sissy Quinn, of Anna Maria Island Historical Society.
"I have a wish for peace and my new year's reso-
lution is to extend it to everyone, says Nancy
Mbrrelle; of Bradenton. "When you have peace, it
He added several other resolutions "to further
develop our personnel to be the most effective firefight-
ers in Manatee County; to ensure the citizens of the
district and state understand the importance of having
a disaster plan in place and be prepared to act when
asked to do so; and to make sure all my firefighters go
home from work to their families after their shift."
Surveys consistently show that about 35 percent of
Americans make resolutions for the new year and that
women are far more likely to make them than men.
Those who make resolutions for personal growth or
change to lose weight or save money have the
hardest time keeping their resolutions. Less than a third
adhere to a resolution for the year.
Kramer said she traditionally makes resolutions and
she traditionally breaks them.
"I'll stay with it for about a month," Kramer said.
So, like many, she's made a resolution to stick with
Two boys, 9 and 10, from
Michigan, playing on "razor-
style" scooters were struck
by a vehicle Saturday Fourth
Avenue and Gulf Drive and
both were transported to
Bayfront Medical Center in St.
Petersburg for treatment. The
younger boy was discharged
with stitches Sunday and the
older of the boys has seri-
ous injuries and is awaiting
surgery, according to Lt. Dale
AStephenson of the Holmes
Beach Police Department.
Michael Fetzek, 21, of Bra-
denton, was the driver of the
vehicle. He was not cited for
I the accident. Islander Photo:
F f1 Courtesy Barry Gould
TIE ISLANDER M D)EC. 27. 20006 5
By Lisa Neff
Sand and rust: Sunbathers, shoreline strollers and
surfers found a familiar site on the sand in Bradenton
Beach and Holmes Beach with the start of the new year
the pipes and bulldozers for the beach renourish-
ment project. The project was halted in the fall of 2005
so as not to interfere with the tourist season. But the
idle equipment, specifically the rusty pipes, remained a
bother to beachgoers and an economic hazard to Island
First homicide: On Jan. 2, Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office deputies were called to a mobile home in
Cortez's Sunny Shores and there they found Mimi Pace,
42, dead. Tammy Lynn George, 44, allegedly killed
Pace, of 3707 115th St. Ct. W. Pace's death was the
first homicide in the county in 2006.
Back to class: Anna Maria Elementary School
students returned from their winter break Jan. 4 to end
an old semester and settle into a new school. Teachers
had spent part of their holiday unpacking and preparing
their classrooms for students.
Key Royale IOU: Looking at a spring construction
date for a new Key Royale Bridge, the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation "tentatively" pledged $2.95 mil-
lion in its 2007-08 budget to pay for the project. The
pledge was something of an IOU to Holmes Beach,
which agreed to borrow construction funds in anticipa-
tion of the reimbursement from DOT. By the end of the
month bids on the project had come in and were higher
than anticipated the low bid was $3.5 million.
A farewell: On Jan. 16, Jim Taylor, the man who
sparked so much joy and color on the Island, died.
Taylor, of Taylor-Made Marine Construction and
Taylor-Made Pyrotechnics of Holmes Beach, died in
Orlando. On the Island he was renowned for his holi-
day fireworks shows. Taylor was survived by his wife,
Pidge, and his children, Courtney, Nick and Kelsey.
Holiday Cove plans: Manatee County received a
proposal from Federal Resort Properties Inc. of Sara-
otAi to convert the Holiday Cove RV Resort in Cortez
January: Back from break, new class
Orderly chaos prevailed outside the new Anna Maria Elementary on the first day back from winter break. The
first day back brought the first day of class in the new building. Islander Photo: Else Hellem-Brusso
into a condominium community with two 39-unit build-
ings, a clubhouse, a pool, a play area, boat docks and a
ramp. Federal indicated two other options for the prop-
erty selling the 112 RV sites to individual buyers or
selling the property to the county for public use.
Kingfish conflict: Manatee Couini 's plans for the
Kingfish Boat Ramp bi..uighi residents of nearby West-
bay Cove in Holmes Beach out en masse to a Jan. 24
city commission meeting. The plans for the state-owned
property called for added parking, remo al of Brazilian
pepper trees and the construction of a permanent rest
room. Re sident stid no. So did the comniii.siun. The
i iuLle \\ :Ould come again and a2.-in i 2111(21 .
Ready. And action: T-he Br.ddeInton Beach C \.
Commission- gave Islande; WA. I Teenkins the OK to tilm
some scenes for his low-budget -VAnipire Biker Babes"
at the Bradenton Beach Police Station. The pro ducer
said the feature film wouldbe "well N thin ja PG' rating
and there will be no nudity." John Chiappie dissented
on the vote, saying, "I'm just not comfortable with the
title and the image it could give our city."
More headlines and highlights:
The Anna Maria Island Privateers started the new
year as the Islander(s) of the Year, christened such by
o Anna Maria Elementary auctioned off the old -
as in the contents of 35 classrooms and the cafeteria.
The Island Players performed "Murder by Misad-
venture," directed by Phyllis Elfenbein, and got strong
St. Bernard Catholic Church celebrated 50
The Anna Maria Island Rotary Club held its 2006
Casino Night and Extravaganza Jan. 21.
Collectors and browsers enjoyed the offering at
the annual Anna Maria Island Arts and Crafts Show in
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The story of smuggled Cubans landing on the north
end of Longboat Key at Beer Can Island last week was
so exciting and amazing that we were left wishing that
the 25 immigrants had made it just a little farther north
to Anna Maria Island.
Just imagine the welcome we could have provided
had they come on shore at the Manatee Public Beach
and Cafe on the Beach the celebration might be
We are awestruck at the peril they were willing to risk,
spending three days crowded onto a boat at sea with no
water and no food only each other to cling to and the
dream that they would soon walk in the sand to freedom.
More than 30 years ago at Far Horizons Resort on
Longboat Key in my new-to-Florida hotel career, I came
to know some of the Cuban employees who demon-
strated a drive to succeed in their lives and a willingness
to please everyone in their service at the hotel.
Alfredo, Jesus, Manuel and others each day brought
with them a work ethic that stays with me to this day.
I call it "whistle while you work," and I learned about.
it when Rafael, who spoke almost no English and then
in his 70s, came to bus tables in the dining room with
broken ribs from a fall the previous day and he
whistled and encouraged everyone to smile.
These Cubans came to work without complaint,
no matter that they were separated from family and
homeland by communism and the Caribbean.
There was hardly a hint of the crisis they and other
Cubans had endured and still do in their country and
in their hearts.
Welcome to Florida and the United States to our
newest immigrants, wherever you are.
Fried or smoked, mullet is a delicacy to many folks.
Yet, it remains so inexpensive that it is more common
to the dinner table of low-income families.:
But this time of year, mullet amounts to dollars for
many commercial fishers, some who lost their liveli-
hood when gill nets were banned.
The spawning mullet roe is highly desired in Asian
markets and the fish are ours to enjoy.
Wish the fishers well. The sea has plenty of mullet
for you and me!
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Thanks for the help
The members of the Cortez Village Historical
Society, Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage and
the Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez would like to
bring to your attention the special and generous assis-
tance that has been rendered to the village's historic
preservation efforts over the past year.
Renovation of the 1912 Cortez schoolhouse has
been completed and the interior shines with the gleam
of fresh paint and varnish. The first exhibitions of the
new Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez are being
installed over the next few months.
The long-awaited move-of the 1890 Cortez water-
front store has been completed under the expert care
of Brett Johnson, his sons and the rest of their crew,
without any loss of historic fabric. Renovation that will
bring life back to this great old building will be ongoing
over the new year.
These have been big projects for a small village and
none of this meaningful work could have been undertaken
without the financial support of the Manatee County
Board of County Commissioners, the William G. and
Marie Selby Foundation, Brighthouse Network, Verizon,
Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court Chips Shore,
Florida Communities Trust and the Florida Department
of State Department of Historic Preservation..
We want to offer our very sincere thanks to them
and our neighbors in Manatee County for making this
work possible to the benefit of us all.
Mary Fulford Green, treasurer, Cortez Village His-
Family Fun Day
A very successful holiday fun day at Coquina Park
was hosted by Anna Maria Island Community-Center
supporters Chuck and Joey Lester and sponsored by The.
Islander. The Center combined its efforts for a day of
family fun with the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
There was Santa's awesome arrival by pirate ship,
face painting, cookie decorating, crafts, a fish pond,
bean bag toss, and so much more. Don't forget the
wintry white snow. But most of all there was a feeling
of good old-fashioned fun.
The Island Community Center would like to extend
a heartfelt thanks again to Chuck and Joey Lester, whose
continued support over the years has been just incredible,
and to The Islander for its wonderful full-page coverage of
the event and for donating three awesome raffle prizes.
We would alo like to acknowledge and.thank the
Privateers for letting us participate in their event due to
,the fact that we have no building this year. The much-
needed reconstruction of our new Center will allow us
to bring the Lester Family Fun Day back to Magnolia
Avenue next December.
Pierrette Kelly, executive director, AMICC
Many thanks, good wishes
The Anna Maria Island Privateers would like to
express their appreciation to everyone in the commu-
nity for their tremendous support of our recent Christ-
mas Parade and Community Fun Day. It was a super
turnout and lots of children left with smiles and full of
The Privateers would also like to thank everyone.
who supported our many events throughout 2006. Your
sponsorship and support enabled the Privateers to con-
tinue and increase our efforts to support the activities of
the youth in our community and your generosity helped
our scholarship fund grow. Each year the Privateers
strive to increase the number of scholarships given to
students so that they can achieve their educational and
career goals. We hope you know how much you have
helped the organization to achieve this goal.
The Privateers hope that you will continue to sup-
port our mission statement of "Pirates for Kids and
Community." We hope to see many of you in our
upcoming events scheduled for 2007. We count on
your participation and support.
A blessed and happy holiday season and the very
best in the New Year to all. A hearty AARRRG to each
and every one of you.
The Anna Maria Island Privateers
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It's still 'Merry'
Well, I've made it through Christmas 2006 without
even once dashing through any snow on a one-horse
open sleigh, or even hearing bells on a bob tail ringing.
In fact, the more I think of it, in my 78 past Christ-
mases, I only dashed through snow in some of them
while in Plattsburgh.
And since I never did even figure out what a bob
tail was, chances are I have heard bells on one or
more of them someplace. However, at Publix
last week, I did see a Bob from o u r
Island Kiwanis Kiwanis rinmgiin bells,
but not from his tail, so it doe-n't --
Other than a few
Christmas eve, the
holiday was as "Merry"
as promised. That eve's
nerves came when I
suddenly thought that,
because the family d o e s n t
always understand exactly what I mean to say, chances
were that the next morning I could be opening pack-
ages of BVDs instead of the DVDs I wanted. Thank
heaven, my concern was unnecessary because I got a
selection of 4 1/2-inch DVDs rather than a new supply
of 50-inch BVDs.
I calmed down from being more than somewhat
upset after hearing Midnight Mass was to be celebrated
at 10 p.m. (calm required because to me, that's like
having a football game end at three quarters instead of
four), I got involved on Christmas morning with of
all things icicles.
It was my fault, because I happened to mention to
the family how Wife Sarah decided not to hang icicles
on our tree this year. Now with grandchildren around
- all born and brought up in Florida I challenge
anyone to try to clearly explain to them exactly what
an icicle is and why it might be on a tree. It would
have been much simpler to explain what manatees are
to the other grandchildren native to Minnesota and
Speaking of children reminds me that I did face
some disappointments this Christmas. For one thing,
not one of our 12 grandchildren asked for what was
always my main wish when I was a kid an electric
train probably because trains mean no more than
icicles do to them.
Interestingly, I learned while shopping for toy
trains that I could have bought them a real locomo-
tive and caboose at the very least for what it
would cost to supply them with their wishes for some
itmes like "PlayStations," which are priced at about
the same figure as real train stations used to be on the
New York Central.
1-F c c.r. tliose electronic toys I learned weren't
Ith e onl: c\pcn'iN e thmins the kids wanted. A man
next to me at the WalMart check-
out counter told me he
had to buy his kids real
leather shoes because
he- couldn't afford the
kind of sneakers they
2006is WIover and all the "Merry"
that went with it, and now it's time to get going on new
year's resolutions. All I've decided so far, the one's for
2007 will in no way be like my 2006 mistakes. If you are
thinking of any I should consider, please let me know.
This year, anybody who didn't like the gift I sent
them will have to keep it anyway because I lost my Dis-
cover card receipts they would need to bring it back.
And Wife Sarah's sister Ann came up with the best
"sorry-no-gift" excuse I ever heard. She fle\' do% n from
Hartford to spend the holidai\ s with us and announced
that Delta Airlines lost her luggage which incl uded the
gifts she bought for us.
In the meantime, here's wishing you the Merriest
of Happy New Years.
