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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 15, No. 16 Feb. 21, 2007 FREE
By Lisa Neff
Fire and smoke caused about $50,000 in damages
to a condominium at Westbay Point & Moorings in
Holmes Beach Feb. 15.
No injuries were reported, according to Capt. Tom
Sousa, of the West Manatee Fire Rescue District.
Four occupants, as well as a cat, in the ground-
floor residence at 6200 Flotilla Drive escaped safely,
as did the occupants of the five other condominiums
in the building.
The fire began shortly after 6 p.m. in the bedroom
of condo unit 242, owned by Jane B. Smith. Sousa said
the cause of the fire remained under investigation by
WMFR officials and the state fire marshal's office.
Smith, her son Chris Murray and two children,
Jacob and Taylor Beal, were in the home when the
PLEASE SEE FIRE, NEXT PAGE
won't halt county
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County plans to proceed with its own
beach renourishment effort this fall, said Manatee
County Conservation Lands Management Director
Charlie Hunsicker, despite the fact that the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers has backed out of funding the
dredging portion of the project.
Instead, the county will use part of its tourism tax
revenues to finance the dredging and placement of sand.
In addition, the county will work with the West Coast
Inland Navigation District on the project.
Hunsicker said the current plan is to obtain the
200,000 cubic yards needed from dredging of Long-
boat Pass. Material that will be dredged by WCIND
around Jewfish Key is unacceptable for Island beaches,
The upcoming project will only include Coquina
Beach and Cortez Beach, he said. A full Island renour-
ishment project isn't scheduled to begin until 2009 or
At the same time as the dredging project is in
the design phase, Hunsicker will be preparing a plan
to repair the three erosion-control groins at Cortez
He's been given the go-ahead by the Manatee
County Commission to re-design the northernmost
groin to be rebuilt as a recreational pier similar to the
one at the Manatee Public Beach. The remaining two
groins will be rebuilt, but without any top walkway.
Those two structures will remain off-limits to the
While there are no cost estimates yet for either the
renourishment effort or the groins, Hunsicker was con-
fident the project could start this November after the
close of turtle nesting season.
The all-Island renourishment project scheduled to
begin in 2009 or later will be financed by the county
bed tax revenues, as well as some state and federal
funds. The project would be managed almost entirely
by Manatee County.
to enter a
unit at West-
bay Point &
Feb. 15, pic-
tured at left.
Condominium owner Jane B. Smith looks for personal belongings to rescue from her bedroom the day after the
fire. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Bennett to hold meeting on taxes Tuesday
By Rick Catlin
Islanders stung by the recent surge of hefty increases
in their property taxes will want to mark Tuesday, Feb.
27, on their calendar.
That's the day state Sen. Mike Bennett will hold a
town hall meeting on property tax reform at the Mana-
tee County Commission Chambers from 2 to 4 p.m.
Bennett said the meeting will be to discuss all aspects
of property tax reform in Florida. Bennett will take the
input received at the meeting with him when he discusses
the taxation issue with the special legislative committee
on taxation recently formed by Gov. Charlie Crist.
Other members of the Manatee-Sarasota legislative
delegation, including state Rep. Bill Galvano, have been
invited to attend, as has state Sen. Mike Haridopolos,
the chairman of the Senate's finance and tax commit-
tee. Manatee County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann,
who represents the Island and Cortez, along with at-large
Commissioner Carol Whitmore, also plan to attend.
Don Schroder of the grassroots Citizens Against
Runaway Taxation organization based on the Island
said he and other CART representatives plan to attend
"We'll also be meeting with the delegation at a
luncheon earlier that day to discuss the taxation issue
as it affects the Island and we hope to meet individually
with legislators, in addition to the town hall meeting,"
CART is also looking to meet with the governor's
committee to present its views and research on taxa-
tion as it affects Florida barrier islands and Anna Maria
Island in particular, he added.
The Feb. 27 meeting is open to the public. The com-
mission chambers are located in the county building at
1112 Manatee Ave W. in Bradenton on the ground floor.
2 E FEB. 21, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
Fire causes $50,000 in damage
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
smoke alarm went off.
"I have no idea what happened," said Smith, who
has lived in the condo for about six years. "I don't
smoke. I haven't a clue what would have caused it."
Smith said she was preparing to go to a movie the-
ater. "I went to the bedroom to get some clothing. All
of a sudden the fire alarm started going off. The bed
was on fire. The carpet was on fire."
Smith said her first reaction was to pour water
on the fire, which didn't extinguish the flames. She
called 911 and reported "heavy smoke and fire." The
dispatcher, Smith said, told her, "Get out."
Taylor Beal, 11, was watching television in the con-
dominium when the alarm sounded. "We all just ran,"
she said. "We all ran really fast."
In the condominium directly upstairs, Gloria and
Arthur Doudera smelled and saw the smoke.
"We were getting ready to have supper," said Arthur
Doudera. "And then, good God, there was smoke,
smoke and smoke."
They too evacuated and through much of the chilly
night stood outside the building watching firefighters
"They don't want us to go back in and look around,"
Doudera said, after the flames had been extinguished.
He was thinking about the dinner a pot of stew left
on the stove. But the building was not yet completely
Firefighters listen to a dispatch at the scene of afire
checked by firefighters.
Another neighbor said she smelled smoke, then
heard an alarm.
"I was petrified," she said, then added "for a
moment." She said she grabbed her purse and told her
husband to hurry and grab his wallet, and they quickly
evacuated their unit adjacent to Smith's.
Not far from Westbay at the time the fire began,
WMFR commissioners were holding their monthly
board meeting with department officials at Station No.
1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The commissioners had just listened to a presen-
tation from Battalion Chief Barry Brooks, firefighter
Carlo Valente andAnna Maria architect Gene Aubry on
a proposed memorial to the firefighters who responded
to the call in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. (See
separate story this week)
The commission meeting quickly ended after
the call came into Station No. 1 that a structure fire
was reported at Westbay. Brooks, Valente and Chief
Andy Price rushed out and soon after commissioners
adjourned the meeting.
Smith called 911 at 6:10 p.m., according to Sousa.
He said the first engine arrived to Westbay at 6:11 p.m.,
followed quickly by additional firefighters, Holmes
Beach Police Department officers, Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputies and Manatee County medi-
WMFR received assistance from Cedar Hammock
Fire Rescue at the scene and Longboat Key firefighters
provided backup at Station No. 1.
Twenty-two firefighters helped extinguish the fire,
which was out by 6:27 p.m., said Sousa.
Bystanders and emergency personnel remained at
the scene long after.
Neighbors, realizing that most damage had been
contained to the single residence, said they were thank-
ful for the concrete barriers separating the three upstairs
and two additional downstairs units.
Smith's son, Chris Murray, watched the scene from
a grassy area across the parking lot from the smoking
building, leaning on an American flag pole. He had
been inside when the fire started and said they had just
ordered pizza delivery.
Murray, like his mother, said he had no idea how
the fire started. "We weren't even cooking," he said.
Firefighters are on the scene ofa condominium fire
in Holmes Beach Feb. 15. Twenty-two firefighters
responded to the emergency. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
"We're gonna need help," Murray added. "My mom
and I, and I have two kids. We're gonna need help."
Neighbors did help neighbors, offering shelter in
cars and condominiums, serving coffee at the clubhouse
at nearby Shell Point, sharing coats, caps, even shoes
for the night.
"Everyone's so helpful," Smith said. "I'm thank-
By the end of the night, Smith and her family had
a place to stay overnight at the complex with Christine
Porter and the other occupants of the building were
allowed to return to their homes.
The morning after the fire, a crew from Westbay
worked at 6200 Flotilla Drive, repairing landscape dam-
aged by water, equipment and foot-traffic and securing
the building, which management said remained struc-
Two women, who on a typical morning would have
cleaned unit 242, stood outside, looking at the charred
exterior and piled clothing and debris on the porch.
The work, they agreed, involved far more than a house-
Later, Smith and her family, who found an apart-
ment to rent temporarily in Bradenton Beach, returned
to the condominium to look for personal possessions to
rescue and begin making arrangements for restoration.
r FOOD ON THE GUIF COAST"
THE ISLANDER S BEB. 21, 2007 U 8
Holmes Beach looks to add 'linear parks'
By Lisa Neff
They follow a winding path
Toting groceries, lugging beach chairs or swing-
ing their arms to the tune playing in their headphones,
walkers take to the short meandering sidewalk behind
the AmSouth/Regents Bank in Holmes Beach
To first-time visitors, the path may seem like noth-
ing more than a path. To frequent walkers in the area,
the path offers security and convenience.
'It's handy said Holmes Beach resident Melissa
Saben. Ifit had been here allthe time. I'm sure we'd take
itfor granted. But new it's areal convenience. Certainly
safer than walking to the beach on Manatee Avenue."
At Holmes Beach City Hall. the path represents
the current approach to promoting a pedestrian-friendly
The builders of the newbankon Manatee Avenue.
which is scheduled for a 'soft opening" Feb. 26 and a
grand opening in late March or early April built the
path at city hall's request
'We made the decision to provide more and mature
landscaping inard around the pathway so it will look like
it had beenin place for years." said Kimberly Hopper the
bank's Bradenton and Sarasota city president. 'We felt
this vwuld help the neighbors accept the new develop-
ment since we are so close to the condos."
The landscaping features native plants, includ-
ing sea grapes and cabbage palms 'to help provide a
more natural experience along the path." Hopper said.
'Gumbo limbo trees and viburnum hedge bushes were
added closer to the pavement to soften the transitions
between the two areas."
'It turned out beautifully said Mayor Rich Boh-
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Island Community Center board chair-
manTom Breiter wants the Islandcommunityto knowthat
donations to the Center go to fund the numerous programs
and services operated by the Center. notfor expenses.
Breiter told the Center board of directors atits Feb. 7
meeting that he had recently spoken with private donor
to the Center who indicated that many more people might
be willing to donate if they knew their money would be
spent for the cause. not used for operating expenses.
Breiter agreed. noting that many people don't realize
how much the Center does for the Island community.
'We need to get the word out that 85 percent of our
donations go to fund and operate our programs and ser-
vices, "That's major selling pointto potential donors.
and one the Center should emphasize when seeking
donations from private sources, he said.
The Center currently hs programs at rne differentloca-
tions, irnludingAnraMania Elementay Scool. King Middle
School. Sts. Peter &PalCatholic Church the Holmes Beach
Public Wrks building. St. Berard Catholic Church Roser
Memorial ComunityChurch GloriaDei LutheranChurch
and the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation
In the elementary-school program, the Center has 249
registered participants. There are 263 young people regis-
tered in the Center's youth sports programs far basketball,
flag football, cheerleading and Little League baseball. The
Center's teen program has 137 registered participants.
The Family Foundation program has 41 intherapy
and 79 in the educational life skills program, while the
adult program has 594 adults and seniors registered for
88 cultural, artistic and health-related classes.
Replacement of a police car totaled in the pursuit
and subsequent arrest of a man accused of armed rob-
bery onClristmas day has been approved by Bradenton
Beach city commissioners.
John Francis Butler, 45 ofBradenton was charged
with multiple charges in connection with an attempted
armed robbery of the CV S Pharmacyin Holmes Beach
As he attempted to elude police after carjacking a vehi-
cle, officers withHolmes Beach BradentonBeachand
Manatee County Sheriff's Office chased him off the
An east-west landscaped path runs to the south of the AmSouthzRegents bank under construction m Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
nenberger. 'I'm really thankful to the bank. They did
what we asked them to do. They made it really nice."
The path provides a connection between Sixth
Avenue behind CVS Pharmacy and Gulf Drive at
Skinny's Place. taking pedestrians out of area parking
lots and off the side of Manatee Avenue.
The mayor wants to see more suchspaces in Holmes
Beach Inmajorcities, suchareas mightbe called 'green
spaces."For a resort community suchas Holmes Beach,
where so muchgreeneryexists year 'round, cityofficials
are calling such spaces 'linear parks."
'We have quite a few platted streets that will never
be used as streets," Bohnenberger said referring to the
city map. 'When lots were laid out certain areas were
designated streets and they are still on the map. But
they'll never be used as such"
Ina meeting with the city parks and beautification
committee inDecember2006 the mayor asked members
to study the matter and male some recommendations.
'If we want to make the city more pedestrian
friendly we need to look at some of these locations."
Bohnenberger said. 'Itis not justto make the citylook
pretty but to haw a useful function in my mind."
These areas, the mayor said. mightbe used to create
"A city can't do enough to add green spaces."
Holmes Beach resident Winston Owens said as he
shopped last week for plants at Everything Under the
Sun, 5704 Maria Drive, Holmes Beach. 'The ques-
tionis, can we preserve and create spaces at a rate fast
enough to offset what others destroy?"
Anna Maria City
Feb. 22. 7 p.m., city commission meeting at Holmes
Beach City Hall.
Feb. 28. 4 p.m., special city commission meeting at
Island Baptist Church second floor.
Anna Maria City Hall is temporarily housed in the
annex building at Island Baptst Church, 8605 Gulf
Drive. Anna Maria, 708-6130 wwwmityofan-
Feb. 21. 5 p.m., town hall meeting on parking.
Feb. 22. 1 p.m., city commission work meeting.
March 1, 7 p.m.. city commission meeting.
Brad&nton Beach CityHall. 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Feb. 22. 9 a.m., board of adjustment.
Feb. 26. 2 p.m., three-cities meeting on Manatee
Feb. 27. 7 p.m.. city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Feb. 21, 7 p.m.. Coalition of Barrier Islands Elected
Officials meeting Holmes Beach City Hall CAN-
Feb. 24. 2-4 p.m.. town hall meeting on property tax
reform sponsored by state Sen. Mile Bennett Mana-
tee County Commission chambers. 1112 Manatee
Feb. 26. 9:30 a.m.. Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, Sudahoff Hall New
College-USF campus, Sarasota.
The dream of a newand enlarged Anna Maria Island
Community Center that began more thansix years ago
should become a reality this summer, project manager
Frank Modzeleski told the board.
