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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
don't quit yet
You've done it again, Islanders surpassed the
challenge posed by Chuck and Joey Lester and then
some, and there's still time to donate to the cause.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center build-
ing fund is richer by $107,215, and the Lesters' wallet
slimmer by $50,000. And loving it.
They challenged the Island to come up with $50,000
in donations, which the Lesters would match to give the
Center a large boost in its rebuilding program.
Islanders tried, but partly because the challenge
started late this year, didn't make the Dec. 31, 2006
deadline. So the Lesters, persistent in their generosity,
extended the deadline for 15 days. Islanders and friends
came through, building the fund by $57,215 by the end
of last week.
With the Lesters' $50,000, that puts the total above
$107,000 and counting. We still have until Jan. 15, next
Monday, to add to the spectacular total. Send or bring
your donation to AMICC, PO. Box 253, Anna Maria
34216, or phone the newspaper at 778-7978 or the
Center at 778-1908 for information.
Public invited to
discuss parking in
By Paul Roat
Parking issues in Bradenton Beach will come to a
head Jan. 17 at a "town hall meeting" in which all are
invited to offer their thoughts on the matter.
The issue is far from new for the city. Officials
have long wrestled with where to put cars, how long
those cars should be allowed to park, if there should be
a charge for that parking, and how or if more parking
areas should be designated and, if so, where and who
should or would fund them.
The recent spate of debate began about 10 years
ago, when city commissioners approved a "zero-park-
ing" land-use designation for Bridge Street. The mea-
sure allowed businesses to decline from offering park-
ing spaces for patrons as an incentive to draw develop-
ment to what was then something of a wasteland as far
as commercial growth goes.
As commerce came to the area, though, parking
became a problem. The pier restaurant became a boom-
ing business, bringing customers to the area which
some claimed took up all adjoining parking spaces from
Parking meters were discussed a few years later,
but dropped from consideration.
Timed parking was also discussed, dropped, then
instituted in an attempt to keep business employees
from taking all-day advantage of the increasingly valu-
The city then purchased a lot between Bridge
Street and First Street North for parking, but the issue
The matter resurfaced last November as commis-
sioners held a public hearing on pier restaurant renova-
tion plans. About 60 people packed city hall to laud the
commission on the pier renovation plans new res-
taurant, rest room facilities, dockmaster-tourism kiosk
and other amenities but blasted the small amount of
PLEASE SEE PARKING, NEXT PAGE
Kicks with kites
Vacationer John Mutter, 7, of Grayslake, Ill., sends
his dragon kite 200feet into the sky. John and his
sister Jackie, 4, (inset) spent the last of their winter
holiday in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Volume 15, No. 10 Jan. 10, 2007 FREE
By Diana Bogan
Tom Levengood has been appointed by Mana-
tee County School District Superintendent Dr. Roger
Dearing to become the new principal for Anna Maria
Levengood is currently the principal at Bayshore
Elementary School on 26th Street in Bradenton.
AME principal Kathy Hayes announced in Novem-
ber she will be the new principal at the yet-to-open Gullet
Elementary School at Lakewood Ranch effective Feb. 1.
And Levengood is due to start his new assignment
on Anna Maria Island on Feb. 1.
"I loved my time at Bayshore, but I've always felt
that after you've been at one place more than 10 years,
it's a good idea to make a change," he said. "I spent nine
years as a fourth-grade teacher at Palma Sola and I then
switched to teaching first-grade. That move really caused
me to renew my energies for the new challenge."
Tim Kolbe, former principal at AME prior to Hayes
appointment in March 2003 and now district director of
elementary schools, said, "Tom has an excellent track
record as a principal and we believe he'll be a great fit
for the job at Anna Maria."
The school district's application process allows
other principals within the district who wish to make
a "lateral" move to apply, and Dearing to make an
appointment from those applicants, prior to the com-
mittee selection process.
Although a principal selection committee was
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Sand pile draws condo owners' ire
By Lisa Neff
A complaint on behalf of 244 property owners at
Westbay Point & Moorings and Shell Point seeks the
relocation of the staging area for the Key Royale Bridge
and Holmes Beach dredging projects.
The complaint, received at Holmes Beach City Hall
Jan. 4, was signed by Jon R. Lindwall, treasurer of the
Westbay Point & Moorings Community Association,
and H. William Gallagher, president of the Shell Point
As the complaint was on its way to city hall, Holmes
Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger was already acting to
address residents' concerns.
"I have directed our city public works department
to take measures to screen the area from view and to
plant vegetation and shrubbery to serve as a natural
screen," Bohnenberger said.
"I hope these measures will make the situation less
offensive," the mayor continued.
Complaints about the area are not new and con-
cerns were discussed briefly by city commissioners at
their last meeting in 2006.
But the new year began with the new complaint.
The complaint stated that 200 Westbay Point &
Moorings owners and 44 Shell Point owners "vehe-
mently protest the continued existence of the unsightly
mess adjacent to the basketball court.
"As you know, the mess referred to is the assort-
PLEASE SEE SAND, NEXT PAGE
Name that quilt
The Eyeland Needlers pic-
tured are quilt designers Joan
Pettigrew and Penny Rein-
holz recently put the quilt
they created to benefit the
Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center on display at the
Island Branch Library. Until
Jan. 24, people can enter
a "name the quilt" contest
at the library, 5701 Marina
Drive. The winner receives
50 tickets to a drawing for
the quilt, which takes place
March 17 during the Center's
Tour of Homes. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
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Principal named at AME
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formed prior to the school district's winter vacation,
the committee had not yet met.
Dearing told The Islander that this occurs when
only one of the applicants is an existing district princi-
pal in good standing, as is the case with Levengood's
appointment to AME.
Levengood has been principal at Bayshore Elemen-
tary for 12 1/2 years and he has been a fixture in the
Manatee County education system for more than 30
years. Prior to his post at Bayshore Elementary, Lev-
engood was an assistant principal for one year each at
Daughtry and Moody Elementary schools.
Closer to the Island, Levengood was a teacher at
Palma Sola Elementary School for 17 years, and his
wife, Becky, is AME's reading coach. They have three
Levengood earned his bachelor's degree in elementary
education from William Jennings Bryan College in Dayton,
Tenn., and a master's degree in education leadership from
Nova Southeastern University at Fort Lauderdale.
Parking meeting Jan. 17
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Mayor John Chappie vowed to establish a parking
committee to address the issue. The upcoming town
hall meeting on parking was the result.
Chappie said last week that he had retained the ser-
vices of profession plannerAlan Garrett to facilitate the
meeting, or meetings, and prepare a report to the city
commission based on the comments from the public.
Garrett is a consultant to Anna Maria City on planning
matters and is familiar with the Island, Chappie said.
The Jan. 17 meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at city
hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. For further information, call
Sand piles upsets neighbors
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ment of sand piles, piles of lumber, various pieces of
equipment, vehicles and other miscellaneous items nor-
mally associated with a construct site."
The material is related to two ongoing projects
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Lindwall, in an interview Jan. 5, said, "We're looking
for it to be completely taken out of there. If anybody's
got any ideas we certainly would appreciate them."
The residents expressed concerns that the staging
area may negatively impact real estate values and sales.
They also expressed concern for the health and
safety of people, specifically athletes on the nearby
basketball and tennis courts and recreation field and
children tempted to play on the sand and equipment.
"We understand that such a site is necessary to the
satisfactory completion of the projects," the complaint
read. "It is, however, strongly suggested that the city
consider an alternate location for this clearly necessary
Bohnenberger said "the good news is the bridge
project is expected to be completed within the next
six months" but the "not so good news is the city is
expected to be dredging for the next five years."
The mayor also said the city lacks an alternate site
for the staging area. "This area is the only city-owned
open land that is not dedicated for some recreational
use," he said.
Like the property owners, Bohnenberger said he'd
like to hear ideas for a solution.
"Nobody wants it in their backyards," the mayor
said. "I understand that they are not happy. If somebody
has a piece of land to donate...."
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Insurance: Rep. Reagan now favors expanding wind pool
By Molly McCartney
There's a good chance that the special state legisla-
tive session convening in Tallahassee next week will
make it possible for more of Anna Maria Island's com-
mercial property owners to obtain wind insurance.
That is the thinking of state Rep. Ron Reagan, a
Republican who represents eastern Manatee County
and who has just been named to a key position as chair-
man of the House Insurance Committee.
He believes a majority of the Florida Legislature
now favors expansion of the state-designated "wind
pool," a zone that extends landward from the coast and
varies county to county throughout Florida's waterfront.
Property inside the wind pool is eligible for wind cover-
age from Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state's
insurer of last resort.
Reagan says he supports expanding the wind pool,
which extends landward from the Gulf of Mexico in
Sarasota County to Interstate 75, but only extends 1,000
feet landward on Anna Maria Island.
That is a remarkable turnaround from the spring of
2006, when Reagan cast a critical vote against legisla-
tion proposed by state Rep. Bill Galvano, who repre-
sents western Manatee, and who has been a leader in
the effort to find solutions to the insurance crisis over
availability and affordability.
The Galvano amendment to expand the wind pool
failed by one vote, 56-57.
As a result of that legislative defeat, the only Anna
Maria Island homes and businesses eligible for wind
coverage from Citizens are those within 1,000 feet of
the Gulf shoreline. Those properties outside the wind
pool have either gone without wind insurance or paid
thousands of additional dollars for coverage from
unregulated surplus lines carriers.
Churches have also been affected. Wind cover-
age for Roser Memorial Community Church was can-
celed in May. The church is outside the wind pool and
doesn't qualify for Citizens. An unregulated surplus
carrier offered the church a wind policy for $225,000,
but Roser could not afford the premium and had to go
bare without wind insurance.
Reagan, an insurance agent for more than two
decades, explained the change in his philosophy about
the wind pool expansion in a Jan. 4 interview with The
"My belief before was that the state should not be
in the insurance business," Reagan said. "It is a function
best handled by private enterprise and capitalism.
"But the reality is that the state is in the insurance
business," he said, because private enterprise has failed to
provide the insurance needed by homeowners and busi-
nesses in all parts of the state, "from the east coast to the
west coast, and from the south up to the Panhandle."
As a result, Reagan said, he now thinks the state has
a responsibility to provide the insurance products that
people need. "If that is wind insurance on the Island,
then let's do wind insurance on the Island," he said. "If
it is wind insurance for the entire state of Florida, then
let's do that. Have I changed my belief about this? Yes,
no question about it."
Reagan said he thinks a majority of the members
of the Legislature agree with him and his new point of
"I believe a lot of [legislators] have the same phi-
losophy I have now," he said. "They didn't want us in
the insurance business before, but now that we recog-
nize that we are in it, we need to provide it."
Reagan's position as insurance chair
As chair of the Florida House Insurance Commit-
tee, Reagan expects to spend this week, Jan. 8-12, in
Tallahassee, working on a package of legislation for
the special session.
'"There may be four or five bills to cover the differ-
ent areas, as opposed to one huge package," he said.
Package one, he said, would be expansion of the
wind pool. Other packages will focus on reinsurance,
mitigation, and the Florida-only subsidiaries known
as the pups and the cherry-picking practices that Gov.
Charlie Crist has opposed.
The governor campaigned against cherry-picking,
promising to require companies to write home insur-
ance with wind coverage in Florida if they also write
home insurance with wind coverage in other states.
Does Reagan agree with the governor's concept?
"Not really," Reagan said. "I have a problem telling
State Rep. Ron Reagan, an insurance agent who represents clients from an office in eastern Manatee County,
says that legislators are "political animals" who will look for solutions to the state insurance crisis on the
middle ground between what consumers want and what companies want. Islander Photo: Molly McCartney
companies what they have to do in Florida. I understand
why he is saying that, but I don't see how we can do it. I
don't know how you can force a business to do that."
An insurance agent since 1980, Reagan works at
the Lakewood Ranch office of MGA Insurance Ser-
vices. The agency handles a wide range of insurance
lines, including homes, businesses and boats.
Has Reagan heard from the companies he repre-
sents, now that he is preparing for the special session
and heading one of the key insurance committees?
"I have chatted with them," he said, "and I met
with two of them in Tallahassee. I have asked them
for their advice as well. We have to strike a balance
between complete and total regulation of the industry
and deregulation of the industry.
"Six states have gone to deregulation and in the long
run competition took care of pricing and they now have
very affordable prices and competitive prices. But short
run, prices have a tendency to spike until the competi-
tion comes in. I don't think we in Florida are in a posi-
tion where we can go to total deregulation. We can't do
it. I don't think we need to over-regulate either.
"What I hear from the companies is that Florida
is one of the most difficult states to deal with when it
comes to regulation. So if we want to encourage com-
panies to come to the state take this exposure we
need to make it attractive to them to do it.
"The reality is that we will have to come up some-
where in the middle."
Balancing companies against consumers
Asked to explain how he can balance the needs of
his work as an insurance agent against the needs of the
people who elected him to the Legislature, Reagan gave
"There is no question but that we need to look out
for the consumers in the state of Florida. I have been
looking out for my personal clients for 26 years. In
the past, it was easier when I had multiple companies
to look at for the best coverage at the best price. That
Anna Maria sunshine
meeting Jan. 11
Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye will conduct
a meeting on Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine
Law at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Anna Maria
City Hall for all elected officials.
While the city's mayor and commissioners are
obligated to attend, members of city boards, city staff
and the public are also invited.
The Sunshine Law meeting in Anna Maria is a
court-ordered requirement following a successful law-
suit by The Islander newspaper several years ago.
luxury doesn't exist anymore.
"So we as the state of Florida, if we are in the insur-
ance business, which we are, we have consumers in this
state who are being hurt by increasing premiums. And
we are going to have to do something. Does that mean
we reach into the pocketbook of Florida, pay for the
subsidies, pay for the assessments? You know what?
If that is what we need to do, fine, I will go along with
that and I will accept that.
"And if that reeks of socialism, well, I tell you
what, it is the proper thing to look at to protect the
people of Florida. It is their tax dollars at work. So let's
take some of the tax dollars if that means helping out
and making sure that people can stay in their houses,
then fine, I am willing to do that.
"Long term I don't believe in that philosophy, but
short term, I am willing to do that."
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.
Jan. 16, 6:45 p.m., environmental education and
enhancement committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Jan. 11, 2 p.m., city commission work meeting.
Jan. 11, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Jan. 17, 5 p.m., town hall meeting on parking.
Jan. 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Jan. 10, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Jan. 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Jan. 16, 3:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
Jan. 17, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Government offices in Anna Maria City and Braden-
ton Beach will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, for Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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GSR principal faces $10 million more in legal woes
By Rick Catlin
While GSR Development LLC may have gotten off
the financial hook at least temporarily by filing
for company bankruptcy in federal court on July 13,
2006, legal woes continue to mount for GSR's princi-
pals, particularly Robert Byrne.
Since the bankruptcy petition was initiated last
July, Byrne has been slapped personally with a total of
$9.884 million in law suits and legal actions filed with
the Manatee County Circuit Court.
Byrne has been named in 16 separate mortgage
foreclosures or civil suits filed since July 13, while
GSR partner Steve Noriega has been listed in four of
those actions. Most of the complaints allege that Byrne
and/or Noriega gave personal guarantees on loans and
mortgages acquired for various properties that were
outside the realm of GSR's real estate empire. GSR's
third partner, Ed Furfey, was named in one of the fil-
The largest amount Byme allegedly owes is for a
$1.05 million mortgage default. That action was filed
Dec. 29, while the smallest claim is for $100,000, filed
on Dec. 7 by Chief Management LLC.
GSR's rapidly diminishing real estate empire took
another blow Dec. 12 when First Victoria Bank filed a
civil action against Byrne and Noriega for $456,557.92
for failing to make payments on the company's Piper
Cheyenne twin-engine aircraft. According to court
documents, the men gave personal guarantees for the
monthly payments. The aircraft is currently grounded
at a Fernandina Beach airport.
When GSR initiated its bankruptcy petition, it
claimed assets of $44 million against liabilities of $33
million, but alleged it was prevented from completing its
major housing projects because of a lawsuit filed against
Byme, Noriega and GSR by Furfey. The bankruptcy
also noted some $6 million in unsecured claims.
