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Volume 15, No. 13 Jan. 31, 2007 FREE
Don't compare Island real estate to mainland
By Rick Catlin
A report last week from the Florida Association of
Realtors that the average sale price of a home in the
Sarasota-Bradenton area fell 17 percent from December
2005 to December 2006 shouldn't be used as a compari-
son for Anna Maria Island, local real estate agents say.
The FAR reported that the median price for a home
in the area in December 2006 was $284,700 as com-
pared with $344,400 for December 2005. For the same
Trash talk in
By Rick Catlin
Residents of Anna Maria can expect a rate hike for
their garbage and trash-hauling service if a proposed
new contract with Waste Management is adopted.
Rose Quin-Barr and Dave Smith of WMI told the
city commission at its Jan. 25 meeting that basic resi-
dential service would climb to $16.98 per month under
the proposed automation service, an increase of 5 per-
cent from the current base rate of $16.13.
Commissioner Dale Woodland still wanted relief
for duplex owners who pay two separate bills for WMI
service, but either do not rent the second unit or occupy
both units as one family. Woodland would like to see
such owners pay for one service.
'That," said Quin-Barr, "would set a precedent for
us," and the city would have to determine the crite-
ria for an exemption. And, she added, "that's not the
way we're looking at the proposed contract because
then, the entire county would want that. It's never been
addressed with other cities and I don't think it's a good
idea to give exceptions. It's not something we would
want to start."
She noted that company drivers are going to pick
up trash in front of a duplex, regardless if one unit has
Quin-Barr told Commissioner Christine Tollette
that if the city wanted to grant exceptions to some
duplex owners, the city would have to keep the records
and inform WMI when a duplex is rented. At pres-
ent, WMI gets its information on what properties are
duplexes from the Manatee County tax rolls.
Commissioner Duke Miller inquired if a property
owner could get a duplex designation rescinded.
City attorney Jim Dye said that would require rezon-
ing and there might be an issue if the property were
rezoned, then sold to a new owner who might demand
the property be grandfathered back to a duplex.
Miller also asked if WMI could change the current
Monday-Thursday pickup days, but Smith said those
are the days that WMI utilizes for Island and west Man-
atee pickups. To change the dates just for Anna Maria
would disrupt the entire system.
But the city had other issues with the proposed
City treasurer Diane Percycoe noted that the pro-
posed contract eliminates the spring and fall cleanup
dates and WMI will no longer pick up garbage contain-
ers at the beach access locations.
True, said Smith. If the city wants a spring and fall
cleanup date for WMI to collect garbage, that can be
put back in the contract, but the city will have to pay
for it. Likewise, the city will have to be charged to pick
up the beach access containers.
Commissioners agreed they wanted these services
PLEASE SEE TRASH, PAGE 3
12-month period, the FAR said sales in the Sarasota-
Bradenton area only declined by 7 percent.
But don't think those numbers are indicative of the
Island real estate market.
'That figure doesn't apply to Anna Maria Island,"
said Mike Norman of Mike Norman Real Estate in
Agreed, indicated Barry Gould of Island Vacation
Properties. "The Island real estate market has always
been different from the mainland."
While Gould conceded that Islandwide sales in
November and December of 2006 were down from the
previous year, he believes the market has hit bottom.
"January activity is picking up and it's as good as
December," he said.
Gould was also encouraged by the fact that sell-
ers are now lowering prices to encourage buyers. He
noted that the difference between the asking price and
selling price of properties that sold in December 2006
PLEASE SEE REAL ESTATE, NEXT PAGE
Rolling for rotary
Patti Bishop, right, and Barbara Andrews celebrate a good roll at the craps table run by dealer Andy Branco
during the fifth annual Extravaganza and Casino Night. The event, presented by the Rotary Club of Anna Maria
Island on Jan. 27, drew a sell-out crowd to St. Bernard Catholic Church's activity room, which was dressed up
in bright lights and tinsel. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
New bridge schedule
starts Feb. 21
By Rick Catlin
After a nearly five-year effort by the Coalition of
Barrier Island Elected Officials, new draw-bridge open-
ing times for the Anna Maria Island Bridge and the
Cortez Bridge are scheduled to go into effect Feb. 21,
according to Michael Lieberum of the U.S. Coast Guard
Seventh District in Miami.
The new times had been scheduled to become
effective in mid-December, but an administrative error
delayed implementation until the regulations could be
published by the U.S. government in its daily "Federal
Register." The publication lists all new orders, regula-
tions and laws of the federal government and announces
their date of implementation.
Lieberum said the order was published in the Jan.
22 issue of the Federal Registry and the new opening
schedule will take effect Feb. 21.
Under the new regulations, the two drawbridges
are limited from Jan. 15 to May 15 to raise for boat
traffic on the hour and half-hour on demand by boaters
between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. From 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the
bridges will be raised on signal from a boater.
From May 16 to Jan. 14, the bridge opening times
will be on demand on the hour and every 20 minutes
thereafter from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A request by the BIEO to halt drawbridge opening
times during the morning and afternoon peak travel
times for vehicles going to and from Anna Maria Island
was not included in the new regulations.
"The Coast Guard thoroughly examined and con-
PLEASE SEE BRIDGE, NEXT PAGE
Ready to read
Robbie Kozash, a kindergartner in Maureen Love-
land's AME class, is a new member of the Rotary
Reader Book Patch program. Island Rotarians
visited the school to distribute logbooks to the new
reading crew. Participants in the program earn
patches for reading a specified number of books.
Kindergartners earn their first patch after having 50
books read to them. Loveland's students all chose
to join the program, which other grade levels have
been participating in since the school year started.
Students are reading toward a schoolwide challenge
to have read 10,000 books by April 2 so far 6,400
books have been read. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
2 E JAN. 31, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
Real estate market improving
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was 10 percent, compared with a 2.8 percent difference
in December 2005. "It's encouraging that buyers are
getting good prices."
Gould discounted any drop in prices compared with
From 2003 to 2005, Island real estate values were
increasing 30 to 40 percent annually. Now, a 17 percent
drop in the average sale price has to be compared with
what prices were in 2003, he said.
"We're still way ahead of just a few years ago, so I
believe we are back on track for normal appreciation."
Properties are now "reasonably priced and more
consistent with the reality of property values," he
February should be a good month for Island real
estate sales as more winter visitors arrive and find good
values in the market.
Frank Davis of Island Real Estate in Holmes Beach
agreed. "You just can't compare the Island with the
mainland. It's not the same," he said.
In fact, his office has seen more activity the past
two weeks than the previous two months, thanks to
a recent article in "Life" magazine announcing Anna
Maria Island as one of the best beaches in America.
"It's really picked up. I' m excited about the season.
I think if we check in mid-March, we'll have a better
idea of how sales are going for the season."
Norman said that sales should pick up by late Feb-
ruary, but in his opinion, Island real estate is now "gen-
erally over-priced by about 25 percent."
In other words, if sellers would consider lowering
their asking price and be willing to negotiate with a
buyer, sales should really jump. Right now, however,
the Island real estate market is slow.
More and more investors are turning their proper-
ties into rentals, he noted.
The Island needs a good winter season with a lot of vis-
itors, particularly those with an eye to buying real estate.
Norman said a good barometer of the industry will
be how well sales have gone in February and how many
rental units are occupied that month compared with
how many are available.
'I think sales will be back to normal. I really expect
a very good winter season," predicted Gould.
Cortez to buy remaining lot in Preserve
By Jim Hanson
Cortez has made the opening move to buy one
of the last remaining independently owned lots
Is Anna Maria real estate over-priced?
A canalfront home on the Island recently sold
for $489,000 after the owner dropped the asking
A real estate agent involved in the sale told
The Islander that once the price dropped, the seller
had nearly 50 offers in a week. The property was
not yet posted with the local multiple listing ser-
By comparison, GSR Development LLC plans
to put its canalfront home at 403 S. Bay Blvd.
in Anna Maria on the market with a list price
"You be the judge," said the agent, who asked
to remain anonymous.
"If it sells, it's not over-priced. If it doesn't
sell, then it's over-priced."
Bridge opening schedule changes
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sidered all the comments and made adjustments to
the final rule," said Lieberum. "These bridges will
remain on the 20-minute spring schedule from 6 a.m.
to 7 p.m. during the day and both will operate on the
30-minute schedule from January 15 through May
15," he said.
Lieberum added that the Coast Guard "had consid-
ered placing these bridges on a staggered schedule," but
eventually determined this was impractical.
The BIEO had requested the change to allow traffic
during the busy winter tourist season more time to clear
the traffic light at the Gulf Drive-Cortez Road and the
Manatee Avenue-Gulf Drive intersections before the
bridge is raised.
in the FISH Preserve, and has made plans to pay
Meeting last week, the Florida Institute for Saltwa-
ter Heritage directed its president, Allen Garner, and
treasurer, Karen Bell, to begin negotiating with Iris
LeMasters of Grand Rapids, Mich., for the undevel-
It is in the middle of the 95-acre Preserve, and FISH
has had its eye on it for years ever since the Cortez
organization acquired almost all of the rest of the 95-
At one time, during the boom in property values,
LeMasters advertised it as an ideal semi-wilderness
building site and priced it at $1.2 million. With no
takers, it has been withdrawn from the market.
Such a price put the lot far out of FISH's reach, but
now the picture has brightened. Manatee County has
set a value of $22,000. It has been owned for years by
the LeMasters family, and the current owner is heir to
the LeMasters estate.
FISH not long ago bought a larger lot with a house
along Cortez Road, and notes there are a couple of other
independently owned properties that it hopes to acquire
Also at last week's meeting, the FISH board
took up plans for the annual Cortez Commercial
Fishing Festival, set for Feb. 17-18, noting that
this has been the vehicle that raised money to pay
for the original Preserve and is still paying for
the additional lots it bought within the boundar-
ies of the Preserve.
The festival is a huge attraction every year, last
year hosting some 15,000 visitors per day. This year's
event is its 25th anniversary, and it is being called the
Silver Mullet Festival in honor of the fish that built and
sustained the historic fishing village.
An article in the Jan. 24 issue of The Islander
regarding the SevenShores condominium development
on Perico Island should have stated there are 40 units
scheduled for Building II.
THE ISLANDER U JAN. 31, 2007 U 3
Parking discussions continue in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
"There is a parking problem in Bradenton Beach,
That assessment from the city's parking czar/
facilitator/consultant Alan Garrett was met with tacit
approval from the 30 or so residents and business
people in attendance at last Wednesday's town hall
forum on parking problems in the city.
The sticky issue of where to put cars so residents
and visitors can easily enjoy shops, restaurants and
taverns in the city appears to be the key to unlock the
Bradenton Beach, with arguably the largest public
park in Manatee County at Coquina Beach, is home to a
huge amount of available parking spaces. The problem
is that the parking is inconvenient for shoppers in the
"downtown" area of Bridge Street, with its 97 spaces
for vehicles, spaces that have to do double duty for
business patrons, employees, beachgoers and anyone
else who wants to enjoy the area.
Garrett has been charged with trying to wrestle a
solution out of the parking dilemma. Last week was the
"blue sky" time for those in attendance: Just suggest a
plan, cost be damned, to give the critical business core
with its critical parking needs a way to accommodate
Solutions involved everything from more trolley
usage to public-private parking garages.
"Traffic is here to stay," said David Teitelbaum, owner
of two resorts and developer of a condominium project in
Traffic was slowed at the Cortez Road/Gulf Drive intersection Friday as workers withAjax Paving Contrac-
tor replaced the median island in the intersection. The work was part of a $472,000 intersection improvement
project funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. Major work is expected to begin after April 30
and will include resurfacing and new traffic signal masts. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Trash talk starts in Anna Maria
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in the new contract and Smith said he would revise the
rate schedule and forward it to Percycoe prior to Feb.
8, when the first reading of the ordinance adopting a
new WMI contract will take place.
The new service will be the same automated system
currently operating in Holmes Beach and WMI will
issue new containers to its residential customers.
The containers are either 32-gallon or 64-gallon size,
depending on the customer's preference.
Mayor Fran Barford said that when the new ordi-
nance is passed and the contract signed, the automated
service should begin in about six months.
While no commissioner suggested the city look
elsewhere for a bid on trash and yard-waste hauling ser-
vices and recycling pickup, there aren't many options
for the Island.
When Holmes Beach was negotiating its WMI
contract two years ago, no other company expressed
interest in submitting a bid. In fact, the only other
area garbage collection service, BFI, told Holmes
Beach that the Island market is simply too small to
be of interest.
The commission agreed to accept a rebate from
WMI for $17,147 for trash-hauling services provided
to the city during the hurricanes of 2004.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency had
originally agreed to repay the city at a five-to-one com-
paction rate. After WMI moved all the debris from the
hurricanes, the city paid WMI, then submitted receipts
to FEMA for reimbursement. But FEMA changed its
mind on the compaction rate, agreeing to repay the city
only at a one-for-one rate.
Quin-Barr along with former Mayor SueLynn spent
nearly two years negotiating unsuccessfully with FEMA
to get that agency to honor its original commitment.
Quin-Barr said she and WMI management
agreed that the company should give back some of
the money it collected from the city because pay-
ments were based on FEMA's original promise. The
WMI rebate represents a 50-50 split between WMI
and the city on the original cost of trash hauling
after the storms.
Commissioners unanimously approved the prelimi-
nary and final site plan for the Roser Cottage at 519
Pine Ave. to be converted from a residence into a real
estate office (see separate story).
In other business, the commission continued the
public hearing on the lot split and subdivision amend-
ment to Feb. 22 and passed an ordinance pertaining to
construction of dune walkovers.
The commission also voted to authorize Barford to
sign a contract with the engineering firm of HDR Inc. to
begin the design portion of Phase I of the drainage plan
approved by the Southwest Florida Water Management
District in its matching-fund grant to the city.
Commissioners declined to approve a special
event request from the Sandbar Restaurant to have
a temporary tent erected on the beach until April 30
while its permanent pavilion is under construction.
The commission will again discuss the request at its
Feb. 8 worksession.
Barford took time to thank the city staff for
moving city hall to temporary quarters at the Island
Baptist Church while the mold problem at city hall is
While staff will be at the church for the next few
months, all commission and board meetings will take
place at the Holmes Beach city commission chambers,
The next scheduled commission meeting is 7
p.m., Feb. 8, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina
the city. "People are too attached to their cars. They want
to come to Bridge Street, but they can't find a place to
park. The solution is to use a parking garage, and camou-
flage it to accommodate the needs of the community."
He suggested public-private partnerships to create
Resort owner Barbara Rodocker of Bridgewalk, also
owner of Sun House Restaurant at Gulf Drive and Bridge
Street, was more specific in her suggestion. She said a
vacant lot on Bridge Street could be used for a parking
structure, as well as utilizing the air space above the Beach
Bazaar. Retail could be on the first level, with parking
above to the maximum three levels that city codes allow.
Resident Carl Parks brought the discussion back
from the blue-sky point to earth. Bradenton Beach
doesn't have a parking problem 24 hours a day, seven
days a week, 365 days a year, he said, but there is a
problem during high season. That time frame is exac-
erbated by business employees parking in prime spots
for lengthy periods of time as well as people going to
the beach for extended stays.
"There is so much parking available at Coquina
Beach," said BeachHouse Restaurant owner Ed Chiles.
"We need to utilize it."
Trams from the beach to the downtown core were
suggested by others, as were valet parking services,
vacant lots transformed temporarily as parking lots and
better use of existing parking spaces.
Parking czar Garrett said he would be walking the
city in the next few weeks in an effort to provide some
"parking-truth" data on what is in place now in terms of
numbers of spaces and other areas that could be better
utilized for vehicles.
He lauded Bridgewalk for having a compact-car
space under a stairwell for parking, and hinted that simi-
lar tucked-away areas could be created. Previously, he
suggested that one-way traffic for Bridge Street and First
Street could enhance the number of vehicles parked in
the downtown area, and the extent of the expansion of
parking spaces is expected to be addressed when the
next meeting is held at 5 p.m. Feb. 7 at city hall.
Former city commissioner Scott Barr offered
another suggestion to the group which drew a number
of nodding heads.
"We need to plan ahead," he said. "Not just for the
next few months, but 30 and 50 years."
Chamber networking luncheon
A networking luncheon that is hoped will
become a monthly event of the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce will be at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the Sun House Restaurant,
111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Cost is $15 per
person. RSVPs are invited at 778-1541.
Anna Maria City
Feb. 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting at Holmes
Beach City Hall.
Anna Maria City Hall is temporarily housed at Island
Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
Feb. 1, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: ap-
proval of Eco Expo, approval of visitor's guide print-
ing quote, grant request approval for national scenic
highway and consent agenda.
Feb. 6, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Feb. 7, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Jan. 31, 7 p.m., Manatee County Commissioner Jane
von Hahmann District 3 citizen advisory board meet-
ing, Utility Operations Department, 4410 66th St. W.,
4 E JAN. 31, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
Insurance: Look for lower premiums
By Molly McCartney
Rate relief for Anna Maria Island and its insur-
ance-battered residents, churches and businesses is on
the way and should be in place before hurricane season
opens in June.
That's the opinion of many insurance experts, as
well as state Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, familiar
with the massive insurance reform bill that Gov. Charlie
Crist signed into law on Thursday.
Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty released
a statement describing the reforms as "significant and
far-reaching." He said the changes will "bring badly
needed rate relief."
Galvano, who has been a leader in the effort to find
solutions to the state's insurance crisis, said the new
legislation would provide Island property owners with
"major benefits." Here are some examples:
Premiums will decline for many people, although
reductions will vary, depending on the individual, the
carrier and the coverage. The biggest reductions will be
in wind premiums. Some policyholders may actually
Rate increases proposed by Citizens Property
Insurance Corp. have been repealed. Citizens, the state
insurer of last resort, had intended to raise its Manatee
County residential rate by as much as 73.3 percent in
March and its commercial rate by 767 percent.
Under the new rules, Citizens will be allowed to
sell wind coverage to any commercial or residential
property owner who can't find coverage on the standard
Many details about the law remain fuzzy, but The
Islander has compiled the answers to 10 key questions,
based on interviews with insurance experts, including a
Tallahassee insurance analyst, a Citizens spokesperson
Here is what they say:
Q: How much will policyholders save under the
new insurance law and what makes these savings
One legislative study found that the new law could
provide an average premium reduction of 20 percent
for homeowner's coverage and 39 percent for wind
insurance from companies other than State Farm and
These savings of 20-39 percent would be possible
primarily because the state is making more cheap rein-
surance available to private insurers and requiring them
to pass their savings on to consumers.
The state study said that the premium reduction
for State Farm policyholders would average only 7
percent for homeowners and 19 percent for wind cov-
erage because State Farm already has access to cheap
reinsurance from its mother company.
The study did not include Citizens because it does
not buy reinsurance from the private market.
But other changes in the insurance law and in the opera-
tion of Citizens are expected to lead to an average reduction
in its premiums of 10-20 percent, the experts said.
They agreed, however, that the biggest savings for
Citizens' policyholders will come from the repeal of the
rate increases 73.3 to 767 percent that Citizens
had scheduled to begin in March. Lawmakers canceled
those rate hikes before they could go into effect.
The new law also rescinded the 31.3 percent
Wildlife Inc., of Bradenton
Beach, rescued a 3-year-old
bald eagle Jan. 25 near Port
Manatee. The caretakers hope
to soon release the bird, which
did not appear to suffer serious
injuries, said Gail Straight of
Wildlife. A state wildlife offi-
cer found the bird in the water
near Port Manatee. It had been
caught in fishing line. The bald
eagle's natural domain is from
Alaska to Baja, Calif., and
from Maine to Florida. Florida
has the largest population of
breeding bald eagles of the
southeastern states, according
to the Florida Fish and Wildlife
State Rep. Bill Galvano said the new insurance leg-
islation would bring "major benefits" to Anna Maria
Island. Islander Photo: Molly McCartney
increase that Citizens began to charge its Manatee cus-
tomers on Jan. 1.
Q: Will there be refunds?
Yes, under certain conditions. Anyone who has paid
the premium for a residential policy with an effective
date of Jan. 1, 2007, or later, will receive a refund check
if the policy contained the January 2007 rate increase.
The amount of the refund will depend on the rating
territory where the property is located. As for timing,
Citizens is in the midst of major organizational changes
and doesn't expect to be able to make refunds for sev-
eral more weeks and possibly several more months.
Q: How does a commercial property owner out-
side the wind pool obtain wind and other coverage
from Citizens under the new law?
