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2006 Islander of the Year: Pete Lannon
Revved up Lannon, Island's superman
Pete and Debra Lannon were joined by son Pete Jr. and his childhood friend for the "superbowl" of NASCAR
racing in Homestead, Fla. Following the races, the family spent a few days at Stan Schieble's home in Key
Largo a short drive from the racetrack. "It was an unforgettable weekend," said the Lannons. Islander
Photos: Courtesy Debra Lannon
Man faces multiple charges
in Holmes Beach holiday holdup
By Lisa Neff
John Lightner II wrote his 3-year-old son a letter
to help him remember Christmas 2006, the holiday
they witnessed a gunman try to escape after robbing a
Holmes Beach store.
On Dec. 25, shortly before 6 p.m., the Lightners
of Bradenton arrived to the Holmes Beach CVS Phar-
macy at 605 Manatee Ave. W., as a robbery was taking
"At first I thought people had shoplifted," said
Lightner, who saw a woman run, screaming, from the
store. He said he learned from other witnesses that a
man inside "pulled out a gun and demanded everyone
lay on the floor" because "his children were going to
have Christmas this year."
Authorities arrested John Francis Butler, 45, of Ninth
Avenue West, Bradenton, on multiple charges in connec-
tion with the robbery. He was further charged while at the
jail for the CVS robbery with holding up a Washington
Mutual bank Dec. 21 in downtown Sarasota.
Butler, who as of Dec. 31 remained in the Manatee
County jail, was charged with two first-degree felonies pun-
ishable by life in prison robbery and carjacking for
his Christmas spree in Holmes Beach. He was also charged
with two second-degree felonies fleeing to elude and
aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
The charges stem from what was an armed robbery
at the CVS and an escape attempt that involved a car-
jacking and a high-speed chase on Manatee Avenue.
Butler used a BB gun in the CVS robbery, which
can complicate a conviction for armed robbery. How-
ever, Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine said,
"In this case the charges are extensive enough that it
shouldn't be an issue here."
HBPD was the primary respondent, with assis-
tance from officers with Bradenton Beach Police and
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Just before 6 p.m. Christmas, the Butler was
observed wandering around the CVS store.
He was in and out of the store several times until he
came in one last time and pushed CVS clerk Sarah Lan-
zillo on the chest, shoving
her to the floor, showing his
gun and ordering everyone
else to the floor, according
to one source. One woman
on the floor became so ter-
rified that when the manger
went with the robber to the
office, the woman got up
and ran from the store.
Meanwhile, the Light-
ners arrived in the CVS Butler
parking lot as the robbery
was in progress. They needed some batteries to power
a toy train, remote control car and robotic cat that 3-
year-old John Lightner III received for Christmas.
They soon noticed frantic looks on the faces of the
people in the parking lot and learned that they and the
others were witnesses to a crime.
HBPD Officer Michael K. Leonard also arrived to
the CVS to see "several people running out."
The officer parked his vehicle, as an MCSO deputy
arrived in a patrol car.
"I then observed John Butler exit the store with his
hands in his pockets and I verbally ordered him to get
on the ground," Leonard wrote in his report. "Butler
then ran around the corner of the building and I ran to
PLEASE SEE HOLDUP, NEXT PAGE
By Diana Bogan
If there is one person who has touched the fabric
of life that brings out the best in the Anna Maria Island
community it has to be Pete Lannon. He is more than
our Holmes Beach community resource officer, he is a
mentor for our children, a confidant for those in need
and a friendly face that even Island visitors greet with
a wave as they pass Anna Maria Elementary School,
where Lannon has been a fixture as the school's cross-
ing guard for more than five years.
Lannon joined the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment after moving to the area from North Carolina and
has been active at AME for seven years, teaching the
Drug Abuse Resistance Education program and patrol-
ling during student pickup and dropoff hours.
He's been more than a school resource officer at
AME, he has been an active member of the Island com-
munity, as his friend Joy Murphy puts it, "doing more
than just his job."
"He'll jump in and volunteer just because he wants
to," she said.
So, when news spread through the Island commu-
nity in early October that the officer was off duty due
to illness, it didn't take long for people to band together
their resources in support of the Lannon family.
According to Lannon's wife, Debra, the official
diagnosis for Pete is metastatic pancreatic cancer. Meta-
static, meaning it has moved from the primary site, the
pancreas, to involve another site, in this case, she said,
his liver and the surrounding lymph nodes.
Shortly after the diagnosis, Pete began radiation
treatment to shrink the size of the pancreatic tumor. He
also received small doses of intravenous chemotherapy
drugs to make the tumor cells more receptive to the
"He has been done with the radiation treatment for
about eight weeks," said Debra, "and it did shrink the
tumor, so that now he is without pain. He can never
be rid of the tumor, but we can hope that we keep it
The first opportunity Island friends and students
had to see Pete following his diagnosis was at a spa-
ghetti dinner that also served as a fundraiser for the
Lannons. Held in St. Bernard Catholic Church's activ-
ity hall, the room swelled with kids and adults eager
to offer Pete their encouragement and, most of all, to
embrace and share their feelings.
But Lannon remained on a drug treatment program
and, despite the outpouring of well-wishers, he had
to refrain from contact with others even hugs. He
wore on his shirt a small sign at the party warning "no
"Cancer is never cut and dry," said Debra. "So
every person responds differently to every treatment.
He will go for another scan probably at the end of Janu-
ary to see what progress has been made."
The illness caught many people by surprise, espe-
cially Pete's family. At 48 years old and having overall
good health, doctors weren't looking for anything so
drastic when Lannon began complaining of back pain
earlier in the year.
As far as family history, Lannon's dad died from
lung cancer in his late 60s, but he was a fireman during
a time when less protective gear was provided. His
mother was a 25-year survivor of breast cancer and
died last year at age 80 of natural causes.
Pete says he has no doubt he will be a long-time
PLEASE SEE LANNON, PAGE 3
2 0 JAN. 3, 2007 E THE ISLANDER
Holdup suspect in custody
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the comer of the building, where I observed one of the
witnesses pointing across the street and yelling that he
ran across Manatee Avenue."
The suspect ran toward Westbay Cove condomini-
ums, where, with what looked like a semi-automatic
gun, he demanded the keys to a 2006 Scion from the
owner holding his 1-year-old grandson.
"As the gunman entered Westbay, screams could
be heard," said Lightner, adding that his father had run
after the suspect to keep "tabs on his whereabouts."
The motorist turned over the keys and the sus-
pect drove off in the Scion, traveling east on Mana-
tee Avenue with police in pursuit. BBPD Officer Roy
A. Joslin III had been in the vicinity, heard the radio
call for a robbery and responded. MCSO Deputy Beau
Griner, on patrol in Anna Maria, also responded and
The Scion first stopped in a dirt lot on the east side
of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
"Butler got out of the vehicle and barricaded him-
self behind the car," Leonard wrote.
Leonard and Joslin ordered the suspect to drop his
weapon and get on the ground, but instead the suspect
returned to the Scion and again drove east on Manatee
Avenue, traveling on the north side of the road.
"Several vehicles were forced from the roadway,
including a marked Manatee County patrol vehicle,"
wrote Leonard, who again led the pursuit, followed by
Joslin, then Griner.
On the Palma Sola Causeway Bridge, the suspect
lost control of the Scion. He crashed into a concrete
barrier on the north side and then ran from the vehicle,
shedding clothes and preparing to jump in the water.
During the apprehension of the suspect, three vehi-
cles a HBPD patrol truck and BBPD and MCSO
patrol cars were damaged.
"While outside of my vehicle giving verbal com-
mands, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office unit
crashed into the rear of Officer Joslin's vehicle, causing
Officer Joslin's vehicle to hit my patrol car," Leonard
The MCSO report stated, "The road conditions
were wet and still raining. It was dark and there were
no street lights."
Joslin was still in his car at the time of the accident
and later sought treatment for a neck sprain at Lakewood
Ranch Hospital, according to an incident report from
Griner, advised by his sergeant, also went to Lake-
wood Ranch for an examination.
Leonard and HBPD Officer Mike Pilato arrested
Butler. The suspect resisted, according to the HBPD
report, so Leonard said he "hit him with a front knee
strike to his stomach and hit him in the face with my
elbow causing minor injuries to his face."
On the seat in the Scion, authorities found a BB gun
and magazine and a CVS bag containing $7,635.71.
Police also collected a baseball cap and other cloth-
ing, a red cooler, a Bic lighter, an additional $282 and
a note written by Butler to his mother.
The note, according to a property report from
HBPD, was "apologizing for his downfalls and asking
A report from MCSO said the note confessed to a
bank robbery that occurred the week before in Sarasota
Butler also "made statements that he was dying
and had eight months to live and was trying to commit
suicide by cop," the MCSO report said.
Butler was taken to Blake Medical Center for minor
injuries and then transported to Manatee County jail,
where he remained at press time without bond.
Butler, who is scheduled for arraignment in Febru-
ary, has a history of trouble, multiple convictions for
and the Holmes
truck, as well
as the Manatee
met "by acci-
t a dent" when
arrest of a CVS
on on Manatee
offenses in Manatee County, including obstructing jus-
tice, resisting a merchant, retail theft, marijuana pos-
session, battery, disorderly intoxication, petit theft and
resisting an officer without violence.
CVS employees declined to be interviewed, saying
they didn't want to jeopardize the integrity of the case
Days after the incident, customers casually shopped
in the CVS, aware of what had happened but not intimi-
"Something like that, it can happen anywhere,
in any store in any city, I would say," said Bradenton
Beach resident Stacey Keoser.
"I'm sorry it happened, and I'm thankful he was
caught," said Paula Frasier, of Holmes Beach. "And
now life goes on."
Meanwhile, John Lightner II said some day he will
show his son the letter he wrote detailing the events of
"We felt a deep sense of sorrow that on such a
sacred day a misguided man, without so much as a
thought of the true meaning of Christmas, could ruin
such a beautiful day," Lightner wrote in the letter.
But for now, the father is telling his child, "There
was a bad man."
Last week, days after the incident, Romine echoed
"The bad guy went to jail," the HBPD chief said.
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Cortez in final round for national award
By Jim Hanson
The achievements of the historic fishing vil-
lage of Cortez may be recognized by first lady
Laura Bush if the village makes the final step for
the Presidential Preserve AmericaAward.
Manatee County Commissioner Jane von Hah-
mann has been notified that the village she loves
and lives in has made the final cut in the national
competition, name change and all.
The ultimate decision awaits judgment by
a jury drawn from around the country and will
be announced in May. Until then, she and Mana-
tee County have high hopes and their fingers
Judging will be based on projects already com-
pleted to preserve Cortez as a Gulf Coast fishing
village, one of only two surviving in Florida.
Invited by the county to enter the village,
which has been her home for years, in competition
with other entries from around the United States,
Lannon 2006 Islander of year
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
cancer survivor as well. His fighting spirit and infal-
lible positive outlook as he battles this challenge in
the public eye only make him more of a positive role
Pete and Debra have three children 25-year-old
Pete Jr., 21-year-old Jessi and 10-year-old Matt. "When
he was first diagnosed, it hit our oldest son the hard-
est," confided Debra. "Jessi kept an upbeat attitude for
her dad's sake, and Matt doesn't really understand the
whole thing and doesn't really want to know."
Staying positive is a matter of taking "one day at a
"You can't be negative," said Debra. "There is
nothing else to do but keep going."
Lannon admitted that he might understand the will-
ingness to give up if he was older. "Being sick is very
draining on a healthy person, I can only imagine how
it must be to go through this when you already have
other strikes against you from aging.
"I guess everyone at some point asks 'Why me?'
You just think of your family and friends and keep as
good an outlook as you can."
Lannon has said numerous times in the past few
months that he feels like Jimmy Stewart in "It's a Won-
Since Lannon has had to take an extended leave of
absence from work, the Island community came for-
ward to assist the family with financial concerns.
In addition to meeting the cost of ongoing medi-
cal treatment, the family provides for their daughter's
college tuition and carries two home mortgages. One
of the homes has been on the market but the family has
not yet found a buyer.
Staff at AME quickly established an account at
Wachovia Bank in Holmes Beach to accept financial
donations. And attorney Chuck Webb worked with the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce to establish
the non-profit Bay of Dreams to accept donations and
assist in fundraising efforts on Lannon's behalf, as well
as for future needs of others. Friends organized a benefit
dinner and auction, the HBPD sponsored a walk-a-thon
with friends of the family and the Bradenton Beach
Bridge Street merchants raised funds at their holiday
events. Fellow officers have also donated their own
leave time to Lannon.
"I think Pete was shocked at first by how much of
a response there has been from the community," said
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine. "I think he
was truly surprised that he has touched so many people.
We weren't everyone who knows him loves him."
And Lannon said he "loves the people on the Island."
He counts the Island community as his extended family
and said he feels "blessed" by the support everyone has
"I don't think you really know how much of an
impact you have on people until something like this
happens," Debra said.
The impact Lannon continues to have, even in his
leave of absence, is quickly apparent on the days when
Lannon makes a visit to the Island. On a recent visit
to AME to tape a holiday greeting for students, one
von Hahmann nominated the Florida Institute for Salt-
water Preservation, the main motivator in most civic
things in Cortez.
But the governing organization advised her its rules
couldn't admit such an entity. So the Advisory Council
on Historic Preservation, impressed with Cortez and its
works, voluntarily changed her entry to "Cortez Cul-
tural Preservation Project," and as such it passed into
The achievements included:
*The Cortez Village Historical Society getting the
village officially designated as historic, which protected
it from developers and made it eligible for many public
and private aid programs.
The Waterfronts Florida program, which orga-
nized a number of events and projects.
Purchase of the 95-acre FISH Preserve to keep
that bit of old Florida unspoiled.
Purchase of the 1912-built school at the eastern
end of the village, abutting the Preserve.
Restoration of the building and its grounds, nearly
Officer Pete Lannon allowed a peak at his costume
before the fall parade. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
youngster's eyes lit up as he saw the DARE officer
climbing the steps to the media center the student
excitedly nudged his classmate and pointed out "It's
Officer Lannon," a grin appearing across his face.
"The kids past and present knew where to find him
most of the time," said Debra. "They knew he had an
open-door policy, that they could come to him at any-
time. Parents, too, come to him for advice.
"I see how the kids look up to him when we visit the
school they all wave and whisper, 'Officer Lannon,
Lannon can't wait to get back on the job and his co-
workers at HBPD are looking forward to that day, too.
"It's been a huge adjustment," said Romine. "We're
like a family and it's just not the same around here.
No matter what type of day you might be having, Pete
would come to work laughing and smiling.
"Pete can crack himself up over nothing and it's
contagious. He is a big kid with a terrific attitude we
miss that lightheartedness here and he is missed at the
Chief Romine said that as an officer, Lannon has
the knack for resolving issues in a manner in which
everyone walks away happy. "He can get along with a
wide range of people and he is very well suited for his
Romine said he and his staff continue to offer the
family their prayers and support. When it's a rough
day on the job, Romine said all it takes to turn the tide
is remembering that Lannon would do anything to get
back to work.
One of the pitfalls to his illness, Lannon said, is
extreme boredom. The holiday festivities proved to be
Creation of the Florida Maritime Museum,
which will occupy the old school building.
Rebuilding the old Miller's dock.
Moving the old Burton Store to the school-
house site and beginning the refurbishing project.
The pending reconstruction of the historic
Pillsbury Boat House on the grounds.
Establishing the Fishermen's Memorial on the
Restoration of the old fishermen's offshore net
And all the money raised through festivals,
donations, grants, Manatee County, and other
sources, as well as all the volunteer hours the vil-
lagers put into their heritage and its preservation.
The Preserve America Award carries no direct
financial reward, but it is a high honor in preserva-
tion circles and would be of great help in obtaining
future grants from other organizations, von Hah-
a diversion, with a flurry of indoor and outdoor deco-
rating to manage and the older kids coming home to
spend the night before Christmas. "It was nice to wake
up with everyone home again," he said.
With the holidays winding down, however, Lan-
nons days around the house are becoming boring. "He
now even goes shopping with me," said Debra, "Before
he was sick, the only store he set foot into was Publix
to get milk, Popsicles and a lottery ticket. He has been
to Wal-Mart twice this week"
Lannon said he misses the kids, misses teaching,
misses joking with his coworkers at HBPD, misses
crossing guard duty and waving to everyone and the
conversations he'd have with people.
"We miss his positive attitude he needs to get
his butt back to work," Romine said.
There is no word yet on when we'll see Lannon
waving at us each morning in front of 4700 Gulf Drive,
but the outlook for 2007 is to keep up the fight "to put
on some weight, increase his energy and get him back to
work, even if only for a few hours a week," said Debra.
"We just want to express our appreciation for
everything everyone is doing for us," said the Lan-
nons. "Please keep the prayers coming and pray to
St. Joseph that we sell our house in Country Creek."
Pete told The Islander, "We wish everyone a
happy, healthy, prosperous and safe new year. Hope
to see ya'll soon."
Same to you, Officer Lannon.
Anna Maria City
Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m., Sunshine Law course.
Jan. 11, 6:45 p.m., special city commission meeting,
public hearing on flood ordinance.