Modzeleski said that the building is 'about 45
percent complete" and he anticipates completion this
summer. The good news is that he's under budget for
the project meaning there should be more funds for
furnishings and equipment.
The board had dropped some of the extrass" from
the new facility when the cost soared from an estimated
$2.5 millionto nearly $4.5 millions constructioncosts
and oil prices skyrocketed the past two years.
'We are on schedule." Modzeleski told the board
confidently and the structure is being built to withstand
140-mph winds. While it's not designated as a hur-
ricane shelter, the new Center which will have its
own generators will be available as an 'after-use"
facility in the evnt of an Islandwide emergency.
But the Center still needs to raise another $1 mil-
lion to meet the final cost of the new facility.
Fundraising efforts for that money have already
begun said executive director Pierrette Kelly. noting that
the final push will 'be a challere." Efforts will include
change cans at Island businesses, a mailing effort asking
for direct donations, looking for private funding sources
and a continuing search for available grants.
On Feb. 13, the Manatee County Commission
approved a resolution offering a $100.000 reimburse-
ment to the Center, which leaves only about $900.000
Anyone interested in making a donation to the
Center can call Kelly at 778- 1908.
Island. During the pursuit a Bradenton Beach vehicle
driven by Officer Roy Joselin was totaled.
Police Lt John Cosby said the car will be replaced
with a Frd Explorer at a costof $22.400 from Clint Bran-
nenMotor Co. of Unadilla. Ga Insurace will pay $7, 121
of the total: the remainder will come from city funds.
Cosby said a lien for collection of the cost of the
associated damages has been filed against the accused
in the arrest and the city could recoup its charges for
the new vehicle.
Center donations go for
good works, not expenses
Police car replacement OK'd
4 0 FEB. 21, 2007 T THE ISLANDER
Insurance industry reacts, Auto-Owners halts new business
By Molly McCartney
A new firestorm has erupted in the war between the
insurance industry and state leadership.
The latest episode was triggered by last week's
announcement that J. Robert Hunter, insurance director
for the Consumer Federation of America, hasbeenretained
to help the state figure out the percentage of savings that
policyholders should get from the new insurance law.
State officials describe Hunter as a talented con-
sumer expert who will help them continue their pro-
consumer approach to insurance regulation.
Insurance leaders say Hunter is a "crusader" who
will try to further weaken their industry. News of Hunt-
er's appointment set off a "bonfire inferno reaction"
among the state's insurance agents.
This clash comes as the Florida Insurance Council,
the state's largest insurance lobby, went to court to try
to overturn the state's rate freeze.
An insurance lobby spokesman said the freeze,
imposed Jan. 30 by the Florida Cabinet, "disrupts
-insurer operations and creates
S unnecessary havoc and confu-
sion for insurers and policyhold-
ers." The lobby group has asked
the First District Court of Appeal
in Tallahassee for an immediate
stay order for the freeze.
Gov. Charlie Crist told reporters
in Tallahassee he wasn't surprised
J. Robert Hunter by the lobby's court challenge.
"I would expect them to try to come in every door,
every opening, every opportunity to do everything that
they possibly can to advantage their bottom line and not
the customer's best interest," the governor said.
The governor's remarks are in keeping with his
aggressive effort to push through consumer-friendly
insurance regulation during the special session that met
in January. But the Crist approach which continues
to be carried out by the Office of Insurance Regulation
and the Florida Cabinet is a reversal of the pro-
industry attitudes that prevailed under former Gov. Jeb
Bush and the Florida Legislatures of the recent past.
In this new pro-consumer environment that has
dominated the Tallahassee scene since Crist took
office in early January, the insurance industry has had
an unusually hard time making its case.
And now, some insurance companies are starting
to fight back.
In a detailed e-mail message sent earlier this month
to its agents, Auto-Owners Insurance Group announced
that two of its three companies would halt new business
in Florida because of the legislation passed during the
special session in January.
Neither Auto-Owners Insurance Company or
Owners Insurance Company will accept any new
business, effectively immediately, the e-mail said. The
group's third company, doing business as Southern-
Owners Insurance Company, will accept new business
"subject to its underwriting rules, guidelines and cur-
rent restrictions, particularly as it relates to property
The senior officers of the Auto-Owners group said
they "must exercise our best judgment in protecting the
financial security for all Auto-Owners insured, agents
and associates in our operating states."
Scouting the news
Tiger Cub Scouts from
Pack 7 on Anna Maria
Island visited The
Feb. 6 to learn how
a newspaper is put
togetherfor a merit
badge in communica-
tions. Reporter Rick
Catlin showed the
scouts how stories are
written, and format-
ted on a computer
for publication. The
pack is headed by Jim
Bertrand and meets at "
the Episcopal Church -.
of the Annunciation on
Gulf Drive in Holmes
Photo: Bonner Joy. .
The e-mail said that the Auto-Owners group was
"disappointed and very concerned with the new law that
was passed in the Special Session, and signed by the
governor, as well as Emergency Rule 07-01 (the rate
Holmes Beach insurance
agent Mark Mixon, of Jim Mixon
Insurance Inc., described the
Auto-Owners decision as part
of the ongoing power struggle in
the Florida insurance market.
"The state pushes the industry
with the new legislation and the
industry pushes back against the
Mark Mixon state," he said.
One immediate impact on Mixon is his advertising.
In the past, he has been a partner with Auto-Owners
Insurance in his print advertisements in The Islander
and other publications. Since Auto-Owners is no longer
accepting new business, the company has also with-
drawn its co-op advertising program.
A Tallahassee insurance executive described Auto-
Owners as a "fine company ... that wants to stay here
but under the current circumstances they are finding it
more and more difficult to do business here."
Hunter started here Valentine's Day
Hunter, who arrived in Tallahassee on Valentine's
Day to begin his new job, is a member of the American
Academy of Actuaries and served as a federal insurance
administrator under Presidents Ford and Carter and as
Texas Insurance Commissioner in the early 1990s.
A resident of Arlington, Va., Hunter is being paid
$55,000 to help Florida calculate property insurance
rate reductions that should be possible for insurers
buying state reinsurance that is cheaper than the rein-
surance on the private market.
Deadline for Hunter's report is March 15.
Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said he
is pleased to recruit someone of Hunter's stature. "The
body of work Bob has put together over the years is
legendary," McCarty said. "He is truly one of the great
minds on issues surrounding the insurance industry, and
I am grateful we were able to attract him to Florida to
take on this very important project."
But the insurance industry has another opinion on
"The reaction out there is just disbelief," said Jeff
Grady, president of the Florida Association of Indepen-
dentAgents, a professional group that represents nearly
1,500 independent agents.
Grady said he has received "volumes of calls" from
agents about the Hunter announcement. A typical reac-
tion, he said, was "This can't be real." And, "You have
to be kidding."
The feeling among agents, according to Grady, is
that the state's approach "is not balanced." He described
Hunter as a "guy whose occupation is to crusade against
the insurance industry... hiring him for this job is like
putting the president of State Farm in that position."
Grady also questioned the need for the state to
retain anyone to help interpret savings from the new
law. "There has never been a team of experts swoop
into town and been paid $55,000 for doing something
that the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) routinely
has shown that it has the capability to do," he said.
Commissioner McCarty said OIR needs Hunter to
help "accurately price the rate reductions."
OIR has retained Paul Walther, a reinsurance spe-
cialist and consultant, to work with Hunter on this
project. The state contract provides for a fee of up to
$100,000 for Walther, who is based in Lake Mary in
Hunter told The Islander in a telephone interview
that his assignment is to do an actuarial analysis of the
difference between what insurers now pay for reinsur-
ance and what they will pay when they buy it from the
Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, commonly known
as the Cat Fund.
He said his analysis will consist of a sample of the
250 property insurance companies operating in Florida.
The result of the sampling will be the percentage
reduction that the new legislation should yield. Once
that number is established, each residential property
insurer will have to file new reduced rates for policies
written or renewed on or after June 1.
Hunter said that he has reviewed Florida's current
property insurance rates and found them to be "grossly
excessive." He predicted that there will be "significant
savings" for policyholders once the changes required
by the law are in place.
"No other state has done anything like this on prop-
erty insurance," Hunter said.
He also said that the private reinsurance companies
"are very upset that other states are starting to look at
Florida's new law."
Pay premiums on time
Mixon has an important message for all policy-
holders as the insurance crisis continues for many
"Pay your premium on time," he said.
Failing to get your money to the insurance com-
pany when it is due can result in loss of coverage and
the need to find a new insurer and possibly pay even
higher rates, he said.
If the policy is due on the first of the month, it is
essential to make the payment or get it postmarked on
or before the first, he said.
"Otherwise you can cry, you can call the governor,
you can do whatever you want, and it will do no good,
because the company has the grounds to drop you when
you are late," he said.
And in a time when companies are seeking ways
to reduce their exposure by eliminating policyholders,
especially those in high-risk areas like Anna Maria
Island, you can best protect yourself by paying premi-
ums when they are due, he said.
"It is a mistake to wait," he said.
Publix operations, impact
on Island topic of Kiwanis
A Publix Super Market spokesperson will
explain the Holmes Beach store's operations and
its impact on Anna Maria Island when the Island
Kiwanis Club meets for breakfast at 8 a.m. Satur-
day, Feb. 24.
A club meeting and program at 8:30 a.m. will
be part of the breakfast at the Cafe on the Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Additional infor-
mation is available at 778-7646.
Island's Artists Guild
has busy schedule organized
Cheryl Jorgensen will give a watercolor demon-
stration from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the
gallery of the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5413
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, first of a busy schedule
of events over two weeks.
Featured artist Joan Stephens will host a reception
in the gallery from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 2.
A yard sale by the guild members will be from
9 a.m. until noon Saturday, March 3, at 521 75th St.,
The general meeting of the guild will be at 2 p.m.
Monday, March 5, at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Hours at the Guild Gallery in the Island Shopping
Center are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Details may be
obtained by calling 778-6694.
THE ISLANDER M FEB. 21, 2007 5 5
Fire district plans Island memorial to Sept. 11
By Lisa Neff
West Manatee Fire Rescue district commissioners
last week endorsed an effort to memorialize the fallen
firefighters of Sept. 11, 2001.
The board, meeting Feb. 15 at Station No. 1 in
Holmes Beach, did not vote on a memorial. Rather,
they stated their support for the project.
"It seems simple and dignified," said commissioner
The board heard details on the project from Anna
Maria architect Gene Aubry, WMFR Battalion Chief
Barry Brooks and firefighter Carlo Valente.
"I think it would be good for the department,"
Valente said. "We're all brothers."
Brooks said the memorial is "near and dear to a lot
"My dream," he said, "is for this thing to be here a long
time after I'm gone. I'm hoping we can make it work."
Initially, Brooks said, firefighters had discussed cre-
ating a mural to serve as a memorial. The concept now
involves building a tribute to the World Trade Center.
"It's come a long way from the wall theory," Brooks
said. "We have an idea of putting up a smaller version
of the Twin Towers."
Aubry is helping with the project, including cre-
ating the sketch shown last week at the commission
Addressing the commission, the architect stressed
the need to keep the memorial simple, appropriate for
the site and representative of the Twin Towers.
"We need to do it right," he said, adding that he
envisions concrete shafts, tapered, lighted, with mini-
mal landscaping and four granite plaques. Three plaques
would contain the names of the firefighters who died
at Ground Zero. The fourth plaque would explain the
Aubry told the board about his visit to Ground Zero
meeting of the
S are involved
a Sept. 11
a sketch on
for the fire
about a month after the attack. "Dead silence," he said,
recalling the solemn experience.
"I'll never forget," Brooks said of Sept. 11.
Brooks and Valente told commissioners the funding
for the memorial can be raised with donations. "A lot
of people are wanting to help out," Brooks said.
Valente said, "It's unbelievable how the community
wants to come together on this."
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Give me sand...
Apologies to Cole Porter, but the news that tourist
tax dollars will fund much-needed sand to nourish our
southernmost shore makes us want to sing:
Oh, give me sand, lots of sand under starry skies
Don't fence me in.
Let me stroll the wide-open beaches that I love,
Don't fence me in.
Let me be by myself in the evenin'breeze,
And listen to the murmur of the native trees,
Send me offforever but I ask you please,
Don't fence me in.
The Manatee County Commission last week ten-
tatively approved the dredging of Longboat Pass later
this year, with much of the sand from the project to
go toward renourishing the badly eroded beaches of
Bradenton Beach north from the pass to include Cortez
Also in the works is refurbishmentof the erosion-
control structures three groins that jut into the
Gulf of Mexico at Cortez Beach, with one destined to
become a walkable, fishable pier similar to what Mana-
tee Public Beach patrons enjoyed before that pier was
damaged by a storm.
Tourist development tax AKA bed tax -dollars
are earmarked for the work of bringing an estimated
200,000 cubic yards of sand ashore.
The whole beach sand issue is reminiscent of
the old shell-and-pea game which shell hides the
First the funds were to come from a special
Congressional appropriation to restore beaches in
Florida ravaged by the 2005 hurricanes. For Anna
Maria Island, the renourishment was mostly a flop,
especially when the project was halted on its way
south through Bradenton Beach in the 2000 block of
Gulf Drive North.
The U.S. Army Corps stepped up to do the work
on the southern tip of the Island, compliments of the
navigational channel dredging of Longboat Pass, until
that funding suddenly dried up.
So nowit's back to the locals local county, that
is to foot the bill.
Bing Crosby sang the version we love to hear of
"Don't Fence Me In," but we just had to dinkk" with it
a bit. More apologies, of course.
I want to ride to the beach where the shore com-
And gaze at the moon till I lose my senses
And I can't look at parking meters and I can't stand
Don't fence me in.
No, Manatee County, don't lose sight of our
sand. Federal dollars vs. tourist dollars. Who cares
as long as we get some sand?
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STOP it with the trees
This letter was presented to the workshop con-
ducted at Bradenton Beach May 17, 2006. It is a sign
of the arroganceof the committee that they have failed
to acknowledge objections to their plan. Forty-year-old
trees have been sacrificed in the name of progress, the
construction of a blacktop macadam pathway. There is
little consideration for the environment, the wildlifeor
the aesthetics of the landscape.