Citizens is working to develop a plan and a system
to sell multi-peril coverage for commercial property
owners on a statewide basis, just as it now provides for
The reasoning behind this is to let Citizens write the
more profitable multi-peril coverage rather than limit
Citizens to the riskier wind-only policies.
set for Wednesday
State Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, will
give an overview Wednesday night on the insur-
ance reform legislation approved this month by
state lawmakers and signed by the governor last
Galvano will speak at a meeting of Manatee
County Commissioner Jane W. von Hahmann's
District 3 Citizens Advisory Board.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Util-
ity Operations Department, Central Conference
Room, 4410 66th St. W., Bradenton. The public is
welcome to attend and participate in a question-
and-answer session after the briefing.
Q: What happened to the wind pool system that
divided Anna Maria Island in the middle?
The new insurance legislation has the effect of
eliminating the wind pool and its boundaries. Instead,
any commercial or residential property owner in Florida
will be eligible for Citizens.
Q: What are the qualifications for obtaining
coverage from Citizens under the new law?
You will be eligible for Citizens if you can't obtain
insurance residential or commercial from the pri-
vate market or if you are quoted a premium rate that is
at least 25 percent higher than Citizens.
The new law eliminates last year's requirement that
Citizens make a distinction between homesteaded and
non-homesteaded customers. Under the new rules, Citi-
zens will treat customers with and without homestead
exemptions the same.
Q: Are churches outside the wind zone now eli-
gible for Citizens?
Churches, along with any other non-residential
commercial property, will now be eligible, if they can't
find standard coverage or if the quote they get from a
standard insurer is at least 25 percent higher than Citi-
Q: What happens to the Florida Property and
Casualty Joint Underwriting Association, the state
organization created last summer to provide wind
insurance to small commercial properties unable to
get Citizens coverage or standard insurance?
The PCJUA policies will be transferred to Citizens
over a period of time, and the PCJUA will eventually
Citizens is preparing a transition plan, in keep-
ing with the legislative requirements, to take over the
PCJUA business and resolve any coverage issues.
One of those issues has to do with the coverage limits.
The PCJUA rules provided that it could only insure a
commercial property valued at $1 million or less. The
Citizens rules allow Citizens to insure a commercial
property valued at more than $1 million.
It will be up to the Citizens board to establish the
limits for its new commercial customers.
Q: What is the time frame for Citizens to expand
its coverage under the new law?
Citizens is supposed to have its business expansion
plan approved by the Financial Services Commission
and the Legislative Budget Commission in March.
Citizens hopes to begin offering its expanded cover-
age sometime in April.
Q: Will the insurance companies cooperate with
That is the expectation of Galvano. "We did hear
some murmurings up there that insurers would leave
or try to find a loophole," he said, "but the bottom line
is that this is the fourth, if not the third most-populated
state in the union. There are very profitable lines of
insurance in the state of Florida and we are banking on
their capitalist instincts. They may have to make some
adjustments and maybe their profit margins won't be as
great on some lines, but they are not going to leave."
Q: Did the special legislative session resolve all
the insurance reform issues or will the regular ses-
sion meeting in March have more work to do?
Galvano said he was "absolutely" satisfied with the
reforms approved during the special session. "I think
we accomplished far more than would be typical of a
special session, especially given the nature of the issue
and the influences that exist. I watched in 2003 when
we came back five times to try to hammer out a medical
malpractice bill, and it was very, very difficult. So to be
able to say we have addressed the Hurricane Catastro-
phe Fund, building codes, mitigation, regulations and
the entire Citizens program is a big accomplishment."
But the biggest accomplishment, he said, was the
change he observed in the mindset in Tallahassee.
"There was a total reversal," he said, compared to
last year when his proposed amendment to expand the
wind pool was defeated by a vote of 57-56.
"There were 57 people last year who were con-
vinced the only way to solve the insurance issue was
to let industry do what it wants."
This year, there was near unanimous approval in
the special session for passage of consumer-friendly
"At some point," Galvano said, "you have to real-
ize that it is not a free market when consumers are
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 31, 2007 5 5
MCAT reluctant to
extend trolley route
in Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford told city commis-
sioners at their Jan. 24 meeting that she has talked to the
Manatee County AreaTransit about extending the route
of the Island trolley to include North Bay Boulevard
and North Shore Drive.
When the trolley first began operating in March
2002, a stop at the Rod & Reel Pier on North Shore
Drive was included, but that location was dropped for
lack of passengers.
Barford said several residents living near North
Bay Boulevard have inquired about the route extension
and she's spoken with MCAT director Ralf Hesseler
about extending the route. The problem, said the mayor,
is that, according to MCAT, the humpback bridge on
North Bay Boulevard can presently support the weight
of the trolley, but after several months of use, the bridge
would become structurally unsound.
"I do plan to have further talks with Hesseler," Bar-
ford said, but at the moment MCAT appears reluctant
to extend the trolley route in Anna Maria any farther
than its turnaround at the city pier.
She also said it's a bit of a misconception to believe
that the city has been blocking any extension of the
Richard and Alexis Francis of Jacaranda Street
wrote Barford and the city commission on Jan. 26
stating they would "like for the City of Anna Maria to
stop blocking the extension of the trolley because of a
falsely created impression of'negative resident concern
and narrow streets.'"
Francis said he and his wife live about.8 of a mile
from the city pier and utilize the trolley on many occa-
"It is difficult, especially so in the nine months of
hot weather, for seniors or anyone to carry their shop-
Anna Maria now in temporary headquarters
Anna Maria City Hall is now fully operational at its temporary headquarters at the Island Baptist Church
annex at 8605 Gulf Drive. And mold remediation is under way at the Anna Maria City Hall. Pictured above at
work at the church are city clerk Alice Baird, left, along with Mayor Fran Barford. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
ping items.8 of a mile from the trolley drop at the city
pier to their homes near Bean Point," said Francis.
"My impression is that only a very few vocal and
influential residents near that route have opposed the
trolley. I feel that the majority of full-time residents,
small motels and the restaurant/fishing pier near the
Bean Point area would like to have trolley service
closer to their area.
"It is time forAnna Maria to get on board with the
rest of the Island and stop blocking the extension of the
trolley. I hope the city administration will quit buying
into the falsely created impression of'negative resident
concern and narrow streets,'" Francis concluded.
They mayor said the city is not blocking any route
extension and has asked MCAT to examine the pos-
sibilities of returning a stop at the Rod & Reel Pier to
the route system.
Historical museum hosts jazz fest
Jazz Fest at theAnna Maria Island Historical Museum
begins Thursday, Feb. 1, with a performance of old stan-
dards and new selections by the Gulf Drive Band.
The program will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the
museum parking lot, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, and
features vocalist Judy Lynn Chiaramonte.
There will be refreshments served and limited seat-
ing provided so jazz fans with beach chairs are wel-
The museum suggests a $5 donation, which benefits
Additional performances are scheduled for Feb. 15,
March 1 and March 15.
For more information about Jazz Fest, call the
museum at 941-778-0492 or go to www.amihs.org. For
more information about the band, go to www.gulfdrive-
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We ARE talking' trash
Back in the day, before raccoons were for the most
part extinct on Anna Maria Island and folks appreci-
ated a quiet lifestyle, well, things might have seemed
Folks who lived here more than 30 years ago had to
be intuitive about how to beat mosquitoes at their game
- sucking blood and causing itchy distress. How to avoid
the sun without scorching, blistering and preventing the
next day's outdoor pleasures. And how to beat the rac-
coon at his safe-cracking, er, garbage intrusion that spread
chicken bones and other unwanted waste about the yard
as the wily critters unlocked our trash receptacles.
If you had fried chicken, you had nocturnal visi-
tors. If you had a loose-fitting, clumsy garbage can, you
were sure to have visitors. Keeping garbage in the trash
can was a challenge and plenty of Island entrepreneurs
were up to meeting that task with raccoon-proof designs
- devices, clamps, containers for the containers and,
yes, concrete-block toppers.
Most of the devices were useless. The 'coons
cracked every sort of "safe," peeling away the lids,
knocking the cans over to spill the contents, prying tops
sealed like Tupperware with their handy fingers.
Some folks even resorted to feeding the critters,
thinking that if they were satisfied, maybe they'd ignore
the temptation that awaited in the can. But no.
Others called the police for help, but to no avail.
Just removing a few raccoons to a wildlife center or
to awaiting peril on Perico Island wasn't enough. The
furry little guys' numbers were too many.
But now we have Waste Management to the rescue.
So many fewer raccoons, thanks to much more devel-
opment and few empty lots, and better cans free
Well, free in the sense that we pay only a little bit
more per quarter for handy, sturdy cans that resist crit-
ters and meet standards for new, automated pickup.
It's a good thing.
And what, you might ask, became of the little ban-
ditos? Unlike the peacocks that used to walk the streets
freely and were banished to Longboat Key, the rac-
coons diminished in numbers as more and more empty
lots and fields of brush and trees fell prey to developers
... and their habitat disappeared, replaced by duplexes,
condos and homes with pristine waterfronts and few
places to hide.
New banditos moved in developers who, like the
carpetbaggers of old, flashed a smile and hoped to sell
the natives some swamp land and all the while trashed
the economy and the real estate market.
It's time for a cleanup. And time to get back to
basics, good values, honest prices and fair deals.
Just put out the trash, even if the raccoons get it.
Four-legged bandits are welcome.
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I have just read the article which was posted about
Holmes Beach Police Officer Michael Leonard [The
Islander, Jan. 17, regarding the robbery at the CVS
Pharmacy in Holmes Beach]. It was wonderful that the
man was caught and arrested, before he had the chance
to kill some innocent person on Christmas day.
But are we not forgetting that at least three other
officers were also involved? They as well risked their
lives to arrest the same gentleman.
The officer from Bradenton Beach was hurt when
his patrol car was hit by another vehicle, and had to get
treated for a neck injury.
These guys risk there lives every day, and willingly
put themselves into situations that most of us cannot
imagine. I just hope that the other officers that helped that
day also got honored. And if they did not, why not?
Charlotte Raddon, Davenport, Fla., and India-
The domestic insurance industry, at least that por-
tion which is regulated by each state's insurance depart-
ment, is a politically coddled industry, one of the largest
sources of political contributions and is so structured
as to be mostly immune to the natural tensions of the
private sector marketplace. This includes account-
ing gimmickry, which would generate a wry and not
uncomplimentary smile from the collective denizens
on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This regulated
portion of the insurance industry is a national disgrace.
In Florida, it is worse, if that is possible.
My background in this industry was centered exclu-
sively in the unregulated sector, comprising mammoth
risk, primarily marine and aviation, all levels of general
and professional liability which, by its very nature, is
extraordinarily capital intensive, yet remarkably effi-
cient with extremely low overhead costs, realistic pre-
miums for exposure and extremely sensitive to market
forces. Moreover, this sector has always prided itself in
its timely response to claim reporting, claim processing
and prompt claim payment.
By comparison, the domestic regulated insurance
sector, especially here in Florida, is notorious and
pleads for a comprehensive solution, not the sleight-
of-hand we have just witnessed in Tallahassee. The
annual premium increase cited just for the shopping
center in which The Islander offices are located here
in Holmes Beach is larcenous given the local history
for windstorm over the past 36 or so years.
The Augean Stable-like situation here in Florida
could be cleansed thoroughly with the solitary imple-
mentation of unfettered deregulation. However, there
are large and ominous constituencies of entrenched
power and money arrayed against this market-driven
idea. The pen is still mightier than the sword, is it not?
Do you not remember the high level of national wailing
which preceded deregulation of the domestic airline
passenger business in the waning days of the Carter
administration? Yet here we are, 25 or so years later,
and we now have more flights to more places, better
aircraft equipment, lower fares in real terms, a continu-
ous stream of new entrants, limitless sources of investor
capital and the best safety record period in history per
passenger mile traveled. Who says such an outcome is
not possible, especially as it already exists in several
critical sectors of the insurance industry today? It is a
position that is simply not defensible.
Please keep the light shining on this issue.
Harris Wainwright, Holmes Beach
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 31, 2007 0 7
Longboat chamber honors members
The Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce honored members for good
will, dedication and enthusiasm during its annual
The program, sponsored by Comcast, took place
Jan. 18 at the Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin
The chamber named Mike Vejins of Raymond
James and Associates as Ambassador of the Year.
The Eager Beaver Award went to Cheryl Whitten
of Scoopdaddy's on St. Armands Circle.
Nancy Ambrose, of The Islander, received the
Edwin K. Moran Memorial Award. The award is named
for the late Ed Moran, who served on the chamber's
ambassador committee. Moran died in February 2000
and, in lieu of flowers, his widow asked that donations
be made to the chamber.
"Nancy was chosen for her outstanding contribu-
tions to the community and for her work for the cham-
ber through The Islander," said Gail Loefgren, chamber
The Chairman's Award went to Kerkering Barbario
Member of the year was Pat Martin, Pampered
Recipients of the chamber's Good as Gold honor
included Cooper, Walters and Associates; Ellen Aqui-
lina of Coast Bank; Andrew Vac of Re/Max Excellence;
Town of Longboat Key; Michael Welly of Longboat
Key Club and Resort; Jim and Jimmy Seaton of Long-
boat Limousine/Suncoast Sedans/Liquid Limousine;
Matt and Lisa Walsh of the Longboat Observer; Chuck
Neubauer of Neubauers' Gulfcoast Photography; Jim
Bos of MBJ Group; and Comcast Cablevision.
Ambrose earned honor
I feel terrible for all the years I worked on Anna
Maria Island at the Club Bamboo that Nancy Ambrose
and I did not make contact. At the awards breakfast when
Gail Loefgren (president of the Longboat/St. Armands/
Lido Keys Chamber of Commerce) started reading all
the wonderful things Nancy has done, it made me feel
I really missed out on a wonderful friendship.
Nancy Ambrose, sales representative with The
Islander newspaper, pictured with Marge Moran,
receives the Edwin K. Moran Memorial Award from
the Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key Cham-
ber of Commerce. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Giving her the Edwin K. Moran Memorial Award for
outstanding service to the chamber and the community,
she noted Nancy's outstanding service to the American
Cancer Society, Audubon Society, the North American
Butterfly Association by establishing the butterfly park
onAnna Maria Island, the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
organizing massive aid for hurricane victims, posting
the bird nesting area on the beach, the Relay for Life
cancer benefit, and of course, the incredible organization
of the trip here for U.S. Army Major Rick Ely and his
family for his service in Afghanistan.
She noted that Nancy is always smiling and cheerful
and ready to serve, and ready to do anything to brighten
someone's day, although she has been suffering from
cancer. She sounds very much like my husband Ed, for
whom the award is named. She so deserves the award,
and my husband would have been proud to have her
Marjorie Moran, Bradenton
In the Jan. 29, 1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Holmes Beach motel owners told the city com-
mission they would like to see a density of 28 units per
acre for public lodging in the city's A-i zoning district,
up from the current 10 units per acre. The owners said
they needed the increase to expand their properties, but
some commissioners countered that this would be an
invitation to chain motels.
An Emergency Medical Committee formed by the
Anna Maria Fire District has recommended that the dis-
trict provide EMS ambulances for its residents. Under
the proposal, the district would have three ambulances
and nine paramedics on a rotating basis for emergency
A Florida Department of Transportation study pre-
dicted that Anna Maria Island would have a population
of 26,830, including winter residents, by 2005. The
study also said that's the maximum number of people
the Island's present infrastructure could support.
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8 0 JAN. 31, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Islanders rally for revote in congressional race
By Lisa Neff
There will be a revote in the 13th Congressional
District, Democrat Christine Jennings told dozens of
supporters gathered Jan. 26 in Bradenton Beach.
"I feel very confident that we will have a revote some-
time in the future," said Jennings, who ran against Repub-
lican Vern Buchanan in the November 2006 election. "I
can't predict when that will be, but I do believe we'll have
a revote. The people of this area will not let this die."
Jennings arrived to the BeachHouse Restaurant at
about 4 p.m. Friday, shortly after her return from Wash-
ington, D.C., where she met with Democratic allies and
attended the State of the Union address as a guest of
U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif.
Buchanan also attended the State of the Union
address as a sitting member of Congress.
Jennings and Buchanan competed in the costliest
congressional race in the United States for the open
seat held by Katherine Harris. The race, with seven
candidates in two primaries, cost $13.1 million.
Buchanan was declared the winner with 369 more
votes than Jennings. A spokesperson for his campaign said
representing the 13th District is now Buchanan's priority.
Jennings, meanwhile, continues to contest the
results in Florida courts and the U.S. House, citing a
malfunction of the voting machines.
Jennings talked at length about the challenge and
election reform at the BeachHouse forum, which was
hosted by Pat Benson, Ed Chiles, Suzanne Dickie,
Suzanne and John Elsoffer, Leon Harris, Elsa and
Lennie Lentz, Bill McGrath and Kathy Regan.
Nearly 18,000 undervotes were recorded on Sara-
sota County's electronic voting machines. Independent
experts as well as those hired by machine manufac-
turer ES&S have said that those suppressed votes
changed the outcome of the race.
The most recent research, a study released last
week, cited new statistical evidence of machine fail-
ure and concluded that the ballot design and voter
abstention theories offered so far cannot account for
the undervote. The experts also concluded that statis-
tical research alone cannot explain the undervote and
more in-depth research is necessary.
About40 percent of Americans use touch-screen voting
systems similar to the machines used in Sarasota County.
Jennings, emphasizing her campaign began ques-
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entire nation," said Jennings, who received a standing
ovation from her Island audience.
She said she wants a state ethics committee to
endorse a voter-verified paper trail such as those pro-
duced by optical scan systems.
Meanwhile, Sarasota County election officials
are preparing to use the touch-screen machines in the
March elections, including in elections in the city of
Sarasota and the southern portion of Longboat Key.
Voters in Longboat Key in Manatee County use the
state-certified AccuVote2000 scan voting system also
used on Anna Maria Island.
When a supporter asked Jennings what kind of
system she would want used in a revote, she suggested
using Manatee County's machines.
Jennings thanked her guests and hosts, especially
Chiles, who owns the BeachHouse.
"Every time I call on Ed and ask him to help out,
he says yes," she said.
Chiles opened the forum at his restaurant saying
Jennings "continues to fight the good fight."
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next, urging Jennings' supporters to ready for a revote.
"Let's talk about getting ready for the vote," she
One supporter, Islander Michael Hudson, said he'd
enlist in the fight.
"I tell you this is the most precious right we have
in America," Hudson said. "People have died to secure
and defend the right to vote. I'm not going to see votes
denied in Sarasota."
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What organizers say will be a "huge" sale will be
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Rickie Arnold of the Council of Catholic Women
says there will be a great selection of jewelry, cloth-
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variety of food chili and hot dogs and more will
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THE ISLANDER U JAN. 31, 2007 K 9
Anna Maria artist finds Costa Rica 'the simple life'
By Rick Catlin
When Anna Maria resident and artist Mark Alonso
was asked by Bob Erickson to go to Costa Rica for a few
weeks in December to create some of his unique works
of art for houses Erickson was building on the Caribbean
coast, Alonso had no idea what he would find.
Originally from Spain, Alonso would have no prob-
lems with the language, but he did find the pace of life
slower than even on Anna Maria Island.
"It was a leap back in time, to see how people can
have so little, yet live so much," said Alonso.
Even the journey to the tiny coastal town of Puerto
Viejo where Erickson has a construction business was
exciting in itself.
"It's not even a city or a village," saidAlsono. "It's
an undiscovered and beautiful part of Costa Rica that
the tourists don't know about yet."
There could be a good reason for that. While the
location is only about 40 miles from the major port and
tourist city of Limon, the trip takes about two hours
over mostly gravel and rock roads.
"But once you get there, it's so beautiful. It's the
way nature built the land. It's a very relaxed atmosphere
and nobody's in a hurry."
Alonso quickly found out that building a house in
Puerto Viejo isn't the same as construction on the Island.
Erickson has to get government approval to clear
the land and trees from a piece of property. Some trees
can't be removed, but the ones that are cut down are
used to build the house.
"You actually set up a miniature sawmill on the
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property site and use the cut trees for your house. It's
really interesting to see how it's done. You can't haul
in your materials because of the roads and there's no
lumber yard down the street. It's all done on site and it's
fascinating to watch them work. Even a bag of concrete
has to be hauled up the pathway by hand."
Alonso lent a hand to Erickson as they built a home
for a woman and her three daughters, including twin
When finished, the house was two stories with
an open-air veranda on the ground floor, with some
original Alonso creations added as decorations. Houses
aren't air-conditioned in Puerto Viejo, but the cool sea
breezes and pleasant climate keep the air refreshed.