In the Dec. 25, 1996, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
The Anna Maria and Westside Fire Districts are
considering an interlocal agreement that would merge
the two districts into one organization, Anna Maria Fire
Chief Andy Price said.
Holmes Beach Mayor Bob VanWagoner said there
will be a delay in getting a safety inspection performed
on the Key Royale Bridge because the Sarasota-Mana-
tee Metropolitan Planning Organization won't pay for
the study until the city provides a deterioration model
on the bridge. Florida Department of Transportation
officials have indicated a new Key Royale Bridge could
cost as much as $900,000.
Anna Maria planning and zoning board chairman
Tom Turner proposed amending the building code to
allow homeowners to perform minor repairs of less
than $500 without having to pay a design professional
to draw up plans for submission to the city building
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Sacked Shack project: The Manatee County Com-
mission voted against purchasing the Seafood Shack
property in Cortez for a maritime museum and boat
ramps. In the unanimous vote, the commissioners cited
a lack of funds the property appraisal came in at $9.7
million. There was also opposition to the project from
property owners-to the north of Cortez Road.
Heat wave: The Union of Concerned Scientists
released findings on global warming that made for dire
predictions for Florida's coastline. Half of Anna Maria
Island could be submerged in the Gulf of Mexico in
Piping hot: Numbers for the first month of 2006
showed tourism off by about 22 percent on the Island
compared with January 2005. The rusting pipes on the
beach bore much of the blame. "We've heard about
a number of cancellations because of the pipes," said
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president
Mary Ann Brockman. "It's ridiculous."
Building up: Island officials learned Feb. 16 that
the Anna Maria Island Community Center had success-
fully raised $2 million in private donations mostly
from Island residents for an expanded Center. But
with the spike in construction costs, the price tag for
the project had gone to $3 million and might go even
higher. So might the Island cities budget for the Center
in 2006-07, said the Center's executive director, Pier-
Cortez celebration: The two-day Cortez Commer-
Thousands of "
people celebrated .
Cortez's past and .
present at the
Fishing Festival. I'
spent the week- ;'u
end at the festival
working on cast
nets and talking ,
ers about his W
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cial Fishing Festival drew thousands to the historic vil-
lage for mullet, mangoes, music and memorabilia.
Survey says: A survey completed by Anna Maria
City Commission Chairperson John Quam found that
a super-majority of the city's voters oppose any con-
solidation with Holmes Beach or Bradenton Beach.
Quam and survey volunteers did find voters inter-
ested in studying the possibility of consolidating
some city services.
Commissioner struggles with health issue:
Anna Maria City residents learned that one of their
representatives, Commissioner Linda Cramer, was
struggling with polycystic kidney disease, a genetic
condition. "The last few months have been tough,"
she told The Islander.
Border issues: Holmes Beach commissioned an
engineering survey of city limits, specifically an area
between 56th Street and Sunrise Lane where some
pilings were installed, the area near the Kingfish Boat
Ramp and the city's south end. The survey would seek
to answer questions about where Holmes Beach ends.
"We just felt it was time to clear the air on all these
boundary issues," said then Holmes Beach Mayor
GSR legal battle: New Jersey resident Ed Furfey,
claiming an equal partnership with Robert Byrne and
Steve Noriega in GSR Development LLC, filed a law-
suit over the matter Feb. 17. Furfey claimed GSR's
$6.4 million sale of the Villa Rosa .property in Anna
Maria was "well below market value" and that he was
unaware of the sale.
Consolidation call: A conference call in late
February between then Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
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Annie Hecker, of Palmetto, takes the steering wheel
of an 87-year-old Tin Lizzy during Anna Maria Island
Heritage Days. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Whitmore, Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie
and a representative from the University of Georgia's
Carl Vinson Institute of Government, resulted in the
announcement that the institute would create a consoli-
dation proposal for the two cities. The announcement
came months after citizens, in a non-binding referen-
dum in the two cities, voted to look at consolidation.
Anna Maria citizens didn't vote on the issue the city
commission declined to put a question on the ballot.
T'd off: Residents from the T-end canal section
of Holmes Beach threatened legal action if the city
commission amended an ordinance on dock use in the
canal. Residents called the city's proposed "tweak" to
the ordinance, specifically a provision against transfer-
ring dock use with the sale of property, an infringement
on their rights. City Commissioner Roger Lutz said,
"The only reason we're doing this is because we've
been told it [the canal bottom] is our property."
Pipe plans: Through late winter, Islanders watched
and waited for the temporary removal of beach renour-
ishment pipes. Then, in late February, Manatee County
Ecosystems Manager Charlie Hunsicker asked that the
pipes stay put because renourishment would be resum-
ing in about a month.
Polite with pistol: A hold-up began with a pleas-
antry rather than the usual "stick 'em up." The man
now .known as the "gentleman gunman" approached
two people on Gulf Drive South and said, "I'm sorry
to bother you." He continued, "I don't want no one
to get hurt. I got a gun. I want your cash and your
jewelry. I don't want your wallet." The robber got
$44 from the pair. He got $5 from another couple after
asking for $100.
More headlines and highlights
The death of a green sea turtle in the intake
of the Longboat Key beach renourishment dredge
called attention to the measures needed to protect
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Authors, apanese art, news business library topics
The Island Branch Library will start the new
year with a full calendar in January, a roomful of
authors one day and a newspaper publisher the
next, with Japanese Manga art and world politics
Opening the month's activities will be "Manga
and Japanese Culture" for mostly young people
- teens from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Manga is a Japanese-developed art form of images
of young people with huge eyes, and it will be
discussed by Ken Griffith and Paul Stonebridge of
the Pasco County Library System. Japanese snack
foods will be served, too.
Jan 16 starting at 2 p.m. the library's local
author series will bring seven authors to the library
for the afternoon. They will speak briefly and be avail-
able for individual chats, said the library. Authors will
be Wayne Barcomb, H. Terrell Griffin, Ruth Heck-
inger, Echo Heron, James Macomber, Kate Holmes
and Wendy Howell Mills.
Jan. 17, the local business series will feature pub-
lisher Bonner Joy discussing the 15th anniversary of
The Islander at 2 p.m.
Other events on the library's calendar:
Jan. 2, family story hour, 10 a.m.
Jan. 8 and 22, Internet for beginners, 8:30 a.m.,
with advance registration required at 778-6341.
Jan. 9, Friends of the Island Branch Library
lecture series with political correspondent James
McCartney discussing "Iraq and Beyond: Can Amer-
ica Rule the World?" in two appearances. at
10:30 a.m. and noon.
Jan. 10, Friends Book Club, 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 13, family origami with Judy Pruitt, 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. Also Friends travel series, "China"
with Diana Molesko at 2 p.m.
Jan. 19, Friends board meeting, 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 22, Jim Davis discusses his display of
brass rubbings and leads hands-on rubbings,
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Cortez killing set for trial
By Lisa Neff
Tammy Lynn George is scheduled to be the first
person tried for murder in Manatee County in 2007.
George is accused of murder in the first homicide
George, 44, is charged with second-degree murder
in the stabbing death of Mimi Marie Pace, 42, who was
found lying in a pool of blood in her Sunny Shores
mobile home on Jan. 2, 2006.
A trial date has been set for exactly one year to
that date Jan. 2, 2007, before Judge Janette Dun-
nigan. A docket sounding to review the status of the
case is scheduled for Dec. 20. Public Defender Steven
A. Schaefer is representing George.
George was arrested at the scene of the killing
and allegedly before she was given her Miranda warn-
ing confessed. "I stuck her and twisted it all. around,"
George allegedly told law enforcement officers, accord-
ing to court records in the case.
Court documents detail the morning of Pace's death,
beginning with Pace and her boyfriend, Scott Conklin,
moving from another residence at Sunny Shores into
George's home in the 3700 block of 115th Street Court
West. Pace and Conklin apparently had been evicted
from Pace's place, ordered to move out by Jan. 1.
Pace, Conklin and George were in George's home
on Jan. 2 arranging possessions. Conklin left at about
10 a.m. to retrieve some items from the previous resi-
dence, leaving Pace and George alone.
Conklin was sent back to George's home, having
been alerted by a neighbor who reported hearing
"Scott, help, she is trying to kill me," Pace was
heard shouting, according to a probable-cause affidavit
at the courthouse.
Conklin tried to get into the home, then looked
through the bedroom window and saw Pace on the
floor. He entered through the window and called Pace's
name, but she didn't respond.
In the bedroom, authorities found blood scattered and
beside Pace's body, a kitchen knife and aluminum bat.
Authorities maintain that George grabbed a knife
and stabbed Pace multiple times. An autopsy report
indicated Pace suffered 75 stab wounds caused by at
least two weapons.
One witness said George, her clothing soaked with
blood, smoked a cigarette in the kitchen as Pace lay on
the floor in the bedroom.
Sunny Shores residents said both Pace and George
were involved in crack cocaine, but authorities have not
revealed a motive in the case.
In addition to the knife and the bat, authorities col-
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Commissioner rebuffs Galati meeting request
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria City Commissioner Duke Miller has
politely declined a request by Galati Marine to discuss
the 27-foot height limitation for new construction in a
commercial district in the revised comprehensive plan
recently forwarded to the Florida Department of Com-
munity Affairs for approval.
Miller told Mike Eiffert of Galati Marine that he
had to decline an individual meeting with "Team Galati"
because "I think it is important for 'John' and 'Jane'
AnnaMarian to hear why you and your colleagues think
we should allow 37-foot-high commercial buildings.
It's no less important that they have the opportunity to
express their views about your points."
Miller also noted that the entire three years-
plus comprehensive-plan revision process has been
"completely in the sunshine and I think it should
He suggested that the proper venue for a presenta-
tion by Galati would be at the next public hearing on
the comprehensive, plan, which will take place after
the plan is returned to the city by the DCA with any
revisions and suggested changes.
Eiffert, however, said Galati Marine's concern is
that limiting new commercial construction to just 27 feet
takes away an entire floor of potential business space.
"It's expensive to do business on the Island with the
taxes and insurance we pay. Our new building would
be two stories over parking. Building one story over
parking is a real hardship," he said. No plans for any
new structure at Galati Marine have yet been submitted
to the city.
Team Galati and other interested business owners
simply wanted to make a presentation to the city com-
mission about their concerns, Eiffert said, noting that a
new home can still be built to the 37-foot height limit,
but not a new business.
Eiffert said he will meet with the Galati broth-
ers during the holidays to discuss a possible course
Commissioner Christine Tollette said she also
received a letter from Galati and responded that, while
she wasn't clear on what they wanted, she would meet
with them to discuss the issue.
Commissioner Dale Woodland, however, said he
has not yet received a request from Galati for a meeting,
but has seen Miller's response to them.
Code board concludes 2006 business
THE ISLANDER M DEC. 27. 2006 11
Island Florist You Know Why!
By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board
swiftly concluded its last business of 2006, ruling Dec.
19 that a property owner had improperly parked a boat
The unanimous board decision, made on the advice
of the city's code enforcement officer and an attorney,
resulted in a finding of a violation but no fine.
The point of the finding would be that if there's a
repeat offense the fine could be $500 instead of $250,
said Nancy Hall, the city's code enforcement officer.
Hall told the board that in late June she observed
a boat and trailer parked in a front yard of a home
owned by Jason and Lauren Sato in the 600 block of
Hall said she informed the property owners that
the boat and trailer were illegally parked and must be
moved. The vehicles were moved, but later returned to
the yard, prompting Hall to notify the owners again.
At the board meeting Dec. 19, Hall said the
boat and trailer had been removed after about 50
days on Dec. 18, bringing the property owners into
Still, she asked the board to find that there had
been a code violation in the event the boat and trailer
Jason Sato attended the hearing and did not dis-
pute Hall's explanation. He said he initially thought
'Island History' to be topic
of Island Kiwanis club
Jeff Asbury will discuss "Island History" for the
Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club when it meets at 7:30
a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30. '
It will be the regular breakfast meeting of the club
at the Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Details may be obtained by calling 778-4865.,
Pastel artists, demonstrations
set by Artists Guild
Pastels by Donna Bednarz and Peggy Potter will
be featured by the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island
The guild's gallery is in the Island Shopping Center,
5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The exhibit's opening
reception will be there from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5.
Two demonstrations are on the gallery's schedule
during the month. Roger Rockefeller will show the use
of mixed media from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan.
11, and Paula Schoenwether will demonstrate use of a
digital camera and printer from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday,
Further details may be obtained by calling 778-
he needed only to move the boat and trailer away
from the front of the home, not to the driveway or
"I'm sorry about the misunderstanding," he said.
After the hearing, the board heard from Hall that
problems at a condominium in the 5400 block of Gulf
Drive were corrected.
The board in October had taken up the case of the
rented condominium owned by David H. and Betty
Wieland of Grand Rapids, Mich.
At that initial hearing, Hall presented testimony
and evidence showing that some renovation work in the
condo occurred without a permit and the work resulted
in electrical problems in the kitchen.