Byrne and Noriega have presented financial state-
ments claiming a net worth of $33 million and $22
million respectively, according to former employees
involved in some of the real estate transactions in which
Byrne and Noriega gave personal guarantees.
According to at least one lawyer involved in the
case, Byrne and Noriega's standard tactic to get a
high-amount mortgage on a property was to purchase
the property at one price, then have it immediately re-
appraised for a much higher value.
All too eager to cash in on the burgeoning Island
real estate market from 2003 to 2005, banks, mortgage
More GSR property for sale
This canalfront home owned by GSR Development LLC at 403 S. Bay Blvd. in Anna Maria has been approved
for sale by the federal bankruptcy court in Tampa, but with an April 1 deadline. The minimum asking price is
$750,000, according to a court order signed by Judge K. Rodney May. The proceeds would be used to pay off a
mortgage with Freedom Bank, not GSR creditors. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
companies and even personal financiers would accept
the new appraisal figure without question and supply a
mortgage on the property in excess of what was origi-
That method worked all well and good until the
Island real estate market collapsed in 2006, and the
steady 20 to 30 percent annual increase in property
values that was seen during the boom years came to a
screeching halt. Prices started to fall rather than climb,
and real estate developers who had failed to sell of
some of their holdings during the boom found them-
selves with a heavy debt, no cash flow, and over-mort-
gaged properties that couldn't be sold even to pay off
Attorney Joe Fritz, who represented Mel and Carol
Yudofsky of Holmes Beach in their action against
Noriega over a Bradenton Beach condominium they
own, claimed that's essentially what Noriega did when
he obtained a $980,000 mortgage on a condo appraised
for $1 million. The Yudofsky's won their case and
Noriega was evicted two weeks ago.
Not all of the GSR news, however, is grim. At least
one investor holding the standard personal guarantee
from both Byrne and Noriega has been paid.
According to court documents, former Island resi-
dent and food server Cynthia Graeff's claim against
Byrne and Noriega was satisfied on Dec. 22. Graeff
had won judgment against the men in September 2006
for failing to pay back the $25,000 she had invested in
GSR under a personal guarantee by both Noriega and
Graeff had saved the money for her son's college
education during the 10-plus years she worked on the
Island at various restaurants and establishments.
Phillips tapped for project.program manager post
By Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach has a new department head
who is very familiar with city government.
Former city commissioner and vice mayor
Lisa Marie Phillips was unanimously approved
for the position of project-program manager last
Thursday by city commissioners. She will begin
her job "almost immediately," according to Mayor
John Chappie, who nominated her to the post.
"I'm really excited," Phillips said. "I love this
She was elected to the city commission three
years ago, serving in Ward 2. She did not seek re-
election last year.
The project-program manager job is described as
one in which the manager will "supervise and manage
activities of project engineers, contractors and consul-
tants, provide direction during the planning, engineer-
ing, design, land acquisition and construction phases of
assigned projects to assure a quality project is produced
in a timely and cost-effective manner, and work directly
with local, state and federal agencies to plan, organize and
coordinate the writing of specific grant applications."
"Lisa Marie knows the system," Chappie said.
"She knows how to write grants and is familiar with
the Waterfronts Florida Program."
She will be paid $45,000 a year. Chappie said
that salary was less than the advertised range of
$47,000 to $49,000, but due to a lack of some
experience in some areas he believed the lower
figure was appropriate and could be raised after a
90-day probationary period.
Phillips is a 30-year resident of Bradenton
Beach and has three children. She is a 1980 Man-
atee High School graduate, and has a bachelor's
degree from the University of Florida.
She replaces Dottie Poindexter, who founded
the position several years ago and left last October,
citing work stress.
Trial in Cortez killing delayed until at least March
By Lisa Neff
The trial of Tammy Lynn George, accused of
murder in the first homicide of 2006, has been delayed
until at least March.
George, 44, is charged with second-degree murder
in the stabbing death of Mimi Marie Pace, 42, who was
found lying in a pool of blood in her Sunny Shores
mobile home on Jan. 2, 2006.
A trial date had been set for one year to that date
- Jan. 2, 2007. But during a docket sounding to review
the status of the case in late December, George's attor-
ney requested a continuance and filed a waiver of a
speedy trial. Public Defender Steven A. Schaefer is
Another docket sounding is scheduled for Feb. 26
and a trial by jury is tentatively scheduled for the week
of March 5 at the Manatee County Courthouse.
The next two months, according to court records,
will be spent partly taking depositions.
George was arrested at the scene of the killing and,
allegedly before she was given her Miranda warning,
confessed. "I stuck her and twisted it all around,"
George allegedly told law enforcement officers, accord-
ing to court records.
Court documents detail the morning of Pace's death,
beginning with Pace andherboyfriend, Scott Conklin, moving
from another residence at Sunny Shores into George's home
in the 3700 block of 115th Street Court West.
Pace, Conklin and George were in George's home
that day, arranging possessions. Conklin left at about 10
a.m. to retrieve some items from the previous residence,
leaving Pace and George alone.
He was sent back to George's home by a neighbor
who reported hearing screams.
Conklin tried to get into the home, then looked
through the bedroom window and saw Pace on the floor.
He entered through the window and called Pace's name,
but she didn't respond.
In the bedroom, authorities found blood scattered
and beside Pace's body, a bloody kitchen knife and
Authorities maintain that George grabbed a knife
and stabbed Pace multiple times. An autopsy report
indicated Pace suffered 75 stab wounds.
By Lisa Neff
Gretchen Johansen walked across the parking
lot of the Anna Maria Island Centre unaware of her
close proximity to the undeveloped, protected property
known as Grassy Point.
"I didn't know that was much more than a line of
brush and trees," the Bradenton Beach seasonal resident
said on a recent weekday morning as she looked beyond
the traffic on East Bay Drive. "What's back there?"
Fishing enthusiasts, birders, walkers and conserva-
tionists who frequent the area north of Mike Norman
Real Estate off East Bay drive and south of Sandy Point
condos can answer that question. Herons, osprey, peli-
cans, vultures, fish at high tide, raccoons and squirrels
can be found.
Another question might be what will be "back
there" some day after restoration and re-vegetation
involving the city of Holmes Beach, the Sarasota Bay
Estuary Program and vested agencies at the state and
Work is under way to secure the government per-
mits to remove invasive non-native plants and to restore
the natural Florida habitat at Grassy Point so it can
become a mangrove colony and sanctuary for Florida
The project manager, Gary Raulerson, of Sarasota
Bay Estuary Program, expects the permitting process
to be complete within the next month.
"What we're doing, it isn't a lengthy process,"
The review period for federal and state agencies,
including with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
might be longer if the project involved mitigation of
wetlands, but it doesn't, he said. The project involves
restoration, not development.
The project is on schedule, with the earthwork
likely to be completed this summer, Raulerson added.
"Restoration activities will ... improve tidal
circulation and re-establish natural hydroperiods,"
according to a project outline from the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service. "Restoration will eliminate
non-native plant species, thus contributing to the
recovery of natural mangrove, salt marsh and sea-
grass communities. It is believed that the loss of
these vital habitats and associated declines in water
quality have resulted in reduced fisheries in Sarasota
Bay. It is estimated that Sarasota Bay is approxi-
mately 50 percent as productive as historically docu-
mented. The future of the bay's fisheries depends
on the community's ability to restore and enhance
wetlands and seagrass habitats and restore water
The Grassy Point project is part of the comprehen-
sive five-year habitat restoration plan SBEP created in
2003 to restore intertidal and submerged aquatic habi-
tats and create artificial fishery habitat.
The city, using state funds, purchased large portions
of Grassy Point in 2000.
The city commission in November 2006 authorized
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an agreement between the city and SBEP that set forth
how the project should proceed, including funding.
SBEP came up with 50 percent of the $80,000 needed
for the first phase of the project, including $10,000 from
the U.S. Interior Department's Fish and Wildlife Ser-
vice. Holmes Beach included the remaining $40,000 in
its fiscal 2006-07 budget. About $30,000 of the funds
will be used for permitting and planning and $50,000
for exotic removal, habitat restoration and mainte-
Commissioners have said they hope Grassy Point
could be similar to the larger Leffis Key/Coquina Bay-
walk preserve in Bradenton Beach.
"We're fortunate to have that area preserved on the
Island," said Holmes Beach City Commissioner David
Zaccagnino. 'That's what the whole Island used to be,
but there isn't much left. So I'm thrilled."
Zaccagnino said the preserved area is one of his
favorite fishing spots.
Johansen said maybe Grassy Point will become one
of her favorite thinking spots.
"We do have to cherish what we have left," she
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Community Center Capital Campaign. And your contribution is tax deductible.
The Center provides a critical human service need on the Island and provided more than
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6 H JAN. 10, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
We've done it again, and in this instance we only
have ourselves to thank. Again.
Through the largess of Joey and Chuck Lester and
many Islanders the Anna Maria Island Community
Center has again received more than $100,000 in needed
funding. The Lesters have offered to match up to $50,000
for many years as a challenge to make the most of their
dollars and bring the community into the "giving."
The Islander has partnered with the Lesters and the
Center each year, bringing the challenge to its readers,
and again we've met their match, this time exceeding
the goal by some $7,000. With still a few more days to
go before the Jan. 15 deadline, it is hoped more folks
will help this vital community agency a bit more.
This year's funding is committed to the building
fund, but generous Islanders have also added some
$30,000 to the endowment fund during the challenge.
What with the ongoing construction and costs asso-
ciated with any new building project, every penny will
count this year even more than in the past. Hey, pitch
in and help, OK? You've got until Jan. 15 to make your
Speaking of challenges ...
There's an old saw about a blivet 10 pounds of
whatever in a 5-pound bag. You imagine the overflow
of ... whatever.
Present parking problems summon up that image.
We' ve had more than our fair share of fun in the
past few years as we observed the city of Anna Maria
wrestling with its parking problem (and joking that it
predated internal combustion vehicles). It was cussed
and discussed for decades until an agreement was
reached not too long ago.
The focus is now directed to the southern end of
the Island, as Bradenton Beach officials, residents and
businesses wrestle with solutions to cram too many cars
into a finite space.
Officials have said they want to bring the matter to
a head lickity-quick. Parking solutions will be thrashed
and proffered, they say, in a process beginning next
week with a town hall meeting. Discussin' and cussin'
How about a 20-story parking garage a great pivot
point for a high, mega-span bridge to Longboat Key.
More to the point of reality, though, is what we
hope will be some realistic concepts to deal with park-
ing vehicles. Park and ride on the trolley? Cheap bike
rentals? More scooters? Golf carts? The oft-dreamed
water taxi? Off-site parking lots and trams? More public
parking lots, price be damned?
The important element of the exercise, though, is
the lessen that we hope has been learned from Anna
Maria City: Don't wait until cars are obsolete to figure
out where to park them.
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SLICK A ringer for the Center By Egan
We are so very glad to hear Tom Levengood is
coming to Anna Maria Elementary School as the new
principal. Years ago when our daughter now a parent
with one student at AME and a son age 1 was in
elementary school at Palma Sola, we had the pleasure
of working with Tom and getting to know him.
He is a dedicated educator, has great enthusiasm for
his job and was wonderful at motivating his staff and
students. We're confident he will be a valuable asset
to the Island school and enjoy working with the whole
Island community that cares so much about AME.
Welcome aboard, Mr. Levengood!
Jo Ann and Don Meilner, Bradenton Beach
Island veteran memorial
As a standing member of the Manatee County Vet-
erans Council from Anna Maria Island, I was tasked
to find a spot where Island veterans could hold obser-
vances on specific days of honor, one or two times a
year. After long research, the north side walkway at
the base of the Leffis Key mound was chosen for size
and distance from vehicular traffic. The three Island
mayors and Longboat Key endorsed the concept. The
only thing lacking was a tiny 8-foot pipe, not a monu-
ment, at the edge of the observation platform at the top
to place our national colors when meeting. It would not
have exceeded the height of roadside power lines.
The request to Manatee County sparked an unbe-
lievable war, primarily with the Audubon Society.
Publicly, and before the county commission, the non-
monumental toothpick became a detriment to migrat-
ing birds, especially one blown from the east coast on
a night of 40-mph east-cross-state winds, and was the
first-such bird found on this coast. The tiny flagpole
became a "lighted, 24-hour spectacle." My letters to
the head of the Audubon Society in New York were
ignored, and falsehoods flourished.
The county, in desperation and caught between a
rock and a hard place, jumped in and offered a veterans
gathering site where the monument is now proposed.
Members of the Veterans Council were expressively
furious, but ignored.
Jim Kissick, Bradenton Beach
An open letter to the Anna Maria Island Community
Center staff and board members:
As the year ends, I find myself reflecting on memo-
ries of all the good things my kids, Jake & Colby, and
myself have experienced during 2006. It has been a
fabulous year. We are fortunate to have many caring
friends in this paradisiacal community that we call
home and your organization is at the center of it all.
I have a long list of people who I feel a tremendous
amount of gratitude towards and you are at the top!
AMICC provides us with a sense of belonging,
comfort, security, warmth, respect and support all
the components that comprise families and make them
strong. We feel very connected to you and the com-
munity. You are always there for us with a kind word,
a helping hand, an enjoyable event. At the Center, we
have all maintained existing friendships and forged
meaningful new relationships with other participants
in your programs. You are our glue. I cannot imagine
our lives, or the community, without you!
Watching the groundbreaking ceremony was a
touching experience for me. Thank you so much for
asking Jake to participate. He is proud to be so closely
connected to AMICC. I only wish I had more to give
as you strive to meet the financial demands for the new
facility. While I lack the ability to make monetary con-
tributions, I am able to provide any other type of assis-
tance you may need. Just say the word, and I am there.
I am willing to pitch in and do anything you need.
For the new year, I wish for all of you to have
dreams that come true, hearts bursting with joy, and
the warm feeling of satisfaction in knowing that you
do make a tremendous difference!
Kelly Parsons, Bradenton Beach
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 10, 2007 E 7
By former Holmes Beach City
Commissioner Don Maloney
Earlier this week, I had one of those days when I
had nothing specific on my mind, such as the day the
.9 on the price of gas was bothering me. I hate when
that happens nothing because I then have room
to think about all sorts of things, usually each of which
is of no value whatsoever.
For instance, that morning, Wife Sarah asked
me to go get a quart of milk- whole milk, not skim,
1 or 2 percent or such. On the way to Publix, it
came to my mind that there is no "quart" of milk
anymore. You know, the way it used to come in
real glass bottles that the milkman used to put in
the milk box by the side door every morning before
you got up.
Now, I was thinking, there's no more milkmen or
milk boxes; no more glass bottles. And there was just
one kind of milk in those bottles, sometimes with a
three- or four-inch glob of cream on top if you wanted
to whip it. Instead of that glass bottle, it's in some-
what of a cardboard or plastic container now- and
not just in a quart amount, but in a half gallon. Plus,
it doesn't come to the side door anymore, now I have
to go to the milk.
At the newsrack by the Publix checkout, all those
milk thoughts were erased because I noticed a headline
claiming that it turns out Mona Lisa was either pregnant
or was already Mama Lisa when daVinci was painting
her at least that's what they claim.
Those 'theys" Canadian "theys" yet are the
ones who also have nothing on their minds and room
available to worry about things like that which hap-
pened back in the 16th century.
I do have to confess, however, that I, too, have
done some thinking about that painting of her in
the past, because, like many others, I tried to deter-
mine whether that was either a happy or sad grin on
her face as she sat there for Leonardo. Now, after
learning this news about her maternal situation, I've
decided it was just a smirk, because she had just
told an unsuspecting someone that he is or was
- the father.
But not to worry, she must have assured him,
because nobody will know until 2006 at the earli-
est. Even now, those "theys' still haven't named the
With Mona (or Mama) out of the way, I had mind
room available to think about a toilet paper commercial
I saw when I came back to the house from Publix and
turned on the TV later that morning. For some reason
or other, the narrator on that commercial after he
promoted the toilet paper wanted the world to know
that the French were the first ever to have separate male
and female public rest rooms, and that it happened back
in the year 1700-something.