But building a home wasn't the only thing different
between Anna Maria Island and Puerto Viejo.
"There's only one market and it's not even a super-
market. It's got everything you need, but most people just
shop for what food they're going to eat that day. There
are only a few cars, so everyone rides a bike. There's
nothing like a mall, supermarket or shopping center."
That's not to say, however, that there isn't delivery
"Every day, the taco man rides his bicycle to your
house with fresh tacos. Then, the fishermen come in
the afternoon with the day's catch, and the chicken lady
comes around to see if you need anything. It's really
the old-fashioned way to do business."
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planned affair. "You don't just get in your car and drive
a few minutes, get what you want and come home,"
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the unpaved roads, and it's certainly a good way to
improve your health, the artist said with a laugh.
"You have to be strong to ride a bike over those
Alonso took to the three girls in their new house as
his adopted grand-daughters.
"They are just wonderful kids and so eager to learn
anything about America and learn English. And they
live a much simpler life than our kids."
The girls don't have cell phones or PlayStations or
electrical toys, but use their imaginations to make things
for their Barbie dolls. "They are so happy with their
lives. They get up each morning and iron their school
uniforms, then, after school, help around the house until
it's time for homework. They have television, but they
don't watch it very much. They prefer to make their
things to have fun. They are just amazing girls."
And it's not so bad having a new house about 100
yards from the ocean.
"It's just a gorgeous beach. There are no tourists,
the water is crystal-clear and the surfing would be just
tremendous,"Alonso added, noting that he occasionally
spotted a few surfers in the waters.
But all things said and done, Alonso's not ready
to leave Anna Maria Island for the simple life of Costa
"This Island is our roots," he said, but he and his
wife Miren plan to go back in April for another visit.
"We just want to help the family. They are just
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By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city commissioners Jan. 23 indi-
cated their support for rezoning a set of properties west
of the state erosion control line for conservation.
With the OK, commissioners dispensed with the
one lingering question they had with a proposed update
in the city's land development code.
The next step in adopting the revised code a
draft document that was two years in the making is
to hold public hearings.
The city commission met in its chambers at city
hall. The meeting a regular session and work ses-
sion lasted about 20 minutes, with commissioners
quickly addressing routine business.
The most significant development during the meet-
ing took place during the work session, when the one
outstanding question commissioners had on the pro-
posed LDC was answered.
The question pertained to the proposed rezoning of
properties south of 31st Street and seaward of the state
erosion control line from R-4 to conservation, which is
the present designation for the area on the city's future
Bill Brisson, of Brisson Planning Solutions, said
he recommended the change for consistency's sake.
He added that the lots are not buildable and should
be designated for conservation "as should all other
properties occupied by beach soils and lying west of
But Brisson, commissioners and the city attorney,
Patricia Petruff, wanted to research the nature of a court
case out of Walton County before incorporating the
change in the draft LDC.
Petruff, in a memo that commissioners reviewed
last week, gave the go-ahead for the change.
"I researched whether current case law prohibits the
use of erosion control lines as boundaries for conserva-
tion zoning districts," Petruff wrote.
The attorney examined the Walton County case
involving a dispute between property owners and state
and county governments.
Petruff concluded that "the case pertains to a
slightly different issue" in that property owners in
Walton County "were losing their property boundaries
based on where the state and county were going to place
the erosion control line.
"The city is not attempting to take property from
the current property owners by claiming rights to the
property beyond the erosion control line," Petruff con-
tinued. "Rather ... the city is merely using the ero-
sion control line as a zoning-district border. Therefore,
regardless of how the Walton County case comes out,
if the city determines that the erosion control line is a
legitimate line to demarcate the beginning of a conser-
vation zoning district, then the Walton County case will
not likely affect whether the rezoning is valid."
After reviewing Petruff's memo, Sandy Haas-
Martens, commission chair, said, "I think we're OK
City staff, commissioners and the planning board
have been working with Brisson on revising the code
since June 2004.
"The city wanted the code more easily understand-
able for the population in general and for the city staff,"
said Brisson, a planning consultant since 1971. "The
primary purpose of what we' ve been doing is to make
"We're trying to catch up and clean up the LDC,"
Bill Saunders, assistant superintendent in the city's
building department, said. "We're trying to make it
more understandable, to have a consistent plan for the
For Saunders and the city building department staff,
the LDC serves as a bible.
"It covers everything we do in this department,"
Saunders said. "It covers your lot size, how you use
your land, your heights of buildings and how zoning
districts are defined and what you can do in each dis-
trict. It covers land development."
The process is nearing completion, with the excep-
tion of the rules for signs.
"We're very close to finishing everything," said
Brisson, who has worked with more than 50 munici-
palities over the last three decades. "In the sense that it
is reformatted, more usable, simplified, updated, made
more modem with definitions and procedures."
The first public hearing on the proposed LDC could
take place as early Feb. 27, followed by a second hear-
ing in March.
In other business, the commission:
Appointed Scott Rudacille, Peter Robertson and
Allen V. Guy to the city's personnel board.
"We're reactivating the personnel board," Haas-
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said the board is made
up of three permanent members and, if a dispute arises
over an employee dismissal, two additional members
would be added to consider the case.
Bohnenberger said that in all his years with the city
the board met only once.
Rudacille's experience includes membership in
the Florida Bar Association and the Florida Planning
and Zoning Association and service on the Anna Maria
Island Community Center board of trustees and the
Manatee County Gator Club board.
Robertson is a past president of the Key Royale
Resident Owner Association and currently the group's
beautification chair. He's also involved in the Kiwanis
Guy is a member of the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis
Club, a past member of the city's board of adjustment
and a board member of Westbay Point and Moorings
Appointed former city commissioner Don Malo-
ney as a second Holmes Beach citizen advisor to the
Island Transportation Planning Organization.
"I just want you to know this is the first thing I've
won in years," joked Maloney, who was defeated in a
race for a seat on the city commission in November
Discussed how often public works employees
clean the rest rooms for the recreational field in response
to a complaint the mayor received. With the facilities
near city hall "getting a lot of use," Bohnenberger said
he "told public works to double their checks on the
Postponed discussion on several work session
topics, including outdoor lodging and an expansion of
the number of streets allowing golf carts.
Commissioners cancelled a meeting for Feb. 13,
making their next scheduled meeting Feb. 27.
Holmes Beach seeks parks
Holmes Beach city officials are seeking applicants
to fill two vacancies on the parks and beautification
Two people recently resigned, leaving five people
on the seven-member advisory board. Kim Kuizon
resigned to complete a degree at Manatee Community Col-
lege and prepare for attending the University of Florida in
August. Rosann Creed resigned for personal reasons.
The committee generally meets the first Wednesday
of each month but takes a hiatus from June through
"Because of this interlude, part-time residents are
urged to consider serving on the committee," said Jim
Dunne, the committee's chairman.
Applications to serve on the committee are avail-
able from Lori Kee, assistant city clerk, at Holmes
Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
The committee hopes to review applications on
Feb. 7 to make a recommendation to the mayor, who
will then formally recommend candidates to the city
For more information, call 708-5800.
Merged grandparents group
meets Jan. 31
The merged Love and Logic and Home Again groups,
for parenting and grandparenting respectively, will meet
from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the School for
Constructive Play, 304 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Those attending may register by calling the sponsor-
ing Anna Maria Island Community Center, 778-1908.
THE ISLANDER J JAN. 31, 2007 0 11
Island visitor names quilt 'Patches of Paradise'
Contest winner, friends
The winner of the contest to name the quilt made for the Island Tour of Homes in March meets the makers,
members of the Eyeland Needlers:from left, Marcia Powers, Joan Pettigrew, winner Dennis Pickett of Chi-
cago, Penny Reinholz, Mary Jo Gaspari, Anne Horne, Betsy Smith and Dolores Harrell.
The big prize at the Anna Maria Island Tour of
Homes in March will be named "Patches of Paradise,"
deemed a fitting title for the handmade quilt.
Sewn by the Eyeland Needlers, it is indeed a
patchwork, organized into beauty by the members
of the sewing group that meets regularly to put it all
The name came out of a contest, whose winner gets
50 tickets in the drawing. There actually are two win-
ners, a visiting couple from Chicago Mr. and Mrs.
Dennis Pickett. He won the prize, but he's sharing it
with his wife.
Pickett won over 130 other entrants. The Needlers
- women all expressed delight that a man had won
this year, and noted that wide interest among males was
evident in the contest.
Chances to win the quilt are $1 each, six for $5,
and are on sale at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center's temporary quarters in a trailer behind St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach, and at Green Real Estate of Anna Maria, the
quilt's official sponsor, 9906 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
The quilt will go to the lucky ticket holder in the
drawing March 17, the day of the Tour of Homes. The
winner need not be present to get the quilt.
Proceeds of the prize drawing and the home tour
go to the Center.
Books of all flavors will be offered at cut rates in
the book sale by Friends of the Island Branch Library
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2 and 3.
It will be the headline event of the February library
program as it hits its full stride during the winter season.
There will be a preview sale from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday,
open only to current members of the Friends organi-
zation. The public sale will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Other items on the calendar:
Family story hour 10 a.m. Feb. 6.
Also on Feb. 6, free lawn-sprinkler tune-up kits will
be offered by the Manatee County Extension Service,
from 10 a.m. until noon.
Diana Molesko will present "Global Climate
Change: Securing the Future" at 2 p.m. Feb. 7.
Internet class for beginners 8:30 a.m. Feb. 5 and
12, with advance registration required by phoning 778-
"Machu Picchu" will be presented by March and
Jerry East in the Family Travel series at 2 p.m. Feb. 10.
Also on that day, family origami with Judy Pruitt, 10
a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Fishing With Zach Zacharias," longtime fishing
guide who lives in Cortez, in the "Local Business"
series, 5 p.m. Feb. 12.
Dr. John Mellon will review Philip Roth's new
book, "Everyman," at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb.13.
Friends Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Feb.
The Friends Board of Directors will meet at 9:30
a.m. Feb. 16.
Rick Catlin, Gene Cominick, Robert Fondes, Jack
Hubbard, Jim Kissick and Siegfried Mauritz will appear
at a session in the Local Authors series titled "War
Heroes," 2 p.m. Feb. 20.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily, closing at 8 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday,
5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is at 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, phone 778-6341.
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AID marks 25 years of aid, unity
By Lisa Neff
All Island Denominations on Sunday celebrated 25
years of helping people weather life's storms on Anna
Along the way, said the Rev. Gary Batey, pastor
of Roser Memorial Community Church, the group has
shined a light on common ground.
"Because of the churches' different denominational
backgrounds, we have some differences of doctrine,
practice and emphasis," Batey said. "And yet we know
that the things which unite us are more significant than
the things which divide us."
The celebration in which AID marked more than
two decades of charity and unity took place at Roser
in Anna Maria.
The all-volunteer non-profit organization exists to
provide charitable assistance to people, as well as to
promote interfaith activities. Over the years, the work
Organizing ecumenical services, holiday pro-
grams and prayer days.
Assisting individuals and families with financial
needs. AID distributes more than $1,200 a month in emer-
gency financial assistance, usually partial payments for rent,
utilities, medications, or gasoline, according to Batey
Providing storm relief. After Hurricane Char-
ley hit, the community channeled more than $10,000
through AID to help
storm victims in
Arcadia and Wau-
for educations and
shelter and build-
ing a Habitat for
The Rev. Gary Batey Humanity home.
Operating a food bank and providing holiday bas-
kets to families. Each month AID distributes dozens of
bags stocked with groceries, Batey said.
Honoring humanitarian service.
"AID's role, to me, is to serve others," said Kass
Martin, a St. Bernard Catholic Church representative
with AID. "This ecumenical group helps the person
when he or she is in great need.... And the icing on the
cake is that members of AID learn to understand each
other more and more."
"We are usually only fearful and bigoted with what
we are ignorant of," said Geri Cannon, who learned
about AID at her church, St. Bernard. 'This organiza-
tion helps tear down these walls and allows us to get
Flutist Mary Deur performs "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken" during the service at Roser. She was
accompanied by pianist Debbie Hall. Islander photos: Lisa Neff
to know each other."
A board made up of religious leaders and lay per-
sons from Island congregations governs AID, which
operates by bylaws and meets most months at a differ-
ent house of worship.
"It is unique that all the church denominations have
joined hands and pooled resources to cooperate with
each other," said AID board member Trudy Horigan.
"I am not aware of anywhere in the country that this
The All Island Ecumenical Choir sings the anthem
"Come, Christians, Join to Sing during the All Island
Denominations 25th annual celebration Sunday.
Author writes of good life, good eating
By Lisa Neff
The Atlantic coast has its South Beach Diet.
The Pacific coast has its Beverly Hills Diet.
Now the Gulf coast has the Bradenton Beach
Nurse and diabetic educator Susan L. Parker-Heitel
has authored the "Bradenton Beach Diet," a 65-page
diet and recipe book under the cover of a Bradenton
The fifth-generation Floridian grew up in Sarasota
and lives in Northwest Bradenton.
She took an interest in nutrition as a healthcare
professional and as a mother of two children living
Parker-Heitel cooked up the recipes and narrative
in "Bradenton Beach Diet" from her kitchen near Palma
"So why do I call this diet the Bradenton Beach
Diet?" Parker-Heitel writes in her book. "Maybe
because it is only a few miles from my house, but the
real reason is because to me Bradenton Beach represents
not only the good life, but it is also an affordable place
'This diet is intended to be an affordable alterna-
tive to some of the other diets that prove to be quite
expensive, and the recipes, albeit wonderful, are quite
intricate to prepare."
The Bradenton Beach Diet, Parker-Heitel says, is
for regular, working folks "busy people who need a
formula to get their lifestyle back on track."
A "Bradenton Beach Diet" day might include berry
cheesecake muffins for breakfast, deviled egg for snack,
hamburger patty and salad for lunch, and steak, salad and
veggies for dinner, including berry pie and milk for dessert.
Sound like a diet? Well, the berry cheesecake muf-
fins are made with Kashi Go Lean cereal. The pie is
made with unsweetened fruit, sugar substitute and Fiber
'The Bradenton Beach Diet is a diet high in low-fat
dairy calcium, high in protein and fiber, it is low in transfat
and low in starchy carbohydrate," Parker-Heitel says.
The diet, she adds, is intended to help change life-
Frank McGrath, AID's president, said the organi-
zation's strength comes from the participation of lay
persons and the cooperation of the Island churches.
Changes in church leadership have led to changes, year
to year, for AID.
"We would like to thinkAID has grown more respon-
sive to the needs of our community," said McGrath,
whose involvement in ecumenical and interfaith activity
dates back 50 years to work with the Chicago Archdio-
cese. "Certainly the organizing concept behind AID, to
be a clearinghouse for direct and indirect aid to those in
need on the Island, remains our primary responsibility."
AID originated in 1982, founded by the Rev. Myron
Bunnell, a pastor at Harvey Memorial Community
Church, Joe Kane, a member of Harvey, and Brendan
Green, a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church.
The Rev. Frank W. Hutchison Scholarship for Pro-
fessional and Vocational Training was created in 1995,
named for Roser's minister of 14 years.
AID's largest physical project to date involved the
construction of a single-family home in Palmetto, part
of the Village of
the Palms neigh-
borhood that Man-
atee County Habi-
tat for Humanity is
at half-way," local
tive director Mary
Kay Williams said,
referring to the vil- The Rev. Dr. Frank McGrath
large project. To
date, 17 of 34 homes have been built.
AID promoted and coordinated special giving from
Island congregations and individual donors to sponsor
construction of the Habitat home at 510 11th St. Drive
In addition to raising more than $25,000 for the
cost, an amount matched by a Selby Foundation grant,
Island churches recruited volunteers to help raise the
An open house took place in November 2006, when
Brenda Posada, her children and her father moved into
the home surrounded by a picket fence.
"It was a wonderful partnership," Williams said.
'The Island churches understood the importance of
what having a house means for a family, that it changes
"We are very aware that giving assistance in ways
that keep people dependent and powerless really is no
assistance at all," Batey said. "We do not so much reach
out to help people in their weakness as we assist them
reach out to their own strength. Our help is not meant
to be palliative, but redemptive and restorative."
THE ISLANDER U JAN. 31, 2007 U 13
Robert H. Atwood
Robert H. Atwood, 86, of Anna Maria, Bradenton
and Linden, Tenn., died Jan. 18.
Born in Waterbury, Conn., Mr. Atwood came to
Anna Maria Island in 1938. He was a pharmacist at
Sharp's Drugs in Bradenton for 25 years. He served as
a medic in the infantry in the U.S. Army during World
War II. He served in the European theater, including the
Battle of the Bulge and was awarded two Bronze Stars
for bravery and a Purple Heart. He was a graduate of
the University of Florida.
Memorial services will be held at a later date in
Tennessee. Memorial contributions may be made to the
Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 A.C. Skinner Pkwy.,
Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eleanor;
sons Robert and his wife Elaine of Tallahassee, and
Cory of Linden; daughter Wendy Advocate and her
husband Michael of Sheffield, Mass.; and grandchil-
dren Sarah, Katie, Morgan, Cole, Jessica, Brian and
Irma Elizabeth Lewis Heinlein
Irma Elizabeth Lewis Heinlein, of Rockville, Md.,
and formerly Holmes Beach, died Jan. 21.
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pany, Londontown Clothiers, National Ice Cream Associa-
tion, Children's Hospital of Washington, D.C., Montgom-
ery County Department of Education and 30 years with
the Spanish Main Yacht Club of Longboat Key.
Services were private. Memorial contributions may
be made in her name to the Christopher Neal Heinlein
Memorial Scholarship Fund, University of Wisconsin
Foundation, 1848 University Ave., Madison WI 53708.
The family guestbook can be accessed online at
She is survived by daughter Carol Soo and her
husband Mike of Rockville; son Terrance G. and his
wife Andrea of Weston, Mass., and Jonathan of Weston;
grandchildren Monica Soo of San Francisco, Erin Crane
of Richmond, Va.; and 35 nieces and nephews.
Pancakes, bake sale Sunday
A pancake breakfast and baked goods sale will be
from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at St. Bernard Cath-
olic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The menu includes orange juice, sausage, coffee,
milk and "all the pancakes you can eat," said the spon-
sors. Details are available at 778-4769.
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Dead turtle washes ashore
Volunteers Bill Geerts, from left, Trisha White and
Anna Maria Schlarp, far right, help Suzi Fox of Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch wrap a dead loggerhead
turtle in a sheet Jan. 22. "It's to give the turtle some
dignity," Fox, center, said of the covering prior to
burial by Holmes Beach public works employees. The
turtle was found on the Gulf shore near 66th Street
in Holmes Beach and reported to AMITW and the
Holmes Beach Police Department. "It'd been sick
for a while," Fox said after a brief examination at
the water's edge. She said red tide may have been a
factor, adding that the turtle was the second found
dead here in three days. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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Athletic stars of yesteryear to be honored
Two great athletes are coming to the Island to help
raise money for St. Bernard Catholic Church at "An
Evening With Sports Legends" Sunday, Feb. 11.
They are John Lattner, Notre Dame All American
and Heisman Trophy winner, and Ken Geiger, former
head scout for the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts
and New Orleans Saints.
They will be the focus of a festive evening starting
with a social hour at 5 p.m. at the church, sponsored by
the Women's Guild and the Holy Name Society.
Tickets at $100 are available at the church office,
with proceeds to be used to repair and repave the church
parking lot. Dinner at 6 p.m. will follow the social hour
and silent auction, then a live auction at 7.
To be auctioned are Notre Dame football tickets,
a Mike Ditka-autographed football, paintings, hotel/
casino weekend, autographed Andre Agassi tennis rac.
quet, and an all-day fishing trip.
Islander Thomas' work comes home for showing
By Lisa Neff
There's white paint splattered on Richard Thomas'
The paint catches the eye because the eye's drawn
to Thomas' legs, which bounce with a nervous energy
as he talks about art and his work in his studio in the
building he owns that houses the Anna Maria Island Art
"I work very quickly," he says. "I draw very
quickly and then I add color later on. ... If I take my
time, I kill it."
The Art League will present the "Richard Thomas
- Drawings and Paintings" exhibit from Feb. 9 through
Feb. 28. An opening reception for guests to meet the
artist is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 9
"It's an honor and a privilege to have Richard Thomas'
work here," says league director Joyce Karp. "Ifyou'veseen
his work, you understand."
"His work is amazing," says Daniel Schwertman,
owner of Serendipity Gallery in Boca Grande. The gal-
lery features Thomas' work. "Through the years I've
seen his work just blossom into an amazing style."