Jan. 11, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Jan. 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
public comment, pier construction schedule presenta-
tion, banner applications, no-objection letter request
at 2201 Gulf Drive, mapping and survey service
request for 2200 block Gulf Drive, sidewalk donation
from Marbella Condominium, tree replacement at
2211 Gulf Drive, reassignment of funds for water line
work and board appointments.
Jan. 8,4 p.m., WAVES committee meeting.
Jan. 9, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Jan. 9,3:30 p.m., town hall meeting on parking.
Jan. 11, 2 p.m., city commission work meeting.
Jan. 11, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Jan. 9,7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 10, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
4 E JAN. 3, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
Court approves sale of GSR's Villa Rosa lot
By Rick Catlin
The U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court in Tampa last
week approved the sale of financially troubled GSR
Development's Lot No. 14 and accompanying model
home at its Villa Rosa housing project in Anna Maria.
Judge K. Robert May approved the auction sale
of the property to Capital Crossing Bank of Mas-
sachusetts for the $1.875 million lien held by Fifth
Third Bank plus a nominal fee. Capital Crossing then
assigned its rights to the property to CapX Realty
LLC, a foreign-based subsidiary of Capital Crossing.
Court documents indicated no other bank bid on the
While Fifth Third Bank recovers its investment in
GSR, the sale of the property does not come without
some baggage for Capital Crossing.
The property has not been officially platted and
contractors involved with construction of the model
home estimate an additional $800,000 is needed to meet
Anna Maria's criteria for issuance of a certificate of
In addition, NBA player Theo Ratliff of the Boston
Celtics has filed a notice with the Manatee County Cir-
cuit Court that he has a contract to purchase the house
- when ready for occupancy for $2.5 million. The
contract was signed in April 2004.
According to its Web site, Capital Crossing Bank
is a mid-major bank in Boston that deals almost exclu-
sively with real estate loans and transactions and leas-
ing properties. It has very little consumer business.
CapX appears to be a legitimate real estate company
that operates in several states.
Efforts to reach Maria Stahl of Capital Crossing
Bank to determine what plans CapX has for the prop-
erty were unsuccessful.
2 more weeks
With still some dollars to go before the total hits
$50,000, Chuck and Joey Lester have given a reprieve
- until Jan. 15 to raise more money to match their
donation to the Anna Maria Island Community Center -r'
The deadline was to be Dec. 31, by which time the
Lesters hoped to owe their share: $50,000.
Chuck and Joey pledged again this holiday season :.
to match whatever could be raised for the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, up to $50,000, by the end
of the year.
Well, the pledge holds. As of Friday, the challenge
contributions to the building fund were at $42,000,
according to Center executive director Pierrette Kelly.
As a bonus, challenge contributors have also sent
$29,000-plus to the Center's endowment fund.
But the Lesters really, really want to have to give
$50,000 so the Center gets a total of $100,000, which
it badly needs to rebuild the campus in Anna Maria, a
costly project that gets more costly as time goes on. It
needs every penny.
Don Maloney of the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis
Club called The Islander to say the club voted at its Sat-
urday morning meeting to put $5,000 into the challenge Blasting in the new year with Island finesse
pot and, at the same time, a visiting Kiwaniian from Mis- The BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach blasted and boomed in the new year with its traditional
sioui added $100 for a total club donation of $5,100. fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at midnight Jan. 1. The celebration presented by Bell's Fireworks
Bring or mail your donation to The Islander, 5404 of Tampa brought hundreds to the shoreline. A smaller crowd enjoyed closeup seats at The BeachHouse,
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217, or phone 778- part of the restaurant's annual New Year's Eve Extravaganza featuring dining, dancing and toasting. The
7978 or the Center at 778-1908 for information, fireworks show could be seen far up and down the beach on Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Volunteer dedicated to aid in Afghanistan
By Lisa Neff
Dawn Erickson lives a suitcase existence and
she may continue to do so for a while.
Erickson is a volunteer and consultant with a non-
profit organization helping meet medical, economic and
educational needs in Afghanistan.
"I think I spent less than 2 1/2 months in the states
this year," she said during a recent interview at the
Holmes Beach home of her parents, Jay and Terry.
She recently left Kabul for Anna Maria Island to
celebrate the holidays with friends and family and to
attend a wedding on the beach her own to geologist
"The Island is just a beautiful place to be," said
Her parents have lived on Anna Maria Island for
30 years. Erickson attended Manatee High School as a
Erickson's parents introduced her to Afghanistan in
the fall of 1966, when she was 10 years old. Her father
taught at a university in the country and Erickson, who
has three siblings, attended American International
School of Kabul.
"I lived there from 1966 to 1971 and from there
I went to Anna Maria Island," said Erickson, a com-
munications specialist with a master's degree in public
While attending AISK, Erickson met the boy who
would become her husband and the girl who would
remain her best friend, Marnie Gustavson.
Erickson and Gustavson, as children, pledged to
work together in Afghanistan as adults. When they
reconnected at a reunion in 2000, they started talking
about projects and returning to Afghanistan.
Erickson's most recent work in the country was
Dawn Erickson, right, with Jay and Terry Erickson.
with Gustavson at Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
Support for Afghanistan (PARSA), a nonprofit organi-
zation founded in 1996 to serve disabled and impover-
ished people and dedicated to "the Afghan spirit."
"My roles are multiple," Erickson said, explaining
that her work at PARSA included creating content for
a Web site and building a financial structure for the
In mid-November, PARSA hosted an intimate
gathering in which 27 female members of the Afghan
Parliament met with U.S. Reps. Earl Pomeroy, David
Dreier, David Price and Lois Capps. The bipartisan del-
egation went to Afghanistan to exchange information
on legislative procedure with leaders in the first elected
national assembly convened since the 1973 military
coup that ended the last one.
"I was deeply impressed by the talent and dedica-
tion of those who have put their lives on the line to make
this new democracy work," Pomeroy said after the trip.
"In contrast to what I've seen in Iraq, there seems to
be a commitment to resolve differences through the
political process rather than through violent conflict."
The U.S. representatives also learned about war,
poverty and drought in Afghanistan and about how the
United States can help.
"It was wonderful, awesome," said Erickson, who
in particular was struck by a statement Parliamentarian
Shukria Barakzai made to the U.S. lawmakers. "She
said the biggest issue is people come and ask what we
need and we tell them and they don't listen."
Much of the international focus directed at Afghani-
stan in recent years has been on reconstructing the coun-
try's political system. PARSA is involved in this work,
but the charity is also involved in mending social, eco-
nomic and educational fabrics after decades of war.
PARSA conducts a literacy and early childhood
development program in which women and girls,
denied formal educations during the years of Taliban
rule, can study.
PARSA conducts a program in Panjao that includes
lessons in knitting to help keep people warm through
the brutal winters.
"It's one of our remote projects," Erickson said.
"There is a lot of poverty there and it is very cold."
PARSA helps at the Allahoddin Orphanage, home
to some 600 children, many of whom have suffered the
trauma of war.
PARSA also operates the Widows Garden, an
economic development project in which women learn
to grow crops to feed their families and to sell at the
"I love these programs," Erickson said. "They are
turning things around."
After a two-day honeymoon at the Harrington
House in Holmes Beach and a short visit with relatives
in California, Erickson plans to return to Afghanistan,
where the snow is heavy, temperatures are harsh, hot
water is a luxury and electricity is rationed.
"Showers become something you plan," she said.
"Hot water is huge. There are things you take for
THE ISLANDER M JAN. 3, 2007 5 5
2006: THE YEAR IN REVIEW, PART 2
By Lisa Neff
Board vs. magistrate: Holmes Beach officials
joined Anna Maria in considering a special magistrate
system an attorney rather than a board to handle
code violations or disputes.
Mounting fines: GSR Development LLC's trouble
on the Island continued to mount, literally, as the Bra-
denton Beach Code Enforcement Board fined GSR for
a mound of dirt at a property in the 2500 block of Gulf
Drive. The board said a $250 fine would be levied for
every day the mound remained. Later in the month GSR
declared bankruptcy. Court records listed 115 creditors
owed between $10 million and $50 million.
No third term: SueLynn announced that she would
not run for a third term as mayor of Anna Maria in
the November general election. She made the decision
after discussing another election and another term with
family and friends. "The job has consumed my life with
very little value added and I do not wish to continue
my life this way," she said. "While it's going to be
extremely difficult to walk away, I realize it's time to
get out." She would later announce plans to serve as
the executive director of The Studio in Anna Maria.
Easy election day: Island races in November were
finalized as the qualifying deadline came and went.
Rich Bohnenberger became a sure bet to win mayor of
Holmes Beach on election day. No one else qualified
to run for the post being vacated by Carol Whitmore,
who ran for an at-large county commission seat.
Rotten's franchise: The Bradenton Beach City
Commission awarded Rotten Ralph's Restaurant of
Anna Maria a contract to operate a franchise on the
Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier. The con-
tract had gone to Harry's Continental Kitchens, which
withdrew from the project in late July.
OK with coastal overlay district: Anna Maria city
commissioners decided to proceed with a coastal over-
lay district that would control new construction in areas
within the Federal Emergency Management Agency's
A-1 flood zone and seaward of the coastal construction
control line. The decision was made knowing the city
might be sued over the COD.
More headlines and highlights:
Anna Maria city commissioners at their July 13
meeting agreed that a contract to remove some Austra-
lian pines in the city's Gulffront Park should proceed.
An early morning crash into a power pole blocked
traffic to and from the south end of the Island for more
than 12 hours July 18. More than 3,000 utility custom-
ers were left without power, according to Florida Power
Citing commercial and private gain for use of
public property, Bradenton Beach city commissioners
denied a permit to an arts and crafts festival at Coquina
Beach planned by its promoter.
Robbery off the high seas: Islanders, their repre-
sentatives and the state insurance commissioner gath-
ered for a town hall meeting on the insurance crisis.
One resident characterized the high wind insurance
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costs as "legalized robbery" and another said insurance
carriers were operating under a "pirate mentality." The
message was clear to Insurance Commissioner Kevin
M. McCarty, who was gathering information to present
to the Florida Cabinet.
Park promotion: The Manatee County Commis-
sion's plan to expand parking at the Kingfish Boat
Ramp found formal opposition as two residents of
nearby Westbay Cove formed the Kingfish Wetlands
Project. While the county pushed expanded parking,
Westbay residents Molly McCartney and Margaret
Kelley pushed a park a small nature trail for the
400-500 foot strip of land.
Land Hanks, 32, of Bradenton, abducted his ex-
girlfriend, Michele Smith, from her home on 102nd
Street in Bradenton and forced her to drive to Coquina
Beach. Hanks ordered Smith to telephone her relatives
to tell them she probably wouldn't survive. Hanks shot
Smith with a .38-caliber pistol and, as she lay dying
on Gulf Drive, he went into a wooded area and shot
himself in the head.
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Looking back at 2006,
ahead to 2007
Happy New Year!
As we bid farewell to 2006 and look ahead to 2007,
some nagging issues remain to be resolved.
Insurance, for instance.
The insurance crisis in Florida has been especially
hard-hitting for Anna Maria Island. Through some obscure
decision reached decades ago, an apparently arbitrary lit-
eral line in the sand was drawn that placed most of the
Island outside of the coverage zone for the state's "insurer
of last resort" Citizens Insurance Corp.
Way back when, that line 1,000 feet from the Gulf
of Mexico was a moot line. Everybody could get insur-
ance from almost any carrier then. At a reasonable
price. No problem.
Then came the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons.
Insurers had to pay out "gazillions" in claims, and
decided in many instances to simply drop policies that
homeowners had diligently paid on for years and years
without so much as a claim.
And we suddenly found that the insurer of last
resort wasn't there for us because of that line in the
sand. Or, if indeed we could get a private carrier to
handle our wind or flood insurance, the cost grew to
There's a hideous trickle-down with the insurance
crisis for Islanders.
As rates skyrocketed, many people just said forget
it and went bare no insurance at all. Thankfully,
we had no hurricanes in 2006, so no damages, but if a
storm had come, the very real threat of damaged and
abandoned houses would have been realized.
As rates skyrocketed, many businesses found that
they couldn't make ends meet and decided to close or sell.
With a sliding real estate market, some homes and busi-
nesses remained on the market for a long, long time.
As rates skyrocketed, more and more of the smaller
mom-and-pop motels and resorts on the Island found
that they couldn't make it and either sold to devel-
opers for big bucks or transformed units to condos.
Without the many small motels, much of the charm of
the Island is at risk and tourists may seek accommoda-
tions elsewhere. And other businesses that rely on our
winter friends are starting to suffer economically. The
cycle continues, and ... you get the idea.
Fortunately, that scenario hasn't played itself out
to its bitter end. Yet.
And fortunately, we're not alone in the insurance
Lawmakers will convene in Tallahassee later this
month to address the issue. Firmly on our side in this
battle is state Rep. Bill Galvano, who has not only lis-
tened to our pleas for relief, but has also offered some
suggestions to aid in the fight.
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Another grim carry-over from 2006 to 2007 is a
sagging real estate market. Home sales slumped in 2006
for the first time in many years, and the future is vastly
unknown. Granted, some of the market is priced at unre-
alistic levels, but even the more modest priced homes
just aren't "moving and shaking" like in the past.
With that comes the homeowner taxes, another sky-
rocket that is the result of the balloon prices of 2005 and 2006
- higher prices, assessments, mortgages, rents, taxes.
Let's hope that this trend, too, settles and home-
stead exemptions and the "Save Our Homes" legislation
continues to provide residents some protection.
For the three Island cities, 2007 will see final adop-
tion of long-range development plans destined to guide
growth for several decades. Untold hours of debate and
deliberation took place in the remake of these compre-
hensive plans, and much more work is needed in the
design of the implementing document, the land devel-
If there is one resolution that all Islanders should
share, it is that they become more involved in this all-
important process. Yes, it can be a little dull and tedious,
but it's a true legacy that we owe to our children and
In Anna Maria City, long-awaited capital improve-
ments are planned for the year ahead. The same is true
in Bradenton Beach. We hope that reasoned oversight
will be provided in the process to ensure that the work
is done correctly, on time and at budget.
Holmes Beach has a new mayor and some new and
some familiar faces on its commission. We hope they
bring some fresh ideas to the city.
At The Islander, we resolve to continue to bring
you the best news on Anna Maria Island. Please con-
tinue to support our advertisers our neighbors as
the year advances.
And let's hope that we again have a moderate hur-
ricane season for 2007.
And best wishes
Our very best wishes go to Holmes Beach Police
Officer Pete Lannon and his family in 2007, as he battles
cancer and strives to improve his health and return to
work and to the kids at Anna Maria Elementary School
who adore him, if only part-time.
As many of you have observed many times over,
Anna Maria Island cherishes greatly those people who
give dedication, determination, purpose and protection
to our children.
Officer Lannon has exemplified those qualities and
for that we honor him.
For all those in the battle with cancer, and for all
their families and caregivers, we wish the best new
Happy new year to all from all of us at The
Island residents were generous this year to the
Salvation Army. Organized by the Anna Maria Island
Kiwanis Club, the Salvation Army kettle was manned
for 32 days, Thanksgiving to Christmas, by 72 gen-
erous individuals who rang the bell for 288 hours,
collecting a not-quite-record-breaking $13,245.
The volunteers included 24 Kiwanis members, 10
Island Rotary Club members and 25 members of the
Key Royale Club who gave up golf for some serious
philanthropy. The remainder of the bell ringers were
goodhearted, caring citizens. Many worked multiple
shifts with the championship for bell-ringing hours
going to our own Bonner Joy.
The Salvation Army thanks you all and Kiwanis
thanks you all.
We also thank Publix for the generosity in allow-
ing us to "set up shop" in their store on Anna Maria
Have a great new year!
Russ Olson, AMI Kiwanis, Holmes Beach
Thanks for the help
On behalf of St. Bernard's Guild, we would like
to thank all our parishioners, friends and the guild
members for their time and talents extended toward
this year's Christmas bazaar. Thanks to all of you, our
bazaar was a great success.
Jean Stanley, chairperson
THE ISLANDER U JAN. 3, 2007 U 7
2006 mullet run overloads fish
house, market, prices
By Jim Hanson
The mullet run may be over, fisherfolk suspect, but
while it lasted it was so much of a good thing that it
shut down the biggest fish processor in the area.
It drew fishermen from all over Florida and beyond,
and they fished until their boats were dangerously
loaded and the men themselves exhausted from cast-
ing and hauling their nets. And still the mullet ran.
Then they stopped.
Just disappeared, evidently moving south to the
waters off Naples, which was the next and newest
While they ran here, though, it was overwhelming.
"Nothing like it in years," said Karen Bell of the A.P.
Bell Fish Co. in Cortez, largest processor.
'The weather was right, the fish were right, the
fishermen were right, she said.
The harvest was so huge that the Bell company was
glutted, used up all of its ice and had to stop taking in
more fish to process. It borrowed a refrigerated semi-
trailer from the Taylor vegetable processing company
"and it saved us."
"We had just sold too much ice to other proces-
sors," she said ruefully.
The big run ran the prices down, from $1.50 a
pound down to $1.10.
The good news extended in from the sea, too -
Thomas "Blue"Fulford, lifelong Cortez fisherman who
had to retire with fishing injuries and took to making
castnets, "sold every single one, and now I'll have to
make more."A fisherman casts his net so it arrives flat
on the water surface, its weights pull it down and it
traps fish. It is brutally hard work, but with an occasion-
ally big payday. The mullet roe is valued as a kind of
caviar in Asian markets.