Board members gave the Wielands a Nov. 8 dead-
-line to comply with permit requirements and correct
the electrical problems or face a $250-per-day fine.
Hall told the board that the Wielands corrected the
problems by their November deadline and "this case
The meeting concluded after about 30 minutes.
The board's next meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m.
Jan. 18 at city hall.
Island police reports
Dec. 15, 400 block of North Bay Boulevard, dis-
turbance. According to the report, two tenants argued
over parking issues. Both parties agreed to contact the
landlord to resolve the issue.
No reports available.
Dec. 16, 700 block of Manatee Avenue, driver's
license. A man was cited for driving with a suspended
Dec. 17,2700 block of Gulf Drive, driver's license.
A man was cited for operating a motorcycle without the
proper endorsement on his driver's license. He was also
cited for not registering his vehicle.
Dec. 17, 200 block of 77th Street, theft. A woman
reported the theft of an earthbox containing tomato
Dec. 17, 200 block of North Harbor Drive, distur-
bance. Officers reported to a party where guests rariging
in age from-18 to 20 were reportedly consuming alco-
holic beverages. Guests reportedly cooperated with the
officers and the parents of the teen host were notified.
Dec. 18, 2700 block of Avenue C, theft. A woman
reported that her prescription medication had been
stolen from her home.
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The 14th annual Island Kiwanis Valentine's dance
drew some 240 people to the Anna Maria Island Com-
Road work: Anna Maria City commissioners on
March 16 authorized an engineering firm to prepare bid
packets for more than $700,000 in road improvements
and two drainage/stormwater improvement projects.
The projects would be funded by a $1 million line of
credit authorized by the commission.
Seaweed by the seashore: Seaweed invaded Anna
Maria's beaches from Bean Point to the Sandbar Res-
taurant in mid-March. A scientist from Mote Marine
Laboratory in Sarasota suggested the growth of a sand-
bar in the area kept the smelly seaweed concentrated to
the Anna Maria beaches.
Bumper to bumper: "We're not about to four-lane
State Road 789. What's left?" Carol Whitmore, at the
time the mayor of Holmes Beach, asked other members
of the Coalition of Barrier Elected Officials gathered
March 21 to discuss traffic problems on the Island. All
agreed there's a problem but there's no easy solution.
March merrymaking: Islanders and visitors hon-
ored old St. Patrick with more than a day. The celebrat-
ing included a breakfast, a dinner and a parade. The
month also brought the Anna Maria Island Heritage
Days, which included a bike parade, historical museum
tours and festival treats.
On hold: Holmes Beach city commissioners
April: In memory of
Friends and family gather on the Anna Maria Island
Bridge after a late-night accident on the bridge left
one young man dead and another was injured. Zane
Zavadil died and Ryan Costello was seriously injured
when the SUV they were in went off the bridge and
into the water. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
decided they needed more information before acting
on a request from Metro PCS to add a fourth antenna
to a cell tower at the Smith Realtors building on Marina
Drive. One question: Could the tower, with an added
antenna, withstand 141-mph winds?
Commercial limits: The Anna Maria Planning and
Zoning Board voted at a March 27 meeting to put on
hold plans for extending the city's retail-office-residen-
tial district from Pine Avenue south on Gulf Drive to
Palmetto Avenue. The extension came up in an effort
, to revise the city's future land-use map. The vote didn't
bring an end to discussion.
In her name: Christine Olson urged Florida law
enforcement officers and lawmakers to consider her
ideas to link emergency contact numbers with driv-
er's licenses. Olson's campaign was in memory of her
daughter, Tiffiany, who was killed along with friend
Dustin Wilder in a motorcycle accident in December
2005. Christine Olson didn't hear about the accident
until seven hours after it occurred.
More headlines and highlights
Mr. Bones BBQ learned that the March issue of
Family Circle magazine would highlight the restau-
rant's chocolate pecan bread pudding as a readers' poll
West Manatee Fire and Rescue District com-
missioners approved the purchase of a new 100-foot
ladder truck to replace a truck at Station No. 1 in
John Bacon of Bradenton Beach marked his 80th
birthday in March and to celebrate his daughter, Debbie,
decorated dad's corner lot with dozens of pink plastic
pigs. Get it? Bacon...
The maritime museum organized in Cortez
became a statewide entity -.the Florida State Mari-
The ribbon is cut at
the official dedication
and grand open-
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in Holmes Beach.
classes in the new
school in January, but
a dedication was held
in the spring, with all
of Anna Maria Island
invited to the festivi-
ties. Islander Photo:
Ill wind: A brutal U.S. hurricane season brought
catastrophe to the Gulf states in 2005. The hard wind
in 2006 came in the form of soaring insurance costs.
The owners of Island property beyond 1,000 feet of the
Gulf of Mexico found themselves in an especially tough
spot facing sky-high premiums, outright refusals of
coverage and no option to seek help through the state-
operated Citizens Property Insurance Corp., which
only issues wind insurance policies for Island property
within the 1,000-foot perimeter. The Legislature would
defeat a bill by state Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton,
to provide some remedy.
Bradenton Beach bust: A sting operation con-
ducted by Bradenton Beach police resulted in the
arrest of three men on narcotics charges. An under-
cover officer called the three suspects from a pay
phone at the Circle K on Gulf Drive and arranged to
buy about $100 in crack cocaine. Twenty minutes later
the deal went down, followed by a car chase, a crash
and arrests at gunpoint.
Opt out: Bradenton Beach city commissioners
decided they didn't want to help pay for a consoli-
dation study, bringing to some conclusion another
round of talks on the issue. Commissioners said why
bother studying consolidation if Anna Maria City
Island tragedy: Zane Zavadil, 19, died and Ryan
Costello, 19, suffered serious injuries when the Toyota
SUV they were in went off the Anna Maria Island
Bridge. Rescue workers quickly arrived to the scene
to find the SUV submerged in water and the young men,
both graduates of Manatee High, trapped inside. For
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the bridge to leave cards and flowers, stuffed animals
and prayers. A wooden cross still remains in the water,
marking the site where Zavadil died.
Protest signs: Enforcement of measures tighten-
ing restrictions on signs in Holmes Beach brought
protesting property owners and property sellers to
city hall April 6. Holmes Beach officials had confis-
cated illegally placed or non-conforming signs. The
action triggered complaints from real estate agents
who said they never received notice of the stepped-
up enforcement. City officials defended the action,
pointing out that Holmes Beach's sign ordinance was
adopted in 1998.
Showdown averted: The Anna Maria City Com-
mission seemed to have resolved concerns about a
proposed sign ordinance, heading off an anticipated
showdown between city officials and real estate agents
over the measure. The commission removed from the
proposal restrictions that some said went too far, such
as limits on colors and words.
More headlines and highlights
Islander Tom Sprenger got named Hernando de
Soto for the De Soto Heritage Festival, the area's rival
to Mardi Gras.
The Anna Maria Island Woman's Club celebrated
more than 60 years of service as it said goodbye.. The
club that formed in the 1940s disbanded.
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island cele-
brated Easter with its 42nd sunrise serve at the Manatee,
A "green" sidewalk was installed at Cortez
Beach in Bradenton Beach to test a material made of
A creative vision process continued in Bradenton
Beach as city officials and volunteers set their sights on
preserving and improving the waterfront.
The Anna Maria City Commission agreed to
amend its permit fee schedule to help out the Anna
Maria Island Community Center. The move saved the
Center, as it readied for a major construction project,
Turtles come home to...: The marine turtle nest-
ing season began with a corps of volunteers trained
to protect the adult turtles and their offspring and
encouragements to residents to keep waterfront lights
off at night.
School celebration: The new Anna Maria Ele-
mentary School opened to students after the winter
break but the school dedication didn't take place until
May 1, when all of Anna Maria-was invited to join in
Time trial: The U.S. Coast Guard agreed to a trial
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program to open the Anna Maria Island and Cortez
bridges twice an hour and by request during season.
The test was to determine if the change would help
alleviate traffic tie-ups.
SAM's goal: Spring ushered in a reorganization of
Save Anna Maria, Inc. and a setting of priorities. The
top priority? Tackling the wind insurance crisis.
'Party mansion': A posting on a Web site adver-
tised sex parties at a "party mansion" at 5601 Flotilla
Drive in Holmes Beach. Property owners Scott and
Deanne Hopp rented out the home on a weekly basis.
Neighbors noticed that some visitors to the rental liked
to party naked. Asked by The Islander about the par-
ties, Scott Hopp said, "I'm shocked. I had no idea. I'm
going to go down there and evict them right away. It's
supposed to be for families only." The situation would
lead to a discussion on ordinances related to rentals, as
well as much gossip.
Foreclosure filed: GSR Development LLC contin-
ued to struggle with legal problems. The development
company got hit with a foreclosure action by Synovus
Bank of Tampa. The bank claimed in May that a note
for $2.1 million due from GSR in January was not paid.
The company was already facing four lawsuits over
uncompleted projects in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach
and Longboat Key.
Motel matters: The state Legislature failed to
provide wind insurance relief for the Island, but state
lawmakers did take action that allows counties to
defer property taxes for hotel and motel owners. The
legislation authorized county government to desig-
nate a "working waterfront" zone where taxes could
Heavy hammerhead: A giant hammerhead shark
caught on tackle off Boca Grande arrived by truck
to Cortez's A.P. Bell Fish Co., before being shipped
- frozen to Mote Marine Laboratory. The shark
weighed in at 1,280 pounds and was the biggest ham-
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Sales at SevenShores: St. Joe Co. opened its sales
office for the planned 686-unit Perico Island condo
project, SevenShores, in early May. The developer also
confirmed its plans that the property where Leverock's
Restaurant operated, along with the convenience/gas
market and marina there, would be used for a retail-
More headlines and highlights
Anna Maria Elementary's third-graders went
into their last month of classes in the 2005-06 school
year celebrating a FCAT success. The entire grade-
level, according to the Manatee County School Dis-
trict, scored 100 percent on the reading portion of the
County officials reported that Goodloe Marine
wouldn't meet a June 1 deadline to complete a beach
A home at 102 79th St. in Holmes Beach sold for
$3.45 million, a record for a single-family home on
Anna Maria Island.
Anna Maria Elementary teacher Deborah Thomas
retired after educating Island students for more than 30
The Holmes Beach skateboard complex was the
site of the Holmes Beach Skateboard Contest.
Be prepared: Hurricane season arrived with
experts predicting an above average season and Island
officials encouraging preparedness.
Application withdrawn: Bradenton Beach
Marina owner Allan Bazzy withdrew an application
for a boatel a hotel for boaters a week before the
Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board was to
review the project. Anticipating some concerns about
the plan, Bazzy said he'd withdraw and "make it an
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Year in Review
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Church coverage canceled: Some Island churches
were forced to brave the hurricane season with pro-
tection from some authority higher than corporate
America or the state. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
in Holmes Beach and Roser Memorial Community
Church in Anna Maria both learned of canceled wind
Chilly reception: A hip-hop concert and picnic
planned for Coquina Beach didn't happen after county
and Bradenton Beach officials gave a chilly recep-
tion to "Chill" Johnson's plans for a festival. More
than 20 Manatee County Sheriff's office patrol cars,
four mounted units and other law enforcement units
patrolled the beach to make sure the show didn't go
on. The festival plans came up as county and Island
officials raised concerns about crime and public safety
Homicide arrest: Frank Reposh, 42, went miss-
ing in October 2005. Reposh's bones were found in
early June in a wooded area in the 3600 block of Palma
Sola Boulevard. Bradenton Beach resident Merle Zei-
gler, 53, was arrested June 7 and charged with murder-
ing Reposh. She allegedly confessed to first stabbing
Reposh and later shooting him in the head. Her son,
Josh Zeigler, was also arrested in the case and is sched-
uled to go to ti~al in February 2007 on a second-degree
Parking problems: Carol Whitmore, as mayor of
Holmes Beach, sent a dispatch to other Island mayors
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Whitmore wrote that with the "tremendous amount of
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is finally starting to feel the stress of growth."
Nest numbers: With the sea turtle nesting season
under way, the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch local
protectors of the species --identified 38 nests by mid-
June, more than the year before at the same time.
Charitable campaign: A two-day all-Island
blood drive brought in 270 donors, 225 units of
blood for Florida Blood Services and $22,500 for
Sandbar stipulations: Anna Maria city commis-
sioners unanimously approved a site plan for expanding
the Sandbar Restaurant. Owner Ed Chiles had spent
more than two years developing the plan. The vote
didn't come easy. It followed more than three hours of
arguments, mostly from lawyers representing property
owners opposed to the plan. And it came with stipula-
tions on restaurant service, maintenance and parking.
Citing skateboarders: Holmes Beach Commis-
sioner Pat Morton proposed measures to curb skate-
boarders riding without permission on public and pri-
vate property. The proposal followed complaints about
some skateboarders using public facilities and shopping
centers, causing property damage., Morton proposed
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Beach City Pier forced officials to close the historic
structure to the public. Hurricane Frances damaged the
pier in 2004.