I'm not even going to tell you about the thoughts
that ran through my mind wondering about how such
regular operations around the world or where
- were dealt with up to then and whether such
togetherness had anything to do with Mona's situ-
ation back in 1503. I'll leave it to those "theys" to
figure that out.
That day wound up with my thoughts going
back to milk. Like I wondered why it was always
sold in quarts or now, in half-gallons. Why not pack
it in ounces like beer and Coke? And why is my
Jack Daniels sold in liters or .75 liters? Gas came
to mind, too, because it's sold only in full gallons,
not in quarts or half gallons. And why is gas the
only liquid sold that has a .9 on its price? That latter
matter needs more room than I have in mind right
now to deal with that absurdity.
Anyway, I think it's time to decide on a single
measurement to show the quantities of those liquids,
like either ounces, quarts, gallons or liters. I'm tired
of doing the math when I just want to buy a quart of
Now, because I got thinking of all these worthless
thoughts, I have to go back to Publix because I forgot
to bring home the milk Wife Sarah sent me for.
In the Jan. 8, 1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Holmes Beach city attorney Patricia Petruff told
city commissioners that a proposed amendment to
the city's noise ordinance may be unconstitutional
because of a vague definition of what constitutes a
An investment group headed by Florida Sen.
John McKay was reportedly buying properties in
the 3500-3600 block of East Bay Drive in Holmes
Beach in anticipation of selling the land to Publix
An employee of Domino's Pizza on Marina
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a would-be robber after he refused to hand over his
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SueLynn's accomplishments, Anna Maria legacy
By Rick Catlin
For SueLynn, the woman who spent four years and
nine months as Anna Maria's mayor, the lady with one
name leaves a legacy with just one name: Stability.
"I do believe I brought a sense of stability to the city
administration and commission," said the ex-mayor,
now retired from office for nearly two months.
Before her election in February 2002, she remem-
bered that commission meetings were often "theatrical
shows" with accusations hurled amongst commissioners,
the mayor and members of the public. Many meetings
lasted well into the night, with little progress in accom-
plishing any of the city's long-standing list of problems.
'The mayor was always accused of being unpre-
pared and the meetings were so full of tension you
could cut it with a knife. Many people were afraid to
speak up at a meeting," she said.
After her election, however, meetings returned to a
sense of normalcy, at least for Anna Maria. It may have
taken awhile after her election, but she believes the com-
mission and administration began moving forward to
solve problems, rather than be stuck in the same repeat-
ing cycle of threats and accusations, but little results.
For SueLynn, however, she had no idea how time
consuming the job would become until taking office.
"What we needed then was to make the city admin-
istration work," she said. She quickly discovered that
with myriad problems, she was working 60 hours a
week to solve issues that had been untouched and unre-
solved for years. That was just to get the city operating
on a "normal" basis.
"I became both the mayor and city manager. It
meant a lot of work, often unrewarded and unrecog-
nized, but a lot got accomplished."
Among those accomplishments are:
Establishment of a line of credit to finance the
city's long-standing drainage and road repairs.
Remodeling of city hall.
Adoption of a parking plan after more than 25
years of committee meetings in a vain effort to reach
an acceptable solution.
Initiation of the comprehensive plan review
Separation of the building official and public
works superintendent positions.
Charter review change to remove the mayor from
the commission and make that position the chief admin-
istrator of city government.
It is this last accomplishment that SueLynn now
considers might be a bit dubious.
The idea behind the separation of powers was for
the commission to legislate and the mayor to adminis-
trate and bring suggestions to the commission, and for
commissioners and the mayor to be able to communi-
cate prior to meetings on issues without violating the
Florida Sunshine Laws.
The reality, however, was somewhat different.
'What I found was that the commission could listen to
Former Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn spent nearly five
years in office before declining to seek another term in
the November 2006 election. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
me and easily dismiss my suggestions as I no longer
had a vote."
Since leaving office, however, she's heard from a
number of citizens that perhaps changing the commission
structure back to making the mayor a voting member
might be something the city should consider when the
next charter review committee is formed in 2008.
That's not to say she regrets the charter change,
nor the criticism one takes as mayor of a small barrier
"I was under no illusions when I was elected. I
knew that the small 'squeaky wheel' minority would
criticize everything I did. I went into it knowing it was
a thankless job. Obviously, I would do some things dif-
ferently if I had to do it all over again, but I'm proud
of my record and I think it's a good one."
She dismisses the suggestion that she had a "hidden
agenda" as mayor.
"My agenda was to bring to the attention of the
commission everything that would keep Anna Maria as
an 'Old Florida' residential community, and that wasn't
a hidden agenda. I wanted to keep the small town flavor
of Anna Maria. That was out in the open."
Suggestions to the commission about a coastal
overlay district or daylight plane ordinance were just
ideas that she believes to this day were her duty to bring
to the legislative body.
Not all of her suggestions, including the latter, were
adopted. That includes her idea of buying vacant prop-
erty on Pine Avenue for recreation and open space or a
city park. The commission was not open to spending the
money and houses have now been built on the land.
"But everything I did was brought to the commis-
sion. I kept commissioners informed all the way on
every issue the city dealt with." The commission, she
believes, still wants to listen to the "squeaky minority"
on too many issues.
"It's the tyranny of the minority and it's the same
people every time. They are tenacious to get what they
want. I've seen too many decisions made based upon
the opinions of a few people."
While she's taken criticism on many issues, SueLynn
was particularly vilified by some in the city for speaking
out against the Villa Rosa housing project in 2002, when
GSR Development LLC and principals Robert Byrne
and Steve Noriega first proposed their gated community
of mega-mansions of South Bay Boulevard.
At that time, the city had no site-plan review proce-
dures in place. Although such procedures have subse-
quently been adopted at the suggestion of the then-com-
mission and SueLynn, they are now under review.
GSR is now in federal bankruptcy court and only
an unoccupied, unfinished model home has been built
on the site.
"But you get criticized for speaking out, for doing
what you believe is your job, for trying to do the right
thing," she said. "I can safely say I have no regrets."
That's not to say that she believes she was always at
odds with the various commissions and commissioners
during her tenure.
"A lot got done. Many times, the commission came
together to reach a decision, especially on issues that
hadn't been touched in ages, and many times the com-
mission would listen to the administration. Issues got
resolved by the commission and things did get done."
But she still believes that on a few occasions, the
commission tended to question and micro-manage the
city administration, rather than relying solely on its
Her last six months in office were particularly
difficult once she announced she would not seek
"I quickly found out what it meant to be a 'lame
duck.' People perceived that I was no longer interested
in the job and I was shunned."
Now that she's no longer in office, she finds it
difficult not to think about her 57 months in the city's
"I still catch myself thinking like a mayor, but I
know that Fran [Mayor Fran Barford] and the staff are
extremely competent. I think it's going to take me a
few months in my new job before I finally put aside the
office of Anna Maria mayor. I was in it a long time."
Her new job should help. She's executive director
of the Studio on Gulf and Pine, site of the former Bistro
at Islands End restaurant, now owned and completely
remodeled by Rhea Chiles.
"It's not going to be just an art gallery," SueLynn
maintained. "It can be anything, but it's not going to
Sounds like just the right job for the former First
Lady of Anna Maria to forget she's no longer the First
Lady, just a lady with class.
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again planned at
The wheels of government may grind slowly but,
eventually, sometimes, the grind does produce some-
About five years ago, Bradenton Beach veterans
Jim Kissick and the late Bob "Poppy" DeVane envi-
sioned a memorial to those who served in the U.S.
armed forces on Anna Maria Island. The plan then was
to place a flagpole and small plaque at the top of Leffis
Key, east of Coquina Beach at the highest point of
land on the Island. Veterans would gather at honored
dates each year for brief ceremonies, they thought,
to remember their colleagues and proclaim patriotic
praise, then disperse.
Manatee County officials initially offered no objec-
tions to the project. Audubon Society members then
issued an unexpected salvo of objections, citing the
problems a flagpole could present to migrating birds
and the harm that rifle-salvos would present to wildlife
in the area despite the fact that no gun salutes had
been offered or discussed.
Face-to-face with the fray, county commission-
ers backed away from the sortie, and the matter was
Now, though, newly elected County Commis-
sioner Carol Whitmore, formerly mayor of Holmes
Beach during the previous decline of the project, has
entered the discussion, which has apparently become
In the meantime, a veterans memorial was installed
at the butterfly garden in Holmes Beach.
The new location is just south of the high ground at
Leffis Key, sited near a proposed multi-purpose marine
rescue-law enforcement mini-complex planned by
county officials. Exact location for the veterans monu-
ment is still in the works, as is the complex, but objec-
tions from birders have yet to come forward.
Kissick said he was pleased that the long-planned
veterans monument would be built. Eventually.
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SAM nominates 2007 officers
During a meeting Jan. 6 at the West Manatee Fire Rescue District station in Holmes Beach, members of Save
Anna Maria Inc. nominated Nancy Deal, from left, Sheila Hurst, Jay Hill and Molly McCartneyfor offices in
2007. SAM nominated Deal to serve again as secretary, Hurst to serve again as president and Hill to serve
again as vice president. McCartney will serve as treasurer, a post Billie Martini held in 2006 but declined to
hold again. Without opposition, the nominees will begin their terms in February. In other business, members
reiterated their opposition to St. Joe's high-rise development on Perico Island. The group also endorsed a letter
to state and federal lawmakers opposing offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. SAM's next meeting will be at
10:30 a.m. Feb. 3 at the fire station. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Coquina Beach Trail construction scheduled soon
Manatee County commissioners were expected to
select a contractor at press time to begin work on the
Coquina Beach Trail in Bradenton Beach.
The long-awaited beachfront trail will run from
Fifth Street South to a turnaround at Longboat Pass
just east of the bridge.
Billy Hay Excavating was recommended by Mana-
tee County Parks and Recreation staff to receive the
contract for the project. Work was scheduled to begin
almost immediately and be completed within 60 days.
The multi-use trail will be an 8-foot-wide asphalt
pathway running mostly under the trees for a distance of
about 1.3 miles. Some of the existing Australian pines
will be removed, replaced with cabbage palms. Wooden
bollards will be put in place as needed to protect walk-
ers and the walkway from motorists. Five benches will
be installed along Longboat Pass to allow trail-users to
stop, rest and enjoy the vista.
The project is being funded jointly by Manatee
County and Bradenton Beach. Officials hope to garner
additional funds in the future to continue the trail from
the bridge north along the eastern shore to the northern
boat ramp on Coquina Beach's bayfront side.
Anna Maria City
special meeting Jan. 11
The Anna Maria City Commission will hold a spe-
cial meeting at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, to reconsider
an amendment to the city's flood-plain ordinance.
The amendment had originally been turned down
by the commission, but after certain elements in the first
draft of the amendment were removed, the commission
agreed to reconsider the measure.
The special meeting follows the city's "Govern-
ment-in-the-Sunshine Law" meeting for elected offi-
cials, board members and staff at 5:30 p.m. and pre-
cedes the commission's regular worksession at 7 p.m.
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Painters Peggy Potter and Donna Bednarze are the artists featured this month at the Artists Guild Gallery in
Holmes Beach. Both attended art school, as well as studied locally. "Painting," Bednarze says, "is something I
love and am compelled to do." Potter says, "I believe that we are beholden to develop our God-given talent to
its fullest and to 'show forth our light.'" Islander photo: Lisa Neff
What's ahead in capitals
to be Democrats' topic Tuesday
"New Directions in Tallahassee and Washington,
D.C. What's Ahead?" will be discussed by Dr.
Susan McManus at a meeting of Island Democrats
Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Dr. McManus, professor of government at the Uni-
versity of South Florida, will speak at a luncheon meeting
of the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
No reservations are necessary for the $12 luncheon,
said the club. Further information may be obtained by
Course for senior drivers
scheduled next week
A two-afternoon course to help senior drivers drive
safely will be next week at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Stretch Fretwell will instruct theAmericanAssocia-
tion of Retired Persons course, as he has done for years,
from noon until 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan.
17 and 18.
Completion of the course qualifies an over-50
driver a reduction in cost of auto insurance, Fretwell
said. Those attending need to bring their driver's license
for purposes of certification. Cost of the course is $10,
for which each student will receive a textbook.
Fretwell said the Holmes Beach Police Department
will provide an officer to wrap up the course on its final
day, to discuss traffic problems on Anna Maria Island
and solicit ideas about local traffic management.
Those interested may register and receive full infor-
mation by calling 779-2639.
Wine dinner set by chamber
A six-course dinner with six matching wines is
being offered by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce Tuesday evening, Jan. 23
It will be at 7 p.m. at the Sun House Restaurant, 111
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Cost is $45 plus tax.
Food will be by Chef Darrell Mizell, and wines will
be presented by a wine expert.
Reservations may be made, tickets arranged and
full details obtained by calling 778-1541.
Two January 'nooners'
set by Longboat chamber
"Nooners," regular business card exchanges and
networking lunches, are scheduled this month by
the Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Keys Chamber of
Both are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the first Wednes-
day, Jan. 10, at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf
Drive S., Bradenton Beach, the other Thursday, Jan.
25, at Fred's Restaurant, 1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota.
RSVPs may be phoned to the chamber at 383-2466.
Center starts year
with full schedule
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is start-
ing the new year with a full schedule of events and
programs, most of them at St. Bernard Catholic Church
while the Anna Maria campus undergoes construction
of its new facility.
The church is at 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach,
with the Center's adult programs taking place in the activ-
ities hall. The Center's permanent new quarters, at 407
MagnoliaAve., Anna Maria, is expected to be completed
in April. The phone number remains 778-1908.
The January schedule:
A free "Food for Life" cooking program began Jan.
5, encouraging healthful diets among people susceptible
to breast cancer. "Replacing Meat" is the subject Jan.
12, "Planning Healthy Meals" Jan. 19, and on through
Feb. 9. The class meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Beginners Tai Chi for Arthritis" free demonstra-
tion by Sherry Fideler will be from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15
p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11. A six-week course will be
offered for those interested after the demonstration; it
will meet at 2:15 p.m. Thursday starting Jan. 18.
Line dancing, no partner needed, will meet from
10:30 a.m. to noon Fridays, continuing through March,
with Bunny Burton as instructor. Cost is $5 for mem-
bers, $8 for nonmembers.
"Custom-Made Stained-Glass Garden Stepping-
Stone" will be taught from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan.
22, and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24. Glen
LeFevre will lead the class. Cost is $55 for members, $60
for nonmembers. Deadline for sign-up is Jan. 17.
"Sit 'n' Knit" with Barbara Hines as instructor will
be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, with a cost of $32
per four sessions for members, $40 for nonmembers;
bring a pattern, knitting needles and yar to class.
Pilates class with Laura Bennett as leader will meet
on the south deck of the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, during January, from
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursdays. Out-
door heaters are provided on chilly mornings.
Bridge lessons with professional player Larry Auer-
bach will meet for eight weeks from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30
a.m. Friday through Feb. 23, at the Volunteer Fire Hall,
201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Cost is $72 for
the eight weeks, or $11 per class.
'Settler's Bread' available
Bakers will be making "Settler's Bread" to sell at
the Anna Maria Island Historical Society's museum on
Wednesday through April.
The bread is priced at $4 a loaf.
The hours at the museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
"The early bird gets the bread," said Sissy Quinn,
historical society administrator.
THE ISLANDER U JAN. 10, 2007 0 11
'Smell of the Kill' cast
announced by Players
The cast of "Smell of the Kill," a comedy to be
staged by the Island Players starting Jan. 18, has been
selected by its director, Kelly Wynn Woodland.
The play by Michele Lowe will run from Jan. 18
to Feb. 4 at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday through Saturday. Curtain time is 8 p.m., with
Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Woodland said the cast includes Carolyn Zabut,
Diana Shoemaker, Laurie Zimmerman, Mark Wood-
land, Rick Kopp and Herb Stump.
Offstage with Woodland are Ruth Stevens, stage
manager; Rick Kopp, set designer; Chris McVicker,
lighting; Bob Grant, sound; and Don Bailey, costumes.
