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GSR development sales: $5.4 million lost
By Rick Catlin
The world's greatest detective could easily be
called in to investigate a claim that bankrupt GSR
Development LLC had $5.4 million in closings lined
up between August and October 2005, but the deals
fell through because the company wasn't able to come
up with the money to finish the projects. The company
eventually filed bankruptcy in July 2006.
"The game is afoot," Sherlock Holmes might cry.
He might even find the answer to why the deals failed
to materialize is "elementary."
Needless to say, Island and west Bradenton resi-
dents who are among GSR's unsecured creditors won't
be happy to learn of the closings that would have given
the company an infusion of cash and might have kept
GSR out of bankruptcy.
"There were $5.4 million in closings planned for
that period," claimed Paul Gallizzi of Spectrum Con-
struction Management, closings that would have cer-
tainly helped the cash flow of the company.
Gallizzi should know about the closings. He was the
general contractor with Spectrum and in charge of many
of GSR's construction projects, which included single-
Third-grade students at Anna Maria Elementary build a replica of the Great Wall of China on the Gulf shore
several blocks from the school. The construction project Feb. 9 marked the conclusion of the study of China
and incorporated lessons in measurement and teamwork, as well as history, culture and geography. About 20
parents joined students and teachers. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
County acts to buy,
preserve Perico Island land
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County commissioners want to exercise
the government's option to purchase more than 231
acres of undeveloped land on Perico Island.
To perform such an exercise they'll need to flex
some financial might about $6 million.
"The county wants the property," Commissioner
Carol Whitmore, an at-large member of the board and
resident of Holmes Beach, said emphatically during a
meeting Feb. 6 in Bradenton.
Soon after, the commission endorsed the option
to buy, a component of a legal settlement involving
the county, the city of Bradenton, The St. Joe Co. and
Hayden Lane 1 Ltd.
In 2004, the legal dispute involving Manatee
County, the city of Bradenton, St. Joe and Hayden
Lane over the "Perico Island Development Project"
concluded with the settlement. Manatee County, which
had sued over the SevenShores condominium project,
received as a result an option to purchase the undevel-
oped land on Perico Island.
The settlement papers provide a brief history:
St. Joe entered into a contract with Hayden Lane 1,
a company owned by Whiting Preston of the Manatee
Fruit Co., to purchase land on Perico Island and submit-
ted plans to the city of Bradenton for a multi-building,
multi-story residential development.
Already a general development plan approved by
Bradenton after annexing the land from the county
- had drawn legal challenges from ManaSota-88,
Manatee County and the cities of Anna Maria, Holmes
Beach and Bradenton Beach.
So in a mediation conference in October 2004, the
county negotiated a settlement with St. Joe, the city of
Bradenton and Hayden Lane 1 that resulted in a rede-
sign of the project and the county gaining an exclusive
option to purchase land adjacent to the pending devel-
opment on the north side of Manatee Avenue.
On Feb. 6, county commissioners agreed they want
to exercise that option to buy and encouraged county
staff to pursue that course.
"The commission is doing the correct thing," said
Glenn Compton, director of ManaSota-88, who con-
tinues to oppose the residential development at Perico
for environmental reasons. "The majority of the land
is mangroves and it is in need of protection.... This is
the best thing the county can do."
The property, owned by Hayden Lane, consists
of about 55.6 upland acres and 175.8 wetlands acres,
according to Patricia McVoy, the senior assistant county
PLEASE SEE PERICO, NEXT PAGE
family homes and condominiums on the Island. Spectrum
was actually formed by four people, including Galizzi and
GSR principals Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega.
"I was never able to complete the projects because
the money needed to finish them never came from the
company or the principals," he said. "I was promised
the money, but the principals never delivered."
He said it was "frustrating" when a buyer for a unit
at the Gardenia condominiums on Seventh Street South
in Bradenton Beach was "ready, willing and able" to
close on a $1.2 million unit, but the deal collapsed at
PLEASE SEE GRS, PAGE 3
By Jim Hanson
Cortez has a problem that every festival host would
die for it has successed itself right to the limit, and
still people keep pounding on the door.
The historic fishing village has built its commercial
fishing festival over its 25 years to the point that the
celebration this year is filling every inch of space. So
what to do?
Why, improve what's there, of course.
And that's what Cortez is doing, making this year's
festival the best of its kind anywhere. Cortez swears it's
true, and who's to argue?
It has even come up with a winner of a name for
itself: the Silver Mullet festival, crediting the fish
that built the village and sustained it for decades
back beyond the 25-year life of the Commercial
This year's event will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, Feb. 17 and 18, and just about every space
is filled with exhibits and booths and games and food
vendors and music-makers and artists and artisans.
They will fill the main street along the waterfront
and crowd back into the residential streets. Many visi-
tors will get their first look at the refurbishing work
done on the 1912-built school, where, if rain doesn't
prevent it, some parking will be available.
Admission will be $2 for adults, children under 12
free. Parking will be wherever you find room, along
village streets and byways, at Coquina Beach on the
south end of Anna Maria Island and at Sugg Middle
School, 3801 59th St. W., Bradenton. Parking will be
free at Coquina and Sugg, and Manatee County Area
Transit will provide shuttle service between those two
locations and the village for $1 each way.
The colorful waterfront will attract crowds of
strollers with its fish processing plants and commer-
cial fishing boats, and the boat yards will have their
visitors as always.
The Cortez Village Historical Society will have its
expanded and revised cookbook, "What's Cooking in
Cortez," with more than 500 recipes.
All funds raised by the festival will go into land,
said the sponsoring Florida Institute for Saltwater Heri-
tage. That is, the money will go to the purchase of iso-
lated private lots still left in the FISH Preserve. That is
95 acres of "old Florida," the woodland and wetlands
at the east end of the village, which FISH has bought
with proceeds from festivals in years past and turned
into a nature area.
Last year's festival put about $65,000 into the Pre-
serve and subsequent purchases.
2 E FEB. 14, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Bradenton Beach tree removal continues to draw criticism
By Paul Roat
Islanders have been vocal in their criticism of a path-
way on the west side of Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach
from Fifth Street South to the Longboat Bridge.
Initial plans for the pathway, dubbed the Coquina
Beach Trail, called for removal of 37 Australian pine
trees. Last-minute changes to the plan upped the total
number of trees to be toppled to 66, many in the Cortez
Australian pines are viewed as beautiful landscape
by some, noxious exotics by others.
John Molyneux of Holmes Beach and the founder of
the group Stop Taking Our Pines, presented a statement
to the city last year regarding pine trees. "It is a sign of
Perico public purchase pursued
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attorney. The county attorney's office has been discuss-
ing the details of the purchase option with Hayden
Lane's attorney, Kevin Hennessey.
"We've been trying to look at closing in late May,"
"Everybody's working together and it's not an
adversarial situation," she added.
The purchase price is $6 million, but McVoy said
an appraisal would be conducted.
The county's plan involves conserving the land
for public use and possibly a tie-in with the nearby
Robinson Preserve, where work is under way to
restore the marsh habitat that existed there more than
70 years ago.
"It's close to the bay," said Whitmore, who
described the county's planned purchase as a "win-
The goal, Whitmore continued, is "to try to main-
tain the bay, to preserve it, to keep it healthy. I'm so
happy that we're staying on top of this."
While talks between attorneys on the purchase
continue, county officials will also explore financing
options. One possibility is to secure a grant from the
Florida Communities Trust to partially fund the pur-
chase. The trust helped the county make the recent
Robinson Preserve project possible.
the arrogance of the committee that they have failed to
acknowledge objections to their plan," he wrote. "Forty-
year-old trees have been sacrificed in the name of prog-
ress, the construction of a blacktop macadam pathway.
There is little consideration for the environment, the
wildlife or the aesthetics of the landscape.
"We ... strongly object to any plan that includes
the removal of Australian pines. Beautification
should enhance the existing character of the area,
not tear it down and rebuild to a new 21st century
"There are those who concern themselves over the
damage, which could result from a hurricane, and use
this as an excuse to remove these fine mature trees. First
and foremost, in the event of a hurricane, prior to its
arrival, it is expected that residents will have evacuated
the area and therefore the blocking of escape routes by
trees is erroneous. Reality is, we can expect the hur-
ricane to spread debris. Very little either manmade or
of nature is hurricane proof."
Anna Maria City resident Carol Codella wrote
recently to The Islander saying, "How many people
involved with the removal of the beautiful pine trees
live on the Island? How would you feel if someone
made decisions about the decor in your home and just
removed what they didn't like? That is how a lot of
"Who cares about where they came from?" she
asked. "Someone smarter than the people taking them
down brought them in for a reason. They block the
wind, they provide much-needed shade, and provide
homes for birds and animals alike."
Anna Maria resident Susan Hatch also objected to
last week's tree removal.
"So they take out these trees that at least have some
root system and replace them with trees that only have a
root ball," she said. "Do you get the feeling that whomever
has the authority to do this is just picking away at these
trees until they are satisfied that all or most are gone?
"Shame on you for doing this and shame on you for
not being able to at least have some discussion. After
all, as a taxpayer, I am paying for the pleasure, not this
destruction. Please, will you stop?"
The path will be 8 feet wide, made of asphalt,
with rope and bollards to keep cars from interacting
with pedestrians, bikers and skaters. Billy Hay Exca-
vation received the $392,000 contract to do the work,
which is funded by Manatee County and the city of
Bradenton Beach. The trail will feature bike racks,
water fountains and benches. There will also be tree
plantings and landscaping to replace those pines that
have been removed.
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It's the season for lots of traffic
While no one was injured in this minor traffic accident Feb. 7 on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach near the
Wachovia Bank, Holmes Beach police would like to remind residents and visitors alike that it is the winter
season and there are a lot more vehicles on the Island's roads now than in the summer months. Motorists should
use extra caution, particularly around schools, crosswalks and major intersections. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
GSR funding crisis continues
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the last minute because Gallizzi never got the final flow
of cash needed to finish the job.
Gallizzi said he doesn't know what happened to the
money he needed to complete the projects scheduled
to close during that time period and he doesn't want to
speculate publicly. "I really don't want to say what I
think happened," he said. "All I know is that I ended
up being responsible for the subcontractors and many
of them have sued me."
In addition, Gallizzi has his own claim in bank-
ruptcy court against GSR for just under $1 million. He's
used his own money to pay off some of the subcontrac-
tors and has several liens against GSR and/or Robert
One of those liens not associated with the GSR
bankruptcy is probably just a waste of paper. It's against
two Byrne properties in Holmes Beach, one on 60th
Street and the other on 61st Street. First Priority Bank
was awarded a foreclosure judgment last week on the
two properties for a total amount of $1.6 million. Gal-
lizzi's lien is for $164,991.
The properties will be sold at a public auction at the
Manatee County Courthouse March 8 if the judgment
isn't satisfied by that date.
'"The two properties are probably worth the amount
due and perhaps a little more," said Gallizzi, who was
not confident that he would get any money from an
What Gallizzi does know is that GSR re-financed
a vast number of its Island properties due to gener-
ous appraisal increases. Most, if not all, of that money
was to go toward completion of on-going projects, but
didn't. Whether or not $5.4 million might have helped
stave off bankruptcy is a question Gallizzi said he
But others involved with Byrne and Noriega say
the two men enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, complete with
late-model high-end cars, a private airplane, trips to the
Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Fort Lauder-
dale, a $60,000 bracelet given to a girlfriend, the best
clothes, and meals at the finest restaurants.
In its bankruptcy filing, GSR claimed $44 million in
debts against $33 million in assets. While GSR has until
March to submit its complete financial statements to the
bankruptcy court along with a restructuring proposal
- indications are that the company's bankruptcy is
substantially larger than the original amount.
What Gallizzi and other creditors would like to see
are some property sales, but GSR chief restructuring
officer William Maloney who was hired by Byrne
and Noriega seems unwilling to lower the asking
price for the properties.
A licensed real estate agent and a GSR creditor,
Gallizzi is on both sides of the problem.
"I'd like the properties to be sold at the asking
price, because then I and other creditors would prob-
ably see some money," he said.
But the reality, he added, is that GSR's asking prices
are simply too high to attract serious interest, given the
current condition of the Island real estate market.
The problem, Gallizzi noted, is that GSR needs
maximum value on its properties because they've been
refinanced to the maximum, leaving little room for the
creditors to be paid anything if the properties sell for
less than what's asked.
"If they'd asked those prices two years ago or even
last year, they'd probably get them. Maybe they'll get
them in six to eight months. I don't know. But right
now, I think they're overpriced," he said.
Maloney has indicated he doesn't want to lower the
prices because that would devalue Island real estate.
But Maloney has a personal interest in selling GSR's
properties for full value. He gets a $125,000 bonus if
the creditors secured and unsecured get all their
money back. Phone messages and e-mails to Maloney
were not returned.
"It's a tough spot," said Gallizzi. "I think there'd
be some real interest if the prices dropped by 10 or
Mike Norman of Mike Norman Realty agreed.
"The prices they are asking now for the properties
are a joke. They are way over-priced," he said. "We're
trying to encourage people to lower prices so properties
will start to move." Norman did not indicate whether
or not his office has any interested clients.
One Island real estate agent, who asked not
to be identified, agreed with Norman that GSR is
For example, she said, one GSR property is a
vacant lot on Key Royale Drive. Rosebay Real Estate,
the exclusive marketing agent approved by the court
for a number of GSR's Island properties, has listed the
property for $1.5 million.
"I don't think that's in the ball park right now,"
the agent said. "A realistic figure is $1 million,
maybe up to $1.2 million. Good luck at $1.5 mil-
lion," she concluded.
Another agent, who works for a major Island real
estate firm, also did not want to be identified until Malo-
ney signs an agreement. She said she has a client will-
ing to make an offer for GSR's Rosa del Mar property
in Bradenton Beach, but it's somewhat less than the
$11 million asking price.
Maloney is looking to market GSR properties not
listed with Rosebay.
On Feb. 7, GSR attorney Richard Prosser submit-
ted a motion to the federal bankruptcy court to allow
Maloney to sign a non-exclusive listing agreement
for Rosa del Mar, the failed condominium project in
Prosser said that since Maloney was retained by
GSR to restructure the company, he has "conducted
an extensive investigation" of GSR properties to
"ascertain the most expeditious, economical and best
method" to sell GSR properties and convert those
assets into cash "for the benefit of the creditors" and
other interested parties.
Prosser said Maloney has been approached by
"perhaps a dozen" Island real estate agents with
"potential" buyers for Rosa del Mar. "These brokers
have indicated that they have potential buyers, but
will not disclose them" to either Maloney or GSR
"absent some protection on a non-exclusive basis,"
Maloney proposes to sign non-exclusive agree-
ments with Island real estate companies for Rosa del
Mar "without committing to any one particular broker,
to maximize value." If local brokers are unable to bring
a qualified buyer "to the table" in a reasonable period of
time, Prosser said that after March 15, Maloney wants
the option to retain a national firm.
Prosser has also submitted a separate motion to
have Michael Saunders & Co. Realty named as exclu-
sive agent for a two-unit Bradenton Beach condomin-
ium owned by GSR.
may sue over
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners and Mayor Fran
Barford are hopping mad at the fact that city operations
have been temporarily relocated to the Island Baptist
Church, while repairs caused by mold take place at the
Gulf Drive facility.
In fact, they're so mad that Barford plans to direct
city attorney Jim Dye to find a construction attorney
for a pending lawsuit against Roof USA of Weeki
Wachee, the contractor whose alleged negligence
caused the damage.
Barford told city commissioners of the plan at an
emergency city commission meeting Feb. 6 to approve
more money for mold remediation at city hall.
"I hate to keep coming to you for more money," said
Barford, as she asked for an additional $4,500 to pay
Environmental Consultants Inc. just to document the
damage caused by the mold. The mold occurred after a
deluge of water from a rainstorm cascaded into city hall
last summer through the roof that was being installed
by Roof USA. The contractor had placed a shield over
the roof to keep out rainwater, but it failed.
Barford has declined to accept a settlement from
the company on any repairs to the interior of city hall
caused by the water from Roof USA.
Commissioners unanimously approved the expen-
diture, bringing the total spent on mold inspections and
cleanup to $24,511. The city will spend another $2,200
to have the repairs inspected by ESC.
The actual start of repairs at city hall have been
delayed until ECS can review the asbestos report from
InStar Inc., the company selected by the commission
to repair the damage.
Barford indicated she would first ask Roof USA to
reimburse the city for all expenditures related to the mold
damage, including the cost to relocate to IBC. If that
fails, she'll be back to the city commission with a request
to proceed with legal action against Roof USA.
Anna Maria City
Feb. 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting at Holmes
Beach City Hall.
Anna Maria City Hall is temporarily housed in the
annex building at Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. 708-6130 www.cityofan-
Feb. 15, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Feb. 20, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Feb. 21, 5 p.m., town hall meeting on parking.
Feb. 22, 1 p.m., city commission work meeting on
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Feb. 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., parks and beautification seminar.
Feb. 22, 9 a.m., board of adjustment.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Feb. 15, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue Commis-
sion meeting, WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Feb. 20, 3:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Islands Elected
Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Government offices in Anna Maria City and Holmes
Beach will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19, for Presi-
dent's Day. (The Islander newspaper will be open.)
Collection of garbage or recyclables in Anna Maria
City, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will not take
place on Monday, Feb. 19. Alternate pickup date for
those cities is Saturday, Feb. 17.
4 E FEB. 14, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
Galvano on insurance: 'I don't want to overstate'
By Molly McCartney
It was a gallant effort.
State Rep. Bill Galvano, who represents the 68th
District, including Anna Maria Island and western Man-
atee County, devoted more than an hour on Saturday
morning to talk about the benefits of the state's new
insurance legislation and field questions from a crowd
of more than 50 people at the Cafe on the Beach at
Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.
Galvano was able to provide at least some answers
at the town hall-style meeting co-sponsored by The
Islander and the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club.
But it's simply too early to know what the impact
is going to be for many individuals, he said.
Consider the question posed by homeowner Mary
Manion of Anna Maria City, who said her U.S.E&G.
policy now has an annual premium of $3,700. That's tri-
ple the $1,200 she paid before.
"Will I get any relief?" she asked.
"You should expect relief," Galvano said, because
the state is making more low-priced reinsurance avail-
able to insurers and requiring them to pass their savings
"But I can't say it will go back 200 percent," he
Galvano said it will take time for the state to get
its massive new insurance program in place and begin
assessing the actual savings that policyholders receive.
It will also take time for policyholders to see savings,
based on the policy renewal date.
Galvano described the insurance crisis as "an issue
that has swept the state and that continues to require
He said the special legislative session in January
was able to lay the groundwork necessary to make
insurance more available and more affordable, includ-
ing rate reductions of up to 20 percent.
"But I don't want to overstate this," he said. More
information should be available in mid-March, when
the state Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) reviews
insurer rates and makes new estimates on potential sav-
ings for policyholders as a result of the new legislation.
Galvano also tried to clarify the confusion that
has developed over the temporary rate freeze imposed
Jan. 30 by the Florida Cabinet at the urging of Gov.
Charlie Crist. The freeze was designed to keep insur-
ance companies from canceling or dropping policies
- non-renewals before the new state legislation
can be implemented.
Melodie Moss of northwest Bradenton said she
received a notice in December from Liberty Mutual
saying her insurance would not be renewed when the
policy period ends on March 31.
"We found different reports in the papers," she said.
"One said no policies would be canceled; the other said
something else. I don't know where I stand."
Galvano assured her that the freeze protects her and
other policyholders against cancellation or non-renewal.
"Jan. 30 is the key date," he said. "No policy can be
canceled or non-renewed on or after that date, regard-
less of when you got the notice."
Moss said she was still concerned about the terms
of the renewal she would get March 31 when her exist-
State Rep. Bill Galvano sees benefits in the new
insurance legislation but can't say yet what the
impact will be on individual policyholders.
More than 50 people attended a town hall-style meeting Saturday at the Cafe on the Beach in Holmes Beach at
Manatee Public Beach to hear state Rep. Bill Galvano discuss the new insurance law and respond to questions.
Islander Photos: Molly McCartney
ing coverage runs out.
"Am I renewed for the year or just a few months?"
she wanted to know.
Galvano didn't try to answer that question. Instead,
he said, the implementation of the new insurance law
"will change the entire environment of insurance so
your insurer will have more incentive to stay in Florida
and change the rates."
But there is nothing in the freeze or the new law that
can force an insurer to operate in Florida, he said.
In his opening remarks, Galvano said he saw a fun-
damental shift in legislative thinking about insurance
when lawmakers convened for the mid-January special
session on insurance.
"We believe in the free-market system," he said.
"But there are times in life, going back to the days
of Roosevelt, when government has to step in and roll
up its sleeves and influence the environment so citizens
are not squeezed out."