Thomas grew up outside Tampa '"We used to come to
the Island from Lakeland. It was the getaway," he says.
Thomas settled on Anna Maria Island about 25 years
ago, where he and his wife are raising two children -
one now a college student working toward a master's
degree and the other a Manatee High School student.
He began seriously drawing and painting in the
mid-1980s when he and his wife owned a bookstore
on Gulf Drive in Anna Maria.
He still draws in bookstores, sometimes staking out
a quiet spot in a Barnes & Noble. He also likes to draw
in coffee houses and cafes and outdoors, on the streets
of Key West or Boca Grande. Thomas looks for subjects
that interest him. "It has nothing to do with beauty," he
says. "I don't really want to draw Barbie dolls."
Schwertman metThomas about eight years ago on
Magic of Manatee annual show
coming Feb. 3
Magic of Manatee choral group will stage its
annual show and concert Feb. 3 at Neel Performing
Arts Center, director Lois VanBeek has announced.
The title of the show is "Glory of Love?" Special
guest performers will be the Last Call quartet, 2005
Florida men's barbershop quarter champion group.
Participating from Anna Maria Island will be Ellen
Linsley, Judy McClarren, Sharon Rogers-Barron, Marge
Malin and Jeanette Rothberg.
The Neel Center is on the Manatee Community
College campus at 5849 26th St. W., Bradenton.
Further information may be obtained and tickets
arranged at $16 by calling 794-0218, 779-1416 or778-
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Richard Thomas works in a studio adjacent to the
Anna Maria Island Art League Gallery. The Island-
er's work will be featured in an exhibit in the gallery
Feb. 9 through Feb. 28. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Meet the artist:
Richard Thomas' art opening and
welcome reception 6.9 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 9.
the streets of Boca Grande, where the artist was draw-
ing and painting. The gallery owner says he appreci-
ates Thomas' freestyle approach and his commitment
to creating genuine art rather than money-making art.
"I don't think he worries too much about that,"
Schwertman says in regards to money, though Thomas
does have a following and his work can be found in
about 600 collections.
"I'm painting for me," Thomas acknowledges.
Over the years, he has drawn and painted land-
scapes, portraits, collages and figures. He works often
in pencil and watercolor and he avoids using photo-
graphs for reference.
"I'm after a likeness" rather than imitation or exac-
titude, Thomas says. Working from photographs can
interfere with the impression of the image in his mind,
can stifle expression and any abstraction.
He works during the day. "I'm dad at night and on
weekends," he says. "That's my No. 1 job anyway."
His studio is arranged for contemplation and con-
versation, as well as for work. Several homey chairs are
arranged on a rug for visitors to sit a spell just inside the
entrance. Near a back window washed in sunlight are
an easel and a paint-splattered sink. Small newspaper
and magazine clippings of other artists' work are taped
to a wall. "Just things I like," says Thomas.
The studio lacks finished pieces, which have been
sent out for frames for the upcoming show. So Thomas
pulls from a drawer a brochure containing several
examples of his work pencil and watercolor paint-
ings of an older man, wearing beachwear, resting in
a chair. The subject matter is not out of the ordinary
- older men in beachwear can be seen daily on Anna
Maria. But the images, only copies of Thomas' actual
work, draw the viewer close. The man seems so at rest,
so at peace in a bed of late-afternoon sunshine that the
viewer's impulse is to be quiet so as not to stir him.
"He's a keen observer of human nature," says Mark
Ormond, an independent curator who has worked with
Thomas in the past.
"There's a psychic content" to Thomas' art, says
artist Helen Romeike, a friend and colleague who helped
Thomas chose the pieces for the league exhibit. That
psychic content, she says, elicits a psychic response
from the viewer.
Romeike finds depth and consistency in Thomas'
art, especially in his figures. "We are able to feel some-
thing in ourselves," she says. "It's the most gratifying
thing we can experience."
In the gallery next to the studio, visitors will soon
find about 40 pieces by Thomas, most of them small-
format paintings focused on a single figure isolated on
a geometric ground.
Thomas' supporters say the opening should be
inspiring and exciting.
The quality of work, says Romeike, will enhance
Two weeks before the exhibit, Thomas stands in his
studio near a bold painting of a pair of old, canvas work
gloves. He hasn't decided whether to include the paint-
ing in the show. "I thought they were interesting," he
says of the gloves as he points out the patterns, colors,
shapes and lines.
"I love line more than anything,"Thomas says, his
legs still bouncing, suggesting an eagerness to get back
Kiwanis 'Sweetheart dance' set for Feb. 8
The 15th annual big band dance celebrating munity Center and is being held this year at the
Valentine's Day and featuring the Bob Zimmer- church because the Center is under construction.
man Orchestra, will be from 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 8 at Everyone is welcome and event tickets are $12
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, per person and may be obtained by calling Sandy
Holmes Beach. Haas-Martens at 778-1383 or the Center at 778-
The dance is a benefit for the Anna Maria Com- 1908.
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Lattner won the Heisman Trophy in 1953 for his
performance at Notre Dame, after winning Maxwell
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Steelers before entering the military service as an Air
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College in 1952 and then joined the Army to serve with
the 101st Airborne. He coached football and wrestling
while earning his master's degree, then taught and coached
high school in Cicero, Ill. He became a scout for the Bears
in 1983 and was with them when they won the 1985 Super
Bowl. He also scouted for the Colts and Saints.
Tickets and additional information may be obtained
by calling 778-4769.
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Three Rotarians to speak in
'Getting to Know You'
Three members of the Anna Maria Island
Rotary Club will tell about themselves in the "Get-
ting to Know You" program at the club's lunch
meeting at noon Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Complete details may be obtained by calling
Fletcher 'Artist of Month'
at Island Gallery West
Nature photographer Joe Fletcher is Febru-
ary's "Artist of the Month" at the Island Gallery
West, and his photos will be on display through
The gallery is at 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sat-
urday. Complete details may be obtained by phoning
'" '' founding president of
the Artists Guild of
Anna Maria Island, will
be the featured artist
at the guild's Valen-
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A to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb.
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Young author meets mayor
Rich Bohnenberger, left, Kiwanis Club member and
mayor of Holmes Beach, was a winner at the club's
Saturday morning breakfast meeting at Cafe on the
Beach in Holmes Beach. Bohnenberger was pleased
to have his name drawn by young author Matthew
Boerner, 11, who gave the mayor a copy of his book,
"The Great Dolphin Door." Boerner spoke to the
40-plus members and visitors about his writing
experience. This Saturday's meeting features another
author, club member and retired veterinarian Blake
Graham. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Card party at St. Bernard
The annual winter card party sponsored by the St.
Bernard Council of Catholic Women will begin at 1
p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31.
It will be at the church's activity center, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. It will feature cards,
games and homemade desserts, said the CCW, which
added "bring your playing cards, score pads or favorite
Tickets at $10 are available after each mass or by
Schedule special Valentines singers now
Personal musical valentines will be delivered again
this year by members of the Gulfcoast Sandpipers Bar-
bershop Chorus, including Islander Charlie Caniff,
third from left. The barbershoppers will sing to a val-
entine recipient for $40 Feb. 13 or 14 at "any location
at almost any time of the day or early evening." For
your valentine, call 778-4590 or 727-4000.
Saturday demo features watercolor
Island Gallery West in Holmes Beach continues its
Saturday morning art program with Jean Ehlis demon-
strating "Watercolor" from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 3. The
gallery, an artist cooperative featuring the works of
many local artists and crafters, is located at 5368 Gulf
Drive. There is no charge and the public is invited.
CCW and Holy Name Society presents
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007
5 pm Social Hour and Silent Auction
6 pm Dinner
7 pm Live Auction
Notre Dame football tickets Mike Ditka autographed football Paintings Hotel casino weekend Autographed
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8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Keys Chamber of
Commerce hosts a coffee connection, chamber office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466.
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Diana ell teaches sewing, embroidery and
quilting at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
1 p.m. -The annual Winter Card Party presented bythe St. Bernard
Guild takes place in the church's activity center, 248 S. Harbor Drive.
6p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A group for parents and grandparents spon-
sored by the Anna Maria Island Community Center meets atthe School for
Constructive Play, 304 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
7p.m. State Rep. Bill Galvano will join Manatee County Commis-
sioner Jane von Hahmann to talk aboutthe insurance crisis at her district
meeting at the Manatee County Water Department, 4410 66th St. W.,
Thursday, Feb. 1
9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Art League hosts a
yoga class, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. information 778-2099.
9:30 a.m. to noon Artist Susie Cotton teaches the Anna Maria
Island Community Center intermediate watercolor class at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. information 778-
1908. Fee applies.
3 p.m. to 5p.m. The Gulf Drive Band performs for Jazz Fest
outdoors at the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine A e. Anna
Maria. Bring chairs, information: 778-0492.
7p.m. Bingo gets called at the Annie Sii er Community Center,
corner of 23rd Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-
Friday, Feb. 2
'0 ;L' a rm to 11:30a.m. Larry Auert.ach offers instruction in bridge
play through the Anna Maria Island Community Center at the Volunteer
Fire Hall, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1908.
10:30 a.m. to noon Line dancing sponsored by the Anna Maria
Community Center takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive. information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. --Anna Maria Island
Community Center hosts Food for Life cooking session, "Immune-Boost-
ing Foods," at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-1908.
5 p.m. to 7p.m. Sato Real Estate launches the "First Friday
Revelry" cocktail hour to meet and greet the neighbors, Roser Cottage,
519 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-7200.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The fourth annual Friends of Myakka River
Nature-Adventure series kicks off the season with an "Owl Prowl" at
Myakka River State Park. The series continues through May 12. Informa-
6p.m. to 9:30p.m. -The Bradenton Village of theArts hosts an art
walk between Ninth Street West and 14th Street West and Ninth Avenue
West and 'th Avenue West in Bradenton. Information: 356-3291.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island hosts a
reception for Genevieve Itan, the .uilds founding president and fea-
tured artist in February, at the gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Saturday, Feb. 3
7:30 a.m. to noon Manatee County Audubon Society invites
visitors to "he Felts Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. information.
8:30 a.m.- TheAnna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets for breakfast
and to hear veterinarian and author Blake Graham at Cafe on the Beach,
Manatee Public Beach, information: www.annamariakiwanis.org.
9a.m. to I p.m. A"white elephant" sale takes place at the Episco-
pal Church of the -.nnunciation, -44-06 Gulf Dr, e, Holmes Beach. Informa-
9a.m. to 1p.m.- A"huge rummage sale" takes place at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
9:30 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. The Pilates class sponsored by the
Anna Maria Island Community Center takes place at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. information: 778-1908.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -The Manatee Convention and Civic Center hosts
-he second annu al r.e of Sail, Age of Steam Model Exhibition sponsored
by the Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez and other groups at the civic
center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. information: 941-722-3244.
'0 am to 3p.m. Frenjs of the Island Library hold an annual book
sale, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - The Bradenton Village of the Arts hosts
an art walk between Ninth Street West and 14th Street West and Ninth
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, ELCA
Pastor Rosemary W. Backer
Saturday 5pm Service of Celebration
unday 8 & 10:30am Worship Service
Nursery available at 10:30am
Youth Sunday School 10 30am
6608 Manrina Drive
Avenue West and 17th Avenue West in Bradenton. Information: 356-
2p.m. and 7p.m. Magic of Manatee Sweet Adelines presents"The
Glory of Love?" concert, Neel Performing Arts Center, Manatee Community
College. Information: 794-0218. Fee applies.
Sunday, Feb. 4
On Super Bowl Sunday, the Chicago Bears play the Indianapolis
Colts in Miami. The pre-game festivities on CBS begin at noon.
8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. St. Bernard Catholic Church's Holy Name
Society holds a pancake breakfast in the church activity room, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies.
Monday, Feb. 5
8:30 a.m. The Island Branch Library offers a basic Internet class
at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Art League hosts a
yoga class, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
10:15 a.m. The Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island Branch
_-i.rar:, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 761-9036.
4 p.m. Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a Monday@Mote program
featuringg Dr. John Reynolds of the Center for Marine Mammal and Sea
Turtle Pesearch, at Mote, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Informa-
tion: 941-388-4441, ext. 691.
6:30 p.m. The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island holds a general
meeting at the Church of Annunciation in Holmes Beach. Information:
7p.m. Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a special lecture, "Carnival
of Sea Creatures," 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information:
941-388-4441, ext. 691.
10 a.m. Famil; storytime is at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, information: 778-6341.
10 a.m. The annual Wisconsin Day event, with a potluci .uffet,
takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 746-2312.
10:30 a.m. to 1p.m. Artist Susie Cotton teaches the Anna Maria
Island Community Center intermediate watercolor class at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
10a.m. to noon -The Manatee County Extension Service distrib-
utes free lawn-sprinkler tune-up kits at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, information 722-4524.
Noon -Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a"get-
-ingto i no.' .ou" talk from three members at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 447-5362.
2p.m. and 7p.m. The Friends of Mote Library present author
Patricia Gussin as part of the Mystery Author Lecture & Book Signing
series at Mote Marine Laboratory's Buchanan Room, 1600 Ken Thompson
Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4441, ext. 333. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Feb. 7
7a.m. to 8a.m. -The Anna Maria City Pier Regulars meet at Anna
Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-7062.
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Diana Kelly teaches sewing, embroidery and
quilting at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 PineAve., Anna Maria.
2p.m. -Diana Milesko speaks about global warming at the Island
Branch Librar,, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
*The Island Players present Smell of the I Ill' through Feb. 4 at 8
p.m. Tuesday throughh Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sunday, 10009 3ulf
Drive. Information: 778-5755.
James Pay Exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Feb. 2. Information: 778-2099.
*Dr. Kenneth Alonso discusses Christian mystics in "The Way of the
Heart," 7 p.m. Monday through March 26 at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
A variety of classes from basic drawing to stained glass to oil
painting are under way at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
Horseshoes get tossed in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., with
warmups at 8:45 a.m.
*The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., opens
on Wednesday at 10 a.m. .,ith the smell of Settler s Bread," available
for $4 a loaf.
*The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts a variety of pro-
grams and classes through the season, most of the adult sessions taking
place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
*In February, :he Longboat Key Center for the Arts hosts "Creation-
ism vs. Evolution"-- he .orl of Fernando Madridejos in the Glen Gallery,
the work of sculptor Jorge Marin in the members gallery and a fundrais-
ing exhibit in the Durante Gallery, 6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat Key.
information: 383-2345. Fee applies.
Feb. 8 the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island presents the 15th
annual Big Band Dance at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Information: 778-
Feb. 9 a nature tour takes place at DeSoto National Monument.
Feb. 10 the Anna Maria Island Privateers hold a Thieves Market,
Coquina Beach. Information: 727-214-8903.
Feb. 11 the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus & Orchestra
concert is An Opera Sampler, Island Baptist Church. information. 794-
Save the Date:
*Tie third ....ee end in February, Feb. 17-18, brings the Cortez Com-
Tercial Fishing Festi al to the historic village. Information: www.fishnews.
Send calendar listings to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include time, date
and location of the event and a contact number.
Historical society hosts chamber
Supporters of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society host members of the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce on a rainy Jan. 23. The chamber's business card exchange took place on the society's museum
grounds in Anna Maria. Pictured are, from left, Tom Quinn, Jill Salazar, Ilona Kenrick, historical society
director Sissy Quinn, Jeff Kenrick, Lauren Sato and chamber president Mary Ann Brockman. The Sun House
restaurant, Publix Super Market and Sato Real Estate donated the food spread on tables under a tent. Inside
the museum, chamber members networked and purchased $5 tickets for the historical society's Carnival Cruise
to the Caribbean raffle. A ticket holder will be declared a winner March 3. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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Veterinarian Graham to tell
Kiwanis of experiences
Dr. Blake Graham will discuss his book, telling of
his experiences as a veterinarian, when the Kiwanis Club
of Anna Maria Island meets at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
The club's weekly breakfast meeting is held at the Cafe
on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Additional
information may be obtained by calling 778-7646.
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Lunch: Tacos or Breaded Chicken Patty on Bun,
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Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Cereal, Toast,
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By Rick Catlin
The owner of the Roser Cottage on Pine Avenue
in Anna Maria plans to convert the nearly 100-year-
old structure into a real estate office after an apparent
unsuccessful effort the past two years to sell the prop-
erty as a residence.
Owner Jacob Martin's preliminary site plan to con-
vert the property use gained approval from the planning
and zoning board Jan. 22 and the city commission gave
final approval to the plan at its Jan. 24 meeting.
By Friday, Jan. 26, Sato Real Estate Inc. was open
for business in Roser Cottage, to the relief of Barbara
Sato, broker, who anxiously awaited the approval.
Attorney Scott Rudacille, representing Martin, said
there would be no exterior changes to the cottage.
"The applicant will maintain this historic structure"
that is a great asset for a "walking community," Rudac-
ille told the board.
The board unanimously agreed to the preliminary
'First Friday Revelry' event
at Roser Cottage
A new neighborhood series, "First Friday Rev-
elry," will be inaugurated from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 2
at Roser Cottage, 519 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Sponsored by Sato Real Estate Inc., which now
calls the cottage "home," it will be "a relaxed cock-
tail hour with the opportunity to meet and greet
neighbors," said Sato agent Ilona Kenrick. Details
are available at 778-7200.
site plan along with a variance request to build a handi-
cap access ramp outside the building.
In other P&Z matters, the board changed its regular
meeting dates from the third Monday of every month
to the second Tuesday of every month. The next P&Z
meeting will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the
Holmes Beach commission chambers.
White elephant sale planned at Annunciation church
The women of the Episcopal Church of the Annun- Regina Percy is chairing the sale. Full information
ciation have scheduled a white elephant sale from 9 may be obtained by calling 792-7183.
a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Writers to hear Canadian author
Also for sale will be the church's homemade pick- Writers to hear Canadian author
les, jams and baked goods. The event will be at the Canadian writer Elizabeth Waterston will speak
church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. at a meeting of the Gulf Coast Writers at 10:15 a.m.
The white elephant sale will include such items Monday, Feb. 5, at the Island Branch Library, 5701
as household goods, collectibles, jewelry, books, toys Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
and games. Anyone wishing to make donations may She has written novels and articles and edited a
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heading into World War II
When Bob Rosas of Holmes Beach was a fresh-
man at the University of Minnesota in 1940, recruiters
for the various armed services were lined up to get the
incoming freshman to join a reserve officer's training
"It was only 1940, but I figured that sooner or later
we would be in the war. So I signed up for the Navy
ROTC training program. Besides, they paid you every
month while you were in school, so it wasn't a bad
deal," said Bob. "And I always liked the Navy, even
though I grew up in Minnesota."
An engineering student, Bob and his fellow trainees
were put on an accelerated graduation program after
Pearl Harbor. After most of his class had graduated,
Bob had to spend an additional four months in training
because the Navy wanted him certified as both a deck
and engineering officer.
Commissioned as an ensign in February 1944, Bob
applied for destroyer duty in the Pacific and his request
was, not surprisingly, immediately granted.
"I wasn't looking to be a hero, but I wanted to be
where the action was. I didn't want a stateside desk job
or working at some shipyard." The Navy was more than
happy to honor his request and Bob sailed for Guadal-
canal in 1944 to join the U.S.S. Hailey.
Although the scene of some bitter fighting in 1942,
"The Canal" was secure by the time Bob arrived. He
joined the Hailey as the assistant engineering officer.
The ship sailed the next day to Bougainville, where
it engaged in bombarding enemy positions while the
Marines advanced across the island.
'The ship had already been in action a few months,
so I was lucky that I was with an experienced crew.
After a few days, I felt at home with everybody."
In fact, Bob's dual designation got him assigned as
officer of the deck on many occasions, a rare taste of
responsibility for a young ensign.
'The OOD was basically responsible for the ship.
If I had been assigned to a battleship, I would never
have gotten that duty or experience."
Indeed. Living on a destroyer with just a few hun-
dred men, it didn't take Bob long to know everyone.
"We developed a camaraderie, a friendship. We
would do anything not to let our buddies down, and
Bob Rosas, right, was a newly commissioned U.S. Navy ensign in 1944 when this picture was taken with his
brother Milton, who had just received his wings and lieutenant's bars as a bomber pilot. Milton Rosas was
killed over France on his 23rd mission during World War II.
we would do anything to take care of our men."