Woodland said the play mixes "three delicious,
malicious wives, three miserable unloving husbands,
and chills, a recipe for comedy."
Additional details may be obtained at 778-5755.
Island Rotarians to be told
of progress in Cortez
Roger Allen will detail the progress Cortez is
making toward preservation as a historic commercial
fishing village when the Anna Maria Island Rotary Club
meets at noon Tuesday, Jan. 16.
The meeting will be a luncheon at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Allen
is manager of historic sites in Cortez and representative
of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Fishing, the prime
moving organization in Cortez.
Additional information and lunch reservations may
be obtained by calling 350-4326.
Privateers 'Thieves Market'
Saturday at Coquina
The Anna Maria Island Privateers' "Thieves
Market" will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan.
13, at Coquina Beach on the south end of the Island.
Vendors of all kinds of "booty" will be there, the
Privateers promised, offering food, crafts, art, fresh
veggies, kettle corn, hot dogs, soda "trash and trea-
sures" of all kinds.
Additional information may be obtained by phon-
Slavery seminar coming Saturday
Slavery still exists in America, say sponsors of a
seminar here Saturday, and its details will be revealed
and discussed at the seminar.
The free public meeting will be from 9 a.m. until
noon at the activity center of St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Sister
Patrice Collletti will speak on "Human Trafficking."
Additional details may be obtained by calling
Center bridge class location
changed to old fire hall
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's bridge
lessons are being moved from St. Bernard Catholic
Church to the Island Volunteer Fire Hall, 201 Second
St. N., Bradenton Beach.
This will continue for the duration of the classes,
which run now through to Feb. 23. The classes will be
from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday. Larry Auerbach,
professional bridge player, will be in charge. Cost is
$72 for the eight classes or $11 for an individual class.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-1908.
'Art and Science of Wine'
event on schedule
Wine fans will be the stars at an event called "The
Art and Science of Wine," with a winemaker imported
from Australia and a chef from Cape Cod, Mass., at
6:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the South Florida Museum
and Bishop Planetarium.
Wine makers Lindsay Stanley of Barossa Valley,
Australia, and Chef Christopher Covelli of Provinc-
etown, Cape Cod, will be there as will Mario Martinez,
creator of the Disney Institute. Appropriate foods for
each wine will be provided by the Melting Pot, Sun
House, Harry's Continental Kitchens, Manatee Techni-
cal Institute, Michael's on East, Pattigeorge's and Meals
Admission is $125 to the VIP reception at 6:15
p.m. at the museum, 210 10th St. W., Bradenton, and
$75 general admission may be reserved by calling 746-
4131, ext. 14.
China, authors, publisher
set by Island Library
Three special lectures are on the January sched-
ule of the Friends of the Anna Maria Island Library,
all of them at the library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Diana Milesko will launch the 2007 Friends Travel
Series with "The Many Faces of China," looking at the
history, landscape and people of that country, at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 13.
Florida mystery writers will be at the library at 2
p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the Local Author Series. They
are Wayne Barcomb, H. Terrell Griffin, Ruth Heck-
inger, Echo Heron, James Macomber, Kate Holmes and
Wendy Howell Mills.
Bonner Joy, publisher of The Islander, will recount
the 15 years of directing the publication with the longest
continuous record on the Island at 5 p.m. Wednesday,
Jan. 17, in the Friends Local Business Series.
Seating for these free programs will be on a first
come, first served basis half an hour before each pro-
gram begins. Additional information is available at
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Mystery Florida, an annual conference featuring Florida mystery authors, contributed $500 from its 2006
conference to the Tingley Memorial Library. Pictured are, from left, Mystery Florida President Dudley Brown,
board member Terry Griffin, Tingley Library Chair Ceil Fellers and Tingley board members Carol Nelson and
Helen Dykstra. Proceeds from the conference go to Tingley and the Longboat Key Library. The next conference
will be held June 1-2 on Lido Key.
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Wednesday, Jan. 10
7:45 to 9 a.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce "Sunrise Breakfast" at the Sun House Restaurant, 111
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Reservations, information: 778-
1541. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to noon Watercolor class at the Anna Maria
Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-2099. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. Friends of the Island Branch Library book
club at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
11:30 a.m.-- Off Stage Ladies auxiliary of the Island Play-
ers lunch with guest speaker Sissy Quinn of the Anna Maria
Island Historical 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.
Thursday, Jan. 11
1 to 2:30 p.m. Mixed-media art demonstration by
Roger Rockefeller at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5413 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Anna Maria Island Community
Center-sponsored Tai Chi demonstration at St. Bernard Cath-
olic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
7 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote Marine
Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information:
8 p.m. Opening night of "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
Friday, Jan. 12
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anna Maria Island Community
Center hosts the Food for Life cooking session, "Replacing
Meat," at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Opening reception for the "13th
Annual James Pay Exhibit" at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information:
Mote sets up
house for season
Two educational/intellectual programs are to begin
this month at Mote Marine Laboratory: resumption of
the Monday@ Mote program for members and a new
The Monday@ Mote program will feature an open
format in the aquarium courtyard from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
exclusively for Mote members. Each of Mote's seven
research centers will be highlighted for an aftemoon
In conjunction with Monday@ Mote but open to the
public will be a special lecture series on seven Mondays
at 7 p.m. Members and one guest will be admitted free
to the lecture series, and general admission seating will
be available to nonmembers at $20 per person
Both Monday@Mote and the lecture series are
sponsored in part by Robert and Jill Williams.
The Monday@ Mote schedule:
Jan. 22, "Marine Science Research and Education,"
Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, Mote president, and Dr. David
Niebuhr, vice president, education division.
Jan. 29, Center for Aquaculture Research and
Development, Dr. Kevan Main, director.
Feb. 5, Center for Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle
Research, Dr. John Reynolds, director.
Feb. 12, Center for Coral Reef Research, Dr. David
Feb. 19, Center for Shark Research, Dr. Robert
Feb. 26, Center for Coastal Ecology, Dr. Ernest
March 3, Center for Fisheries enhancement, Dr.
Kenneth Leber, director.
March 12, Center for Ecotoxicology, Dr. Richard
"Inspiration Journeys" will be the theme of the spe-
cial lectures. The schedule:
Jan 29, "Triumph and Tragedy: The First Manned
Dives to the Wreck of the German Battleship Bis-
marck," Capt. Alfred McLaren, USN (retired), director,
Sub Aviator Systems.
Feb. 5, "Carnival of Sea Creatures," Dr. Eugenie
Clark, founding executive director, trustee emerita,
and eminent scientist, More Marine Laboratory, and
Dr. Benjamin and Ginny Kendall, co-research divers
Saturday, Jan. 13
8 a.m. to noon Pancake brunch and thrift shop sale
at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-0414. Fee applies.
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.-Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves
Market at Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information:
9 to 11 a.m.-"Gyotaku Painting with Fish" family pro-
gram at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 388-4441. Fee applies.
9 a.m. to noon- Human trafficking and slavery presenta-
tion with guest speaker Sister Patrice Colletti at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Family origami at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.- Manatee River Orchid Society show
and sale at the Manatee Civic Center, One Haben Blvd.,
Palmetto. Fee applies.
2 p.m. -Travel program featuring China at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Sunday, Jan. 14
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.- Manatee River Orchid Society show
and sale at the Manatee Civic Center, One Haben Blvd.,
Palmetto. Fee applies.
6:30 p.m. Former Anna Maria Island residents Pam
and Dave Prentice in concert at Island Baptist Church, 8605
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-0719.
Monday, Jan. 15
6 to 8 p.m. Boating safety and seamanship course
sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Longboat Key Auxiliary at
Mote Marine Education Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 378-5620. Fee applies.
7 to 9 p.m. "The Way of the Heart" with Kenneth
Alonso at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Tuesday, Jan. 16
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.
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island presents
Roger Allen of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage at
the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 350-4326.
Noon "New Directions in Washington and Tallahassee:
What's Ahead?" presentation to the Anna Maria Island Demo-
cratic Club at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-9287. Fee applies.
2 p.m.-Mystery authors'forum at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Wednesday, Jan. 17
Noon Anna Maria Garden Club presents "Decorating
Clay Pots" with Jean Taylor at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-2607.
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP safe-driver course at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 779-2639. Fee applies.
2 p.m. Publisher Bonner Joy discusses the 15th
anniversary of The Islander newspaper at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
*"Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the Manatee Players Riv-
erfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Jan.
28. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
Art by Peggy Potter at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5413
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through Jan. 31.
James Pay exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Feb. 2. Informa-
*Manatee Audubon Society meeting at First Presbyterian
Church, Bradenton, Jan. 18.
"Smell of the Kill" at the Island Players Jan. 18.
"Vinology: The Art and Science of Wine" at South Flor-
ida Museum Jan. 19.
Anna Maria Elementary School Dolphin Dash 5k Fun
Run Jan. 20.
Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra
young artists competition Jan. 20.
Anna Maria Island Privateers' Mullet Smoke at Publix
Leon Merian Big Band concert at the Riverfront Theatre
S"Brass Rubbings" art discussion at the Island Branch
Library Jan. 22.
Bradenton Opera Guild preview of "Attila" at Christ Epis-
copal Church, Bradenton, Jan. 20.
S"How to Prevent Identity Theft" at the Longboat-Lido-St.
Armands Keys Chamber of Commerce Jan. 23.
*Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Wine Dinner
at the Sun House Restaurant Jan. 23.
*"Mr. Jiggles" family show and PTO dinner at Anna Maria
Elementary School Jan. 23.
Looking for a steal?
Privateers Carolyn and Dan Hart browse during an early morning stroll at the Anna Maria Island Privateers
"Thieves Market" at Coquina Beach Nov. 11. It was the first of five markets the nonprofit group plans for the
season with another this week, Jan. 13. Carolyn Hart found a steal a black leather, studded wristband to
match her belt. The Privateers offer roasted corn on the cob for a "Buck-An-Ear" at the market, while plenty
of other booths offer a wide variety of items for sale. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
and photographer on Eugenie Clark expeditions.
Feb. 12, "Shadow Divers: Mystery andAdventure
on the Bottom of the Atlantic," Robert Kurson, author
of "Shadow Divers."
Feb. 19, "Inner Space: The Biology of the Deep
Sea," Dr. John Morrissey, professor of biology, Hofstra
Feb. 26, "The Secret Life of Lobsters," Trevor
Corson, author of "The Secret Life of Lobsters."
March 5, "Spirit Dive: The Wreck of the Henrietta
Marie," Michael Cottman, author of "Spirit Dive."
March 12, "Red Tide Research: Progress Through
Collaboration," Dr. Richard H. Pierce, director, Mote's
Center for Ecotoxicology.
All of the features of both programs will be at Mote,
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, on City Island
off the south ramp of the New Pass Bridge, telephone
388-4441, ext. 691, or www.mote.org.
Prentices in concert at
Former Island resident Pam Taylor Prentice and her
husband Dave Prentice will be in concert at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 14, at Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
They will present a collection of contemporary
and traditional songs suitable for the whole family, the
Pam Prentice grew up on the Island and she
and her husband now live in Pennsylvania. They
are here to visit family and friends. He is a pianist,
and both sing.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-0719.
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Shirley Ash Cass
Shirley Ash Cass, 72, of Bradenton, died Dec. 31.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. at Cafe on the
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial con-
tributions may be made to Learning Disability Associa-
tion, 339 E. Ave., Rochester NY 14604.
She is survived by husband Lee; daughters Eliza-
beth and Catherine; son Jonathan; sister Joan Jones;
brother the Rev. John T. Ash; and five grandchildren.
Roy J. Gurney
Roy J. Gurney, 84, of Bradenton and formerly
Holmes Beach, died Jan. 2.
Bor in Maryland, N.Y, Mr. Gurney moved to Mana-
tee County from Ilion, N.Y., in 2002. He was retired from
the U.S. Post office in Ilion, and later was a school bus
driver. He served in the U.S. Army in Company 1, 106th
Infantry, 27th Division. He was wounded in the invasion
of Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands, and was awarded the
Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Infantry Combat Badge and
New York State Conspicuous Service Medal. He was first
World War II commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post No. 502 and American Legion Post 24, Bradenton.
He was a past grand master of Ilion Odd Fellows. He was
a 50-year member of Ilion Elks Lodge No. 144.
Memorial services will be held at Harvey Memo-
rial Community Church, Bradenton Beach, at a later
date. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell
Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota
He is survived by daughter Carol Searle of Braden-
ton; son Ronald J. and his wife Laurie of Bradenton;
stepdaughters Barbara Natarelli and her husband John
of Chatham, Mass., Beverly Feinman and her husband
Michael of Ilion, and Patricia Clark and her husband
Philip of San Diego, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and
Muriel C. MacLellan
Muriel C. MacLellan, 96, of Anna Maria Island and
Duxbury, Mass., died Dec. 21.
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Mrs. MacLellan moved to Anna Maria Island 40
years ago. She was a nurse's assistant and one of the
first nurses to work at the Plymouth County Hospital
in Hanson, Mass. She later worked at Blake Medical
Center, Bradenton, and was a cranberry screener at the
Ocean Spray plant in Hanson. She was a Girl Scout
leader. She was a member of Island Baptist Church,
Anna Maria City.
Memorial services will be Jan. 13 in Marshfield,
Mass. Memorial contributions may be made to Cran-
berry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 326,
Plymouth MA 02360. Richard Davis Funeral Homes,
Plymouth, is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by Sandra L. Ferreira of Duxbury;
grandchildren James Beaton of Ohio, William Beaton
of New Jersey, Jeffrey Beaton of Virginia, Muriel Ellis
of Carver, Lori Hamilton of Middleboro, Michael Fer-
reira of Plymouth, Bruce Ferreira of Florida and Kathy
Ferreira of Randolph; 22 great-grandchildren; and one
William A. McCartney
William A. McCartney, 83, of Bradenton and for-
merly Wantaugh, N.Y., died Jan. 1.
Born in Long Prairie, Minn., Mr. McCartney moved
to Manatee County in 1984. He worked for more than
34 years for Equitable Life Assurance Society, retiring
in 1981 as vice president of underwriting issues and
claims. He was a graduate of Michigan State University
and received a master's degree at Wharton School of
Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He was
a veteran of World War II, serving in the 106th Infantry
Division at the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation
of Germany. He was a member of the school board in
Wantaugh for 12 years, and served as president for sev-
eral years. He was a teacher's assistant in fourth-grade
math at Daughtrey Elementary School. He was active
in Christ Episcopal Church, Bradenton.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12,
at the church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W. Memorial con-
tributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church,
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 30, 500 block of Pine Avenue, burglary.
woman reported an assortment of items valued at $14
stolen from her boat.
Jan. 1, 2400 block of Avenue C, domestic violence
A woman reported that a male acquaintance forced h
way into her home. According to the report, as sl
attempted to alert her boyfriend in another room, tl
uninvited guest punched her. The boyfriend told police
he threw the other man out of the house and he was la
seen driving away in a vehicle.
Dec. 30, 400 block of 63rd Street, suspicious veh
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area. The owner of the vehicle could not be reached an
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Dec. 31, 400 block of Gulf Drive, warrant. A veh
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Garden Club discusses clay pots
Jean Taylor will discuss "Decorating Clay Pots" f
her fellow members of the Anna Maria Garden Clu
when it meets at noon Wednesday, Jan. 17.
The meeting will be at the Roser Memorial Con
munity Church fellowship hall, 512 Pine Ave., Ann
Maria. Further information is available at 778-2607.
Monday, Jan. 15
Tuesday, Jan. 16
SBreakfast: Chicken Patty on a Biscuit, Cereal,
Toast, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Tenders or Hoagie with Chicken
Noodle Soup, Potato Smiles, Mixed Veggies, Fruit
Wednesday, Jan. 17
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet with Hash Browns,
Yogurt, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Hot Dog or Muffin and Yogurt Plate, Green
Beans, Carrot Sticks with Dip, Pineapple Tidbits
Thursday, Jan. 18
Breakfast: Sausage and Egg Patty on a Biscuit,
Cereal, Toast, Bagels, Fruit
Lunch: Student planned menu.