We at STOP (Stop Taking Our Trees) applaud the
endeavor to improve the landscaping and public safety of
Gulf Drive between Cortez Road and Fourth Street South.
However, we strongly object to any plan that includes
the removal of Australian pines, such as those located
between the BeachHouse Restaurant and Bridge Street
Beautification should enhance the existing char-
acter of the area, not tear it down and rebuild to a new
21st century utilitarian formula.
There are those who concern themselves with the
damage that 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 hurricane to spread debris, such as utility poles,
palm and oak tree limbs, roofs of buildings, etc. Very
little, either manmade or of nature, is hurricane proof.
The National Academy of Sciences publishes a
book called Casuarinas (botanical name forAustralian
pine). In that book the academy recommend s these trees
for sand dune stabilization, erosion control and to act
as windbreaks. These condition s exist in this section of
Gulf Drive and hence the suitability of the trees.
In addition, we know that they provide shade, habi-
tat for larger birds, and contribute to a tree canopy,
which helps alleviate energy co sts.
Let's work with what we have and build upon the
beauty of the Island for the continued enjoyment of this
and future generations.
John Molyneux, Holmes Beach
Stay out of our home
How many people involved with the removal of the
beautiful pinetrees 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 Islanders feel.
We bought here on the Island because of its ambi-
ance and character. Our beautiful beaches shaded by
50-year-old trees are being taken away from us without
even a vote.
Who cares about where they came from? Someone
smatter than the people taking them down brought them in
fora reason. They block thewind, they provide much-needed
shade, and provide homes forbids and animals alike.
Stop destroying our property and our assets. Fifty-
year-old trees cannot be replaced, but you can. I want
to know who is making the decisions for the removal;
raise your hand so we can all see you. Stop hiding in
dark corners and changing our Island. We will stay out
of your home, stay out of ours.
Carol Codella, Anna Maria
This is 'Old Florida?
I just read an article in a daily newspaper head-
lined "Builder Revives 'Old Florida,'" looked at the
picture and thought, Why does it revive old Florida?
It's duplexes turned condos with a swimming pool and
decks. I don't think that makes it old Florida.
Just because you remodel and put some spiky,
pointy, wood poles on the roofs doesn't make it look old
Florida style to me. It looks like everything else they
are remodeling and building on the Island nowadays.
You drive on the Island and you see the same thing
everywhere, the same look. Sony, tired of looking at spiky
poles on building tops and calling it "old Florida" or "Key
West style." Also, saying affordable to Florida residents at
$500,000 to $1 million is not addressing middle incomes.
Just my opinion, we have all the spiky, pointed
building tops I want to see and it doesn't give the places
a different or old-style look.
Leda Peterson, Cortez
THE ISLANDER U FEB. 21, 2007 1 7
it's a loney!
By former Holmes Beach City
Commissioner Don Maloney
You cant squeeze a Whopper
Wife Sarah can testify that, up to yesterday, I
ignored my 2007 new year resolution to go on a diet
(just as I did in every former year, even the ones that
didn't begin with a "2"). But that's all changed now.
For once, I'm doing as resolved for real, and I'll tell
The decision came at a recent visit to Burger King
over on Manatee Avenue, while hoping that Pat "Miss
Duffy" Geyer wouldn't see me there. I was quite com-
fortable sitting there un-boxing my Whopper with
cheese. (Actually, I was un-boxing two Whoppers
because a coupon I had gave me a second one for free
(and Geyer never did that). Anyway, there I was with
my pair of Whoppers, a thick shake, and a single large
order of french fries. There were no coupons for those
Why I looked up at the wall just then, I'll never
know. But up there was a poster that showed how to use
the Heimlich maneuver-you know, how to get behind
somebody who's choking, wrap your arms around him
or her, then give a hefty squeeze designed to pop out
whatever was doing the choking.
My first thought was to hope that anybody ever
getting squeezed like that wasn't facing me up close.
But then, as I studied the poster's directions, I really
began to tremble.
That's because, as I looked around, I saw that
there wasn't a single soul in Burger King that day
with arms long enough to reach all around me from
the back so that they could grasp both their hands in
my front to do that popping-out thing. There weren't
even two people there who could join hands together
to do the job.
Coupon or not, I didn't enjoy the meal. Oh, I finally
made it by sucking up the thick shake through a straw,
which helped clear both my sinuses and the wax in my
ears. But, enjoy the Whoppers and fries? No way!
I mean I chewed everything so fine that it would
make Gerber's baby food look like ajar of Chinese
egg rolls. By the time I was through chewing, every-
thing was easier to swallow than the thick shake.
The biggest lumps I had to get down during that
meal were the grains of salt on my french fries. I
even picked the sesame seeds off the Whopper rolls
rather than chance a choke. Fast food was not so fast
Anyway, I managed that meal without incident.
And it led to my promise to once more, finally, obey
the diet resolution. I had, I decided, to cut my girth
down to Heimlich possibilities. Nobody, your mother
or best friend, would Heimlich you from the front.
Also, I decided no more buffet-style or all-you-
can-eat restaurants for me. Most customers in those
places, even if they have extra-long arms, have girth
problems of their own that would keep them from get-
ting close enough to squeeze even terminally anorexic
Plus, I promised I'm never again going to those
drive-in restaurants passing food out through win-
dows. Think of it while sitting and eating in my
car, King Kong himself is without arms long enough to
squeeze me and my front bucket seat if I choke while
Oh, for days after that poster sighting, the biggest
lumps I chanced were the ones in my instant oatmeal.
But soon, like so many times before, fear and fast gave
away once more to gluttony. Little by little, I chanced
and mouthed larger chunks. I even went from plain
vanilla ice cream to butter pecan with all those nuts.
And my splits once more had whole bananas. I'm also
back to pizza (without anchovies), and to Wife Sarah's
Chicken a la Maria, even when she uses chicken breasts
But I refuse to sit anywhere that I might see that
damn poster. Or, for that matter, where anyone has short
arms. I now eat exactly like my pre-poster days, and
- unfortunately it shows.
That's why I said in the beginning of all this, that
I'm really going on a diet for real this time. I just
haven't decided when to start.
In the Feb. 19,1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
The owners of the Five O' Clock Marina on Pine
Avenue in Anna Maria filed a lawsuit against the city
over its alleged failure to deliver public records to
the marina in a "timely" fashion. Marina attorneys
claimed the records were only delivered after the law-
suit was filed.
Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard ordered
the city to install stop signs on its humpback bridges,
despite a warning from Manatee County traffic opera-
tions superintendent Dave Davis that the signs would
not make the bridge safe for pedestrians.
County officials said they were negotiating a con-
tract to repair the erosion groin at the Manatee County
Public Beach in Holmes Beach, which had been closed
for more than a year after Hurricane Opal damaged the
structure. The county planned to remodel the groin for
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By Lisa Neff
A draft ordinance that would allow city officials
to spend money honoring city employees, community
groups and civic leaders is in circulation at Holmes
Beach City Hall.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said such an ordinance
was discussed about a year ago and likely will be taken
up at a city commission meeting.
City officials decided to revisit the idea as they pre-
pared for recent events honoring employees, including
one at which plaques were presented for more than 20
years of service.
"We decided to dust it off," Bohnenberger said.
"It's something we've been working on," said
Sandy Haas-Martens, who chairs the city commission.
"We've been talking about this."
The ordinance would allow spending money for
"incentives, awards and recruitment." The draft measure
reads, in part, that city commissioners want to enhance
"within the city of Holmes Beach government the pro-
ductivity and efficiency of the working environment, and
within the community a better understanding of city pro-
grams and services and engendering a spirit of cooperation
and goodwill amongst both employees and citizens."
The ordinance would allow the city to spend money
to recognize and award:
City employees whose performance exceeds stan-
dards for their positions.
Community service groups for outstanding con-
Individuals for their service to the city and com-
The money, as outlined in the draft document, would
help pay for non-alcoholic refreshments at city-sponsored
functions, miscellaneous expenses in connection with spe-
cial meetings or ceremonies, meals in recruitment pro-
ceedings, reimbursement for travel and moving expenses
in some recruitment efforts, certificates and plaques
acknowledging services to the city and "token" prizes.
Haas-Martens cited recent situations in which city
officials had to use personal finances to present honors
or host visitors at city hall. When, for example, Holmes
Beach hosted representatives from other cities or the
state, current policy didn't allow for the city to even
pay for coffee and water.
"There's no real mechanism in place," Haas-Mar-
tens said. "But we're more professional than that. This
is in the normal process of doing business."
BacKup in a box
Hurricane season begins in 100 days. Are you prepared? Holmes Beach will enter the season with some
assurance that "stop and go" traffic signals will work if there's a power outage. In recent months, green boxes
- fashioned to resemble Florida homes with hurricane-proof roofs have been installed at signal stops such
as the one at Marina and Gulf drives. The boxes contain backup electricity for the signals, said Holmes Beach
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
All that jazz coming to Island
By Rick Catlin
Islanders and visitors alike should get ready for an
infusion of jazz music at Island restaurants and enter-
tainment establishments the next few months.
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau is inaugurating a "Jazzy" experience for the
Island culminating in a "Jazz on the Islands" celebra-
tion in August.
Susan Estler of the CVB said the "Jazz on the
Islands" program is being done in promotion with
www.JazzRadio.net, a Berlin-based jazz radio station.
The German radio station has already begun the Euro-
pean promotion of the Island as the place for jazz music
this August, while the CVB efforts in North America
will start in late winter.
The CVB is asking Island establishments that uti-
lize live entertainment to book jazz musicians during
August to create a "jazzy" environment. Establish-
ments that don't book live music or have entertain-
ment other than jazz are being asked to consider jazz
music during August. If a restaurant or lounge plays
recorded music, the CVB hopes it will feature some
jazz music that month.
Estler believes there is an untapped niche market
for jazz enthusiasts, particularly in Europe and Ger-
many, who are looking to visit Florida. What better
place than Anna Maria Island?
The best news of all for Island eating and entertain-
ment facilities is that the CVB has some grant funding
available to the business if it will feature live jazz, said
CVB executive director Larry White.
The CVB will list establishments that book jazz
music on several Web sites that are popular in Europe
and Germany, added White. By this summer, the CVB
plans to have a complete listing on the Web sites of all
jazz venues on the Island.
AsAugust is traditionally one of the slowest months
for visitors, White noted that everyone can use the addi-
The Florida Legislature has also done its part for
Island and Florida tourism. The start date for public
schools has been moved back two weeks, with schools
set to reopen on Aug. 20, 2007, after a near three-month
summer break. For the past six years, public schools in
Florida have resumed after the first week in August.
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GSR creditors go on the attack
By Rick Catlin
Not content with reading financial reports from
GSR Development's own accounting firm and restruc-
turing officer on where the money and equity in the
now-bankrupt company is, the "Official Committee of
General Unsecured Creditors" in the GSR bankruptcy
case has hired its own forensic accountant to explore
the company's finances and prospects for reorganiza-
Federal bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May last
week approved the appointment of Steven Oscher and
Oscher Consulting P.A. of Tampa as the committee's
forensic accountant. May said Oscher's employment
is "necessary and would be in the best interest of the
estate, and that the case is one justifying the employ-
ment of Oscher."
But the committee didn't stop there with its efforts
to question GSR's financial practices.
Creditor's committee attorney Cheryl Thompson
filed a motion Feb. 14 asking May to allow real estate
appraiser Paul Runyan to "offer rebuttal testimony"
in connection with GSR restructuring officer William
Maloney's unspecified testimony Feb. 13 regarding his
opinion of the appraisal.
Runyan, along with real estate appraiser James
Boyd of ValueNet in Sarasota, did the original appraisal
of Villa Rosa in February 2005 and appraised the 14
lots comprising the proposed development at between
RoseBay may get
Villa Rosa listings
GSR attorney Richard Prosser filed a motion
with the federal bankruptcy court last week
requesting that RoseBay Real Estate be given the
exclusive listings for 14 of the 15 lots comprising
the company's Villa Rosa project in Anna Maria.
RoseBay already has the exclusive listings for a
number of GSR properties on the Island.
The total value of the 14 lots which have
not yet been officially subdivided and recorded
with the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit
Court is approximately $9 million, some $2
million more than a February 2005 appraisal of
the property that included all 15 parcels.
The lone parcel that would not be listed with
RoseBay is the lot with the model home that NBA
player Theo Ratliff has claimed in court documents
to have a deposit and contract to purchase.
$6.7 million and $7 million.
In testimony Feb. 9 before the bankruptcy court,
GSR principal Steve Noriega admitted that the com-
pany got a loan based upon the ValueNet appraisal
When contacted, Boyd said his company had done
several other appraisals for GSR, but he couldn't recall
all of the different properties. He also noted he's been a
real estate appraiser since 1972 and licensed in Florida
since 1991. The company does about 1,000 real estate
appraisals annually, he said.
Efforts to reach Thompson for comment were
unsuccessful. John Anthony, an attorney who works
with Thompson and also represents the creditor's com-
mittee, indicated Runyan's testimony would be avail-
able this week.
The unsecured debts of GSR are an estimated $6
million, according to court documents. A number of
Island residents are unsecured creditors of the bank-
rupt real estate development company, including
Mel and Carole Yudofsky of Key Royale in Holmes
Beach and Kent Davis, the former owner of the Siam
Garden Resort in Anna Maria. Davis is owed a reported
$600,000 from GSR.
In other GSR business, May officially signed an
order Feb. 12 appointing RoseBay Real Estate as an
exclusive agent for a number of GSR properties on the
Island (The Islander, Jan. 31).
May also ordered that the last day to file a proof
of any claim against GSR would be Feb. 20. After that
date, anyone who believes he or she is owed money by
GSR will be too late to have that claim registered with
the bankruptcy court.
GSR filed bankruptcy on July 13, 2006, claiming
$44 million in assets against $33 million in liabilities.
Calling all artists, art lovers: Note March 23
The Islander newspaper is looking for a few good
artists. There are only two criteria for the job at hand:
They must be gifted and generous.