'Arbitrary' wind zone boundaries are gone
On Anna Maria Island, there was the additional
issue of the "arbitrary and capricious" boundaries for
the state-designated wind zone, he said.
"Not only were we facing higher insurance rates,"
he said, "we were being deprived, unconstitutionally
in my opinion, of what the state was offering to other
citizens in the state of Florida, and that was the avail-
ability of state coverage in certain areas."
The result was that commercial properties within
1,000 feet of the Gulf shore were eligible for cover-
age from Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state's
insurer. Commercial properties including churches
and government buildings outside the wind zone did
not qualify for Citizens.
Galvano said that the public outcry from Anna Maria
Island over the wind zone's inequity was a factor in the leg-
islative decision to eliminate the wind-zone boundaries.
"I am so proud of this community, because you
played a huge role in what has occurred," he said.
Citizens is authorized under the new law to pro-
vide coverage to any residential or commercial property
owner, regardless of location, who is unable to find
private coverage or who is quoted a premium price that
is 25 percent higher than Citizens.
Cat Fund reconfigured
Galvano said that one of the most important leg-
islative actions was to reshape the Florida Hurricane
Catastrophe Fund, known as the Cat Fund, to "create
a savings for insurers that they could send back to the
citizens of Florida and lower their rates."
He described the Cat Fund as a "rainy-day fund"
to cover damage in case of disaster.
"We recognize that if there is a major disaster, the
state is going to step in. Let's face it. We're on the hook
anyway. We are not going to abandon a community. Just
like the federal government is not going to abandon a
community. That is what we do in this country."
Knowing this, lawmakers "decided that the best
thing to stop the bleeding and get the rates down was
to reconfigure our Cat Fund," he said.
Galvano said this was done in a bi-partisan move.
"Republican and Democrat alike, we said forget the poli-
tics. Let's do the numbers and see how we can make mean-
ingful change to the Cat Fund without being irresponsible,
without pushing all the burden onto the taxpayers."
One indication that this plan is beginning to work,
Galvano said, came on Friday when American Strategic
Insurance of St. Petersburg, which holds some 200,000
policies, announced a 20-percent reduction in rates in
response to the new insurance law and the changes in
the Cat Fund.
Finding the basis for insurance rates
Island homeowner Hank Tremblay expressed his
concern about the basis for the rates that insurance com-
panies charge policyholders.
"How do we know they are charging the right rate?"
he asked. "How much is too much? How much is too
little? I haven't seen any figures on that."
Galvano said the new legislation requires more dis-
closure by insurers.
"We had an environment with no one at the helm,"
he said. "But we have changed that. We now say we
want more information from the companies so we know
the rates are based on actual principles. This is the first
time we as legislators were focused more on numbers
than on rhetoric."
In response to another question about the financial
stability of Florida insurers, Galvano said the new leg-
islation contains several helpful provisions, including a
requirement for insurance companies to provide state-
ments under oath.
He said the state Office of Insurance Regulation
"is under the gun now" to do a better job. Other state
agencies also "have this industry in their crosshairs."
After noting that insurance agents appear to be
overwhelmed and stuck "in a quagmire" as a result of
the insurance crisis and the public need for rate informa-
tion, Islander editor Bonner Joy asked Galvano where
else the public can go for a comparative analysis of
"I agree that agents are overwhelmed," Galvano
He said the new legislation contains a requirement
for additional education for agents. Meantime, he said,
the state Office of Insurance Regulation is a good source.
There is also a provision for education outreach for citi-
zens, although it has not yet been implemented.
What about a hotline that policyholders could call
for help and for information?
"I like that idea," Galvano said, as he instructed his
aides to take note of the suggestion.
In the absence of a hotline, Galvano welcomed his
constituents to contact his office for help. "We'll find
answers or get you to someone who can."
Galvano emphasized that he strives to represent
all the people of his district but has a special feeling
for Anna Maria Island because he has lived here, first
as a small boy and later as a newlywed. "The issues
out here are very near and dear to my heart," he said,
stressing that he will continue to seek insurance equity
when the general session of the Legislature convenes
He can be reached by e-mail at Bill.Galvano@
myfloridahouse.gov or by telephoning his Bradenton
legislative office at 708-4968. His mailing address
is 1023 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 715, Bradenton FL
THE ISLANDER M FEB. 14, 2007 M 5
Man threatens 2
Islanders, arrest made
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes
Task Force arrested William Russell, 27, of Bradenton,
Friday, Feb. 9, according to a report from the MCSO.
The report said Russell and
Nicole Chlebina and Adam
Rutkowsky got into a verbal
argument at about 1 p.m. out-
side their residence in the 300
block of North Shore Drive in
According to MCSO Sgt.
John Kenney, who oversees
Russell the Anna Maria substation, the
victims knew the suspect and were arranging to buy
from him a laptop computer. The argument, he said,
was apparently over whether the laptop was stolen.
At some point, according to the report, the argu-
ment escalated and Russell retrieved a handgun from
the trunk of his white Hyundai and pointed it at the vic-
tims, threatening to shoot them. The victims fled back
into their apartment. Their landlord, Victoria Paul, also
saw Russell with the gun before he fled the scene.
The victims waited almost five hours to report the
crime, but Kenney said Deputy Sal Magro followed
through, contacted VCTF and executed the arrest.
Russell was located at his residence at 513 22nd
St. W., Bradenton, and arrested him.
During a search subsequent to the arrest, VCTF
members located powder cocaine residue, 21 Oxy-
codone 80-mg tablets, two Oxycodone 30-mg tablets
and 1.4 grams of marijuana. The handgun, a loaded
9-mm Kel Tec, was located in another of Russell's
vehicles at the residence, a Suburban, where deputies
found six insulin syringes and a spoon coated with
a substance that tested positive for cocaine under a
cup holder in the center console.
Russell was charged with aggravated assault with
a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, posses-
sion of marijuana, possession of cocaine and posses-
sion of a controlled substance.
Mike Quinn, publisher ofNewsManatee.com, con-
tributed to this report.
Cortez Trailer Park has offer
By Jim Hanson
He has received an offer of $10.8 million for
the Cortez Trailer Park, the owner has advised
occupants, and if they can match it they are wel-
come to buy.
No way, said the president of the homeowners
association. There is no possibility they can raise
that kind of money, for most of them are retired or
are part-time residents who winter here and summer
Owner Harry "Butch" Howey told the residents
by letter last week that he had received the offer. The
occupants have the first right of refusal, that is, under
state law they are first in line if they can match a pur-
imposed in region
Drought conditions have spurred the South-
west Florida Water Management District to impose
lawn watering limits for the region, including Anna
The "severe water shortage restrictions" call
for one-day watering of properties on the follow-
Addresses with house number ending in 0 or 1
- irrigate Monday.
Addresses with house number ending in 2 or 3
- irrigate on Tuesday.
Addresses with house number ending in 4 or 5
- irrigate on Wednesday.
Addresses with house number ending in 6 or 7
- irrigate on Thursday.
Addresses with house number ending in 8 or 9
- irrigate on Friday.
Properties of less than two acres may water before
8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Properties of more than two acres
should water before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Further information is available by calling Manatee
County Water Conservation, 792-8811, ext. 5327.
Bob Coulter, president of the owners association,
said his group surveyed residents a year ago when there
was talk of selling the park, and the result was two to
one against buying themselves.
The question was, "Would you pay $100,000
to $120,000 for the land your unit occupies?" A
resounding no was heard at the time, he said, and he
is sure it wouldn't change now. "Even if we could
There are 79 permanent mobile homes there and
eight recreation vehicle sites. Occupants own their
residences and rent the land they occupy. Working the
numbers, Coulter figures anyone who pays the price
offered for the facility would have to collect rent for
26 years just to cover the purchase price, not counting
taxes and other expenses.
"At that rate, it wouldn't work to continue run-
ning a trailer park here," he said. "So the buyer
would have to have some other use in mind." The
offer allows 180 days to do the usual "due diligence"
before it's accepted.
"That gives time to find out whether the land can
be rezoned for some other use," Coulter noted. It is
within the overlay that designates much of Cortez as
a historic district, with very stringent rules about any-
thing built there.
The property is about five acres of land with 620
feet or so of waterfront. There is a marina there, too,
owned by Howey. It is adjacent to the east ramp of the
It has been owned and operated as a trailer park by
the Howey family since 1959. Butch Howey bought it
from his parents in 1988, but has been associated with
its operation almost all of his life. He refused to com-
ment on an offer or sale.
Coulter said some residents have been there almost
as long: One 80-year-old woman has lived there for 40
years, another is 100 years old, and just the other day
the residents gave an 80th birthday party for a resident.
"We have a birthday party every year for 80-year-olds,"
"This is a marvelous bit of old Florida," he said.
"To think of it all going away is hard to face."
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6 H FEB. 14, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
It's all about the weather
While the weather here may be chilly at night and in
the early mornings, the daytime temps on Anna Maria
Island have been "chamber of commerce" weather for
weeks, and the weather "up north" has been a wintery,
blizzardy, icy, snowy disaster.
What does it all mean?
Visitors, visitors and more visitors to the joy of
Traffic, traffic and more traffic to the dismay of
Crash, crunch, ouch, go the cars. Pedestrians and
bikers beware. And be aware that pedestrian paths and
crosswalks are just that for people. Bicycles are
vehicles on the road and on the adjacent bike path.
Bicyclists wanting to cross busy roads at crosswalks
must "walk the bike" to be considered a pedestrian and
to expect vehicles to stop and allow them to cross.
It's not the "quiet" Island that we enjoy in May and
September, but busy is good. Very good. It looks to be
one of our best seasons since 9/11.
Be careful out there.
Another warning for folks who may be unfamiliar
with Island customs: Fruit growing on trees in folks'
yards is not necessarily there "for the picking."
A caller this week to the newspaper said a man
parked his car across from her home and proceeded to
walk through her yard and pick oranges from the tree
in her back yard.
As he departed and she questioned him as to what
he was doing, he told her he was asked to meet another
person there to pick fruit, but the other "picker" didn't
show. "Would you like the fruit back?" he asked.
The gracious homeowner allowed him to keep the
fruit but warned him that it's not nice to trespass and
take fruit without first asking permission.
On examination, she learned that all but the "top
of the tree" was bare of fruit.
Imagine someone up north coming by to pick all
the tomatoes from your garden. Not good, eh?
For many years, a friend of the newspaper brought
fruit to the office that he collected from his yard and the
trees of neighbors and friends who were out of town,
which "did them a favor" in keeping the trees picked,
the ground clear, and preventing nocturnal creatures
from abundantly enjoying the fruit. His efforts were
He was good to share with us ... and so we again
say thanks to Snooks Adams. We enjoyed lots and lots
of his fresh citrus.
He's not pickin' anymore, so maybe he got some
overzealous help. For everyone else, it's a good idea to
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Theme park mentality
My wife and I bought our apartment in Bradenton
Beach a number of years ago. What attracted us and
many other visitors to the area was the beautiful beach,
the shoreline and the Australian pines, which act as a
sun screen in hot weather and provide some protection
from storm winds.
We were appalled, therefore, when contractors
arrived and started to fell them prior to commence-
ment of the multi-use path, which will run from Fifth
Street South to the south end of the Island.
What is the point of the path? It is just one more
example of the creeping theme park mentality which
is threatening to spoil the essential character of the last
remaining unmanicured part of the Island.
Supposedly it will open up the beauty of the Island
so that cyclists can then cycle the 1.3 miles to the south
end, turn around using the dinky little circle, and return
before facing the rigors of the highway. Pedestrians will
continue to enjoy walking on the beach.
How many trees will be lost? No one knows for
sure. More than 40 have already gone to "improve" the
car parking area to the north.
The supporters of the scheme will say that those
against have had two years to make their objections
known. The scheme has undergone many alterations
since that time and I do not believe it has ever been
clearly stated the precise number of trees that will be
lost or what the completed scheme will look like.
The county also seems to have lost sight of the
fact that a great many taxpaying property owners on
the Island are not fulltime residents and are not fully
aware of the consequences of what may be decided.
What's done is done and we cannot unfortunately
put the clock back, but I hope those who were respon-
sible for putting the whole sorry thing forward will
reflect on it in due course and ask, "Have we really
improved on what nature has already provided for our
Robin Blackmore, Bradenton Beach
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I want to thank you, you do our Island a fine service
by providing much of our local information. I think I
speak for most all of your readers when I say your hard
work is much appreciated and needed here.
In September, we returned to Anna Maria Island
after a five-year absence (we'd lived here from 1992
to 2001), with the idea of making the Island our per-
manent home. As is our longtime custom, we resumed
our daily morning and evening beach walks. On these
walks my wife and I bring along four shopping bags,
which by the end of our walk are almost always bulg-
ing with the litter that routinely mars the beauty of
But unsightliness isn't the reason we pick up
beach litter some 240 days a year. It is for the safety
and well-being of the Island's birds and sea crea-
tures that die from ingesting the stuff. As an ama-
teur marine biologist, I have watched in horror as
they have pulled monofilament fishing lines, hooks,
bottle caps, plastic ring tops, aluminum pull tabs,
plastic bags, chunks of Styrofoam, corks, plastic and
glass bottles, etc., from the stomachs and throats of
I see plenty of people walking the beaches who are
willing to bend and pick up shells. Would it hurt these
same people to pick up just one or two pieces of litter as
well? If every person were to pick up just a few pieces
of litter each time they strolled the beach, it would make
a wonderful difference.
Armand Rucinski, Anna Maria
Leave live 'dollars'
Tourists and residents who collect sand dollars from
our beaches need to know this:
The whole brown ones are still alive and should be
thrown back into the water. As kids, we remembered
which was which by this ditty:
Sand dollar white, take it right.
Sand dollar brown, leave it down.
Mable Correy, Anna Maria
THE ISLANDER E FEB. 14. 2007 U 7
How many banks
do we need?
By Russ Olsen
The citizens of Anna Maria Island have existed with
three banks as long as most of us remember. Now all of
a sudden there are two more banks under construction
on the Island.
These are not small branch offices but full-fledged
edifices with huge buildings, drive-through lanes and
expensive landscaping. The existing banks have not
shown any evidence of increased business, long lines
or parking problems and are operated with minimum
Bradenton is no different. On Manatee Avenue,
Island cities want MCC for emergency HQ
Emergency officials from the three Island cities
met at the Holmes Beach City Hall Feb. 7 and agreed
to use the Manatee Community College as a central
headquarters for all three cities during an Islandwide
emergency such as evacuation during a hurricane.
Holmes Beach city treasurer Rick Ashley said he
would have the city attorney prepare a draft agreement
and present it when the group meets again Feb. 26.
Under the proposed agreement, the three cities
would share a central building at MCC, but have sepa-
rate rooms for each city.
"It makes a lot of sense to me," said Holmes Beach
Police Chief Jay Romine. "It's nice to be in the same
Community college officials attended the meeting
and agreed to the proposal pending review of the draft
between 75th Street and downtown there are 24 banks,
credit unions or savings and loans, most with impres-
Is there that much money and financial commerce in
our area? How can a bank justify a million-dollar build-
ing to process our checking and savings accounts?
Most of the business of banking is handled elec-
tronically at some central location far away.
Hardly a week goes by that we don't read of some
bank jeopardizing the integrity of their management by
being involved with some questionable loans lack
of supervision and granting million-dollar loans based
on inflated appraisals.
Are our deposits safe? The FDIC assures us they
are, but a wholesale failure would be disastrous.
When asked why banks are expanding, I'm told
it's a competitive business and must grow to survive.
What kind of growth more deposits to mishandle
or a bigger piece of the usurious credit card business?
Check your mail to see how many want the privilege of
encouraging you to increase your debt at high rates.
Who's reaping the profits? Certainly not the stock-
holders or the depositors, so there must be some high
salaries or commissions in management who are operat-
ing an illusion of tremendous growth.
I have a shoe box under my bed.
The group also discussed obtaining a central loca-
tion east of Interstate 75 for use after an emergency in
order for contractors who will be working on the Island
to organize and be screened to ensure they are qualified
Due to inaccurate information provided by police,
an article in the Jan. 31 "Streetlife" column indicated
that volunteers at St. Bernard Catholic Church had
written a check to a man who police suspected was
trying to defraud religious organizations on the Island.
Neither St. Bernard Catholic Church parishioners nor
volunteers were involved in the writing of any check.
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In the Feb. 12,1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Incumbent Anna Maria City Commissioners Doug
Wolfe and George McKay were easily re-elected in the
February election, while newcomer Dale Woodland fin-
ished without a seat in third and former commissioner
and mayor Max Znika finished fourth.
Manatee County Commissioner Stan Stephens
told Anna Maria Fire District Chief Andy Price that
the district is getting a second county ambulance for 12
hours each day. Price said the announcement created
somewhat of a dilemma because the fire commission
had recently concluded that the district needed its own
*Assistant state attorney James Rawe of the 12thjudi-
cial circuit declined to file charges against the Anna Maria
Fire Commission over a Florida Sunshine Law violation.
District resident Karen Leek filed a complaint in January,
alleging that the district violated the law by publishing a
meeting notice that contained the wrong date.
8 0 FEB. 14, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
By Rick Catlin
In the wake of all the publicity surrounding the col-
lapse of Island real estate projects such as Villa Rosa
and Rosa del Mar, at least one development continues
to move forward after overcoming a number of obsta-
cles in the past five-and-a-half years.
Ken Dardis of the Tidemark hotel-condominium-
marina resort in Holmes Beach said the company plans
a "major announcement in about two weeks" concern-
ing its marketing and campaign for the project.
Dardis said the company will hold a press confer-
ence at which time it will announce the name of the
marketing firm chosen to sell the 40 planned condo-
minium units at the property, along with the plan the
marketing company has for the project. Dardis, along
with Lance McNeill of Tidemark, will be at the confer-
ence to answer questions.
Details of sales and construction of the units will
also be discussed at the conference, he indicated.
The Tidemark project had been beset by financial
difficulties under original developer Nick Easterling.
Tidemark received its site plan approval from the
Holmes Beach City Commission in August 2001, but
Easterling was forced to place the company into vol-
untary bankruptcy in January 2004.
Tidemark emerged from federal bankruptcy court
in August 2005 as a new company Tidemark Reli-
ance LLC with Dardis and his company, Reliance
Property Group, as the financial saviors.
At that time, Easterling and Dardis announced they
would begin construction of the marina phase of Tide-
mark in January 2006.
As late as December 2005, Easterling said the start
of "real construction" was a few weeks away and "noth-
ing could hold back the project." He said at that time
Hazardous waste collection
The waste that was gathered up on Coquina
Beach Jan. 27 won't be headed to a landfill,
but rather will be "properly disposed of" by
qualified contractors. The Manatee County
Household Hazardous Waste/E-Scrap
Collection took place for the first time at
Coquina Beach rather than at Holmes Beach
City Hall to avoid conflict with an art show,
but it didn't seem to deter a line of "donors."
The effort is a partnership of the Manatee
County Utilities Operation Department and
the cities of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach,
Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key.
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announcement on the project. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
he expected the marina and resort to open in 12 to 18
But that didn't happen. By October 2006, Tidemark
had only constructed the new seawall at the project,
although Easterling maintained then that all construc-
tion bids on the marina had been received and it was
simply a matter of "selecting the contractor."
Easterling left the construction and development
side of Tidemark in October 2006, but said at that time
he still has a contract to manage the property when it
When Easterling departed the company, McNeill
said Tidemark was waiting for its condominium docu-
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unit before Tidemark went into bankruptcy will be given
first opportunity to purchase a unit, he said then.
McNeill said he did not have a firm price range
for the units, which will include one and two-bedroom
units along with at least one luxury unit.
Construction of the marina and docks won't begin
until the vertical construction of the buildings is com-
plete, McNeill said in October 2006. At present, sewer,
water and electrical hookups are being installed in addi-
tion to the foundation for the buildings.
Tidemark is planned as a 40-unit hotel-condomin-
ium and Easterling previously anticipated prices from
around $500,000 to just over $1 million for the units.
The marina will have 65 boat slips along with an accom-
modation for police and emergency service boats.
Tidemark leased the city's boat basin for about
$10,000 per year, but promised to provide some public
boat slips at the marina. Holmes Beach city treasurer
Rick Ashley said the lease payments from Tidemark
No construction plans for the buildings or marina
have been submitted to the Holmes Beach build-
ing department. According to a building department
official, there is no time limit on Tidemark's site plan
approval. Permits for construction of the seawall and
installation of sewer and water pipes have been issued,
but not for the vertical construction.
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former Pete Reynard's marina-restaurant at the inter-
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THE ISLANDER U FEB. 14, 2007 9 9
Commission declines to extend trolley route
By Rick Catlin
Citing safety concerns for the Island trolley travel-
ing on roads heavily used by pedestrians, cyclists and
children, the Anna Maria City Commission declined
to ask the Manatee County Area Transit authority to
extend its trolley route along North Shore Drive and
North Bay Boulevard.