Friday, Jan. 19
Breakfast: Pancakes, Graham Crackers, Cereal,
Lunch: Pizza or Chicken Quesadilla, Corn,
Garden Salad, Pears
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
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Red tide featured on luncheon menu
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he By Lisa Neff
The talk was devoted to red tide, but those gathered
; for the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island's lunch meet-
ab The air was clear, with no one suffering a red tide-
induced tickle in the throat or cough in the chest. The
beaches were clear, with no lines of dead fish or decay-
ing birds on the sand.
The Island Rotarians, as well as a number of vaca-
tioning members of other clubs, gathered at the Beach-
House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach to hear Dwight
Davis, a volunteer with Mote Marine Laboratory, dis-
cuss red tide.
Davis did not need to tell his audience about the
signs of red tide or the impact it can have on Island
tourism. Before the talk, club members expressed relief
for mild bouts of red tide in 2006 and shared stories of
the toxic red tides of 2005 that hurt tourism and left
thousands of dead fish on the state's beaches.
Last month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research
Institute reported that an intense and prolonged red tide
in 2005 impacted the juvenile spotted sea trout fishery
in the Tampa Bay area. Preliminary 2006 data showed
the spawning fish have not yet returned to the area.
Davis, a retired advertising executive, has served
as president of Mote's volunteers group, and has been
active in the laboratory's guide program and speakers
During the Rotary meeting, Davis defined red tide
and outlined what researchers know of its history.
"It is naturally occurring," Davis said, citing his-
toric documentation of red tide dating back to the 1800s
in Florida. "From what we know these red tides started
Some researchers have suggested a toxic bloom
was responsible for the event described in Exodus that
Davis, a vol-
Jan. 2 at the
began with the Nile turning into blood. "The fish in
the Nile died, and the Nile stank, so that the Egyptians
could not drink water from the Nile."
Most coastal regions encounter outbreaks of harm-
ful algae or bacteria.
There are thousands of microscopic algae or plank-
ton in the oceans, but only about 200 "are considered
harmful," Davis said.
On Florida's West Coast, the harmful algae is Kar-
enia brevis, which produces brevetoxin.
Scientists continue to study red tide to identify the
causes, seeking, for example, to define the role of agri-
culture and development in contributing to red tides.
"We have a lot of questions," Davis said, referring
to the causes.
The effects are well known, an assault by sea, air
and land on mammal respiratory and immune sys-
"You probably have witnessed or had it happen to
you the watery eyes, the tightness of breath," Davis
To better understand red tide, and to warn of red
tide, researchers such as those at Mote have "come a
long way in terms of tracking and detecting red tide,"
But in trying to control outbreaks, Davis said the
state and federal government and advising research-
ers must consider the time and cost involved and most
importantly the environmental impact. Solutions such
as treating a bloom with bleach or ozone or clay could
cause even greater harm.
Club members seemed most curious about whether
the number of red tide incidents was on the rise and
whether the incidents posed a more serious environ-
"Everybody I know is suspicious we've had more
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Woodland wants code policy reviewed
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria City Commissioner Dale Woodland
said it's time the commission review its policy to allow
anonymous complaints to the code enforcement officer
and the issue is on the agenda for the commission's Jan.
"I just think it's time we discuss the policy," said
Woodland. "I can see the pros and cons of each side,
and I consider it valid to discuss each point."
But Woodland is going to offer an alternative to
allowing anonymous complaints or requiring a com-
plaint be signed before action.
Pancake brunch, yard sale
at Roser Church
A pancake brunch is scheduled for 8 to 11 a.m. Sat-
urday, Jan. 13, along with a yard sale, at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Tickets at $5 for the brunch are available at the
church office, at the door, or may be arranged by calling
The yard sale will be in the Roser Thrift Shop
parking lot, across from the chapel, from 9 a.m.
Red tide explained to Rotary
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
events and more intense events than before," Davis
said, but added again that researchers have many ques-
tions about red tide.
In other business at the meeting, club members
discussed ticket sales and plans for their fifth annual
Extravaganza and Casino Night.
The fundraising event, scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan.
27 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach,
features dinner, music, an auction and casino games.
The club also reviewed its schedule:
*At a Jan. 9 meeting, club members will hear from
Lei Ling, their ambassadorial scholar from China.
The scheduled speaker Jan. 16 is Roger Allen,
who will talk about historic preservation in Cortez.
The Jan. 23 speaker is Robin Kaercher of the Arts
Council of Manatee County.
The club, which operates a Web site at www.
annamariarotary.org, meets Tuesdays at noon at the
BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
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His suggestion to the commission will be that the
person who wants to complain anonymously can go
to the mayor and present valid reasons for wishing to
remain anonymous. If the mayor agrees the complaint
is justified as well as the the reasons) to remain anon-
ymous, the complaint will be forwarded to the code
enforcement officer under the mayor's signature. If the
mayor disagrees, no action is taken at least not until
the complainant signs his/her complaint.
Presently, the commission policy is that code
enforcement is "reactive" to complaints, rather than
The ad hoc committee to review Anna Maria's
controversial site plan review procedures held its
organizational meeting Jan. 4.
Members include Mayor Fran Barford, city plan-
ner Alan Garrett, commission chairman John Quam,
building official Kevin Donohue and TomAposporos
as the lone member of the public on the committee.
Aposporos is a former Anna Maria city commissioner
and a current businessman in the city.
The committee did not announce a date for its
Anna Maria's site plan review procedures
were enacted following the 2002 debacle of GSR
Owners of RE/MAX Gulfstream Real Estate at
401 Manatee Ave. in Holmes Beach along with the
sales associates are anxious to clear up any discrep-
ancy about the for sale sign in front of the building.
The company isn't closing its office or leaving Anna
The building is only for sale or lease, said RE/MAX
owner Ron Travis. The site was originally leased by
RE/MAX Gulfstream, said Travis, and the company
plans to either lease back space in the current building
or relocate to a more suitable-size location on Anna
Maria Island in the event of a sale.
RE/MAX Gulfstream is staying on Anna Maria
Island, he emphasized.
He said that with six offices and 190 agents in Man-
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anonymous complaints, but that policy has often
resulted in complaints simply because a resident
wanted to "get even" with someone or become a neigh-
In one instance several years ago, more than 130
code violations were reported anonymously at the same
time by one person. Under the anonymous policy, the
city was obligated to take action.
Both Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach have a
"reactive" policy and allow anonymous complaints.
Development's application for its Villa Rosa gated
subdivision on South Bay Boulevard.
At that time, the city commission and planning
and zoning board realized the city had little con-
trol over such major projects and reluctantly had to
approve GSR's application with few changes.
Site plan review procedures were subsequently
adopted by the commission, butthe process immediately
ran into several stumbling blocks over such projects as
the rebuild of the Waterfront Restaurant and a proposed
retail-office-residential structure on Pine Avenue.
Last year, commissioners agreed to establish a
committee to review the procedures.
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real estate companies in the area.
Parenting support group organized
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is offer-
ing a "Parenting With Love and Logic" support group
"designed to put the fun back into parenting."
It will meet at the School for Constructive Play,
305 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the
first and third Wednesdays of each month, starting
Shirley Romberger, family therapist for the Center,
will "facilitate," the Center said. Babysitting and food
will be provided for the course cost of $5 per adult,
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Banana Cabana: Adding island spice to AMI
By Lisa Neff
The woman leaving the restaurant shouts over her
shoulder, "Just say, 'A local says Banana Cabana's
She's critiquing restaurant owner and chef Mike
Rappaport's mango salsa, which she sampled on a spin-
Rappaport chuckles. He too believes in the qual-
ity of the mango salsa he's now bottling for retail
in the Bradenton Beach restaurant. But he takes a
"It's good, yes?" he asks.
Rappaport opened the Banana Cabana Caribbean
Grille, 103 Gulf Drive, about seven years ago.
"Before that I was in the clothing business," he says
on a recent Friday, taking a break from preparing for
a dinner crowd, labeling jars, planning a holiday party
and handing out applications to potential employees.
He worked in the clothing business in New York
City and then in Florida, operating stores "from Miami
Forthe stores, Rappaport imported clothing. And during
his travels, he took an interest in Caribbean cuisine.
"Each island has it's own flavors, "Rappaport says.
"I use spices from all over the Caribbean."
He's been bottling a Banana Cabana hot sauce for
years, as well a Jamaican jerk sauce and the popular
balsamic vinegar dressing diners sprinkle on appetizers,
salads and entrees.
"We've been making and bottling them since the
beginning of time," he says. "And as soon as we bottle
them, they go."
More recently Rappaport decided to add a mango
salsa to the list.
"We tasted a lot of salsas and then we came up
with our own blend," says Rappaport. "We do it all
"It's a lot of work," he adds, "cooking down the
tomatoes and chopping all the fresh bell peppers, the
fresh mango, red onions, scotch bonnet peppers. Oh, and
yes, the cilantro and all the various spices. There's no
preservatives in here, so there isn't a long shelf life."
For some sauce makers, heat is what they brag
to meet the
demands of his
Now, he says,
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to retail the
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about. Not Rappaport.
"It's about the taste," he says, spooning a salsa on
a spinach chip. "There's not a lot of money in this, but
there's a lot of satisfaction. People like it."
Rappaport knows the work and expense involved
in bottling his sauces, but he can't help glancing at his
menu and wondering what else he can package.
The spinach chips perhaps?
The fried macadamia bananas maybe?
The conch chowder possibly?
Definitely not the surf and turf.
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria resident Lu Files of
Advertising Specialties and Promo-
tions Inc. has moved his company to a
new location at 515 33rd St. Court W. in
Bradenton to celebrate the new year.
An advertising and promotional
products distributor in Manatee and
Sarasota counties for more than 20
years, the company specializes in
printed or embroidered apparel, in addi-
tion to more than 25,000 items with a
company message or logo imprinted on
Files has been in business in the
Manatee area since 1962.
For more information onASAP, call
Lu at 708-2727, or e-mail him at lu@
Keith in real estate
Barnett is well
known on Anna
Maria Island as
a fishing and
and for Bar-
nett Blinds, but
Barnett expanded his
horizons to include real estate.
He's now a licensed real estate agent
with An Island Place Realty in Anna
Maria, specializing in waterfront proper-
ties and in Caribbean real estate.
As a boat captain, he's also well
versed in properties in boating destina-
tions in both Florida and the Bahamas.
To reach Capt. Keith, call 730-0516 or
e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tequila Beach opens
The Tequila Beach Sports Grille at
7423 Manatee Ave. W. opened its doors
last week as a state-of-the-art restau-
rant/sports bar featuring 16 large-screen
plasma TVs, two 100-inch screens and
The menu is casual American along
with more than 40 brands of tequila, 10
brands of draft beers and 30 varieties of
Owners LJR Investments also oper-
ate the Daiquiri Deck in Maderia Beach
and Nickel City in Pinellas Park.
Mike Norman Realty at 3101
Gulf Drive N. in Holmes Beach has
announced that Rolando Rubi was the
company's top sales agent for Decem-
ber, while Carla Beddow garnered the
top closer award. Call 778-6696 for
New sales agent at Wagner Realty's
west Manatee office are Naomi Furbish
and Michele Woodson. To reach any of
the new agents, call 727-2800.
Peter Feuerstein and Becky Smith
of Wagner Realty were installed as offi-
cers of the Bradenton Toastmasters Club
on Jan. 3.
Wagner Realty has offices at 2217
Gulf Drive N. and 1801 Gulf Drive N.
in Bradenton Beach and at 5360 Gulf of
Mexico Drive on Longboat Key.
412 79th St., Holmes Beach, a
1,001 sfla / 1,439 sfur 2bed/lbath/lcar
home built in 1960 on a 75x100 lot was
sold 12/19/06, Gryboski to Paliscak for
$492,500; list $569,900.
108 Eighth St. S., Bradenton Beach,
a 1,668 sfla / 1,968 sfur 2bed/2bath
pool home built in 1920 on a 50x100
lot with riparian rights to dock was sold
12/20/06, Britton to Crino for $479,000;
135 Crescent Drive, Anna Maria, a
1,033 sfla / 1,659 sfur 2bed/2bath home
built in 1972 on a 120x105 lot was sold
12/21/06, Staby to Gay for $440,000;
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty ofAnna Maria, can be
reached at Gulf-Bay (941) 778-7244.
Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.
islander.org. Copyright 2007.
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Turtle travels: Mote's turtles begin 2007 not far from home
By Lisa Neff
Zach began the new year about 60 miles southwest
And Chilly Willy started 2007 mowing the sea
grass in the flats of Weeki Wachee Springs.
Where they will winter is a question scientists
hope to answer using transmitters on the sea turtles'
shells that send signals to satellites when the migra-
tory animals surface to breathe. Thousands of trans-
mitters are being used in waters around the world to
learn about turtles, as well as other marine animals,
currents and vessels.
Zach and Chilly Willy began their recent sea adven-
tures on Anna Maria's shore, released into the Gulf of
Mexico by volunteers and staff at Mote Marine Labo-
ratory after rehabilitation at the lab's Sea Turtle Reha-
Both turtles left the shore tagged with transmit-
ters that tell scientists and interested members of
the public where they have been and the direction
they're headed, the temperature and depth of water they
prefer and the speed with which they travel.
Zach had been found on the beach in Boca Grande
in September. He was lethargic, but somewhat respon-
sive and Mote's chief veterinarian, Dr. Charles Manire,
diagnosed red tide toxicosis.
After about two months in recovery, Mote
On Aug. 12, Mote released from Anna Maria Chilly
Willy, juvenile green turtle. Also, in November, Mote
released from St. Petersburg Beach two male logger-
heads, Joey II and Bruno.
"With Chilly Willy, after he was released, he went
north for a while. Then we got a cold front and he
started heading south. Then it warmed up and he went
back to where he was," Manire said.
There are seven species of sea turtles in the world
and six of them the loggerhead, green, hawksbill,
Kemp's ridley, leatherback and olive ridley turtle are
listed under the Endangered Species Act. The seventh,
the flatback, is listed as "data deficient," meaning
there's a lack of information available to assess the
Scientists are eagerly following the courses of
Mote's turtles. The lab's Sea Turtle Conservation and
Research Program has tracked 13 nesting female log-
gerhead turtles over the past two years via satellite,
but male loggerheads do not come to land and typi-
cally live offshore.
"The researchers who work with these ani-
mals don't normally have contact with the males,"
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"He headed pretty much south as soon as he was
released and is now located southwest of Naples, prob-
ably about 60 miles or so offshore," Manire said.
The turtle, as of Dec. 27, had been in that general
area for three weeks.
"It's new information, whatever we find," Manire
said of the information the tracking system provides.
"But we would expect them to kind of go to an area
and just hang out. What we're really waiting to see is
what happens once the water temperature really begins
to cool down where they are. That's usually the trigger
that tells them it is time to leave."
Cooler water temperatures likely will send the
turtles south. How far south Manire couldn't guess.
"Whether they will head to the Keys or go to Brazil,
we don't know," he said.
Manire could say the tracking systems, which cost
about $3,000 a year per turtle, work.
"We've been getting pretty reliable signals," he
said, adding that the public can follow the turtles' tracks
Mote's turtles are just a few of more than 100 sea
turtles being tracked by satellite and charted on maps
For example, the Bald Head Island Project is track-
ing loggerheads off the Atlantic Coast.
Also, in the Cayman Islands, where only a
few dozen nesting green and loggerhead turtles
remain, turtles are being tracked to learn how to
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Tuesday, engagements will be there from the Sarasota
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Islander fuels improved MHS basketball team
By Kevin Cassidy
The Manatee High School boys basketball team has
already matched last year's win total of four and Island
resident Spencer Carper is one of the reasons behind
The team's record stood at 4-6 (3-3 in Class 5A,
District 12) prior to its game against North Port on
Jan. 4, but they've been in every game, according to
Spencer. "We haven't lost a game by more than eight
points and we've lost three games by one point." He
went on to say that the MHS Hurricanes need to play
more as a team and to step up the intensity on defense
in order to win some of their close games.