At one point, curious about the glut of fishermen
the glut of mullet was bringing, Fulford drove his
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their boats and boatmen to return from the Gulf fishing
Many Cortez castnetters have moved south with
their fellow fishermen visitors, following the fish as
men have for hundreds of years.
The mullet run traditionally starts around Thanks-
giving and lasts until around the New Year, governed
by cold fronts that move over the Gulf of Mexico.
It inspired a Holmes Beach poet who writes under
the name Gilligan to record his reaction as follows:
In the Jan. 2,1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Former Holmes Beach Police Chief Snooks Adams
was named Islander of the Year by The Islander news-
paper. Born in Cortez, Adams moved to Anna Maria
Island in 1947. He became police chief of Bradenton
Beach in 1952 and took up the same post in Holmes
Beach in 1962, serving until 1978.
Holmes Beach police had an easy time arresting a
burglary suspect after the owners of a duplex returned
home to find a number of Christmas presents had been
stolen. With no signs of forced entry, police searched the
attic to find a hole in the drywall separating the two units.
Police went to the adjacent unit where they found Jason
Slavin wearing some of the stolen jewelry and some of
the missing presents strewn about the apartment.
The Anna Maria City Commission planned to
consider several changes to its land development codes
when it meets on Jan. 14, said planning and zoning
board chairman Tom Turner, including a recommenda-
tion to eliminate the requirement for professional plans
for minor house repairs under $500.
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Lightning strike: Lightning triggered the fire that
ripped through a building at Town & Country Perico
Apartments on Aug. 15. While all the residents safely
escaped the building, fire destroyed the top floor apart-
ments and water damaged the ground floor units.
Summer slump: The Bradenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau released numbers for June and
July that put tourism on the Island at a four-year low.
"People seem to be cutting back on their vacations,
although the last week of July we were packed," said
Marge Moran of the Club Bamboo Resort in Bradenton
Sign off: In a split decision, the Anna Maria City
Commission voted against a sign ordinance restricting
the number and size of commercial signs on residential
property. The ordinance any sign ordinance could
expose the city to a free speech complaint, cautioned
attorney Mike Connolly.
GSR seeks sale: GSR Development LLC asked a
federal bankruptcy court for an emergency order autho-
rizing the sale of its Villa Rosa property in Anna Maria.
GSR petitioned the court, claiming the land could be
sold for $11.5 million and that after liens and mortgages
were paid, the developer would have some operating
To the general: Carol Whitmore won her pri-
mary bid and advanced to the general election race for
an at-large county commission seat. Whitmore entered
the general election as a Republican facing Democrat
Tax burdens: Some Island officials shared con-
cern with the Island's contribution to the county pot -
with about 2.7 percent of the county's population, the
Island accounted for about 16.2 percent of the county's
property tax revenues. Later in the month, the county
adopted a record $582 million budget.
Bumpers at the beach: Manatee County and Bra-
denton Beach officials met in late September to discuss
traffic at Coquina Beach, specifically how to improve
traffic entering and exiting the park.
Creditors boo Bon Eau deal: A committee of
unsecured GSR creditors created by a U.S. bankruptcy
court complained in late September that GSR's effort
to save its $6.5 million deal with Bon Eau Enterprises
LLC was criminal.
No comment: With no comment from city com-
missioners or citizens at a hearing in mid-September,
Bradenton Beach took 11 minutes to adopt a $3,831,315
budget for fiscal year 2006-07.
Capital work: On Sept. 20, Anna Maria city com-
missioners held a 45-minute hearing before adopting a
$3.37 million budget for the fiscal 2006-07 year. The
budget is a record for the city and includes $1 million
as a line of credit for capital improvements.
Big money: The Holmes Beach City Commission
on Sept. 26 approved a record $12.1 million budget for
the new fiscal year.
More headlines and highlights:
Rhea Chiles announced in late September that her
Anna Maria project at the corner of Pine Avenue and
Gulf Drive would be known as The Studio and serve
to promote the arts and the exchange of ideas.
Islanders felt slight shudders and tremors from an
earthquake in the Gulf of Mexico about 250 miles west-
southwest of Anna Maria Island. The quake, measured
at 6.0 on the Richter scale, did not cause any damage
and didn't generate any major waves.
A red tide bloom persisted in the waters off Anna
Maria Island in late September, but the impact was not
close to the damage caused by red tide in 2005.
Crime in Cortez: About 170 people gathered Oct.
12 in Cortez to discuss with area officials how best to
combat crime in their community, particularly drug-
related crime. Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells
said there are few crimes not related somehow to sub-
stance use or abuse.
September: Soccer action
Morgan Stanley forward Trevor Bystrom shoots
and scores as West Coast Surf Shop defender Molly
Stoltzfus arrives a split second too late during Divi-
sion 11 soccer action. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
an offshore fish-
ing boat, was
fire in Cortez
L. Turner was
working on the
boat near Annie's
Bait and Tackle.
A lighted butane
torch started the
fire, according to
the West Mana-
a Ctee Fire Rescue
Plane ordinance grounded: Anna Maria city com-
missioners voted on Oct. 12 against a daylight plane
ordinance after hours of meetings and $3,000 in consul-
tant fees. The ordinance would have required new con-
struction to conform to increased setback requirements
on upper floors as the construction became vertical.
Registered and ready: A report from the Mana-
tee County Supervisor of Elections Office showed that
voter registration for the Nov. 7 election went up from
last year in the Island cities but down slightly in the
Manatee County portion of Longboat Key.
Friends of officer friendly: Community groups,
business leaders, friends and colleagues united to raise
money for Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon
and his family as Lannon battled cancer.
Festival by the bay: Pine Avenue in Anna Maria
hosted Bayfest, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce event benefiting local organizations and
uniting Islanders in a pre-season day of celebration.
Lucky Seven: A slowdown in the real estate
market and major changes for St. Joe Inc. of Jack-
sonville seemed to have no significant impact on the
SevenShores project on Perico Island. The company
announced plans to exit the Florida building market,
but to plow forward with SevenShores.
More headlines and highlights:
Hundreds turned out on Oct. 28 for the annual
Fall Fest at Anna Maria Elementary School. The fest
featured magic, a haunted auditorium, tricks and treats
and a principal kissing a pig.
Gregg Allman returned to familiar territory in late
October to perform at the Sarasota Blues Festival.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach
welcomed a new full-time pastor, the Rev. Rosemary
The Island Players opened the new season with
the production of "Quartet."
The landmark building on Marina Drive that
housed the Griffith-Cline Funeral Home for four
decades went up for sale in early October.
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vated 1912 schoolhouse. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Year in review
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The sea turtle season ended with the best hatch
rate in years, with 7,477 hatchlings from 9,778 eggs.
To the polls: Islanders joined the rest of the nation
in casting ballots in the Nov. 7 general election. Holmes
Beach's Carol Whitmore was elected to an at-large seat
on the Manatee County Commission. Rich Bohnenberg
changed seats in Holmes Beach from commissioner
to mayor. Holmes Beach voters elected two commis-
sioners incumbent Sandy Haas-Martens and new-
comer John Monetti. The commission then appointed
third-place finisher Pat Geyer to finish Bohnenberger's
Anna Maria makeover: Voters in Anna Maria
elected Fran Barford mayor, who defeated Tom Turner
in the race. Voters also elected two commissioners
- incumbent Duke Miller and Jo Ann Mattick. Linda
Cramer lost her seat by 22 votes.
Vote with impact: On election day, voters in the
West Manatee Fire Rescue District, which includes the
Island, gave their OK to an increase in impact fees for
new construction. Next stop for the district will be the
Florida Legislature in 2007.
Veterans get their day: About 150 people turned
out to commemorate Veterans Day on Nov. 9 in the
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American Legion provided the honor guard for the pro-
gram honoring the "Greatest Generation."
Annexation frustration: The Manatee County
Commission Nov. 7 rejected Holmes Beach's request to
voluntarily annex the area around Kingfish Boat Ramp.
So the Holmes Beach City Commission drafted Police
Chief Jay Romine to help educate the county on safety
concerns in the area.
Under nourished: Manatee County officials
announced that a partial renourishment of several por-
tions of Anna Maria Island beaches would not take place
in December as expected. "There was not enough time
to get all the plans in place," said Charlie Hunsicker,
the county's ecosystems manager.
Grounds crew: The Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center held a formal groundbreaking ceremony
Nov. 16 to celebrate the work on a new facility in Anna
Maria. The new center is expected to open in the late
Testing the waters: With warmer than usual
weather up north, businesses saw a lukewarm start to
the tourist season. Some resort operators reported better
than average occupancy, but others saw vacancies that
made them cautious about their winter forecasts.
Comprehensive conclusion: It may have taken
just under four years from start to finish, but Anna
Maria revised its comprehensive plan and accompa-
nying evaluation and appraisal report and future land
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use map. The city commissioners voted unanimously
at the Nov. 30 public hearing to approve the plan, EAR
and FLUM and forward them to the Florida Department
of Community Affairs.
More headlines and highlights:
Mote Marine Laboratory released a male logger-
head turtle in the Gulf in mid-November. The turtle,
which required treatment for red tide ailments, swam
off wearing a satellite transmitter that researchers hope
will expand their knowledge of the males.
The U.S. Coast Guard did not, as expected,
implement peak opening times of every 30 minutes on
demand for the Cortez and Anna Maria bridges. The
change was delayed because of a need to re-advertise
notice of it.
Ooh La La! Bistro staff and volunteers dished up
an early Thanksgiving dinner at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School Nov. 14 to raise money for the Officer Pete
Lannon Fund and the Bridgit Miller Memorial Scholar-
The paddlewheeler "Showboat" in Cortez got new
shipping orders a transfer to the Virginia coast.
Anna Maria merchants and the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society/Museum celebrated the holiday
season with an open house on Nov. 24, the day after
Island churches shared Thanksgiving with Island resi-
dents and guests.
The federal government pushed back until March
2007 a rule requiring the installation of vessel monitor-
ing systems on certain commercial Gulf fishing boats,
including some out of Cortez.
Bradenton Beach city commissioners unanimously
approved a plan to construct a new 92-seat restaurant
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Folks can view and admire the Eyeland Needlers
artistic endeavors for the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center's March Tour of Homes and participate
in giving the quilt a name while it is displayed at the
Island Branch Library through Jan. 31.
The "Name-the-Quilt" contest will end Jan. 24
and the official judging will be done by the Eyeland
Needlers. The contest winner will receive 50 chances
- tickets for the drawing to win the prize quilt.
The drawing for the quilt will be March 17, the day
of the tour.
Artist from China to speak at
Island Rotary meeting
Lei Ling, an artist from China who is studying at
the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota,
will address the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island
Tuesday, Jan. 9.
She is in the United States as winner of the Rotary
International district ambassadorial scholarship. The
meeting will be at a luncheon at noon at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Additional information may be obtained by calling
Center watercolor class
expands to second day
The intermediate watercolor class held by the Anna
Maria Island Community Center and with Susie Cotton
as instructor, meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tues-
days, is adding Thursdays to its schedule, meeting from
9:30 a.m. to noon.
The sessions will be at the activities hall of St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Cost is $17 per class for members, $19 for non-
members. Details are available at 778-1908.
Save Anna Maria roundtable
Save Anna Maria Inc. will meet at 10:30 a.m. Satur-
day, Jan. 6, at the West Manatee Fire and Rescue District's
Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
SAM president Sheila Hurst reports that the meet-
ing will be for nomination of officers, with the elec-
tion to be held in February, and an update on SAM
interests. All interested parties are invited to attend
and share their ideas about issues that concern the
James Pay art show
submissions next week
Artists may submit works for the annual James Pay
Exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League's gallery
Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 9 and 10.
There is a three-piece limit and the entry fee is
$10 per work. Awards will be presented at the opening
reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at the
gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday through Fridays until Feb. 2. Additional
information is available at 778-2099.
work on this
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are, from left,
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Mary Jo Gas-
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Chance tickets are $1 per ticket, or 6 for $5, and
will be on sale at the Center's administrative office,
temporarily located in a trailer in the back parking lot
of St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Tickets may also be purchased from
the sponsor of the quilt, Green Real Estate, 9906 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
All proceeds from the tour and the sale of quilt
tickets benefit the Center.
For information on how to enter the contest, call
the Center at 778-1908.
Rotary's 2007 Extravaganza
scheduled in January
"Extravaganza & Casino Night," an annual
blowout by the Rotary Club of Anna Maria
Island, will be Jan. 27, the club has announced.
It will begin at 6 p.m. at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach,
and tickets at $60 per person are on sale now
none will be sold at the door, the club empha-
There will be casino-style gaming tables,
an open bar, appetizers and buffet dinner, music
and dancing, auctions, and a major door prize of
three nights at an Island beachfront condo.
Tickets are available at Island Florist, 5312
Marina Drive, and Island Vacation Properties,
3001 Gulf Drive, both in Holmes Beach. They
also may be arranged by calling 746-7517, 448-
5500 or 524-8969.
Pancake breakfast Sunday
at St. Bernard Catholic Church
A pancake breakfast and bake sale are sched-
uled from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7., at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Adults may have "all the pancakes you care to eat"
for $4, children's breakfasts are $1. Full information
may be obtained by calling 778-4769.
Gulf Coast Writers meeting
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 10:15 a.m.
Monday, Jan. 8, at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Gene Domienik of Venice, Fla., will be the guest
speaker with the topic being his recently published
book, "I Remember the Yorktown."
Visitors and potential members are welcome to
attend. For more information, call 761-9036 or 778-
Sunrise breakfast scheduled
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
monthly breakfast will be from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Wednes-
day, Jan. 10, at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf
Drive, Bradenton Beach, sponsored by Whitney Bank.
Cost is $5. Reservations are required and may be
phoned to the chamber at 778-1541.
Island police reports
Dec. 21,400 block of Magnolia Avenue, criminal
mischief. Two concrete bird statues located at the foot
of a driveway were reportedly knocked over and dam-
Dec. 22, 9908 Gulf Drive, Act Medical Supply,
battery. Deputies responded to a disturbance caused
by an employee that had recently been terminated from
her job. According to the report, the former employee
refused to return her phone and keys to the company
car. As she tried to leave the building she allegedly
pushed her former employer who was reportedly block-
ing the doorway.
No reports available.
No reports available.
'Sew for Fun' begins again
Embroidery, quilting and other sewing projects are
scheduled for the next 11 weeks from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, starting Jan. 4.
Titled "Sewing for Fun, classes will meet at Roser
Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. A new project will be introduced each week.
Further information is available from Diana Kelly at
Longboat Center for the Arts
sets workshops for January
Workshops led by three artists are scheduled in
January at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860
Longboat Drive, Longboat Key.
Margy Rich will lead workshops in "Still Life in
Oil" Jan. 3 and 4 and "Portrait in Oil" Jan. 6 and 7.
Bill Jerdon will be there with "Total Figure Draw-
ing" Jan. 12 and 14.
Robert Liberace will lead workshops on "The Art
of Portrait Painting" Jan. 19 to 21, with a special lecture
on "The Masters" Jan. 19.
Full details may be obtained by calling the center
Applications being received
for small business awards
The annual competition for awards to small busi-
nesses on Longboat Key are being received by the
Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Keys Chamber of Com-
Three categories are open: Small business with 10
or fewer employees, small business with 11 or more
employees, and rookie business, one that has been in
business one to three years as of the first of this year.
Deadline for nominations is Feb. 23. The awards
will be made at the annual Small Business Week break-
fast June 7. The entrants will be judged on business
practices, staying power, market history, innovativeness,
management philosophy and community involvement.
Nominations will be accepted from the public, cham-
ber members and civic organizations. Forms are avail-
able at the chamber office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key, or arranged by phone at 383-8217.
Reservations open for awards
breakfast on Longboat
Reservations are being made now for the 48th
annual meeting and awards breakfast of the Longboat
Key Chamber of Commerce, now expanded to include
Lido and St. Armands keys.
The affair will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday,
Jan. 18, at the Lido Beach Resort. Deadline for reserva-
tions is Jan. 15. Cost of the affair is $25 per person.
Officers and board members will be introduced,
and the "member of the year, ambassador of the year
and eager beaver award winner" will be announced, as
well as the chairman's award.
Tickets may be purchased at the chamber office,
6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, or ordered by phone at
Digital photography Saturday
at Island Gallery West
John Bonser will discuss and demonstrate "Digital
Photography" at the Island Gallery West from 10 a.m.
to noon Saturday, Jan. 6.
The free demonstration will be of use to begin-
ners as well as more experienced photographers, he
said. The gallery is at 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Details may be obtained by calling 792-1039.
Bistro, trio welcome famed musicians
ognized as one of
the foremost jazz
violinists in the
world, joined the
Herb Harris Trio at
Ooh La La! Bistro
in Holmes Beach
for an evening
of music and a
welcome from a
Photo: Bonner Joy
Herb Harris was beating his drum to gather his
friends. Richard Drexler was keyed up. And Mark
Neuenschwander was down-right elated.
The Herb Harris Trio welcomed Svend Asmus-
sen and other guests to their gig at Ooh La La! Bistro
Thursday night and the evening was pronounced to be
"grand," even svelt (cool) by all standards for drummer
Herb, bass player Mark and keyboardist Richard.