Mayor Fran Barford told commissioners at their
Feb. 7 work session that while MCAT has said adding
the routes to the current system is "doable," she has
"concerns" with the trolley crossing the humpback
bridge on North Bay Boulevard 48 times each day.
In addition, noted Commissioner Duke Miller,
the trolley service starts at 6 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m.
Adding stops along North Shore Drive would put the
trolley into a residential neighborhood at a very early
There was also concern about the stress that the
trolley would put on the humpback bridge. "The county
agreed with me that the trolley would take a toll on
the bridge," Barford added, although it did not do any
Commissioner Christine Toilette said she was con-
cerned about the multitude of pedestrians, children and
cyclists on North Shore Drive, particularly during the
"There's a major safety problem" if the trolley runs
on North Shore, she said.
Some residents in the area had asked that the
trolley add stops along North Shore Drive and North
Bay Boulevard because they had difficulty getting
to the trolley's closest stop at the city pier. When
MCAT first began its Island trolley service in 2002,
the route included a stop at the Rod & Reel Pier,
but that was canceled for lack of passengers at that
"But there may be ways to transport some of the
folks who need to get to the trolley," said Barford.
MCAT has two programs to move residents to
desired locations such as a doctor's office or a trip to
MCAT has a "handy bus" service available from 6
a.m. to 7 p.m. for disabled residents at a cost of $2 each
way. MCAT also provides a free transportation service
for those who qualify, but the trips are limited to 3 to 4
miles from the resident's location.
Barford handed out information on MCAT 's avail-
able services to those attending the meeting, which was
held at the Holmes Beach City Hall. MCAT ride guides
are available at city hall, which is presently operating on
the second floor of the Island Baptist Church annex.
The MCAT telephone number is 749-7116.
The commission spent considerable time discussing
the proposed lot split ordinance and eventually agreed
that the city should "grandfather" in existing lots that
have a private access.
A number of other issues arose during the discus-
sion, such as what would happen if the city were wiped
out by a hurricane, but city attorney Jim Dye suggested
that if those issues were to be incorporated in the pro-
posed ordinance, it would essentially create a new ordi-
nance. The city would have to re-advertise and begin
the public hearing process again, he said.
The commission opted to just add in a "grandfa-
ther" clause and the final reading of the ordinance will
be at the Feb. 22 commission meeting.
Commissioners agreed that other "issues" created
by the lot-split ordinance would be dealt with in a future
The commission agreed to have the first reading
of an ordinance to extend the current moratorium on
construction within the coastal-overlay district on Feb.
22 and the final reading at a special meeting on Feb.
28. The meeting Feb. 28 is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the
Island Baptist Church.
Waste Management agreement
Commissioners had the first reading of a new agree-
ment with Waste Management Inc. for trash-hauling
and recycling services.
WMI's Dave Smith noted that the company had
previously not charged for collection of trash recep-
tacles at beach-access locations, but that was an over-
sight. The company currently has 50 such receptacles
around the city.
"We just haven 't been charging. It's an oversight,"
The central issue with the new contract, however, is
the fact that WMI charges a duplex owner for collection
of two units, whether or not the other unit is rented, and
where some many duplexes in the city are combined
Smith said if the company gets documentation from the
owner that the unit is no longer a duplex under the county
tax rolls, it will be charged as a single-family residence.
WMI will give the city 10 exemptions from being
charged at the duplex rate, but it's up to the city to
choose which 10 units get the exceptions. WMI, he
said, is not in the business of choosing exceptions.
Barford said there are presently 110 duplex units
in the city and there's a lot of difficulty in determining
who gets an exception.
But WMI's Rose Quin-Barr, a former Anna Maria
police officer, saved the day by saying that WMI would
be "more than happy" to look at anyone who can docu-
ment the fact that their duplex is now a single-family
dwelling. If it's a legitimate claim, the company will
charge the duplex at the single-family rate.
"It's been a big misunderstanding," she said.
If the contract is approved, WMI will eventually
institute automated collection service in Anna Maria
as it already has done in Holmes Beach. That service
involves the use of trash receptacles that come in 32
and 65-gallon sizes.
The final reading of the WMI ordinance is sched-
uled for Feb. 22.
The commission also received a memo on a Jan. 29
meeting among the city pier manager, Barford, Toilette
and public works director George McKay regarding the
pier complying with the Americans with DisabilitiesAct.
An Aug. 20, 2003, memo from Dye indicated it was the
tenant's responsibility to comply with the provisions of
the ADA at its own cost, not the city 's.
Pier management was given a list of concerns and
recommendations. The group will meet again Feb. 19
to determine if the lease holder has complied with any
of the recommendations.
St. Patrick's Day breakfast
has a few chairs left
There are still a few seats left at the breakfast
table for the annual St. Patrick's Day celebration,
chairman Don Maloney says.
The event, starting at 9:30 a.m. March 17,
will be at the Moose Lodge hall, 110 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. Only paid reservations at $7.50
apiece will be admitted, Maloney said.
There will be Irish music, Irish dancing, Irish
stories and enough blarney to last until another
St. Pat's day rolls around. The Irishman and/or
Irishwoman of the Year will be named.
Tickets may be arranged through Sarah
Maloney, 778-4865. Proceeds will go to Our
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By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach Police Department this week
rolled out a program making it easier for officers to deal
with trespassers in the "after hours."
Under the business trespass program, businesses
and other non-residential establishments in the city can
authorize HBPD officers to enforce state trespass statutes
on their property when no owner or agent is present.
In other words, said HBPD Chief Jay Romine,
officers can approach trespassers on properties when
establishments are closed.
The Holmes Beach City Commission authorized
the program last year following discussions about tres-
passers, specifically skateboarders using property for
Romine said the primary objective of the voluntary
program is to deter criminal activity and he hoped to
see 100-percent participation from Holmes Beach busi-
"I'd like to see them all do it because it's a good
program," Romine said, adding that the Bradenton
Police Department uses a similar program.
The BPD program implemented several years ago
has seen success, said Linda Stoops, a master patrol
officer in Bradenton.
Stoops said skateboarders at one Bradenton bank
had caused thousands of dollars in damages. She said
now the trespassing has been eliminated and the damage
Stoops noted that other establishments reported
By Rick Catlin
A special event permit request is normally a routine
matter, but in Anna Maria nothing is routine, particu-
larly when it pertains to the Sandbar Restaurant and
owner Ed Chiles.
The Sandbar submitted a special event permit
request to the commission to have a tent for a wedding
planned Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The commis-
sion heard the request at a special meeting Feb. 8 and
voted 3-2 to approve the permit. Commissioners Dale
Woodland and Duke Miller were against the permit,
while Commission Chairman John Quam along with
Commissioners Jo Ann Mattick and Christine Toilette
That's when the uproar started.
The commission had not taken public comment
during its brief discussion of the application, but with
many people in attendance to voice their displeasure,
Quam re-opened the meeting to a litany of objections,
primarily from nearby residents.
Leading the charge against Chiles and the Sandbar
was attorney Brendan Rowe of Sarasota, representing
the Nally family who live on Spring Avenue by the
restaurant. Rowe and his law firm represent the Nallys
in their suit against the city for its 2006 approval of the
Sandbar's final site plan for improvements.
Rowe wasted little time in claiming the commis-
sion had "no authority" to waive the normal six-week
submission deadline for a special permit, although the
Sandbar had applied several weeks ago for a blanket
permit for the winter season, pending completion of its
already-approved and under construction pavilion. That
application was withdrawn by the Sandbar.
That didn't stop Rowe. "They are obviously going
to submit [a special event application] every week,"
he claimed. "This is a 'last-ditch' attempt and it's in
violation" of the city's own ordinance.
And the commission is violating the ordinance
by approving the permit, he added. The Sandbar, he
alleged, is just "reprising" its blanket request for a tent
during the winter season.
Resident Mark Alonso, however, sprung to the
Sandbar's defense and wondered why every time the
restaurant applies for anything there are so many objec-
tions. "It's the jewel of the Island," he said.
Resident Marie White, who also lives adjacent to
declines in damages, litter and nuisances.
"They are definitely seeing a difference," Stoops
said, adding that official warning signs at businesses
have deterred trespassing.
Potential participants in Holmes Beach include
businesses, schools, churches and government facili-
ties, including the library.
To participate, an establishment must register with
HBPD, complete an "affidavit of authorization" each
year and display an official trespass warning sign,
which costs about $34.
The sign, with a bold "Notice," states, "For your
protection all city of Holmes Beach police officers are
authorized to advise any person to leave these premises.
Failure to leave these premises after being instructed
may result in your arrest for trespassing. ...Working to
keep Holmes Beach safe."
Under the program, Romine said when a business
is closed, an officer could approach a person and issue
the individual a trespass warning. That warning likely
would be a written one with a stipulation not to repeat
If the person failed to leave, Romine said the offi-
cer could arrest the individual for trespassing, a mis-
The officer, Romine stressed, can act immediately
rather than wait for a call to go out to the business
owner, followed by waiting for the owner's arrival.
"This saves time for one thing," the chief said.
Enrollment, said Romine, cannot be transferred
with a change of ownership or location.
the Sandbar, countered that the commission "can't con-
tinue to give 'him' a tent. It's dangerous," she added.
"He's going to get away with whatever he can."
Rather than hear a continuing litany of complaints
not related to the special event permit, Quam adjourned
the meeting. The permit for the Feb. 17 wedding
Holmes Beach seeks reports
on illegal discharges
The Holmes Beach public works department is
encouraging people who witness illicit discharging into
the stormwater system to report the incident.
In a public service announcement, the department
outlines what people should look for:
Water flowing in stormwater ditches or pipes
during periods of no rainfall.
Pipes or hoses draining to the stormwater system
without an obvious source.
Buckets or drums containing unknown or hazard-
If people think they observed an illicit discharge,
they should make a note of the incident, including a
license plate number if a vehicle is involved, and then
contact HBPW at 708-5833 or 708-5800, ext. 231.
Mardi Gras celebration Tuesday
The annual celebration of Mardi Gras, signaling
the beginning of Lent, will be at the Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation Tuesday, Feb. 20.
It will be followed by an Ash Wednesday service
where the Rev. Harry Parsell will officiate over the
imposition of ashes and the change from the revelry of
"Fat Tuesday" to the solemnity of Lent.
The Mardi Gras celebration will begin at 6 p.m.
Tuesday at the church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
There will be a gourmet dinner and live music by Jimmy
Gee's band. Regina Percy of Anna Maria is chairing
the event, with the food prepared by Odette Rogers of
Charlie's on the Island restaurant.
Tickets at $18 will be available Sunday morning at
the weekly coffee hour or in the church office between
9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Details may be obtained by calling
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draws nearby residents' ire
Hulk being dismantled off Cortez
By Jim Hanson
The Henry Flagler is about to be no more, and there
is some lingering doubt that it ever was.
It's the ramshackle paddlewheel houseboat that has
been first anchored, then resting on the bottom of Anna
Maria Sound off the east end of Cortez.
The owner has not been found or even identified,
but Manatee County is trying hard he'll get a bill
when he's discovered, for the county is spending some
money on dismantling the hulk.
There has been some anonymous claim that the
wreck has historic value, but that just isn't so, says
Roger Allen, director of the Florida Maritime Museum
in Cortez. It has no connection with the pioneer devel-
oper Henry Flagler or his family, the name apparently
pulled out of the air.
It has been moved around the shallow waters there for
years, as storms shifted it from place to place. Everywhere
it comes to rest is a menace to the seagrass growing there,
either by direct interference or by shading the bottom from
productive sunlight, said Alan Lai Hipp of the Manatee
County Conservation Lands Management Department.
Even longtime Cortezians aren't sure where the
hulk came from. It's one of those wrecks that has
always been there on the fringe of awareness in the
historic fishing village.
It's not especially welcome, either. One denizen
of the village said that if the hulk is moved again by a
storm, it could be a danger to the waterfront. And it is
an attractive nuisance, attracting venturesome young-
sters and sometimes a vagrant liveaboard.
But Lai Hipp said it's not being removed as a
menace to navigation or a danger to anyone, it's not
that bad, but is part of the county's resource protection
program. Some 70 to 80 derelicts have been disposed
of under that program in the past year and a half, he
said, the Flagler being the biggest.
As for historic value, it has no known ties to the
area and is not even especially old, Lai Hipp pointed
out: It was built in 1977 as a steel barge, then topped
with wooden superstructure. The steel underpinning is
60 feet by 30 feet.
"It just seems to have been someone's solution to
a housing shortage at some point in the distant past,"
Now a contractor, working at high tide, has removed
the wooden superstructure and is at work dismantling
the rusty barge, which Lai Hipp expects to be com-
pleted by the end of the month.
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Park.and.ride at Coquina among solutions
suggested for parking 'fix'
By Paul Roat
Solutions to a longstanding parking problem are
slowly reaching fruition in Bradenton Beach.
A group of residents, business people and others
have been meeting to discuss the parking needs of the
city. The focus of the talks is slowly settling on the
needs of the historic old-town area of the city, from
Cortez Road south to Fifth Street South the central
Facilitator Alan Garrett estimated the area has about
77 parking spaces on Bridge Street and nearby areas,
including a city parking lot and spaces adjacent to the
That number is in contrast to thousands of available
spots at Coquina Beach and Cortez Beach spots that
are available but inconvenient for a casual shopper or
diner at the area's restaurants.
"It's like a desert island," Garrett said. "You're sur-
rounded by water, but you can't drink it. You've got
thousands of parking spaces at Coquina, but how do
you use it?"
The solutions the group suggested included some
plans that have long been in the discussion stage.
Better signage along Bridge Street to stress the park-
ing for business patrons not beachgoers received accolades
from the group as a quick, relatively painless "fix."
Creation of an employee parking lot at northeast
Coquina was another suggestion, with a regular service
to shuttle workers to their place of employment.
Longer-term solutions include purchase of property
through a public-private collaboration that would result
in a parking structure.
BeachHouse Restaurant owner Ed Chiles suggested
that property he owns just to the south of the establish-
ment could be used for a parking lot. He has had pre-
liminary plans drafted for such a facility, which could
probably accommodate more than 40 cars.
However, who would use the lot would need to be
worked out with the city would it serve only res-
taurant patrons or employees, other business patrons,
visitors or residents? Chiles said that could be resolved
with the city prior to any development commencing.
There was also a concern raised about allowing
beachfront parking at that location opening a "Pandora's
Box" of parking requests on beachfront land throughout
Developer David Teitelbaum suggested the group
work toward establishing a goal of providing 200 park-
ing spaces in the Bridge Street area, which would entail
finding another 150-or-so slots for vehicles.
Maximizing all existing areas should be strongly
pursued, he added.
Garrett suggested the group consider the sugges-
tions proffered in previous meetings and attempt to
winnow them down at the next meeting, scheduled for
5 p.m. Feb. 21 at city hall.
Among those suggestions will be the park-and-ride
lot at north Coquina, he added.
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Wisconsin's proud celebrate roots while here
By Lisa Neff
They came from Milwaukee.
They came from Green Bay.
They came from places such as Kenosha, Racine,
Appleton, Manitowoc, Burlington, Madison, Janesville,
Chippewa Falls and Oshkosh, by gosh.
On Feb. 6, more than 300 Wisconsinites assembled
for the 50th anniversary of Wisconsin Day at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.
Some of them wore the green and gold colors of
their Green Bay Packers. Many others wore the red
and white colors of their University of Wisconsin Bad-
"It's surprising how many people come here from
the northern states," said Jim Soddy, past president of
the Manatee County area group that organizes the cel-
ebration of the 30th state in the union.
The history circulated in the church room stated
that the first Wisconsin Day was held in 1957 and orga-
nized by Andrew Severson of Ruskin. The dates of the
event varied over the years, from early January to late
February. Eventually it was decided to hold Wisconsin
Day on the Tuesday closest to Feb. 10.
Attendees at this year's event received souvenir
coffee mugs to commemorate the 50th anniversary.
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The Wisconsinites shared jokes. When the tem-
perature falls to 60 degrees in Florida, it's time to turn
on the heat, said Wisconsin Day club president Gerald
Praschak, of Bradenton. Meanwhile, when the tempera-
ture hits 60 degrees in Wisconsin, it's time to plant the
The Wisconsin Day celebrants listened to music
with a polka influence.
They conversed, generally about weather and foot-
ball, and, more specifically, about the below-zero tem-
peratures in the Midwest and Green Bay quarterback
Brett Favre's decision to play yet another year.
"Next year we'll be winning the Lombardi Trophy,"
Stephen Wilcox said of the Packers and a 2008 cham-
The attendees gave "thanks"- for being born and
raised in Wisconsin and for living now in Florida, at
least in the winter.
And they feasted. The lunch was a potluck, with
table after table loaded with dishes and the room heav-
ily scented with sauerkraut.
"It's like going home," said Kim Mayfield, who
grew up in Milwaukee. "It's comfortable here, like with
old friends and family."
Gerald Praschak, president of the local Wisconsin
Day club, shares some jokes with the more than 300
Wisconsin fans gathered in the activity hall at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach Feb. 6. The
gathering was for the 50th anniversary of Wisconsin
Day. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
SAM will meet at library
Save Anna Maria Inc. (SAM) will meet at 10:30
a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Sheila Hurst, president, said the meeting will
include a round-table discussion on current develop-
ments with the environment, taxes and insurance, as
well as other matters of concern to Islanders. Additional
information may be obtained by calling 778-5687 or
DeSoto expert Sprenger to tell
Rotarians of early explorer
Dr. Thomas Sprenger will detail the history of Her-
nando DeSoto and the explorer's impact on this part of
Florida at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Anna Maria
Island Tuesday, Feb. 20.
Sprenger is an expert on the explorer, including
service as head of the Manatee County DeSoto his-
torical organization and the DeSoto celebration. The
meeting will be the club's weekly lunch at noon at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Details are available at 447-5362.
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Biologist, coach, Islander pens first novel
By Lisa Neff
Islander Jeff Nelson sat on a bench on the Rod &
Reel Pier as a fan approached him, offering congratula-
tions on Nelson's work as an author.
Nelson, who lives in Holmes Beach with his wife
and two daughters, is used to people approaching him
and congratulating him on a good game. He coaches
the junior varsity girl's soccer team at Manatee High
He's not so used to people approaching him as a
novelist, but he's flattered and he wouldn't mind getting
accustomed to the praise.
"If I had my way, I'd love to make a living as an
author," he said. "But everyone's got to keep a day job
until that time...."
Nelson's first novel is an adventure tale called
"Baby's Breath," which he self-published through
Boondoggler Press, 4501 Manatee Ave. W., Braden-
ton. He had some interest from traditional publishers,
and also considered an author's house, but eventually
decided self-publishing offered him the greatest control
if not the highest profile.
Nelson spent about eight years on the 340-page
paperback, borrowing from his sleep time at the start
and end of the day because he works full-time as a
chemist in Manatee County's central lab. He also
spent time writing and revising on Island beaches
and at the Rod & Reel Pier, where his wife Angie
The novel is an ambitious one for a first-time writer
- the story of ethnobotanist Kyle Preston, who finds
darkness and mysticism on a journey to the jungles of
Nelson's education and profession in the sciences
has influenced his reading selections and it influenced
"I've been around labs. I try to make what I write
sound real. I tried to be authentic," he said.
Still, Nelson needed to conduct research for his
book, specifically traveling to the Amazon.
If "Baby's Breath," which features a boat called
the "Anna Maria," reminds readers of Michael Crich-
ton's techno-thrillers, Nelson succeeded. "Michael
Crichton takes his science background seriously.
That's who I like to read and that's who I tried to
Nelson signed copies of his book last month at the
Village Bookshop, 1106 llth Ave. W, Bradenton.
On Feb. 18, he will sign copies of "Baby's Breath"
at Circle Books at St. Armands Circle.
The book, also available on Barnes and Noble's
Web site, was structured so Nelson could pen a sequel
if he chooses.
"I left it open-ended," he said.
But for now, he's working on a shorter work, pos-
sibly a novella or short story, intended for a critical
rather than commercial audience.
"I really enjoy the act of writing," he said. "So after
soccer practice, I'll go home and, if it gets quiet later
on tonight, I'll stare at my screen. I might not write a
lot, but I enjoy just thinking."
Islander Jeff Nelson worked late nights and early
mornings to complete his first novel, "Baby's
Breath." He also worked at revising the novel on
visits to the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria. For
more information about Nelson, go to www.jeffnel-
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Democrats to hear 'another view'
of state of the Union
"State of the Union: Another View" will be given to
the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club when it meets
at noon Monday, Feb. 19.