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Arthur Bussey reported that after a thunderstorm
hit the Island, a shower of fish rained down on his
Holmes Beach backyard. "Fish were pelting down on
me and my yard and maybe 50 feet out from shore,"
A threat of litigation in a property/right-of-way
dispute was enough to prompt Anna Maria City Attor-
ney Jim Dye to advise city officials against talking with
Craig Colburn, attorney for the Olesen family.
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Red tide research to be
outlined for Rotarians
The Rotary Club of Anna Mafia Island on
Tuesday, Jan. 2, will hear Dwight Davis of Mote
Marine Aquarium discuss the progress of research
into the Gulf of Mexico red tide blooms that have
plagued the area for years.
The club's first meeting of the year will be a
noon luncheon at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Further informa-
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Thirty years ago, free fried chicken was given away
to pack the Philadelphia Arena for the heavyweight title
fight between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed.
Admission to the main event in the sixth "Rocky"
film, "Rocky Balboa," was more difficult to come by,
but Islander Bridget Gennett sat ringside for the exhibi-
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Gennett, a Holmes Beach resident and agent with
Wagner Realty who grew up in Philadelphia, worked
as an extra in the newest "Rocky" film that opened
In the forum at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Resort,
she sat in the first row behind Rocky's corner. For five
days 12 hours a day she watched the slug-fest.
She even exchanged a "yo" with Sylvester Stallone.
"It was awesome," Gennett said of being involved
in the filming. "This whole thing, it has nothing to
do with celebrity or stardom. It's about inspiration,
To get her seat in Las Vegas, Gennett entered and
won an essay contest in which she wrote about why she
wanted to see Rocky go the distance one more time.
She wrote about determination and living out one's
Gennett had been struggling with a mid-life crisis
and searching for some guidance when the opportunity
to go to Vegas came along.
"It was like a lightning bolt," she said. "I felt it was
like an answered prayer. I know that sounds cheesy, but
that's how I feel."
Gennett has been a fan of the rags-to-riches
"Rocky" saga for three decades.
The first film, made for a low budget of $1.1 million
and shot in less than a month, was an Oscar-winning
sleeper about an underdog southpaw from South Philly
who wanted to make something of himself, who wanted
to "go the distance."
The film launched Stallone's career and spawned
sequels. It also celebrated the City of Brotherly Love
and inspired the Nouth of the 1970s today's fifty-
somethings and fortysomethings.
"I was a senior in high school. I was running up the
steps to the art museum just like everyone else." Gen-
nett said, referring to the first film's climactic training
scene outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In "Rocky Balboa," Stallone's character has retired
from boxing. He's a widower running a small restau-
rant in South Philly. Yearning for something more, he
eventually finds himself in the ring with Mason "The
Line" Dixon for an exhibition fight to air on Home Box
Gennett, who also served as an extra in some Phila-
delphia scenes, couldn't say how the film ends.
"TheN filmed four endings," she said, adding that
she signed a contract promising not to reveal the film's
THE ISLANDER M DEC. 27, 2006 15
since for 'Rocky' film
Writer, actor and director Sylvester Stallone poses
with Bridget Gennett of Holmes Beach during a
break in filming "Rocky Balboa" in Las Vegas. Gen-
nett worked as an extra in the film.
Gennett, who in addition to working in real estate
sales, sings regularly at the BeachHouse with John
Rinell, also couldn't say how much screen time she has.
She's seen herself "for a second" in preview commer-
cial airing on television, but at the time of her interview
didn't know how she faired in the editing process.
"I don't even really care about that," she said.
"What matters is that I got to be there to see him go
Bridge, line dancing liven Friday
lineup for Center
Bridge lessons and line dancing will keep Anna
Maria Island Community Center patrons busy Friday
mornings for a couple of months in the new year at
the Center's temporary quarters at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Professional bridge player Larry Auerbach will
teach his craft from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Friday
from Jan. 5 to Feb. 25. And line dancing will hold forth
from 10:30 a.m. until noon Fridays from Jan. 5 through
March, with instructor Bunny Burton. Fees apply in
Additional information may be obtained by calling
Susan Thomas was the photographer of the picture
of mullet fishers that appeared in the Dec. 20 edition
of The Islander. She took the picture from her home at
the bay end of Tarpon Avenue. The photographer was
mis-identified in the newspaper.
Saturday, Dec. 30
?- 30 a.m.- Kiwanis Club breakfast meeting with guest speaker
Jt A nrbury presenting "Island History" at Cafe on the Beach, Mana-
Pue Fulic Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
1'. a.m. to noon Barbara Orear demonstrates the use of
vira.r, color in watercolor at the Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Hoime'-. Beach. Information: 792-7039.
Tuesday, Jan. 2
10 a.m. Family story hour at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Mlanri. Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
--10- a.m. to noon --Manga and Japanese Pop Culture presen-
lations for teens at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island presents red tide
research with Dwight Davis of Mote Marine Laboratory at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
Wednesday, Jan. 3
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna Maria City
Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-7062.
6 to 7:30 p.m. "Parenting with Love and Logic" with Anna
Maria Island Community Center counselor Shirley Rohmberger at the
School for Constructive Play, 305 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
"Fishing in Paradise" art exhibit by Harvey Gaunt at the Arts
Council Gallery, 926012th St. W., Bradenton, through Dec. 28. Infor-
Photography exhibit of work by Paula Schoenwether at 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.
_hro --Photography exhibit by John Bonser at Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Dec. 31. Information: 792-
S'"The Blue Briny: Mermaids & More" at the Village of the Arts,
along 12th Avenue West, downtown Bradenton, through Jan. 6. Infor-
Art by Peggy Potter at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5413 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, through Jan. 31.
Sew for Fun at Roser Memorial Community Church Jan. 4.
Bridge lessons at Anna Maria Island Community Center/St.
Bernard Catholic Church Jan. 5.
Opening reception for Peggy Potter at the Artists' Guild Gallery
Food for Life presentation "Discovering Dairy Alternatives" at
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American Legion Cancer Society Benefit Jan. 6.
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TOP 10 ISLAND SPORTS STORIES
By Kevin Cassidy
It is hard to believe another year has passed, much
less another year of Island sports. This means it's time
now to reflect on the past year's sports stories in order
to put together another top-10 list of sporting events.
Since this column primarily focuses on youth sports,
it's hard to put one story or one kid ahead of another
while knowing how important each effort is for every
With that said, these choices are based on a number
of variables, none of which are too scientific. So please
don't be offended by the omission of many great per-
formances in 2006.
There are times during the year when there are no
leagues playing and sports stories are a bit harder to
come by. So here's a big thanks to everyone who calls
or e-mails with sports news, like Bill Bartlett from the
horseshoe crew and Sue Hookem, Mary Pat Swamy and
Bob Kral who provide golf news for the Key Royale
Club. Also a big thank you to the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's sports director, Andy Jonatzke,
and the rest of the crew at the Center for all of their
help in keeping us up to date on the happenings at the
I want to wish everyone who reads my column a
Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year. Fol-
lowing are my top-10 sports stories for 2006. Enjoy!
1. Skateboarders see 'big air'
The second-annual Holmes Beach skateboard con-
test, held May 20 at the Holmes Beach skate park, drew
approximately 50 participants and a large throng of
skateboard enthusiasts who cheered on their favorite
Chase Lewis captured the 8-and-under division
- with Neil Carper coming in second. Five-year-old
Christian Daniels came in third place followed by
First place in the 9-11 age group was won by Jacob
Blue, who narrowly came out on top over second-place
finisher Giorgio Gomez and Luke Shackelford at third
place. Travis Belsito came in fourth place in what
turned out to be the most competitive division.
Cory Wash got huge air to win the 12-14 age group
over Jeff Ray. Michael Harrington finished in third
place, while Islander Billy Annis took fourth. Ray also
captured the "best trick" contest after the regular com-
petition had concluded.
The 15-17 age division had only three competitors,
but they all had mad skating skills. Islander Christian
Chamberlain grabbed first place over Davey Gabbard
and Corbin Kitchen.
2. Islanders excel in soccer
at different levels
2006 has been a great year for Islanders play-
ing soccer at varying levels. Many of them got their
* start playing in the Center's recreational youth soccer
In late December, Joey Hutchinson, who got his
start in soccer at the Center, was featured along with
his U13 Manatee Magic teammates for winning three
out of four tournaments and climbing to No. 5 in the
GotSoccer.com soccer rankings. Joey is one of the lead-
ing scorers on the team at his left forward position.
In early December and in March, another Mana-
tee Magic soccer team was featured that boasted four
Island girls, including Center products Ally Titsworth
and Martine Miller along with more recent Island resi-
dents Christina Papazian and Erin Mulrine. All four
girls play prominent roles on their U13 girls team.
Miller is one of the leading scorers from her forward
position, while Titsworth and Mulrine help anchor the
midfield. Papazian is the last line of defense in goal
for the team, which is currently tied for first place in
-, Papazian was also in the news in late November
for her stellar play in goal for the Manatee High School
all-girls Her-icanes varsity soccer team. Also featured
then were center products Amber Wright, who starts at
right defender for the varsity team, and Sean Edwards,
a starter at right midfield for the girls' junior varsity
Last, but certainly not least, another Islander and
Center product- Stephen Thomas of Anna Maria was
West Manatee Fire Rescue third-baseman Daniel Pimental dives to make the tag on Duncan Real Estate's Alex
Burgess, who tried to take an extra base after a play at the plate in April Little League action.
Five-year-old Christian Daniels flies over the ramp
during action at the Holmes Beach Skateboard Con-
test in May.
featured in a story after he and his U14 IMG Soccer
Academy teammates captured the Region C Cup in
Tampa in March.
On May 9, Thomas was again in the news after
being named MVP of his team at IMG's season-ending
awards banquet at El Conquistador Country Club.
Thomas was the starting central midfielder and led his
team in assists.
3. Skimmers entertain big crowd
For the fifth consecutive year, the Back-to-School
Skimboard Bash on the beach at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant in August entertained a crowd of 200 or so
onlookers with great skimming, good music and "col-
Local winners included Blaine Jenefsky in the
minis (8-and-under) division and Giorgio Gomez in
the menehune (9-11) division. Neil Carper and Izzy
Gomez finished in second and third place respectively
in the minis, while Luke Shakelford took second and
Bradenton's Bryce Hamilton grabbed third place in the
menehune. Blake Tyre claimed first place in the men's
18-21 division, while Joey Mattay grabbed second
place. Islanders represented themselves well in the 15-
17 division with Spencer Carper, Kevin Kim and Josh
Riccio taking second- through fourth-places.
4. Veteran's Day tourney
climaxes soccer season,
The Center's first annual Veteran's Day soccer tour-
nament in November was a resounding success \\ ith a
day full of exciting mini-soccer games that included
the instructional division with a 6-7 all-star game and
a 7-up all-star game ftor players that are graduating toi
play the big field next season.
Spectators enjoyed a day full of soccer and conces-
sions good chili donated b) Hurricane Hanks and
cheeseburgers donated b) Rotten Ralph's Restaurant.
Congratulations to Ooh La La! Bistro in Division
III, Sun in Division II and RelMa.\ Realty in Division I
for winning their respective divisions.
5. Four champions crowned in basketball
Four championship teams were crowned in Feb-
ruary to close out the 2006 youth basketball season
at the Community Center. Though there were no sur-
prise champions, there were two dramatic endings in
the Division III and Division I championship games.
Dips Ice Cream overcame a 13-11 deficit in the
last minute of its championship game to defeat Beach
Bistro 14-13 and win the Division III title thanks to
some clutch foul-shooting by Johnny Mattay.
Homes of Distinction edged Danziger Allergy &
Sinus 41-40 to win the Division I championship. With
one second remaining on the clock, Homes of Distinc-
tion ran an inbounds play underneath its basket to per-
fection, resulting in a game-winning layup by Blake
Congratulations to the players, coaches and fans of
Island Real Estate, Homes of Distinction, Island Family
Physicians and Dips Ice Cream for their championship
seasons and congratulations to all of the participants in
the league for another great season of basketball.
6. Duncan dominates Little League
Though the 2006 Little League baseball season
lacked drama, mostly due to Duncan Real Estate
running away with the title, it still was a memorable
The season kicked off with a parade of players,
coaches and parents that started at Island Baptist Church
and finished at the Center's Benji Scanio Stadium. The
parade was followed by a series of mini-games, team
photos and plenty of hamburgers and hot dogs grilled
up by Mark Howard.
Sunday afternoon, Anna Maria Island Little Leagu-
ers descended upon McKechnie Field in Bradenton to
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 27, 2006 19
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18
catch the spring-training game between the Pittsburgh
Pirates and our very own Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
The regular season was dominated by Duncan,
which played its home games at the Longboat Key
Recreational Center field. Duncan lost only one game
all season to easily win the league title.