Asmussen is renowned in the world of jazz music
for his 60 years of recording and performing. He is
a native of Denmark and makes infrequent appear-
ances in the United States, although most notably at
the 1967 Monterey Jazz Festival "violin summit" with
Ray Nance and Jean-Luc Ponty.
He was joined for a few songs by Dick Hyman on
keyboard, known for masterful improvisations in his own
piano style having recorded 100 albums under his
own name and many more in support of other artists.
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the 1950s at a Copenhagen music festival, then again
last year at Asolo, and "tonight at Ooh La La."
Ooh La La! Bistro announced this week a new addi-
tion to its dinner fare with the addition of pianist Bob
Santi, performing on the baby grand piano in the new
dining room and wine bar from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday
and Saturday nights.
Santi formerly played at the Briarwood Country
Club and the Hyatt Hotel in Buffalo, N.Y., and in Sara-
sota at several locations, including Villa Francesco,
Tony's and Bruno's restaurants.
Santi will compliment the Thursday night jazz
events at the bistro that feature the Herb Harris Trio and
an every-night happy hour that includes reduced-price
appetizers and house wine and beers priced two-for-one
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Year in review
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
at the city pier. Commissioners also approved, pend-
ing Florida Department of Environmental Protection
permits, construction of a dockmaster's office, a bait-
tackle-tourist kiosk and rest rooms.
Principal plans: Islanders learned that Anna Maria
Elementary School Principal Kathy Hayes would be
leaving her position at the school Feb. 1 to become the
principal at B.D. Gullet Elementary School at Lake-
wood Ranch. Hayes said she always hoped to open a
Moving day: When Cortezians began anticipating
the move of the Burton Store, the Soviet Union power
structure was crumbling, Diana and Charles were split-
ting and "Dallas" was headed off the air. Moving day
arrived on Dec. 5, drawing crowds into the streets to
watch the historic structure travel about 1/2 mile from
the A.P. Bell Fish Co. through the Cortez fishing vil-
lage to the grounds of the Florida Gulf Coast Maritime
Yo, ho, ho: Santa Claus arrived on a sleigh, shout-
ing "merry Christmas" and privateers arrived aboard a
wheeled ship, shouting "argh" and "ahoy." Dec. 9 began
with the annual Christmas Parade from Anna Maria
through Holmes Beach to Bradenton Beach. There, at
Coquina Beach, the celebration continued with the Holi-
day Fun Day, with music, games and prizes, and food.
Lame-duck action: The U.S. House, after fierce
debate in the final hours of the 109th Session Dec. 8,
passed legislation expanding drilling for natural gas and
oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The Senate followed with a
1:49 a.m. vote on Dec. 9. The drilling legislation was
folded into a tax bill containing extensions for college
tuition deduction, a research-and-development credit
and a deduction for teachers' out-of-pocket expenses.
Tourism troubles: A study released by Smith
Travel Research reported that Florida tourism indus-
try is sputtering, particularly in the Orlando area. The
study found that while bookings for hotel/motel lodg-
ings have been declining, interest in time-shares is on
Office raid: In early December, agents with the
FloridaAttorney General's office raided theAcute Care
Inc. in Anna Maria, seizing boxes of records for an
apparent investigation into alleged Medicare fraud.
Journey's end: Early Dec. 18, 25 Cuban migrants
arrived to Beer Can Island at the northern end of Long-
boat Key. A delivery driver saw them, cold and wet, on
Gulf of Mexico Drive near North Shore Road and noti-
fied police. Quickly Longboat Key Police were work-
ing with other area emergency officials to care for the
migrants while federal authorities were trying to find
out how they came to America. No boat or smugglers
were found. Over the next year, the migrants who made
the long journey from Cuba to America, take the jour-
ney to permanent residency.
More headlines and highlights:
The Island Players presented the second show of
their 2006-07 season, "Breaking Legs," a comedy in
a member of the
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which the mob gets tangled in the production of a New for the city.
York play. All the Island celebrated the season of joy with a
Santa arrived early in Holmes Beach, making a Christmas parade presented by the Anna Maria Island
stopover on Dec. 1 in the downtown commercial dis- Privateers and a old-fashioned Family Fun Day for the
trict for an open house and tree-lighting ceremony. Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Moviegoers seated on the lawn next to Holmes Winterfest took place Dec. 9-10 on the field next
Beach City Hall Dec. 2 caught a free screening of "It's to Holmes Beach City Hall, drawing appreciators of
a Wonderful Life," the second year of the holiday event fine arts, good barbecue and foot-stomping music.
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Citizen scientists conduct bird count
By Lisa Neff
Citizen scientists on Anna Maria Island set out Dec.
28 to contribute to more than a century of data on birds
in the Americas.
On the third day after Christmas, more than a
dozen volunteers in the Manatee County Audubon
Society's Gulf Circle counted 38 common loons, 667
brown pelicans and seven anhingas. They counted
dozens of other species in their Christmas bird count,
which began at about 7 a.m. and ended, for some, by
At mid-morning, count coordinator David William-
son stood with counters Charlie and Diane Canniff and
Ruth Rowland, all of Anna Maria, at the western end
of Magnolia Avenue. Through their binoculars, they
scanned the Gulf shore and spotted pelicans, sander-
lings, gulls and loons.
"There are a patch of them out there!" shouted
Charlie Canniff, pointing toward 10 northern gannets.
He took up birding 36 years ago and now has a "life
list" a list of birds he's seen over the years that
totals 606 species.
His wife, Diane, began birding as a child in Con-
necticut five decades ago. She's carried a field guide
since 1960 and she got to know Charlie while bird-
"We met as birdists," she said, while noting the
gannets on the Christmas count scoresheet.
In some instances, to the casual observer, there was
little to see on the beach but thin silhouettes in the sky
over the Gulf or small blurs of motion on the sand.
But the birders could solve the mysteries. They lis-
tened. They studied movement. They looked for mark-
"Every bird has a shape," Charlie Canniff said.
Rowland, gesturing toward him, added, "I learn all
the time from him."
Rowland, who frequently goes onAudubon outings
to bird, took up the hobby about 30 years ago.
"Itjust seeps in slowly," she said of the enthusiasm
The 107th annual Christmas Bird Count in the
Americas began Dec. 14 and was to continue through
Jan. 5. The count, coordinated by the Audubon Soci-
ety, involves tens of thousands of volunteer birders in
more than 2,000 circles, which are groups covering
A Bradenton count conducted by Manatee County
Audubon took place Dec. 16.
The Gulf Circle includes Anna Maria Island, and
parts of northern Longboat Key and Perico and Cortez.
Next year, Williamson said, he hopes the circle can
count Egmont Key as well.
"I'd like to get a sponsor next year," he said, adding
that to get to Egmont the circle would need permission
and also would have to hire a boat to get there and
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The Gulf Circle's count is turned in for the Audu-
bon Society to add to its database for the Americas.
Once a complete count is conducted, the data will
show what birds were found and in what numbers, from
the arctic to southern South America.
Williamson said that in addition to the species
counts and individual bird counts, Audubon tracks the
weather, the number of miles covered by a circle and
the number of volunteers involved.
"We're not seeing every bird," Williamson said.
"We know that. So they came up with a formula for
your effort. It's our history."
Birders can look at the data and know what they
can see in early winter. Scientists can look at the data
and, over years, notice changes in populations.
The count also provides an opportunity for birders
to engage in some friendly competition.
"There are two things that we strive for," Charlie
Canniff said, referring to the counters. "One, a census of
the birds in a geographic area. What also has developed
is a competition between the circles, a good-natured
competition for counting the species."
"I'd say," he continued, "that we're in the top 50
For the record
The Gulf Circle of the Manatee County Audubon
Society conducted its Christmas Bird Count Dec. 28.
The count included:
Nine pied-billed grebes, 76 northern gannets, 214
American white pelicans, 313 double-crested cormo-
rants, one great white heron, 31 great blue herons, 23
little blue herons, five tricolored herons, one black-
crowned night heron, two yellow-crowned night herons,
50 great egrets, 27 snowy egrets, six reddish egrets, 112
S I Charlie
Twenty-six roseate spoonbills, eight wood storks,
165 black vultures, 888 turkey vultures, 26 mottled
ducks, 61 blue-winged teal ducks, 13 northern shov-
elers, 103 lesser scaups, 65 red-breasted mergansers,
27 ospreys, four adult and four immature bald eagles,
two sharp-skinned hawks, two Cooper's hawks, two
red-shouldered hawks, three American kestrels, one
merlin, two common moorhens.
Twenty-three black-bellied plovers, five kill-
deers, one American oystercatcher, 13 willets, five
spotted sandpipers, nine ruddy turnstones, 66 red
knots, 428 sanderlings, seven short-billed dowitch-
ers, four long-billed dowitchers, 1,009 laughing
gulls, 202 ring-billed gulls, 74 herring gulls, 1 Cas-
pian tern, 142 royal terns, eight sandwich terns, 38
Sixty black skimmers, 115 rock pigeons, 122
Eurasian collared-doves, 188 mourning doves, two
common ground doves, nine monk parakeets, 17
black-hooded parakeets, 12 belted kingfishers.
Twenty-one red-bellied woodpeckers, two downy
woodpeckers, one northern flicker, three blue jays,
two American crows, 176 fish crows, six ruby-
crowned kinglets, three blue-gray gnatcatchers,
1,027 American robins, one gray catbird, 17 north-
ern Mockingbirds, 213 European starlings, 186 cedar
waxwings, 171 orange-crowned warblers.
One yellow-rumped warbler, 57 palm warblers,
four northern cardinals, 22 red-winged blackbirds, 50
common grackles, six boat-tailed grackles, 25 house
sparrows, one house wren, four purple finches and
Source: Manatee County Audubon Society/Gulf
14 N JAN. 3, 2007 N THE ISLANDER
Insurance: Cat fund. Cherry picking.
Mitigation. Wind bImdaries. The pups.
By Molly McCartney
Get used to the headline terms because they are
among the big issues that lawmakers are expected to
discuss, argue about and fight over when the Florida
Legislature meets Jan. 16 in Tallahassee for a special
session on the property insurance crisis.
Legislators "are still formulating" bills, according
to state Rep. Bill Galvano, who represents District 68,
including western Manatee County. He's been leading
an effort to find solutions. The challenge, he said, is for
the Legislature to "create an environment for rates to
In a Dec. 22 interview with The Islander, Galvano
identified five key issues that go to the heart of the
insurance-rate crisis that has gripped Anna Maria Island
and the state in recent months, as affordable insurance
for homeowners and small businesses vanish from the
Near the top of the list of likely reforms, he said,
is a reconfiguration of the Florida Hurricane Catastro-
phe Fund, also known as the Cat Fund. Created by the
Legislature in 1993, the Cat Fund sells reinsurance to
insurance companies at a lower cost than the regular
private market. This has the effect of lowering insur-
ance premiums for consumers.
"The simple answer is that there is a pot of money
that we have all contributed to, and it is this Cat Fund,"
Galvano said. "And there are certain things, such as
hurricanes, that trigger its availability. What we are
looking at is giving insurers easier access to those funds
so that they can factor it into their rates."
Lawmakers at this point are divided over how to
restructure the Cat Fund. Galvano said the proposals to
reshape the Cat Fund "range from one extreme to the
A second major issue in the insurance debate is
"cherry picking," an industry practice that Gov.-Elect
Charlie Crist criticized in his campaign. Crist argued that
insurers should be prohibited from picking and choosing
only the most profitable lines of insurance the cher-
ries when doing business in Florida while leaving
the state to cover the least profitable insurance.
"If you sell homeowner insurance, wind insurance
and auto insurance in Georgia," Galvano said, "then
you shouldn't be allowed to come to Florida and just
sell what is profitable." He says this issue will "get a
lot of debate."
And so will mitigation, the issue of strengthen-
ing homes and buildings to be more resistant to storm
damage. Florida has a $250 million hurricane mitigation
program to help homeowners fortify their dwellings by
installing shutters and making other improvements.
But the controversial legislation known as Senate
Bill 1980, passed in May, left it to insurers to factor
One big issue coming before the special legislative
session is how to restructure the Cat Fund, short for
the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, which sells
reinsurance to insurance companies at a lower cost
than the regular private market. Tweaking the Cat
Fund could help reduce or hold down premiums.
homeowner mitigation efforts into insurance rates, Gal-
vano said. "I understand that concept," he said, "but
people can't just guess on what makes the rates. If they
are going to make that investment in mitigation, they
need to know what the savings are going to be, because
that makes for an informed decision."
Galvano said he hears complaints from people who
upgraded their homes and their rates still went up or
their coverage was canceled, so he wants the Legisla-
ture "to make sure that insurers recognize the mitigation
that people are undergoing."
A fourth issue coming before this special session
will involve the state-established wind pool boundar-
ies, which determines eligibility for coverage with Citi-
zens Property Insurance Corp., the state's insurer of last
On Anna Maria Island, a property has to be within
1,000 feet of the Gulf of Mexico shoreline to qualify for
Citizens. Residential property can qualify for Citizens,
regardless of location, but only if no other regulated
insurance coverage is available, but commercial proper-
ties must be "in" the wind pool area of coverage.
Property owners who don't qualify for Citizens may
be faced with a choice of going without wind coverage
because it is not available, or paying much higher prices
for coverage from unregulated carriers.
Galvano believes that his proposal to eliminate
the wind boundary lines will pass the special session
"based on what I presented to the full committee two
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Fifth and final are the "Pups."
This is the term coined to describe the Florida-
only subsidiaries of national insurance companies.
"These are the corporations that exist only in Florida
and don't show the income they make elsewhere," Gal-
Crist opposed the operation of the Pups, as well
as the industry's cherry-picking, during his campaign.
Gov. Jeb Bush criticized Crist for his position in early
November at the height of the campaign for his seat.
Bush said that the Crist proposals would "do more harm
than good" because they might drive more insurers
from the state.
Now, with Bush leaving office in January, the Crist
proposals are gaining momentum.
"Two weeks ago when we were in Tallahassee
(for a legislative planning session), record profits were
announced for insurers," Galvano said. "So lawmakers
recognize that the insurers are making money and that
helps bring those other issues to the forefront."
Galvano said he would like to see legislators listen
to expert testimony "to put people under oath and really
get down to what is happening. There are a lot of ques-
tions out there that aren't being asked: What are the top
CEOs of these insurance companies earning? What are
the profits and losses?
"I would like someone to explain to me what is
responsible for the record profits other than record pre-
Crist supports national action
Florida's governor-elect sent out a batch of letters
Dec. 21 urging top congressional leaders and the gov-
ernors of every state to support the legislation proposed
by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson to create a Commission on
Catastrophic Disaster Risk and Insurance.
Crist, a Republican, said that Senate Bill 3114,
introduced earlier this year by Nelson, a Demo-
crat, "would address the rising national problem of
affordable homeowners insurance" by establishing a
bipartisan task force that would examine proposals
to alleviate the insurance crisis facing so many U.S.
He described the availability and affordability of
property insurance for the citizens of Florida as one
of the most critical issues facing the state. Immediate
and long-term solutions to this problem are essential,
"Nothing is more on the minds of Floridians than
the skyrocketing cost of property insurance," Crist
said. "It is vital that we put an end to soaring insur-
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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.
Thursday, Jan. 4
9 to 10:15 a.m. -Yoga with Preston Whaley Jr. at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-2099. Fee applies.
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.- "Sew for Fun" group meets at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 795-
3 to 5 p.m.- Saltwater fishing course at the Longboat Key Edu-
cation Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
383-8811. Fee applies.
Friday, Jan. 5
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Anna Maria Island Community Center
hosts bridge lessons with Larry Auerbach at the Volunteer Fire Hall,
201 Second St. W., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee
10:30 a.m. to noon Anna Maria Island Community Center-
sponsored line dancing at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anna Maria Island Community Center
hosts the Food for Life cooking session "Discovering Dairy Alterna-
tives" at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-1908.
5 to 7 p.m. Opening reception for"Two Artists from New York"
at Durante Gallery, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat
Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 383-2345.
6 to 8 p.m. Artists reception for Donna Bednarz and Peggy
Potter at the Artists' Guild Gallery, 5413 Marina Drive, Holmes
Saturday, Jan. 6
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Anna Maria Island Community Center-
sponsored Pilates class with Laura Bennett at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant outdoor deck, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-1908. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to noon Digital photography demonstration with John
Bonserat Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
Monday, Jan. 8
8:30 a.m. Internet class at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341. Registration
9 to 10:15 a.m. -Yoga with Preston Whaley Jr. at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-2099. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. to noon Anna Maria Island Community Center
hosts 'Write WhatYou Feel, Feel WhatYou Write" with author Helena
Bachmann Milligan at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Basic stained-glass course at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
6 to 8 p.m. Black-and-white photography class at the Anna
Madia Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-2099. Fee applies.
7 to 9 p.m. "The Way of the Heart" with Kenneth Alonso at
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, Jan. 9
10 to 11:30 a.m.--"Financial Workshop for Individual Investors"
with Mike Valley, an Edward Jones representative, at 9906 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Information: 779-2499.
10 a.m. to noon Introduction to oil painting at the Anna Maria
Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information:
778-2099. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friends of the Island Branch Library
present "lraq and Beyond. Can America Rule the World?" with guest
THE ISLANDER U JAN. 3, 2007 U 15
James McCartney at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island presents Rotary
ambassadorial scholar Lei Ling at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 350-4326.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Basic drawing class at the Anna Maria
Island Art League, 5321 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information:
778-2099. Fee applies.