After Bougainville, the Hailey aided in one of
the numerous invasions of New Guinea, then headed
north during June 1944 for the invasions of Guam and
Unlike the big battlewagons and carriers, destroy-
ers like the Hailey would operate close to shore during
an invasion, bombarding enemy positions. They were
the closest ships for the Japanese to fire on and every
ship in the Hailey's division was eventually damaged
or sunk during an invasion except for the "lucky
"We said we were lucky because we were the 13th
hull laid down at the Seattle shipyard when it was built
and it was commissioned on a Friday, the 13th. So, we
The Hailey was one of the destroyers assigned to
participate in the invasion of the Philippines at Leyte
Gulf in October 1944. It almost proved the end of the
As Japanese battleships approached the main
invasion force, the Hailey and several other destroy-
ers were ordered to make a torpedo attack against the
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The Japanese task force included the world's larg-
est battleship, the Yamato, and the Japanese fired 18-
inch guns. A single round striking a destroyer would
have blown it to pieces.
"We were going to do our duty, but I think the
feeling among a lot of the guys was that we wouldn't
survive a direct attack," remembered Bob.
One Japanese battleship opened up on the Hailey
and put a salvo of six shells about 500 feet behind the
ship. Another destroyer in the division was hit and sunk
by the Japanese.
While the Japanese and American ships were in
full view of each other and speeding toward a fateful
ending for one of the groups, the Japanese apparently
got some wrong intelligence. They suddenly changed
course and began to withdraw, a move that allowed the
American commanders to cancel the torpedo attack.
Talk about a group of happy sailors, said Bob.
"We learned later that the Japanese apparently
thought we were with a group of carriers and intended
to attack them by air," remembered Bob.
After the Philippines invasion, the Hailey partici-
pated as an escort for American carriers as they bombed
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various Japanese-held islands. That included an opera-
tion in February 1945 just east of Tokyo in which 16
American carriers launched a number of air strikes
against the Japanese homeland.
"We were a diversion for Iwo Jima so that the Japa-
nese wouldn't send reinforcements."
It was during this operation that the Hailey suffered
its only damage during the war.
The ship had just gotten a new skipper and the first
time he tried to take on fuel, he got too close to the
battleship Wisconsin and put a big gash in the Hailey.
"Luckily, it was above the waterline, so we weren't
in danger of sinking."
The ship dropped out of the task force for a few
days while crew members welded steel plates over the
damage. As the Hailey was returning to the task force,
its radar picked up a Japanese patrol boat. The Hailey,
along with some planes from a nearby carrier, finished
off the boat and the Hailey pulled a lone survivor out
of the water.
Unlike most Japanese, this one seemed happy to
surrender. "He was real happy to be rescued," said
In April 1945, the Hailey was assigned as an escort
destroyer to assist in the invasion of Okinawa. As the
aircraft carriers were well offshore, the Hailey was at
sea for 61 days without sighting land.
One day, Japanese airplanes attacked the task force
and, in the resulting anti-aircraft fire, a friendly ship
fired a shell into the Hailey that wounded five crew-
"Luckily, that was the most serious damage we took
during the war. We didn't lose anybody to combat."
It was also the time the Japanese began kamikaze
attacks against American ships. During one such attack,
the Japanese sunk two destroyers in the task force, but
missed the Hailey. "Just lucky again," said Bob.
After 16 months of combat duty, the Hailey was
ordered back to Pearl Harbor in June 1945, then on to
Seattle for some major repairs. While heading to Seattle
in August 1945, Bob and the Hailey crew learned that
an atomic bomb had been dropped on Japan. A few days
later, the Japanese surrendered.
But Bob had already signed up for Naval Aviation
in hopes of becoming a carrier pilot. The Navy dutifully
sent him to Texas for a year to get his wings, but in June
1946, the Navy began to cut back the program.
For Bob, it was time to head home. He received
his release into the inactive reserves and headed back
live in the
to Minneapolis, where he began work as a civil engi-
He married his wife Betty in 1949. They have four
children and five grandchildren.
Bob and Betty first came to Bradenton in 1989 after
he retired as an engineer. He didn't stay retired long.
They bought an orange grove in Hardee County and
were citrus growers for 10 years before retiring to Anna
Maria Island in 1995.
"The Navy helped me a lot in life in dealing with
people and developing people," said Bob. "It gave me
confidence. I was a guy who didn't know much when I
went to the Pacific, but I learned to give advice, how to
take care of the men and how to get people to do what
you want. I wasn't a hero, just an ordinary guy trying
to do his duty, but what a great experience. If I had to,
I'd do it all over again."
Just another member of the Greatest Generation.
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you. Please call Rick Catlin at 778-7978.
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It will be Tuesday, Feb. 6, at St. Bernard Cath-
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and a special guest will be newly appointed Bishop
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native of Wisconsin.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Jan. 20, 301 N. Bay Blvd., criminal mischief.
Someone painted graffiti on the outside walls of the rest
rooms and on a parked tanker at Bayfront Park. Depu-
ties did not believe the "tags" were gang related.
Jan. 25, Palmetto and Gulf drives, hit and run. Dep-
uties noticed a fire hydrant tilted at a 45-degree angle
and suspected it had been hit by a dual-axle vehicle.
Damage to the hydrant was estimated at $1,000.
Jan. 21, 500 block Gulf Drive South, disorderly
intoxication and resisting arrest with violence. Police
were dispatched to deal with an apparently intoxicated
couple on Bridge Street. Police took the pair to Coquina
Beach to sober up. Several hours later, police were
called again and located the same couple arguing as
they walked back from the beach toward Bridge Street.
The woman attempted to run away from officers, and
was nearly hit by the Island Trolley. She was handcuffed
and placed in a patrol car, when she began to kick the
windows of the vehicle. She was pepper-sprayed in an
attempt to quiet her and then taken to jail.
Jan. 22, 200 block Gulf Drive North, possession
of controlled substance. While on a routine traffic stop
for a tail light being out on a vehicle, police officers
discovered an unlabeled prescription pill bottle in the
vehicle and charged Jon Joseph Laframboise, 31, of
Hint, Mich., with illegal possession.
Jan. 23, 300 block Bay Drive South, possession of
controlled substance. Officers noticed a man lying on a
bench near the water. Upon checking his identification,
it was discovered he had an outstanding warrant, and
while arresting Nathaniel Eugene Hull, 18, homeless,
officers discovered a bag of marijuana in his posses-
Jan. 20, 500 block Key Royale Drive, drugs. Offi-
cers noticed a car speed across the Key Royale Bridge
and stopped the vehicle. Noting a strong odor of burning
marijuana, officers searched the driver, Kevin Mayer,
18, of Tampa, and discovered a baggie containing mari-
juana. Also arrested on drug possession charges were
passengers Justin Rickrode, 19, and Michael Alexander,
19, both of Bradenton.
Jan. 22, 7100 block Palm Drive, battery. Officers
responded to a call of an argument in which a woman
was struck in the head by her male friend. Officers
noticed some swelling to her ear, but reports as to
how the matter began were contradictory. She said she
wanted him to leave, and police advised her on how to
get legal proceedings under way for his departure, and
he then left the house.
Jan. 23, 7100 block Palm Drive, battery. Police
again responded to a domestic argument apparently
continued from the day before. The man said the woman
hit him in the face, and officers noticed a swollen eye.
The man then left the house.
Jan. 23, 7100 block Palm Drive, disorderly con-
duct. Officers responded to a call from a man who said
he and his mother had been arguing and he wanted
police to try to calm her down. Officers did routine
checks on all the people involved and discovered the
man, who had phoned them, had outstanding warrants
for disorderly conduct. He was taken to jail.
Jan. 24, 3600 block East Bay Drive, driver's license.
During a routine traffic stop, officers discovered the
driver of the vehicle had outstanding warrants for pos-
session of marijuana and driving with a suspended
license, as well as several revocations of his driver's
license from other states. He was taken to jail.
Jan. 24, 248 S. Harbor Drive, St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church, fraud. Church members said they were
attempting to give a man a check for $310 to aid
him with his rent and medical bills, but upon call-
ing the number allegedly for the man's landlord, it
was noticed to be ringing in the man's truck, where
another man was sitting. Church members advised
the man not to attempt to cash the check they had
just given him, and when he left they followed him
to a local bank where he attempted to cash the check.
He was approached by the church group, and subse-
quently left the bank.
Jan. 25, 6700 block Gulf Drive, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone had removed his suitcase and
two bags of coffee from his unlocked truck.
Jan. 25, 6000 block Gulf Drive, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone had entered his unlocked truck
and removed change and a set of keys.
Jan. 25, 5600 block Gulf Drive, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone had removed a set of jumper
cables from what he believed was his unlocked vehi-
The Bayflite medical transport helicopter used the
Birdie Tebbetts baseballfield in Holmes Beach Friday
afternoon to pick up and transport a construction
worker who fell down an elevator shaft while working
at a home on Oak Avenue in Anna Maria. According
to West Manatee Fire & Rescue, the man suffered a
broken leg and other injuries, and was expected to
make a full recovery. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
'Global Climate Change' to be
subject at library meeting
Diana Milesko of Anna Maria will discuss "Global
Climate Change: Securing the Future" at a program of the
Friends of the Island Library at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7.
The environmentalist will speak at the library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Details are available at
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Island soccer stars, Her-icanes suffer heartbreaking losses
By Kevin Cassidy
Island residents Christina Papazian and Amber
Wright, who anchor the girls Manatee Her-icanes
soccer team defense from their goalie and defender
positions, and senior Sean Pittman, who starts at mid-
field for the Manatee Hurricanes boys soccer team, all
recently experienced the agony of defeat during high
school playoff soccer action.
On Jan. 19, Papazian and Wright, along with the
rest of their Her-icane teammates dropped a heart-
breaking 2-1 decision to the Lakewood Ranch Mus-
tangs in the girls Class 5A, District 12 championship
Papazian, a freshman goalie from Longboat Key,
made eight saves in the game, while Wright, a junior,
did a fantastic job of marking Mustang "all-every-
thing" forward Lindsay Thompson throughout the
On Jan. 25, the Her-icanes traveled to Seminole and
ended their season with a brutal, 2-1 double-overtime
loss to Seminole High.
Again, the Island teammates excelled with Papa-
zian making seven strong saves and Wright again was
called upon to mark the opposing team's top offensive
Papazian, who registered five shutouts and posted
an impressive 0.71 goals against average this season,
and Wright, who had the unenviable task of always
marking the opposing team's top offensive player, will
both be back for another run next season.
On Jan. 26, Pittman and his Manatee Hurricane
teammates battled it out for the boys Class 5A, Dis-
trict 12 title against Southeast High. The Hurricanes
trailed 1-0 until late in the first half when Pittman's
pass found forward Christian Raudales, who finished
to tie the game 1-1.
The score remained a tie at 1-1 after regulation
and two overtime periods so the game went to a shoot-
out. Pittman's penalty kick tied the shootout at 4-4, but
Andres Bustamante's penalty kick won the game for
Southeast when Manatee's last attempt went just wide
of the goal.
Pittman and his Hurricane teammates now must
travel to Seminole High on Thursday, Feb. 1, for a 7
p.m. kickoff in the regional quarterfinals.
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Flag football under way
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's flag
football season is under way with games being played
at the Holmes Beach field on Fridays and Saturdays
in three age divisions. The league is broken down for
players in grades six to eight, three to five, and one to
Junior Division (third- to fifth-grade):
Black 24, White 20
Black defeated White 24-20 on Jan. 19 behind three
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Josh Schmidt and Hunter Parrish each scored a pair
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20. Chris Hightower added a pair of two-point conver-
sions for the Yellow in the victory.
Josh Zawistoski scored the lone Black TD in the
loss that evened their record to 1-1 on the season.
Youth Division (sixth- to eighth-grade):
White 36, Green 18
Tommy Price scored four touchdowns to lead
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Rivers and one TD from Connor Cloherty in the loss.
Yellow 40, Black 19
Brandon Gengler scored two TDs and a two-point
conversion on offense and added a defensive touch-
down to lead Yellow past Black on Jan. 20. Alex Bur-
gess and Jack Titsworth each added a touchdown and
a one-point conversion for Yellow, which also received
a TD from Daniel Janisch.
Garrett Secor scored two touchdowns to lead the
Black, which also received a TD from Lee Bergeron
and an extra point from Hunter Hardy in the loss.
Three teams sport perfect
records in basketball
Three teams are still chasing perfect seasons at the
halfway point in the Anna Maria Island Community
Center's youth basketball league.
Kumon in Division III, Dips Ice Cream in Divi-
sion II and A Paradise Realty in Division I have yet to
swallow the bitter pill of defeat. Kumon has Ooh La
La! Bistro right on its heels with a 3-1 record, but the
bistro's only defeat came at the hands of Kumon on Jan.
18. Dips also has a one-game lead in Division II with
Air & Energy giving chase, but its only loss was to the
division leader as well. Paradise is two games ahead in
the loss column with Connect Cycles and Anna Maria
Oyster Bar both sporting 2-2 records. Time will tell if
a challenger emerges from one of these .500 teams.
The three-team Premier Division is still tight with
only two games separating first-place Island Real Estate
from last place West Coast Air Conditioning.
IRE 53, WCAC 47
Zach Schield dominated the low post, scoring 25
points and grabbing 18 rebounds as Island Real Estate
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four points each from Vanessa Bradbury and Jordan
Fourteen points, 16 rebounds and four blocked
shots from David Tyson and 12 points and two steals
from Jordan Pritchard paced West Coast Air Condition-
ing. Chad Reed added eight points and Thomas Ganoy
scored seven points in the loss.
IRE 49, Rotten Ralph's 44
Al Barrett scored 17 points and dished out six
assists and along with 12 points from Jordan Graeff,
the effort lifted Island Real Estate past Rotten Ralph's
on Jan. 22. Zach and Forest Schield added eight points
apiece while Vanessa Bradbury and Nash Thompson
completed the scoring with two points apiece in the
Fourteen points apiece from Jacob Stebbings and
Garrett Secor, who also grabbed 15 rebounds, paced
Rotten Ralph's in the loss. Zach Evans chipped in with
six points while Brandon Gengler added four points.
Oyster Bar 43, Danziger 36
Twenty-one points from Ryan Schroeder and 12
points from Brett Rocklein paced the Anna Maria
Oyster Bar past Dr. Danziger's Destroyers on Jan.
24. Emma Barlow added seven points and six steals,
while Courtney Bristow completed the scoring with
Matt Bauer led the Destroyers effort with 16 points
and 19 rebounds, while Kelly Guerin added 12 points
and 11 rebounds. Four points from Chris Pate and two
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completed the scoring for the Destroyers in the loss.
Paradise 35, Oyster Bar 24
Blake Wilson just missed out on a "triple-double"
double-figure scoring, rebounding, assists and or
steals during A Paradise Realty's 11-point victory
on Jan. 23. Wilson had 21 points, 12 rebounds and nine
steals while also throwing in one blocked shot for good
measure to pace the first-place team. Daniel Janisch
chipped in with six points and seven rebounds for Para-
dise, which also received four points from Blake Rivers
and two points apiece from Stephanie Shenk and Erin
Ryan Schroeder had 17 points, six rebounds and
three blocks to lead the Oyster Bar, which also received
six points from Emma Barlow and one point from
Molly McDonough in the loss.
Cycles 32, Danziger 31
Tommy Price scored a game-high 19 points to lead
Connect Cycles past Dr. Danziger's Destroyers on Jan.
22. Kyle Parsons added five points, while Chris Cal-
lahan, Patrick Edwards and Breslyn Reiber completed
the scoring with two points apiece.
Kelly Guerin scored 18 points and Matt Bauer
added seven in the heartbreaking loss. Stephanie Poel-
sha, Chris Pate and Wyatt Hoffman each scored two
points for the Destroyers in the loss.
ReMax 24, Duncan 9
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Sheedy. Travis Belsito added six points and seven steals
for ReMax, which also received two points apiece from
Shawn Steenstra and Max Miller. Jacob Baird contrib-
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Helio Gomez scored four points and Josh Schmidt
added three points and six rebounds for Duncan, which
also received two points and five rebounds from Luke
Shackelford in the loss.
A&E 24, Duncan 13
Becca Butler and Stephanie Purnell scored nine
points apiece with Purnell also snaring seven rebounds
to lead Air & Energy past Duncan Real Estate on Jan. 23.
Noell Niemann, Dayle Hoffman and Savannah Schield
completed the scoring with two points apiece.
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ford and four points from Kalif Mora paced Duncan in
the loss. Helio Gomez and Brennan Gallagher rounded
out the scoring with two points apiece.
Dips 25, ReMax 20
Justin Gargett scored 12 points and pulled down
10 rebounds to lead Dips Ice Cream past ReMax Gulf-
stream Realty on Jan. 23. Daniel Schroeder added
eight points, while Johnny Mattay and Jerry Meyer
completed the Dips scoring with three and two points
ReMax Gulfstream Realty was led by Jacob Baird's
10 points and six points from Travis Belsito. Max Miller
completed the ReMax scoring with four points while
also pulling down a game-high five rebounds.
Kumon 24, Jessie's 15
Thirteen points, four rebounds and three steals from
Neil Carper helped Kumon to a nine-point victory over
Jessie's Island Store on Jan. 25. Four points from Emma
Terry, three points from Logan Reiber and two points
apiece from Chris Burdick and Nick Valdivieso com-
pleted the scoring for Kumon.
Samantha Purnell's 10 points led the scoring effort
for Jessie's, which also received three points from Mad-
ison Driscoll and two points from Anne Marie Galati.
Publix 16, Jessie's 12
Burke McCampbell-Hill scored 10 points and
pulled down four rebounds to lead Publix past Jessie's
on Jan. 24. Cameron Brauner's four points and two
points from Alexandra Selinas completed the Publix
scoring in the victory.
Jessie's was led by Stephanie Purnell's eight points
and five rebounds. GiGi Belsito and Madison Driscoll
added two points apiece in the loss.
Ooh La La! 28, Ross 0
Josh Zawistoski scored 12 points and had eight
steals, while Lauren Sapienza added six points and six
rebounds as Ooh La La! cooked Greg Ross Develop-
ment on Jan. 22. Phillip Dudevoire added four points,
while Chase Lewis, Keegan Murphy and Jake Parsons
each scored two points in the victory.
Key Royale golf news
Joy Nelles, Hal Sears, Fred Meyer and Ethel
Proxy teamed up to fire a 121 to win the Key Royale
Club's coed handicap, low-team-net tournament
on Jan. 26. Jane Winegarden, Mary Selby, Jerry
Brown and Fred Proxy finished in second place with
On Jan. 24, the Key Royale men teed it up for an
18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome game that saw
Chuck Boes, Tom Lewis, Don Ruggles and Dick Ware
combine to shoot a 104. Six shots back in second place
was the team of Bob Dickinson, Bill Gallachea, Don
Latorre and Dan Hayes. The team of Gordon McKinna,
Fred Meyer, Mike Selby and Frank Vikingstad finished
with a 111 and third place.
The men played a nine-hole, low-net-of-partner's
match on Jan. 22. Charlie Knopp and Matt Behan
teamed up to fire a two-under-par 62 to claim first place
over Dave Kruger and Paul Kaemmerlen, who were
one shot back at 63. Gordon McKinna and Tom Warda,
along with the team of Jim McVicar and Fred Proxy,
finished in a tie for third with identical scores of 64.
More golf news
Attention senior golfers: The Men's Senior Golf
Association of Manatee County has openings for golf-
ers over age 55 to play in a twice-weekly league. The
association plays at Manatee County golf course and
River Run and prizes and a hole-in-one contest are fea-
For more information, contact Hugh Benedict at
761-0702 or Karl Sturtz at 778-2920. You can also get
information by e-mailing Benedict at hube860@aol.
George McKay started out the Jan. 20 horseshoe
competition as a walker, but after thumping his first
couple of opponents, William Johnson showed up late
and McKay took him on as his partner. Together the
twosome battled it out with Bob Lee and Fritz Erdrich
for bragging rights in a game that saw 22 ringers thrown
between the two teams. McKay and Johnson emerged
with an exciting 23-12 victory that saw more than half
the ringers thrown capped.
The Jan. 24 horseshoe competition saw Tom
Rhodes and Gene Bobeldyk edge Bob Lee and Sam
Samuels by a 23-18 score.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
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Anna Maria Island Community
Center basketball schedule
Premier (ages 14-17)
Feb. 1 8 p.m. Ralph's vs. IRE
Feb. 5 8 p.m. WCAC vs. IRE
Division I (ages 12-13)
Jan. 31 8 p.m.
Feb. 5 7 p.m.
Feb. 6 7:30 p.m.
Division II (ages 10-11)
Jan. 31 7 p.m.
Feb. 6 6:30 p.m.
Division III (ages 8-9)
Jan. 31 6 p.m.
Feb. 1 7 p.m.