West Manatee Fire Rescue's Tommy Price had a
season to remember. He was the league's most-feared
hitter, posting a .600 batting average that included eight
home runs and earned him the league's MVP award,
while Blake Wilson led the league in hitting with a .683
average. Chris Pate captured the rookie of the year and
Jake Rappe was awarded the sportsmanship trophy.,
7. Surfers catch first waves
Approximately 40 Island youths caught their first
waves and rode them to the beach during the Bluewa-
ter School of Surfing's camp held in July at the White
Avenue Beach in Anna Maria.
Bluewater owner William Kimball and his staff of
local surf instructors, Kevin Kirn, Joey Mattay, Tommy
Rudek, Brandi Brady and Cameo Ewing, start out the
camper's education with the surfing basics, including
how to choose an appropriate nickname while also
emphasizing ocean safety.
Having fun is a requirement of the Bluewater
School. According to its Web site, "The best surfer is
the one who's having the most fun."
Dips Ice Cream's Johnny Mattay is a picture of
concentration as he prepares to shoot a free throw in
the closing moments of I1le Division III championship
game in March.
C. ~ t -n.
Maddie Valadie goes backside on a nice wave during the Bluewater School of Surfing's camp in July.
8. Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club held its match-play cham-
pionships in May. Ernie Hauser defeated Web Cutting
one-up on the 19th hole to bring home the top prize.
Women's champion was Penny Williams, who defeated
Joy Kaiser one-up.
Women's nine-hole championship went to Mary
Selby, who defeated Mary Pat Swamy two-up.
Del Reppenhagen teamed up with Merritt Fineout
to win the mixed couples' championship over Duke and
In other notable club news; 13-year-old Connor
Perez, a seventh-grade student at Wakefield School in
Gainesville, Va., got his first hole-in-one at the club's
196-yard hole No. 3 on April 10.
Perez, a lefty and a member of the varsity golf
team at Wakefield, finished with a 37 to beat out his
grandfather, Bob Squier. Also witnessing the shot were
grandmother Jud\ Squier and mom Aim Perez. Connor
used a di\ er to putl the ball in the hole in one shot. No
w ord on whether r he %\ as able to bu\ e er\ one in their
clubhouse a drink as is the custom for anyone who
gets a hole-ih-one.
9. Experience overcomes youth
The kids on the block ga\ e it a valiant try, but in the'
end, the Islander junior league baseball players came
out on the \\ rong end of a 6-1 score against coaches
and other adult players during the inaugural "Spring
Fling" baseball game in April at Birdie Tebbetts Field
n Holmes Beach.
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Once again, Ben Valdivieso pitched solidly to keep
the game close until the final stanza. The old, er, expe-
rienced guys took an early 3-1 lead before tacking on
three more runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Oldies pitcher Scott May retired the Islander juniors
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Other members of the Islander Oldies were Chris
Moneuse, Mike Brusso, Dave Pate, Steve Titsworth,
Mike Field, Andy Jonatzke, Phelps Tracy, Tim Tedesco
and Dawn Wash.
10. Islander inducted in hall of fame
Mickey .Hooke, 45, former Islander and longtime
staff member at Galati Marine in Anna Maria, was
recently inducted into the Bayshore High School Ath-
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at half time of the Bruins' homecoming football game.
Hooke, who graduated Bayshore in 1979, was an all-
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By Lisa Neff
A judge pushed back until at least February 2007
the trial of a 53-year-old Bradenton Beach woman
accused of killing her boyfriend.
Frank Ray Reposh, 41, died at his home, a duplex
at 7818 40th Ave. Drive W., sometime in September or
October 2005, but his body was not discovered until
June 7, 2006. The remains were found in a shallow
grave near Reposh's home in a wooded area on Palma
Merle Zeigler was arrested in connection with the
killing. Her address at the time was on Third Street
South in Bradenton Beach. She has remained in the
Manatee County jail without bond since then.
Zeigler is charged with second-degree murder with
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Zeigler's attorney, Jeffrey Haynes, declined to com-
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The state prosecutor, Eduardo Brodsky, could not
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Zeigler's trial had been scheduled to begin the week
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By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city commissioners last week
received their liaison assignments from Mayor Rich
Bohnenberger, at a city commission meeting Dec.
12, briefly explained the assignments and duties.
The mayor said he reviewed the Legislative Proce-
dures Act and identified five official liaison positions
for the commission. That's probably because there are
five commissioners, he added.
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens, the chair, was
appointed to be the legislative liaison responsible for
reviewing and initiating resolutions and ordinances.
Haas-Martens will also serve as the liaison to the
code enforcement officer.
Commissioner Pat Morton's focus again will be
recycling and solid waste, which involves working with
the mayor and public works superintendent and exam-
ining policy and legislation.
Morton will also serve as the liaison to the Island
Emergency Operations Center and public works in rela-
tion to emergency operations.
Pat Geyer is the liaison on.building and grounds,
with a focus on planning and building projects for the
city. She will also serve as the liaison to the police
David Zaccagnino again will work on recreation,
beautification and parks. He will also serve as liaison
to the police pension board.
John Monetti will serve as the liaison on roads.
bridges, drainage, canals and erosion. Monetti also will
be the liaison to the Anna Maria Island Community
Zaccagnino asked whether, as in the past, the com
missioners would also be appointed as liaisons to othe
entities, such as the Anna Maria Elementary School
the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and th
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program.
Bohnenberger said no, adding that he was "reluc
tant to obligate someone" to such posts and that h
made his appointments based on where the city ha
certain financial concerns.
The mayor did, however, encourage commissioner
to be involved.
Sela Zaccagnino and her mom Janine hold the win-
ning raffle ticket for a rain barrel painted by Anna
Maria Elementary School kindergartners. Proceeds
from the raffle will be donated to help build water
wells through a program sponsored by the Rotary
Club of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Chris-
Katie Boesen's kindergarten students at Anna Maria Elementary School painted a rain barrel that was raffled
to raise money for its water-wise project. The class is raising money through art projects made available on
the class Web site, www.watersavus.com, to provide fresh water wells in developing countries. The winner of
this rain barrel is AME kindergartner Sela Zaccagnino, pictured center. Islander Photo: Christine Callahan
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Nation's first ship monitoring system comes to Tampa Bay
Here's a general, no-nonsense rule of thumb that
has worked well for generations: If a new law or pro-
posal is offered, and your first thought is "gee, I thought
we already did that," then it's probably a pretty good
Ships entering and exiting Tampa Bay will have
what amounts to an air-traffic controller system acti-
vated starting next month that will monitor exactly
where, what kind and at what course vessel traffic is
undergoing in the busy waterway.
Gee, they don't have that already?
Harbor pilots keep in contact with each other
through radio, radar and some other more elaborate
monitoring systems. However, there hasn't been a
central command center established to act as a "Big
Brother" over the ships.
That command post, located at the Port of Tampa,
will be up and running in early 2007 with oversight by
the U.S. Coast Guard and port authorities. Six civil-
ian employees will peer through big computer monitor
screens to track vessels in real time. The displays will
include ship size, speed and heading, according to the
St. Petersburg Times.
Command central will also monitor radio traffic
between the ships. If there appears to be a problem
brewing, the command office can intervene and order
course or speed changes.
Ships have.been required to have transponders
installed that relay much of that information since 1997.
However, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of
oversight to keep track of the information. Tampa Bay
has the first such system in Florida, and there are only
a dozen or so similar setups in the country.
As one Coast Guard official put it, most ports
mimic the systems that are in place at small rural air-
ports aircraft pretty much regulate themselves. With
the new Tampa Bay system, "We're moving to an air
w traffic control system," he said.
Considering the massive amount of material that
flows in and out of the ports of Tampa Bay, it sure
seems to make sense. Especially considering some of
the problems that ships have caused in the bay during
the past few decades.
Remember the Skyway disaster in 1989? The 608-
foot-long freighter "Summit Venture" rammed into the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge, taking out one of the spans.
Thirty-five people died as a bus and some vehicles
dropped into the bay.
Remember the tanker fire in 1993? A freighter was
outward bound when it collided with a pair of tugs
pushing barges of fuel. The accident caused a fireball
easily seenfrom Anna Maria Island. About 330,000
gallons of crude oil were spilled in the bay, the biggest
fuel spill in Tampa Bay's history.
Enough said about the need for some sort of central
command for ships and shipping into and out of Tampa
And about another monitoring program ...
I readily admit to being of two minds on the com-
mercial fishing monitoring proposal.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
has ordered all reef-fish vessels those that go after
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grouper or snapper to have a Vessel Monitoring
System installed on board. The $3,000-plus electron-
ics send out a signal that allows officials to keep-track
of where the boats are located and if they are in areas
that are closed for fishing.
Rabbit Brooks of Cortez is opposed to the matter,'
citing another act of Big Brother butting into the lives
of commercial fishers. He's also opposed to the recur-
ring costs of keeping the gear up and running.
Julie Morris, who is a member of the council,
argues that the VMS system is needed the same way
that the highway patrol is needed to keep cars at speed
along interstates. Something is needed to keep the fish-
ery stock at fishable levels, she said, and the electronics
are just another tool in that attempt.
Both are good arguments.
On the one hand, I dislike the idea of Big Brother as
much as anyone. On the other, I'm afraid that if some-
thing like the VMS system isn't installed, the remaining
management tools to protect the grouper and snapper
fisheries could be outright bans on harvest.
Remember how lawmakers dithered about how to
control mullet harvests until the only solution offered
was an outright ban on nearshore gillnet fishing?
We sure don't want something like that happening
Star-nosed moles have a couple distinctions in the
animal kingdom. The little critters have been ranked
by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the
fastest eaters in the world.
And scientists now believe they are the only
mammal that can smell underwater.
The moles are active swimmers in the swamps they
inhabit in eastern Canada. And the mole gets its star-
nosed name because of a weird snout that has feelers
that help it find food, since moles traditionally can't see
worth a darn.
Scientists now believe that the little water rats
actually blow out and snuff in bubbles as they swim
underwater. They do that a lot up to 10 times a
second and in the midst of the snorting they're able
to detect smells as they swim, according to the journal
According to the author. of the study, "If you go
through the literature on the historical ideas of olfac-
tion, there's a lot of statements to the effect that 'Obvi-
ously, it's impossible for a mammal to smell underwa-
ter.'" However, after watching the sniffing action of a
mole in a tank, he started to lay down some earthworm
tracks oh the bottom. Sure enough, the moles tracked
the earthworm scent most of the time.
The scientist has found similar activities in fresh-
water shrews, but not to the level that star-nosed moles
As lobsters wave their antennae around, biologists
believe they are allowing specialized hairs to sweep
through the surrounding water and pick up passing
Full steam ahead at Cortez school
By Jim Hanson
Some $190,000 worth of final touches for the
Cortez schoolhouse resurrection have been assured by
The action at last week's meeting of the county
commissioners will pay for stripping the stucco from
the bricks that form the front the 1912-built school, and
a host'of other details.
"We don't know how far it will go around the building,"
said Roger Allen, Cortez historic sites manager in charge of
the school's renovation. "It will take care of removing the
stucco from the front and will include restoring the brick
face and the pointing," the spaces between the bricks. The
work will be done by TriTech Co. of Bradenton, which has
done much of the school restoration work.
As for the rest of the stucco, removal work, the
school project's sponsor, Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage, will reapply for a second grant from the Selby
Foundation. The foundation has been generous to the
project and no hangups are anticipated. .
The county's money. also will complete landscap-.
ing, build a parking lot, make trails there and into the-
FISH Preserve next door, put in pads for the historic
Pillsbury Boat Works building, and provide security for
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the entire project.
The Pillsbury building was built in the early 20th
century at what is no,\ Snead Island Boat Works in Pal-
metto. The yard was operated b:i the PillsburN family and
for decades turned out boats for fishermen and others.
It was donated by Jim Alderman to the Florida
Maritime Museum. which will occupy much of the old
school building, and willbe moved to the site N hen the
foundation pads are completed.
Its neighbor %ill be the historic Burton Store,
recently mo\ ed from the est end of Cortez to the east-
end school grounds.
Daughters arranging honor
for Culbreaths Saturday
Cortez community leaders Richard and Jeri Culbreath
will be honored at a 50th wedding anniversary celebration
Saturday, Dec. 30, at the historic school building in whose
resurrection they played a prominent part.
The party is being arranged by the couple's daugh-
ters, Carolyn Doig, Laurie Duncan and Anita Jenkins,
who welcome friends of the family and "your atten-
dance is the only gift required."
It will be from 3' to 7 p.m. in the renovated 1912-
built school at 119th Street and Cortez Road.
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Grouper, snapper good offshore; reds, sheepies in bays
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing is a bit slow in the backwater perhaps
the fish are busy with the last-minute holiday planning
or the crowd of boats looking for the big mullet payoff 0
has them spooked.