Spencer, a 5-foot, 8-inch junior, starts at guard and
serves as one of the team captains. He is averaging 10
points, four assists and one steal per game, and leads
the team in three-point field goals.
Coach Brian Reeves said that Carper earned his
spot as starter and captain because of his leadership,
hard work and dedication, on and off the court. "Spen-
cer is the type of player that every coach loves and
every player hates playing against because of his inten-
sity and desire to be the best," Reeves said. "The strides
that he has made between his sophomore and junior
season are thanks to many hours of hard work in the
gym during the off season. It's a privilege to coach
Spencer and I can't wait to see how he improves as a
Spencer lives in Anna Maria with mom Shawn
and dad David, a younger brother Neil and two sisters,
Paige and Emma. He was a regular participant in the
Anna Maria Island Community Center basketball and
other sports programs there.
When asked about future plans, Spencer, who has
a 3.0 grade-point average, didn't think he would be
playing basketball in college, mostly because he wants
to attend a big school, probably the University of South
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Makayla Kane with four points apiece. Amanda
Bosch added two points and a game-high five
rebounds, while Joey Salinas chipped in with two
points in the loss.
Rotten Ralph's 51, WCAC 30
Rotten Ralph's cooled off West Coast Air Condi-
tioning in the Premier Division opener on Jan. 4 behind
a game-high 29 points from Jacob Stebbins and 10
points and five rebounds from Garrett Secor. Ralph's
also received seven points from Nick Tankersley and
six points from Zach Evans in the victory.
Alisha Ware scored nine points to lead WCAC,
which also received seven points apiece from David
Tyson and Celia Ware. Jordan Pritchard added three
points and four steals, and Thomas Ganey scored four
points in the loss.
Center plans baseball tryouts
The Anna Maria Island Community Center Little
League is hosting mandatory tryouts for its major
league traveling team on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the
Bayfront Recreational Center field on Longboat Key
from 10 a.m. to noon. Players ages 10-12 who make
the team will play against teams from Manatee West
Little League, which plays games at Bradenton's
G.T. Bray park. Home games for the Islanders will
be played at the Bayfront field behind the 7 Eleven
store on Longboat Key.
The Center also will host a baseball clinic and reg-
istration day at the Longboat Key field from 10 a.m. to
noon. Jan. 6. Players can register at the AMICC trailer
behind St. Bernard Catholic Church. Cost of registra-
tion is $85, which includes pants, shirt, hat and socks
for players, as well as bus transportation to and from
all away games.
Little League will hold tryouts for T-ball players,
ages 5-7, and AA and AAA players, ages 7-12, in Feb-
ruary. AA and AAA action will feature live pitching this
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season no batting machine.
There's something new in store for the Island Junior
League baseball team as well. Now players ages 13-
16 are eligible to play. Tryouts will be held 2-4 p.m.
Jan. 13 and Jan. 20 at Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes
Beach. Tryouts are mandatory and Coach Jeff expects
his players from last season to come out and compete
for a roster spot.
Registration forms are located at the Center office
trailer behind St. Bernard or players may register right
before tryouts at the appropriate field.
For more information, call 778-1908.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club closed out the old year with
some coed handicap golf on Dec. 29 and christened
the new year with a men's 18-hole, better-ball-of-part-
Bob Sayles and Bob Lamp combined to shoot
a 12-under-par 52 to claim clubhouse bragging
rights, three shots ahead of second-place finishers
Gordon McKinna and Fred Meyers. Jim Thorton
and Bob Elliott, along with Harold Sears and Joe
Proxy, tied for third place by posting a 56. There
was a three-way tie for fourth place. The teams of
John Driscoll and Tom Warda, Bob Dickinson and
Bill Gallagher, along with Jim MacVicar and Jim
Krumme each shot 57.
The team of Joyce Brown, Jerry Brown, Dottie
McKinna and Joe Proxy combined to fire a 58, which
was matched by the team of Terry Westby, Richard
Westby, Al Gunn and Fred Meyer to produce a tie for
first place in the coed tournament.
Gunn and Richard Westby helped their team's cause
with chipins, Gunn on No. 1 and Westby on hole No. 5.
Only two teams managed to earn 3-0 records during
Dec. 30 horseshoe action so the teams of Tom Rhodes
and George McKay "pitted" their skills against the team
of Gene Bobeldyk and Bruce Munro. Munro found
himself in the winner's circle for the second Saturday
in a row as he and Bobeldyk easily defeated Rhodes
and McKay by a 21-8 score.
The team of Bob Lee and Bob Mason posted the
only 3-0 record during pool play on Jan. 3 and thus
were declared the day's outright winners.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednes-
day 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
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Center basketball schedule
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Jan. 11 8 p.m. WCAC vs. IRE
Division I (ages 12-13
Jan. 10 8 p.m.
Jan. 16 8 p.m.
Danziger vs. Oyster Bar
Cycles vs. Paradise
Division II (ages 10-11)
Jan. 10 7 p.m. ReMax vs. Duncan
Jan. 16 6 p.m. A&E vs. ReMax
Jan. 16 7 p.m. Dips vs. Duncan
Division III (ages 8-9)
Jan. 10 6 p.m.
Jan. 11 7 p.m.
Ross vs. Kumon
Kumon vs. Publix
Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Jan. 11 6 p.m. Orthopedics vs. LPAC
Jan. 11 6 p.m. Observer vs. BeachHouse
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Fish stories: Call it the tale of the scale in Florida
Looking for the freshest grouper? The area of the
state that hosts the largest number of blue crabs? The
most succulent shrimp?
The areas where the largest number of a particu-
lar species are landed may not be where you would
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission has released preliminary landing data for 2006.
The figures include county-by-county harvest results.
Manatee County takes top honors in one cat-
egory: bait fish. We had 1,013,180 pounds of bait
come across the commercial docks last year. Brevard
County, on the east coast, was a distant second with
Red grouper, that restaurant mainstay that you
would have expected the Cortez fishers to take the lead
on? Wrong again Manatee came in a distant second
to Pinellas County in the grouper grab. Our neighbor to
the north hauled in a whopping 2,166,708 pounds of the
tasty fish, compared to our fisheries "paltry" 537,573
And when it comes to black mullet, the fish that
made Cortez great, Manatee County isn't even in the
running. Look to Lee County for the biggest catch
for the bottom feeder, at 580,738 pounds, followed
by Charlotte County just to our south with 277,630
pounds. We saw 105,417 pounds of mullet go on ice
There were some surprises in the catch data.
Manatee County leads the state in ladyfish take at
261,689 pounds. Walter Bell of Bell Fish Co. in Cortez
said that ladyfish is used to make fish cakes, and is
generally shipped to California or Hawaii.
Another big winner in the fish harvest on an unlikely
species is Palm Beach County, which at 1,003,287
pounds leads the state in king mackerel catches.
Sharks? You probably thought some place like the
Keys or an Atlantic Coast county would have the most
catches, and you'd be wrong. Franklin County, in the
Panhandle, is the shark capital of the Sunshine State
with 389,830 pounds of the big, toothy critter brought
ashore last year.
Since Apalachicola is also in Franklin County, it's
no surprise that it also leads the state with 1,483,230
pounds of oysters.
Also not surprising is Monroe County, with the
Florida Keys dangling off its coast, as the No. 1 place
in the state to catch spiny lobster. Fishers there took in
2,892,401 pounds in 2006.
But the Florida Keys isn't the state leader when it
comes to pink shrimp, a delicacy. Bubba Gump would
do better to fish off Hillsborough County to take part in
the 1,070,956-pound catch, although Monroe is a close
second with 1,015,620 pounds.
The Florida Panhandle is the place for blue crabs,
too, with Wakulla County harvesting 1,486,991 pounds
of the little snapping critters. Citrus County, north of
us a bit, is second in blue crab harvesting at 670,799
Monroe County leads in stone crab claw take,
at 465,734 pounds. Manatee, by comparison, hauled
33,650 pounds out of the traps last year.
All in all, there's lots of good eating coming ashore
off Florida's coasts.
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FWC officials want to hear from us regarding
whether or not further restrictions on snook fishing
should be imposed in the state.
"A recent FWC stock assessment for snook con-
cluded the management goal of a 40 percent spawning-
potential ratio established for this fishery is not being
met, and increasing fishing effort is contributing to the
declining rate, "according to state officials. Spawning-
potential ratio is "the ratio of the egg production of
mature fish in a fished population to the egg production
that would exist if the population was not fished, they
FWC is holding several workshops in the next few
weeks to "review the commission's recent snook stock
assessment and consider recommendations that include
narrowing the current 27-34 inch slot limit, changing
the closed seasons and reducing the Atlantic coast daily
bag limit from two fish per day to one fish."
The nearest workshop for Islanders will be held
from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the FWC Fish and
Wildlife Research Institute, 100 EighthAve. S.E., KAS
Auditorium, St. Petersburg.
A decision on any changes will probably be made
later this year.
Don't complain after the fact about any rule
changes say your piece now before state officials
Hot fish, dead fish
Global warming is apparently to blame for yet
another decline of a species. In this instance, it's a fish
in the northern Atlantic Ocean that can't get its heart to
pump oxygen-rich blood fast enough to keep it alive.
Scientists have found that populations of the
viviparous eelpout Zoarces viviparus, a fish that lives
in the northern Wadden Sea, "crashed" when water tem-
peratures warmed last year. Apparently, according to
the researchers, "the animals' cardiovascular systems
were working at the limits of their comfort zone" in
the hotter-than-normal water, according to a report in
the journal Nature. "As the fishes' metabolism speeds
up in higher temperatures, they need more oxygen, but
their hearts can't pump fast enough to provide it."
Scientists call that temperature zone a thermal
window. The eelpout are reaching that window, and
can't make it. Since the fish don't move around much,
they apparently can't get it into their little fishy brains
to seek out cooler water to the north, so they croak.
'The eelpout will need to shift their thermal window
if they are to survive the higher temperatures of their
habitat," according to the biologists, "but there is no
sign of that happening. They may be able to adapt over
long times but the current speed of global warming
won't allow that."
We had a similar instance of a species' crash a
few years ago. Abnormally cold weather dropped the
water temperature in the bays, and hundreds of snook
perished. It seems the reverse is holding true for other
species thatjust can't take the heat.
There appears to be some reasoned, thoughtful dis-
cussions ongoing at the bottom of the planet between
environmentalists, scientists and fishers to work out a
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An anchovy fishery has been built off Patagonia,
in the southern Pacific Ocean not far from Antarctica.
It's been in operation for a few years, and is rela-
tively small with an annual harvest of 30,000 tons of
the small fish. At least, by anchovy fishery standards,
However, there are plans to expand the plant and
increase the harvest of the little oily fish. Anchovies
are found in more than Caesar salads and an occasional
pizza, by the way; they're an important stock of fish
The problem is that the anchovies are a link at the
bottom of a pretty complex food chain. The fish pro-
cessing plant, and the harvesting of the fish, are right
next to the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in
the world. The fish is the principal food source for the
birds, and the fear is that if the annual take of fish gets
too large, it could dramatically impact the birds. "Dra-
matic," in this instance, means kill them off.
There is some precedent in this matter, according
to the journal Nature.
A fish similar to cod, called hake, was a popular
catch off Argentina about 20 years ago. The demand
increased, the fishery for hake expanded, and pretty
soon the hake fishery was declared to be in a state of
emergency. While the government dithered, the stocks
eventually crashed, a total moratorium on fishing was
proclaimed somewhat after the fact, and fishers were
put out of business.
Everyone agrees that the fate of the hake fishery
should not be repeated with anchovies, and talks are
under way now to work out some realistic levels of
catch that all can agree upon.
Let's hope some penguins are also invited to the
And in final outright ban news, San Francisco and
Oakland officials have outlawed the use of Styrofoam
in all establishments that serve food in those cities.
Polystyrene foam has a half-life of something like
100 zillion years, which means that it will probably
outlast diamonds as far as history is concerned. It just
doesn't seem to degrade, and since it's virtually weight-
less, it blows everywhere. It also causes serious prob-
lems for marine critters if injected.
In an effort to get the nasty stuff off the menu,
the California ban carries a hefty fine for food vend-
ers who use Styrofoam. Let's hope some of our
elected officials follow the practice in our water-
Longboat Key man
joins Mote Marine board
Alan Rose of Longboat Key has become a new
member of the Mote Marine Board of Trustees.
Rose was formerly a director of Land Investors
PLC, a London-based commercial real estate devel-
opment firm, and is a trustee of the New Amsterdam
Charitable Foundation in Sarasota and the Rose Foun-
dation in London.
Rose joined Mote's board after serving for more
than 15 years as a volunteer aquarium engineer. He
currently assists Mote's aquarium director and helps
the organization secure outside grant funding.
"After 15 years as a volunteer for Mote, I wanted
to play a more active role in helping the organization
make important decisions that affect its future," Rose
said. "Joining the board will help me do just that."
Other new members of Mote's board of trustees are
Arthur Armitrage of Sarasota and Edward Jennings of
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THE ISLANDER U JAN. 10, 2007 E 23
Kingfish show up offshore; reds, sheepies, in bays
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Warm Gulf of Mexico water has produced an odd .....:
spurt of kingfish catches offshore. Grouper and snapper ..:. .. ..
fishing remains excellent out there as well. i:i,,,:: ........
Spotted trout, sheepshead, redfish and a few catch-
and-release snook are good bets for the backwater fish- l
At Corky's Live Bait and Tackle Shop on Cortez
Road, reports include several sharks at better than 5
feet in length caught off the north end of Anna Maria '
Island, using frozen bait. Fishers there also caught and
released redfish, spotted trout, sheepshead, flounder,
ladyfish and whiting on live shrimp. For canal anglers,. ,
best bets included sheepshead, redfish, grouper and .
trout. At the Manatee River, action includes redfish," "
spotted trout, bluefish, whiting and snook, all caught
on live shrimp. .., *
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said mackerel and king-
fish made a surprise showing last week, due in part to
the warmer Gulf waters. Grouper and snapper are excel-
lent catches offshore as well. Sheepshead from around
the docks, with redfish, top the backwater action.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include steady
fishing for sheepshead, flounder and whiting.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
he's seeing lots of sheepshead and mackerel, but only
a few catch-and-release snook.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
reports coming into the shop include catch-and-release Doubled up on reds
snook and redfish from Terra Ceia Bay, lots of man- Mike Manassa and Frank Herald caught this pair of redfish while fishing in Anna Maria Sound while on a
grove snapper in the cut, and black drum around the kayak excursion with Capt. Jim Nelson of Paddle and Cast Kayak Charters.
Vic Lemmens, visiting from Antwerp, Belgium, caught
this nice-sized grouper while fishing with Capt. Ric
Ehlis in Terra Ceia Bay.
docks in the Manatee River.
At Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Mark
Johnson said he's putting his charters onto lots of red-
fish and sheepshead. Offshore, Capt. Sam Kimball said
it's grouper, snapper and some kingfish for his clients.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include
sheepshead and snapper from the ship channels in
Tampa Bay, and a few redfish caught in Miguel Bay.
Snook are around the docks in the upper reaches of
Terra Ceia Bay as well.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he started out the new year with big
gag and red grouper, mangrove snapper, sharks, bonita,
triggerfish, hogfish and lots of atypical kingfish to 35
pounds. On a special youth trip with 15-year-old Kristan
Vinyard, and 6-year-old Nathan Vinyard, both from
Prairie Grove, Ark., hog snapper and 16 kings came to
the boat on what was their first-ever saltwater fishing
trip. Action was about 35 miles out in the Gulf.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said "exceptionally benign
weather has certainly made angling pursuits comfort-
able. When the action has been on, it's really good and,
conversely, when its tough, it's super tough." He said
the bulk of his action has been with redfish, sheeps-
head, and trout both spotted and gray. He's using live
shrimp for the best action. "The reds have been found
mostly around dock structure in bayous and canals and
running to 24 inches," he said, while sheepshead are in
the boat channels where there is hard bottom. Spotted
sea trout are in both deep bay seagrass beds and hard
bottom along the beaches. He's also catching Spanish
mackerel, pompano, black drum, mangrove snapper,
bonita and bluefish.