4:30 to 6 p.m. Creative arts and crafts for ages 5-12 at the
Anna Madia Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
7:30 p.m. "Jazz in the Gallery" featuring the Booker High Jazz
Ensemble at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat
Drive S., Longboat Key Information: 383-2345. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Jan. 10
10 a.m. to noon Watercolor class at the Anna Madia Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
10:30 a.m. Friends of the Island Branch Library book club
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies auxiliary of the Island Players
lunch with guest speaker Sissy Quinn of the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 761-7374. Fee applies.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Basket-weaving class at the Anna Maria
Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information:
778-2099. Fee applies.
"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.
Mixed media art demonstration at the Artists' Guild Gallery
Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote Marine Laboratory Jan. 11.
"Thoroughly Modern Millie" at Manatee Players Jan. 11.
Presentation on China at the Island Branch Library Jan. 13.
"Slavery in 2007?" at St. Bernard Catholic Church Jan. 13.
Charles Joseph 'Charlie' Guy
Charles Joseph "Charlie" Guy, 73, of Ellenton and
formerly Holmes Beach, died Dec. 21.
Mr. Guy was born in Boston, Mass., and moved to
Florida in 1981. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was an
actor on stage on Broadway and locally at Island Players.
For many years, "Charlie the Cat Man," as he was
fondly called, traveled from Ellenton to Anna Maria
Island to care for wild cats. At one point he was feed-
ing up to 40 of them near the Publix Super Market in
Holmes Beach, which prompted some complaints by
neighbors until the city administration granted him per-
mission to continue the practice. He was able to capture
and place many of the kittens in homes as well.
There were no services. Donations are being sought to
care for the 35 cats he had taken to his own home, and the
remaining dozen or so that he was feeding behind Publix.
Donations may be made "For Charlie" to Julie Royal at
SunCoast Real Estate, 5402 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
FL 34217. Royal welcomes volunteers to help care for
Charlie's family of cats, and she can be reached at 779-
0202 or 365-1687. Memorial contributions may also be
made "For Charlie" to the Manatee County Humane Soci-
ety, 2515 14th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205.
He is survived by sisters Rita Bucciere and Ellen
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John Prior LeCroy Jr., 83, of Bradenton and for-
merly Holmes Beach, died Dec. 24.
Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., Mr. LeCroy moved
to Holmes Beach from Alexandria, Va., in 1979. He
was president of Robinson Export/Import Corp. for 27
years, and retired as vice presi-
dent of Forest Products Supply
in Sarasota in 1993. He attended
George Washington University,
Benjamin Franklin University
and Stayer College. He served
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of the Kiwanis Club in Alexandria for 30 years. He
was a model for several men's shops in the area and
a photo model for advertisers. He was a deacon at
Roser Memorial Community Church, where he was
a member since 1979, and a deacon in the First Bap-
tist Church and an elder in Westminister Presbyterian
There were no local services. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to Tidewell and Palliative Care,
5355 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34205, or to Roser
Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna
Maria FL 34216.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years Edie; son
Steven Craig and his wife Robin of Duluth, Ga.; daugh-
ter Patti Marifjeren and her husband David of Braden-
ton and formerly Holmes Beach; grandchildren Chris-
topher, Stephen Jr. Michael, Jonathan and Rebecca; and
great-grandchildren Jared and Ivy.
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Manatee Public Beach fishing pier closed
By Lisa Neff
A fence went up to close off the fishing pier at
Manatee Public Beach in late December.
Manatee County officials are concerned about
structural problems at the pier, which was reconstructed
12 to 15 years ago.
The pier was inspected by an engineer after the
failure of a groin on a pier to the south that was built
at about the same time and in the same manner as the
public beach pier.
"We looked at it," said Tom Yarger, the project
Almeda appeals code decision
Anna Maria resident Frank Almeda has appealed
the Nov. 13 code enforcement board decision that
found his property at 415 Pine Ave. in violation of city
The appeal was filed by attorney Chuck Webb rep-
resenting Almeda and asks the Manatee County Circuit
Court to issue a stay of the order until the court can hear
The code board had found Almeda to be in violation
of the city code that prohibits a fourplex and ordered
Almeda to convert the property back to a duplex. At
the time of the order, the board made no determination
of any fine, nor did it involve itself in the question of
whether or not duplexes are properly zoned on Pine
Avenue if they were built when such structures were
allowed by city codes.
The board is waiting for a city inspection to deter-
mine if the property has been brought into compliance
3.week 'Financial Workshop
for Investors' beginning
A three-Tuesday "Financial Workshop for Inves-
tors" will begin Jan. 9 in Anna Maria with Mike Valley
of Edward Jones Co. helping individuals set financial
and investment goals.
The workshop sessions will be at 9906 Gulf Drive
from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays.
Details may be obtained by calling 779-2499.
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"There's some corrosion of metal inside the con-
So the fence went up on Dec. 23, as well as signs,
cones, tape and a wooden barrier.
County officials are preparing a work assessment
for an engineering study and structural testing of the
Once the study and testing are complete, officials
will know the extent of the problem and the cost to
repair or rebuild.
Any construction would likely need to be approved
Island real estate sales
5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 14,376 sfla /
15,522 sfur commercial office building built in 1983
on a 52,069 sf lot was sold 12/12/06, Sunrise Landings
LLC to Reliance Tidemark LLC for $2,850,000.
8017 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a vacant
99x134 waterfront lot was sold 12/15/06, Orlando to
Gryboski for $850,000.
310 61st St., Unit B, Birds of Paradise, Holmes
Beach, a 2,114 sfla / 2,867 sfur 3bed/2.5bath/2car
condo built in 2005 was sold 12/12/06, Roehl to Busch
for $690,000; list $749,000.
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sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1936 on a 42x98 lot was
sold 12/15/06, Brown to Ulgenalp for $485,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay (941)
778-7244. Current Island real estate transactions may
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Fishing classes starting Jan. 4
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by the county commission, said Yarger, who could not
say how long the structure would be closed.
Meanwhile, beachgoers seeking a walk on the pier
will need to head south or north of the public beach.
"I'm a big fan of the Anna Maria piers anyhow," said
Martin Wallace, a seasonal visitor from Chicago who
was looking for a location to let out some fishing line.
"A fence beats rusting pipes any day," added his
wife, Shelly Wallace, referring to the former beach
renourishment pipeline that blocked access to many
who couldn't climb over it easily. "At least I don't have
to climb it."
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Holmes Beach man kept
Allies supplied during WWII
Don Davis of Westbay Point and Moorings in
Holmes Beach is a quiet and unassuming man, and
he's not prone to talk much about his World War II
Like many veterans of the war, he saw enough
combat and lost enough friends that those memories
are best left unspoken.
But Don played an integral part in the Allied inva-
sion of Europe, although he was an unlikely candidate
for the role.
Don had already graduated with a master's degree
from Syracuse University and was teaching high school
mathematics near Binghamton in 1940 when the United
States instituted the one-year draft.
Don's number was one of the first called, but he
was able to get a deferment until the end of the school
Called up in July 1941, Don figured he'd do his
one year of service, then resume his teaching career.
Because of Don's math background, he did his basic
and advanced training as an Army engineer.
One morning in the fall of 1941, the entire company
was called out into formation and Don was ordered to
"I was wondering what kind of trouble I' d gotten
into. I was a bit nervous," he remembered.
Don, however, wasn't in any trouble. He was pro-
moted to corporal and ordered to stay behind to assist
in training new recruits. The remainder of the unit was
shipped out to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, arriving just in
time to be part of the Japanese sneak attack on Dec. 7,
After the attack and with America now firmly in
the war, Don realized he wasn't going to be getting out
of the service after one year.
"I figured I was in for the duration of the war, and
I wanted to do the best job possible, so I put in my
papers for the engineers officer candidate school and
got accepted," he said. Don received his commission
in April 1942 and was assigned to the 941st Engineer's
Heavy Equipment Company.
He got married in June 1942, fully expecting to
remain stateside for at least a year for more training.
But the Army had other ideas. The war in Europe
took precedent over the Pacific and the Americans
needed to build up its supplies and equipment for the
eventual invasion of Europe. Don's outfit was shipped
overseas in July 1942, bound for Great Britain. It
would be more than three years before he saw his wife
"I remember that after the first day out of New York,
the escorts left us in the open Atlantic and we were on
our own. We knew there were U-boats everywhere,
and remember, at that time, the Germans controlled the
shipping lanes to Europe. And we heard Axis Sally on
the radio tell us the name of our ship and our location
and that the U-boats were headed our way. What could
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Don Davis, center, with members of his engineering team during a break from training in
England during World War II prior to the D-Day landings in 1944.
Luckily, the ship managed to zig-zag its way to
Scotland safely without encountering any Germans.
At least, not until the 15,000 troops on board started
debarking off the ship.
"This was 1942 and the Germans still had air supe-
riority. We got bombed and strafed as we were leaving
the ship. Welcome to the war. That's when we knew we
were in the fight," said Don with a chuckle.
The outfit was sent to Cheltenham in England,
where it had to room with a unit of the Royal Engineers
until it could build it's own camp.
The mission of the 941st was to establish resupply
bases around England for the buildup leading to the
invasion of Europe. Somewhere along the way, Don's
commanding officer got sick and was sent back to the
States. Don assumed command of the company and
received a promotion to captain.
"The idea was to get depots and sub-depots ready
for each individual Army and division that was going
into the invasion. That meant supplies and resupply,
particularly for parts. Replacement parts were going
to be a big problem once the invasion started."
It took nearly two years after Don landed in Eng-
land for the invasion to take place, but finally on June
6, 1944, the Allies invaded Europe. Don's outfit landed
in France about three weeks later and began the task
of establishing re-supply depots for the entire Allied
Expeditionary Force. He was the main man, the guy in
charge, the man to see if an outfit needed a spare part
for its tanks or machine guns.
By now a major, Don's job wasn't made any easier
by Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army, which was
sweeping across France, moving anywhere from 20 to
50 miles a day.
"We had a tough time keeping up with them. We
tried to keep the depots about 10 miles behind the front
lines, but Patton moved so fast, we' d no sooner get one
depot in operation when we had to tear it down and
Don had a hectic job, one that often brought him
at or near the front lines.
"But I was fortunate. The combat engineers were
the ones who were actually on the front lines all the time
and they took a beating. Where we were, we didn't get
bombed or strafed very much. We were pretty safe."
In mid-December 1944, Don was inspecting his
supply bases in Belgium and Luxembourg. Only a few
hours after he left the tiny Belgium town of Bastogne,
the Germans launched their last major offensive of the
war the Battle of the Bulge.
"It got real hectic real quick," remembered Don.
"The first step was to seal off the bulge and we were
ordered to move men and equipment as fast as possible.
We had to get the troops and supplies to the front real
quick and we were pretty busy."
Don and his outfit moved fast and furious to get
everything in place. He did his job pretty well and,
one day, got a letter of commendation signed by Gen.
Eisenhower, the supreme commander of the Allied
After the Battle of the Bulge and with the start
of the spring Allied offensive, Don realized the war
wouldn't last much longer.
"We weren't running out of parts. The Germans
were surrendering by the thousands and offering little
resistance. We knew it was almost over when we moved
into Frankfurt to establish a supply depot."
Then came the German surrender in early May
1945, touching off a wild celebration.
"Everyone started counting their points to see if
they were ready to go home. I was ready. I knew I had
enough points to get home."
But the Army had other plans.
Ready to head home in August 1945, the Army
sent him a notice that his departure from Europe was
extended another 90 days. Seems the War Department
wanted to send some "big shots" to Europe to inspect
captured German equipment for comparison to its
American counter- parts. Don was tabbed as the "tour
guide" for the inspectors.
"That letter was like a knife in my heart. Boy, I was
ready to go home after more than three years overseas,"
remembered Don with a laugh, although it wasn't funny
at the time.
"I swallowed my disappointment and spent the next
three months shepherding these guys around Europe. It
was not exciting duty and all I could do was count the
days until it was over." Needless to say, those 90 days
seemed like an eternity.
Eventually, however, the Army ran out of extra
duties for Don and he was shipped back to New York
"Of course, the Anny wanted me to stay in the
service. They promised me a desk job in Washington
and other benefits, but I was ready to get out."
Discharged in December 1945, Don headed back
to Syracuse for his old job.
But a funny thing had happened to Don during the
"I'd seen guys with the same or less education
who had become very successful and I had a master's
degree. I began to think maybe I should consider chang-
He made several attempts at establishing his own
business, then landed a job with the MRB Co. in his
native Vermont. The company had become famous
during the war for the development of the Norden
Don started as a process engineer and eventually
became chief financial officer for MRB. As such, he
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Library looking for military
The Island Branch of the Manatee Public Library is
looking for anyone who may have written or published
an article, book or story about the military.
Ava Ehde of the library plans to hold a forum on
Feb. 20, inviting authors of various subjects to give a
brief talk about their writings and the military is one of
"It could be about war heroes, World War I or II, or
anything about the military that someone has written,"
she said. "It could even be if you are just interested in
Any author or writer interested in making a presen-
tation on military history at the forum should contact
Ehde at 778-6341.
The forum is open to the public.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18
was in charge of some 3,000 employees. He spent 25
years with the company before retiring in 1976.
Don and his family had visited Florida and Anna
Maria Island many times and he had purchased a con-
dominium as an investment. They eventually decided
to make Holmes Beach their winter home.
Today, he and his second wife, Marge, have a gor-
geous view of Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Sound.
Between them, they have four children, three grand-
children and four great-grandchildren.
"I wasn't a hero. I didn't do anything spectacular
and I'm the first to tell you that. The guys who were the
heroes were on the front lines the combat soldiers
and engineers. It's hard to talk about it. I saw enough
of what happened to them," remembered Don with a
touch of sadness.
"I was just fortunate, one of the lucky ones to get
a good assignment. I just did my duty and I'm proud
to have done my duty. I'd do it again if I could go
with the same guys. The comradeship we developed is
something you never forget. It's a cherished memory
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The Friends of the Island Library will launch a
three-part travel series with a trip to China Saturday,
Jan. 13, at the Island Branch Library.
Other destinations on the schedule are Machu Pichu
in Peru and the Virgin Islands. All will be discussed and
illustrated by local people who have traveled exten-
sively to the places they will be talking about.
All will be at 2 p.m. in the library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. They are free of charge, and
patrons are asked to be there at least 15 minutes before
their program begins.
The opening segment of the program Jan. 13 will
be presented by Diana Milesko of Anna Maria. She has
traveled at every opportunity for most of her life, she
said, and has biked many venues in the United States
Program on slavery coming
to St. Bernard Church
"Human Trafficking and Slavery," a presen-
tation on slavery as it is practiced in the world
today, is planned for Jan. 13 at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The seminar will be from 9 a.m. to noon in
the church's activity center, sponsored by local
churches and organizations. S. Patrice Colletti will
lead the discussion on slavery in the United States
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She found China the most fascinating of all her
destinations, she said, and will share her observations
with Islanders in her presentation "The Many Faces of
Jerry and Marcy East, California transplants to
Longboat Key, indulged a long interest in Incan his-
tory with a visit to Machu Pichu plus other sites in Peru.
They will tell how they fared Feb. 10 at the library.
Caroline Reed and Dana Cyr were living in the U.S.
Virgin Islands when they lost their house to Hurricane
Bertha in 1996, when they moved to Sarasota. They
will describe their life on the island in their presentation
Additional information is available at 778-6341.
Veterans sponsoring cancer
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A party to raise awareness and funds in the battle
against cancer will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan.
6, at the American Legion hall, 200 75th St. W, Bra-
There will be a 50-30-20 drawing, the sponsors said,
along with dancing, door prizes, free snacks, ballroom
dance performances and a special musical show by
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Islander promotes pursuit of truth
By Lisa Neff
Jim McCartney dedicated his professional life to
the pursuit of truth, working for decades as a Washing-
ton, D.C., correspondent and covering every president
from John Kennedy to Bill Clinton.
As an active member of the Sarasota-based Forum
Truth and a columnist for The Bradenton Herald,
McCartney continues to pursue the truth because,
he says, truth and justice are not always the American
"One of America's most serious problems is that
the lie has become an instrument of national policy,"
said the Holmes Beach resident, who will deliver a
lecture Jan. 9 to the Friends of the Island Library.
McCartney's library talk is titled "Iraq and Beyond:
Can America Rule the World?"
"It's clear to me that the United States is going to
be involved in Iraq for the rest of my lifetime and your
lifetime," McCartney said during an interview Dec.
"I was in Vietnam," McCartney continued. "I spent
a lot of time in Vietnam. I think Iraq is the same kind
of situation. And I think it's a losing situation. I believe
we've already lost the war."
Having addressed previous Friends groups, McCart-
ney said he expected a "sophisticated audience," but
also expected to surprise some with his comments.
"They can expect to be shocked by some of the
statements and I think they can expect to be disap-
pointed in their country," he said.
McCartney lives in Holmes Beach with his wife,
Molly, a special correspondent with The Islander, and
he teaches several classes at the Longboat Key Educa-
He grew up in East Lansing, Mich., where he
graduated from Michigan State University in 1949.