James McCartney, former Washington, D.C., col-
umnist for the McClatchy Newspapers, will speak at the
club's public luncheon at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Details may be
obtained by calling 778-9287.
'Drinking Alone' preview
to benefit cancer society
A public preview of "Drinking Alone," the Island
Players upcoming production, will be presented as a
benefit for the American Cancer Society on Tuesday,
It will be at 8 p.m. at the Island Players theater,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, sponsored by the Play-
ers, The Islander and Nancy Ambrose for cancer's
Relay for Life.
Tickets at $10 will be available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or from Ambrose,
After the preview, "Drinking Alone" will open its
regular performance schedule the following Thursday,
March 15, and run through April 1. Performances are
weeknights except Mondays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at
'Step Up, Florida'
health program Friday
A one-day statewide program promoting healthy
living by participating in physical activity will come to
Anna Maria Island and Manatee County Friday, Feb.
The Manatee County Health Department said at
least two of the activities will focus on the Island -
"Walk With Danielle," starting at 5 p.m. at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
(details at 778-1721), and a free class from 5 to 6:30
p.m. at Curves, 5366 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach (details
Other one-day features will be at Mixon's Fruit
Farm, Lake Manatee State Park, Bradenton YMCA,
Lakewood YMCA, Shortcut to Fitness, Lifestyles
Family Fitness, Shapes Total Fitness and Star-
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children 6 years and younger:
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Garden club learns to dress up
The Anna Maria Garden Club heard from Jean
Taylor, left, and Priscilla Seewald during a meeting
Jan. 17 at Roser Memorial Community Church in
Anna Maria. Taylor talked about decorating flower
pots and Seewald spoke on preparing plants for a
flower show. The club's "Penny Flower Show" is
scheduled for March 21. The club generally meets the
third Wednesdays of each month. Information: 778-
5728. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
slated next Wednesday
A business-to-business networking seminar is sched-
uled by the Longboat/Lido/St. Armands Keys Chamber
of Commerce Wednesday morning, Feb. 21.
It will be from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the chamber offices,
6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Glen Gould
and Benjamin Turpin, authors of "Is Your Networking
Working?" will conduct the seminar. Cost is $49 for
members. Details are available at 383-2466.
Anna Maria Garden Club
meets Feb. 21
The Anna Maria Garden Club will meet at noon
Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Jerry Lybrand of Orban Nursery will discuss the care
of roses. Details may be obtained by calling 778-2607.
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The 2007 edition of Extravaganza Casino Night
netted the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island more
than $35,000, to be passed on to charity projects, Barry
Gould has announced.
He chaired the huge Rotary fundraiser, which
was at St. Bernard Catholic Church. In addition to the
$35,000 was a $500 direct donation to Camp Florida,
The total was a 70 percent increase over the 2006
Extravaganza, he added.
The event was sold out long before its night, the
$60 ticket buying food from Ezra and the Sandbar
restaurants, beverages, dancing to RPM, and casino
Gould said, "In addition to ticket sales, Extrava-
ganza raised $9,498 in cash donations, including a
'platinum partner' grant from AM South Bank and
$3,100 from raffle tickets for a vacation in Hawaii. The
remainder of the revenue came from the silent auction
and the live auction, which included multiple luxuri-
ous vacations, a hot air balloon ride and a Caribbean
The first "cash call," which was stimulated by an
anonymous matching challenge of $2,500, generated
more than $10,000 for Rotary Camp Florida for special
needs children. The second $2,500 matching challenge
generated $4,000 more, he said.
A major beneficiary of Rotary contributions, Gould
noted, is the Anna Maria Elementary School, where
Rotary sponsors many special programs and projects.
Antique hand mirrors displayed
at Island museum
Thirty antique hand mirrors are among new exhib-
its at the museum of the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Styles vary from Victorian to art deco in silver,
porcelain and wood, said Zoe van Averkamp, cura-
Other exhibits now at the museum include a collec-
tion of sheet music of songs of World War I, and antique
tools and wood decoys in Belle Haven Cottage.
The curator said the museum also has just received
a collection of antique and vintage jewelry that will be
displayed and sold in the museum gift shop.
Hours at the museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday. Details are available at 778-0492.
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William 'Bill' L. Basehore
William "Bill" L. Basehore, 87, of Bradenton, died
Born in Jeanette, Pa., Mr. Basehore moved to Florida
in 1946. He worked for Zoller Lumber Co. and later opened
ZollerAir Conditioning. He then started his own business,
Basehore Heating and Air Conditioning. He served in the
U.S. Army in World War II. He was a member of American
Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 in Bradenton. He attended
First Baptist Church of Bradenton.
There were no memorial services. Memorial dona-
tions may be made to First Baptist Church Youth Pro-
gram, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205.
Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel,
was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife of 15 years Jean Bell; daugh-
ter Pam and her husband Doug de Gruchy of Holmes
Beach; son William of Franklin, N.C.; step-daughters
Carol Bell and her husband Ritt Hensley, and Robin Bell
Nunley, all of Bradenton; step-sons Ron M. Bell and
James Allen Bell; brothers Floyd and his wife Betty of
Leesburg, and Bob and his wife Opal of Dade City; seven
step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
Ralph 'Gordy' Butterfield
Ralph "Gordy" Butterfield, 86, of Kalamazoo,
Mich., and formerly Anna Maria Island, died Feb. 5.
Mr. Butterfield retired to Manatee County from
Detroit, Mich., more than 20 years ago. He was an
active member of Roser Memorial Community Church
in Anna Maria and Aldersgate Methodist Church in
Detroit. He was an avid golfer.
Family memorial services will be March 4 at Roser,
511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
He is survived by daughters Jeanne, Deb and Kara;
sons-in-law Michael and Al; and grandchildren Laura,
Katie and John.
Jane Lowe, 86, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 6.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. Lowe moved to
the Island in 1989. She was a school librarian and real
estate agent. She was a graduate of the University of
There were no services. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Bruce;
daughters Georgina Hackney and Kristin Earls; son
Frederick; four grandchildren; and two great-grand-
Edward F. 'Skip' Nunn Jr.
Edward F. "Skip" Nunn Jr., 63, "Mr. Holmes
Beach," of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 9.
Born in Ithaca, N.Y., Mr. Nunn grew up in the
Finger Lakes, near Trumansburg, N.Y., and moved
to Holmes Beach in 1975. He worked for the city of
Holmes Beach, and headed up the public works staff.
He worked as a lifeguard at Taughannock Falls State
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Heisman Trophy winner John Lattner, right, and pro football scout Ken Geiger are the featured guests at the
"Evening with Sports Legends "fundraiser held Sunday by the Women's Guild and Holy Name Society of St.
Bernard Catholic Church. The event took place in the church hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Attend-
ees left with souvenirs courtesy of Lattner and Geiger, who posed for photographs and signed autographs.
Lattner and Geiger attended Fenwick High School together in Oak Park, Ill., and then went on to pursue their
football dreams. Lattner won the Heisman in 1953. On Sunday, he signed copies of the 1953 Time magazine
cover with his photograph the "bread-and-butter ball carrier" for Notre Dame. Geiger became a scout
for the pros the Saints, the Colts and 'da' Bears. Money from the "Evening with Sports Legends" will help
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Park. He was a graduate of Manatee High School. He
was a member of the Pier Regulars, Anna Maria City.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Anna
Maria City Pier from 1 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb.
14. Memorial contributions may be made to American
Diabetes Association, 4902 Eisenhower Blvd., Suite
295, Tampa FL 33634; the Kidney Foundation, 1040
Woodcock Road, Suite 119, Orlando FL 32803-3510;
or the Anna Maria Island Community Center, PO. Box
253, Anna Maria FL 34216.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Virginia
"Ginny"; daughter Monica Van Handel of Bradenton;
son Stephen of Howardsville, Va.; mother Carol of
Holmes Beach; sisters Mary Maki and her husband Ray-
mond of Newtown, Conn., and Michelle Jackson and
her husband Dan of New Milford, Conn.; granddaugh-
terAmanda Van Handel of Bradenton; two nieces; two
nephews; first wife and mother of his children Dianne
Tymeson and her husband Bruce of Bradenton; and
loving cat Matilda.
Ronald A. Roeske
Ronald A. Roeske, 73, of Rouge River, Ore., and for-
merly Anna Maria Island and Bradenton, died Jan. 28.
Mr. Roeske is survived by his wife Carolyn; daugh-
ters Kerri, Diane and Heidi; and sons John, George,
William and Eric.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Feb. 1, 10000 block Gulf Drive, driver's license.
Deputies observed a man driving with an open con-
tainer of beer and, after stopping him and conducting
a record check, discovered that William M. Bennett,
30, of Bradenton, had his license revoked as a habitual
driving-under-the-influence offender. He was charged
with driving without a license and driving with an open
Jan. 27, 200 Gulf Drive N., BeachHouse Restau-
rant, trespass. Officers responded to a call of a violent
employee. The man had been terminated from his job
and became irate. He was issued a trespass warning.
Jan. 27, 2400 block Gulf Drive, warrant. During a
traffic stop, officers discovered the driver of the vehicle
had three outstanding warrants for his arrest on burglary
charges. He was arrested.
Feb. 1,100 block Gulf Drive, theft. The complain-
ant said a man had come into her store and, shortly after
he had left, she noticed her wallet containing a credit
card was missing. Shortly thereafter, her bank sent her
a statement that someone had charged more than $80
on her card.
Feb. 7, Gulf Drive and Cortez Road, drug posses-
sion. During a routine traffic stop, officers noticed a
strong smell of marijuana from the car and charged
William C. Robinson, 27 of Bradenton Beach, with
possession of marijuana.
Feb. 3,3200 block East Bay Drive, driver's license.
During a routine traffic stop for a vehicle with a broken
tail light, the driver's license was found to be sus-
Feb. 3, Fourth Street and Gulf Drive, driver's
license. Officers stopped a vehicle that was being
driven after dark without headlights and, after check-
ing the driver's license, found it was suspended.
Feb. 4, 300 block Mango Avenue, hit and run. Offi-
cers responded to a reported hit and run. They found car
parts and later found a vehicle driving southbound on
Holmes Boulevard with part of a fence in the front grill.
He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident
and careless driving.
Feb. 6, Seaside Court, BakerAct. Officers responded
to a call from a woman who said she had been stabbed
and locked in a room. Officers found the woman in a
bathroom, where she said she had cut herself on the leg.
After she became excited, she was taken to the hospital
for a BakerAct evaluation.
Feb. 7, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks, burglary.
The complainant said someone had taken nine empty
beer kegs at a value of $225 from the storage area in
back of the lounge.
Feb. 8, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. The complainant said someone took her purse,
containing identification and her cell phone, while she
was in the rest room.
Feb. 8, 500 block 74th Street, theft. The complain-
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The Jones family of Brandon, Miss., learned in late
January that they would receive a new home an
"Extreme Makeover" home in just seven days.
The family also learned that, while volunteers and
the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" team built
their new home, they'd be vacationing on Longboat
Key and Anna Maria Island.
Viewers of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home
Edition" are familiar with the premise. Each episode,
designers, working with a crew of volunteers, rebuild
a home for a deserving family in a race against time.
The reconstruction, which would typically take four
months or more, must be finished in a week, with very
opinionated designers at the helm.
Each episode begins with a "good morning"wake-
up call, when the designers inform some unsuspecting
family that they are to receive an "Extreme Make-
Sabrena Jones got the wake-up call on Jan. 31.
Jones is raising three children 18-year-old
Marjon, 17-year-old Mardaireus and 9-year-old Mar-
jiya. She works as a nurse at a Brandon hospital and
also runs a medical apparel shop from her living room.
She also runs her own clothing donation center and has
worked on a church committee to provide Hurricane
Katrina relief, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars
for families devastated by the hurricane.
The Jones family, according to an ABC press
release, "puts serving their community first.... While
out serving her community, Sabrena's house is falling
apart. Without the financial means, the Jones family has
been unable to make the home repairs that they need to
make the house up to par."
Enter "Extreme Makeover. "In the "Jones Family"
episode set to air in April, Ty Pennington and the gang
build the Jones family the home of their dreams while
the family vacations in paradise.
The vacation, coordinated with the help of the
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, took
place on Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island.
The family stayed at the Longboat Key Hilton.
They dined on the deck at the BeachHouse Restaurant
in Bradenton Beach. They toured Mote Marine Labora-
tory and Aquarium in Sarasota and Busch Gardens in
Tampa. Sabrena Jones and her daughter enjoyed a day
at Plumeria Spa on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.
And Jones' sons went on a fishing trip out of Siesta
'Go Native' nature of talk Feb. 20 in Holmes Beach
By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Com-
mittee plans to give roots to the "Go Native" concept
at a public forum Feb. 20.
Each year the committee hosts a public education
forum. This year's topic is "Go Native! with Plants
and Trees. "The event takes place at 7 p.m. at Holmes
Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
At a parks and beautification committee meeting
Feb. 7, members focused on final preparations for the
"Everything is in line," said committee member
Kathy King, who will emcee.
The speakers include Mike Miller, Maureen Hirth-
ler, Peggy Dessaint and Tom Heitzman.
Islanders Miller and Hirthler have converted and
cultivated public and private spaces.
Miller's landscaping work can be seen outside Anna
Maria City Hall and on the grounds of the Anna Maria
Island Historical Society Museum on Pine Avenue.
"He's so passionate," King said. "He's done a lot
of great work."
Pancakes, thrift shop sale
scheduled at Roser Feb. 17
Everyone's invited for "good food and fellowship"to
the pancake brunch that will be served from 8 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17, in the fellowship hall of Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The menu includes more than the usual fare of
pancakes with sausage, applesauce, biscuits and gravy,
fresh orange juice and coffee for $5 a person. Tickets
are available at the church office or at the door.
At the same time, there will be a "huge yard sale"
in the Thrift Shop's parking lot. Additional information
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Hirthler is a master gardener and a Holmes Beach
resident who has experience planting "native" gar-
Dessaint, a representative from the Manatee County
Extension Service, will talk about Florida yards and
"Everyone wants a thriving, beautiful garden,"
King said, adding that Dessaint can help gardeners
plant the "right plant in the right place."
Heitzman, the president of the Manatee County
Audubon Society Chapter and the owner of Sweetbay
Nursery, will advise on purchasing native plants.
A question-and-answer session will follow the four
King said the program is structured to provide resi-
dents all the "tools in the toolbox" needed to create a
landscape native to their barrier island.
In other business at the committee meeting, there
was a brief discussion about Manatee County's plans
for the Kingfish Boat Ramp area, including the removal
of Brazilian pepper trees and some Australian pines.
Committee members with the clearing of more
than 60 Australian Pines for a path at Coquina and
Cortez beaches fresh in their minds raised concerns
that the county might take more trees than planned at
Holmes Beach resident Molly McCartney said
when the tree removal begins, residents of nearby West-
bay Cove condominiums will monitor the situation.
McCartney, as a representative of Westbay Cove
North, worked with the county to refine the Kingfish
The tree removal at Kingfish was expected to begin
in late January but equipment problems delayed the
At the next meeting March 7 at city hall, committee
members plan to discuss a tree dedication program, sites
for the planting of Arbor Day trees and working toward
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Favorite numbers by favorite composers will be
featured in "An Opera Sampler" concert at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 18, by the Anna Maria Island Community
Chorus and Orchestra.
The winter concert will be at 2 p.m. at the Island
Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Tick-
ets at $15 may be purchased at the door, at the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, or by calling 778-8585.
Arias, duets and ensembles by Puccini, Bizet,
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under the guest chorus master, Robert Parrish.
Soloists will be soprano Jennifer Sanchez, mezzo-
soprano Gisella Monclova, tenor Robert Lisshetti and a
"mystery violinist" who will play the meditation from
the opera "Thais."
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will include the soprano aria "Um bel di" as well as the
"Flower Duet" and the "Humming Chorus."
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Sarasota honor studentAndrew Lapp won a $500 prize
in the first annual Young Artists Competition sponsored by
the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra.
AMICCO held the contest earlier this year in Anna
Twelve music students from Sarasota and Manatee
counties participated in the competition.
Lapp, who attends Sarasota Christian School, stud-
ies piano with Sandra Lawler. In addition to his cash
prize, he won the opportunity to join AMICCO at its
spring concert. The event takes place at 2 p.m. March
25 at the Island Baptist Church.
Two students from Bradenton, bassoonist Stepha-
nie Oldano from Southeast High and trombonist Nikki
Windle from Manatee High, were also invited to join
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Local war heroes who are also authors and jour-
nalists will be honored at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20,
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
They are Gene Domienik, Robert Foudes, Jack
Hubbard, Jim Kissick, Bruno Latici and Segfried
Mauritz. They will share stories of their service
with the audience, and will have their books ready
for signing by the authors.
A special guest will be Rick Catlin, a veteran
and writer who has chronicled many of their sto-
ries as part of The Islander's "Greatest Generation"
The session is free and open to the public. Seat-
ing will be on a first come basis. The library is at
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Longboat 'nooner' luncheon
to be Feb. 21
A "nooner" luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Sun House Restaurant,
111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
Information about and reservations for the monthly
affair of the Longboat/Lido/St. Armands Keys Chamber
of Commerce may be obtained by calling 383-2466.
'Chips' Shore to detail
clerk's job for Kiwanians
The Manatee County clerk of the circuit court, Rich-
ard "Chips" Shore, will address the Kiwanis Club of
Anna Maria Island at its meeting Saturday, Feb. 17.
He will describe the responsibilities and powers of
his office at the breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. at the Cafe
on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Further
information may be obtained by calling 778-7646.
'Ladies Night Out' planned by
chambers of commerce
"Ladies Night Out" will be observed by the women of
the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and of the
chambers of the islands to the south Thursday, Feb. 15.
It will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Harry's Continental
Kitchens, 525 St. Jude's Drive, Longboat Key. Also
participating will be women of the Longboat/Lido/St.
Armand's Keys Chamber of Commerce. Details may
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'Face of Forgiveness' coming
Photographs from his latest book, "The Face of
Forgiveness Salvation and Redemption" will be on
display and Steven Katzman will lecture at the Longboat
Key Education Center at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17.
The photos depict faces at evangelical revivals and
Katzman will talk about his experiences in Newtown
in his lecture at the center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Advance registration is requested at 383-8811.
Sego program repeated by Center
"Basics of Interior Design" will be repeated by Bet-
tina Sego on the Anna Maria Island Community Center
winter program, starting Thursday, Feb. 15.
The four-session program will be at 10 a.m. at St.
Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. A room of one of the course's participants will
be chosen as the class design project.
Cost is $65 for members, $70 for nonmembers.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-1908.
Sarasota shell show due
The annual Sarasota Shell Show, one of the biggest
of its kind, will be Friday through Sunday, Feb. 16-18,
with Anna Maria Island's Rader's Reef competing.
The show will be at the Sarasota Municipal Audito-
rium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 16, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For a sneak preview, visit Rader's Reef shell shop
at 5508 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Additional information may be obtained by calling
Island real estate sales
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Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/
2bath bayfront condo built in 1978 was sold 01/22/07,
Turner to Sclichter for $455,500; list $499,800.
795 Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria, a 1,540 sfla / 1,773
sfur4bed/2bath duplex built in 1968 on a 50x100 lot was sold
01/23/07, Corwin to Matlack for $420,000; list $529,000.
FYI: Last week's sales noted transactions "not at
arm's length," which implies the seller and buyer nego-
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'Lucky' duty for Holmes
Beach man on Iwo Jima
Roger Greeley of Holmes Beach always has con-
sidered himself one of the lucky U.S. Marines who
landed on bloody Iwo Jima 60 years ago this week.
Assigned to a military police unit, Greeley and his
company guarded the command headquarters of Gen.
Holland "Howling Mad" Smith, who headed up the Iwo
He wasn't on the front lines like most marines and
considers himself extremely lucky, considering the fact
that more than 6,200 marines were killed on that small
volcanic island, while another 20,000 were wounded.
Roger's journey to Iwo Jima began in Madison,
Wis., on Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor Day.
When the United States entered World War II,
Roger had already graduated from high school and
was working for the Badger Ordinance Works as an
apprentice welder. The job was considered "strategic"
and Roger had a deferment from the draft.
One day, orders came down that a married man in
Roger's department was about to be drafted.
"The draft wanted to take this guy and he had three
kids, so I volunteered to take his place," said Roger.
Rather than become a foot soldier, Roger joined the
Marine Corps because he "thought they were the best
and I wanted to be with the best."
After his basic training in San Diego, Roger suf-
fered a head injury and was given light duty as a clerk
at the Post Exchange.
"I was actually a soda jerk in the store," joked
Roger. "It was boring duty."
When he recovered, he was ordered to a military
police unit and went to Hawaii in early 1944 for more
training. He spent nearly 12 months on Hawaii as a
military policeman, duty that would pale in comparison
to his next assignment.