Feb. 5 6 p.m.
Danziger vs. Paradise
Paradise vs. Oyster Bar
Danziger vs. Cycles
Dips vs. A&E
A&E vs. Duncan
Kumon vs. Ross
Ooh La La! vs. Jessie's
Ooh La La! vs. Ross
Instructional Division (ages 5-7)
Feb. 1 6 p.m. Orthopedics vs. LPAC
Feb. 1 6 p.m. BeachHouse vs. Observer
Center flag football schedule
Feb. 3 10 a.m. White vs. Black
Feb. 3 11 a.m. Green vs. Yellow
5 p.m. Yellow vs. Black
Noon Black vs. White
1 p.m. Pearson vs. Tallucci
Center basketball standings
as of Jan. 25
Team Wins Losses
Ralphs 2 3
IRE 3 1
WCAC 1 1
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Shrimping issues: Don't fence me in, please
Florida's east coast commercial fishing industry
has taken another federal hit. Instead of the usual sus-
pects environmental regulators striving to impose
more catch limits or out-of-bounds zones this time
the hammer is being wielded in the guise of homeland
According to Florida Today newspaper, an article
under the great headline "Brevard seafood industry
tangled in security net," a shrimp company that fishes
out of Port Canaveral may be forced out of business
because of a dictate to have 24/7 security patrols to
control the flow of illegal drugs into the country.
A Florida law, passed in 2001, requires that docks
and berths at government-owned seaports should be
regarded as restricted areas. Fencing and guards are
required to control access.
Port Canaveral officials are willing to pick up the
tab for the fences, but want to charge the Cape Canav-
eral Shrimp Co. up to $650 per day for the patrols. The
fishery is mostly in the rock-shrimp business.
What is ironic is that the port was created more
than 50 years ago as a fish industry mecca, with the
port hosting a slew of fish houses. Today, only two fish
houses remain, while the other have been replaced by
cruise ships, restaurants and gambling vessels.
The new rules are due to go into effect Feb. 1. Fish-
ers question why the rules are being enforced only now,
five years after their passage. Port officials said it took
them this long to catch up with the laws and they have
no choice but to enforce them
In another ironic twist to this tale, "the Port of
Tampa, the only other government-owned port in Flor-
ida with fishing operations, introduced similar measures
about two years ago," and according to Florida Today,
"the Tampa Port Authority has picked up the tab for the
It's not as if the shrimpers and other commercial
folk can just pick up and move up or down the coast
a bit. Again from Florida Today: "Port Canaveral is
the only port between Key West and Jacksonville with
commercial fish houses, say those in the industry. With-
out a local port to offload catches, fishing boat operators
will feel a strong economic incentive to avoid working
the waters off Brevard County."
There are some economic factors involved in fish-
ing, like fuel and availability to a port. Some fishing
boat captains have said it's just not feasible for them to
take a long haul to shrimp in one place, and since the
waters off Cape Canaveral have some of the best rock
shrimping in the crustacean's range from North Caro-
lina to the Florida Keys, there is a real threat that con-
sumers won't be able to get their lobster-like treats.
And irony No. 3 is that only commercial fishing
operations have to adhere to the new security measures.
A marina is under construction next to the Port Canav-
eral fish houses, and it doesn't require guards or fenc-
Another hit on an already battered industry which
is at about one-third of its harvest during its heyday
10 years ago. About 6 million pounds of seafood were
unloaded at the port in 2004; 1994 saw 19.5 million
pounds hit the docks.
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fans for years fought the shrimping fishery over the use
of TEDs, or Turtle Extruder Devices.
Shrimpers trawl for their catch near the surface
in warm waters. Turtles are near the surface in warm
waters. Shrimpers often catch turtles in their big nets
and, before the catch can be hauled onto the boat, the
turtles can drown.
TEDs, to vastly oversimplify the matter, are tunnels
in the nets which allow turtles to swim out of the net
and return to the freedom of the sea. Shrimpers fought
the protection measures, saying the tunnels allowed
much of their valuable catch to escape, too, but authori-
ties eventually persuaded the industry to adapt to the
So based on the longstanding shrimp trawl-turtle
controversy, it's a pretty odd thing to read what's hap-
pening offshore of southern Siesta Key.
According to my buddy Bob Ardren of the Pelican
Press, a shrimp trawler is patrolling the offshore Gulf of
Mexico waters with the intent of catching sea turtles. To
date, the "take" has been eight, and everybody is happy.
Before you start to fume about those folks in Sara-
sota, read on.
That part of the key is undergoing a $12 million
beach renourishment project. As Bob puts it, "The pro-
gram spews thousands of tons of new sand on Turtle
Beach. The sand being pumped onto Turtle Beach is
coming from a site about 8 miles offshore, where it's
being dug up from the Gulf bottom by a huge dredge.
Traditionally, a few sea turtles get taken in the course
of these projects, meaning they get caught up in the
dredge and killed.
"So Sarasota County and the dredging company
have a shrimp trawler dragging its big nets in front of
the dredge, scooping up any turtles in the area, tagging
them and releasing them some distance away.
"In the past, the trawlers were called in only after
turtles were killed by the dredge, but this project is
taking that process a step forward and trying to be pre-
As a Sarasota County official put it, "Call it a new
Sounds like somebody is actually thinking ahead
Although I'd love to take credit for prompting
the following, based on a column a few weeks back
regarding manatee mortality and the proposed down-
listing of sea cows in the state from "endangered" to
"threatened," I believe Rodney Barreto, chairman of the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,
was speaking to others.
Here are some of his comments regarding manatees.
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"Please allow me to clarify a point of miscommu-
nication that has sparked controversy throughout the
state. Over my dead body will the FWC manage the
manatee population to follow any path other than full
recovery, and I am confident my fellow commissioners
would echo that statement.
"Despite widely publicized misinterpretation
of parts of the proposed manatee management plan,
the FWC does not project a 50-percent decline in the
manatee population and does not plan to manage the
species to achieve a 30-percent decline The plan is to
identify every realistic measure we can take to enable
the manatee population to remain stable or continue
"The FWC has hundreds of dedicated employees
fighting tooth and nail to help manatees recover from
past losses. What they are doing is working, and that
is why the manatee no longer qualifies for listing as an
endangered species. Manatees no longer are in immi-
nent danger of extinction.
"It's true that manatee mortality was at a record
level in 2006, but we must be careful not to read too
much into that information. That single fact does not
mean the manatee is slipping toward extinction. Last
year's known deaths of 416 manatees may simply indi-
cate we're getting better at locating carcasses, or it may
reflect some other factor, or it may indicate nothing at
"The FWC has earned Floridians' confidence. It has
a proud history of snatching victories from the jaws of
defeat not vice versa.
"The high manatee mortality rate in 2006 sheds
light on where we need to concentrate protection efforts
in the future. The FWC will respond appropriately and
There you have it.
Brevard and Duval counties lead Florida's rock
shrimp harvest. In 2006, Duval had 1,369,442 pounds
go through the fish houses there, while Brevard saw
1,208,853 pounds, according to the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Medical suspense author
on Mote library program
Patricia Gussin will discuss her book "Shadow of
Death" in the Mote Marine Laboratory Mystery Writ-
ers with a Florida Connection series at 2 and 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 7.
She is a medical doctor and draws on her experi-
ences in Detroit in 1967 during the worst civil violence
subsequent to the Civil War. Finishing medical school
there, she interned at Tampa General Hospital, then
practiced medicine and directed medical research for
a healthcare company.
She and her husband divide their time between
Longboat Key, East Hampton, N.Y., and their vineyard
in Marlborough, New Zealand.
The library is on the Mote campus at 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, on City Island off the south
ramp of the New Pass Bridge. Details are available at
388-4441, ext. 333.
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Fishing action picks up, reds, trout, sheepies top list
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Wacky weather has apparently turned on the fish.
Cool-to-warm and wet-to-dry conditions have made
the fish hungry, and good catches of redfish, trout and
sheepshead abound in the backwaters.
Offshore fishing for grouper and snapper is about as
good as it gets, with some reports of fine catches coming
from as close as 4 miles from shore in the Gulf of Mexico.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's putting his char-
ters onto sheepshead and redfish from the backwater
and mangrove snapper and grouper from the Gulf about
4 miles offshore of Anna Maria Island.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said sheepshead are the
mainstay for fishers right now, although there are some
good reports of redfish coming off the underwater struc-
tures and near the docks and piers. Offshore action for
gag grouper and mangrove snapper is excellent, with
most of the fish being caught in less than 100 feet of
water in the Gulf.
At Corky's Live Bait and Tackle on Cortez Road,
they report that the mixed-bag of weather warm and
cool, rain, sunshine, and gusts of winds has produced
some great fishing in the waters off Bradenton Beach,
Holmes Beach and Longboat Pass. Good reports of
big whiting, pompano, trout and sheepshead are being
caught using live shrimp and/or Mr. Sheepshead's
cooked sand fleas and Magic Potion. There is also good
action coming from those using Black Salty's, a new
brand of live bait, to catch redfish, trout and snook in
the Manatee River and Palma Sola Bay.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier said sheeps-
head are starting to bite a bit better in the past few days
as the weather cooled, with some striped fish tipping
the scales at better than 4 pounds. There were also a
few whiting, pompano and bluefish caught at the pier.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
he's seeing good catches of sheepshead, a few black
drum, bluefish, small mangrove snapper and some
small redfish coming onto the deck.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's hearing good reports of big trout up to 24 inches
in length being caught in Terra Ceia Bay. The Mana-
tee River is producing good catches of black drum and
sheepshead, plus some oversize reds. Mangrove snap-
per to 20 inches are being caught in the ship channels
in Tampa Bay as well.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include plus
a few redfish coming out of Miguel Bay and snapper
from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge area. There are
also some big trout being caught with artificial bait in
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams out of
Catchers said he's catching lots of small bluefish, silver
trout and whiting near the beaches, and a few large trout
and some nice reds at Joe's Island. "Offshore," he said,
"there were lots of big mangrove snapper on the wrecks
in 110 feet of water and hitting on live shrimp."
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Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy and Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith were with the Tampa
Bay Bucs in 2001 when they returned to Galati Marine in Anna Maria with a super catch after a day of deep-
sea fishing with Team Galati. Pictured are, back row, from left, Anthony Manali, James Dungy and Smith. Front
row from left, are Wendell Avery, Chris Galati, Rich Gupton, Kevin Roland and then-Bucs head coach Dungy.
Dungy and Smith will square off as opposing head coaches in SuperBowl XLI on Feb. 4.
Parrot Cove Marina said he took Richard Fluke and
friends to a mixed catch of redfish, sheepshead, blue-
fish, Spanish mackerel and trout early last week. He
also took Nancy and Jim Brill and Betsy Graf out to
a nice catch of reds, trout, sheepshead and ladyfish,
with most of the fish coming from the bays on a windy
day. "The blues, mackerel and sheepshead were found
mostly along the beaches," Capt. Zach said, "and the
reds, trout, and ladyfish on the inside."
On my boat Magic, we've been catching sheeps-
head to 4 pounds, whiting, black drum, a few mangrove
snapper, lots of small redfish and trout to 20 inches.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@
islander.org. Please include identification for persons
in the picture along with information on the catch and
a name and phone number for more information.
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Anna Maria Island
to be at library
Free kits for tuning up lawn-sprinkler sys-
tems will be distributed Tuesday morning, Feb.
6, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
They will be available from 10:30 to 11:30
a.m. courtesy of a grant from the Southwest
Florida Water Management District. If you
miss the library's supply, a few leftovers will
be available while they last at the Manatee
County Extension Service office, 1303 17th
St. W., Palmetto. Details may be obtained at
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Hey sweet pea
Sweet Pea Samplings at 5350 Gulf
Drive in Holmes Beach has got a lot of
items to sample.
Onwers Larry and Patty Geist
have stocked their unique store with
some unique items, including one of
the most complete collections of Flor-
ida fruit wines and champagnes. Avail-
able wines and accompanying samples
include Mango Momma, Florida White
Sangria, Black Gold Blackberry and
Orange Sunshine. All the wines are gold
But Sweet Pea has a bit more than
just wine. Naturally, there are a lot of
things for the sweet tooth. Those include
an incredible sampling of chocolates,
cookies, teas and old-fashioned candies
like grandma used to make.
Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. daily. For more information, call
New Island place
Jeanne and Spiros Kambitsis have
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atee area for 25 years, and always wanted
a location on Anna Maria Island.
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they recently purchased the Gulfside
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With long-lime chef George Kosmas
in tow, The Gathering Place has quickly
become a favorite place for Islanders and
mainlanders to gather for a great meal, be it
breakfast, lunch or dinner, at great prices.
The menu features a "gathering"
of great food styles, including Italian,
Greek and standard American.
Jeanne said that since they've
opened, seafood seems to be a favorite
item, particularly grouper, which they
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Another popular feature are the
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The Gathering Place is open from 7
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ton Beach, site of the former Gulfside
Grille. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
The Village Barber Shop at 501 Village
Green Parkway in Bradenton is wel-
coming back winter friends with three
top barbers and stylists to serve its loyal
clients. They are, from left, Merlyn Fish,
Debbie Abel and Bob Barnett. The shop
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a.m.-noon Saturdays. Appointments are
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Island real estate
111 78th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,596
sfla / 2,156 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in
1961 on a 64x80 lot was sold 01/10/07,
Becker to 111 78th Street Holmes Beach
LLC for $325,000. This sale is believed
not to be an arm's-length transaction.
2401 Gulf Drive N., Unit 4, Sun Isle,
Bradenton Beach, a 667 sfur 2bed/ Ibath
condo built in 1950 was sold 01/09/07,
Mantilla to Thompson for $290,000
6006 Gulf Drive, Unit 214, Playa
Encantada, Holmes Beach, a 1,154 sfla
/ 1,322 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
1980 was sold 01/08/07, White to White
for $200,000. This sale is believed not
to be an arm's-length transaction.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can
be reached at 941-778-7244. Current
Island real estate transactions may also
be viewed online at www.islander.org.
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R6101 MARINA DR., HOLMES BEACH
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FLORIDA'S OWN RODNEY Dangerfield: Available to
entertain for corporate events, golf tournaments, and
private parties. Cell 781-367-0339.
SAIL AWAY AS Low As $99 per day. Private sails to
Egmont Key, Cabbage Key, Cayo Costa, Everglades,
Key West, Dry Tortugas aboard 65-foot sailing vessel
Lex-Sea. 10 percent off trips before March 15, 2007.
HUMAN DESIGN: Interested in knowing more about
what makes you tick? Human Design does just that.
Curious? Call Pat, 941-538-9192, or visit www.sirius-
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TINGLEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY: Accepting donations
of new and good condition books for upcoming annual
book sale. 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a personal-
ized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Two
lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at The Islander or
call 941-518-4431 for more information.
FREE GUN LOCK.Yes, free. Just for the asking. Cour-
tesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry,
GUARDIAN AD LITEM volunteers needed: A guardian
ad litem is a trained volunteer appointed by the court
to represent and advocate for the best interest of chil-
dren who have been abused, abandoned or neglected.
Make a positive impact! Call 941-744-9473 or visit
FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
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for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941 -
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
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I NW BRADENTON-
houses from bay.
Five minutes to
beach! Back faces
eleven acres, no
deed restrictions, room for boat. Very low taxes,
no flood insurance. $325,000.
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
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SPointe West 3BR/2BA, heated pool. $360,000
Villager Roomy 2/2 end unit villa, carport. $125,900
Sabal Harbour Perfect Off Island Escape!
4/2 3-park, 2,500+sf. $374,500
Island Beachy Bar Business opportunity! $82,900
Bayou Best water views, 2/1. Negotiable $365,000
Kingsfield Lakes 4/2/3 Huge lot. 2,400+sf. $299,900
Mariners cove Full bay, dolphins play, 2,100+sf, TKF, 3/2
plus protected 35' boat slip! $760,000
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2004 CAROLINA SKIFF: 198DLX Yamaha 90, four-
stroke, live well, fish finder, trailer, low hours. $13,200.
30-FOOT SAILBOAT: 1984 Islander Bahama. New rig-
ging in December 2003, Harken roller furling, Anderson
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. 941-914-2037.
BOATS: SPORTFISH TO Motor Yacht, 25-to 100-feet.
2760 Pursuit 2004,29 Stamas 2000,1989 Carolina Clas-
sic 29, Sea Ray 30 Sundancer 2004, 2004 Regal 3060
35 hours. Hatteras 45 conv 1985-1988, Jefferson 52,
1997, Carver 44 aft diesel. Many more. 941-228-3489.
Unitedyacht.com/davidstruber. Sell your boat or yacht?
BOAT SLIP FOR rent. 941-778-6931.
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.
REAL ESTATE AGENTS wanted: SunCoast Real
Estate LLC. Floor time and generous split. Confiden-
tial. Call Mary Ann Schmidt, 941-779-0202 or 941-
LANDSCAPE HELPER: PART-time, 20-35 hours
per week. $9-$10 per hour. Island work. Call 941-
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting quadriplegic. Morning, 8am-lpm and over-
night, 10pm-8am, shifts available. Travel opportunity.
SCHEDULER, DISPATCHER, RECEPTIONIST: Com-
puter experience and must have excellent oral and
written skills. 941-778-4454.
TOP ADVERTISING sales position open at The
Islander newspaper. Great territory, commissions.
Previous outside sales helpful. If you possess a will-
ingness for strong community involvement, positive
outlook and drive to succeed, fax or e-mail a letter and/
or resume to 941-778-9392, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ISLAND CANAL HOME REDUCED-3BR/2.5BA with fireplace.
Corner lot on canal with new dock and caged pool. New kitchen
cabinets and granite countertops. New metal roof. $580,000. Call
Carleen Weise, Realtor, 941-224-6521 evenings.
KEY ROYALE-This outstanding 3BR/3BA canalfront home has been
renovated, updated, and added on. Extensive pavers, brick walk and
patios, new barrel roof 2004, 75-foot seawall, 50-foot dock with
13,000 lb. boatlift. This home is lovely inside and out. A 27-foot
Sport Craft with twin 150s will stay with full price offer. Offered at
$1,650,000. Call Zee Catanese, Realtor, 941-742-0148 evenings.
SINGLE FAMILY-Centrally located, one blockto beach. 2BR/2BA
spacious home on corner lot. $620,000. Call Joy Murphy, Realtor,
BAYFRONT CONDO NEW LISTING 2BR/2BA, updated waterfront
condo with amazingview. Glass lanai, breakfast bar. Owner motivated.
$444,900. Call Carlene Weise, Realtor, 941-224-6521 evenings.
5910 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
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RESTAURANT AND MORE: 50-seat restaurant with
great ambience also retails select items. Beer and
wine license. Any menu OK. $120,000. Confidentiality
agreement required for details. Longview Realty, 941-
383-6112. For more great business and realty buys:
GIFTS/DECOR FOR patio, home and garden.
Enchanting shop, fun items in good resort area loca-
tion. $89,000. Confidentiality agreement required for
details. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112. For more great
business and realty buys: www.longviewrealty.com.
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
LOOKING FOR A babysitter, pet sitter, dog walker or
somebody to do odd jobs? Call Kendall, 14-year-old,
ninth-grader. Certified in first aid! 941-779-9783.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths under
16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at
The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
CNA CAREGIVER AVAILABLE for home care. Flex-
ible hours, have references. Call 941-753-8345 or 941 -
CAREGIVER WILLING TO provide care for your loved
ones in her home 24 hours, seven days a week. 18
years of experience. Call 941-792-0148.
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance. Hard-
working and responsible. Excellent references. Edward
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine Car
Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results, wash
away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
419 Pine Ave. PO Box 2150 Anna Maria FL 34216
Two Bayfront lots. Build your 2BR/2BAWestWind condowith
dream home on very large lot, Gulf view. $649,000.
100x223 sf. Panoramic bay view!
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ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. License #CGCO61519, #CCC057977,
#PE0020374. Insured. Accepting MasterCard/Visa.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete computer
solutions for business and home. Installation, repairs,
upgrades, networking, Web services, wireless ser-
vices. Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-
5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.
AAA CONFIDENCE CLEANING. Housecleaning,
office cleaning and window cleaning. Good references,
reasonable rates. Licensed and insured. Family owned
and operated. 941-812-0499.
GET YOUR 2006 accounting and taxes done now.
Free initial consultation. Business and individual
income taxes. QuickBooks and Peachtree process-
ing. Call Larry Schmitt at 941-773-0182. Make It Count
Accounting Services Inc., 4230 59th Street W., Bra-
denton, FL, 34209.