McCartney went on to Northwestern University, where
he earned a master's degree in journalism.
He began his career with the Chicago Daily News
in 1952, went to D.C. in 1960, returned to Chicago for
several years and then, when the Daily News "expired,"
went back to Washington.
From 1968 to 1990, McCartney worked as a cor-
respondent specializing in national security for Knight-
"I had this incredible job," McCartney said. "You
basically got to go to any place you thought was inter-
esting and write about it and get paid. I'm unbelievably
lucky to have made my living this way."
He traveled, filing stories from more than 30 coun-
He covered the White House, the State Department,
the Pentagon and Capitol Hill.
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Library Jan. 9 at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
And he became familiar with public officials,
including many who still made news in 2006- Colin
Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and John
Reflecting on his career two days after the death of
Gerald Ford, McCartney recalled covering press con-
ferences when Ford was the House minority leader and
Everett Dirksen was the Senate minority leader.
"We called it the 'Ev and Jerry Show,'" McCartney
said, adding that Dirksen played the comedian role and
Ford the straight man.
"I have vivid memories of Jerry Ford," McCartney
said. "He was a wonderful, solid kind of guy."
McCartney covered Vietnam, and was the first
to report soon after Richard Nixon took office that
the administration was preparing to withdraw U.S.
He also covered 10 U.S.-Soviet summit meetings,
negotiations intended to "wind down the Cold War."
"That," McCartney said, "was a most fascinating
time for me."
During those years as a correspondent, McCartney
kept his opinions out of his copy. But he had opinions,
and now he's eager to share them, writing op-ed pieces,
speaking to local groups, teaching and working with
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national and international issues and, according to its
mission statement, was founded to "explore what we
fear are growing threats to liberty, justice, quality of
life, peace and prosperity."
"My wife and I have been deeply involved in the
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"I covered the tail end of the Eisenhower admin-
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except Jimmy Carter lied about some important policy
issue.... The problem is, they think they can do any-
thing they want and get away with it. But they can't.
The truth ultimately comes out."
McCartney's lecture Jan. 9 takes place at 10:30 a.m.
and 2 p.m. at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Additional Friends lectures are scheduled:
Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dr. John Mellon,
a literary critic and retired professor who plans to talk
about Philip Roth's "Everyman."
March 13, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jeff LaHurd,
an author and lecturer who plans to talk about his book,
"Spring Training in Sarasota, 1924-1960."
April 10, 10:30 a.m. Suzi Fox, the Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch director who plans to talk about "16
years of nesting data on Anna Maria Island."
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Community Center announces baseball tryouts
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center Little
League is having tryouts for a major league team from
10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Longboat
Key Recreational Center field. Players ages 10-12 who
make this team will compete against teams from Mana-
tee West Little League, which play its games at G.T.
Bray park. Home games for the Islanders will be played
at the Longboat Key field.
The Center also will host a baseball clinic along
with team registration at the Longboat Key field on Jan.
6 from 10 a.m. to noon. Players can also register any-
time at the AMICC trailer behind St. Bernard Catholic
Meanwhile, basketball season is getting under way
this week. Center athletic director Andy Jonatzke said
uniforms will be distributed Wednesday, Jan. 3, and the
season of games will begin Jan. 4.
There is no season-opening banquet, Jonatzke said,
but along with the uniform distribution he plans to pro-
vide a schedule for team and individual pictures.
While no photo or game schedule was provided by
press time, Jonatzke noted that all games will be played
at King Middle School. Practices are being scheduled
by the respective team coaches at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School, the Holmes Beach outdoor court, outside
at King Middle School and at St. Peter & Paul Catholic
For more information, call 778-1908.
Key Royale golf news
The men of the Key Royale Club played an 18-hole,
best-ball-of-foursome match on Dec. 27. The team of
Hal Sears, Earl Ritchie and Bob Elliott carded a 12-
under-par 52 to edge the second-place team of Chuck
Boes, Dan Hayes and Bob Dickinson by one shot and
win bragging rights for the day.
The men and women of the Key Royale Club
teamed up for a nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome con-
test on Dec. 22. The team of Teddy Morgan, Al Morgan,
Hal Sears and Jim Finn combined to fire a six-under-par
26 to claim bragging rights for the week. Second place
went to the threesome of Terry and Richard Westby and
Dottie McKinna, who combined to shoot a 28. Fred
Meyer had some good news when he chipped in on
hole No. 3.
The team of John Johnson and Bruce Munro won
the Dec. 23 horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria
City Hall pits. The twosome was the only team out of
the eight that participated to go 3-0 in pool play, leav-
ing the rest to battle it out for second place. George
Landraitus teamed up with Ron Pepka to defeat son
Charlie and Rod Bussey by a score of 21-8 to advance
to the final consolation game where they were soundly
defeated by the team of Hank Huyghe and George
The competition on Dec. 27 was much the same,
as Sam Samuels and Steve Doyle went undefeated to
claim the championship outright. Ron Pepka and Hank
Huyghe captured runner-up honors with a 23-7 vic-
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Gulf Coast Senior Games
Senior athletes can sign up for the 2007 Gulf Coast
Senior Games that will take place Feb. 19-25 at a variety
of locations in and around Bradenton. The Senior Games
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shooting, billiards, bocce, bowling, bridge, cribbage,
cycling, golf, horseshoes, lawn bowling, punt-pass-
kick, racquetball, 5K road race, shuffleboard, swim-
ming, table tennis, Texas hold-em and track and field.
The cost to register is $12 with every entrant receiv-
ing a Senior Games T-shirt. There is a fee of $2 for each
additional event/activity entered. To register or for more
information, call 941-742-5926.
Island author to host book signing
Island resident and Manatee girls soccer coach Jeff
Nelson will be signing his book, Baby's Breath, at the
Village Bookstore, 1106 11th Ave. W., Bradenton, on
Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6
Interested readers can purchase the book at the
signing or by logging onto www.boondogglerpress.
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Boating resolutions for the new year
Happy New Year!
Traditional New Year's resolutions lose weight,
stop smoking, be kinder to small animals and the like
- have taken a different turn thanks to a national boat-
Boat Owners Association of the United States has
offered some yachting suggestions that are worth a con-
sideration for waterfolk.
1. Introduce one new friend to boating this year,
and with your supervision, volunteer to let them sit
behind the wheel for a little bit (You remember that
2. Inventory your safety gear and ensure it's in good
3. A resolution from the BoatU.S. Trailering Club:
ensure your boat trailer has tires with an "ST" (stronger
sidewalls) designation, are inflated properly and are
free of sun rot.
4. Take one educational course or on-the-water
class to improve your boating. Many are available year-
round and listed in The Islander.
5. "Nature deficit" disorder, a combination of over-
programmed lifestyles and plugged-in playtime, is con-
spiring to leave kids no time with nature. Get your kids
or grandkids outdoors by taking them boating.
6. A resolution from TowBoatU. S. and Vessel Assist
Captains: have an anchor aboard it could be your
best friend if your boat is disabled. And make sure that
you have adequate line.
7. Make boating fun for your spouse and family
- give clear direction and don't bark orders or eventu-
ally you will be a solo boater.
8. Spend at least one night on the hook in a quiet gunk-
hole. An overnight adventure with the family away from
the dock can give you a new perspective on boating.
9. Try a different kind of boating. If you're a sailor,
go powerboating; if you powerboat, go sailing; or, rent
or borrow a kayak, canoe or personal watercraft. Chang-
ing boating styles is not only fun, but it allows you to
appreciate the challenges and pleasures of operating
10. Thank your marina owner for not going condo.
Declining waterway access can only be reversed if
marina operators and boaters work together to find
No change planned in boat registration
It looks like it's status quo for boat registration in
A boating advisory council of the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission has voted against
making any recommendations to change what vessels
should be registered. There was some discussion about
having all non-motorized boats plunk down a few bucks
to be registered, boats like kayaks and canoes.
In fact, "believe it or not," there was some debate
about whether or not inflatable rafts and those water
noodles should fall under the state purview, but that
discussion was quickly quashed.
However, the council did support "the importance
of appropriate boating education for all boater operators
regardless of vessel type," according to the FWC, and
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In a somewhat rare occurence for me, I took time
for a quick "vacation" to one of our neighboring islands
to the south during the holidays to Sanibel and Captiva,
although there is no longer a distinction between the
two islands since Hurricane Charley's passage filled in
the pass between them with sand. There are still lots of
very expensive homes and a mix of funky resorts and
nice shops and restaurants to be found there.
These barrier islands off Lee County are unique in
that they run east-west, not the usual north-south align-
ment we're used to onAnna Maria. The orientation was
superb to foster an even greater-than-usual disorienta-
tion in my navigation, and getting lost became pretty
much a regular event. It's really weird to watch the sun
set in what to me seemed the north.
Sanibel is a bike-friendly city in a big way. In fact,
the bike lanes are about as wide as the roadbed, and
needed since it seems that everybody is on two wheels
rather than four. It's a nice approach.
Turtle Watch people would love the islands, too,
because there seemed to be no street lights. Sure, park-
ing lots were lit, but not the roads. Traveling at night in
the real, real dark was something of an adventure for
us navigation-challenged folks, to say the least.
All in all, it was a nice place to visit sans air-
lines to get out of town if all you want to do is go to
Mote Marine Laboratory is starting the new year
with a new program for young families, "Mommy and
Me," with the first on Jan. 4.
The sessions will all be on Thursdays from 9 to 10
a.m. at Mote's Marine Education Resources Center,
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, on City Island
off the south ramp of the New Pass Bridge.
They are designed for children ages 2 to 5 and their
parents or caregivers, said Jim Wharton, director of the
center for school and public programs.
"Every marine scientist I know has a story from
their youth that inspired them, some experience with
an animal or person," he said. "We hope to inspire a
new generation of marine biologists by engaging them
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Another travel tale
My longtime buddy Joe Bird reported this week
that he, his wife and young twin sons took off to the
Rocky Mountains for some skiing over the holidays.
Joe worked at a former incarnation of The Islander
newspaper, and now lives in Jackson, Miss. He
offered the following thoughts of his ski trip.
"Colorado is another planet, or the world's biggest
beer cooler I'm still trying to figure that one out,"
Bird wrote. "The locals are friendly enough and always
offered to help me stand up again ... go figure.
"Skiing is really a foreign concept. It goes some-
thing like this: Hang around a toasty warm fire pit and
socialize with athletic, yet earthy women, drink until
you are brave (stupid) enough to strap on high-tech
plastic things onto your feet. Also grab these stick/
poles that give you the illusion of balance. Now it gets
good ... you pay an incredible sum of money to sit in
a chair that takes you way, way up out of the range of
oxygen. This then makes you fall down the mountain,
and then, (I'm not making this up), people get back in
line to do it all over again. Dang, that's fun.
"In the evenings you get to sit in a hot tub and thaw
out while loosening up muscles that we flat-Islanders
never knew we had, or needed. You know, that one
that you tense up in your rear end before hitting the
Unfortunately, he messed up his knee during the
trip. And, thankfully, all I ended up with over Christmas
was a sunburn.
And to wrap up the travel tales, scientists on the
other side of the world have taken what they believe to
be the first-ever video footage of a giant squid. Japanese
researchers baited a hook near a camera and got the film
of a relatively small female giant squid as it squirmed
around the bait.
The "baby" was only 24 feet long. Mature speci-
mens grow to more than 60 feet.
The Japanese team also believes that there are
many, many more of the deep-sea dwellers than had
been previously expected.
at a young age."
Children will use interactive exhibits throughout the
aquarium to "learn about Mote creatures from sharks
and eels to dolphins, giant squid and coral reefs."
Pre-registration is required. For information and/or
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Grouper, snapper good
thick in bays
By Capt. Mike Heistand
It would appear that even the fish took some time
off during the holidays, as fishing action slowed a bit
Offshore action for grouper and snapper is still
good in the Gulf of Mexico in about 100 feet of water,
though, and there are some good amberjack catches
coming to the docks.
Backwater fishing for sheepshead is good, too,
as well as some small redfish and catch-and-release
Trout season reopened Jan. 1, by the way.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said sheepshead remain
the mainstay for inshore fishers right now, although
there are some big redfish around the docks in the bay
and whiting off the beaches. Grouper and snapper fish-
ing in the Gulf remains strong, though, in less than 100
feet of water.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishing action
was slow at the dock, but there were a few catches of
sheepshead, black drum and small flounder.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
pier fishers there have been catching flounder, mackerel
and sheepshead, plus a few snook at night.
At Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Sam
Kimball said he's been putting his charters onto snapper
to 8 pounds and grouper to 10 pounds, plus banded rud-
derfish and amberjack. In the backwater, Capt. Mark
Johnson has been doing good with redfish, sheepshead
and catch-and-release trout.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are good reports of black drum coming out of the
Manatee River, snook at night in the cut, and sheeps-
head near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina said redfish and sheepshead were his top
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include
sheepshead by the Skyway in Tampa Bay, snapper from
the ship channels and a few redfish coming out of Terra
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he took Chris, Steve and Rob
Boyer from Indiana to a catch of redfish to 22 inches
and sheepshead to 4 pounds. "That catch was pretty
representative of the fishing results this last week, with
the addition of big ladyfish, some catch-and-release
trout, snook and black drum," he said.
On my boat Magic, we've been catching lots of
small reds and some big sheepshead.
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-
shots may be retrieved once they appear in the paper.
'Age of Sail, Age of Steam'
The second annual "Age of Sail, Age of Steam"
model exhibition, cosponsored by the Florida Maritime
Museum at Cortez, will be Feb. 3 and 4 at the Manatee
Civic Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto.
Model boats and railroad locomotives will be on
display from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. It is co-
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This year steam locomotives and stationary engines
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by the Bay Area Electric Boaters, and a shallow pond
for children's "build and sail" program are planned.
The Forebitters will sing sea chanteys throughout the
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Fishing License, Ice, Bait &
Anna Maria Island
24 E JAN. 3, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
By Rick Catlin
Baby, we've got
what you need
When Victoria Bramel's daugh-
ter first took her 3-month-old grand-
daughter out of town on a trip, Victo-
ria and her daughter quickly realized
how many baby items they needed with
them. Things like travel seats, a bassinet,
stroller and play items were all neces-
sities when traveling with an active
"We realized other travelers with
infants must be experiencing the same
dilemma," said Victoria. That gave her
the inspiration for Away From Home
Baby Furniture Rental.
Victoria's service is geared to the
family vacationing with youngsters who
need to rent strollers, car seats, walkers,
monitors, pool floats, beds, high chairs,
bouncy seats, rocking chairs, cribs and
even a safety gate, among a host of other
items for babies.
"We offer our visitors baby equip-
ment that might be difficult to travel
with, but are necessary to keep the baby
comfortable. Everything is clean and
each use, and we
offer only new
just about any
time of the day,"
A 20-year resident of the Braden-
ton area, Victoria provides pick-up and
delivery service. Interested parties can
visit her Web site at www.afhbr.com or
call Victoria at 724-0979.
for all seasons
Hurricane Liquors recently opened
its doors in the S&S Plaza in Holmes
Beach at the site of the former Richard's
Whole Foods and adjacent to Hurricane
Hurricane Liquors is owned by Paul
and Marguerite Huffman, who also own
Hurricane Hank's, a dining and drinking
The new store is a full-service liquor
store and specializes in a selection of
some of the finest available domestic
and international wines.
In addition to all the best brands of
beer, wine, liquers and spirits, Hurricane
Hanks is establishing a "micro-brewery"
for its customers.
CI Tim Reidy of Hurricane
Liquors helps prepare a
holiday box of good cheer at
.the newly opened store adja-
cent to Hurricane Hank's
in the S&S Shopping Plaza
in Holmes Beach. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 9
p.m. Monday through Saturday and from
noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, call 779-
New owner at
Anna Maria Glass
Phillip Guerrero recently purchased
the Anna Maria Glass Co. at 5600 Marina
lery in the
Plaza at 11904
Drive in Holmes Beach.
For more information, call Phillip at
778-2022 or 737-8306.
Got a new business going up in Anna
Maria Island, Cortez or Longboat Key?
How about a new product or service, an
anniversary, a new hire, or an award-
winning staff member? Call Island Biz
at 778-7978, fax your news to 778-9392,
or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introducing Sundance at Palma Sd a Bay West B'tons newest town
homes located on Palma Sola Bay Introductory prices starting at
$995,000's for 3,700 4,300 sf units avail now. Close to beaches
& shopping. Limited introductory pricing! Call John Luchkowec,
Pat Palmeri-Bates and Jerry Cercone your Sundance
...... Sales Team at 941-751-1155 for more information.
lX familyy Busines
for more than
O Sally Norman-Greig Mike Norman Marianne
15 Years Norman-Ellis
Mike Norman Realty takes
pride in serving this
Barbara Gentiluomo community with Rochelle Bowers
27 Years honesty and 7 Years
to continue 0
Ron Chovan Chet Coleman you with Lisa Collier Carla Beddow
15 Years 20 Years consistent 14 Years 5 Years
a ^ and reliable
Kathy Caserta VicCaserta Claire Lasota Rolando Rubi
4 Years 2 Years Secretary 2 Years
Thanks for 29 years!
3101 GULF DRIVE
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.