"In January 1945, I got assigned to the headquarters
troop that was going to Iwo Jima for the invasion. My
unit was assigned to guard Gen. Smith's headquarters.
We didn't land on Iwo until D plus four."
Holmes Beach resident Roger Greeley as a U.S.
Marine during World War II.
Guarding Smith's command post, Roger and his
fellow marines were never more than 400 yards from
headquarters, a duty that kept them away from the front
lines, although there were really no "front lines" on
He remembered that every night, the Japanese
would fire artillery rounds down the center of the island,
just looking to hit some marine compound or piece of
"I was in a foxhole at a crossroad and heard a
terrific explosion nearby. I jumped up and ran into a
nearby pillbox and a second later, a shell exploded right
in that foxhole. It took out everything I'd left, so I was
"If I hadn't left after the first shell landed, I wouldn't
be sitting here today."
The marines on Iwo were facing an enemy determined
to kill as many soldiers as possible rather than surrender.
They were dug into a system of tunnels that extended
some 12 miles beneath the island's surface. When sur-
rounded, the Japanese would attack "banzai" style in a
suicide frontal assault on Marine Corps positions.
"We often wondered what good did it do us to cap-
ture Iwo Jima, but we later learned that we saved the
lives of some 27,000 allied airmen who used Iwo as an
emergency landing strip."
Iwo Jima was just 600 miles from the Japanese
mainland, midway between Tokyo and Saipan, where
the Army Air Corps had established its main bomber
base for attacking Japan. Iwo was strategically impor-
tant as crippled B-29 bombers could often reach Iwo
before crashing into the sea or the crews had to bail
But Roger is the first to tell you he wasn't a hero.
The heroes were the guys on the front lines.
"We only lost one guy in our entire company while
on Iwo Jima," said Roger. "The guys up front really had
Indeed. The 22,000 Japanese defenders had sworn
to die rather than surrender and they kept their word.
After 37 days, Iwo Jima was secure and the marines
had only captured about 200 prisoners, mostly Korean
workers pressed into service by the Japanese.
On March 27, 1944, Roger and his unit were taken
off Iwo Jima and sent back to Hawaii to prepare for the
invasion of Japan. "That was going to be 'the big one,'"
Then, the atomic bombs were dropped in early
August and Roger and his pals thought they were going
home. Instead, they were ordered to Japan as part of the
occupying Allied force.
His unit was sent to Kyushu, where a strange thing
"We didn't see any Japanese for 10 days. They had
been told they would be killed and eaten by the U.S.
Marines, so they hid." Eventually, the Japanese came
out of hiding and found the marines didn't eat them,
just handed out food, candy and cigarettes.
Roger returned to the United States in December
1946 and went to Boston University on the G.I. Bill.
He was a school teacher for several years, then became
a minister. Before he retired in 1995, he was the dean
of an educational institution in New York City.
He was married in 1949 and has three children and
six grandchildren. He insists that he wasn't a hero, just
lucky to come back. "I absolutely wasn't a hero. The
heroes didn't come back," Roger said emphatically.
While he is reluctant to talk about all the killing
and dying he saw on Iwo Jima, he said everyone who
wants to know about the marines should read the book
"Flags of Our Fathers." It's the story of the six men in the
famous photograph who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. The
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book is written by the son of one of the flag-raisers.
Of the six men in the photo, three later were killed
on Iwo Jima, one became an alcoholic and died on an
Indian reservation before he turned 35, another suffered
a heart attack and died before the age of 50, and the
survivor the father of the man who wrote the book
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son who wrote the book.
"I've read more than 15 books on Iwo Jima. Iwo is
something that I live with every day. It's not pleasant,
but my experiences as a marine helped me later in life.
The Corps was instrumental in forming my outlook
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A HULA Alert flag may be fluttering by a water-
front structure near you in the very near future.
"Heads Up! Look Ahead!" is a program designed
to notify boaters of the imminent presence of mana-
tees in the nearshore waters. The HULA program is the
brainchild of Alan Moore and his daughter, Sadge, of
Integral to the program is a flag that is flown when
shoreside residents, vessels, businesses or others spot
manatees in the water. The flag is raised, and boaters
are forewarned to be especially cautious as they move
through the area to avoid striking the slow-moving
State environmental regulators said 416 manatees
died in Florida waters in 2006, the highest number since
records have been kept. Of that total, 86 sea cows suc-
cumbed by being struck by boats.
For Alan Moore, the HULAAlert program has per-
sonal meaning. His family owns Moore's Stone Crab
Restaurant on north Longboat Key, and his family was
one of the first to live on Anna Maria Island and in
Cortez, boating and crabbing in the local waters.
"Both of my children, Matthew and Sadge, grew
up surrounded by this natural beauty," the HULA Alert
Web site states. "One beautiful summer day when
Sadge was about 4, we went fishing. It was a perfect
afternoon. We fished Upper Sarasota Bay on the east
side of the Longboat Key Bridge and Pass. The water
was still as we drifted. We saw movement in the water
and a large pod of manatees, male and female, young
and old, rolled and played and searched for food.
"Sadge was fascinated by the babies; they seemed
so small next to the bull manatee. We were able to watch
them quietly for hours and we both knew this was a very
special time. I remember wondering how something so
big could be so graceful, and yet so vulnerable.
"This sad truth became real for us when the day
ended and we approached the boat ramp on the southern
bayside of Coquina Beach. We both saw the dead mana-
tee floating upside down. There was no way to protect
her from the horrible sight of the large animal being
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of the propeller cuts that killed it.
"She vowed tearfully that one day she was going
to be able to help manatees, and keep them safe.
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saw the face of my 4-year-old daughter in tears again,
I could not shield her from this senseless loss."
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All day-Workouts raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hos-
pital at Curves, 5366 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 794-2878.
7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
holds its monthly breakfast at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. The Friends of the Island Library book club meets at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
11:30 a.m. The Off Stage Ladies auxiliary of the Island Players holds
its Valentine's Day luncheon meeting at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 FirstAve.
W, Bradenton. Information: 779-9210. Fee applies.
3p.m. The Tingley After Hours book group meets at Tingley Memo-
rial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 779-1208.
6p.m. to 7:30p.m. -Agroup for parents and grandparents sponsored
by the Anna Maria Island Community Center meets at the School for Con-
structive Play, 304 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
7:30 p.m. The Longboat Key Center for the Arts hosts "Valentine's
Jazz in the Gallery" at the center, 6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat Key.
Thursday, Feb. 15
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. Fee
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Basics of Interior Design with Bettina Sego is
a four-week session through March 8 sponsored by the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
3 p.m. to 5p.m. The Jazz Fest with the Gulf Drive Band takes place
outdoors at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum, 402 PineAve.,
Anna Maria. Bring a lawn chair. Information: 778-0492.
5 p.m. The business women of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce in combination with the women of Longboat-Lido-St. Armands
Key Chamber of Commerce hold a ladies' night out at Harry's Continental
Kitchens, 525 St. Jude's Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 778-1541. Fee
7p.m. Bingo gets called at the Annie Silver Community Center,
corner of 23rd Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-
8 p.m. The Manatee Players perform in the opening night of Roger
Miller's "Big River" at 102 Old Main, Bradenton. The play continues through
March 4 at various times. Information: 748-0111. Fee applies.
Friday, Feb. 16
5 p.m. As part of Manatee County Health Department's "Step Up,
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Drive, Holmes Beach, offers a free 30-minute class. Other activities take place
around the county. Information www.doh.state.fl.us/chdmanatee/index.htm.
9:30 a.m.- The Friends of the Island Library board meets at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
10:30a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Larry Auerbach 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. Fee
10:30 a.m. to noon Line dancing sponsored by the Anna Maria Com-
munity Center takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
7p.m. to 9 p.m. The fourth annual Friends of Myakka River Nature-
Adventure series continues at Myakka River State Park. Information: 941-
Saturday, Feb. 17
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Roser Memorial Community Church hosts a pan-
cake brunch in its fellowship hall, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Also, from 9
a.m. to noon, the church thrift shop holds a yard sale in the nearby parking
lot. Information: 778-0414.
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets for breakfast
and to hear Manatee Clerk of Courts R. "Chips" Shore at Cafe on the Beach,
Manatee Public Beach. Information: www.annamariakiwanis.org.
9:30 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. The Pilates class sponsored by the Anna
Maria Island Community Center takes place outdoors at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1908.
12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. See Raders Reef Shell Shop friends at the
Sarasota Shell Show taking place at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801
N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The 25th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival takes place in the historic village, featuring historic exhibits, arts
and crafts, food and music. Offsite parking for shuttle service is available at
Coquina Beach Bayside Park in Bradenton Beach and Sugg Middle School,
3801 59th St. W., Bradenton. Information: www.cortezfishingfestival.org.
Sunday, Feb. 18
12:30p.m. to 5p.m.- See Raders Reef friends at the Sarasota Shell
Show taking place at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami
2p.m. -The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus & Orchestra pres-
ents an "Opera Sampler," favorite arias, duets and ensembles from operas
by Puccini, Bizet, Offenbach, Verdi, Massenet and Rossini, at Island Baptist
Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-8585. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The 25th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival takes place in the historic village, featuring historic exhibits, arts
and crafts, food and music. Offsite parking for shuttle service is available at
Coquina Beach Bayside Park in Bradenton Beach and Sugg Middle School,
3801 59th St. W., Bradenton. Information: www.cortezfishingfestival.org.
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9 a.m. The Gulf Coast Senior Games begins with lawn bowling,
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shuffleboard and table tennis at various locations in the region. The games
continue through Feb. 25. Information: 224-7344.
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Community Center
presents the first session of Digital Photography 101. Information: 778-1908.
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. Fee
Noon -TheAnna Maria Island Democratic Club hosts a luncheon with
speaker James McCartney, former Washington, D.C., correspondent, at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
1 p.m. to 3p.m. The Anna Maria Island Community Center presents
a stepping-stone class, St. Bernard Catholic Church activity hall, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
4 p.m. Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a Monday@Mote program
featuring Dr. Robert Hueter of the Center for Shark Research, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 691.
7p.m. Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a special lecture, "Inner Space:
The Biology of the Deep Sea," 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota. Infor-
mation: 941-388-4441, ext. 691.
Tuesday, Feb. 20
10p.m. to 2p.m. -The fourth annual Friends of Myakka River Nature-
Adventure series continues with a kayak trip at Myakka River State Park.
10 a.m. to noon -Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a volunteer recruit-
ment coffee in Mote's Buchanan Meeting Room, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. There are openings for financial advisors, grants administrators,
clerical assistants, greeters, exhibit guides, teaching assistants, managers
and more. Information and RSVP: 388-4441, ext. 438, or adavis@mote.
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and to
hear Thomas Sprenger, M.D., talk about explorer Hernando DeSoto at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
2 p.m. -Local authors Rick Catlin of The Islander, Gene Cominiek,
Robert Fondes, Jack Hubbard, Jim Kissick and Siegfried Mauritz share sto-
ries of war heroics at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
6 p.m. The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation holds an annual
Mardi Gras celebration with food and music at the church, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information and RSVP: 792-7183. Fee applies.
7 p.m. The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee
presents landscaper Mike Miller, Manatee County Extension Service agent
Peggy Dessaint, master gardener Maureen Hirthler and Sweet Bay Nursery
owner Tom Heitzman in a seminar, "Go Native! with Plants and Trees," at
city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Information: 708-5812.
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Keys Chamber
of Commerce holds its seventh annual "Meet, Greet and Eat," Stella Maris
Hall, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466.
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Wednesday, Feb. 21
8:30 a.m.- The Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Keys Chamber of Com-
merce holds a networking seminar atthe chamber office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -The Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce holds a Nooner Luncheon North, Sun House Res-
taurant. Information: 383-2466.
Noon --TheAnna Maria Garden Club meets to hear about roses from
Orban Nursery's Jerry Lybrand at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512
PineAve., Anna Maria. Information: 778-2607.
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Community Center
presents a stained glass garden stepping stone class, St. Bernard Catholic
Church activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
Dr. Kenneth Alonso discusses Christian mystics in "The Way of the
Heart," 7 p.m. Monday through March 26 at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
GenevieveAlban is the featured artist in February at the Artists Guild
of Anna Maria Island gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The work of artist Richard Thomas is exhibited at the Anna Maria
Island Art League in February. Also, a variety of classes- from basic draw-
ing to stained glassto oil painting are underway at the gallery and studio,
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. with the smell of "Settler's Bread," available
for $4 a loaf. Also, the museum hosts an array of 30 antique hand mir-
rors in February while an exhibit of WWI sheet music, wood decoys and
antique tools is set up at the nearby Belle Haven Cottage. Information:
The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts a variety of pro-
grams and classes through the season at various locations. Monday through
Friday, for example, the center hosts a morning yoga class. Information:
In February, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts hosts "Creationism
vs. Evolution" the work of Fernando Madridejos in the Glen Gallery, the
work of sculptor Jorge Marin in the members gallery and a fundraising exhibit
in the Durante Gallery, 6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
383-2345. Fee applies.
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Historical society hits high note
The Gulf Drive Band performs in the Anna Maria Island Historical Society's Jazz Fest outside the museum, 402
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The concert, featuring Ted Young on keyboards, Bill Bowdish on horns and vocalist Judy
Lynn Chiaramonte (not pictured), took place Feb. 1. The band donated its time and audience members donated
to the historical society. Additional concert dates are Feb. 15, March I and March 15. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Nature photographer Joe Fletcher is the "Artist of the Month" at the
Island Gallery West, 5568 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6648.
Feb. 24 the Southeastern Guide Dogs' 21st Annual Walkathon takes
place at Manatee County Fairgrounds IMCArena in Palmetto. Information:
March 2isthe opening reception fortheAnna Maria Island Art League
student exhibit, which runs through April 6, at the league's headquarters,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
March 3 the Longboat Key Garden Club hosts the 31st annual Home
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Save the Date:
The Tingley Memorial Library Annual Book Sale takes place March
3, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 779-1208.
The 10th annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast with Irish songs, stories
and dance and the crowning of the 2007 Islander Irishman or Irishwoman
of the year takes place March 17 at the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-4865. Fee applies.
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Name that place: brief history on city names, origins
The late Allen Morris was a historian and former
clerk of the Florida House of Representatives. He pub-
lished many, many books, including the classic "Florida
Handbook" as well as "Florida Place Names," which
describes where the names came from in just about
every place in the state. Well, almost.
Anna Maria Island, for example, has this description:
'Tradition (and the Manatee County Historical Soci-
ety) says that Ponce de Leon visited this island in 1513
and gave it the name of the queen of his sponsor, King
Charles II. Indians of the Timuca tribe lived here, and
their burial mounds have been the source of artifacts for
archaeologists seeking to learn about the Timuca. Pronun-
ciation of the island's name is a matter for dispute: Anna
Mar-EYE-a has been the favorite of many old-timers, but
islanders nowadays are said to prefer Anna Mar-EE-a."
The village of Cortez?
"Named in 1888 for Hernando Cortes, Spanish
'The name has probably been around since the days
of the explorers. It appears on 18th century maps, but its
origin has been lost. A longboat is the largest boat car-
ried by a merchant sailing vessel." Regarding the town
of Longboat Key, Morris wrote, 'Taking its name from
the key, this community is unusual in that it straddles
the boundary between Manatee and Sarasota counties.
Only six cities in Florida are so split."
"The 31st county, established Jan. 9, 1855. Named
for Florida's manatees, or sea cows, now an endangered
species. Manatees were once found as far north as the
Carolinas and all around the Gulf of Mexico. Now they
survive only in isolated pockets of Florida, with man
their only natural enemy.
"When Columbus thought he saw mermaids in 1493,
he likely had sighted manatees. Science has preserved a
vestige of the mermaid legend, for a 19th century tax-
onomist gave the order the scientific name Sirenia, from
the Spanish sirenas or 'mermaids.'The common name
manatee came from the Spanish manati.
"Manatees eat submerged aquatic plants. They usu-
ally stay submerged about five minutes, but will surface
once a minute when swimming because of the need for
oxygen. The typical manatee is 10 feet long and weighs
1,000 pounds. Manatees are both friendly and harmless.
The reproduction rate of one calf for each adult female
every three years explains the reason why the manatee
has been unable to cope with man through loss of feed-
ing areas, by hunting, and through injury resulting from
the propellers of powerboats."
"The 60th county, established May 14, 1921. The
origin of the name of this county is shrouded in dispute
and legend. The Spaniards are said by one versionto have
named it to designate it 'a place for dancing, 'referring to
the celebrations held by the Indians on or near the shore
of the bay here, but there are no words in modern Spanish
to give this meaning to the name. A legend, more color-
ful but more obviously fabricated, ascribes the name to a
beautiful daughter of DeSoto, the great Spanish explorer
- Sara Sota. An Indian prince is said to have allowed
himself to be taken prisoner by the Spaniards so that he
could be near her; when he fell sick she nursed him back to
health, only to fall sick herself and die. The Indian prince
and 100 of his braves buried her beneath the waters of the
bay, then chopped their canoes with tomahawks and sank
to death themselves. Eighteenth-century maps show the
name variously as Sarasote, Sarazota and Sara Zota."
"In 1854, Dr. Joseph Braden, a pioneer sugar
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planter, built his home close to the point where Her-
nando De Soto had first landed on the Florida peninsula
in 1539. When a post office was established in 1878, the
spelling was given as Braidentown by mistake. The 'i'
was later dropped, and in 1924 the 'w'was eliminated
to make the present spelling."
"A mile-long stretch of palmettos and pines which
once guarded the entrance to Tampa Bay, it derives its
name from the Earl of Egmont, brother-in-law of the
second Viscount Hillsborough, who received a large grant
of Florida land during the English occupation (1763-
1783). The first Spaniard to die in battle within the bound-
aries of the present United States was killed in 1513 either
here or on one of the keys of Charlotte Harbor. He was a
member of Juan Ponce de Leon's exploratory expedition
cruising the coasts of Florida. Because of its strategic
location, Egmont was fortified by the Spanish and the
Americans. From a collection center here in 1858, Billy
Bowlegs and 139 other Seminoles were taken aboard ship
for transport to the West. During the Spanish-American
War, a fortification called by an old name Fort Dade
- was built on Egmont. 'Fort Dade'was named for Maj.
Francis Dade and erected in 1898."
"Established prior to 1885. Its name was suggested
by the abundant growth of small palms in this vicin-
ity. The word derives from the Spanish word palmito,
meaning 'little palm tree."'
"Here is the Gamble Mansion built in the 1840s,
a duplicate of Waukeenah, the homestead near Tal-
lahassee that Maj. Robert Gamble left after the crash
of the Union Bank. It has thick walls, shuttered win-
dows and wide verandahs out of 'tabby, 'a combination
of marl, burnt shell lime, oyster shell and sand. This
mansion is said to have sheltered Judah P. Benjamin,
secretary of state in the Confederacy, as he escaped to
England by way of Florida and the Bahamas. But who
"An Indian name, but did it come from Oneka,
oldest son of Uncas, a Mohican sachem? Or did it come
from Onaka, the fortune-teller and Seminole chief?
"The first place name the Europeans brought to this
continent," Morris wrote. "On Easter Sunday, 1513,
Juan Ponce de Leon and those with him in three ships
saw a small, unknown island. They sailed northwest for
three days and then west-northwest for two days more.
Again they saw land, but the coast was so long that they
knew this was not an island like the one glimpsed five
"The lawyers who served the king of Spain thought
possession could be cinched by naming places discov-
ered by explorers; thus, Ponce de Leon was faced with
the problem of what to call this land on which he yet
had not set foot.
"Writing 100 years later, court historian Antonio de
Herrera told how Ponce de Leon solved the problem:
"'Believing that land to be an island, they named
it Florida, because it appeared very delightful, having
many pleasant groves, and it was all level; as also
because they discovered it at Easter, which as has
been said, the Spaniards called Pasqua de Flores, or
"The Spanish pronounced it Flor-EE-da. The Eng-
lish, coming later, kept the name but changed the pro-
nunciation to suit their tongues, so Flor-EE-da became
Escambia and St. Johns share the honor of being
the first two counties in Florida, each established July
And the little town of Paisley in Lake County,
impacted by tornadoes last week, is not to be found in
Kiwanis club holds valentine dance
The Bob Zimmerman Orchestra plays tunes from the good old days for the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island's 15th annual dance party. The valentine-themed event took place Feb. 8 at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Pictured are Ken McConoughey and Myrna Roofe taking a turn
on the floor. More than 250 people attended the dance in the church hall, decorated in red and white balloons.
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Good fishing catches both inshore and off
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Water clarity is superb right now, making for a
pretty day on the water.
Backwater action is good for redfish, trout, flounder
and catch-and-release snook.