The mullet fishers all done now by castnetting
- are reporting a good fall season, and at least one .
caller said they're grateful to be putting lots of food on `. .......
the table and for a good holiday.. .
The mullet are fat with roe now, which provides ".. .-
a good income for the fishers and exports for the fish
houses, and puts mullet on the table for lots of low- '- .
income folks who can't always afford fresh grouper or
If you're out with a hook and line, look for lots of
sheepshead in the bays, plus a few redfish and black .'F-
drum in the weeks ahead. 4-.
Offshore action for grouper and snapper is excel-
lent in the Gulf of Mexico. Best catches are coming "
from the 50- to 100-foot depths, with the fish expected
to move closer to shore as the water cools.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said sheepshead are the.
best bet for any inshore anglers, but there are still some_.-
good reports of redfish and catch-and-release snook--
coming out of the canals along the bays. Offshore grou- ...;--.
per action is hot and heavy right now, with most of the '" -
fish caught in less than 100 feet of water. There are -.-- .... --,
also good reports of lane and mangrove snapper in the
Gulf. Happy fishers
At Corky's Live Bait, Tackle and Snack Shop
on Cortez Road, customers are catching redfish to 16
inches, flounder, sheepshead, black drum and snook and
using live shrimp as bait, catch-and-release trout from
the Manatee River. Offshore fishing is also good, with
nice-sized catches of pompano, grouper, flounder and
redfish, most caught with shrimp, pinfish or squid.
Definitely a keeper
Rusty Feth caught this nice-sized pompano while fish-
ing with Capt. Terry Frankford on the Reelin & Chillin.
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The monthly fishing tournament at Paradise Bay
Estates Boat Club saw only sheepshead in the boat.
First place honors went to Frank Chan with an 18 3/4-
inch fish; Don Vogel came in second with an 18 1/8-
incher: and Jerry Kozminski took third place with his
16 3/4-inch sheepie.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there
are catching a few sheepshead and bluefish. He noted
that mullet are thick around the pier, too.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishing has been a bit slow, but there have been a few
catches of black drum, yellowtail jacks, sheepshead and
At Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Mark
Johnston said he's putting his charters onto lots of red-
fish, some good-sized sheepshead and catch-and-release
snook on the moving tides. Capt. Sam Kimball said
his offshore charters are producing mangrove snapper
as their No. 1-choice, with some fish tipping the scales
at better than 8 pounds. He's also bringing home gag
grouper to 10 pounds on his longer trip's.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
black drum are in the cut and seem to be hungry. Big
yellowtail.jacks are also moving around, but the snook
seem to have moved out for the winter. He's seeing lots
of sheepshead being caught, though.
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sheepshead and redfish, with good catches coming out
of Terra Ceia Bay and the Manatee River.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he's finding fishing action
to be running hot and cold. "The beaches have still
been producing some Spanish mackerel, bluefish and
bonito," he said. "On the inshore side, it has been small-
to medium-sized reds, nice-sized catch-and-release
trout, sheepshead, black drum to 8 pounds and scattered
pompano. Most of the inshore action has been around
docks and structures, and fishing live shrimp deep over
dark bottom in northern Sarasota Bay, Palma Sola Bay
and Anna Maria Sound."
On my boat Magic, we've been catching lots
of small redfish as well as a few big ones, plenty of
sheepshead, black drum, whiting and catch-and-release
trout to 20 inches.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 30-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide a fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
'Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@
islander.org. Please include identification for persons
in the picture along with information on the catch and
a name and phone number for more information. Snap-
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Anna Maria resident Dr. John
Cella, M.D., now has two locations for
his Allergy Affiliates medical services.
The nearest location for Island resi-
dents is in the Tanglewood Professional
Center at 5701 21 st Ave. W. in Bradenton,
while the address in west Manatee County
is 6040 State Road 70 (53rd Avenue East)
in the Health Park East Center.
Allergy Affiliates treats allergies,
asthma and sinus conditions, among
other medical situations and accepts both
adult and children for treatment. Allergy
shots are available for winter visitors.
To make an appointment, call 792-
RE/MAX for sale
The office building that houses the
Island branch of RE/MAX Gulfstream
Real Estate is up for sale at an asking
price of $1.795 million. The structure
is located 401 Manatee Ave. in Holmes
Beach. Efforts to learn if RE/MAX
planned to relocate elsewhere on the
Island or was closing its Island opera-
tion were unsuccessful.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., with
offices at 3224 E. Bay Drive in Holmes
Beach and at 6350 Gulf of Mexico Drive
on Longboat Key, has named Tina Rudek
as its top listing agent for November at
the Longboat Key office, while Wayne
Harris took home the same honor at the
Holmes Beach office.
The top selling agents were .Henry
Floyd at the Longboat Key office and Jo
Anne Lanza in Holmes Beach office.
Mike Norman Realty at 3101 Gulf
Dri\ e in Holmes Beach has named Mari-
anne Noi-man Ellis as its top listing agent
for November, while Rochelle Bowers
took honors as the compjn\ 's top selling
Judy Kepecz-Hays of the Coldwell
Banker residential real estate office at
201 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat
Key has been included in Luxuryreales-
tate.com. The Web site is the largest real
estate Web site dedicated to luxury prop-
erties,. a company press release said.
SLiui,,., Real Estate owner and pub-
liher Johni Losh extends membership
invitations to brokers and firms through-
out the world ilitat demonm.u jie expertise.
in the nmrrketing of luxury properties.
There are currently more than 875 mem-
bers from 62 countries at the Web site,
micludinn members from every state.
\\ .gni Realty, with offices at 2217
Gull Drive N. in Bradenton Beach and
5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat
Ke\ has named Harold Small as its top
Slisti g a-en t on the Island for November,
Featured sale: This Sea Pirate condo at 3301 Gulf Drive, Unit 8, Holmes Beach,
sold in August 2000 for $114,900 andin December 2006 for $329,000. The cost
per square foot is $470. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson
while Cathy Meldahl took the honor on
The sales leader on Anna Maria
Island was Karen Day, while Dorothy
Cook garnered-the award at the Long-
boat Key office.
In the closed volume category, Mel-
dahl grabbed the award for the Longboat
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce recently welcomed the fol-
lowing new members:
Allstate, 3370 S. Tamiami Trail,
No. 156, Sarasota, 926-2.800.
Shuttle Service AMI, P.O. Box
1813, Anna Maria, 580-5777.
Chamber Publishing, 217 S.W.
32nd Terrace, Cape Coral., 239-945-
Champagne Wishes, Adventures in
Paradise Weddings, P.O. Box 603, Braii-
' Bella By the Sea, 1107 Gulf Drive-
N.. Bradentoni Beach, 800-847-0358.
The Anna Maria Iland CliLanbei of
Commerce also welcomed the follow-
ing new members:
A Victorian Bride Hair & Makeup
Design Team, 4411 Bee Ridge Road.,
No. 121, Sarasota, 928-3651, cosmetol-
ogy and makeup.
Apex Holiday Tent and Bleachers,
902 Manatee Ave. E., Suite D, Braden-
ton, 723-1822, rental supplies.
Boys and Girls Club of .'itinlt :
County, 521 1 Manatee Ave. W., 761-
Chi Photography, 702 51st St. E.,
Bradenton, 727-481-5737, plh .t,.-ra-
Exquisite Events, 5009 45th St. W.,
Bradenton, 727-7960, event planning.
Flutterby Gardens of Manatee Inc.,
1512 22nd St. W., Bradenton, 708-0586,
Melinda's Cafe and Catering, 5315
Gulf Drive., Holmes Beach, 778-0411,
restaurants and catering.
Miller Electric, 6223 29th St. E.,
Suite 4, Bradenton, 383-1008, builders
Robin String Quartet, 808 31 st W.,
Bradenton, 758-5886, musicians.
Sato Real Estate, P.O. Box 928,
Anna Maria, 778-7200, real estate.
Shortcut to Fitness, 6737 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton, 798-9993, fitness.
Sol Wedding Consultants, P.O. Box
2056, Anna Maria, 812-0699, wedding
\ild Monke) Gourmet Inc., 5789
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 761-4466,
catering and banquet needs.
W. Highway 192, Kissimmee, 407-396-
4009, rental car discounts.
The telephone number for Tom Lass
of Resilient Properties Renovations
was incorrectly listed in the Nov. 8 issue
of The Islander.
Tom's phone number for home reno-
vations and repairs is 782-7313. He can
also be readied by e-mail atresilient0O @
If you're :seeing that "Honey do"
lik aroud \ our home growing week by
\ eek. Jeff Brat ten of On Time Handy-
man has the answer.
His company handles all types of
handyman jobs around the home, par-
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Jeff and his crew can handle win-
dows and doors, trim and crown mold-
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concrete, tile and wood flooring,
iepl.ceinment of rotted-wood, pressure
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While other single-family home
projects in Manatee County may not be
meeting sales projections, Neal Commu-
nities is surpassing its 2006 sales goal,
according to a company press release.
New homes sold in November at the
Country Club at Lakewood Ranch, along
with sales at Forest Creek and Wisteria
Park, totaled $7.173 million, bringing
the year-to-date totalto $70.814 million,
the company said.
"We are pleased with this year's
continued activity and busy sales," said
Neal Communities president -Pat Neal.
"However," he added, "we are also
determined to look ahead. We will con-
tinue to implement a growth strategy
within our current communities and will
be announcing the opening of several
upcoming communities shortly."
Neal also praised the company sales
staff, noting that the "highly skilled
team of professionals has worked hard
this year to ensure our success, and our
associates have certainly hit the mark."
An essential part of the company's
-success, Neal said, has been its "commit-
ment to the preservation of environmen-
tal elements in the landscape through
designating large sections to open or
recreational space, which helps retain
as much of Florida's intrinsic beauty as
For more information on Neal Com-
munities, call 907-8440.
216 69th St, Holmes Beach, a 2,320
sfla / 4,694 sfur a 4bedl4bath/2car duplex
with pool built in 1984 on a 90x107 lot
was sold 12/06/06, Kollar to Paulk for
$749,000; list $799,000.
206 66th St., Unit A, Gulf Breeze,
Holmes Beach, a 2,650 sfla / 4,152 sfur
3bed/2bath/2car land condo built in
2006 on a 90x52 lot was sold 12/05/06,
RCB Properties LLC to Hollifield for
3704 Sixth Ave., Unit 5, Beach
View, Holmes Beach, a 1,157 sfla /
1,430 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with pool
built in 1984.was sold 12/05/06, Ehrhart
to Elliott for $370,000; list $389,000.
3301 Gulf Drive, Unit 8, Sea Pirate,
Ho1lmes Beach, a 700 sfur 2bed/lbalh
coido with poo! built in 1969 was
old 12/05/06, Ca.vo to Reynolds for
esse Brisswo,i brakel/associale at
GI,/ B. \ Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at (941) 713-4755.
Current 'Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.
islander.org. Copyright 2006.
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Maria Island, Cortez, Perico, Palma
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We wish y'all a very happy holiday.
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SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
KINGSFIELD LAKES 4BR/2BA, 3-car garage.
SABAL HARBOUR 4BR/2BA, 3-car garage. $384,500.
VILLAGER APARTMENTS 2BR/2BA with carport. $125,900.
MARINERS COVE 3BR/2BA-with 35-foot slip. $760,000.
ISLAND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY! $82,900.
SOLD! 531 Harbor Point Road, Longboat Key. $1,595,000.
Call Laura McGeary
MLS Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc
REAL ESTATE LLC
PLAYA ENCANTADA TOWNHOUSE
2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished with direct view of Gulf. New
kitchen, tile, heated pool, tennis, garage. $899,900.
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.
3BR/2.5BA with fabulous, direct Sarasota bay views. Nature
loverslook only if you plan to buy. $1,124,900.
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping, library and restaurants. $389,000.
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 CONDOS
3BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, beautiful
beach, on-site management, excellent rental. From $969,900.
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.
Bamboo flooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
BAY PALMS WATERFRONT HOME
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay
and Intracoastal Waterway. $619,000.
OLD FLORIDA- ANNA MARIA NEAR BEACH
3BR/1.5BA Cracker cottage plus separate studio apartment.
West of Gulf Dr. Just steps:to finest beach! $875,000.
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.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO 1BR/1BA Water view. $349,000.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulfview. $799,900.
WATERS EDGE CONDO 2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront. $959,900.
ANNUAL and SEASONAL
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tues-
days, Thursdays, 9am-noon Saturdays. Porch
clothing sale. $1. 941-779-2733. 511 Pine Ave.,
VILLAGE GREEN HOUSEHOLD sale. 8 am-2
pm Saturday, Dec. 30. Loads of stuff. Family
treasures and furnishings. 609 10th Ave. W.,
(C)LIN I RN L.\KE" lI IL P3lm A~r Toul,rI
rernoad~led 4PR Cic,~e to BrAdEMCo. and 5,3r3 r'-U
P:*i ovErlooks p-ri.atEEbwk, 3rd $479.000'
6200 FLOTILLA, #268. WESTBAY POINT
MOORINGS. All new carpet and paint, 2nd
floor end unit with water view. Great deal,
least expensive unit offered! $390,000
SALE:. AFTER CHRISTMAS, hurry! Niki's Gifts,
Jewelry and Antiques. Xmas gifts 75 percent off.