Based on the success of previous years' events,
many artists have already offered to participate in the
fourth annual "For Art's Sake," a silent auction/benefit
to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March
23, on the sidewalk at the newspaper office in the Island
Proceeds will again benefit the Manatee High
School art program, which will be much appreciated
by Islander/teacher/artist Rob Reiber. Last year's event
provided more than $4,000, which Reiber said went
toward the purchase of an art printing press.
The public is encouraged to attend the outdoor
auction and reception, hosted by its sponsor The
Past year's roster of artists have included Island
and Cortez noteables Woody Candish, Rhea Chiles,
Sue Curry, Joe Hutchinson, Linda Molto, Ines
Norman, Carrie Price, Rob Reiber, Andre Renard,
Richard Thomas, and Joan and Carl Voyles and
Reiber's students will also be contributing
select art work for auction and displaying their
future "promise" in the arts, as well as assisting
with the event.
Donated works range from sculpture to original oil
paintings to watercolors, prints, custom jewelry and
To donate artwork for auction, or for more infor-
mation on the event, call The Islander's event coor-
dinator Carrie Price at 747-9397 or The Islander at
Come celebrate for art's sake it's all for the kids.
Manatee Players schedule eight plays in season
A full slate of eight productions will be offered by
the Manatee Players during the 2007-08 season, the
theatrical organization has announced.
All of the shows will be at the Riverfront Theater,
102 Old Main St., Bradenton.
Brochures will be mailed to current season ticket
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may get a brochure and order form after March 5 by
calling 748-5875 or stopping by the box office between
10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Friday, or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
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Wednesday, Feb. 21
8:30 a.m. The Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key Chamber
of Commerce holds a networking seminar at the chamber office, 6960 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. to 1p.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
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-2607.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts
duplicate bridge at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Community Center
presents a stepping-stone craft class, St. Bernard Catholic Church activ-
ity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee
Thursday, Feb. 22
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
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Diana Kelly teaches sewing, embroidery and
quilting at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
1p.m. to 230p.m. -Cheryl Jorgensen conducts a watercolor demon-
stration at theArtists Guild of Anna Maria Island gallery, 5413 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.
7p.m. Bingo gets called at the Annie Silver Community Center,
corner of 23rd Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-
Friday, Feb. 23
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. LarryAuerbach 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 theAnna Maria Com-
munity Center takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
5p.m. to9 p.m. -The 42nd annual Antique Collectible Show benefiting
local children's groups through the Service Club of Manatee County takes
place at the Manatee Convention and Civic Center, U.S. Highway 41 and
Haben Boulevard. Information: 792-2555. Fee applies.
Saturday, Feb. 24
7:30a.m. to noon-The Southeastem Guide Dogs' 21 stAnnual Walk-
athon takes place at Manatee County Fairgrounds IMC Arena in Palmetto.
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets for breakfast
and to hear a guest speaker from Publix talk about the Island store and its
impact at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach. Information: www.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 42nd annual Antique Collectible Show ben-
efiting local children's groups through the Service Club of Manatee County
takes place at the Manatee Convention and Civic Center, U.S. Highway 41
and Haben Boulevard. Information: 792-2555. Fee applies.
10:15 a.m. The Holmes Beach Civic Association holds its annual
meeting at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Sunday, Feb. 26
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 42nd annual Antique Collectible Show ben-
efiting local children's groups through the Service Club of Manatee County
takes place at the Manatee Convention and Civic Center, U.S. Highway 41
and Haben Boulevard. Information: 792-2555. Fee applies.
Monday, Feb. 26
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
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Widowed Persons Support Group of Anna
Maria Island Community Center meets for a talk with Suki Janisch about
Southeastern Guide Dogs at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908.
4 p.m. Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a Monday@Mote program
featuring Dr. Ernest Estevez of the Center for Coastal Ecology, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 691.
7p.m. Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a special lecture, "The Secret
Life of Lobsters," 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-
388-4441, ext. 691.
7p.m. "Conscious Man in the Ray of Creation" a video presenta-
tion of ancient ideas for inner development as taught by Gurdjieff/Ouspensky,
is presented by "The Work," a Fourth Way School at Gulf Gate Public Library,
7112 Curtiss Ave, Sarasota. Information: 539-5300.
Tuesday, Feb. 27
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. The speaker is visiting
Rotarian Don Staley, who will talk about his club's project, Operation Limbs,
which provides artificial limbs to those injured by land mines. Information:
Business card exchange
set for next Wednesday
A business card exchange is scheduled by the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce from 5 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Barnes Walker Title Inc., 5914
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Additional details may
be obtained by calling 778-1541.
Five homes will be featured on the 31st annual
Longboat Garden Club Home and Garden Tour, from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3.
On the tour will be the homes of Ed and Pat Zunz,
677 Lands End Drive; Andy and Ruth Maass, 536 Rec-
linata Drive; Andrew Bers, 781 Emerald Harbor Drive;
Chris and Lynn Boyne, 630 Longview Drive; and Ralph
and Rhonda Hughes, 5607 Fair Oaks Court.
Open also for the tour will be the Longboat Island
Chapel Memory Garden, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive;
Center forthe Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., and Joan M.
Durante Park, 5500 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Refreshments
will be available at the park, and a drawing for a nature
photograph by Virginia Sanders will be stationed there.
Tour tickets at $20 will be available at the homes on
tour day, or may be purchased in advance at the Longboat
Key/St. Armand Key/Lido Key Chamber of Commerce,
6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive; the Market, 6800 GMD;
Marina's Face, Body and Nail Care, 3170 GMD; Gary's
of LBK, 5610 GMD; Exit Art on St. Armands Circle;
Dee's Boutique, 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach;
Brass Whale, 9801 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria; Robyn's
Nest, 7459 Manatee Ave., Bradenton; and Davidson
Drugs, Midtown Plaza in Sarasota and on Siesta Key.
2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Photographer Steven Katzman presents pho-
tographs from his latest book, "The Face Of Forgiveness -Salvation and
Redemption," at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-8811.
4 p.m. to 530 p.m. All Island Denominations continues "Inquiring
Minds" with a discussion of the Old Testament Book of Genesis at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
Wednesday, Feb. 28
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce holds a Good Morning, LBK Breakfast at the cham-
ber office. Information: 383-2466.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
holds its business card exchange at Walker Title, 5914 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-1541.
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands
Key Chamber of Commerce holds a BusinessAfter Hours program at Fred's
Restaurant in Sarasota. Information: 383-2466.
6p.m. to 7:30p.m. -A group 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.
Dr. Kenneth Alonso discusses Christian mystics in "The Way of the
Heart," 7 p.m. Monday through March 26 at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
Genevieve Alban 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, variety of classes-from basic draw-
ing to stained glass to oil painting are under way 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 mirrors in February
while an exhibit of World Wr I sheet music, wood decoys and antique tools
is set up at the nearby Belle Haven Cottage. Information: 746-4556.
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 theArts 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.
Nature photographer Joe Fletcher is the "Artist of the Month" at the
Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
March 2 is the opening reception for the student exhibit, which runs
through April 6, at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
March 3 the Longboat Key Garden Club hosts the 31st annual Home
and Garden Tour at select homes. Information: 383-8030. Fee applies.
Save the Date:
The Tingley Memorial Library Annual Book Sale takes place March
3,111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 779-1208.
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date and location of the event and a contact number.
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Joy Murphy shows
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Myriah Deal, Anna Albers and Paige Tinsley sparkle in glittery Valentine's Day fashions for their second-grade
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second-grade students held a Valentine's Day dance.
Monday, Feb. 26
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Lunch: Chicken Tenders or Shrimp Poppers,
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Tuesday, Feb. 27
Breakfast: Chicken Patty on Biscuit, Cereal, Toast,
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Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese or Fish Nuggets,
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Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Yogurt, Cereal, Toast,
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Breakfast: Cinnamon Roll, Graham Crackers,
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Changed 'code of
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County commissioners voted on Feb. 6 for
a revised library code of conduct intended to ban over-
sized baggage that can block paths and emit odors.
County officials don't expect the policy changes
to have much impact at the Island Branch Library
in Holmes Beach, one of six libraries in the county
Ava Ehde, supervisor at the Island Branch, said
there are about 700 to 950 people who visit the library
each day but they typically don't bring in their suit-
The policy was revised mostly to deal with vagrancy
at the central library in downtown Bradenton and a
"growing safety and security concern," according to
The concern is with oversized cases and large plas-
tic bags that emit offensive odors and are left unat-
tended, according to a memo by county legal intern
Library trustees approved changes to the policy Jan.
17 and forwarded the proposed policy to the county
commission, which took up the matter near the end of
its board meeting Feb. 6.
The policy underwent some revision during the com-
mission meeting after Commissioner Carol Whitmore
raised concerns about the broadness of certain prohibi-
tions, specifically a ban against rolling suitcases, which
might be needed by people with certain physical condi-
tions, and a ban against skateboards and roller skates.
Commissioner Joe McClash echoed Whitmore's
concern, pointing out that a skateboard park is near the
Island Branch Library and children from the park also
go to the library and vice versa.
The commission voted 4-0 for the revised three-
page policy. Commissioners Ron Getman, Donna
Hayes and Amy Stein, the board chair, were not pres-
ent for the vote.
Generally, the code of conduct deals with creating a
nuisance, engaging in illegal activity, bringing animals
into the library, carrying dangerous weapons, consum-
ing beverages, damaging property, failing to supervise
children, posting notices without permission, trespass-
ing, using abusive or foul language, using tobacco and
carrying backpacks or luggage.
Regarding baggage, the code states, "So as to
prevent theft and ensure the safety and security of
library patrons and staff, all bags, backpacks, luggage,
Bradenton Beach from sunrise to sunset
Artist Pat Neill has completed a mural at the Tingley Memorial Library depicting a day in Bradenton Beach,
from sunrise to sunset. Neill, who worksfor the Bradenton Beach Public Works Department, has his works
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'State of the Community'
civic unit talk topic
The mayor of Holmes Beach will discuss 'The
State of the Community" before the Holmes Beach
Civic Association at its annual meeting Saturday,
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger will begin his mes-
sage at 10:30 a.m. after "coffee and conversation"
that will start at 10:15 a.m. at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
His address will be followed by election of
officers of the association. Further details may be
obtained by calling 778-9315.
briefcases, parcels, purses or other similar containers
brought onto library grounds may be subject to inspec-
tion by security or staff. Refusal to permit such inspec-
tion may result in denial of entry or continued access
to the library. The library reserves the right to limit
the size and number of items brought into the library.
Library patrons must keep personal belongings with
them at all times."
The code also prohibits "being insufficiently
clothed," as well as those "having extremely poor per-
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The Anna Maria Island Community Center is hosting
three-hour duplicate bridge sessions on Wednesdays from 1
to 4p.m. atthe St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, with the next session Feb. 21.
The Islander welcomes photographs and
notices of the milestones in readers' lives wed-
dings, anniversaries, travels and other events.
Please send items, photographs with identi-
ties and notices along with contact information
to firstname.lastname@example.org or 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.
sonal hygiene including but not limited to having offen-
sive or overwhelming/powerful body odor or perfume
or infested clothing," certain wheeled devices, sleeping
on furniture and failing to silence cell phones.
"I don't remember ever having a problem here at
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Neilson said as he walked into the library recently. "But
I know what they're talking about at the central library.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Feb. 9, 300 block North Shore Drive, aggravated
assault with a firearm and possession of cocaine. An
argument ensued between friends and, according to
reports, William J. Russell, 27, of Bradenton, pro-
duced a firearm and threatened to shoot. The land-
lord ordered Russell to leave, which he did. Depu-
ties were called and eventually apprehended him in
Bradenton, where they discovered the gun, drugs and
Feb. 10, 6400 Flotilla Drive, theft. The complainant
said someone took his kayak. A neighbor said two men
picked up the boat, put it on their car and drove off.
Feb. 11, 600 block Dundee Lane, burglary. The
complainant said while he had been gone for the
summer someone removed his outboard motor and
tools from his residence.
Feb. 11, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
vehicle burglary. The complainants said when they
returned from a walk on the beach they found their
purses were gone from their unlocked mini-van. Miss-
ing were credit cards, identification cards and about
$250 in cash.
Feb. 13, 500 block 65th Street, information. The
complainant said she had cashed three checks for a man
for a total of $1,100, and the checks were not honored
by her bank. She did not have any information on the
man other than his first name.
Feb. 13, 6300 block Holmes Boulevard, DUI. Offi-
cers responded to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian.
After the driver of the vehicle, Stanley J. Pawlikowski,
67, of Anna Maria, was deemed too intoxicated to take
a field sobriety test by police, he submitted to breath
tests and was charged with DUI with injury and taken
THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 21, 2007 0 13
Sam 'Bossie' Droukas
Sam "Bossie" Droukas, 87, ofAnnaMariaIsland, East-
chester, N.Y., and Hendersonville, N.Y., died Feb. 15.
Born in the Bronx, N.Y., he was a partner for 50
years with the family business, Bossies Good Foods,
in the Bronx. He served in the U.S. Army during World
War II in New Guinea.
Memorial services were Feb. 20 and Mass of Chris-
tian Burial Feb. 21 in New York. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative
Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Westches-
ter Funeral Home, Eastchester, N.Y, was in charge of
He is survived by wife Anna Michilli; sons George
of White Plains, Joseph of Moultonboro, N.H., and
John of Anna Maria Island; grandchildren Christine,
Maryann, John, Jessica, Sara, John, Mackenzy and
Anarita; and great-grandchildren Michael, Connor and
Shirley A. Deavours Little
Shirley A. Deavours Little, 69, of Bradenton, died
Visitation and services were Feb. 19. Brown and
Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge
She is survived by husband Raymond E; daugh-
ter Jan Poe and her husband Paul of Jasper, Ala.; sons
James R. Hambrick III and wife Deborah of Sarasota,
and Tom and his wife Angelice of Stockbridge, Ga.;
sisters Billie R. Skaggs of Holmes Beach and Sarah
L. DeFrancesco and husband Joe of Whitmore Lake,
Mich.; and seven grandchildren.