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.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast
Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or cell 941-
TAX RETURN PREPARATION by enrolled agent.
Timely and accurate. We pickup and deliver. For individ-
uals and small businesses. Monday-Friday after 5pm,
Weekends, 8am-5pm. Turtle Tax, 941-779-8686.
WEST COAST INC.: Landscaping, bobcat service,
hauling, tree removal, shelling, pressure cleaning and
lawn care. Very reliable. 941-345-6859.
LIGHT CARPENTRY AND home repairs. Anna Maria
resident, retired tradesman. Free estimates. No job too
small. Hurricane shutters, dock repairs, interior mold-
ings and trim. Pergolas, small decks, etc. Call Steve
HOME COMPANIONS AVAILABLE: Light cooking,
errands, shopping. Please call France Cole, 941-538-
0859. Cell, 941-465-7573.
BOATER'S PARADISE AND BEA FUL CONDO
40-foot dock on sailboat canal. Spacio designer
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Affordable ground level 2BR/3BA West Bradenton, large updated
canal home in a quiet and desirable 3BR/2BA condo in a super location
Anna Maria neighborhood close to near the beaches boasts new tile in the
the bay. Very open and appealing living, dining, kitchen & den areas.
floor plan with an updated kitchen, Freshly painted w/new carpeting in the
newer AC and roof, and a Taylor-Made master suite, 2nd bedroom & screened
6,000 lb. boat lift and dock. Offered porch. Overlooks the new pool. Ready
at $649,000. Call Gayle Schulz, tomovein. Offered at $157,000. Call
(941) 812-6489. Gayle Schulz, (941)812-6489.
TUTORING: LEARN HOW to use that new digital
camera and how to fix them on the computer. Private
lessons. Call 941-356-7303.
TEENA THE KLEENA: A kleen house is a happy
house. Reasonable rates, references. Move-ins, move-
outs. Weekly, bi-weekly. Security check while you're
away. Insured and bonded. Teena Stark, owner, 941-
580-5094 or 941-447-4392. Call for free estimate.
INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small busi-
nesses. We also file electronically and prepare all states.
Call Pat at Kenney Tax Service, 941-761-8156.
RARE LACKA-SNOWBIRD couple from Maine look-
ing to clean homes or condos. Global warming forced
closure of wilderness lodge for winter. High cleaning
standards. References. Cell, 207-745-5116. Evenings,
PIANO AND VOICE lessons from experienced, highly
educated instructor. From rapid advancement for chil-
dren to adult personal enjoyment. Call 941-761-2440.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Begin-
ning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-758-0395.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates
a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage in
the comfort of your home. Call today for an appoint-
ment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and com-
mercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping,
cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call 941-778-2581.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
TREES BY THE Breeze, Inc. Landscaping, tree trim-
ming, property maintenance. Insured Island resident
since 1988. Call Chris Lundy, 941-778-2837.
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KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT Golf course view. $690,000.
HERON'S WATCH 3BR/2BA, like-new quality home 10 minutes to
LUXURY WATERFRONT VILLA Boat dock, 3BR/2BA, immaculate, updated.
Designer kitchen, glassed lanai, tennis, pools, covered parking. $649,900.
SUNBOW 2BR/2BA bayfront end unit, turnkey furnished. $449,000.
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. $749,900.
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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SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/yard. Hauling: all
kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call
Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City of
Anna Maria resident. Cell 941-448-3857.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential
and commercial. 30-years experience. 941-729-9381.
ACCENT WATERSCAPES: CUSTOM-built water fea-
tures, ponds, waterfalls, animated and musical foun-
tains, waterwalls, water sculptors, complete landscape
designs. Call 941-224-4978.
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to help you get the home of your dreams.
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calls back. For all your landscape, call Shark Mark.
941-727-5066. Shell $42/yard.
GULF SHORE LANDSCAPING: Lawn care, pres-
sure washing, landscaping, property maintenance.
Owner operated by Island resident. Exceptional value!
Licensed and insured. Call 941-726-7070. www.gulf-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill, 941-795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
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TERRIFIC OPPORTUNITY for builderideveloper to build six units 27,000 sq ft lot,
zoned R2 & west of Gulf Dr In close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico & white sandy
beaches $1,620,000 The Lawler Team, 748-6300 or 587-4623 546167
STUNNING VIEWS from this nearly newwaterfront beauty on Snead Island Private,
gated community, 1/2 acre lot beautifully landscaped Private dock & lift $1,195,000
748-6300 Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 546409
ENJOY BREATHTAKING SUNSETS from your balcony in a 38R Gull front condo
Turnkey furnished Unit comes with a carport and 2 storage units $799,000 Peggy
Horlander, 748-6300 or 932-7199 545830
GREAT LOCATION! Terrificopportunitytobeclosetothe beachwithout paying beachfront
pricing Sit at your dinettetable andwatch thewaves Remodel or built up for unbeliev-
able water views $775,000 Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988 546189
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the Manatee River & has many upgrades for today's discerning buyer 40' boat slip
included Agent/Owner $750,000 Patricia Grleco, 748-6300 or 737-8689 546123
PLAYA ENCANTADA. Superbly maintained Gull-lront complex complete with allthe
extras 28R,turnkeyturnished,built-ins,partial Gull views,updated kitchen & hurricane
shutters $700,000 Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988 538642
SUNRISE TO SUNSET views overlooking Regatta Pt Marina & across river to downtown
Bradentonoff hugebalcony Totallyrenovated,wfhardwdoodfloors,Conancounters,hurncane
shutters & more No bndgesto BaylGull $549,900 Cindy Pierro, 920-6818 541785
VALUE-PRICED RESORT CONDO! 1st floor unit hasstairstrom prnvatelanai to Marina
Brandnew Petswelcome Gated,with parkingunder bldg Easycommuteto airports
& 1-75 $433,000 Barbara Jennings, 748-6300 or 773-0180 546234
PALMA SOLA. Tropical 3 BR pool home, end of street hits the Bay Stone showers
and large master Oversized lot has extra slab for parking No HOA, COD or Flood
Insurance required Agent owned $324,500 Bran Hamilton, 748-6300 or 779-6464
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Anna Maria Island's South Beach Village has gorgeous views of the gulf,
white sand beach, sunsets and bay
This 3 bedroom townhome and 2006 Parade of Homes top award-winner is beautifully furnished
and has a fabulous amount of attention to every detail. Some of those details include; bay windows,
skylights, cherry wood cabinetry, wet bar, kitchen & baths with granite counters, Italian tile in the
bathrooms, Jacuzzi tub in the master, all GE Profile appliances, central vac, 2-car garages and paver
driveways. wonderful location with 9 restaurants within ahalf mile, 2 miles to a major grocery and a
half mile to the Bradenton Beach fishing pier
Visit www.hannerle.com or www.skysothebys.com for photos and a video tour.
Direct bayfront lot with expansive unobstructed bay views
Lot includes a deeded deep water boat slip just steps away, incredible
sunsets, gorgeous bay views all situated in a small gated enclave beautiful
custom homes and 5 minutes away from white sugar sand beach Custom
home plans included.
Virtual tour at www.hannerle.com
Club Bamboo studio condominium
This turnkey studio is just steps to the Gulf of
Mexico and miles of white sand beach. New
modem d6corwitha tropicalflair makes this
income producing condo a very desirable find.
Virtual tour at www.hannerle.com
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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, counter tops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references. Free
estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor Cover-
ings. 941-792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more. Life-
time warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-home
consultation. Island references, 15 years experience.
941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Island resident, converting
life-long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275
for free estimates.
IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive distribu-
tor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free, cour-
teous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors. Lic.#
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call
TUB AND TILE refinishing: A division of D.J. Murphy
Painting Inc. Save up to 80 percent over traditional
remodeling costs. Call us with your kitchen and bath
needs. Don't buy new redo! 941-751-1245. Licensed,
certified and insured.
HOME REPAIRS AND improvements: General repairs
and quality renovation, including carpentry, drywall,
tile, paint, even landscaping. Please call Chris, 941-
INTERIOR SURFACE RENOVATION: Drywall, texture,
paint, tile, wall and ceiling repairs, Fred Weingartner,
RESILIENT PROPERTIES AND renovations: Kitch-
ens, bathrooms, tile work, decks, sheetrock, painting
and more. Reliable work start-to-finish.What does your
home need? Free estimates. Call Thomas P. Lass,
TO-DO LIST...DONE! Light plumbing, electrical, tile,
wood flooring, trim, painting and much more. Call Sid,
Bayside Lend a Hand Inc. Insured/References. 941-
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl V.
Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks, remodel,
repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-795-1947.
Lic. # RR0066450.
GULF CONSTRUCTION INC.: Home remodeling,
custom carpentry, kitchens, baths, additions. 28 years
experience. Free estimates. Call John, 941-773-6808.
License # CBC125512.
FINLAY HOME IMPROVEMENT: A-Z home repairs.
Free estimates, senior discounts. One call does it all.
Call John, 941-465-9312.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wede-
brock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-749-6665.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR two master
suites-/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to beach.
Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer, garage,
designer furnished with tropical yard setting. One of the
finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly. Call 941-713-
0034 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA annual, ground floor unfur-
nished, $900/month. Seasonals available starting at
$1,800/month. Please call Kim Fisher, Wagner Realty,
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety,
changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202,
or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or beachd reams@ tampabay.rr.com.
PARADISE IN COMFORT at Palm Breeze rentals in
Holmes Beach.Two beautifully furnished units in a Key
West-style home on a large corner lot. Each unit has
3BR/2BA, washer, dryer and fully equipped kitchen.
Heated pool, bikes, grill, etc. Just bring your clothes
and a toothbrush and enjoy. www.apalmbreeze.com.
MANATEE RIVERFRONT: 2BR/2BA, spectacular views!
Gated, pool, covered parking, security, fitness center.
$975/month annual. Call Maria, 941-720-1712.
ANNUAL OR MONTH-to-month: 4BR Island family
home in quiet residential area. Bayfront with direct
water view. Perfect for familywith 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.
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA balcony, Gulf view. $950/month,
$900 deposit, $50 application fee. 2411 Ave. C., Braden-
ton Beach. Effidency, $750/month includes utilities. $700
deposit, $50 application fee. 112,52nd St., No.1, Holmes
Beach. Seasonally, 1 BR Gulf view, cute and clean, $900/
week or $2,400/month. Call 941-746-8666.
CORTEZ COTTAGE: QUIET area. Fully furnished,
walk to water. No smokers. $1,700/month, $500/week,
$100/night, includes utilities. 941-794-5980. www.dive-
SEASONAL RENTAL: PALMA Sola Park. 3BR/2BA,
like new, fresh and clean. Small pet OK, close to
beaches. Available January and April. $2,000/month.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Westbay Point and Moorings.
Bayfront, available February and March. 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.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA home, Anna Maria,
$1,350/month. 2BR/2BA apartment, Anna Maria,
$875/month. Riverfront condo, 2BR/2BA, $1,295/
month. 1BR/1BA, new tile and paint, $775/month. Fran
Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-2307. www.franmaxon-
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ment. $450,000. the pool,tennis and golf. $374,900.
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ISLAND CASTLE: FABULOUS French Normandy
home. 4BR/3BA on best beach and quiet street in
Anna Maria. 941-794-8202.
WINTER GETAWAY: 1BR across from beach, newly
remodeled, all appliances, screened porch, Internet,
cable. For pictures, look on www.beachesndreams.net.
WINTER RENTAL: BRADENTON Beach. 1BR/1BA
condo on bay, across Gulf Drive to beach. Walk to
downtown Bradenton Beach. Heated pool, turnkey,
cable, dishwasher, and utilities.Three-month minimum,
$1,500/month. No pets or smoking. 407-877-7866, or
DEEP DISCOUNT FOR last-minute travel to beautiful
town of Anna Maria. Quaint Island cottage steps to
LAKEFRONT, FISHING, ONE block to beach. Elevated
duplex, enormous 2BR/2BA, one-car garage, laundry
area, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Jennaire stove, extra,
extra nice. $1,395/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 ISLAND Club rental available for Janu-
ary and February 2007/08. Totally remodeled unit,
nonsmoking. Two-week minimum. 813-781-7562.
HOLMES BEACH: Annual 2BR/1 BA, large yard, steps
to beach, convenient. $875/month including garbage
and yard service. 941-778-2113.
PREMIER WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA condo in Riviera
Dunes Laguna with 40-foot boat dock. Annual or vaca-
tion rental. Call John Luchkowec, Coldwell Banker, at
NORTH-END DUPLEX: Seasonal or monthly.2BR/2BA,
washer and dryer, two blocks from Gulf. Sleeps six.
$1,800/month. 941-778-7167 or 941-705-0275.
WINTER RENTALS: February and March rentals start-
ing at $1,600/month, $750/week. Call Fran Maxon Real
Estate, 941-778-2307. www.franmaxonrealestate.com.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH large 3BR/2BA duplex.
$1,000/month. First, last and security. 941-778-7812.
SEASONAL: MARCH AND April. Clean 2BR elevated
unit, one block to beach. Newly remodeled with laun-
dry. $575/weekly, $1,975/monthly. 941-807-5449.
1BR/1BA APARTMENT with patio. Walk to beach.
Available one week in January and February and
March. $1,800/month. 941-773-4180.
2BR/2BA ANNUAL: $1,300/month. First, last and
security, or 1BR/1BA annual, $900/month. First, last
and security. Background check, pet OK, heated pool,
washer and dryer, fenced, yard care, cable, no smok-
ing. 201-A Peacock Lane or 202-A Haverkos Court.
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beautiful
Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals. 941-
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across from
beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week.Winter and spring
dates available. Almost Beach Apartments, 941-778-
LOOKING FOR 2008? Gorgeous 2BR/2BA house,just
steps to beach. Also available Marchi, 2007. $2,250/
month. Open Sun 3-5pm. 2805 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Call 941-545-8488.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA ELEVATED Holmes Beach duplex.
Screened porch, deck, covered parking, washer and
dryer hookups. Great location, near beach. $1,100/
month. Available Feb. 1. 941-713-5478.
FURNISHED MOTHER-IN-LAW apartment, canal
view with a large deck, dock and saltwater pool to
share. Apartment has private entrance, bath and
kitchenette. All utilities except telephone included.
$350/week or $850/month. Perfect for a clean and
quiet individual! Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 941-928-8735. Leave message for information
SMALL COTTAGE WITH Gulf view directly across
from beach. 1BR/1BA plus den. $800/month. 941-
866-0224. 1201 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
2BR/2BA LUXURY CONDO: Runaway Bay, steps to
beach. Tennis, sauna, on bay. Weekly rent only$995
plus tax and clean up. 863-688-3524. E-mail chicken-
email@example.com. Check cyber rentals.
ANNUAL 1BR/1 BA FURNISHED, washer and dryer, nice
bay view. $850/month plus deposit. 941-545-7109.
VILLAGE GREEN: MINUTES to beaches. 2BR/2BA,
two-car garage, large screened lanai, good schools,
close to shopping. $1,195/month. 941-720-2804.
MINUTES TO BEACH: Lakeside South, west Braden-
ton. Big 3BR/2BA, one-car garage villa. New carpet
and appliances, pool, tennis, clubhouse. $1,195/month.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH second-floor, large
2BR/1BA. Large balconies, updated tile floors, washer
and dryer. Includes all utilities and cable. $1,100/month.
MARCH AND APRIL 2007 vacation rental home now
available. Extend your vacation or book new. Updated,
single-story, 3BR/2BA home near quiet beach. $3,000/
four weeks; $1,000/weekly. Dogs may be allowed.www.
GREAT VACATION RENTAL: Single-story, updated
3BR/2BA vacation rental home on quiet, private
street. Now reserving through 2008. In-season
rates (December through Easter week): $2,750/
month for three months or more; $3,000/four
weeks; $1000/weekly (no weekly rentals for Feb-
ruary or March). Off-season rates: $100 per night
(three-night minimum). Dogs may be allowed. www.
8314 to reserve.
GULFFRONT CONDO: HOLMES Beach. March and
April.Totally remodeled in 2006. Beautifully decorated,
stainless steel appliances, carport, two pools, 1-2 bed-
rooms. $3,000/month. 941-795-5060.
ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA, two blocks to beach, one block
to bay. Large kitchen, tile, new carpet, no pets. $810/
month. 941-922-2473 or 941-928-3880.
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roomandglassed-inlanai Complexwthpriate windows, appliances, furnishings and Separate breakfast room 40-foot dock
beach, bayside poolfspa Community dock muchmore Secured elevator,pool,tenns included Peggy Henger, 941-383-5577
Coveredparkingforfourcars DaveMoynihan, court and private garage DaveMoynhan, MLS#332186 $769,000
941-778-2246 MLS#534641 $1,395,000 941-720-0089 MLS#543586 $819,500
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CORAL SHORES This house has a beautiful bay view on a deep
canal 100-foot of seawall,three pergolasin front and two in back
Garage,air conditioning,generator, 1,350 sf paver brick driveway
Harold Small, 941-778-2246 MLS#543106 $1,175,000.
UPDATED LONGBOAT CONDO Spectacular sunsets from this
updated 2BR/28A, Gulf view condo Open floor plan with
1,640 sf of livng area All the extras Curt Bell, 941-761-3100
SUMMER SANDSwith accessto Gulf and bay, unobstructedview
of Gull ll1 1 i:.:; ;l" t. i l:h p "".l';. Ip [ith gl uri.l r t.'jk ril'ln
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Dixie Armbruster, 941-761-3100 MLS#545175 $595,000.
PARADISE FOUND This beautiful Robb & Stucky furnished unit will
begyou to goonvacation IGreat weekendretreat or useasseasonal
nrii l 't,i 1;,, Ei,'..41-751-0670 MLS#545005 $530,000.
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family or investor or 600 income Great location Cel Kilboyand
Sharone Martinelli, 941-761-3100 MLS#546489 $469,000.
UPDATED TOWNHOME 1'3,'~ e New kitchen/granite New
baths Updated electric and plumbing Pool Garage Private
six-unit complex Stepsto beach and sunsets Joan Olszewski,
941-761-3100 MLS#546437 $439,000.
TENNIS ANYONE! Great introductory pricing for this beautiful
baysidetennisresortcimmr nljri, [ [i .ii.j ,in.hr, h [Ih .,i ,
play' Kelly Belisle, 941-751-0670 MLS#525835 $425,000.
RUNAWAY BAY Condos now available several 1 or 2BR
units, bayfront, poolside, pond and other views Some
updated Active clubhouse with pool, tennis court, and
workout room On-site rental management 941-778-2246
Priced from $314,000 to $499,900.
SPANISH MAIN Must see this beautifully maintained 2BR/28A
villa Bright and sunny Boating community on Intracoastal
waterway Active 55-plus area Peggy Henger, 941-720-0528
ISLAND OPPORTUNITY! One of the last undeveloped lots on
Anna Maria Island Located on a quiet street, closet gorgeous
Gulf beaches Bring your builder' Gina & Peter Ulano/Royal
Team, 941-761-3100 MLS#543429 $299,000
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SEASONAL WATERFRONT WITH fishing dock. 1, 2
and 3BR/2BA. Short walk to beach, park. Like-new,
best view on Island. Free kayak, bicycles and canoe.
CONDOS FOR RENT: Saturday, Jan. 27 to Feb. 3,
2007. On the beach at Resort 66. Heated pool, hot
tub. $560 per unit. Call Gloria or Jack at 941-778-2238.
Unit 112, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
FOR RENT: 2BR/1BA; Half duplex close to beach, utili-
ties included. Partially furnished. Annual $950/month
plus $950 security deposit, or three-month seasonal,
$1,250/month. Available Feb. 1. 941-704-7729.
VACATION IN SMOKEY Mountains: 3BR/2BA cabin,
turnkey furnished, fireplace on 2.5 acres. 30 miles from
Cherokee Indian reservation, one mile from town. Book
now. $495/weekly. For information, call 352-516-6908
or 352-314-2333. E-mail: email@example.com.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA north-end Anna Maria,
four houses from beach. Cathedral ceilings, energy-
efficient windows, screened porch, washer and dryer
hookups, room for boat. Pet considered. $950/month
plus security. 941-778-4837.
2BR/1BA. NO PETS. $850/month, annual. First, last and
security. 941-773-9122.2818 Gulf Drive. Holmes Beach.
ANNA MARIA: 1BR/2BA ,gorgeous poolside apartment.
25 feet to beach. Call 786-375-9633, or e-mail cflagg@
mindspring.com. Available now. $950/month. 201 S. Bay
Blvd., #3. Next door to Waterfront restaurant.