Look for the passes and near the beaches for some
bluefish, whiting and pompano.
Offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is great
for grouper, snapper, amberjack and even some mack-
At Corky's Live Bait & Tackle on Cortez Road,
fishers appeared to be few, fish caught light due to
weird weather, but all that changed by mid-week as
the weather improved. Palma Sola Bay is producing
lots of redfish, flounder and trout. Sarasota Bay and
the nearshore Gulf waters are providing snook, redfish,
trout, snapper, whiting, pompano and bluefish with live
bait. Manatee River fishers are catching flounder, trout,
redfish and some Spanish mackerel near the docks.
Capt. Thom Smith said his charters have been
catching redfish, trout and catch-and-release snook on
artificial baits. Most of the fish are running a little small,
but he was still able to reel in some keepers.
At Annie's Bait and Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Sam
Kimball said he's catching gag grouper to 10 pounds,
banded rudderfish, mangrove snapper, porgies, trigger-
fish and lane snapper. Capt. Mark Johnson said his
backwater charters are catching sheepshead, redfish,
trout and a few catch-and-release snook.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier said water
off the dock is exceptionally clear right now, but the fish
"bite" is a bit slow. Action included some sheepshead,
whiting and a few keeper-size flounder.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers there were catching a few mackerel, jacks,
sheepshead, flounder and black drum.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
some really big sheepies are coming out of the Mana-
tee River, snapper by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in
Tampa Bay, and a few oversize reds from the seagrass
flats. A couple of youthful anglers brought in 27-inch
and 24-inch grouper caught in the nearshore waters.
Capt Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's catching mack-
erel and snapper offshore and reds and sheepshead in
the backwaters, as well as bluefish and pompano near
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include legal-
size grouper trolling the ship channel near the Skyway.
Snapper are being caught by the bridge, too, and small
redfish are a good bet in and around Miguel Bay.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he's been having some great offshore
trips. Catches include gag and red grouper, mangrove
snapper, yellowtail snapper, hog snapper, amberjack,
triggerfish and scamp, with the best action coming in
about 120 feet of water. "We are using live pinfish and
grunts as bait," he added.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he took the Hamilton family
out to "a decent catch of sheepshead to 4 pounds off
the beaches of Anna Maria, plus redfish to 20 inches
in north Sarasota Bay and speckled trout to 21 inches
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shrimp fished on a low, incoming tide produced most of
the action, and we witnessed a massive school of non-
cooperative snook in the vicinity of Longboat Pass."
On my boat Magic, we've been catching lots of
sheepshead up to 6 pounds, and are hooking up with
more than 20 on every trip. We also caught some keeper-
size reds and legal-size catch-and-release snook.
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 andphone number for more information.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin-
istration Fisheries Service has announced a month-
long closure of grouper fishing in federal waters.
The ban will include both recreational and com-
mercial harvest from Feb. 15 through March 15 of
gag, red and black grouper.
Federal waters effected are within the exclusive
economic zone, generally nine miles from shore. It
is the first time that recreational fishing is prohibited
for grouper; previous prohibitions have been limited
to commercial harvest.
"The operator of a vessel with a valid federal
commercial Gulf reef fish permit having gag, red
grouper, or black grouper aboard must have landed
and sold said fish prior to 12:01 a.m., local time,
Light Tackle Fishing Reservations a Must!
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Feb. 15, 2007," according to the officials.
Fish caught prior to the ban may still be sold
to restaurants or other fish dealers. The prohibition
also applies to party boat angling.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission officials are considering a similar prohibi-
tion for grouper caught in state waters, that area
extending from the shore out to the federal line.
FWC officials last week announced they are
considering piggybacking on any federal restriction
in state waters, although any action for the closer-
to-shore ban would not apply to the upcoming 30-
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Basketball, football flourish, baseball coming along
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Oyster Bar solidified its hold on
second place in Anna Maria Island Community Center's
Basketball League in Division I with a solid 29-21 win
over Danziger Destroyers on Feb. 8.
Danziger hung tough and led by one point two min-
utes into the third quarter, but an 8-0 run sparked by
four points and two steals from Martine Miller opened
up a 23-16 lead for the Oyster Bar. Danziger's team
clawed back on an offensive rebound putback by Kelly
Guerin and a long three-pointer from Chris Pate that
made the score 23-21 with three minutes to play, but
that was as close as the Destroyers would come.
Courtney Bristow grabbed a defensive rebound and
passed ahead to Brett Rocklein for a layup. Rocklein
put the game away seconds later when Miller stole the
ball and found Rocklein on the baseline for a short
jumper and a 25-21 lead.
Stephanie Poelsha got fouled and made one free
throw to close the scoring for Danziger Destroyers,
because the Oyster Bar patiently worked the clock
by passing the ball around until Bristow found Emma
Barlow for an easy layup and a 29-22 Oyster Bar
The win improves the Oyster Bar record to 4-3,
good for second place in Division I. Barlow led the
Oyster Bar with 10 points, while teammate Ryan Schro-
eder added seven points and eight rebounds. Miller
finished with six points and three steals and Rocklein
added four points in the Oyster Bar victory.
Pate led Danziger with nine points and three steals,
while Wyatt Hoffman and Guerin each added four
points in the loss.
In other basketball news, Dips Ice Cream edged
ReMax Gulfstream Realty 17-16 in Division II action
on Feb. 7. Justin Gargett led the way with 11 points,
nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Jerry Meyer
added four points and Daniel Schroeder scored two
points and pulled down seven rebounds in the victory
ReMax was led by Jacob Baird's seven points and
four points and four steals from Travis Belsito. Max
Miller chipped in with three points, while Isaiah Beaton
finished with two points in the loss.
Greg Ross Development won its first game of the
year in Division III, defeating Jessie's 7-4 on Feb. 8.
They received two points apiece from Lexi Moore,
Bruce Oliver and Chris Pennewill, who also contrib-
uted four rebounds and three steals.
Alexia Yavalar led Jessie's with three points and
two rebounds, while Samantha Purnell added one point
and six rebounds in the loss.
Kumon remained undefeated in Division III
thanks to a close 15-14 victory on Feb. 7 over Publix.
Neil Carper led the way with 10 points, while Logan
Reiber scored two points and grabbed a game-high 10
rebounds for Kumon. Emma Terry with two points and
Lucas Winstad scored one point to complete the Kumon
Publix was led by Burke McCampbell-Hill with six
points, while Cameron Brauner and Joey Salinas each
scored four points in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The men and women of the Key Royale Club got
together Feb. 9 for a coed game that allows the worst
hole to be thrown off the team score card. First place
went to the team of Nell Bergstrom, Jerry Brown,
Tom Warda and Bill Proxy with a score of 116. Three
strokes back in second place was the team of Frankie
Smith-Williams, Dottie McKinna, John Shey and Jim
Fin with a score of 116. Joyce Brown managed a chip
in on No. 7.
Wednesday, Feb. 7 saw the men tee it up for an
18-hole, best-ball-of-foursome tournament. The team
of Earl Ritchie, Ed Havlik, Bill Melvin and Gino Di
Clemente sizzled, firing a 17-under-par 47 to finish two
shots ahead of the second place team of Bob Dickinson,
Bill Gallagher, Neil Hammer and Danny Hayes. Three
shots back in third place was the team of Hal Sears, Jim
Thorton, Lew Winegarden and Bob Elliott.
The men had a nine-hole, better-ball-of-foursome
tourney on Feb. 5 that saw two teams tie for first place
with identical five-under-par scores. The team of Hal
Sears, Greg Shorten, Mike Selby and Fred Meyer
shared bragging rights with the team of Gordon McK-
inna, Ernie Hauser, Bill Melvin and Bill Proxy. One
Emma Barlow drives the ball to the basket for her Oyster Bar team as a pair of Destroyer defenders try to slow
her down. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
shot back in second place was the team of Larry Fowler,
Chet Hutton, Charlie Knopp and Matt Behan.
The women teed it up for a nine-hole, individual-
low-net tournament on Feb. 6. Flight AA winner was
Marilyn Thorton with a 35, while Jean Holmes, Sue
Hookem, Dorothy McKinna and Cindy Miller all tied
for second place at 37.
Flight A winners included first-place winner Mary
Selby, who fired a three-under-par 29 to finish five shots
ahead of second place Nancy King. Lois Biel, Bobbie
Lindstrom and Marian Mulroy finished in third place
Linda Morris earned bragging rights in flight B
with a one-over 33 to finish one shot better than Luan
Collins and Markie Ksiazek.
Flight C honors were shared by Pat Rice and Terry
Westby with a score of three-over-35, while flight D
went to Barb Harold and Roxanne Koch with a score
Team low-net winners were Lois Biel, Luann Col-
lins, Dolores Jorgensen and Markie Ksiazek. Cindy
Miller, Mary Selby and Ksiazek each had chipins on
The Anna Maria City Hall pits have been getting
some great turnouts to the twice-weekly games, with
34 players showing up on Feb. 7 and 33 players on
Five teams emerged from pool play on Feb. 7, but
in the end it was the team of John Johnson and Gene
Bobeldyk that earned bragging rights with a 22-20 win
over the team of Al Norman and Hank Huyghe.
The Feb. 3 games had three teams emerge from
pool play. Jim Durrough and Bill Bartlett fell to the
team of John Crawford and Rod Bussey by a 22-7
score. The finals were much the same as Crawford and
Bussey again rolled, this time by a 22-5 score over the
team of Ron Slagh and Herb Puryear.
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.
Anna Maria Little League registration
Registration is under way for the 2007 Anna Maria
Island Little League season for boys and girls ages 5-
12. Cost is $65 forAA (ages 7-11) andAAA (ages 9-12)
while Tee Ball (5-7) will cost $55 per player. There is
a $5 discount for each additional sibling signing up.
Registrations are now being accepted by the Anna
Maria Island Community Center at its office trailer
behind St. Bernard Catholic Church. Organizers say
that the absolute last day to register players is March
1 and there will be a special registration day at the
Holmes Beach field from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 24.
Every player who signs up by March 1 will receive
a free ticket to the Center's annual Pittsburgh Pirates
outing, with this year's game on March 25, and a Devil
Rays baseball bat bag.
Due to the demolition of Benji Scanio Stadium and
the ongoing construction project for the new Center,
this season's games will be played at Bayfront Recre-
ation Center on Longboat Key.
Every child who signs up will be placed on a team,
but tryouts are mandatory. AAA tryouts are 5-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 1, AA tryouts are 2-3:30 p.m. Satur-
day, March 3, while Tee ball tryouts are also on Satur-
day, but at 4 p.m.
Coaches are also needed. For more information,
contact the Center's Andy Jonatzke at 778-1908.
AMICC basketball league
standings as of Jan. 25
Ooh La La
AMICC Flag Football schedule
Youth Division grades 6-8
Feb. 17 10 a.m. Yellow vs. Black
Feb. 17 11 a.m. Green vs. White
Junior Division (Grades 3-5)
Feb. 16 5 p.m. White vs. Black
Feb. 17 noon White vs. Yellow
Feb. 17 1 p.m.
Tallucci vs. Pearson
AMICC basketball schedule
Premier (ages 14-17)
Feb. 15 8p.m. IRE vs. WCAC
Feb. 23 7:45 p.m. Awards
Division I (ages 12-13)
Feb. 14 8 p.m. Danziger vs. Paradise
Feb. 20 7:30 p.m. Oyster Barvs. Paradise
Feb. 23 7:45 p.m. Awards
Division II (ages 10-11)
Feb. 14 7 p.m. ReMax vs. Duncan
Feb. 20 6:30 p.m. A&E vs. ReMax
Feb. 20 7:30 p.m. Dips vs. Duncan
Feb. 23 6:45 p.m. Awards
Division III (ages 8-9)
Feb. 14 6 p.m. Ooh La La vs. Kumon
Feb. 15 7 p.m. Publix vs Jessie's
Feb. 21 6:30 p.m. Publix vs. Ross
Feb. 22 6 p.m. Jessie's vs. Kumon
Feb. 23 6:45 p.m. Awards
Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Feb. 15 6 p.m. Orthopedics vs. Observer
Feb. 15 6 p.m. LPAC vs. BeachHouse
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Bradenton Michael Saunders & Company Sales Office.
tee River in the gated yachting community Privatedockanddavits. Greatroom,exten-
of Riviera Dunes. Elegant 4BR turnkey fur- sive woodwork fireplace & wood floors.
nishedhomewith manyupgrades. Includes High ceilings & loads of light. $599,900.
60'deepwater boat dock $2,195,000.Jody 748-6300. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or
Shinn, 748-6300 or 705-5704. 547436 Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 547886
OVER 250' ofwaterfront on Bimini Bay. Grand 6BR, 5,200 SF home. Fantasticwater views
from every room. Enjoythe pool, spa and private dockwith davits and deepwater access. A
Christie's Great Estates listing. $2,349,000. Jody Shinn, 748-6300 or 705-5704. 527474
RIVIERA DUNES WATERFRONT New Lee Wetherington "Marbella" on the Peninsula.
Breathtaking views of the Manatee River, remarkable upgrades, private pool and deep
water boat slip. $1,749,000. The Lawler Team, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 538732.
EXQUISITLY REMODELED from top to bottom 5BR, two offices on an extra large lot
in NW. Huge pool and fabulous tiki hut. Cul-de-sac setting. $675,000. 748-6300.
Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 547468
PARADISE AWAITS YOU in the private setting of Mariner's Cove. Gated waterfront
corn munitywithtennis, swim ming, deeded slipand accessto Intracoastal and Tampa
Bay. $600,000. Patty Brooks, 748-6300 or 545-1194. 546750
PELICAN COVE beautifully and stylishly updated 2BR condo across the street from
BradentonBeachwith full gulfviews, apooland partial bayviews. Excellent rental policy
and history. $527,500. Victoria Horstmann, 748-6300 or 518-1278. 534548.
RUNAWAYBAY. 2BRturnkeyfurnished hasupdatedtileinlivingroom, diningroom,kitchen
and comes with all the amenities Runaway Bay offers. Great investment with seasonal
rents already in place. $429,000. Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988. 542600
CHARMINGADORABLE Northwest homeoncul-de-sacwith exceptionalwooded backyard.
Bright open great room plan, formal dining, eat-in-kitchen, spacouslanai, communitypool.
$364,900. 748-6300. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 547079
BEAUTIFUL HOME IN UPDATED CONDITION. Heated pool with cascading waterfall
in a private tropical setting. Newer appliances and A/C. Corn munity Marina and Boat
Ramp. $350,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 547862.
TIME AND PRIDE shows in this adorable 2 BR hom e. Newer windows, Pergo flooring,
screened and enclosed porches, one car garage, work shed, on an extra large lovely
landscaped corner lot. $224,900. Colette Gerrish, 748-6300 or 713-6557. 539132
HELP SUPPORT OFFICER Pete Lannon: Silicone
bracelets, DARE2CARE/ISLANDER4PETE. Child
$2, adult $5. The bracelets are donated by The
Islander and all $$$ go to a pre-paid college fund
for Pete's youngest son. Available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
YARD SALE: 9am-noon Saturday, Feb. 17. Lots
of stuff. Roser Thrift Shop. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
50 PERCENT OFF Everything sale: month of Feb-
ruary. "Housewarmings by Horigans" located in
"Essence of Time." 5306 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
GARAGE SALE: 8am-3pm Saturday, Feb.17.
Assorted stuff. Hummer rims. 2311 Gulf Drive N.,
unit B., back unit. Bradenton Beach.
STOREWIDE SALE: NIKI'S Island treasures. All
sterling jewelry 50-70 percent off, lots of furniture
30-60 percent off, select antiques, crystal, dolls, vin-
tage and costume jewelry, art, glassware 30-90 per-
cent off. See the Hummel collection, to name a few:
School Days, Stormy Weather, Wayside Devotion,
25-30 percent off. Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm.
941-779-0729. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Iager Roomy 2/2 end unitvilla, carport. $125,900
Saal 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
Pointe West 3BR/2BA, heated pool. $360,000
Laura E. McGeary PA
Coldwell Banker Residenlial Real Estate, Inc
Smaller home located on DUPLEX ZONED lot
which is over 11,400 sf. In area of nice homes
with great location in Bay Palms. Options here to
rent home, renovate orreinvent to a duplex in the
Future. Bay Palms location is area of nice homes.
PRICED TO SELL. $479,000!
Ready for furnishings, this immaculate
2BR/2.5BA home has an open plan and on large
single-family lot in Bay Palms. Over 2,100 sf
Including the two-car garage and spacious util-
ity room easily converted to den. Added feature
of screened gazebo off Florida room for outdoor
joyment. PRICED TO SELL. $489,500.
S"We AREthe Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamaariaeal.com
NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE: Inside. 8am-
3pm Saturday, Feb.17. Collectibles, linens, sterling
and costume jewelry, silver plate collection, kitchen
glass-top table with four chairs, new leather recliner,
two dressers with mirrors and headboards, antique
bench, dolls, sleeper sofa with chair, 50-gallon
saltwater tank, bric-a-brac, coffee tables, cloth-
ing, vacuum, new air filter, waterbed. 218 84th St.,
FOUND CAT: BLACK and tan. Gold/green eyes,
affectionate, small bluish-green collar. Found near
75th Street and Holmes Boulevard. 941-778-5119.
FOUND CAT: BRADENTON Beach area. Female,
white with black and gray markings. Call 941-962-
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult. Call
941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.cmasdirect.com.
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, Ever-
glades, Key West, Dry Tortugas aboard 65-foot
sailing vessel Lex-Sea. 10 percent off trips before
March 15, 2007. www.annamariaislandsailing.com.
Ga le Simpson Schulz...
Jim Anderson Realty Company
PO Box 1789 *401-B PineAve. Anna Mria FL 34216
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
GREIAT NEWLY LISTING
Attordable ground level 2BR/3BA
canal home in a quiet and desirable
Anna Maria neighborhood close to
the bay. Very open and appealing
floor plan with an updated kitchen,
newer AC and roof, and a Taylor-Made
6,000 lb. boat lift and dock. Offered
at $649,000. Call Gayle Schulz,
West Bradenton, large updated
3BR/2BA condo in a super location
near the beaches boasts new tile in the
living, dining, kitchen & den areas.
Freshly painted w/new carpeting in the
master suite, 2nd bedroom & screened
porch. Overlooks the new pool. Ready
to move in. Offered at $145,000. Call
Gayle Schulz, (941) 812-6489.
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STORAGE SPACE on Holmes Beach. Climate con-
trolled, secure, low rates. Phone 941-778-2710.
GUARDIAN AD LITEM program: 30-hour training
class for new child advocate volunteers begins March
12. To volunteer to represent in court the best inter-
est of children or for more information, call 941-744-
9473 or visit the Web site, www.12circiutgal.org.
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 per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough
for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.
1992 MERCURY COUGAR: Maroon, two-door, orig-
inal owner, eight cylinder. Approximately 100,000
miles. Immaculate body and interior. $1,800. 941-
OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 PM ~ 123 Hammock Road
ISLAND GETAWAY ONLY $499,900
Just minutes to beach, fishing
pier, shops and restaurants, this
3BR/2BA home enjoys a
tropical setting, low maintenance
yard, garage and carport.
Debra Pitell, 941-356-0437.
(Anna Maria Pine to Los
Cedros to Hammock)
Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker
One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
When you choose Chase you
are guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community.
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, government,
call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
0 CHASE i
Monhottcn Mortgoge Corpofatlon
BEST BUY ON THE ISLAND
- Built in 2005 this home has it all.
Privacy, roof top sundeck, 3BR/3BA,
two-car garage, room for a pool
and much much more. This truly is
the best value on the entire Island.
$575,000 Call Jesse Brisson
149 CRESCENT Great floor
plan, new windows, kitchen was
redone recently, private back
yard with many fruit trees and
room for a pool. Just a short walk
to the bay or beach! Can join
HOA for dockage. $529,000.
5 G D H s
1999 PONTIAC SUNFIRE: Red, two-door, 115,000
miles., New air conditioning, well maintained, runs
great, $4,500 or best offer. 941-704-8188.
1999 JEEP CHEROKEE: Limited edition. Two-wheel
drive, white and tan leather. 81,500 miles. Beautiful
car. $8,500. 941-704-1868.
2004 CAROLINA SKIFF: 198DLX Yamaha 90,
four-stroke, live well, fish finder, trailer, low hours.
$13,200. Call 518-365-2701.
30-FOOT SAILBOAT: 1984 Islander Bahama. New
rigging in December 2003, Harken roller furling,
Anderson self-tailing wenches, wheel steering,
hand-shower, refrigerator/freezer, 15-hp Yanmar
diesel engine (fresh water cooled). In the water on
Longboat Key. $26,500. Call for more information or
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-
REAL ESTATE AGENTS wanted: SunCoast Real
Estate LLC. Floor time and generous split. Confi-
dential. Call Mary Ann Schmidt, 941-779-0202 or
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting quadriplegic. Morning, 8am-1 pm and over-
night, 10pm-8am, shifts available. Travel opportunity.