Bruce W. McCollaum
Bruce W. McCollaum, 71, of Bradenton, died
Born in New York, N.Y, Mr. McCollaum moved
to Manatee County from New Jersey in 2002. He was
a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air
Force, serving in Korea and Vietnam. He was a member
of the Elks, Moose and American Legion. He was a
member of St. Bernard Catholic Church.
A Memorial Mass will be held at the church, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb.
23. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Daily
Bread, P.O. Box 9544, Bradenton FL 34206. Brown and
Sons Funeral Home, 26th Street Chapel, is in charge of
He is survived by wife Barbara McNally; son Bruce
W. Jr. of Thailand; daughter Linda Johnson of New
Jersey; stepdaughter Janelle Campbell of New Jersey;
and four grandchildren.
Maurice Thomas 'M.T.' Owens
Maurice Thomas "M.T." Owens, 82, of Bradenton
and formerly Holmes Beach, Auburndale and Dickson,
Tenn., died Feb. 8.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 21, at Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 604 43rd St
W, Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to
the Alzheimers Association, 1230 Tuttle Ave. S., Sara-
He is survived by daughters Arlene Byrne of
Holmes Beach and Christine Dimitrijevich and her
husband, Nick, of Tampa; son Eugene Shuler of St.
Petersburg; grandson Alex Green; and great-grand-
daughters Samantha and Michelle Sullivan.
'Good Morning, Longboat'
breakfast next Wednesday
A "Good Morning, Longboat Key" breakfast
will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the
office of the Longboat Key/St. Armands Key/Lido
Key Chamber of Commerce, 6960 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key.
It is open to chamber members and prospective
members free of charge, sponsored by "Longboat
Limousine/Suncoast Sedans/Liquid Limousine."
Details are available at 383-2466.
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HBPD recruits for missing child program
By Lisa Neff
If a child goes missing in Holmes Beach, 10 local
volunteers with the police department are ready to go
Still, additional volunteers are needed, said Detec-
tive Sgt. Terri Davis, of the Holmes Beach Police
Last fall, Davis began recruiting residents to help in
the event a child goes missing in Holmes Beach. Davis
was in the process of writing the department's master
guide for responding to missing or abducted children
and key to that plan was creating a roster of community
The volunteers are part of the Child Abduction
Response Team. CARTs were created in the wake of the
kidnapping and murder of Carlie Brucia in Sarasota on
Feb. 1, 2004. Videotape captured the abduction and led to a
widespread search for the kidnapper and the child. Carlie's
body was found five days after her disappearance.
Florida law enforcement officials responded to the
crime by creating regional Child Abduction Response
Teams to train and organize investigators, forensic
experts, counselors and community volunteers. The
concept has since become a model for the U.S. Justice
Department and law enforcement agencies around the
"CART is a much-needed tool," said Cybele K.
Daley, of the justice department.
To date in Holmes Beach, Davis has signed up 10
volunteers, including some city employees, who under-
went a standard background check and a brief training
"A lot of them just thought it was a way to give to
the community," Davis said.
"I think that it is important to start a search at the
earliest possible time, to get the word out and have
people look for missing children," said volunteer
Sabine Musil-Buehler. "The chances to find them are
a lot bigger when things happen fast."
Musil-Buehler brings to the team the perspective of
a parent and grandparent. "I have three granddaughters
and if something would happen to them I would lose
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campsite," Gorman said. "Just to see the heartbreak and
grief his parents went through was heart wrenching.
I wouldn't wish that on any parent. That is the main
reason I volunteered for this group."
Davis said she hopes her volunteers never need to
be called upon, but they are ready if needed.
During a training session in late January, the officer
reviewed with the volunteers the differences between a
child who is missing and a child who is abducted.
The team also discussed using a grid system to
divide up Holmes Beach in the event a search is needed,
with each volunteer responsible for an area.
"They were all enthusiastic about the project,"
Davis said, adding that another training program with
new recruits may take place this spring.
People interested in volunteering can call 708-
5804, ext. 243, to leave a name and contact information.
Davis said she would like to train about 30 volunteer
recruits, adding that the volunteers could also be called
upon to assist in searches in Anna Maria and Bradenton
The project is "a great way to get involved with the
local law enforcement to set action in place in case a
child does go missing," said volunteer Jodi Rawlings,
who has three young children.
"I cannot think of anything more important," she
added, than keeping children safe.
Holmes Beach kennel brought into compliance
By Lisa Neff
A Holmes Beach property owner met the Feb. 14
deadline the city code enforcement board imposed for
the elimination of nuisances.
The board Feb. 15 at Holmes Beach City Hall heard
that its conditions for improvements had been met at
the home in the 500 block of 75th Street.
During its Jan. 18 meeting, the board had ruled
that property owner Mohamad Waliagha's dog
kennel created a nuisance and was built without a
Holmes Beach code enforcement officer Nancy
Hall identified several basic problems at the property
for the board to review.
First, she said, a covered dog pen met the city's
definition of a building, but Waliagha lacked a building
Second, she said, a blue tarp on the roof created a
nuisance that impacted a neighbor's property.
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also created a nuisance.
Waliagha had testified that the pen was created
when the home was built 10 years ago. But he agreed
to remove the roof and tarp on the pen and said he
would be more vigilant about keeping the area odor-
The board gave Waliagha until Feb. 14 to correct
the violations at the home.
Hall said Waliagha applied for a permit on Jan. 18,
and city staff inspecting the property Feb. 13 deter-
mined Waliagha in compliance with city code.
"This case is closed," Hall said during the meeting
last week, which lasted less than 15 minutes.
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meeting is scheduled for March.
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Walkathon Saturday benefits guide dog group
The 21st annual Southeastern Guide Dogs Walk-
athon takes place Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Manatee
A number of Islanders support the national, not-
for-profit organization based in Palmetto with dona-
tions and volunteer work, including providing homes
for puppy nurturing.
"They rely solely on donations and they have a
great need for volunteers," said Islander Mary Ann
Schmidt, of SunCoast Real Estate. Schmidt volunteers
with Southeastern, and so does her dog, Lance AKA
Clancy, who in addition to working as a therapy dog in
hospice and nursing home programs, serves as a stud
in Southeastern's breeding program.
Southeastern Guide Dogs provided 94 guide dogs to
blind men and women last year. Through Paws for Patri-
ots, the group provides dogs to blinded war veterans.
The walkathon helps pay for puppy breeding and
raising, training, veterinary expenses, maintenance
of the Palmetto campus, equipment and transport
The walkathon is scheduled to take place at the
IMC Arena at the fairgrounds, 17th Street West and
14th Avenue West, Palmetto.
The event which draws from an audience so
widespread the Holiday Inn Riverfront in Bradenton
serves as a host hotel features lunch, entertainment
and prizes, as well as the walk, which Schmidt and
Lance plan to join.
On walk day Feb. 24, registration begins at 7:30
a.m. The walk begins at 8 a.m. and ends at noon. The
raffle takes place at 11:15 a.m. Lunch and entertainment
takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, go to www.guidedogs.org.
Public recycling on Island out there, but 'stealthy'
By Paul Roat
What's a wannabe visiting recycler to do on Anna
That question was posed by Dr. James N. Coutant.
An occasional visitor to the Island, Coutant said he and
friends dutifully bagged up plastic, paper and aluminum to
head out to the community recycling bins at north Coquina
Beach in Bradenton Beach, only to find them gone.
Further research revealed that there were no mass
recycling centers on the Island, he said.
Anna Maria City and Holmes Beach residents' gar-
bage, yard waste and recycling needs are met by Waste
Management, which picks up the debris curbside. Bra-
denton Beach has its own sanitation department to col-
lect similar materials on a weekly basis.
"Tourists, vacationers and snowbirds who use our
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be backsliding into environmental unconsciousness.
Are Anna Maria Island residents and their governing
bodies so environmentally oblivious and backward that
they can't insist on a service that the rest of America
has been providing to visitors for many decades?" he
Actually, though, Anna Maria City and Braden-
ton Beach do provide a "stealth" recycling service to
anyone who wishes it.
Anna Maria public works director George McKay
said there are bins by the Island Players theater on Pine
Avenue where recyclables may be deposited. He also
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ers at beach-access points and other high-traffic loca-
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Bradenton Beach public works director Tom Wood-
ard said that there are recycling bins at the southeast
corner of city hall in that city where cans, plastic, glass
and newspaper can be dropped off, although he admit-
ted it is not a highly-advertised service. Woodard also
said anyone could drop off material at the public works
department on Highland Avenue.
Holmes Beach public works director Joe Duennes
said that city does not provide similar services, but
indicated it may be something to be investigated in the
future. "I'll bring it up with the mayor," he said.
Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach provides
what the cities do not, however, and the bins are located
outside the entry to the store.
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"Let's rock and reel," shouted Mary Stein, 49,
as she hoisted a cup of beer and danced before the
stage at the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
Stein and her friends attend each year, driv-
ing down from Tampa for the two-day event. "We
camp out. I won't say where," she said.
For the earliest festival, organizers said about
500 people turned out. That number has now
grown to about 10,000, most of them paying $2
admission to raise money toward buying land for
the FISH Preserve, the development buffer to the
east of the village.
This year the festival, held Feb. 17 and 18 on
the waterfront and streets of the historic village,
marked a 25th anniversary.
Festivalgoers listened to music in a variety of
flavors jazz and blue grass, country and rock,
gospel and polka.
Festivalgoers also feasted, primarily on sea-
food oysters, shrimp, grouper, crawfish and
mullet, the fish that made Cortez.
Dozens of artists showcased their work -
paintings, sculptures, pottery and photographs.
And hundreds of festivalgoers left with a new
treasure for their home.
Near the entrance to the festival, the Anna
Maria Island Privateers anchored their motorized
ship and tossed beads and silver "coins" to arriv-
Away from the festival, at homes in the vil-
lage, some residents celebrated with the crowd and
others made some pocket change, selling parking
spaces, T-shirts and roasted turkey legs and dis-
playing the close-knit but friendly spirit for which
Cortez is known.
"This is the best festival on the West coast,"
Stein said. "I mean it."
Despite a chilly start to
Saturday, the 25th annual
Cortez Commercial Fish-
ing Festival drew thousands
of people last weekend to
the shores of Anna Maria
Sound to enjoy live music,
cloggers, arts and crafts and
great food. Included in the
fun were touch-tanks and
aquaria filled with fish and
other local critters, including
spider crabs, which Brook-
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brother Camden, 3, found
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By Lisa Neff
Yellow legal pads were set on the table for friends,
family and co-workers to sign and leave remembrances
of Edward F "Skip" Nunn Jr.
For the dozens of people who attended the Celebra-
tion of Life held Feb. 14 for Nunn, the Holmes Beach
public works foreman who died Feb. 9, the legal pads
needed no explanation.
"Skip did everything on legal pads," said Mary
Maki, one of Nunn's sisters. She smiled at her recol-
"Everything he wrote, he wrote on these pads," said
Pat Mathews, Nunn's friend of more than 30 years.
Mathews and her husband, Keith, helped people
sign the pads with remembrances and tributes during
the celebration on the Anna Maria City Pier, where he
was a regular.
"Wonderful people," Mathews said of Nunn and
his wife, Ginny.
Nunn, 63, was born in Ithaca, N.Y., and grew up
in the Finger Lakes region near Trumansburg, N.Y. He
moved to Holmes Beach in 1975 and was hired in the
Holmes Beach public works department in 1976. Nunn
also served as a reserve officer in the Holmes Beach
Police Department until May 2001.
"Everybody knew Skip," said Holmes Beach resident
Quint Colfax. "His circle of friends was a big one."
Nunn's wife, Ginny, dressed in red for Valentine's
Day, moved through the crowd, thanking people for
attending and listening to their stories and thoughts
about her husband.
So co-workers could attend, Holmes Beach City
Hall closed at 1 p.m. Elected officials also attended,
including Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
and former mayor and Manatee County Commissioner
Bohnenberger chuckled as he thought of Nunn and
the obituary he wrote for himself. Nunn, he said, was an
unforgettable character, the kind of person one might
find profiled in the Reader's Digest tribute to the inspi-
rational and legendary.
To the left and right of the mayor, people fondly
began their sentences, "Do you remember when
On the table with the legal pads was a city plaque
commemorating Nunn for more than 20 years of ser-
vice. He was awarded the plaque just a week before his
death following a brief illness.
Nunn 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 Raymond of
Newtown, Conn., and Michelle Jackson and her husband
Dan of New Milford, Conn.; granddaughterAmanda Van
Handel of Bradenton; two nieces; two nephews; first wife
and mother of his children Dianne Tymeson and her hus-
band Bruce of Bradenton; and loving cat Matilda.
Contributions in Nunn's memory may be made
to American Diabetes Association, 4902 Eisenhower
Blvd., Suite 295, Tampa FL 33634; the Kidney Foun-
dation, 1040 Woodcock Road, Suite 119, Orlando FL
32803-3510; or the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.
Inquiring Minds will explore
origin of two nations
Inquiring Minds, the cross-denominational adult
education program inspired by All Island Denomina-
tions, will discuss the Old Testament story of Jacob
and Esau, "the origin of two nations," at its meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 27.
The meeting will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, and will be open to the public at no charge.
Next on the Inquiring Minds agenda will be "What
Are Mormons About?" a study of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints. That meeting will be at 4
p.m. March 6 at the Episcopal Church of the Annuncia-
tion, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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By Kevin Cassidy
With only a couple of regular-season games left to
be played in Division II of the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center Basketball League, playoff matchups are
set in the other three divisions.
Island Real Estate has clinched the top spot in the
Premier Division by one game over Rotten Ralph's,
so they get to wait on the winner between Ralph's and
third-place contender West Coast Air Conditioning.
Division I is also set in stone with A Paradise
Realty on top with an 8-0 record waiting to see who
will emerge from the semifinal game that pits 5-3
Anna Maria Oyster Bar against the 3-6 Connect Cycles
Division III is also set in stone with Kumon unde-
feated and atop the tables. Second-place Ooh La La!
Bistro is set to take on third-place Publix with a chance
at knocking off the top seed for the Division III title.