On my boat Magic, we've been catching lots of
black drum, whiting, sheepshead to 4 pounds and lots
of small snook, plus a few keeper-size redfish.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 30-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@
islander.org. Please include identification for persons
in the picture along with information on the catch and
a name and phone numberfor more information.
Longboat flotilla schedules
boating safety courses
A seven-week course in boating safety will begin
Monday, Jan. 15, sponsored by the Longboat Flotilla
82 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and an America's
Boating Course will begin Jan. 27.
Both will be at Mote Marine Laboratory on City
Island off the south ramp of the New Pass Bridge on
City Island. Boaters may register and obtain further
information for both courses by calling 378-5620.
"Boating Safety and Seamanship" will be from 6 to
8 p.m. for 13 lessons starting Monday at the Mote Edu-
cation Center, with a cost of $40 per person. "America's
Boating Course" will start at 9 a.m. on Jan. 27 in the
Buchanan Room of Mote Marine Aquarium for $25 per
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self-tailing wenches, wheel steering, hand-shower, refrig-
erator/freezer, 15-hp Yanmar diesel engine (fresh water
cooled). In the water on Longboat Key. $26,500. Call for
more information or appointment. 941-320-6410.
2004 CAROLINA SKIFF: 198DLXYamaha 90, four-stroke,
live well, fish finder, trailer, low hours. $13,200. Call 518-
COVERED BOAT LIFT for rent. Electric, water, private
parking. Cortez Bridge, Bradenton Beach. $250/month.
HANDCRAFTED 12-FOOT sailboat with trailer. 40-lb.
thrust motor. $600.941-779-1540.
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 941-778-5405.
BOOKKEEPER NEEDED FOR west Bradenton CPA firm.
Experienced, top pay. Fax resume to 941-778-6230.
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting quadriplegic. Morning, 8am-lpm and over-
night, 10pm-8am, shifts available. Travel opportunity.
WE'RE GROWING AND want you to grow with us! Base
pay plus bonus available. Must be reliable and trustwor-
thy. All information confidential! Send resume and con-
tact information to: P.O. Box 1305, Holmes Beach FL.
TOP ADVERTISING sales position open at The Islander
newspaper. Great territory, commissions. Previous out-
side sales helpful. If you possess a willingness for strong
community involvement, positive outlook and drive to
succeed, fax or e-mail a letter and/or resume to 941-
BAYOU 2BR/1 BA. Seasonal tenants here. $365,000.
KINGSFIELD LAKES 4BR/2BA, 3-car garage. $299,900.
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.
Call Laura E. McGeary PA
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SANDY POINTE: 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
tastefully done unit today! $329,900.
149 CRESCENT Great
S. floor plan, new windows,
kitchen was redone recently,
private back yard with many
fruit trees and room for a
pool. Just a short walk to the
bay or beach! Can join HOA
for dockage. $ 529,000.
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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 business and realty
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 agree-
ment required for details. Longview Realty, 941-383-
6112. For more great business and realty buys: www.
GIFTS/DECOR FOR patio, home and garden. Enchant-
ing 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
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.longviewrealty.com.
14-YEAR-OLD needs work. Willing to babysit, clean, etc.
Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting. Call Alex-
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !
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 forwork Ads must be placed in person atThe Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gardens,
trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance. Hard-work-
ing and responsible. Excellent references. Edward 941-
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appointments,
airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine Car Service.
Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
Introducing Sundance at Palma Sola 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,
E* Pat Palmeri-Bates and Jerry Cercone your Sundance
I Sales Team at 941-751-1155 for more information.
REAL ESTATE LLC
PLAYA ENCANTADA TOWNHOUSE
2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished with direct view of Gulf New
kitchen, tile, heated pool, tennis, garage. $899,900.
BAY PALMS WATERFRONT HOME
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock Direct access to Tampa Bay
and Intracoastal Waterway. $619,000.
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.
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. $699,900.
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.
FLAMINGO CAYWATERFRONT 3BR/2BA, pool. $859,000.
RIVERVIEW BOULEVARD CAPE COD 3BR/2BA. $529,900.
SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA turnkey from $175,000.
TRADEWINDS RESORT VILLA- 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 IBR/1BA Water view. $349,000.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulfview. $799,900.
WATERS EDGE CONDO 2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront. $959,900.
SARASOA BAYFRONT PARADISE-3BR/2.5BA, $1,124,900.
ANNUAL and SEASONAL
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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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
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
6200 FLOTILLA, #268. WESTBAY POINT
MOORINGS. All new carpet and paint, 2nd
floor end unit with water view. Great deal,
least expensive unit offered! $374,000
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COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your computer
misbehaving? Certified computer service and private les-
sons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-545-7508.
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. Remodeling,
repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths. Free esti-
mates. License #CGCO61519, #CCC057977, #P E0020374.
Insured. Accepting MasterCardNisa. 941-720-0794.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete computer
solutions for business and home. Installation, repairs,
upgrades, networking, Web services, wireless services.
Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or
CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free estimates.
Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.
HANDYMAN SERVICES: PAINTING caulking, interior
carpentry, custom mirror and other interior/exterior gen-
eral 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, reason-
able rates. Licensed and insured. Family owned and oper-
IN-HOME CHEF available for service in your home. No
event too small, couples to reunions. References avail-
able, experienced. 941-932-5934.
itmply the Best
BAYFRONT Large 2BR/2BA house with new tile floors
throughout, plus great mother-in-law apartment. New
dock on deep sailboat water. Great view. $995,000.
BAYFRON.I BEAUTIFUL VIEW ON OPEN WA KER.
Plans available for complete renovation and enlargement
of the existing Florida cracker home or huge lot to build
a new home. $999,999.
UKEAI NlEIG OROODKUUU Priced to sell, this duplex
features 3BR/2.5BA across from bay. $499,000.
VILLA with wonderful view down the canal. New
dock, new deck. Only $399,000.
M ike / 800-367-1617
Norman 3101 GULF DRIVE
Realty INC OES BEACH
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X-TREME MAKEOVER HAIR and Nails: Walk-ins wel-
come or call 941-792-3127. www.myspace.com/xtreme-
makeover. 4330 101 St. W., Bradenton.
CAREGIVER, COMPANION: 15years experience. Reliable,
compassionate, honest. References. 941-524-0567.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Handyman service. For all
your tile, carpentry, drywall, paint, pressure wash, and all the
help you want. Island resident. Call Peter, 941-447-6747.
RARE LACKA-SNOWBIRD couple down from Maine looking
for houses or condos to clean. 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 processing. Call Larry Schmitt
at 941-773-0182. Make It Count Accounting Services Inc.,
4230 59th Street W., Bradenton, FL, 34209.
EDWIN'S MOBILE DETAILS. Superior auto wash and
pressure washing services. Cars $25, SUVS $35. Call
RELIABLE HARD-WORKING Island resident looking for
cleaning jobs. Call Jo, 941-737-5139.
AMERICAN HANDYMAN: ISLAND resident. Guaran-
teed price, guaranteed quality. Any job. Discount with ad.
Licensed and insured. Jerry, 941-448-5999.
CLEANING BY HELENE: Thirty-year Island resident.
Weekly, bi-weekly, detail oriented, honest, reliable, excel-
lent references. Free estimates. Call 941-778-5717.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Beginning
to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-758-0395.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
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32 Years ofProfessional 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/4BA includes guest quarters, large master suite $1,150,000.
BEST BUYS: ADULT COMMUNITY from $60,000, heated pool, near
shopping, dining and transportation.
HARBOUR VILLA CLUB 2BR/2BA, turnkey, boat dock. $794,900.
PINEBROOK AND IRONWOOD $139,000 to $263,900.
DESOTO SQUARE VILLA 2BR/2BA, gated, pool clubhouse. $175,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
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Harbour Landings-5,659 sf,5BR/5BA, ele- Riverview Blvd- Newer home in Riverview
vator, four-cargarage, lagoon pool, waterfall, district. Over 3,400 sfwith 4BRi3.5BA and
wine storage closet, three fireplaces, and 40+ pool. Almost one acrelot on Wamers Bayou.
foot dock on deep water to bay. $2,795,000. With newer dock and davit. $1,350,000.
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Smuggler's Landing 2BR/2BA water-
front condo with den. Almost 1600 sf with
40-foot deep-water boat slip. Vaulted ceil-
ings, built-ins and wet-bar. $649,500.
Mariner's Cove Elegant town home Harbour Landings Estates Approx.
with deeded 24-foot boat slip. 4BR/3BA 113 acre on deep-water canal in the
with over 2,700 sf of living space. Just estate section of Harbour Landings.
completed in Dec. 2001 and is like Lot comes with 40-foot boat slip on
brand new. $849,000. protected basin. $879,000.
Over 20 years experience specializing in waterfront & boating properties
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration.
Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replace-
ment. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987.
For dependable, honest and personalized service, call
William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
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
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. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30-years experience.
BOATER'S PARADISE AND BEAUTIFUL CONDO
40-foot dock on sailboat canal. Spacious 3BR/2BA,
designer kitchen, water views from every window.
Smuggler's Landing #204.4109129th St., Cortez.
COME SEE OPEN HOUSE
CHAR HANSFORD 941-745-0407
T Dolly Young Real Estate 941-778-0807
Choice Gulffront properties for sale. We have
several on pristine natural beach in quiet residential
neighborhood. Call today for further details.
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
SINGLE FAMILY Centrally located, one block to beach. 2BR/2BA
spacious home on corner lot. $620,000. Call Joy Murphy, Realtor,
BAYFRONT CONDO NEW LISTING 2BR/2BA updated waterfront
condo with amazing view. Glass lanai, breakfast bar. Owner motivated.
$444,900. Call Carlene Weise, Realtor, 941-224-6521 evenings.
AZALEA PARK REDUCED 4BR/2BA, in Bradenton open floor plan,
fireplace, family room, plus Florida room, roof November 2002,
steps to community pool. $369,900 Call Zee Catanese, Realtor,
WEST BRADENTON Adorable 3BR/2BA home in a great Westside
neighborhood, updated kitchen. Corian countertops, hardwood
floors, freshly painted, newwallpaper, readyto move into. Spacious
backyard with room for pool. Offered at $245,900. Call Zee Catanese,
Realtor, 941-742-0148 evenings.
SAN REMO SHORES REDUCED Situated on deep water canal,
2-3BR/2BA, den, ceramic tile, new kitchen 2005, two-car garage,
barrel tile roof, privately situated $499,900. Call Marion Ragni,
Realtor, 941-720-7046 evenings.
PERICO BAYCLUB Floridacondo living at its best. Waterfront, security,
pools, spa, tennis courts, 2BR-plus den. Immediate possession.
$409,900. Call Marion Ragni, Realtor, 941-761-1415 evenings.
5910 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
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TIRED OF NO return calls? Straight Shot Landscape
calls back. For all your landscape, call Shark Mark. 941-
727-5066. Shell $42/yard.
LANDSCAPE BEAUTIFICATION: LET me help you sell,
rent or just enjoy your home with beautiful curb appeal.
Call Colin at 941-376-0541.
ACCENT WATERSCAPES: CUSTOM-built water fea-
tures, ponds, waterfalls, animated and musical fountains,
waterwalls, water sculptors, complete landscape designs.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exte-
rior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill,
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed and
insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993. License
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free estimates. 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 esti-
mates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor Coverings. 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. Lifetime
warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-home consulta-
tion. 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 distributor:
Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free, courteous esti-
mates. Je d-wen Windows and Doors. Lic.# CBC1253145.
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior, exte-
rior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash. Driveway
paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call 941-518-3316.
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, 941-266-7500.
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: Kitchens,
bathrooms, tile work, decks, sheetrock, painting and more.
Reliable work start-to-finish. What does your home need?
Free estimates. Call Thomas P. Lass, 941-782-7313.
GUARANTEED A-1 PAINTING service. Island reference.
Licensed. Call Nick, 941-727-1448.
POOL CLEANING SERVICE: Reliable pool cleaning ser-
vice, all chemicals included. Now accepting new accounts
with great monthly rates. Please call Chris, 941-266-7500
or Kimberly, 941-447-9988.
JMB HOME IMPROVEMENT Inc. Interior and exterior
work. Carpentry, trim, painting, custom builtins, and much
more. Quality service from the north. Call Jason, 941-756-
7536 or 941-779-4245, for a free estimate.
SRENTALS 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 unfurnished,
$900/month. Seasonals available starting at $1,800/
month. Please call Kim Fisher, Wagner Realty, 941-778-
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with bal-
cony 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
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views, designer
furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher, phone, quaint
village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-0034 or beach-
JANUARYSPECIAL, HOLMES Beach: 1BR/1BA fullyfur-
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.
$1,050/month. 941-779-9357 or 305-803-4131. 201 S.
Bay, Anna Maria.
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ELEGANT BAYFRONT Magnificent unit EXCEPTIONAL 2BR/2BA direct Gulffront THE SUN RISES AND SETS HERE! Enjoy
recentlydesignerrenovatedwithexquisite unit with outstanding views of the Gulf. whitesandbeachesthatstretchformiles,relax
features and detail throughout. 2BR/2BA Totally renovated, new kitchen, baths, aroundtheGulffrontpool.Beauifullydecorated
unitwith 1,909sf. Exceptional Gulf to bay windows,appliances,furnishingsandmuch unitoffers 2BR/2BA, tile throughout, elevator,
complexwith private beach, bayside pool/ more.Secured elevator, heated pool, tennis securityentrance, coveredparking,andagreat
spa, resident manager. Dave Moynihan, courtand private garage. Dave Moynihan, rental history to offset expenses. Karen Day,
941-720-0089. #534725. $825,000. 941-720-0089. MLS#543586. $819,500. 941-778-2246. MLS#543920. $749,000.
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condo.Enjoythe heated poolin a tropical residenceoffersal,600sfoflivingarea,open close to shopping and hospital, G.T.
settingorwalkacross thestreetto thesugar floor plan, cathedral ceilings and heated pool. Bray park and beaches. New appliances
sand beach. Turnkey furnished and ready ConvenientWestBradentonlocationandjusta and air conditioning. Harold Small,
for rentals or your family. Jim Zoff, 941- fewmilestotheGulfbeaches.DaveMoynihan, 941-778-2246. MLS#543630. $249,000.
778-2246. MLS#544099. $415,000. 941-720-0089. MLS#543906. $379,500.
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dream home on very large lot, Gulf view. $649,000.
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Panoramic views of Skyway Bridge and
Tampa Bay with 135-foot seawall, heated pool
and deep-water dock with boat lift. 3BR/3BA,
3,000 sf on two lots in private setting.
Entirely updated. Large master suite added
and kitchen is top of the line in every way.
A short walk to the Gulf. Must see to appreci-
ate. Lots of extras. $2,395,000. Virtual tour at
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OPEN HOUSE 11am-5pm Sunday. 2207 89th St. NW,
Bradenton, River Harbor West. Quiet secluded waterfront
community with beach, pool, spa, dock, tennis, clubhouse,
spacious, upgraded, wonderful boating lifestyle. RickHorton,
941-737-6225. MLS#533119. $695,000.
OPEN HOUSE 1-3pm Sunday. 3BR/2BA one year new,lake-view,
attached garage, tile roof. Corner upper unitwith vaulted ceil-
ings, screened lanaiwith atrium doors.Clubhouse heated pool,
spa, fitness center. Minutes from beach, walk to shops and res-
taurants. 6448 7th Ave. Circle. W. Penny Bray, 941-795-6685.
MLS# 523475. $359,900.
OPEN HOUSE 1-3pm, Sunday. Runaway Bay. Great bay view,
ground-level condo mid-Island. Updated, turnkey furnished.
Private Gulf entrance with largest heated pool on Island. Work
outroomand tennis courts. 1801 Gulf Drive N.#190, Bradenton
Beach. Jim Zoff, 941-447-7747. MLS#541405. $469,900.
OPEN HOUSE 1-3pm, Sunday. 3BR/2BA1,890sf pool home,
dock & covered boat lift. No bridges to bay. 4908 Mangrove
Pt. Rd., Coral Shores, Bradenton.Anne Miller, 941-920-0451.