STYLIST NEEDED FOR hair salon off Cortez near
beach. Commission 50 percent or booth rental
An Island Place Realty
GLADIOLUS 3 BEDROOM
CANALFRONT WITH CAGED
POOL! Beautiful expansive
water views on a quiet north
end street! Three bedrooms,
S two baths, turnkey furnished
S with a great rental history for
vour second home! $825,000.
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EQUAL HOUSING LENDER 2003 COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC. TRADE/SERVICE MARKS ARE THE PROPERTY OF COUN-
TRYWIDE FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND/OR ITS SUBSIDIARIES. ADD APPROPRIATE STATE, LEGAL. UP-FRONT APPROVAL SUBJECT
TO SATISFACTORY PROPERTY REVIEW AND NO CHANGE IN FINANCIAL CONDITION. SOME PRODUCTS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ALL
STATES. PRICES AND GUIDELINES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. RESTRICTIONS APPLY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
BARTENDER: PART-TIME, Monday-Wednesday, 3-
10pm. Apply in person at Jessica's Beach Lounge,
111 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach, between 3-
HELP WANTED: MONDAY through Friday. Experi-
ence not needed! Dependability needed. Call Fat
Cat Carpet and Upholstery, 941-778-2882.
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, email@example.com.
RESTAURANT AND MORE: 50-seat restaurant with
great ambience also retails select items. Beer and
wine license. Any menu OK. $120,000. Confidential-
ity agreement required for details. Longview Realty,
941-383-6112. For more great business and realty
GIFTS/DECOR FOR patio, home and garden. Enchant-
ing shop, fun items in good resort area location. $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.
BEACHFRONT: FUNKY LITTLE building in dyna-
mite location. Great foot traffic. Now a profitable res-
taurant with added income, it would also be great
for any kind of retail, many other uses. $1,475,000.
Confidentiality agreement required for details.
Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
Simply the Best
GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD Priced to sell, this duplex
features 3BR/2.5BA across from bay. $479,000.
The finest condo Anna
Maria has to offer.
furnished. High ceil-
ings, windows on all four
sides. Enclosed secure
garage, pool and spa.
KEY ROYALE Lowest price on Key. Beautifully tur-
nished 2BR/2BA, overlooks boat basin and down canal
with boat slip. Tastefully landscaped. View of bay.
CORTEZ FISHING VILLAGE Five minutes to beach
and great restaurants. Hardwood floors, 1BR/1BA,
large workshop and garage. $249,900.
Norman 3101 GULF DRIVE
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
Ofrecemos servicio de ventas en espan6l
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14-YEAR-OLD needs work. Willing to babysit, clean,
etc. Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting.
Call Alexandra, 941-778-5352.
LOOKING FOR A babysitter, pet sitter, dog walker
or somebody to do odd jobs? Call Kendall, 14-
year-old, ninth-grader. Certified in first aid! 941-
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
CNA CAREGIVER AVAILABLE for home care. Flex-
ible hours, have references. Call 941-753-8345 or
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reason-
able, reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
For Expert Advice On Island Property
CALL THE ISLANDERS
CALLu CHRIS & JOHN
S CHRISTINE T. SHAW AND
JOHN VAN ZANDT, REALTORS
OF ANNA MARIA ISLAND, INC.
6101 MARINA DR., HOLMES BEACH
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
less services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer,
941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.
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., Bradenton, FL, 34209.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or
TAX RETURN PREPARATION by enrolled agent.
Timely and accurate. We pickup and deliver. For
individuals and small businesses. Monday-Friday
after 5pm, Weekends, 8am-5pm. Turtle Tax, 941-
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 moldings and trim. Pergolas, small decks,
etc. Call Steve at 941-778-1708.
INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small
businesses. We also file electronically and pre-
pare all states. Call Pat at Kenney Tax Service,
ANTOINETTE'S PERSONAL SERVICE: House
cleaning/house sitting when you are away. Free
estimates. Licensed, bonded. 941-778-7355 or
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
Vic Caserta (941) 778-4364 Fax
Realtor, fluent in 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
Italian, Spanish and English (941) 7786943 Home
(941) 730-1062 Cell
Quest for the BEST
C. ^ NEW
U t'W.ift.-. CONSTRUCTION:
10? 1 beach living at it's
private elevator and
with garage. 2317
and 2319 Avenue
C. Prices starting
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
February 16, 17 and 18.
n 21 Call Barbara McLaughlin
Century 21 Real Estate Champions
!*rl. 800-559-0063 or
LEWIS MOBILE CAR wash: Detail inside and out-
side. Wash, vacuum, upholstery, polish, detailing,
engine, Armor All. 941-465-6963. Henry Lewis, the
EXPERIENCED MBA BETWEEN jobs. Can do
data input to data analysis. Secretarial, book-
keeping, whatever you need. 941-538-4770 or
BENTON'S CLOCK WORLD: We do restoration and
repair. We also buy and sell antique clocks. Located
on Bradenton Beach. 941-778-8426, or cell 941-
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call 941-778-2581.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
OF ANNA MARIA
Tour ofGreat o (ome by Pritvae TroUey
5PM FRIDAY FEB. 16
i Trolley leaving 9906 Gulf Drive at 5:10 pm Refreshments by Bill from the Waterfront
Sandy Rich Realty, (941) 779-0034 for info
This tour will feature a luxury home on Bimini Bay, a visit to a cottage on Coconut and a complete
remodel on Holly. Also featured will be a fresh beach home directly on Tampa Bay. Join us for fun,
food, wine and SRQ trolley ride. Realtor tour leaves at 4:10pm. Sponsored by Sandy Rich Realty.
- To Your
u Q alit Serving the
SL Island since 1988
For quality building, quality renovations and a quality reputation, call...
778-7127 5500 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach
CAPKI BIE.ACH VILLA ljulIfront condo with panoramic
views. Step off your back deck into the sand! Watch the sunset
every evening from your living room or enjoy the great rental
income potential and excellent rental history. $825,000.
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JR'S LANDSCAPINGAND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn and landscape
maintenance. Tree-trimming, mulching, plantings,
sod, shell. References and insured. Please call 941-
TREES BY THE Breeze, Inc. Landscaping, tree trim-
ming, property maintenance. Insured. Island resident
since 1988. Call Chris Lundy, 941-778-2837.
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.
GET MOORE FOR your money: Specializing in tree
trimming and removal, brush chipping, estate clean-
ups. Insured. Call Lew Moore, 941-755-5559.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone"
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 941-448-3857.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30-years experience.
TIRED OF NO return calls? Straight Shot Land-
scape calls back. For all your landscape, call Shark
Mark. 941-727-5066. Shell $42/yard.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting.Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
KEN &TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements
Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 941-792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Island resident, converting
life-long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275 for
IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive dis-
tributor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free,
courteous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors.
Lic.# CBC1253145. 941-730-5045.
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call
TUB AND TILE refinishing: A division of D.J. Murphy
Painting Inc. Save up to 80 percent over traditional
remodeling costs. Call us with your kitchen and
bath needs. Don't buy new redo! 941-751-1245.
Licensed, certified and insured.
GUARANTEED A-1 PAINTING service. Get a bid then
call Nick, he's the best. Island references. Licensed.
Call Nick, 941-727-1448 or 941-962-5131.
INTERIOR SURFACE RENOVATION: Drywall, tex-
ture, paint, tile, wall and ceiling repairs, Fred Wein-
RESILIENT PROPERTIES AND renovations: Kitch-
ens, bathrooms, tile work, decks, sheetrock, paint-
ing and more. Reliable work start-to-finish. What
does your home need? Free estimates. Call Thomas
P. Lass, 941-782-7313.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-
795-1947. Lic. # RR0066450.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
One-of-a-kind, sprawling Island compound has it all.
5BR/5BA, canalfront, pool, sauna, short walk to prime Anna
Maria beach. Deep-water access to Tampa Bay, Intracoastal
and Gulf. Priced below market, it's Island living at
its best. Spotless. Call for appointment.
CAPT. KEITH BARNETT
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Panoramic views of Skyway Bridge and
Tampa Bay with 135-foot seawall, heated pool
and deep-water dock with boat lift. 3BR/3BA,
3,000 sf on two lots in private setting.
Entirely updated. Large master suite added
and kitchen is top of the line in every way.
A short walk to the Gulf. Must see to appreci-
ate. Lots of extras. $2295,000. Virtual tour at
Call John Zirzow, Agent/Owner
(941) 778-9171 Markey Realty
(Zae 9aont Condo6
5200 GULF DRIVE N.
red by Michael Saundeis and Company, Keller Williams Realty,
tbrock Real Estate Company, Kenyon Real Estate Inc. 0
3225 Gulf Drive.
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GULF CONSTRUCTION INC.: Home remodeling,
custom carpentry, kitchens, baths, additions. 28
years experience. Free estimates. Call John, 941-
773-6808. License # CBC1255132.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Holmes Beach resident, very meticulous and reli-
able. I take pride in my work. For a free estimate,
call Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR two master
suites-/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to beach.
Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer, garage,
designer furnished with tropical yard setting. One of
the finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly. Call 941-
713-0034 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA annual, ground floor unfur-
nished, $900/month. Seasonals available starting
at $1,800/month. Please call Kim Fisher, Wagner
Realty, 941-778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or email@example.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.apalm-
An Isan4 Place Realty
NORTH END VIEWS OF THE
BAYAND CANAL! Completely
redone inside and out and
ready to move into! Hardwood
floors, open floor plan, granite
kitchen and baths, large deck
overlooking canalside. Must
419 Pine Ave. PO Box 2150 Anna Maria FL 34216
MANATEE RIVERFRONT: 2BR/2BA, spectacular
views! Gated, pool, covered parking, security, fit-
ness center. $975/month annual. Call Maria, 941-
ANNUAL OR MONTH-to-month: 4BR Island family
home in quiet residential area. Bayfront with direct
water view. Perfect for family with children. Extra
large balcony, covered parking, laundry room with
washer and dryer. Park setting, two blocks to Gulf
beaches. Fully furnished. $2,500/month annual,
$3,200 month-to-month. Pets considered. Call 941-
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA balcony, Gulf view. $950/
month, $900 deposit, $50 application fee. 2411
Ave. C., Bradenton Beach. Efficiency, $750/month
includes utilities. $700 deposit, $50 application
fee. 112, 52nd St., No.1, Holmes Beach. Season-
ally, 1BR Gulf view, cute and clean, $900/week or
$2,400/month. Call 941-746-8666.
CORTEZ COTTAGE: QUIET area. Fully furnished,
walk to water. No smokers. $1,700/month, $500/
week, $100/night, includes utilities. 941-794-5980.
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.
OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE: 1,200 sf. Former Wicked
Candle. 8819 Cortez Road. 1-800-952-1206.
ISLAND CASTLE: FABULOUS French Normandy
home. 4BR/3BA on best beach and quiet street in
Anna Maria. 941-794-8202.
SEASONAL: MARCH AND April. Clean 2BR ele-
vated unit, one block to beach. Newly remodeled
with laundry. $575/weekly, $1,975/monthly. 941-
LAKEFRONT, FISHING, ONE block to beach.
Elevated duplex, enormous 2BR/2BA, one-car
garage, laundry area, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Jen-
naire stove, extra, extra nice. $1,395/month, yearly.
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.fran-
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club rental available for Jan-
uary and February 2007/08. Totally remodeled unit,
nonsmoking. Two-week minimum. 813-781-7562.
NORTH-END DUPLEX: for 2008 season. Three-
month minimum. 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer, two
blocks from Gulf. Sleeps six. $2,000/month. 941-
778-7167 or 941-705-0275.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH large 3BR/2BA
duplex. $1,000/month. First, last and security.
2BR/2BA ANNUAL: $1,300/month. First, last and
security, or annual, $900/month. First, last and
security. Background check, pet OK, heated pool,
washer and dryer, fenced, yard care, no smoking.
201-A Peacock Lane. 941-720-1006.
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 tlyonsrq @verizon.net
or call 941-928-8735. Leave message for informa-
tion and availability.
GULFFRONT CONDO: HOLMES Beach. March and
April. Totally remodeled in 2006. Beautifully deco-
rated, stainless steel appliances, carport, two pools,
1-2 bedrooms. $3,000/month. 941-795-5060.
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beau-
tiful Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/2BA, four-car
garage. Two blocks to beach. Pet friendly. $1,400/
month. Call 941-713-2150.
AFFORDABLE SEASONAL RENTALS still available.
Weekly, monthly, bayfront, Gulffront, big, small. Call
Sato Real Estate for availability. 941-778-7200.
Prudential Pans Realty
elle Musto, PA Realtor
301 Highlnd Ave. #2: Condo, 1BR/1BA,
heated pool. Furnished. S279,000.
301 Highland Ave. #5: Condo, 2BR/1BA,
heated pool, furn. $479,000.
BOATER'S PARADISE AND BEA FUL CONDO
40-foot dock on sailboat canal. Spacio B designer
kitchen, water views from every w. r's
Landing #204. 4109 129th St. z. $
COME SEE OPE H E
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39R3BA bayfront home, north nd of Anna Mara, compete
renovated! $1,895,000 furnished. Owner will consider trade of
lot, condo or home as a down payment.
Two Bayfront lots. Bu1d your 2VW2RA West WTnd condo with
dream home on very large lot, Gulf view. $649,000.
100x223 sf. Panoramic bay view!
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EXPERIENCE REPUTATION RESULTS
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 mtstersuite $998,000.
BEST BUYS: ADULT COMMUNITY from $60,000, heated pool, near
shopping, dining and transportation.
HARBOUR VILLA CLUB 2BR/2BA, turnkey, boat dock. S749,900.
PINEBROOK AND IRONWOOD $139,000 to $263,900.
DESOTO SQUARE VILLA 2BR/2BA, gated, pool clubhouse. $175,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
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a full kitchen and furniture Garden view PRESERVE. Turnkey home offers 2 car
and steps to the private beach, pools, bay, garage, living/dining room, den and main-
and dock Flexible rental, on-site manage- tenance free yard Plenty of time to enjoy
ment $450,000 the pool, tennis and golf $374,900
Homeowners and Bill Jay
Investors take F &
advantage while rates Mongage Broker
are still lower. 941-315-0908
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refinance and improve a Horizon
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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 informa-
tion, call 352-516-6908 or 352-314-2333. E-mail:
TERRIFIC, UPDATED 3BR/2BA, single-story vaca-
tion rental. 2007-08 weekly and monthly rentals
starting at $625/week. March and April 2007 dis-
counted. 813-818-8314. www.vacationrentalonan-
YOU CAN HAVE the beautiful white sand and Flor-
ida west coast sun outside your door. One bed-
room condo (sleeps six) for rent at Resort 66. Full
housekeeping, linens provided, full kitchen. Avail-
able March 10-31, Saturday to Saturday only. $950/
SEASONAL RENTAL: AVAILABLE March. Beach-
front condo, 1BR/1BA, pool, washer and dryer.
Walk one block to shopping. $1,800/month. 941-
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. Steps to beach, res-
taurants and shops. Large updated 2BR/1BA with
two balconies and washer and dryer hookups.
$1,100/month including utilities and cable. 941-
LOOKING FOR 2008? Lovely, refurnished 2BR/2BA
house. Steps to beach. Also available April 2007.
Offering discounted rates. 2805 Gulf Drive. 941-
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA, com-
pletely furnished. One house from Gulf. No pets or
smoking. Available February through April. 813-689-
0925, or e-mail email@example.com.
VILLAGE GREEN: MINUTES to beaches. Large
2BR/2BA, two-car garage. Big screened lanai,
large yard, good schools, close to shopping $1,195/
month. Annual. 941-720-2804.
MINUTES TO BEACHES: Lakeside South, west
Bradenton. Big 3BR/2BA, one-car garage, villa.
Pool, tennis, clubhouse. Quiet area. $1,700/month.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: LARGE 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage. Big screened lanai, huge fenced
yard, excellent schools, quiet area. $1,595/month.
2BR/2BA UNIT IN Bradenton Beach with full bayviews
across from park. $1,300/month. Cat OK. Zita Kollar,
property manager. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
ANNUAL BRADENTON BEACH: 1BR duplex. Beach
across street. Washer and dryer. Clean! 2204 Ave.
C. $750/month. 216 469-2857.
VACATION: AVAILABLE MARCH 2007 only. Ele-
vated 2BR/2BA, garage, deck with bay view, walk
to beach. $1,800.941-779-1112.
TERRA CEIA:WATERFRONT 3BR home with dock.
Lease with option, $1,800/month. www.44smart.
HOLMES BEACH: 1BR/1BA apartment. Includes
water, trash, cable TV and Internet. 100 feet from
bay. $850/month. 941-587-1456.
RENT 3BR/2BA NICELY furnished home near
Island beaches and marina. Private yard. $1,000/
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 chick-
firstname.lastname@example.org. Check cyber rentals.
ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA GROUND-level duplex. Near
community center. Fridge, stove, microwave, washer
and dryer, screened lanai, large yard. Pet OK.
SUMMER ON LAKE Michigan! Beautiful condo in
Frankfort, Mich., with shared 600 feet of frontage.
$7,500/season. Information, 231-334-6700.
SEASONAL: ANNA MARIA lovely ground-level
home. Approximately 1,000 feet to beach. Can be
rented as 2BR/1BA or 3BR/2BA with carport. Family
and living room, washroom, all with air condition-
ing. Nice kitchen and patio. Available March through
May 2007 and September 2007 through May 2008.
$3,500/month plus utilities, discount for longer terms.
214 Palmetto Ave. Call John, 813-690-9762.
SEASONAL RENTALS: 2BR/1BA condo, pool,
three-month minimum, $1,850/month. 1BR/1BA
condo, pool, $1,950/month. 2BR/2BA condo, pool,
on bay, $3,800/month. 3BR/2BA condo on Gulf,
$3,700/month. 2BR/1BA condo on canal, $2,450/
month. 4BR/2BA home, pool, $3,800/month.
3BR/2BA on canal, $3,000/month. 2BR/2BA home
close to beach, $3,100/m month. 3BR/2BA home, one
block to beach, $4,400/month. 2BR/2BA home,
Jacuzzi, golf course, $3,400/month. 3BR/2BA
home on golf course, $3,800/month. 2BR/1BA
duplex, close to beach, $1,800/month. 2BR/2BA
duplex, $2,900/month. 2BR/1BA duplex, Gulffront,
$2,850/month. Smith Realtors, 941-778-0770.
ANNUAL: ANNA MARIA brand new, gorgeous
apartment.1BR/2BA. Beach 30 steps away, pool,
laundry. Water and garbage included. $950/month.
201 S. Bay and Spring Avenue. 786-375-9633.
ANNUAL 1 BR/1 BA, ground-level.Yard maintenance,
water, cable, utility room, washer. Three houses to
beach, large yard. Holmes Beach. $800/month. 727-
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH. Available now.
1 BR/1 BA, all utilities included, furnished, one block
to Gulf. $1,400/month. 941-721-6090.
ANNA MARIA: 2BR waterfront condo with dock.
Turnkey furnished. Great water views, restaurants
and shopping. Available two weeks, February. $795/
GREAT VIEWS: 2BR/1BA furnished apartment by
Rod & Reel Pier for rent monthly or weekly. $1,400/
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MAGNIFICENT BAYFRONT unit recently RUNAWAYBAYCondosnowavailablesevwal
designer renovated with exquisite features 1 or 2BR units, bayfront,poolside,pond and
andddailthroughout Spacious2BRP2BAunt otherviews Someupdated Activedubhouse
withl,909sf ExceptionalGulftobaycomple( wth pool,tenniscourt, andworkout room
wthpnvatebeach,baysidepool/spa,resident On-siterental management 941-778-2246
manager Dave Maoynhan, 941-720-0089 Prced from $314,000 to $499,900
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unit has a Manatee River view Carport,
pool, tennis, glass-in balcony, near manna,
shopping, churches Homewarranty Priced
by appraisal Property is a Clear Choice
Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett, 941-795-8095
TRADEWINDS Charming cottage Thor- LONGBOAT KEY AT LONGBEACH. Unob- PERFECT FAMILY HOME! Huge updated
oughly modern but Old Floridacache On- structed views of the Gulf, amazing sunsets kitchen and dining Largefamilyroomwith
siterental management Heated pool,Gulf from your lanai and just stepsto the beach fireplace and loft This 3BR/2BA home is
beach accessishing pier Thisunt close Pristine 2BPR2BA, nlyI furnished condo short distance to schools and is located
to the pool Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett, is Florida living at its best Gia & Pder in desirable neighborhood Karen Day,
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MOTELI.ESORT OPPORTUNITYANNA MARIA ISLANDGreat 11-
unt resort/motel Oneshortblocktothebeautifulsandybeachesof
Anna Mara Island and view the spectacular sunsets Many restau-
rants,specialtyshopsandfishing pier nearby Possible conversion
potential Jim Zoff, .41- 2 1'.A ..I $4 $2,575,000.