Division II's regular season games still have rami-
fications. First-place Air & Energy plays third-place
Re/Max Gulfstream Realty on Feb. 20, while Dips Ice
Cream takes on winless Duncan Real Estate on Feb. 21.
A Dips win, coupled with anAir & Energy loss, would
put Dips in top seed in Division II.
The playoff action gets started on Feb. 26, so stay
Flag football playoffs, too
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's inau-
gural flag football season is winding its way toward a
Super Saturday playoff.
Each team will play two games Saturday, Feb. 24,
with the top two teams playing for "all the marbles" on
Saturday, March 3.
Yellow remained undefeated in the Center Youth
Division thanks to a 38-23 victory over second-place
White on Feb. 10. Yellow received two touchdowns
apiece from Alex Burgess and Daniel Janisch and one
touchdown each from Mackenzie Kosfeld and Nicole
Botero. Brandon Gengler added a two-point conversion
in the victory.
Chris Pate and Tommy Price each had offensive
touchdowns for White, which also received a defensive
touchdown from Troy Koszewski in the loss.
Green rolled over Black 44-28 in the first-up Youth
Division game on Feb. 10 as three players scored two
TDs apiece. Chandler Hardy, Ben Valdivieso and Kyle
Parsons each found the end zone twice with Valdivieso
and Hardy joining Blake Rivers with two-point conver-
sions as well.
Garret Secor scored a pair of TDs to lead Black,
which also received a touchdown and a two-point con-
version from Hunter Hardy and Sage Geeraerts in the
Yellow won a pair of games to surge to the top of
the Junior Division with a 4-1 record. They defeated the
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Kalif Mora led the Black squad with three touch-
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Chris Galati's three touchdowns led the White
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Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club teed it up
on Feb. 13 for a low-net individual-score tournament
coupled with a team competition for the four best holes
a lai ilynThorton took top honors in FlightAA with
an even-par 32 that was one stroke better than second-
place finisher Cindy Milller. Cindi Mansour and Penny
Williams tied for third place with scores of 34.
Joyce Brown captured first place in Flight A with
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Tery Westby's 33 was good for first place in Flight
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Flight C third place with 35.
Lois Biel, Markie Ksiazek, Delores Jorgensen
and Sally Keyes won the team competition with a
four-under-par total and Dot Camboni chipped in on
Thirty-five horseshoe hopefuls showed up for
the competition at the Anna Maria City Hall pits on
Wednesday, Feb. 14, to set a new midweek attendance
record, but only three of the 18 teams emerged from
pool play with undefeated records.
Rod Bussy and Mark Durrough easily defeated
Bob Lee and Jim Durrough to advance to the finals
against Gene Bobeldyk and Sam Samuels. Bobeldyk
and Samuels were too much for them, cruising to a
Jim Durrough and Tom Skoloda outlasted 32 hope-
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Division I (ages 12-13)
Feb. 23 7:45 p.m. Awards
Feb. 27 7:30 p.m. Cycles vs. Oyster Bar
March 1 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 winner vs. Paradise
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Feb. 21 7:30 p.m. Dips vs. Duncan
Feb. 23 6:45 p.m. Awards
Feb. 27 7:30 p.m. ReMax vs. Dips or A & E
March 6 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 winner vs. TBA
Division III (ages 8-9)
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
Feb. 26 6:30 p.m. Publix vs. Ooh La La
Feb. 28 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 winner vs. Kumon
Instructional Division (ages 5-7)
Feb. 22 6 p.m. Orthopedics vs. LPAC
Feb. 22 6 p.m. Observer vs. BeachHouse
Feb. 23 6 p.m. Awards
AMICC Flag Football standings
as of Feb. 15
Team Won Loss Points For Points Against
Youth Division (Grades 6-8)
Yellow 3 0 103 63
White 2 1 84 70
Green 1 2 83 89
Black 0 3 61 109
Junior Division (Grades 3-5)
Yellow 4 1 152
Black 3 2 108
White 0 4 66
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Feb. 24 1 p.m. Yellow vs. White
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Florida leads the charge in U.S. shark attacks in 2006
There was more than a little head-scratching going on
last week in the wake of the 2006 shark-attack figures.
The International Shark Attack File is compiled by
George Burgess at the Florida Museum of Natural His-
tory at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville.
He determined that there were 62 unprovoked shark
attacks around the world last year, with 23 of them in
Florida and two in Manatee County waters.
Two shark attacks? What shark attacks?
A check of The Islander articles for last year noted
no attacks. Manatee County marine rescue chief Jay
Moyles didn't recall any attacks, and neither did any
of his lifeguards.
Moyles reached Burgess, who explained the shark
It seems that two divers were harassed by several
bull sharks April 29, 2006, while about 15 miles off the
coast in the Gulf of Mexico. There were no "chomps,"
and although it obviously made for an interesting dive,
there were no injuries, and the divers made it back to
the boat and then to shore safely.
Perhaps the shark-attack file is a bit overly zealous
in its reporting?
By the numbers
"Unprovoked attacks," by the way, are defined as
"incidents where an attack on a live human by a shark
occurs in its natural habitat without human provocation
of the shark. Incidents involving sharks and divers in
public aquaria or research holding-pens, shark-inflicted
scavenge damage to already dead humans (most often
drowning victims), attacks on boats, and provoked inci-
dents occurring in or out of the water are not considered
Oh, and "provoked attacks" are "when a human
initiates physical contact with a shark, e.g., a diver bit
after grabbing a shark, a fisher bit while removing a
shark from a net, and attacks on spearfishers and those
2006 was a relatively average year for unprovoked
shark attacks, according to Burgess. The 62 human-
shark interactions were up by one from the previous
year. Burgess said the 62 attacks worldwide "continues
a five-year decline in attacks since reaching 79 in 2000.
Despite the recent yearly declines, the number of unpro-
voked shark attacks has grown at a steady rate over the
past century. Overall, the 1990s had the highest number
of attacks of any decade, and the first decade of the 21st
century likely will continue that upward trend."
However, greater numbers of attacks does not nec-
essarily mean that there are more hungry sharks seeking
our arms and legs, but as Burgess surmises, "It most
likely is reflective of the ever-increasing amount of time
spent in the sea by humans."
And there is a general decline in shark populations,
too. "Shark populations actually are declining at a seri-
ous rate or are holding at greatly reduced levels in many
areas of the world as a result of over-fishing and habitat
loss, theoretically reducing the opportunity for these
shark-human interactions," he said.
There is also an increase in the data collections and
transferal of that information to the shark-attack files.
And the numbers of fatal shark-human interactions
have pretty much remained constant at four in the past few
years, with none in the United States last year the deaths
occurred in Australia, Brazil, La Reunion and Tonga.
However, the United States saw the greatest number
of unprovoked attacks at 38, and Florida led the coun-
try with its 23 last year. "The 23 attacks were slightly
higher than the 19 reported in 2005, but the average
of 18 over the past three years (2004-2006) has been
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notably lower than the yearly mean of 33 from the first
four years of the century."
The east coast of the Sunshine State had the great-
est incidence of attacks, with Volusia County on the top
of that list at 12, up from nine in 2005. "This area nor-
mally has higher numbers of shark-human interactions
as a result of very high aquatic recreational utilization
of its attractive waters by both Florida residents and
tourists, especially surfers," Burgess said.
"Other Florida counties having attacks in 2006
were Brevard (three), Manatee and St. Lucie (two),
and Collier, Monroe, Indian River, and Palm Beach
Surprisingly, surfers and wind surfers had the high-
est rate of attack, at 42 percent, while divers and snor-
kelers represented 8 percent of the attacks.
So. You're in the water. A shark is in the water.
What to do?
"If one is actually under attack by a shark, we advise
a proactive response," Burgess said with a touch of wry-
ness in his tone. "Hitting a shark on the nose, ideally
with an inanimate object, usually results in the shark
temporarily curtailing its attack. One should try to get
out of the water at this time. If this is not possible, repeat
bangs to the snout may offer temporary restraint, but the
result will likely become increasingly less effective. If a
shark actually bites, we suggest clawing at its eyes and
gills, two sensitive areas. One should not act passively
if under attack sharks respect size and power."
Duh? Go figure!
So what is this shark-attack file?
"The International Shark Attack File, interna-
tionally recognized as the definitive source of sci-
entifically accurate information on shark attack, is a
compilation of all known shark attacks," according
to Burgess. "In existence since 1958, it is adminis-
tered by the Florida Museum of Natural History at
the University of Florida under the auspices of the
American Elasmobranch Society, the world's fore-
most international organization of scientists studying
sharks, skates and rays. More than 4,000 individual
investigations are currently housed in the ISAF, cov-
ering the period from the mid-1500s to present.
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"Many of the data in the ISAF originate from
the voluntary submissions of numerous cooper-
ating scientists who serve worldwide as regional
observers. Data submitted to the ISAF is screened,
coded and computerized. Hard-copy documentation,
including original interviews and notes, press clip-
pings, photographs, audio/video tapes, and medical/
autopsy reports, is permanently archived. Biological
researchers and research physicians study investiga-
tions housed in the ISAF
"Access to ISAF data is granted only after careful
screening on a case-by-case basis. Direct access by the
press and general public is prohibited since much data,
including medical records, is sensitive in nature and is
given in confidence."
"This was a nice dull year and we love dull years
because it means there are fewer serious attacks and
fewer victims," Burgess said. "It's really quite remark-
able when you have only four people a year die in the
mouth of a shark and puts in perspective how small
shark attack is as a phenomenon."
And now, for the gory details of the four fatalities.
"The Australian victim was a woman swimming
with her dog, and the attack may have been provoked
by fishermen throwing bloodied fish in the ocean as they
cleaned their catch," Burgess said. "The Brazilian fatality
was a male surfer in waters off the northeastern part of the
country. The Tonga case involved a 24-year-old female
swimmer who was an American Peace Corps volunteer.
The attack off the Indian Ocean island of Reunion was
on a 34-year-old male surfing in an area where swimming
and other recreational activities are forbidden."
Coming back to our part of the world, "besides Flor-
ida's 23 attacks, elsewhere in the United States attacks
numbered four in water offshore of South Carolina;
three each in Hawaii and Oregon; two in California; and
one each in New Jersey, North Carolina and Texas.
"Within Florida, Volusia County and particularly
New Smyrna Beach is the hot spot," Burgess said.
"This area on a square-mile basis has more attacks than
anyplace else in the world."
He said a nearby inlet draws many swimmers, surf-
ers and sharks, "which find all the splashing, kicking
and other movements humans make in the water highly
Burgess did end his report on a somewhat upbeat
"Even though there are a large number of attacks
in Volusia County and along the entire east coast of
Florida, the injuries are seldom very serious and fatali-
ties are highly unusual."
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Cold weather means hot action for sheepshead fishers
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Chilly weather seems to have really heated up the
fishing action, especially sheepshead. Big striped fish
up to 6 pounds are being reported throughout the area,
near any kind of structure piers, docks, bridges, reefs
or hard bottom.
Whiting, flounder and redfish are also backwa-
ter mainstays right now, along with trout and some
Offshore action for grouper and snapper also
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said the catch for the
week was pompano, whiting and sheepshead from the
beaches, and redfish galore in the bays. Offshore fishing
is great for grouper and snapper. Sheepies are "every-
where," Bill added.
Capt. Tom Chaya said he's getting his clients onto
a lot of bluefish on the nearshore reefs, plus speckled
and silver trout, redfish on lower tides along the sea-
grass flats of Palma Sola Bay, and he's catching lots of
bonita off the reefs in the Gulf.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers there
are catching lots of sheepshead, a few whiting and one
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
the cold snap helped keep the fish biting, with lots of
sheepies coming in, plus black drum and whiting.
Big red for sure
Jeff Paske of Bradenton caught this monster-size "fire truck" of a red grouper about 40 miles out in the Gulf of
Mexico while fishing with Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish Charters.
Chuck Johnston ofBradenton caught his first amber-
jack while fishing with Capt. Larry McGuire.
At Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Mark
Johnson said he's catching sheepshead to 5 pounds and
lots of redfish in the bays. Capt. Sam Kimball said his
offshore trips are producing good catches of snapper
to 5 pounds and grouper to 10 pounds. There are also
good reports of lots of snapper being caught by Egmont
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are good reports of trout coming out of Terra Ceia
Bay, plus some redfish in the 25-inch range. Sheeps-
head are a good bet just about anywhere, and are run-
ning up to 5 pounds, and snapper are pretty thick near
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's putting his
charters onto pompano, reds and whiting, and predicts
snook fishing should pick up in March.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he's finding fishing to be great on the
nicer days. "We have been catching lots of gag and red
grouper, scamp, mangrove snapper, porgys, triggerfish,
amberjack, bonita and hog snapper," he said, in Gulf
depths of up to 135 feet. Live pinfish and sardines have
been best as far as bait is concerned for his charters
and, in light of the new federal grouper closure well
offshore, snapper and amberjack will be the targeted
species for his charters in the next few weeks.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include "tons
of sheepshead" at least there's one species that seems
to like cold weather! Other action there includes whit-
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Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
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fish bite real well, and the bluebird days after the fronts
make things tough." He said one trip out in the Gulf
between fronts produced good numbers of fish and spe-
cies. "Fishing in about 30 feet of water on a reef, a party of
three enjoyed near non-stop action with sheepshead, gag
grouper and mangrove snapper," Capt. Zach said. "Later
on in the bay, after taking shelter under the Longboat
Bridge from a short deluge, the same trio nailed a few nice
reds and a snook before a fairly severe storm ran us off
the water." He's also catching redfish to 19 inches, snook,
sheepshead and speckled trout to 22 inches. He's finding
lots of reds, but they're mostly small. "This bodes well
for some great redfishing in the coming few years barring
any bad red tide outbreaks," he added. "Speckled trout are
rebounding big time in the area as well. Numerous pods of
snook with some really big fish have been seen prowling
about, but the cool water temps have kept catching them
a difficult proposition. White bait should not be a problem
this spring, as there is a bunch in the area already."