Dolls, shirts, salt and pepper sets 75 percent off.
All sterling jewelry 50-75 percent off. Vintage jew-
elry, antiques, beach oil paintings, desks, lamps,
jewelry, depression glass 30-90 percent off. Open
seven days, 9:30am-5pm. 941-779-0729.5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST DOCUMENTS: 31 pages left in copy machine.
Friday, Dec. 15. Reward for return. Home True Value
Hardware in Holmes Beach. Call 941-778-3329.
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1207 N. GULF DR. #300 Darling, turnkey furnished top floor 2BR/2BA with den, offers spectacular views
in prime rental location. $879,000.
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Manatee River with 250 linear feet on the river.
Two buildable lots or one magnificent estate.
Dock in place, bring the boat. $3,300,000
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7516 MARSH ORCHID, TARA PRESERVE
GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB lovely 2BR/
2BA ground floor unit with screened lanai and
attached garage. The open plan is light, bright and
has fabulous lake views from all rooms. Fabulous
golf and country club community. $249,900
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LOST: BLACK AND white 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,
MISSING DOG! OLD black Labrador wandered
away from 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 94.1-587-6328.
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-
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
,r .sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at The
Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more information.
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking. Cour-
tesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission. Free at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
GUARDIAN AD LITEM volunteers needed: A guard-
ian ad litem is a trained volunteer appointed by the
court to represent and advocate for the best interest
of children who have been abused, abandoned or
neglected. Make a positive impact! Call 941-744-
9473 or visit www.12circuitgal.org.
NEED A MEETING place? Try the conference room,
Tingley Memorial Library. Eveann Adams, 941-779-
1208.111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
AKC MALE AND female English Bulldog puppies
available. These puppies are AKC-registered with
champion bloodlines and will come with a pedigree,
microchip, vet check with health certificate, a one-
year guarantee against congenital defects, and all
shots and wormer. The puppies available now are
$500 each. For more information please contact:
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RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE INC.
Pam Dial, PA
OLD FLORIDA LIFESTYLE and Key West feel.
Newer elevated homein quaint Cortez Village. Full
wrap-around porch, French doors, huge down-
stairs bonus room, wood cabinets, and newer tile..
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IEiAiS FS CRASflTA AY ,,,, i.i
ADORABLE 2BR/2BA condo in established
complex right off of 75th St. W. Walk to
shopping and great restaurants. Extra-large
screened lanai for outdoor Florida living at it's
best. Neutral colors make this unit ready for
wn ton mon rinht inl $1I0Q 0nn
like a model. lurnKey Turnisnea wtn La-L-ZSoy
furniture. Bright ceramic tile throughout, laun-
dry room, open kitchen with breakfast bar,
covered parking, heated pool and a gorgeous
stretch of deeded beach access. $547,700.
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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.
2003 SILVER PT CRUISER. Like-new condition.
Under 11,000 miles. Excellent maintenance and
condition. $11,000. Service contract included. 941 -
FL9214JP: If this is yours, call 941-778-4232. White,
eight-foot homemade boat. Bring title for claim.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd.,. Anna Maria, or call 941-
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: LONGBOAT Key
church. Part-time hourly, three days a week, 15
hours total. Requires professional phone etiquette,
key entry, computer proficiency (Excel, Word, etc.),
Competent oral, written and interpersonal commu-
nication skills. Send resume to PO. Box 10185,
Longboat Key FL 34228.
HOUSEKEEPER, NONSMOKER: 10-15 hours in
off-season, 20-30 hours in season. Apply at Haley's
Motel, 8102 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, or call 941-
BOOKKEEPER NEEDED FOR west Bradenton
CPA firm. Experienced, top pay. Fax resume to
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting quadriplegic' Morning, 8am-1pm and over-
night; 10pm-8am, shifts available. Travel opportunity.
PART-TIME HOUSEKEEPER for local area motel.
Flexible hours. 941-778-2780.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
S" Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realior
X ,/ Holmes Beach: 305 63rd Street,
A NEW HOME! 3BR/3.5 BA, 2,386
sf, elevator, den and pool. Short
scroll Io Gulf! $849,000.
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150
(941) 778-2291 EVENINGS 778-2632
FAX (941) 778-2294 www.betsyhills.com
NEW LISTING FOR THE NEW YEAR!
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@
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:
CHARTER BOAT SERVICE: Eco-tours, sightseeing,
more in Cortez. Assets include 26-foot cat, 150-hp
outboard. $70,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
For more great business and realty buys: www.
14-YEAR-OLD needs work. Willing to babysit, clean,
etc. Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting.
Call Alexandra, 941-778-5352.
LOOKING FOR A.babysitter, pet sitter, dog walker
or somebody to do odd jobs? Call Kendall, 14-
year-old, ninth-grader. Certified in first aid! 941-
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.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
i REAL ESTATE
OF ANNA MARIA
ih,,r,,) ',,e ';[r tj 1j,, .u Ariiiii': ii, ,luwl Sarasota Bay. Solid glass wall of water views,
,'h:i.ji:.r htr~-,uiiii)ml O .'t,'unt:ri [li)o-i totally renovated. Hardwood floors, vaulted'
3iiu ,jr, uriri j,,, Ii r up I,:, :. r, ceilings, custom cabinetryand built-ins, granite
, r ii,, ,- ,-ir., T ,, ,, [,: n.2 n. countertops, private elevator, plantation shut-
ters, and fireplace. $1,195,000,
OVER 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE SPECIAUZING N WATERFRONT & BOATING PROPERTIES
This spacious 5BR/3.5BA post and beam cedar home is
the perfect place to raise family! Features include vaulted
ceilings, skylights, oak and tile floors, fireplace, and many
breezy sundecks with views of the sparkling water. The
I deep, navigable channel with boat dock is fully sea
walled and offersthe ideal placeto mooryour boat
and sail off into the sunset! Cheerful Caribbean
colors and new bathrooms enhance this
whimsical Island hideaway! Reasonably
priced at $1,100,000. Don't miss it!
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CAREGIVER WILLING TO provide care for your
loved ones in her home 24 hours, seven days a
week. 18 years of experience. Call 941-792-0148.
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941 -
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reason-
able, reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communica-
tion electronics offers wireless and cable networks,
upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and train-
ing. Call Robert, 941-778-3620.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions,.screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
less services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer,
941-778-5708, or cell 216-5.09-1945.
CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.
HANDYMAN SERVICES: PAINTING caulking,
interior carpentry, custom mirror and other interior/
exterior general household repairs. Offering quality
services since 1994. Reliable. Call Colin at 941-
AAA CONFIDENCE CLEANING. Housecleaning,
office cleaning and window cleaning. Good refer-
ences, reasonable rates. Licensed and insured.
Family owned and operated. 941-812-0499.
TUTOR: READING SPECIALIST-Learning Con-
sultant. 30 years experience. Certifications: B.A. in
elementary education, M.A. in reading specializa-
tion, M.A. in learning disabilities, Ed.D in education.
Diagnostic, remedial. Call 941-778-0349, 4-6pm.
X-TREME MAKEOVER HAIR and Nails: Walk-ins
welcome or call 941-792-3127. www.myspace.com/
xtrememakeover. 4330 101St. W., Bradenton.
CAREGIVER, COMPANION: 15 years experience.
Reliable, compassionate, honest. References. 941-
POOL CLEANING SERVICE: Reliable pool clean-
ing service, all chemicals included. Now accepting
new accounts with great monthly rates. Please call
Chris, 941-266-7500 or Kimberly, 941-447-9988.
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! wwiw.
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.
CLOUD NINE LANDSCAPING: Now accepting new
maintenance accounts at great rates. Mulching, sod
plantings. Insured, references. Please call 941-778-
2335 or 941-284-1568.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call-Larry at .941-795-7775, "shell phone"
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 941-448-3857.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape, specialist. Residential
and commercial. 30-years experience. 941-729-9381.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Complete clean-
ups, installations, native plants, palms, aquascapes,
rock and patios. Shell installed $42/yard. Shark
CANALFRONT HOME witri WATERFRONTCONDO LOn; SHOREWALK .BFk.2r,, 12Ao,
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S u n &o ast For information, call Pirosk.j Plancl'.
IREALESTATE -LL 91 -7.30-9667 or e-mail pirn)s:a"'veiifon.neI.
S -ISLAND CANAL HOME REDUCED. 3BR/2.5BA with fireplace.
S i 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 Michel Cerene, Broker-Associate,
KEY ROYALE This outstanding 3BR/3BAcanalfront 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 Craft with twin 150s will stay with full price offer. Offered at
$1,650,000. Call Zee Catanese, Realtor, 941-742-0148 evenings.
GULFVIEW CONDO 2BR/2BA full Gulf view condo, second floor,
corner unit. Offered at $825,000. Call Michel Cerene, Broker-
Associate, 941-545-9591 evenings.
CANALFRONTHOME 2,920sf3BR/3BAcanalfront, cagedpool home
can expand to 5 bedrooms. Enjoythe mastersuite getawayequipped
with its own kitchenette. Meticulously maintained. $974,900. Call
Michel Cerene, Broker-Associate, 941-545-9591 evenings.
SABAL PALM Turnkeyfurniished1 BR/1.5BAcondo, Large enclosed
S. | lanai, ground-floor unit, heated pool. Close to beaches and stores.
$136,000. Call Susan Klement, Realtor 941-720-4107 eves.
PINEBROOK CONDO Northwest Bradenton 2BR/2BAfifth floorcondo
"with view of fairway. $255,00b. Please call Michel Cerene, Broker-
T 1?'I. TaI t gAssociate 941-545-9591 eves or Smith Realtors, .941-778-0777
5910 Marina.Drive Holmes Beach'FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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Sandy's Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 23 Years of
S ric5 Quality & Dependable Service.
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778-1345 and hardscape needs.
t & Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
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Removal of all types of trash, debris and junk.
WASH FAMILY INC* Since 1988
LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED
DARRIN J. WASH WE OFFER LIFE TIME PAINTS
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants,, -
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup. -.
Call Junior, 807-1015 i. ,
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creates a portrait.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied
and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable,
many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 941-792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME.REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Island resident, converting
life-long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275
for free estimates.
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
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-
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.
GUARANTEED A-1 PAINTING service. Island refer-
ence.Licensed. Call Nick, 941-727-1448.
CEILING TEXTURE AND blow-in insulation, fix-
tures, backsplashes, light carpentry, etc. Licensed
and insured. Drew Hudson, conscientious handy-
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR two master
suites-/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to beach.
Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer, garage,
designer furnished with tropical yard setting. One of the
finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly. Call 941-713-
0034 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1 BR/1BA with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. 901-301-8299 or e-mail
captko462 @ aol.com.
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA annual, ground floor unfur-
nished, $900/month. Seasonals available starting
at $1,800/month. Please call Kim Fisher, Wagner
Realty, 941-778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com.
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.
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaintvillage. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or email@example.com.
JANUARY SPECIAL, HOLMES Beach: 1BR/1BA
fully furnished, all utilities included, washer and
dryer, one block to Gulf. $350/week, $1,200/month.
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 941-704-2993.
New Construction Charlie Woehle
Remodels 3 941-761-3363
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WATERFRONT: DOCK WITH davits. Short walk to
beach, washer and dryer, carport, storage Quiet loca-
tion. $1,000/month. 727-784-1. Bradenton Beach.
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/1 BA: AIR conditioning, washer and
dryer, water, large pool, cable. Parking only 200 steps to
beach. First and deposit. $950/month. 941-779-1586.
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-
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH: Large 2BR/2BA, with
downstairs office. Recently renovated, new appli-
ances, granite counters, balcony. Large garage.
Walk to beach. Call owner, 941-545-6118.
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.
CORTEZ COTTAGE: QUIET area. Fully furnished, walk
to water. Two people only, no smokers. $1,700/month
includes utilities. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
ANNUAL LARGE 1BR/1 BA. Screened lanai, laun-
dry room, garage. No pets, no smoking. $950/month
plus utilities. 941-778-9710 or 847-530-8833.
SUNNY SHORES MOBILE home: 1BR/1BA near
beach, clubhouse. Very nice. Turnkey. $1,200/month.
WINTER GETAWAY: 1 BR across from.beach, newly
remodeled, all appliances, screened porch, internet,
cable. For pictures, look on www.beachesndreams.
net. Call 1-513-236-5091.
SEASONAL RENTAL: PALMA Sola Park. 3BR/2BA,
like new, fresh and clean. Small pet OK, close to
beaches. Available January and April. $2,000/month.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Westbay Point and Moorings.