RESORT IN PARADISE Tropical landscaping surrounds six
charming units steps from beach Immaculate, family owned,
and clientele keep coming back Possible owner financing
Karen Day, 941-778-2246 #529518 $1,650,000.
GULF COAST PLAZAFullyleased eight-unit strip centeron busy
Cortez Road with 300-foot front, 6,100 st of building, parking
for 32 cars Zoned general commercial ( 11 :i C.-"] ,.rh ir,
941-778-2246 #542085 $1,100,000.
2BR/2BA DIRECT GULFFRONT unit with outstanding views of the
ances, furnishingsand much more Secured elevator, heated pool,
tenniscourt and pnvategarage Closeto shoppngand restaurants
Dave Moynihan,941-778-2246 #543586 $819,500.
A RARE FIND! Anna Maria Gulffront lot Becky Smith or Elf
Starrett, 941-778-2246 #504998 $1,750,000.
MARINERS COVEDirectbayfront,top :ii..,. F,~ ,"i""i,
gated community, two pools, tennis, elevator, protected deep
water 35-foot boat slip Peter Mancuso, 941-545-6833 or Dave
Moynihan, 941-720-0089 #543600 $629,900.
PERICO BAY CLUB The most exquisitevilla in Percol I Furnish-
ings and decor areto diefor New roof,siding, air conditioning
Updated kitchen and baths Enclosedlanaiwith lakeview Private
2BWR2BA ir n I:.i;, 941-778-2246 #545756 $489,000.
QUAINT HOME ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND. Enloyyour backyard
with comfortable breezes and pleasant shade on those lazy
afternoons Deeded deepwater dockto Bmrinir ni; PI'F, '1 .A,
1,528 s Bob DeYoung, 941-776-3300 #546182 $486,500.
END UNIT Light, Bright, New' 3BR/2BA Hidden Lake condo,
minutes from beach, vaulted ceiling, screened lanai, one-car
attached garage Lakeview, pool, spa, fitness Non-evacuation
zone PennyBray,941-778-2246 #f .4-.: $324,900
BRADENTON BEACH TWO-FAMILYTurnkeyfurnshed 2BR/1BA
cottage with 1BR/1BA bungalow Great family retreat or
rental property Walk to shops, beach and more Anne Miller,
941-778-2246 #518824 $825,000.
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Service Quality & Dependable Service.
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778-1345 and hardscape needs.
783Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
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Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
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HADOLD SMALL REALTOR.
Office: (941) 778-2246* (941) 792- 8628
E-mail: email@example.com or
Removal of all types of trash, debris and junk.
CEILING & WALL REPAIRS
Locally owned and family operated since 1988
WASH FAMILY CONSTRUCTION 941.725.0073
DARRIN J. WASH STATE LIC. CRC 1329024
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants,
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup
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Windows and doors *Trim and crown molding
Paint work Kitchens and baths Concrete work
Tile and wood flooring Replace rotted wood
Pressure cleaning Drywall repair
Paver brick work And many more services offered
ANNUAL FURNISHED 1 BR/1 BA waterfront apart-
ment with laundry and some utilities included. $850/
month. Phone 941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.
FOR RENT: ANNUAL. Recently renovated 2BR/2BA
house in quiet neighborhood. All appliances
upgraded. $1,400/month plus utilities. Phone 941-
545-7109 or 941-795-1132.
VILLAGE GREEN: 55-plus. Completely remodeled.
ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA, ELEVATED duplex in Braden-
ton Beach. One block to beach. High ceilings, clean.
Pet considered. $950/month. 941-725-2549.
ON-ISLAND MINI-storage. Climate-controlled units
starting at $65/month. Call Anna Maria Storage,
VACATION RENTALS: AFFORDABLE rental, neat
and clean 1B/1BA, heated pool, tennis, $350/week,
$1,100/month. Available now, February, March and
April 2007. Key Royale beauty 3BR/2BA, pool, boat
dock, April 2007, $990/week or $3,500/month. Real
Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
WATERFRONT PROPERTY: 2BR/2BA open-plan
with great views of Tampa Bay. Canalfront, walking
distance to beach and restaurants. $739,000. 941-
FOR SALE BY owner: Best value on the Island!
2BR/ 2BA, one-car garage, gourmet kitchen, new
windows, updated baths and more. Two blocks from
beach. $615,000. 941-778-8677. 406 Bay Palms
Drive, Holmes Beach.
3BR/2BA: One bedroom used as a den/office/
playroom, enclosed lanai, tiled with carpeted bed-
rooms. 1,400 sf, county water/sewer, citrus trees,
near Brentwood school in Sarasota. Reduced to
$274,900. 941-379-4196 or 941-954-7474.
BAYVIEW AND CANALFRONT with pool. 2BR/2BA
open plan, new kitchen. Totally upgraded. Dock,
three davits. Owner motivated. Not a drive-by, must
see inside! By owner. Call Herb Dolan, 941-705-
4454. 404 21st Place. Bradenton Beach.
LOT FOR SALE: One block to Gulf. 50x100 feet,
cleared. $539,000. 215 71st St., Holmes Beach.
ALMOST ISLAND HOME: Adorable 1BR/1BA.
Brand new furnished, bay windows with water view.
Hurricane Force-3 manufactured home. One mile
from Anna Maria Island and one block from Intra-
coastal Waterway with new marina and boat ramp.
Land owned. Home owner's association optional.
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,
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, Holmes Beach.
BRAND NEW 2BR/2BA villa with garage. Only $89/
month fee. $225,000. Bill, 941-518-9300.
NON-EVACUATION/NON-flood area: 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage. Village Green, quiet street, minutes
to beaches, shopping, doctors, hospitals. Tile floors,
bedrooms carpeted, screened lanai. $297,000.941-
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1BR/1BA with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. 901-301-8299, or e-mail
captko462 @ aol.com.
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, or www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com.
WONDERFUL BRADENTON BEACH home:
6BR/4BA, 1.5 blocks from beach. Over 4,000 sf,
garage, carport, patio with option to duplex. Live-in
or rent. $720,000. 941-545-5381.
CANAL HOME: PRIME location, listed thousands
under appraised value, 3BR/3BA, dock, boatlift,
new seawall, large lot. $830,000. Weichert Real-
tors, Richard Taylor, broker, 941-756-6300.
BY OWNER: 4BR/2BA, two-car garage, cul-de-sac.
2,245 sf, non-flood/non-evacuation zone, fenced
backyard, screened porch. Northwest Bradenton,
Azalea Park. $349,000. 941-795-5702.
DIRECT WATERFRONT: Latchkey. 65A Cortez
Park, Avenue D. 941-779-CAIN.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO at Club Bamboo
South. Incredible Gulf view, all new everything,
onsite management, nightly rentals, pool, eleva-
tor and more. Priced way under market! $445,000.
BRADENTON BEACH MOBILE home: Bay view,
updated, cozy 1BR in the Pines Park. Turnkey fur-
nished, boat slip included. $41,000. 941-962-8220.
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.
REDUCED $50,000! 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 cabinets, hot tub and large boat dock. New
price, $749,900. Call Deborah Thrasher, RE/MAX
Excellence, 941-518-7738. Deborahthrasher@
remax.net. New price, $749,900.
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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.
$369,900. NORTH END Longboat Key. By owner.
ground-level, Spanish Main attached villa. 2BR/1BA,
perfect for patio backyard with privacy hedge sep-
arating Emerald Harbor. New appliances, PGT
Winguard Windows and 3-ton, high efficiency air
conditioning unit with duct work extended to lanai.
Overhead storage, short walk to community club-
house, pool and deep-water marina; Deeded beach
access, covered parking. Call 941-383-7626 for
more information or appointment.
ISLANDER'S RETREAT: 2BR Gulfwatch condo
with peek-a-boo view of the Gulf, comfortably
decorated and truly turnkey furnished, encourag-
ing a relaxing Island lifestyle. $374,900. Please,
call Kimberly Roehl, PA, Michael Saunders & Com-
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 941-809-5565.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA with full bay views!
Granite countertops, 20-inch porcelain tile, carpet,
custom closets, plantation shutters, designer furnish-
ings and more. $550,000. Brokers protected. Easy to
show. 859-264-8644. email@example.com.
FOR SALE BY owner: Quality built, best value on
Anna Maria Island. 3BR/2BA-plus, vaulted ceil-
ings, 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.
CANAL HOME: HOLMES Beach. Immaculate
2BR/2BA, 45-foot dock with electric boat lift, fur-
nished, 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-
RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT in northwest Bra-
denton, desirable neighborhood near the river.
$216,000. Owner/agent, Bobbie Banan, Michael
Saunders & Company, 941-356-2659.
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.
WATERFRONT HOME IN Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA,
one-car garage, classic Island-style single-story with
lots of Florida pine, vaulted ceilings and built-ins.
Spectacular view of Anna Maria Sound and Intra-
coastal Waterway from lanai. On end of canal with
two docks and no bridges to Gulf. Sailor's dream.
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. Directions: Manatee Avenue to 51st Street
to 10th Avenue Drive West.
BAYFRONT HOME ON Anna Maria Sound.
Unobstructed view, southern exposure. Private.
$1,100,000. Brokers protected. 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 110x1 15 feet. Lift and davits. Seven
blocks to beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Call for appoint-
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 $449,900.
DUPLEX: HOLMES BEACH. Raised 2BR/1BA
each side, under building parking, screened lanais,
laundry rooms. Only $499,900. Call Jerry Cercone,
LOT: 57.75x1 14-feet, one block to beach. $520,000.
Call 941-779-4505 or 941-778-4246.125 Neptune
Lane, Holmes Beach.
A STEAL AT $899,000. Beachfront condo. 3BR/2BA,
brand new renovation. $60,000 gourmet kitchen.
Appraised for $1,000,000. Two enclosed garages
and storage room. Incredible view. 717-392-4048.
BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR/2BA end unit. Huge
Gulf views from most rooms. Beautiful Tommy
Bahama-style furnishings. Pool, hot tub, tennis,
docks. Great vacation home and rental income. By
owner. $615,000. 941-388-5238.
RARE 180-DEGREE view: Direct Gulffront condo.
Completely renovated 2BR/2BA. Appraised at
$950,000, asking $799,000. A must see! 717-
CANAL HOUSE REDUCED to $699,000. 717-
TERRA CEIA:WATERFRONT 3BR home with dock.
Lease with option, $1,800/month. www.44smart.
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ISLAND HOME REDUCED: For sale by owner.
Holmes Beach 3BR, deep-water canal, pool,
boat dock, many upgrades. $775,000. Call 941-
ISLAND HOME FOR sale: By owner. Deep-water
canalfront with dock, 3BR/2BA, short walk to Gulf.
$780,000. 941-792-1214. 230 Oak Ave., Anna
Maria. Please do not disturb tenants.
CLOSE BY MARCH 26, 2007, and save. 4BR/3BA
home, zoned residential, office, retail. 4,380 sf air
conditioned. under roof. Reduced to $595,000.941-
RUNAWAY BAY #222: 1BR/1BA, heated pool,
tennis, fitness room, shuffleboard, beach access,
fishing dock, turnkey furnished, weekly rentals. 941-
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE townhouse: 2BR/2.5BA,
open floor plan, two-car garage, large storage area.
Hurricane shutters. $499,900. Call 941-722-0640.
Turnkey furnished, light and bright. Price to sell,
$379,000. Denise Langlois, Coldwell Banker, 941-
CANAL HOME: VERY nice 2BR/2BA with garage
has new kitchen, dock with electric boat lift, circular
drive.Turnkey furnished. $600,000. Denise Langlois,
Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.
PALMA SOLA: IMMACULATE 3BR/2BA home with
heated pool, open plan, two-car garage, fenced
yard. $299,900. Denise Langlois, Coldwell Banker,
VILLAGE GREEN: NEW air conditioner, tile, carpet,
paint and tile roof. Seven years old, heated pool.
Best buy! $194,900. Denise Langlois, Coldwell
VILLAGE GREEN: HIGHLY desirable villa on lake,
new kitchen with 1,900-sf heated pool. $260,000.
Denise Langlois, Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.
VILLAGE GREEN:VERY nice villa on a quiet street
1,900-sf 2BR/2BA with two-car garage. A must see
! $249,900. Denise Langlois Coldwell Banker, 941-
LOWER TAXES, LOW maintenance fees. Vacation
condos close to the beach starting at $139,900. 1-
2-3-4BR models available. Keller Williams Realty,
OVERLOOKING GOLF COURSE: Minutes from the
beach. Low maintenance fees, includes insurance.
As low as $195,000.2BR/2BA. Karen Pfeiffer, Real-
tor, Keller Williams Realty, 941-747-2170
NEW CONDO REDUCED. $299,900. 2BR/2BA,
den, garage, lake view, minutes to beach.
Screened lanai, walk to restaurants and shopping.
BEACH VILLAS: FURNISHED 1BR/1BA and
2BR/1BA, view of the Skyway, 100 steps to the beach,
$195,000. Financing available. 941-747-3321.
HOLMES BEACH: 3BR/3BA, turnkey furnished.
Large lanai, garage, close to shopping and beach.
Ideal family home or vacation getaway. $575,000.
311 66th St. Call Rich Bohnenberger for showing,
3BR/3BA, UPGRADED HOME with pool and boat
dock. $669,900. 235 85th St., Holmes Beach.Call
Rich Bohnenberger for showing, 941-778-0355.
BELOW MARKET: BEST buys. Townhouse,
2BR/1.5BA, pool and boat dock, $289,000. Island
duplex, block construction, huge garage, A-1 condi-
tion, $489,660. Key Royale canal 3BR/2BA home,
all new interiors, $829,000. Real Estate Mart, 941-
AAH! COOL MOUNTAIN breezes! Murphy, NC.
Affordable land, homes, mountain cabins, on lakes,
mountains and streams. Free brochure, 877-837-
2288. Exit Realty Mountain View Properties. www.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Winter season
is here! Must see the beautiful peaceful western
North Carolina mountains homes, cabins, acreage
and investments. Cherokee Mountain GMAC Real
Estate. Cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call for free
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NORTH CAROLINA: Gated, lakefront community.
Pleasantly mild climate 1.5 acres, 90 miles of shoreline.
Never offered before with 20 percent pre-development
discounts, 90 percent financing. Call 800-709-5253.
35-PLUS ACRES just $29,900. ONLY $177/month!*
Gorgeous southern Colorado ranches. Electric/cable/
phone/Internet available. 300 days peryear of sunshine.
Room for horses, ATVs, off-road fun. Phase II grand
opening sale, Saturday, Feb. 24. Call now for more
information. 866-OWN-LAND, ext. 2141. *Monthly pay-
ment of $176.60 based upon purchase of $29,900 with
10 percent down and the remaining $26,910 financed
via a three-year interest only loan with a fixed rate of
7.875 percent. Rates and terms subject to change
without notice. Offer void where prohibited.
NORRIS LAKE PROPERTIES: Waterfront, #902,77
acres, only $125,000. Lake view, #144, 3.5 acres
only $48,900. Call Lakeside Realty at 888-291-
5253, or visit www.lakesiderealty-tn.com.
GOT NORTH GEORGIA mountain fever? We have
the cure ... we can help you find the perfect place
here. Sales and rentals. Toccoa Wilderness Realty
& Cabin Rental LLC. www.ToccoaWildernessRealty-
andCabinRental.com. 706-632-2606 or 706-435-
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN property closeout
sale! Saturday, February 24! 2-5-acre mountain
estates. Starting at $34,900. Huge views! Moun-
tain creeks! Call now to reserve your appointment!
1,000 ACRES, one hour west of Nashville, TN.
Wooded. Creeks. $1,400 per acre. Possibility
dividing. Rodney, 812-639-3449, or Mike 812-695-
40-MILE MOUNTAIN views: Nine +/- acres,
$116,900. Incredible mountain getaway, private
national forest and trout stream access. Perc, new
survey, near Blacksburg, Va. Call owner direct at
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. Subdivision potential. Excellent financing.
Call now, 800-898-4409, ext. 1115.
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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 financ-
ing. Prime waterfronts available. Call now, 800-704-
3154, ext. 916.
LARGE TROUT STREAM: 17 acres, $199,900.
State-road frontage. A very rare land offering, over
1,200 feet of a large private trout stream. Great low
rate, financing available. Call now, new to market.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
MID-WINTER SALE! Golf homesites just $89,900.
Make no payments until 2008! Pristine wooded
homesites. Spectacular golf community. Mountains
of South Carolina. Limited time offer. Call 866-334-
3253, ext. 1185.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Log cabin shell
on mountain top, view, trees, waterfall and large
public lake nearby, paved private access, gated
community, $139,500. Owner, 866-789-8535.
NEW PRICE! 10-plus acres, $299,000! Upscale,
equestrian, gated community! 200-year-old oaks.
Established, lush pastures. Paved private roads,
underground utilities. Two miles from HITS! Excel-
lent financing! Call 868-352-2249, ext. 1156.
RARE! NATIONAL FOREST frontage and trophy
trout stream. Large acreage, parcels new to market.
WATERFRONT BARGAINS! One- to seven-acre
waterfronts in Alabama from $49,900. Boat to Gulf
of Mexico! Beautifully wooded, panoramic water
views, trophy fishing and hunting. Next to state
parks. County-road frontage, utilities, county water.
Excellent financing. Must see. Call now 800-564-
5092, ext. 527.
160 ACRES: NORTHEAST Alabama. Eight-year-
old planted pines joins Talladega national forest,
road frontage, creek, excellent hunting, lake site.
$475,000.256-239-7808 or 256-239-8001.
PERICO BAY CLUB Florida condo living at its best-waterfront,
security, pools, spa, tennis cts, 2BR & den. Immediate poss.
$399,000. Call Marion Ragni, Realtor (941) 761-1415 eves.
SABALPALM-Turnkeyfurnished 1 BR/1.5BAcondo, Large enclosed
lanai, ground floor unit, heated pool. Close to beaches and stores.
$121,000. Call Susan Klement, Realtor (941) 720-4107 eves.
PINEBROOKCONDO- NorthwestBradenton 2BR/2BAfifthfloorcondo
with view of fairway. $255,000. Please call Michel Cerene, Broker-
Associate (941) 545-9591 eves or Smith Realtors, (941) 778-0777.
5910 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
Terry Hayes, Realtor
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408 S. BAY BLVD., ANNA MARIA ISLAND. 718 89TH I' NW, MAHOGANY BAY NEW! 4BR/
Watch the cruise ships go by! Magnificent views of 3BA custom contemporary Kendar home with soaring 13-
Tampa Bay from this darling beach house with vaulted footdoubletrayceilings,spapoolwithwaterfeature,gourmet
ceilings. gourmet kitchen and two-car garage. kitchen. wood. tile and granite throughout! Gorgeous.
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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.Very private. $769,000
24317TH ST. N, BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
- Runs from Gulf to Bay in the heart of Anna Maria
Island.Darling umkey furnished 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
2716 PALMA SOLA Exquisite full bay views
from every room of this 5,000 sq. ft, custom on
overhalfan acre. Features 5BR,4 cargarage,library,
great room, pool and multilevel terrace. Lots of
space for family and entertaining. $2,999,900
REAL ESTATE LLC
ANNA MARIA CONTEMPORARY
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
Bamboo flooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE
3BR/2.5BA townhouse. New tile and carpet. Freshly painted. Two-
car garage, storage area could be office, pool. $499,900.
BAY PALMS WATERFRONT HOME
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay
and Intracoastal Waterway. $619,000.
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.
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.
PERIWINKLE COTTAGE 2BR, Close to Beach. $649,900.
ANNA MARIA NEAR BEACH House and cottage. $848,000.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO 1BR/1 BA Water view. $349,000.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulfview. $799,900.
FLAMINGO CAYWATERFRONT 3BR/2BA, pool. $859,000.
WATERS EDGE CONDO 2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront. $959,900.
GULF PLACE CONDOS Turnkey furnished. From $869,900.
KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT POOL HOME. $1,695,000.
SARASOTA BAYFRONT PARADISE 3BR/2.5BA, $1,124,900.
RIVERVIEWBOULEVARD CAPE COD 3BR/2BA. $529,900.
SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA turnkey from $175,000.
TRADEWINDS RESORTVILLA- 1BR/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 $529,900.
GULF PLACE CONDO 3BR/2BA direct Gulfview. $995,000.
ANNUAL and SEASONAL
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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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