On my boat Magic, we're averaging 25 sheepshead
catches per trip, with some of the fish better than 6
pounds. We're also catching mangrove snapper to 16
inches in length near the Skyway Bridge, as well as
some nice-sized reds.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand has been fishing clients here
for more than 25 years. Call him at 723-1107 to pro-
vide fishing report. Prints and digital images ofyour
catch are also welcome and may be dropped off at
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Board certified acupuncture physi-
cian Tricia Graziano, A.P., D.O.M.,
recently opened her office at 3612
E. Bay Drive in Holmes Beach. In
addition to acupuncture, Tricia pro-
vides pain management, weight loss
programs, facial rejuvenation and
wrinkle reduction and a number of
other services. For more information,
call Tricia at 773-6134.
Island Yoga Space
Preston Whaley Jr. and Cindy Phil-
lips opened Island Yoga Space on Feb.
12 at 9908 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria,
site of the former U.S. Post Office.
The center will cater to people
living and visiting Manatee County and
is devoted to providing an exceptional
yoga experience for people of all ages
and abilities, said Preston.
Cindy said that the benefits of
yoga include a reduction in tension and
stress, an increase in range of motion
in joints, improvement in muscle
tone, an increase in flexibility, posture
improvement, better coordination and
balance, an increase in lung capacity,
stronger spinal system, elimination of
toxins in the body and improvement in
concentration, among other benefits.
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completed the Prajna Yoga teacher
training program. He's also studied
integrative yoga therapy. Cindy has
been involved in teaching movement
arts since 1986 and first discovered
yoga in 1998.
For Cindy, yoga is not only a heal-
ing art, but "a creative expression of
who we are as human beings navigating
For more information on Island
Yoga Space, call 747-9397, or send an
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce welcomed the following
new members in its January-February
Tom Rodgers, Las Palmas Beach
Rentals, 1721 N. Franklin St., Tampa,
SYOLO Parasail, 4330 127th St. W.,
Two Scoops, 101 S. Bay Blvd.,
Bayview Plaza, Anna Maria, 779-2422.
Bank of America Mortgage, Wayne
Gunter, 4311 Manatee Ave. W., Braden-
John Fara, Island Contractor, P.O.
Box 1423, Anna Maria, 778-5062.
Oma's Pizza and Italian Restau-
rant, 201 N. Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Curlie Joe's Shredding, 1101 Sixth
Ave., No. 211, Bradenton, 753-8772.
Luxury Limos & Bus Charters, 5666
Lawton Drive, Sarasota, 926-4873.
In other chamber news, the next busi-
ness card exchange will be from 5 p.m.
to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, hosted by
Barnes Walker Title Co. at its office at
3119 Manatee Ave. W in Bradenton.
Sato staff assembles
The Sato Real Estate team gathers in
its offices at Roser Cottage, 519 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, for an initial staff
meeting. The team includes, first row,
from left, agent Ilona Kenrick, owner
and broker Barbara Sato, office man-
ager and agent Monica Reid. Second
row, from left, agents Liza Morrow-
Slaman, Jeff Kenrick, Jason Sato and
Debi Varelis. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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A new store with all the latest ideas
for home furniture, rugs, wine stoppers,
chairs, tables, lamps and accessories is
now open in the Pebble Springs Plaza at
5917 Manatee Ave. W
Owner and Island resident Debbie
Cannons Marina was awarded
the highest Customer Service Index
ranking for Boating Industry Maga-
zine's 2006 Top 100 Boat Dealers in
North America at a recent black-tie
celebration in Las Vegas. Cannons,
a 51-year-old Longboat Key full-
service marina, ranked again among
the magazine's top five marinas
throughout the state of Florida.
Boating Industry Magazine's
Top 100 is an elite annual ranking of
dealerships that surpass established
industry standards for business oper-
Wentzell promises that patrons of Images
Home Decor and Gifts will find the most
unique items at Images, including furni-
ture from Furniture Classics, one of the
most respected names in traditional fur-
niture. Other furniture comes with that
special "old Florida" look and feel.
Both handmade and machine-made
rugs are available, in addition to wine
glasses, door stoppers, antiques, and a
vast array of lamps and other accessories
for the Florida home and lifestyle.
"It's always been a dream of mine to
open my own store," said Debbie, who
invited all her Island and Bradenton
friends to visit her at Images.
Store hours are from 9 a.m. to 5:30
p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. on Saturday. To reach Debbie and
learn more about Images, call 795-4909.
Las Vegas are
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"We are ecstatic to be rec-
ognized by the industry's most
authoritative and widely respected
magazine serving the marine indus-
try," said David Miller, owner of
Cannons Marina is located at
6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
boat Key, and Marker 33 on the Intra-
coastal Waterway. Cannons features
Grady-White Boats, Scout Boats and
Yamaha outboard motors.
Doug Ewing of Imperial Trim Inc. is
a crown molding specialist awaiting
your call at 941-737-9115 to help you
with home improvements.
Featured sale: This Gulffront home at 3216 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, sold in
January 2000for $433,000 and in January 2007for $1,485,000. The cost per
square foot is $783. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson
Island real estate sales
3216 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
a 1,896 sfla / 2,344 sfur 3bed/3bath
Gulffront home built in 1972 on a
50x140 lot was sold 02/01/07, Pelleriti
to Valhalla Beach Properties LLC for
615 Key Royale Drive, Holmes
Beach, a vacant bayfront 102x153 lot was
sold 02/02/07, AMI Development LLC to
GSR Development LLC for $680,300.
312 60th St., Holmes Beach, a
vacant 90x100 lot was sold 02/02/07,
AMI Development LLC to GSR Devel-
opment LLC for $570,021.
501 Gulf Drive N., Unit 101, Bridge-
port, Bradenton Beach, a 1,337 sfla /
1,518 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulfview condo
built in 1982 was sold 01/29/07, Borrow
to Caldas for $425,000; list $497,500.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at 778-7244.
Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.
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50-70 percent off, thimbles 75 percent off. Select
seaside oil paintings, antiques, gifts, furniture, crys-
tal, vintage and costume jewelry, Orientals 30-90
percent off. Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm. 941-
779-0729. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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-
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult.
Call 941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.cmasdi-
FLORIDA'S OWN RODNEY Dangerfield: Available
to entertain for corporate events, golf tournaments,
and private parties. Cell 781-367-0339.
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7100 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach Nautilus
Condo # 218 Popular rental Gulffront complex.
Second floor unit overlooking pool and tennis.
2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, updated kitchen, tropical
and bright.Weekly rentals. $ 10,000 price reduc-
tion to $559,000.
502 Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach One of the
best-priced canalfront homes on the Island. Large
lot, 3BR/2BA, newer air conditioning, roof and paint.
Large utility room, enclosed porch, dock, ready to
move in. Reduced $50,000 to $629,000!
609 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach Enjoy smooth
sailing from this Key Royale canalfront home with
3BR/2BA, tile floors throughout. Freshly painted, open
floor plan, caged pool, dock with boatlift, two-car
garage, large lanai/deck for entertaining. Reduced
$150,000 from original price to $749,000!
322 108th St., Bradenton Perico Island Lease
with option to purchase this waterfront condo. 2BR/
2BA. First floor end unit, turnkey furnished, pool, tennis,
exercise room, just minutes to the beach. $295,000.
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.
GUARDIAN AD LITEM program: 30-hour training
class for new child advocate volunteers begins
March 12. To volunteer to represent in court the
best interest of children or for more informa-
tion, call 941-744-9473 or visit the Web site,
TINGLEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY: Accepting dona-
tions of new and good condition books for upcom-
ing annual book sale. 111 Second St. N., Braden-
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
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-
1999 PONTIAC SUNFIRE: Red, two-door, 115,000
miles., New air conditioning, well maintained, runs
great, $4,500 or best offer. 941-704-8188.
2004 CAROLINA SKIFF: 198DLX Yamaha 90,
four-stroke, live well, fish finder, trailer, low hours.
$13,200. Call 518-365-2701.
BOAT: JOHNSON WATERTENDER. 9.4-feet.
New, $550, now $350. Good condition. Call 941-
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-
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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-1pm and over-
night, 10pm-8am, shifts available. Travel opportunity.
STYLIST NEEDED FOR hair salon off Cortez near
beach. Commission 50 percent or booth rental
BARTENDER: PART-TIME, Monday-Wednesday, 3-
10pm. Apply in person at Jessica's Beach Lounge,
111 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach, between 3-
LEADING REAL ESTATE office located in Anna
Maria is in search of an experienced administrative
assistant. Full-time. Salary depends on experience.
If you have excellent communication skills, thrive
in a team environment, highly organized, self-moti-
vated, are a forward thinker, and a multi-tasker with
extensive Windows applications knowledge and
experience and prior experience managing the daily
activities of a busy office, we want to speak with you.
Please, send us your resume via e-mail. Include a
cover letter and salary requirements to: steven@
betsyhills.com or stop in and fill out an application
in person. 419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. No phone
SHARKEY'S NEEDS: COOKS, dishwashers. Apply
in person at 2519 Gulf Drive or call 941-779-9151.
CHURCH COORDINATOR OF Finance and Admin-
istration. Monday-Friday, average 35 hours/week.
Proficient in QuickBooks, oversee administrative
details, general office skills. Reply: Church Co-ordi-
nator, Box 683, Anna Maria FL 34216-0683.
CHIROPRACTIC ASSISTANT: FULL-time. Positive,
energetic, outgoing individual to assist doctor with
patient care. Will train. Call 941-778-0727.
HOUSEKEEPERS NEEDED: PART and full-time.
Own transportation a must. Great per-job rate. Call
Rhonda, 941-920-3882 after 7pm.
TOP ADVERTISING sales position open at The
Islander newspaper. Great territory, commissions.
Previous outside sales helpful. If you possess a
willingness for strong community involvement,
positive outlook and drive to succeed, fax or e-mail
a letter and/or resume to 941-778-9392, sales@
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.
Enchanting 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:
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 HOT SPOT: Two storefronts, one
side rented. Great for gift shop, clothing, jewelry or
as-is, a restaurant. Owner financing with $500,000
down. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
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.
CAREGIVER WILLING TO provide care for your
loved ones in her home 24 hours, seven days a
week. 18 years of experience. Call 941-792-0148.
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reason-
able, reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
less services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer,
941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
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.
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-
INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small
businesses. We also file electronically and pre-
pare all states. Call Pat at Kenney Tax Service,
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Braden Crossings 3BR/2BA.Updated! $285,000.
Kingsfield Lakes 4BR/2BA. Huge lot! $299,900.
Sabal Harbour 4BR/2BA Buyer incentive! $374,500.
Pointe West 3BR/2BA Heated pool! $360,000.
Bayou 2BR/1 BA Anna Maria NEGOTIABLE! $365,000.
Villager 2BR/2BA end unit villa, carport! $125,900.
Mariners Cove 3BR/2BA Full bayview with 35-foot
Island Beachy Bar business opportunity! $82,900.
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KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT Golf course view. $690,000.
HERON'S WATCH 3BR/2BA, like-new quality home 10 minutes to
LUXURY WATERFRONT VILLA Boat dock, 3BR/2BA, immaculate, updated.
Designer kitchen, glassed lanai, tennis, poos, covered parking. $649,900.
SUNBOW 2BR/2BA bayfront end unit, turnkey furnished. $449,000.
BAYVIEW 4-5BR/4BA includes gust quarters large master suite. $998,000.
BEST BUYS: ADULT COMMUNITY from $60,000, heated pool, near
shopping, dining and transportation.
HARBOUR VILLA CLUB 2BR/2BA, turnkey, boat dock. 749,900.
PINEBROOK AND IRONWOOD $139,000 to $263,900.
DESOTO SQUARE VILLA 2BR/2BA, gated, pool clubhouse. $175,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
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to Tampa Bay and the
City Pier! Best priced
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ANTOINETTE'S PERSONAL SERVICE: House
cleaning/house sitting when you are away. Free
estimates. Licensed, bonded. 941-778-7355 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-
TREES BY THE Breeze, Inc. Landscaping, tree
trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Island
resident since 1988. Call Chris Lundy, 941-778-
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.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
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419 Pine Ave. PO Box 2150 Anna Maria FL 34216
3BR/3BA bayfront home, north end of Anna Maria, completely
renovated! $1,895,000 furnished. Owner will consider trade of
lot, condo or home as a down payment.
Two Bayfront lots. Build your 2BR/2BA West Wind condo with
dream home on very large lot, Gulf view. $649,000.
100x223 sf. Panoramic bay view!
JA Home: 941-778-1820
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CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn and landscape
maintenance. Tree-trimming, mulching, plantings,
sod, shell. References and insured. Please call 941-
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. 941-
TIRED OF NO return calls? Straight Shot Land-
scape calls back. For all your landscape, call Shark
Mark. 941-727-5066. Shell $42/yard.
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-
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SSmaller home on duplex-zoned lot of over 11,400 sf and
A great Bay Palms location. Options to rent, renovate or ,
Reinvent to duplex. PRICED TO SELL. $479,000!
Immaculate 2BR/2BA home on spacious Bay Palms lot
with open plan. Over 2,100 sf including two-car garage
and 7x12-foot utility easily converted to den with a/h. 4
Added feature of screened gazebo off Florida room for4
outdoor enjoyment and privacy fence. PRICED TO
Elevated custom 3BR/2BA canal home on secluded natu- 0
ral Anna Maria deep water lot CB base and garage and
cedar siding with wrap-around deckplus additional decks
to overlook serene view looking down canal. Features
lvaltlA ceilino wonnd-_hirmno firenlaIceof nfatulrl shell
Over 2,300 sf LA/5150 UR, well-maintained, newer
A roof. Boat dock and direct access to Gulf and Tampa Bay
Market appraisal 2007. PRICED TO SELL. $770,000.
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin L. Real Estate Bmioer
941778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
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CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting.Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements
Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 941-792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Island resident, converting
life-long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275
for free estimates.
IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive dis-
tributor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free,
courteous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors.
Lic.# CBC1253145. 941-730-5045.