ISLAND TOWNHOMES Four spacious town homes with unob-
structed views of the Gulf. Each upgraded unitoffers 2BR/2BA.
Open floor plan. Four balconies. Furnished. Dave Moynihan,
941-778-2246. MLS#511527. $2,995,000.
A RARE FIND! Anna Maria Gulffront lot. Becky Smith or Elfi
Starrett, 941-778-2246. MLS#504998. $2,000,000.
LONGBOATKEY WATERFRONT KeyWest-style home on sailboat
water. Boatlift, open floor plan, four-car garage, workout room
and 30-foot screened balcony. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett,
941-778-2246. MLS#520397. $1,099,000.
RUNAWAY BAY Condos now available several 1 or 2BR
units, some updated. Bayfront, poolside,pond,fountain and
greenbelt views all available. Park-like setting, fishing pier.
Active clubhouse with pool, tennis court, and workoutroom.
Liberal use and rental policy, on-site rental management.
941-778-2246. $314,000 to $499,900.
READYFOR THE NEWYEAR,with newair conditioner,heatpump
and new appliances. Near hospital, shopping and G. T. Bray Park!
Harold Small. 941-778-2246. MLS#543632. $249.000.
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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 location. $1,000/
month. 727-784-3679. Bradenton Beach.
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, 1BR Gulf view, cute and clean, $900/
week or $2,400/month. Call 941-746-8666.
CORTEZ COTTAGE: QUIET area. Fully furnished, walk
to water. Two people only, no smokers. $1,700/month
includes utilities. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
ANNUAL LARGE 1BR/1BA. Screened lanai, laundry
room, garage. No pets, no smoking. $950/month plus
utilities. 941-778-9710 or 847-530-8833.
SEASONAL RENTAL: PALMA Sola Park. 3BR/2BA, like
new, fresh and clean. Small pet OK, close to beaches. Avail-
able January and April. $2,000/month. 941-778-5445.
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 3BR/2BA: TROPICAL duplex, one block to
beach, washer and dryer, some utilities included. No
Smoking or pets. $950/month and $700 deposit. 941-
798-9765. Responsible persons only.
SEASONAL: JANUARY, FEBRUARY. Clean 2BR elevated
unit, one block to beach. Newly 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. 1-800-952-1206.
ISLAND CASTLE: FABULOUS French Normandy home.
4BR/3BA on best beach and quiet street in Anna Maria.
WINTER GETAWAY: 1BR across from beach, newly
remodeled, all appliances, screened porch, Internet,
cable. For pictures, look on www.beachesndreams.net.
SMITH REALTORS: LONGBOAT Key 2BR/12BA duplex
on canal. Newly renovated. 941-778-0770. www.smithre-
WINTER RENTAL: BRADENTON Beach. 1 BR/1BA condo
on bay, across Gulf Drive to beach. Walk to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH: Elevated 2BR/2BA house.
New decor. Enclosed garage. Two blocks to beach. Call
DEEP DISCOUNT FOR last-minute travel to beautiful
town of Anna Maria. Quaint Island cottage steps to beach.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON annual rental: Great
2BR/2BA home, one block from Palma Sola Bay. Minutes
to beaches. $1,300/month plus utilities. Call Maureen at
941-778-0542 or 941-778-0455.
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: 1BR, second-floor condo on the beach,
walk to shopping and restaurants. $650/week, $2,400/
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club rental available for January
and February 2007/08. Totally remodeled unit, nonsmok-
ing. 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 deposit. 941-778-5391.
HOLMES BEACH: Annual 2BR/1BA, large yard, steps to
beach, convenient. $875/month including garbage and
yard service. 941-778-2113.
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.
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 $2,000.941-587-1456.
HOLMES BEACH 1BR/1BA apartment. Close to bay,
includes water, trash, cable, high-speed Internet, washer
and dryer. $795/month. Available Jan 15. 949-813-4900.
TWO BAYFRONT SUPER nice apartments available. See at
HOLMES BEACH: SIX-month or annual. Roomy, fur-
nished 1BR duplex, covered parking, steps to beach.
$800/month plus utilities. 941-538-8200.
SEASONAL: ANNA MARIA house.3BR/3BA, 300 feet from
Gulf with Gulf views. Great central location, completely
furnished. Available monthly January through May. $2,800/
month. 813-832-5899 or mwhitel 1 @hotmail.com.
FURNISHED HOUSE: 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, walk
to beach. Seasonal rental cancellation, available Jan. 13.
2805 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-545-8488.
PREMIER WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA condo in Riviera Dunes
Laguna with 40-foot boat dock. Annual or vacation rental.
Call John Luchkowec, Coldwell Banker, at 941-350-4326.
BRADENTON BEACH ANNUAL rental: 1 BR, 50 feet from
beach. Back yard, washer and dryer. $795/month. 2204
Ave. C. 216-469-2857.
WINTER RENTALS: February rentals starting at $2,200/
month. March rentals starting at $2,500/month. Call Fran
Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-2307.
SMITH REALTORS, 941-778-0770. Seasonal rentals:
2BR/1BA condo with pool, three-month minimum, $1,850/
month. 1BR/1 BA condo with pool, $1,950/month. 2BR/2BA
condo with pool on bay, $3,800/month. 3BR/2BA condo on
Gulf, $3,700/month. 2BR/1 BA condo on canal, $2,450/month.
4BR/2BA home with pool, $3,800/month. 3BR/2BA home on
canal, $3,000/month. 2BR/2BA home, close to beach, $3,100/
month. 3BR/2BA home, one block from beach, $4,400/month.
2BR/2BA home, Jacuzzi, on golf course, $3,400/month.
3BR/2BA home with pool, on golf course, $3,800/month.
2BR/1BA duplex, two blocks from beach, $1,800/month.
2BR/2BA duplex, $2,900/month. 2BR/1BA duplex, Gulffront.
$2,850/month. Smith Realtors, 941-778-0770.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA steps to beach
and close to shopping and restaurants. Large deck and
laundry. Small or medium pets welcome. $875/month.
941-778-0837 or 941-704-4591.
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VILLAGE GREEN: MINUTES to beaches. 2BR/2BA, two-
car garage. Large screened lanai, good schools, close to
shopping. $1,195/month. 941-720-2804.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA, two-story. Large
garage and great home office with separate entrance.
Remodeled with new appliances, granite counters and
tile floors. Close to beach. Call 941-545-6118.
LAKESIDE ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA over carport, near beach.
All amenities, washer and dryer, lanai and deck. No pets.
$1,200/month. First and last. 941-952-592.
LONGBOAT KEY: ST. Jude Street north. 2BR/1BA remod-
eled canal house, screened porch, carport. Annual, $995/
2BR/2BA ANNUAL: $1,300/month. First, last and security,
or 1BR/1 BA annual, $900/month. First, last and security.
Background check, pet OK, heated pool, washer and
dryer, fenced, yard care, cable, no smoking. 201-A Pea-
cock Lane or 202-A Haverkos Court. 941-720-1006.
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beautiful
Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals. 941-721 -
BRADENTON BEACH WATERFRONT complex. 1-2BR
GULFFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA available April 2007
due to cancellation. Great view, pool, tennis, elevators.
Walk to restaurants, shopping, etc. 941-778-6288.
CLEAN, TURNKEY 2BR/1 BA doublewide mobile home.
55-plus community. Sandpiper Resort #200. $300/week,
ANNUAL DUPLEX: ATTRACTIVE 2BR/2BA. Dishwasher,
washer and dryer hookups, Florida room, carport and is
close to the beach. No pets. $1,000/month. Dolores M.
Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
SEASONAL RENTAL: MARTINIQUE condo. $3,600/
month, 2BR/2BA Gulffront unit. Heated pool, tennis, eleva-
tor, garage. Close to shopping and restaurants. Call Carla
Price, 941-720-8746. Bark and Company Realty Inc.
SPACIOUS, FURNISHED 2BR/1 BA with screened porch
for rent. View of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. 100 steps
to beach. Seasonal or annual rentals starting at $1,400
month. Call 941-747-3321.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1 BA
or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to 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.
FOR SALE BY owner: Best value on the Island! 2BR/2BA,
one-car garage, gourmet kitchen, new windows, updated
baths and more. Two blocks from beach. $615,000. 941 -
778-8677. 406 Bay Palms Drive, Holmes Beach.
3BR/2BA: One bedroom used as a den/office/playroom,
enclosed lanai, tiled with carpeted bedrooms. 1,400 sf, county
water/sewer, citrus trees, near Brentwood school in Sarasota.
Reduced to $274,900. 941-379-4196 or 941-954-7474.
LOT FOR SALE: One block to Gulf. 50x100 feet, cleared.
$539,000. 215 71st St., Holmes Beach. (941) 778-4036.
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.
ALMOST ISLAND HOME: Adorable 1BR/1BA. Brand
new furnished, bay windows with water view. Hurricane
Force-3 manufactured home. One mile from Anna Maria
Island and one block from Intracoastal Waterway with
new marina and boat ramp. Land owned. Home owner's
association optional. $159,900. 941-224-6521.
TRIPLEX: IDEAL LOCATION WITH great appeal. 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 Whippor-
will Ct. off 59th Street West, Tanglewood.
OPEN HOUSE: 1-4pm Sunday: New home, 3,746 sf 3-
4BR/3BA, granite/cherry kitchen, three screened veran-
das. $829,000. Horizon Realty, 941-725-7000. 303 58th
St., Holmes Beach.
BY OWNER, PURCHASE or lease: Manatee riverfront
condo, 2BR/2BA, beautiful views, pool, gated, covered park-
ing, fitness. $325,000 or $1,050/month. 941-720-0092.
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.
NEW LAKEFRONT CONDOS: Low $300s. Minutes to
beach, no flood, evacuation zone. Hidden Lake Real Estate,
ISLAND CANAL LOT: 75x100 feet, new dock, priced to
sell quickly. Below market and appraised value, $550,000.
Call Jake, 941-544-7786.108 Gull Drive, Anna Maria.
BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR/2BA elevated with covered
parking. View of bay from large covered porch. Only
two blocks to Gulf, great neighborhood. $350,000. 941-
FOR SALE BY owner: Deep-water canal ranch, $550,000.
Nicely remodeled with granite countertops, tile flooring,
and more. Call Scott Wheeler at 614-207-7878, or e-mail
BRADENTON BEACH BY owner: 2BR/2BA end unit with
full Gulf views. Kitchen has stainless-steel appliances,
granite counters, nice turnkey furnished. Two large bal-
conies. Amenities include boat docks, tennis court, pool
with spa. $629,000. 941-388-5238.
BY OWNER: 2BR/1.5BA condo. Bath and kitchen need
update. $399,999. 863-412-2612. www.cflrealestateon-
line.com/condo. 5400 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
DIRECT WATERFRONT: Latchkey. 65A Cortez Park,
Avenue D. 941-779-CAIN.
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NON-EVACUATION/NON-flood area: 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage. Village Green, quiet street, minutes to beaches,
shopping, doctors, hospitals. Tile floors, bedrooms car-
peted, screened lanai. $297,000. 941-794-1640.
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA, 1BR/1 BA
with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi, walk to shops
and restaurants. Available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
901-301-8299, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRAND NEW 2BR/2BA villa with garage. Only $89/month
fee. $225,000. Bill, 941-518-9300.
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 remod-
eled. $995/month. www.44smart.com. 941-447-6278.
LOT: 57.75X1 14 FEET. One blockfrom beach. $520,000.
Call 941-779-4505 or 941-778-4246.125 Neptune Lane,
BEST DEAL ON Holmes Beach, hands down. Divorce
forces quick sale at $399,000. Adorable beach duplex
sold turnkey furnished. Good rental history with tenants
in place. Updated with ceramic tile, new kitchen cabi-
nets and low-maintenance landscape. Call Karen Neal
at L.Wells Realty, 941-737-7653.
BRADENTON BEACH MOBILE home: Bay view updated,
cozy 1BR in the Pines Park. Turnkey furnished, boat slip
included. $45,000. 941-962-8220.
GULF VIEWS FROM this newer 2,500-sf 3BR/3BA over
garage. Pool, elevator, wood and carpet floors. Numerous
upgrades. Owner will lease back. 206 66th St., Holmes
BEAUTIFUL TURNKEY FURNISHED unit in Perico Bay
Club. A 3BR/2BA end unit, cathedral ceilings, new appli-
ances, glass-enclosed lanai, water views, 24-hour secu-
rity at gate. Nicely priced at $355,000. Jill Sullivan, Keller
MOTIVATED SELLER: ANNA Maria City 4BR/3BA ele-
vated home. 2,220 sf living area, 4,380 sf air conditioned
under roof. Zoned single-family. Residential office, retail,
compare at over $725,000. Offers. 941-773-0706.
PERICO BAY CLUB: Open house, 10am-4pm Saturday
and Sunday, Jan. 13-14. Villa, Grand Cayman. 1,601 sf,
Neal Community builder. Two-car garage, 2BR/2BA, den,
patio, overlooking canal, great view, lanai, deck, mirrors.
Built-ins, many upgrades. Tennis courts, clubhouse. One
mile from beach, pools, gated entrance, security guards.
CPR: DON'T STRESS out over your property manage-
ment fees. Low rates and tiered services. Now accepting
new rental properties. Call Suzanne, 941-962-0971, or
PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA with full bay views! Granite
countertops, 20-inch porcelain tile, carpet, custom clos-
ets, plantation shutters, designer furnishings and more.
PERICO ISLAND BY owner: Single 3BR/2BA home,
beautifully decorated and maintained. Wide-open views
overlooking preserve from heated, caged pool. Buyers
agents, 3 percent. $472,000. 941-794-8360.
WONDERFUL BRADENTON BEACH home: 6BR/4BA, 1.5
blocks from beach. Over 4,000 sf, garage, carport, patio with
option to duplex. Live-in or rent. $720,000. 941-545-5381.
CANAL HOME: PRIME location, listed thousands under
appraised value, 3BR/3BA, dock, boatlift, new seawall,
large lot. $830,000. Weichert Realtors, Richard Taylor,
SAN REMO: DEEP-WATER canalfront just 10 minutesto
the Gulf with no bridges! This beautiful 3BR/3BA home
has been completely remodeled. Two master suites and
giant pool with privacy hedge. Nearly everything new,
this home is a must see! Owner says make an offer! Call
Jonathan Fasel, By The Sea Realty, 941-720-5420.
SPECTACULAR Key West-style CANALFRONT HOME with WATERFRONT CONDO Light, SHOREWALK 2BR/2BA condo,
home with breathtaking views no bridges to Gulf. Walking bright, ground floor, 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished. Two pools,
of Bimini Bay,onlyshortwalkto distance to the beach. Close end unit. Heated pool, ten- two lightedtennis courts, basket-
white sandy beaches. Deepwa- to shopping and restaurants. nis court. Close to the beach. ball, shuffleboard and clubhouse.
ter with no bridges to Gulf and $619,000. $389,000. $175,000-179,900. Piroska Planck
9,000 lb. boatlift at your back SFor ~t
door. Boat included, 22-foot For information, call Piroska Planck,
GRADY WHITE with trailer. REAL ESTATELL941-730-9667 or e-mail email@example.com.
NORTH CAROLINA GATED lakefront community Pleasantly
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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 directly 877-777-4837.
LAKE ACCESS BARGAIN One-plus acres, $34,900 with free
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with lake access. Paved road, underground utilities. Excellent
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SOUTH CENTRAL FLORIDA. Owner says sell! Five acres,
$99,000.50 percent below recent certified appraisal. Unbeliev-
able opportunity to own five acres of meadows and woods in
excellent location. 50 percent off recent appraisal! Great financ-
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VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: LARGE five-acre tract along very wide
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view, trees, nearby river, $59,500. Owner, 866-789-8535.
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
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The Don CeSar Beach Resort Tierra Isle Manna Residences Fort DeSoto Beach
If you cherish refined waterfront living with your own private slip, then you can be one of eight fortunate
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views are glorious. Tierra Isle is an extraordinary opportunity to own 'moor'. To be sure you're in on the berth
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Move-In March 2007, From $1.3 Million
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