Bayfront 2BR/2BA, all amenities, close to beach,
shopping and trolley. Sharon, Old Florida Realty,
ANNUAL WATERFRONT: 2BR/2BA ground-floor at
Westbay Cove. Tennis, pool, cable, water included.
Sharon, Old Florida Realty, 941-713-9096.
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.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA home, Anna Maria,
$1,350/month. 2BR/2BA home, Holmes Beach,
$1,200/month. 2BR/2BA apartment, Anna Maria,
$875/month. 1BR/1BA, new tile and paint, $775/
month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-2307.
GULFFRONT: QUAINT 2BR/1 BA, ground level. Enjoy
breathtaking sunsets. Walk to restaurants, shops,
grocery, trolley. Winter-summer, $2,400/month, $650/
week. 352-592-5870 or 813-728-2590.
OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE: 1,200 sf, available Jan.1,
2007. Former Wicked Candle. 8819 Cortez Road.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON Beach. 2BR/2BA
condo located south of Bridge Street. The unit has
upstairs and downstairs living area with parking
underneath. Call 813-245-0428.
DEEP DISCOUNT FOR last-minute travel to beauti-
ful town of Anna Maria. Quaint Island cottage steps
to beach. 203-454-0573.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON Beach. 1 BR/1 BA,
furnished condo, across from beach, heated pool.
ISLAND CASTLE: FABULOUS French Normandy
home. 4BR/3BA on best beach and quiet street in
Anna Maria. 941-794-8202.
SEASONAL RENTAL: 1 BR/1 BA Gulf view, cute and
clean. $2,450/rmonth. 941-746-8666. ,
ANNUAL: FIRST-FLOOR efficiency. $600/month.
112 (#1) 52nd St., Holmes Beach. $600/month. 941-
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH rental. 2BR/2BA,
luxury, furnished, air conditioning, washer and
dryer, dishwasher, cable, Internet access avail-
able. Gulf view. Available until Jan 2. $750/week.
ANNUAL: TWO-STORY 2BR/2BA duplex. Gulf view,
2411 Ave C., Bradenton Beach. $950/month. 941-
SMITH REALTORS: LONGBOAT Key. 2BR/12BA
duplex on canal. Newly renovated. 941-778-0770.
NORTH-END DUPLEX: Seasonal or monthly.
2BR/2BA, washer and dryer, two blocks from Gulf.
Sleeps six. $1,800/month. 941-778-7167 or 941-
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL or seasonal elevated
2BR/2BA. $1,600/month annual, $2,100/month
seasonal. Quiet area, furnished, 1.5 blocks to quiet
beach, go see! 304 63rd St. 941-356-0334.
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SMITH REALTORS, 941-778-0770. Seasonal rent-
als: 2BR/1BA condo with pool, three-month mini-
mum, $1,850/month. 1BR/1BA condo with pool,
$1,950/month. 2BR/2BA condo with pool on bay,
$3,800/month. 3BR/2BA condo on Gulf, $3,700/
month. 2BR/1BA condo on canal, $2,450/month.
4BR/2BA bome with pool, $3,800/month. 3BR/2BA
home on canal, $3,000/month. 2BR/2BA home,
close to beach, $3,100/month. 3BR/2BA home, one
block from beach, $4,400/month. 2BR/2BA home,
Jacuzzi, on golf course, $3,400/month. 3BR/2BA
home with pool on golf course, $3,800/month.
2BR/1BA duplex, two blocks from beach, $1,800/
month. 2BR/2BA duplex, $2,900/month. 2BR/1BA
duplex, Gulffront, $2,850/month. Call Smith Real-
SEASONAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach. 3BR, two
master suites/3BA. Six houses to beach. Cable TV,
washer and dryer, back patio with grill and loungers.
On trolley route. $1,200/weekly. Call 941-448-6042,
or e-mail email@example.com.
SEASONAL: BRADENTON BEACH. 1BR/1BA,
steps to beach and bay. Close to shopping and
trolley. $550/weekly or $1,800/month plus tax. Call
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH large 3BR/2BA duplex.
$1,000/month. First, last and security. 941-778-7812.
WINTER RENTAL: BRADENTON Beach. 1 BR/1 BA
condo on bay, across Gulf Drive to beach. Walk to
downtown Bradenton Beach. Heated pool, turnkey,
cable, dishwasher, and utilities. Three-month mini-
mum, $1,500/month. No pets or smoking; 407-877-
7866, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON annual rental: Great
2BR/2BA home, one block from Palma Sola Bay.
Minutes to beaches. $1,300/month plus utilities. Call
Maureen at 941-778-0542 or 941-778-0455.
SANDPIPER MOBILE RESORT: 55-plus, 2BR/1 BA,
$500 deposit, $650/month, annual, $1,100 sea-
sonal, plus tax. Upgraded, turnkey furnished, car-
port, laundry and clubhouse. No smoking, no pets.
Bay view. 941-778-9504 or 941-545-8923.
LAKEFRONT, FISHING, ONE bock to beach.
Elevated duplex, enormous 1BR2BA, two-car
garage, laundry area, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Jen-
naire stove, extra, extra nice. $1,595/month, yearly.
ACTIVE 55-PLUS 2BR/2BA annual rental. Heated
pool, clubhouse. $850/month plus utilities. Call Ursula
Stemrn'of Century 21 Alliance, 941-778-5352.
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HISTORIC ANNA MARIA home. Short walk to
beach, restaurants. 4BR/2BA. Available January
through May. $2,000/month, including utilities. 813-
ANNA MARIA: VERY attractive remodeled house.
150 feet from Gulf. Several weeks available. Call
GULFFRONT: 1BR, second-floor condo on the
beach, walk to shopping and restaurants. $650/
week, $2,400/month. 941-713-1983.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
WATERFRONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA open-plan
with great views of 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.
CPR: COASTAL PROPERTIES Realty needs prop-
erties to rent: E-mail: suzanne@coastalproperties-
realty.com, or call 941-794-1515.
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.
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LUXURY WATERFRONT VILLA with boat dock. 3BR/2BA, immaculate
and completely updated. Designer kitchen, glassed lanai, tennis, pools,
covered parking. $689,900.
SUNBOW 2BR/2BA bayfront end unit, turnkey furnished. $449,000.
MARTINIQUE NORTH Direct Gulf, corner, garage/storage. Updated,
shows beautifully. $859,000.
BAYVIEW 4-5BR/4BA includes guest quarters, large master suite. $1,150,000.
BEST BUYS: ADULT COMMUNITY from $60,000, heated pool, near
shopping, dining and transportation.
HARBOUR VILLA CLUB 2BR/2BA, turnkey, boat dock. $794,900.
PINEBROOK AND IRONWOOD $139,000 to $263,900.
DESOTO SQUARE VILLA 2BR/2BA, gated, pool clubhouse. $175,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
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.
BY OWNER, PURCHASE or lease: Manatee river-
front condo, 2BR/2BA, beautiful views, pool, gated,
covered parking, fitness. $325,000 or $1,050/month.
DUPLEX ON LARGE lot, 90x108 feet. Second lot
east of Gulf Drive in north Holmes Beach resort
area. Annual tenants in place, includes well-known
Island architect's plans for complete remodel.
WESTBAY POINT CONDO: Beautiful water view.
Immediate 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 reduction. Phone 315-733-0851.
NEW LAKEFRONT CONDOS: Low $300s. Minutes
to beach, no flood, evacuation zone. Hidden Lake
Real Estate, 941-761-0444. www.HiddenLakeCon-
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,
BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR/2BA elevated with
covered parking. View of bay from large covered
porch. Only two blocks to Gulf, great neighborhood.
FOR SALE BY OWNER
ACROSS FROM BEACH on Gulf Drive in
Bradenton Beach. Three-unit commercial block
building. 12 parking spaces. Stunning perma-
nent Gulf views possible from a second or third
floor. 716-983-5648 or 941-866-0242.
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S ANDYPOINTE: Impeccably maintained
2BR 2BA condo in central Holmes
Beach Ih within walking distance to shops,
re- taurants, and the beach! No rental
retr'iciions make this condo an instant
inco me producer. Heated pool, covered
parking, storage, washer dryer, and new
%k after heater! Don't wait come see this
astefiully done unit today! $329,900.
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private back yard with many
fruit trees and room for a
pool. Just a short walk to the
bay or beach! Can join HOA
for dockage. $ 569,000.
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BY OWNER: 2BR/1.5BA condo. Bath and kitchen
need update. $399,999. 863-412-2612. www.cflre-
alestateonline.com/condo. 5400 Gulf Drive, Holmes
FOR SALE BY owner: Deep-water canal ranch,
$550,000. Nicely remodeled with granite counter-
tops, tile flooring, and more. Call Scott Wheeler
at 614-207-7878, or e-mail scott@scottincolum-
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,
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. $629,000.
LOT FOR SALE: 126 50th Street. 100x100 feet.
Zoned R2. $650,000. 941-746-7423.
ISLAND TOWNHOME: WATERFRONT 3BR/3 full
baths. Rare opportunity at 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, 941-228-3489.
DIRECT WATERFRONT: Latchkey. 65A Cortez
Park, Avenue D. 941-779-CAIN.
BRADENTON BEACH MOBILE home: Bay
view updated, cozy 1BR in the Pines Park.
Turnkey furnished, boat slip included. $45,000.
FOR SALE BY owner: Bradenton Beach, 2BR/2BA
condo. Fully remodeled, furnished with washer and
dryer in unit. View Gulf from balcony, steps to Gulf
and Intracoastal. Living area is upstairs/downstairs
over covered parking. $400,000. Will consider
financing. Call 813-245-0428.
FOR SALE BY owner: Anna Maria north-end canal
home. Totally refurbished both inside and out. Walk
to the beach and also have easy boating access to
Gulf. New appliances and kitchen cabinets. Dock
and boat lift ready to go. Great location. Call 813-
FOR SALE BY owner: 3BR/3BA townhouse. 2.5-
car garage, exercise room, plus loft. Across street,
Gulf views. Two pools and tennis. $580,000. 941-
NON-EVACUATION/NON-flood area: 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage. Village Green, quiet street, minutes
to beaches, shopping, doctors, hospitals. Tile floors,
bedrooms carpeted, screened lanai. $297,000.941-
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1BR/1BA with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. 901-301-8299, or e-mail
captko462 @ aol.com.
REAL ESTATE SWAP? My decent canalfront house
at 215 Chilson, Anna Maria, plus appropriate cash
for your nicer canalfront house? Makes sense if you
remodel for profit. Call Jeff at 941-778-3396.
UNBLOCKABLE GULF-VIEW cottage: Across
from beach. Has permission to rebuild new. Bra-
denton Beach. $50,000 down, assume $238,000.
ISLAND HOME REDUCED: For sale by owner.
Holmes Beach 3BR, deep-water canal, pool,
boat dock, many upgrades. $799,000. Call 941-
BY OWNER: 2BR/2BA turnkey second-floor condo.
Pristine condition, beautiful water view. $570,000.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Must see beauti-
ful and colorful fall foliage! Western North Carolina
mountains, homes, cabins, acreage and invest-
ments. Cherokee Mountain Realty. GMAC Real
Estate, Murphy. cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call
for free brochure, 800-841-5868.
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.
NORTH CAROLINA: GATED lakefront community.
Pleasantly mild climate, 1.5 acres, 90 miles of shoreline.
Never offered before with 20 percent pre-development
discounts, 90 percent financing. Call 800-709-5253.
WYOMING RANCH DISPERSAL: 35 acres,
$49,900, 75 acres $95,900. Snow-capped moun-
tain views. Surrounded by government land. Abun-
dant wildlife. Recreational paradise. Low taxes. E-Z
terms. Call Utah Ranches LLC. 888-541-5263.
GREAT FLORIDA REAL estate auction: 38-plus
properties at auction. Many selling absolute,
regardless of price. Houses, condos, farms, acre-
age, commercial, health food store, marina, build-
ing lots, duplexes! All to be sold Jan. 13-17. Visit
www.CampenAuctions.com for details, or call Ben
Campen Auctioneers, 352-505-0560, or 866-633-
4460. Licensed real estate broker. AU201 AB2118.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: LARGE five-acre tract
along very wide trout stream with private elevated
homesite, secluded, great view, trees, nearby river.
$59,500. Owner, 866-789-8535.
NO STATE INCOME tax! Low property taxes, four
seasons, southern hospitality, Tennessee lakefronts.
Starting under $100,000. Views, properties from
$25,000. Lakeside Realty, 888-291-5253. www.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: 3.5 acres on the
headwaters of Valley River! Drive and house pad
cleared. High elevation. $119,500. valleytownrealty@
verizon.net. 800-632-2212. valleytownrealty.com.
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Botanical Garden Park
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Stewart Elementary School
7, Geraldson Farms Produce
King Middle School
9. U.S. Post Office
Urgent Care Medical Center
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