TERRIFIC, UPDATED 3BR/2BA, single-story vacation
rental. 2007-08 weekly and monthly rentals starting at
$625/week. March and April 2007 discounted. 813-818-
ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA Holmes Beach. Washer and dryer,
steps to beach, great quiet neighborhood. Fenced yard.
$900/month. First, last and security. 941-737-9662.
ONE APARTMENT LEFT on Palma Sola Bay. $720/
month, utilities included except electric. Security, $700.
Ready Feb. 1. Call Jerry, 9am-6pm 941-448-8100, one
FEBRUARY RENTAL: MARTINIQUE condo. $3,000/
month, 2BR/2BA Gulffront unit. Heated pool, tennis,
elevator, garage. Close to shopping and restaurants.
Call Carla Price, 941-720-8746. Bark and Company
FOR RENT: 2BR/1 BA weekly or monthly. 100 steps to
beach. Close to Rod & Reel Pier. Call 941-747-3321.
ANNA MARIA: NEWLY remodeled 2BR/1BA. Stain-
less-steel appliances, granite countertops. 150 feet
from Gulf. Available March 16-31.941-778-7933.
BEACH/SUNSET VIEWS: 3BR/2BA home with large
porch. $750/week or $2,800/month plus tax. Available
for February due to cancellation. 941-730-0688.
GULFFRONT: HUGE 2BR, furnished. Available Feb-
ruary 2007. Weekly or monthly. 941-779-2701 or 608-
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1 BR/1 BA
or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restau-
rants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.
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,
3BR/2BA: One bedroom used as a den/office/play-
room, enclosed lanai, tiled with carpeted bedrooms.
1,400 sf, county water/sewer, citrus trees, near Brent-
wood school in Sarasota. Reduced to $274,900.941-
379-4196 or 941-954-7474.
BAYVIEW AND CANALFRONT with pool. 2BR/2BA
open plan, new kitchen. Totally upgraded. Dock, three
davits. Owner motivated. Not a drive-by, must see
inside! By owner. Call Herb Dolan, 941-705-4454.404
21st Place. Bradenton Beach.
LOT FOR SALE: One block to Gulf. 50x100 feet,
cleared. $539,000. 215 71st St., Holmes Beach. 941-
ALMOST ISLAND HOME: Adorable 1BR/1BA. Brand
new furnished, bay windows with water view. Hur-
ricane 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.
TRIPLEX: IDEAL LOCATION WITH great appeal.
Beautifully updated and maintained, new roof, turn-
key furnished. Beach access just steps away, bay
views, boat dock, ample parking, great income rental.
Room for a pool. Convenient to restaurants and shop-
ping. $875,000. 111 8th St. S., Bradenton Beach.
Bridget Spies, ReMax Properties, 941-308-6763.
WEST BRADENTON: OPEN noon-4pm Sunday. Six
months condo fees paid! Free-standing, private three-
bedroom upgraded condo with two-car garage, new
lanai. Call for details, 941-792-0763. $309,900. 5605
Whipporwill Ct. off 59th Street West, Tanglewood.
OPEN HOUSE: 1-4pm Sunday: New home, 3,746 sf
3-4BR/3BA, granite/cherry kitchen, three screened
verandas. $829,000. Horizon Realty, 941-725-7000.
303 58th St., Holmes Beach.
BY OWNER, PURCHASE or lease: Manatee river-
front condo, 2BR/2BA, beautiful views, pool, gated,
covered parking, fitness. $325,000 or $1,050/month.
NEW LAKEFRONT CONDOS: Low $300s. Minutes
to beach, no flood, evacuation zone. Hidden Lake
Real Estate, 941-761-0444. www.HiddenLakeCon-
ISLAND CANAL LOT: 75x100 feet, new dock, priced
to sell quickly. Below market and appraised value,
$550,000. Call Jake, 941-544-7786. 108 Gull Drive,
BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR/2BA elevated with cov-
ered parking. View of bay from large covered porch.
Only two blocks to Gulf, great neighborhood. $350,000.
FOR SALE BY owner: Deep-water canal ranch,
$550,000. Nicely remodeled with granite countertops,
tile flooring, and more. Call Scott Wheeler at 614-207-
7878, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
BY OWNER: 2BR/1.5BA condo. West of Gulf Drive,
two pools, covered parking. $399,999.863-412-2612.
www.cflrealestateonline.com/condo. 5400 Gulf Drive,
NON-EVACUATION/NON-flood area: 3BR/2BA, two-
car garage. Village Green, quiet street, minutes to
beaches, shopping, doctors, hospitals. Tile floors,
bedrooms carpeted, screened lanai. $297,000. 941-
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1BR/1BA with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. 901-301-8299, or e-mail
BRAND NEW 2BR/2BA villa with garage. Only $89/
month fee. $225,000. Bill, 941-518-9300.
RENT-TO-OWN: 2BR1BA, west Bradenton, newly
remodeled. $995/month. www.44smart.com. 941-
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MOTIVATED SELLER: ANNA Maria City. 4BR/3BA
elevated home. 2,220 sf living area, 4,380 sf air con-
ditioned under roof. Zoned single-family. Residential
office, retail, compare at over $725,000. Offers. 941-
CPR: DON'T STRESS out over your property man-
agement fees. Low rates and tiered services. Now
accepting new rental properties. Call Suzanne, 941-
962-0971, orwww.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. http://
PERICO BAY CLUB: Open house 1-4pm Sunday,
Feb. 4. 3BR/2BA with full bay views! Granite counter-
tops, 20-inch porcelain tile, carpet, custom closets,
plantation shutters, designer furnishings and more.
$575,000. 859-264-8644. email@example.com.
1167 Edgewater Circle, Bradenton.
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.
CANAL HOME: PRIME location, listed thousands
under appraised value, 3BR/3BA, dock, boatlift, new
seawall, large lot. $830,000. Weichert Realtors, Rich-
ard Taylor, broker, 941-756-6300.
BRADENTON BEACH BY owner: 2BR/2BA end unit
with full Gulf views. Kitchen has stainless-steel appli-
ances, granite counters, nice turnkey furnished. Two
large balconies. Amenities include boat docks, tennis
court, pool with spa. $629,000. 941-388-5238.
LARGE, DIRECT BAYFRONT LOT on Anna Maria
Island, unobstructed waterfront, $1,150,000. Michael
Saunders & Company, 941-918-0010. For direct infor-
mation, 1-800-539-1486, ext. 2093.
BRADENTON 2BR HOUSE: Large lot, lanai, attached
garage with opener, available immediately. 3504 46th
Ave. Drive W. $206,000. 941-704-7729.
AWESOME LOCATION: DUPLEX on large lot,
includes well-known Island architect's plans for com-
plete remodel and expansion. 203 69th St., Holmes
Beach. Shown by appointment only. $885,000. 941-
BY OWNER: 4BR/2BA, two-car garage, cul-de-sac.
2,245 sf, non-flood/non-evacuation zone, fenced back-
yard, screened porch. Northwest Bradenton, Azalea
Park. $349,000. 941-795-5702.
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.
BRADENTON BEACH MOBILE home: Bay view
updated, cozy 1BR in the Pines Park. Turnkey fur-
nished, boat slip included. $45,000. 941-962-8220.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO at Club Bamboo South.
Incredible Gulf view, all new everything, onsite manage-
ment, nightly rentals, pool, elevator and more. Priced
way under market! $445,000. George, 312-321-7501.
VILLAS AT PALMA Sola Trace model now open! Come
by today to see the best value in west Bradenton. Just
minutes to the beaches! Pricing from $299,900! Call
941-794-6101 or stop by the model at 3803 Bridlecrest
Lane on 75th Street between Manatee Avenue and
Cortez Road. www.hendersonbrothershomes.com.
BRAND NEW MAINTENANCE-free villas just west of
Intracoastal in west Bradenton. No age restrictions.
3BR/2BA plus den and two-car garage, low $300s.
2BR/2BA plus den and two-car garage, high $200s.
High quality construction, not in a flood zone and only
a few miles from the beach. Gorgeous clubhouse
with full gym and pool. Finally, everything you always
wanted at an affordable price! Free washer and dryer
with purchase when you mention this ad. Call Phil
Paxton, Remax Gulfstream, 941-920-1363.
ISLANDER'S RETREAT: 2BR Gulfwatch condo with
peek-a-boo view of the Gulf, comfortably decorated
and truly turnkey furnished, encouraging a relaxing
Island lifestyle. $374,900. Please, call Kimberly Roehl,
PA, Michael Saunders & Company. 941-447-9988.
NEW LISTING! KEY West-style home, steps to
beach and bay. Breezy 2BR/2BA home with den,
open lanai, new wood floors throughout, work-
shop and room for RV and boat parking with two
entrances to property. Offered at $569,000. Call
Deborah Thrasher, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-518-
OPEN WATER VIEW and steps to north-end beach
and city piers. Mangroves surround this 3BR/2BA
home with Florida room, new tile, new kitchen cabi-
nets, hot tub and large boat dock. Offered at $799,000.
Call Deborah Thrasher, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-518-
7738. Deborahthrasher@remax. net.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: 4BR/4BA, heated pool,
tiki bar, hot tub. Rents were $30,000 in 2006. Reduced
for quick sale $699,000. Call Mel at 800-778-9599 or
OPEN HOUSE: 1-4pm Saturday. Quality built, best
value on Anna Maria Island. 3BR/2BA-plus, vaulted
ceilings, maple wood floors, granite counters, vaulted
screened porch, upgraded baths and showers, crown
molding. Truly beautiful and beachy look. Reduced,
$779,000>$729,000> $709,000. Seller motivated,
make an offer. Buy before March 1 and save! 941-
778-9485. 309-A 59th Street, Holmes Beach.
VILLAGE GREEN: $194,900. 2BR/2BA villa, heated
pool, new air conditioner, carpet, paint. Pets allowed!
The best buy in Village Green. Denise Langlois, Cold-
well Banker, 941-725-4425.
CANAL HOME: HOLMES Beach. Immaculate
2BR/2BA, 45-foot dockwith electric boat lift, furnished,
perfect Island retreat! $600,000. Denise Langlois,
Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.
DEEP-WATER CANALFRONT condo in pet-friendly
Palma Sola Harbour. 2BR/2BA ground -floor unit,
turnkey furnished, with boat dock. $299,900. 941-
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RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT in northwest Braden-
ton, desirable neighborhood near the river. $216,000.
Owner/agent, Bobbie Banan, Michael Saunders &
PERICO BAY CLUB: Beautiful turnkey furnished, first-
floor unit. Active community with heated pools and
spas, nature walks, tennis courts, and award-winning
landscape, 24-hour security. $315,000. Call Mike, 401 -
UNBLOCKABLE GULF VIEW: Old small cottage
across from Coquina Beach. $50,000 down, assume
$238,000. 941-866-0224. www.bogeylane.com.
MOBILE HOME: 10x55-foot, 2BR/1.5BA double-wide
with 10x23-foot glassed-in Florida room. Beautifully
decorated and landscaped with fruit trees.Ten minutes
from Gulf. $18,800. Call 941-795-7623.
"COUNTRY VILLAGE" 2BR/2BA villa: Vaulted ceilings,
beautifully furnished. $265,000. For details, call Mari-
lyn Trevethan, 941-778-6066. Island Real Estate.
SPACIOUS 4BR/3BA, two-car garage, large den,
fireplace, solar-heated, caged pool. Wonderful family
neighborhood near Bradenton Country Club. Minutes
to beach, close to everything, west side of Bradenton,
$395,000. 941-685-7035. 5116 10th Ave. W. Direc-
tions: Manatee Avenue to 51st Street to 10th Avenue
PROPERTY AUCTION: PALMA Sola Park. Viewing
10am, auction 11am Saturday, Feb. 10. Unique west
Bradenton home. Mountain feeling in coastal paradise,
bike-friendly, convenient neighborhood. Bird sanctuary,
manatee habitat. For more information call, 941-761-
8525.615 Casabella Drive, Bradenton.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: LARGE 4-5/BR home
with many upgrades. New carpet and tile through-
out. Inground pool. Close to Palma Sola Elementary,
Stewart Elementary and King Middle School.Available
immediately. $290,000. 941-778-7000.
OPEN HOUSE: 2-4pm Sunday. Perico Island.
3BR/2BA, built to 2004 hurricane codes. Great master
suite, heated pool and amenities. 11103 Willow Dale
Ct $390,000. 941-761-8135.
$369,900. NORTH END Longboat Key. By owner.
ground-level, Spanish Main attached villa. 2BR/1 BA,
perfect for patio backyard with privacy hedge sepa-
rating Emerald Harbor. New appliances, PGT Win-
guard Windows and 3-ton, high efficiency air condi-
tioning unit with duct work extended to lanai. Over-
head storage, short walk to community clubhouse,
pool and deep-water marina; Deeded beach access,
covered parking. Call 941-383-7626 for more infor-
mation or appointment.
BAYFRONT HOME ON Anna Maria Sound. Brokers
protected. $1,100,000. 941-778-0029. 517 Bayview
Drive, Holmes Beach.
CANAL HOME: 3BR/3BA totally remodeled inside.
New roof, air conditioners and all new double-pane
windows. Lot is 110x115 feet. Lift and davits. Seven
blocks to beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Call for appointment,
BEAUTIFUL TURNKEY FURNISHED unit in Perico
Bay Club. 3BR/2BA end unit, cathedral ceilings, new
appliances, glass-enclosed lanai, water view, 24-hour
security at gate. Nicely priced at $355,000. Jill Sullivan,
Keller Williams, 941-232-9783.
GREAT RIVER VIEWS from balcony porch of 2BR/2BA
luxury condo on new Riverwalk area. Downtown
Bradenton. Corian throughout and many upgrades.
FOR SALE OR LEASE: Perico Bay Club: Open house,
10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.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. Reduced from $475,000 to
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA. Winter season
is here! Must see beautiful peaceful western North
Carolina mountains, homes, cabins, acreage and
investments. Cherokee Mountain GMAC Real Estate.
cherokeemountainrealtycom. Call for free brochure,
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AAH! COOL MOUNTAIN breezes! Murphy, N.C.
Affordable land, homes, mountain cabins on lakes,
mountains and streams. Free brochure, 877-837-
2288. Exit Realty Mountain View Properties. www.
WYOMING RANCH DISPERSAL: 35 acres, $59,900,
75 acres, $108,900. Snow-capped mountain views.
Surrounded by government land. Abundant wildlife.
Recreational paradise. Low taxes. E-Z terms. Call Utah
Ranches LLC. 888-541-5263.
NEW LOG HOME: $69,900. Lake access to Norris
Lake with 2,000-sf log-home package. East Tennes-
see near Knoxville, Gatlinburg and Smokies. 800-770-
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN view lots. Top views
start at $50,000. Amenities include club, pool, eques-
trian facilities, hiking trails and high-speed Internet.
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ties.com. Call 888-625-8950. Today!
GEORGIA/FLORIDA BORDER: Grand opening sale!
20 acres, $99,900. Pay no closing costs. 20 wooded
acres in Georgia coastal region. Loaded with wildlife.
Long road frontages, utilities, new survey. Subdivi-
sion potential. Excellent financing. Call now, 800-898-
LAKE-ACCESS BARGAIN: One-plus acres, $34,900
with free boat slips! Rare opportunity to own land on
spectacular 160,000-acre recreational lake! Mature
oak and hickory, park-like setting with lake access.
Paved road, underground utilities. Excellent financing.
Prime waterfronts available. Call now, 800-704-3154,
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Log cabin shell on
mountaintop, view, trees, waterfall and large public
lake nearby, paved private access, gated community,
$139,500. Owner, 866-789-8535.
NEW PRICE! Ten-plus acres, $299,000! Upscale,
equestrian gated community! 200-year-old oaks.
Established lush pastures. Paved private roads, under-
ground utilities. Two miles from HITS! Excellent financ-
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WATERFRONT BARGAINS! One- to seven-acre
waterfronts in Alabama from $49,900. Boat to Gulf of
Mexico! Beautifully wooded, panoramic water views,
trophy fishing/hunting. Next to state parks. County-
road frontage, utilities, county water. Excellent financ-
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SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE DIRECTLY adjoining
700,000-acre national forest, 16-plus acres, $143,500.
Unlimited hunting, hiking, camping and trophy trout
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building site. North Holmes Beach and area of
nice homes. Call today! Only $479,000!
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
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PLAYA ENCANTADA TOWNHOUSE
2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished with direct view of Gulf New
kitchen, tile, heated pool, tennis, garage. $899,900.
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping, library and restaurants. $389,000.
OLD FLORIDA ANNA MARIA NEAR BEACH
3BR/1.5BA Cracker cottage plus separate studio apartment.
West of Gulf Dr. Just steps to finest beach! $848,000.
HOLMES BEACH WATERFRONT
3BR/2BA home. Tile, pavers, fence, room for pool, new dock,
direct access to Tampa Bay. $699,900.
KEY WEST WATERFRONT
4BR/3BA spectacular home with gorgeous view of Bimini Bay with
9,000 lb. boat lift! $1,700,000.
GULF PLACE CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, large master suite with Jacuzzi tub,
screened porch, heated pool, tennis. $969,900.
ANNA MARIA CONTEMPORARY
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
Bamboo flooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
BAY PALMS WATERFRONT HOME
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay
and Intracoastal Waterway. $619,000.
FLAMINGO CAYWWTERFRON 3BR/2BA, pool. $859,000.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulfview. $799,900.
WATERS EDGE CONDO 2BR/2BA Direct Gulffiont. $959,900.
GULF PLACE CONDOS Turnkey furnished. From $869,900.
KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT POOL HOME. $1,695,000.
SARASOTABAYFRONT PARADISE 3BR/2.5BA, $1,124900.
RIVERVIEWBOULEVARD CAPE COD 3BR/2BA. $529,900.
SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA turnkey from $175,000.
TRADEWINDS RESORTVILLA- IBR/1BA, Pool. $325,900.
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.
GULF PLACE CONDO 3BR/2BA direct Gulfview. $995,000.
PERIWINKLE COTTAGE 2BR, Close to Beach. $649,900.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO IBR/I BA Water view. $349,000.
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NORTH CAROLINA: GATED lakefront community.
Pleasantly mild climate, 1.5 acres, 90 miles of shore-
line. Never offered before with 20 percent pre-develop-
ment discounts, 90 percent financing. Call 800-709-
SOUTH CENTRAL FLORIDA. Owner says sell! Five
acres, $99,000. 50 percent below recent certified
appraisal. Unbelievable opportunity to own five acres
of meadows and woods in excellent location. 50 per-
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270-DEGREE UNOBSTRUCTED, 40-mile mountain
views, state-road frontage eight-acres, $114,800. Build
your dream cabin with direct 40-mile mountain views
all around you. Private ownership to direct national
forest access and stocked trout stream. Ready to build.
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960 POMELO AVE, SARASOTA Stylish west of
trail contemporary 4BR/2BA open floor plan with pool.
Designer colors inside and out, tropical landscaping.
718 89TH Cl' NW, MAHOGANY BAY NEW! 4BR/
3BA custom contemporary Kendar home with soaring 13-
foot double tray ceilings, spa pool with waterfeature,gourmet
kitchen, wood, tile and granite throughout! Gorgeous.
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Lake Manatee from this open 3BR/2BA home
on 6+ fenced acres in park like setting directly
on the lake. Great fresh water fishing and
boating on 2.400 acre Lake Manatee! $799.000
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
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EPICUREANS TAKE NOTE! Old Mission
Vineyard, a unique home on 20 acres with mature
grapes and spring-fed stream. $1,299,000
243 17TH ST. N, BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
- Runs from Gulf to Bay in the heart of Anna Maria
Island. Darling turnkeyfurnished 3BR/2BAtownhouse
with private elevator and garage, offers beach access
and two pools on a quiet cul-de-sac.Wonderful for
year-round living or second home.$674,900
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
2716 PALMA SOLA Exquisite full bay views
from every room of this 5,000 sq. ft, custom on
over halfan acre.Features 5BR,4 car garage, library,
great room, pool and multilevel terrace. Lots of
space for family and entertaining. $2,999,900
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6200 FLOTILLA, #268. WESTBAY POINT
MOORINGS. All new carpet and paint, 2nd
floor end unit with water view. Great deal,
least expensive unit offered! $369,000
5208 RIVERVIEW BLVD 1.93 acres on
Manatee River with 250 linear feet on the river.
Two buildable lots or one magnificent estate.
Dock in place, bring the boat. $3,300,000
1207 N. GULF DR. #300 Darling, turnkey
furnished top floor 2BR/2BA with den, offers
spectacular views in prime rental location.
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