"Chances are, if you're an Island
resident, you know me either as
Capt. Keith, fishing and diving guide,
or as "The Blind Guy" from Barnett
Blinds. But did you know I'm also a
Realtor specializing in waterfront
properties, resort and second homes
,, : and boating destinations in Florida
and the Caribbean? Let me navigate
you through a sea of properties to
your dream home ... like this one."
One-of-a-kind, sprawling Island compound has it all.
5BR/5BA, canalfront, pool, sauna, short walk to prime
Anna Maria beach. Deep-water access to Tampa Bay,
Intracoastal and Gulf. Priced below market, it's Island
living at its best. Spotless. Call for appointment.
Capt. Keith Barnett
An Island Place Realty
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
I -- 778-0455
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OF ANNA MARIA
S P Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
203 70th Street: Duplex, I BR/1BA ea. side, steps to beach! $639,000.
305 63rd Street: New Home, 3BR/3.5BA, den, elevator, pool. $849,000.
6301 Holmes Blvd: New Home, 3BR/2.5BA, wood floors, pool. $749,000.
301 Highland Ave., #5 Condo, 2BR/1 BA, heated pool, furn. $479,000.
1301 N. Bay Drive, #5B Condo, 2BR/2BA, 1079 sf, pool, furn. $489,000.
"-^ ~L" REALTOR.
32 Years of Professional Service
EXPERIENCE REPUTATION RESULTS
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/4BAincludes 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
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DELUXE, NORDIC TRACK Treadmill C2000. Folds
up for easy storage. Barely used, like-new condition.
Paid $1,000. $500 or best offer. 941-792-9892.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and pur-
chase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, 941-795-1112 or 704-8421.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Condo-
miniums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies available
at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tues-
days, Thursdays and Fridays. 9am-noon Saturdays.
Always clothing sales. 941-779-2733.511 Pine Ave.,
SALE: FOR NEW year! Niki's Gifts, Jewelry and
Antiques. Lots of bargains. All sterling jewelry 50-
75 percent off. Christmas gifts 75 percent off, select
art and antiques 30-60 percent off. Open seven
days, 9:30am-5pm. 941-779-0729. 5351 Gulf Drive,
GARAGE SALE: 9am-noon Saturday, Jan. 6. Fine art,
clothes, TV, kitchen and household goods, miscella-
neous. 912 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE: 9am-noon Friday and Saturday, Jan.
5-6. Nice furniture, patio, garden, table saw, tools,
kitchen, grill. 106 Third St. N., Bradenton Beach.
L STAN I IOUN
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.
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult.
Call 941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.cmas-
BEAUTIFUL TORTUGA INN 2BR unit has
a full kitchen and furniture. Garden view
and steps to the private beach, pools, bay,
and dock. Flexible rental, on-site manage-
advantage while rates
are still lower.
New loans or
refinance and improve
GORGEOUS 2BR HOME IN TARA
PRESERVE. Turnkey home offers 2 car
garage, living/dining room, den and main-
tenance free yard. Plenty of time to enjoy
the pool, tennis and golf. $374,900.
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715 89TH CT, MAHOGANY BAY, NW BRADENTON New custom Kendar Home 4BR/3BA on quiet
cul-de-sac. Great family home, sweeping verandah's, 3 car garage and many extras. $879,000
24071 JENNINGS ROAD Beautiful home
on 6+ acres in park like setting directly on
Lake Manatee. $899,000
PALM AIRE COUNTRY CLUB 5523
COUNTRY LAKES TRAIL Palm Aire. Totally
remodeled 4BR.Closeto Bradenton and Sarasota.
Pool overlooks private backyard. $474,000
REAL ESTATE LLC
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.
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.
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.
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping, library and restaurants. $389,000.
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 $869,900.
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.
* SARASOTABAYFRONT PARADISE- 3BR/2.5BA, $1,124,900.
* FLAMINGO CAYWATERFRONT 3BR/2BA, pool. $859,000.
* RIVERVIEWBOULEVARD CAPE COD 3BR/2BA $529,900.
* SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA turnkey from $175,000.
* TRADEWINDS RESORTVILLA- IBR/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 1 BR/1 BA 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
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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
BRADENTON-19600 E STATE ROAD
64 EPICUREANS TAKE NOTE! Old Mission
Vineyard, a unique home on 20 acres with mature
grapes and spring-fed stream. $1,299,000
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MORE SAND...LESS DOLLARS Imagine owning a
private, luxury beachfront home fora fraction of the
cost. Fractional ownership opportunity. Starting at
$195.000 for one fraction. Open Thurs/Fri 12-7pm
andWed, Sat Sun 10-5 pm.
513 56TH ST Holmes Beach.Waterfront full
bay-view with custom dock and lift. Features
quaint Florida cottage with darling guest apt.
above garage. $989,000
2716 PALMA SOLA Exquisite full bay views
from every room of this 5,000 sq. ft, custom on
overhalfan acre.Features 5BR,4 car garage, library,
great room, pool and multilevel terrace. Lots of
space for family and entertaining. $2.999.900
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5208 RIVERVIEW BLVD 1.93 acres on 1207 N. GULF DR. #300 Darling, turnkey
Manatee River with 250 linear feet on the river. furnished top floor 2BR/2BA with den, offers
Two buildable lots or one magnificent estate. spectacular views in prime rental location.
Dock in place, bring the boat. $3,300,000 $879,000.
Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated.
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26 0 JAN. 3, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
FLORIDA'S OWN RODNEY Dangerfield: Available to
entertain for corporate events, golf tournaments, and
private parties. Cell 781-367-0339.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a personal-
ized 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.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
GUARDIAN AD LITEM volunteers needed: A guardian
ad litem is a trained volunteer appointed by the court
to represent and advocate for the best interest of chil-
dren who have been abused, abandoned or neglected.
Make a positive impact! Call 941-744-9473 or visit
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: evanswal-
FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough
for adoption.All food and medical provided. Julie, 941-
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.
Choice Gulffront properties for sale. We have
several on pristine natural beach in quiet residential
neighborhood. Call today for further details.
"We ARE the Island!"
Mane Franklin, Lc Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrea email@example.com
Web site www.annamariareal.com
ISLAND CANAL HOME REDUCED. 3BR/2 5BA with fireplace
Corner lot on canal with new dock and caged pool New kitchen
cabinets andgranite 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 ROYALEThisoutstanding3BR/3BAcanalfronthome has been
renovated, updated, and added on Extensive pavers, brickwalkand
patios, new barrel roof 2004, 75-foot seawall, 50-foot dock with
13,000 Ib boatlift This home is lovely inside and out A 27-foot
Sport Craft with twin 150s will staywith 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
CANALFRONT HOME 2,920 sf3BR/3BAcanalfront, caged pool home
canexpand to 5 bedrooms Enjoythe mastersuitegetawayequipped
with its own kitchenette Meticulously maintained $974,900 Call
Michel Cerene, Broker-Associate, 941-545-9591 evenings
SABAL PALM Turnkey furnished 1BR/1 5BA condo, Large enclosed
lanai, ground-floor unit, heated pool Close to beaches and stores
$136,000 Call Susan Klement, Realtor941-720-4107 eves
withviewoffairway $255,000 Pleasecall MichelCerene, Broker-
Associate 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
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
2003 SILVER PT CRUISER. Like-new condition. Under
11,000 miles. Excellent maintenance and condition.
$11,000. Service contract included. 941-792-9892.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten pay.
Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant, 902 S.
Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-778-3953.
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
TOP ADVERTISING sales position open at The
Islander newspaper. Great territory, commissions.
Previous outside sales helpful. If you possess a will-
ingness for strong community involvement, positive
outlook and drive to succeed, fax or e-mail a letter and/
or resume to 941-778-9392, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT BUSINESS, $299,000.
Buy building alone for $1,600,000or buy both for
$1,690,000. Confidentiality agreement required.
Longview Realty, 941-383-6112. For more great busi-
ness and realty buys: www.longviewrealty.com.
PAW SPA: PROFITABLE pet-grooming business.
Loyal customer base in great Holmes Beach location.
$59,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
RESTAURANT AND MORE: 50-seat restaurant with
great ambience also retails select items. Beer and
wine license. Any menu OK. $120,000. Confidentiality
agreement required for details. Longview Realty, 941-
383-6112. For more great business and realty buys:
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
W hen you choose Chase you
are guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
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Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community,
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, government,
call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
Manhatton Mortgage Corporation
We still have rentals available for 2007. Many
premium units to choose from. Monthly rentals now
available, starting at $2,200.
Call your friends up North!
ISLAND'S BEST BUY
This charming home is just a short walk to the Gulf in
central Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BAwith large rooms and nicely
updated. Lush landscaped yard with plenty of room for a
pool! Priced to sell at $485,000.
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941 778-0455 www.greenreal.com
9906 Gulf Drive Anna Maria
Ken Jackson, 778-6986 Marilyn Klemish, 778-7627
Kathy Geeraerts, 778-0072 Maureen Dahms, 778-0542
Kate Eiseler, 778-5115 Evelyn Mitchell, 778-1952
Kristine Key, 592-8831
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
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! 941-779-9783.
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,
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. Edward
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine Car
Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
Call us 78-2 8307,j800-306-9666
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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
VINTAGE COTTAGE VILLAGE OF ANNA MARIA Endear-
ing 2BR/1BA old-timer within steps of the sparkling Gulf!
Features include wood floors and pine ceilings, and original
claw-foot tub. Builtin 1924, this rusticcharmeris a diamond
in the rough! Zoned ROR. $565,000.
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COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results, wash
away mildew, dirt, salt.Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. License #CGC061519, #CCC057977,
#PE0020374. Insured. Accepting MasterCard/Visa.
PROFESSIONAL I.T SERVICES: Complete computer
solutions for business and home. Installation, repairs,
upgrades, networking, Web services, wireless ser-
vices. Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-
5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.
HANDYMAN SERVICES: PAINTING caulking, interior
carpentry, custom mirror and other interior/exterior
general household repairs. Offering quality services
since 1994. Reliable. Call Colin at 941-376-0541.
AAA CONFIDENCE CLEANING. Housecleaning,
office cleaning and window cleaning. Good references,
reasonable rates. Licensed and insured. Family owned
and operated. 941-812-0499.
TUTOR: READING SPECIALIST-Learning Consultant.
30 years experience. Certifications: B.A. in elemen-
tary education, M.A. in reading specialization, 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.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !
CAREGIVER, COMPANION: 15 years experience.
Reliable, compassionate, honest. References. 941-
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Handyman service.
For all your tile, carpentry, drywall, paint, pressure
wash, and all the help you want. Island resident. Call
RARE LACKA-SNOWBIRD couple down from Maine
looking for houses or condos to dean. Global warming
has forced us to close our wilderness lodge and move
south for winter. Very high cleaning standards. Can
provide references. Cell 207-745-5116, leave voice
mail, or 941-779-1646 evenings.
GET YOUR 2006 accounting and taxes done now.
Free initial consultation. Business and individual
income taxes. QuickBooks and Peachtree process-
ing. Call Larry Schmitt at 941-773-0182. Make It Count
Accounting Services Inc., 4230 59th Street W., Bra-
denton, FL, 34209.
IN-HOME CHEF available for service in your home.
No event too small, couples to reunions. References
available, experienced. 941-932-5934.
HABLA ESPANOL? LEARN to speak, read and write Span-
ish. Hourly lessons at your home. Call 941-383-4332.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Begin-
ning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-758-0395.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or
replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island
since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates
a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage in
the comfort of your home. Call today for an appoint-
ment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and com-
mercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping,
cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call 941-778-2581.
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 estimates. Call
Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City of
Anna Maria resident. Cell 941-448-3857.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential
and commercial. 30-years experience. 941-729-9381.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Complete clean-
ups, installations, native plants, palms, aquascapes,
rock and patios. Shell installed $42/yard. Shark Mark
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
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METICULOUS 3BR pool home with dock lift and seawall located on sailboat water
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ISLAND LUXURY WITH VIEWS OF GULF! Brand new4BRtownhouse loaded w/extras
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4BR, exquisitelyremodeled w/heated pool Second 1BRhomew/screened lanai $899,900
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YOU CAN'T BEAT THE GORGEOUS VIEWS fromthislovelyfirstfloor unit Open floor plan,
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SUPER SAN REMO SHORES Investment Buy canal front and restore/remodel for
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NORTH BEACH VILLAGE. 2 master suites, updated tile floors & Berber carpet, 4
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sun deck $520,000 Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or447-9988 540640
CAYMAN CAY VILLAS. This 2 BR turnkey condo end unit is located in an Island
neighborhood directly acrossfrom the beach Enjoy peek of the Gulf from your anal
$349,000 Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767 524503
VILLAS BY THE SEA. 1BR condo In Bradenton Beach Updated Interior & exterior
renovations including heated pool,roof,newtropical landscape &turn keyfurnished In a
tropical beach decor $299,000 Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988 537601
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ELEGANT BAYFRONT unit recently designer
renovated. Spacious 2BR/2BA unit with
1,909 sf of living area. Private beach, pool/
spa, resident manager., secured elevator
lobby. Dave Moynihan (941) 778-2246.
GULF VIEWS from this immaculate 2BR
condo. Enjoy the heated pool in tropical
setting or walk across the street to the
sugar-sand beach.Turnkeyfurnished and
ready for rentals or your family Jim Zoff,
941-778-2246. MLS#544099. $415,000.
THE SUN RISES AND SETS HERE! Enjoy
white sand beaches,relaxaroundthepool.
Beautifullydecorated unit offers 2BR/2BA,
covered parking, and great rental history
to offset expenses. Karen Day(941)778-
2246. MLS#543920. $775,000
BUILT IN 2002 Well maintained 3BRIBA, READY FOR THE NEW YEAR, with new CORDOVA LAKES HOME. Nice area close
1,600 sf of living area, open floor plan, air conditioner heat pump and newappli- to shopping and hospital, G.T. Bray park
cathedral ceilings and heated pool. West ances. Near hospital, shopping and G.T. and beaches. New appliances and air
Bradenton location, just a few miles to the Bray park! Harold Small, 941-778-2246. conditioning. Harold Small,941-778-2246.
Gulf Beaches. Dave Moynihan 720-0089 MLS#543632. $249,000. MLS#543630. $249,000.
(941) 778-2246. MLS#543906. $379,500
FABULOUSGULFVIEWSPrimeendfurnished unit offering spa- NORTH WEST BRADENTON Quiet secluded waterfront
ciousiloor plan with eat-inkitchen, breakfastbar,walk-inclosets, community with beach, pool, spa, dock, tennis, clubhouse,
fireplace and two balconies. Dave Moynihan, 941-778-2246. spacious, upgraded, wonderful boating lifestyle. Rick Horton,
MLS#544275. $497,500. 941-778-2246. MLS#533119. $695,000.
BRADENTONBEACHTWO-FAMILYTurnkeyfurnished2BR/1BA ESCAPE TO VILLAS CARISSA! A truly unique lifestyle is
cottage with 1BR/1BA bungalow. Greatfamily retreat or rental found here! Enjoy this luxurious, private enclave with the
property. Walk to shops, beach and more. Anne Miller, 941- timeless, tropical setting that is Anna Maria Island. Each
778-2246. MLS#518824. $825,000. residence has an elevator, private pool and summer kitchen
END UNIT Light, bright, new! 3BR/2BA Hidden Lake condo, too! Gina and Peter Ulianof/he Royal team, 941-761-3100.
minutes from beach,vaulted ceilings, screened lanai, one-car MLS#533139. $1,249,000.
attached garage, lakeview, pool, spa, fitness. Non-evacuation GREAT BAY VIEW GROUND LEVEL CONDO MID-ISLAND
zone. Penny Bray, 941-778-2246. MLS#523475. $359,900. Updated and turnkey furnished Private Gulf entrance with
RESORT IN PARADISE Tropical landscaping surrounds six largestheated pool on Island. Workoutroom andtenniscourts.
charming units steps from beach. Immaculate, family owned, Jim Zoff, 941-778-2246. MLS#541405 $469,900.
and clientele keep coming back. Possible owner financing. EXCEPTIONAL 2BR/2BA direct Gulffront unit with outstanding
Karen Day, 941-778-2246 MLS#529518. $1,650,000. viewsoftheGulf. Totallyrenovated including newkitchen,baths,
BREATHTAKING BAY VIEW! You'll be lured to the water's edge windows, appliances, furnishings and much more. Secured
asyou enter 2BR/2BAplusden. Bright,over 1,400sf. Nosteps elevator, heated pool, tennis court and private garage. Walk
todimb. Pet welcome. Tennis. Heated pool. Lush privatesetting. to shopping and restaurants Dave Moynihan, 941-720-0089.
Joan Oliszewski, 941-761-3100. MLS#543425. $499,900. 941-778-2246. MLS#543586. $819,500.
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35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at 941-778-1730.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island service
since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free estimates,
no overtime charges. Now certifying back flow at water
meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924 or 778-4461.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied
and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable,
many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert. All
phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Thirty years
experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and
prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references. Free
estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor Cover-
ings. 941-792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman,
light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing
and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more. Life-
time warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-home
consultation. Island references, 15 years experience.
941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy Inc.
Retired banker, Island resident, converting life-long hobby
to business. Call 941-705-0275 for free estimates.
IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive distribu-
tor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free, cour-
teous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors. Lic.#
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call
TUB AND TILE refinishing: A division of D.J. Murphy
Painting Inc. Save up to 80 percent over traditional
remodeling costs. Call us with your kitchen and bath
needs. Don't buy new redo! 941-751-1245. Licensed,
certified and insured.
HOME REPAIRS AND improvements: General repairs
and quality renovation, including carpentry, drywall,
tile, paint, even landscaping. Please call Chris, 941-
INTERIOR SURFACE RENOVATION: Drywall, texture,
paint, tile, wall and ceiling repairs, Fred Weingartner,
LICENSED AND INSURED building contractor ready
to help you renovate all aspects of your existing home,
add extensions or build a new home on your lot. We
only do high quality work and are very prompt with our
customers. Call Daniel DeBaun at 941-518-3916.
RESILIENT PROPERTIES AND renovations: Kitch-
ens, bathrooms, tile work, decks, sheetrock, painting
and more. Reliable work start-to-finish. What does your
home need? Free estimates. Call Thomas P. Lass,
GUARANTEED A-1 PAINTING service. Island refer-
ence.Licensed. Call Nick, 941-727-1448.
POOL CLEANING SERVICE: Reliable pool cleaning
service, all chemicals included. Now accepting new
accounts with great monthly rates. Please call Chris,
941-266-7500 or Kimberly, 941-447-9988.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wede-
brock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-749-6665.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR two master
suites-/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to beach.
Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer, garage,
designer furnished with tropical yard setting. One of the
finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly. Call 941-713-
0034 or e-mail: email@example.com.
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA, 1 BR/1 BA
with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi, walk to shops
and restaurants. Available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
901-301-8299 or e-mail 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,
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety,
changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202,
or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JANUARY SPECIAL, HOLMES Beach: 1BR/1BA fully fur-
nished, all utilities included, washer and dryer, one block
to Gulf. $350/week, $1,200/month. 941-721-6090.
MANATEE RIVERFRONT: 2BR/2BA, spectacular views!
Gated, pool, covered parking, security, fitness center.
$1,050/month annual. Call Maria, 941-720-1712.
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.
WATERFRONT: DOCK WITH davits. Short walk to
beach, washer and dryer, carport, storage Quiet loca-
tion. $1,000/month. 727-784-3679. Bradenton Beach.
WINTER RENTALS AVAILABLE: Monthly starting at
$2,000/month. Weekly starting at $625/week. Fran
Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-2307. www.franmaxon-
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA: AIR conditioning, washer and dryer,
water, large pool, cable. Parking only 200 steps to beach.
First and deposit. $950/month. 941-779-1586.
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA balcony, Gulf view. $950/month,
$900 deposit, $50 application fee. 2411 Ave. C., Braden-
ton Beach. Efficiency, $750/month includes utilities. $700
deposit, $50 application fee. 112, 52nd St., No.1, Holmes
Beach. Seasonally, 1 BR 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/1BA. Screened lanai, laundry
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.
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.
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SEASONAL RENTAL: Westbay Point and Moorings. Bay-
front 2BR/2BA, all amenities, close to beach, shopping
and trolley. Sharon, Old Florida Realty, 941-713-9096.
ANNUAL WATERFRONT: 2BR/2BA ground-floor at
Westbay Cove. Tennis, pool, cable, water included.
Sharon, Old Florida Realty, 941-713-9096.
ANNUAL 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 ele-
vated unit, one block to beach. Newly remodeled with
laundry. $575/weekly, $1,975/monthly 941-807-5449.
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. 1 BR/1BA,
new tile and paint, $775/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate,
OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE: 1,200 sf, available Jan.1,
2007. Former Wicked Candle. 8819 Cortez Road. 1-
ISLAND CASTLE: FABULOUS French Normandy
home. 4BR/3BA on best beach and quiet street in
Anna Maria. 941-794-8202.
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH rental. 2BR/2BA,
luxury, furnished, air conditioning, washer and dryer,
dishwasher, cable, Internet access available. Gulf view.
Available until Jan 2. $750/week. 941-778-7741.
SMITH REALTORS: LONGBOAT Key 2BR/12BA
duplex on canal. Newly renovated. 941-778-0770.
www.s mith realtors.com.
NORTH-END DUPLEX: Seasonal or monthly 2BR/2BA,
washer and dryer, two blocks from Gulf. Sleeps six.
$1,800/month. 941-778-7167 or 941-705-0275.
SEASONAL: BRADENTON BEACH. 1BR/1BA, steps
to beach and bay. Close to shopping and trolley. $550/
weekly or $1,800/month plus tax. Call 941-778-7199.
WINTER RENTAL: BRADENTON Beach. 1BR/1BAcondo
on bay, across Gulf Driveto beach. Walkto downtown Bra-
denton Beach. Heated pool, turnkey, cable, dishwasher,
and utilities. Three-month minimum, $1,500/month. No
pets or smoking. 407-877-7866, or email@example.com.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH: Elevated 2BR/2BA
house. New decor. Enclosed garage. Two blocks to
beach. Call 941-713-2150.
DEEP DISCOUNT FOR last-minute travel to beautiful
town of Anna Maria. Quaint Island cottage steps to
NORTHWEST BRADENTON annual rental: Great
2BR/2BA home, one block from Palma Sola Bay. Min-
utes to beaches. $1,300/month plus utilities. Call Mau-
reen at 941-778-0542 or 941-778-0455.
LAKEFRONT, FISHING, ONE bock to beach. Elevated
duplex, enormous 1BR2BA, two-car garage, laundry
area, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Jennaire stove, extra,
extra nice. $1,595/month, yearly 941-962-4933.
ACTIVE 55-PLUS 2BR/2BA annual rental. Heated
pool, clubhouse. $850/month plus utilities. Call Ursula
Stemm of Century 21 Alliance, 941-778-5352.
ANNA MARIA: VERY attractive remodeled house. 150 feet
from Gulf. Several weeks available. Call 941-778-7933.
GULFFRONT: 1 BR, second-floor condo on the beach,
walkto shopping and restaurants. $650/week, $2,400/
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA mobile home. Cortez
area, partially furnished, $750/month plus deposit.
Credit check. Call Mary, 941-778-0755 day, or Marissa,
ANNUAL: PERICO ISLAND 3BR, unfurnished home.
Garage, community pool, tennis courts, clubhouse
and exercise facilities. $1,650/month plus utilities.
Call Adele at An Island Place Realty, 941-779-9320
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club rental available for Janu-
ary and February 2007/08. Totally remodeled unit,
nonsmoking. Two-week minimum. 813-781-7562.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA: Secluded,
fenced yard, separate locked storage. $850/month
includes water, sewer and trash pick up. First and
ANNA MARIA WATERFRONT: Annual 1BR/1BA,
$850/month including water and garbage. 941-778-
2113. 510-B South Drive.
HOLMES BEACH: Annual 2BR/1BA, large yard, steps
to beach, convenient. $875/month including garbage
and yard service. 941-778-2113.
MIRROR LAKE: NEXT to IMG Academy. Sensational
2BR/2BA condo tastefully furnished overlooking lake.
Washer and dyer, cable and DSL. Jan. 15-Feb. 15
$2,500. Feb. 15-March 15 $2,800. March 15-April 15
ANNUAL RENTAL: Brand-new 3BR/2BA, Wisteria
Park. Maintenance-free living. Community pool, cable
and internet, lanai, washer and dryer, two-car garage.
$1,975/month. Northwest Bradenton. 802-295-7613.
HOLMES BEACH 1 BR/1BA apartment. Close to bay,
includes water, trash, cable, high-speed Internet, washer
and dryer. $795/month. Available Jan 15. 941-813-4900.
TWO BAYFRONT SUPER nice apartments avail-
able. See at http://www.webspawner.com/users/
$1,050/month. 941-779-9357 or 305-803-4131. 201
S. Bay, Anna Maria.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1 BR/1 BA
or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walkto beach, shopping, restau-
rants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH large 3BR/2BA duplex.
$1,000/month. First, last and security. 941-778-7812.
WATERFRONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA open-plan with
great views of Tampa Bay Canalfront, walking distance
to beach and restaurants. $739,000. 941-779-1512.
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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,
3BR/2BA: One bedroom used as a den/office/play-
room, enclosed lanai, tiled with carpeted bedrooms.
1,400 sf, county water/sewer, citrus trees, near Brent-
wood school in Sarasota. Reduced to $274,900.941 -
379-4196 or 941-954-7474.
CPR: COASTAL PROPERTIES Realty needs proper-
ties to rent: E-mail:suzanne@coastalpropertiesrealty.
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,
feared. $539,000.215 71st St., Holmes Beach. (941)
ALMOST ISLAND HOME: Adorable 1BR/1BA. Brand
new furnished, bay windows with water view. Hurricane
Force-3 manufactured home. One mile from Anna
Maria Island and one block from Intracoastal Water-
way with new marina and boat ramp. Land owned.
Home owner's association optional. $159,900. 941-
Licensed Real Estate Brdcer
Kimberly Roehl, P.A.
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value. Two master
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Berber carpet, four
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ISLANDER'S RETREAT: 2BR Gulfwatch
condo that is comfortably decorated and
turnkey furnished encouraging relaxing
Island lifestyle Attractive rental policy or
ideal for your own beach oasis $374,900
ortun inmT uEn: Encnanting ana meticu-
lous describes this beachfront complex and
the location of this 2BR turnkey furnished
condo that has front-seat views of the pool
and spa $700,000
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water views from this updated, large 4BR maintainedandupgradedhomewith canal
duplex with an open floor plan, bamboo views from most rooms that is ideal for
floors and multiple decks including a roof waterfront living New dock, 10,0001b
deck with endless possibilities $709,900 lift $559,000
GREENFIELDPLANTATION2-3BRmain- RUNAWAY BAY CONDOS -
tenance-freehomein'move-in'condition sold turnkey furnished, 2BR/
Features include all appliances, ceramic updated, heated pool, tennis co
tile, home warranty provided and com- fishing pier on the bay, deeded b
munitypool and recreation facilities with access and weekly rentals permit
close proximity to 1-75 $243,900 $379,000-$429,000
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$569,000 furnished Ideal investment opport
4400 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton 941.748.6300
TRIPLEX: IDEAL LOCATIONWITH greatappeal. Beau-
tifully updated and maintained, new roof, turnkey fur-
nished. Beach access just steps away, bay views, boat
dock, ample parking, great income rental. Room for a
pool. Convenient to restaurants and shopping. $875,000.
111 8th St. S., Bradenton Beach. Bridget Spies, ReMax
Properties, 941-308-6763. MSL# 313022.
WEST BRADENTON: OPEN noon-4pm Sunday. Six
months condo fees paid! Free-standing, private three-
bedroom upgraded condo with two-car garage, new
lanai. Call for details, 941-792-0763. $309,900. 5605
Whipporwill Ct. off 59th Street West, Tanglewood.
OPEN HOUSE: 1-4pm Sunday: New home, 3,746 sf
3-4BR/3BA, granite/cherry kitchen, three screened
verandas. $829,000. Horizon Realty, 941-725-7000.
303 58th St., Holmes Beach.
UPDATED 3BR/2BA: 1,560 sf, tastefully furnished and
decorated, sold turnkey. For sale by owner. Buyer's
agents, 3 percent. Reduced to $585,000. 813-818-
8314. 8104 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. www.boh-
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. $885,000. 941-704-7729.
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AVAILABLE VACATION RENTALS IN HOLMES BEACH
2BR/2BA Gulffront condo with pool. S3,000/month.
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NEW LAKEFRONT CONDOS: Low $300s. Minutes
to beach, no flood, evacuation zone. Hidden Lake
Real Estate, 941-761-0444. www.HiddenLakeCon-
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 cov-
ered parking. View of bay from large covered porch.
Only two blocks to Gulf, great neighborhood. $350,000.
FOR SALE BY owner: Deep-water canal ranch,
$550,000. Nicely remodeled with granite countertops,
tile flooring, and more. Call ScottWheeler at 614-207-
7878, or e-mail email@example.com.
BY OWNER: 2BR/1.5BA condo. Bath and kitchen need
update. $399,999.863-412-2612. www.cflrealestateo-
nline.com/condo. 5400 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
BRADENTON BEACH BY owner: 2BR/2BA end unit
with full Gulf views. Kitchen has stainless-steel appli-
ances, granite counters, nice turnkey furnished. Two
large balconies. Amenities include boat docks, tennis
court, pool with spa. $629,000. 941-388-5238.
DIRECT WATERFRONT: Latchkey. 65A Cortez Park,
Avenue D. 941-779-CAIN.
LOT: 57.75X114 FEET. One block from beach.
$520,000. Call 941-779-4505 or 941-778-4246. 125
Neptune Lane, Holmes Beach.
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.
3] Call Laura McGeary
Colvdwel Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc
(941) 713 4755 (800) 771604
SANDYPOINE: Impeccably maintained
2BR/2BA condo in central Holmes
Beach within walking distance to shops,
restaurants, and the beach! No rental
restrictions make this condo an instant
income producer. Heated pool, covered
parking, storage, washer dryer, and new
water heater! Don't wait come see this
tatefully done unit today! $329,900.
149 CRESCENT Great
a e floor plan, new windows,
kitchen wa redone recently
private back yard with many
fruit trees and room for a
pool Just short walk to the
bay or beach! Can join HOA
for dockage. $569,000.
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BRADENTON BEACH MOBILE home: Bay view
updated, cozy 1BR in the Pines Park. Turnkey fur-
nished, boat slip included. $45,000. 941-962-8220.
NON-EVACUATION/NON-flood area: 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage. Village Green, quiet street, min-
utes to beaches, shopping, doctors, hospitals.
Tile floors, bedrooms carpeted, screened lanai.
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
ISLAND HOME REDUCED: For sale by owner. Holmes
Beach 3BR, deep-water canal, pool, boat dock, many
upgrades. $799,000. Call 941-778-6474.
RENT-TO-OWN: 2BR1BA, west Bradenton, newly
remodeled. $995/month. www.44smart.com. 941-
BEST DEAL ON Holmes Beach, hands down. Divorce
forces quick sale at $399,000. Adorable beach duplex
sold turnkey furnished. Good rental history with ten-
ants in place. Updated with ceramic tile, new kitchen
cabinets and low-maintenance landscape. Call Karen
Neal at L.Wells Realty, 941-737-7653.
GULFFRONT LOTS: $595,000. Homes starting mid-
$300s. New master-planned oceanfront community on
beautiful Mustang Island, near Corpus Christi, Texas.
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WYOMING RANCH DISPERSAL: 35 acres, $49,900;
75 acres, $95,900. Snow-capped mountain views.
Surrounded by government land. Abundant wildlife.
Recreational paradise. Low taxes. E-Z terms. Call Utah
Ranches LLC. 888-541-5263.
NORTH 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
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN-view lot. Top views
start at $50,000. Amenities include club, pool, eques-
trian facilities, hiking trails and high-speed Internet.
One-half to 3.5 acre sites. www.highlandmountain-
properties.com. Call 888-625-8950 today!
GREAT FLORIDA REAL estate auction: 38-plus prop-
erties at auction. Many selling absolute, regardless of
price. Houses, condos, farms, acreage, commercial,
health food store, marina, building lots, duplexes! All
to be sold Jan. 13-Jan.17. Visit www.CampenAuc-
tions.com for details or call Ben Campen Auctioneers.
352-505-0560 or 866-633-4460. Licensed real estate
broker. AU201 AB2118.
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.
2,000 FEET OF LARGE trout creek. Two large barns,
22 acres, $349,900. Great horse farm, private trout
stream. Great low rate, long-term financing. Call owner
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
Kathy Caserta (941) 778-4364 Fax
Realtor, GRI, CRS 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
(941) 778-6943 Home
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NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Log cabin shell on
mountain top, view, trees, waterfall and large public
lake nearby, paved private access, gated community,
$139,500. Owner, 866-789-8535.
RARE! DIRECT NATIONAL forest frontage. 17 acres,
$199,900. Five minutes to Appalachian Trail. Big
mountain views. Heavily forested, mature hardwoods.
Access to private, stocked trout stream. Call immedi-
ately Only one. 877-777-4837.
COASTAL GEORGIA: NEW, pre-construction golf
community. Large lots and condos with deep water,
marsh, golf, nature views. Gated, golf, fitness center,
tennis, trails, docks. $70s-$300,000. 877-266-7376.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Winter season is
here! Must see beautiful, peaceful western North Car-
olina mountains, homes, cabins, acreage and invest-
ments. Cherokee Mountain Realty GMAC Real Estate.
cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call for free brochure,
EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY All real estate advertis-
ing herein is subject to the Fair Housing Act, which makes it
illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination
based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status
or national origin, or intention to make any such preference,
limitation or discrimination Familial status includes children
under age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, preg-
nant women and people securing custody of children under
18.This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising
for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are
hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspa-
per are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain
of discrimination call HUD toll-free at (800) 669-9777, for the
hearing impaired (0) (800) 543-8294.
CANALFRONT HOME with WATERFRONTCONDO Light, SHOREWALK2BR/2BAcondo,
no bridges to Gulf. Walking bright, ground floor, 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished. Two pools,
distance to the beach. Close end unit. Heated pool, tennis two lighted tennis courts, bas-
to shopping and restaurants, court. Close to the beach. ketball, shuffleboard and club-
$619,000. $389,000. house. $175,000-179,900. Piroska Planck
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