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call
TUB AND TILE refinishing: A division of D.J. Murphy
Painting Inc. Save up to 80 percent over traditional
remodeling costs. Call us with your kitchen and
bath needs. Don't buy new redo! 941-751-1245.
Licensed, certified and insured.
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.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
An Island Place Realty
DIRECT GULFFRONT WATERS
EDGE! Updated and turnkey
furnished, this unit has panoramic
views up and down the beach!
Two bedrooms, both with beach
views, two baths, ceramic tile,
great rental income for your
second home! $949,500.
S quyf ay Wap&ty offAmna*aria Inc.
Jesse Orisson trofkerfssociate, gQR
(941) 713 4755 (800) 771 6043
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.
SANDY POINTE: Impeccably
maintained 2BR/2BA condo in
central Holmes Beach within walking
distance to shops, restaurants, and the
beach! No rental restrictions make
this condo an instant income producer
Heated pool, covered parking, storage,
washer dryer, and new water heater!
Don't wait come see this tastefully
.. done unit today! $329,900.
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EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-
795-1947. Lic. # RR0066450.
GULF CONSTRUCTION INC.: Home remodeling,
custom carpentry, kitchens, baths, additions. 28
years experience. Free estimates. Call John, 941-
773-6808. License # 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.
Open the Door To Your
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ABOUT GROUT: CLEANING, sealing, staining
(painting of grout), tile and grout repair, caulking
of showers/kitchen. Bonded and insured. Call Jeff,
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA annual, ground floor
unfurnished, $900/month. Seasonals available
starting at $1,800/month. Please call Kim Fisher,
Wagner Realty, 941-778-2246. www.wagnerre-
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: beachdreams@tam-
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.
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Local luxury. Partnered with Sotheby's International Realty.
simply the Best
SO2P,uuu "0 r /DLK slana condo! Large unit in tre
center of Holmes Beach. Even has a large garage!
FANTASTIC PRICE Two buildings, only $275,000 per
building in Anna Maria City. Large lot each faces a differ-
ent street. $549,000 for both.
GULFFRONT Easily converted to 4BR/5BA with
decks and den upstairs. Three-car garage and workshop
downstairs. Heated pool and separate guest cottage with
1BR/1BA and kitchen.
Normanl 3101 GULFDRIVE
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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Anna Maria Island's South Beach Village has gorgeous views of the gulf,
white sand beach, sunsets and bay. Phone for info on great developer incentives!
This 3 bedroom townhome and 2006 Parade of Homes top award-winner is beautifully furnished
and has a fabulous amount of attention to every detaiL Some of those details include; bay windows,
skylights, cherry wood cabinetry, wet bar, kitchen & baths with granite counters, Italian tile in the
bathrooms, Jacuzzi tub in the master, all GE Profile appliances, central vac, 2-car garages and paver
driveways. wonderful location with 9 restaurants within a half mile, 2 miles to a major grocery and a
half mile to the Bradenton Beach fishing pier.
Visit www.hannerle.com or www.skysothebys.com for photos and a video tour.
Direct bayfront lot with expansive unobstructed bay views
Lot includes a deeded deep water boat slip just steps away, incred
sunsets, gorgeous bay views all situated in a small gated enclave o
beautiful custom homes and 5 minutes away from a white sugar s
beach. Custom home plans included.
Virtual tour at www.hannerle.com
s Club Bamboo studio condominium
ible This turnkey studio is just steps to the Gulf of
f Mexico and miles of white sand beach. New
and modern d6cor with a tropical flair makes this
income producing condo a very desirable find.
Virtual tour at www.hannerle.com
All offices are independently owned and operated.
546 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, FL 34228
PH 941.383.7171 I FX 941.827.9765
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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.
AWESOME LOCATION: DUPLEX on large lot, includes
well-known Island architect's plans for complete remodel
and expansion. 203 69th St., Holmes Beach. Shown by
appointment only. $885,000.941-704-7729.
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-
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-
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.
Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
LUXURY LIVING AT LACASA COSTIERA
7320 Gulf Drive #10, Holmes Beach:
01 2-3BR/2.5BA, 2,068 sf, Gulf views, gourmet
Kitchen fireplace, wet bar, pool and designer
furnishings. $1,749,000. ML#546864.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150
(941) 778-2291 EVENINGS 778-2632
FAX (941) 778-2294 www.betsyhills.com
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX Beautifully maintained, 4BR/3BA
hideaway offers glimpses of the blue Gulf across the
street. Spacious upstairs unit offers 3BR/2BA, great room
floor plan with vaulted ceilings. The cozy downstairs
unit offers 1BR/1BA and a lovely living area. Located
just steps from the best Bean Point Beach. Priced at
$989,500. Furnished. Great rental income assured!
THIS IMPECCABLE 3BR/2BA Island home includes a
bright eat-in kitchen with center island-breakfast bar,
cozy brickfireplace, spacious screened lanai, automatic
sprinkler system. Located less than 300 yards to sandy
Bayfront park. Priced at $589,900. Furnished.
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.
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.
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: $1,275/month. Pet OK, heated
pool, washer and dryer, fenced. 201-A Peacock
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.
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OF ANNA MARIA
3018 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Only couple blocks to beaches and
shops, great income producingtriplex
with long time tenants. Upstairs
3BR/1BA, downstairs 2BR/1BA,
1BR/1BA privacy fenced yard. Sold
'As Is' Asking $559,000.
For rent: Downstairs 2BR/1BA. Rent $1,100. Call for information.
I est Gulfront Condo on the Island
See wiiy lmis 3Ran/iM represents mLe uest value our
Gulffront living on Anna Maria Island. With 2,052 sf,
it's a very private residential setting. Fireplace, elevator,
beautifully furnished and now with a price reduction of
$200,000! Offered at $1,499,000.
For Expert Advice On Island Property
CALL THE ISLANDERS
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/2BA, four-car
garage. Two blocks to beach. Pet friendly. $1,400/
month. Call 941-713-2150.
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/
AFFORDABLE SEASONAL RENTALS still available.
Weekly, monthly, bayfront, Gulffront, big, small. Call
Sato Real Estate for availability. 941-778-7200.
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-
OF ANNA MARIA
8015 Marina Isle,
family estate, boat
dock, lap pool.
Scott Norris, Broker Associate
RESIDENTIA REAL ESTATE, INC. 6016 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton, FL 34209
Four Great West Wide Properties at Terrific Prices
7826 Seville Circle-This3BR/2BApool home in popular Palma
Sola Park is just afew yards from the bayfront park. A greenbelt
area across the street means permanent privacy. $445,000.
7820 San Juan Ave. Rarely available Palma Sola Park lot.
8012 3rd Ave. -Great curb appeal on this 3BR/2BA home just
a few feet from Palma Sola Bay. Terrific location, great schools,
beautiful landscape. $315,000.
1321 63rd Ave. This terrific looking 3BR/2BA Village Green
home features a wood burning fireplace, spacious den, and
a large wrap around screened lanai that overlooks a well
landscaped and private backyard. $279,000.
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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 hlmsbch rntl @ aol.com.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: LARGE 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage. Big screened lanai, huge fenced
yard, excellent schools, quiet area. $1,595/month.
200-FEET TO ROD & Reel Pier: Ground floor, fully
furnished, 2BR/1BA duplex. No pets or smokers.
Seasonal, $1,500/month, annual, $1,000/month.
Available April 1.941-387-8610.
VACATION: AVAILABLE MARCH 2007 only.
2BR/1 BA mobile, very clean and comfortable.Two
miles to beach. $1,100/month. 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/
ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA GROUND-level duplex. Near
community center. Fridge, stove, microwave, washer
and dryer, screened lanai, large yard. Pet OK.
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 con-
ditioning. 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-
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
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.
SUMMER ON LAKE Michigan! Beautiful condo in
Frankfort, Mich., with shared 600 feet of frontage.
$7,500/season. Information, 231-334-6700.
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH. Available now.
1 BR/1BA, all utilities included, furnished, one block
to Gulf. $1,400/month. 941-721-6090.
ANNUAL FURNISHED 1BR/1BA waterfront apart-
ment with laundry and some utilities included. $850/
month. Phone 941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.
PERICO ISLAND BY owner. Single 3BR/2BA home,
beautifully decorated and maintained. Wide-open
views overlooking preserve from heated, caged
pool. Buyers agents, 3 percent. $472,000. 941-
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.
ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA, ELEVATED duplex in Braden-
ton Beach. One block to beach. High ceilings, clean.
Pet considered. $950Qmonth. 941-725-2549.
ON-ISLAND MINI-storage. Climate-controlled units
starting at $65/month. Call Anna Maria Storage,
RETIRED COUPLE LOOKING for owner-managed
rental house on Anna Maria Island. Need 2-3BR/2BA,
January through April 2008. Must be in quiet neigh-
borhood. 941-778-1591 or 507-321-0977.
MIRROR LAKE: NEXT to IMG Academy. 2BR/2BA
condo with direct lake views. Available March and
April, $1,500/month. 941-587-1456.
1BR/1BA: $900/MONTH. 112-B 52nd St., Holmes
Beach. Studio/efficiency, $600/month. 112 No. 1,
52nd St., Holmes Beach. 941-746-8666.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA home, Anna Maria,
$1,350/month. 2BR/2BA apartment, Anna Maria,
$875/month. Riverfront condo, 2BR/2BA, $1,195/
month. 1 BR/1BA, new tile and paint, $775/month.
Cedar's East townhome, 3BR/2.5BA, $2,750/month.
Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-2307.www.fran-
ANNUAL RENTAL: 55-plus mobile home park.
2BR/2BA furnished, lanai, carport, pool, clubhouse,
fishing dock. $750/month plus utilities and deposit.
$55 application. Call 941-778-0181.
ANNUAL STUDIO APARTMENT in Holmes Beach.
No pets. 941-778-7039.
ANNUAL: LARGE 1B R/1BA. Steps to beach. Large
front yard, washer, fireplace. Yard service, cable
and water included. $850/month. 727-540-9294.
WATERFRONT: SEASONAL OR annual. Beach,
dock. Free use of kayak, pool, exercise room and
bicycle. 941-779-9074. E-mail: gwalker43@hot-
1BR/1BA IN BRADENTON Beach triplex. $675/
month includes water. First and last rent. Call 941-
ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA: Washer and dryer hookups,
covered carport, updated kitchen, tile floor through-
out. Living room and family room, large bedrooms.
First, last and security deposit. $1,100/month. 941-
GREAT VIEWS OF the water! One and 2BR fur-
nished apartments by the Rod & Reel Pier starting
at $1,100/month. 941-747-3321.
VILLAGE GREEN: MINUTES to beaches. Large
2BR/2BA, big screened lanai, large yard, good
schools, close to shopping. $1,100/month, annual.
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MINUTES TO BEACHES: Lakeside South, West
Bradenton. Big 2BR/2BA, one-car garage villa.
Pool, tennis, clubhouse, quiet area. $1,700/month.
STEPS TO BEACH and bay: 1 BR/1 BA, patio, utilities
paid. March, $1,200/month, $325/weekly, Annual
$750/month. 2BR/1BA, lanai, furnished water,
garbage, April through December, $875/month.
2BR/1BA doublewide, patio, bay view, Sandpiper
Mobile Resort, 55-plus, clubhouse, laundry, shuffle-
ANNUAL RENTAL: SPACIOUS villa, 300-plus sf
living area! 2BR/2BA, plus family room, large util-
ity, garage. New carpet and paint, close to beach.
Available approximately March 15. $1,300/month.
AFFORDABLE SEASONAL RENTALS: Burgundy
condo, 1BR/1BA $350/week, $1,100/month.
2BR/2BA townhouse, pool, boat dock, $650/week,
1,500 month. Island canal home, 3BR/2BA, pool
and boat dock $990/week. Real Estate Mart, 941-
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA 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.
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 counter-
tops, tile flooring, and more. Call Scott Wheeler
at 614-207-7878, or e-mail scott@scottincolum-
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.
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-
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
BRAND NEW 2BR/2BA villa with garage. Only $89/
month fee. $225,000. Bill, 941-518-9300.
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.
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! $429,999.
BRAND NEW MAINTENANCE-free villas just west
of Intracoastal in west Bradenton. No age restric-
tions. 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. Gor-
geous 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 Gulf-
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-
Providing islanders with personal service to and from
central and south florida airports, etc., Since 1991.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
TERRA CEIA:WATERFRONT 3BR home with dock.
Lease with option, $1,800/month. www.44smart.
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-
FOR SALE BY owner: Brand new, quality built,
best value on Anna Maria Island. 3BR/2BA-plus,
vaulted ceilings, maple wood floors, granite coun-
ters, vaulted screened porch, upgraded baths and
showers, crown molding.Truly beautiful and beachy
look. Reduced. $697,000. Seller motivated, make an
offer. Buy before March 1 and save! 941-778-9485.
309-A 59th Street, Holmes Beach.
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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.
WESTBAY POINT MOORINGS: Condo overlooking
the canal, turnkey furnished, light and bright. Price
to sell, $379,000. Denise Langlois, Coldwell Banker,
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.
VILLAGE GREEN: NEW air conditioner, tile, carpet,
paint and tile roof. Seven years old, heated pool.
Best buy! $194,900. Denise Langlois, Coldwell
NEW CONDO REDUCED. $299,900. 2BR/2BA,
den, garage, lake view, minutes to beach.
Screened lanai, walk to restaurants and shop-
BEACH VILLAS: FURNISHED 1BR/1BA and
2BR/1BA, view of the Skyway, 100 steps to
the beach, $195,000. Financing available. 941-
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. $610,000. 235 85th St., Holmes Beach.Call
Rich Bohnenberger for showing, 941-778-0355.
LIGHT AND BRIGHT custom home just steps to the
beach. Large gourmet kitchen with granite and real
wood floors and cabinets. Cathedral ceilings and
plenty of storage. $799,900. Keller Williams Realty
Greater Manatee. Call 941-779-5149.
PRE-FORECLOSURE SALE: $499,999. My loss is
your gain! Selling $50,000 below purchase price.
3BR/2BA beautiful home, recently remodeled and
redecorated on quiet drive. 413 Bay Palms Drive.
Contact owner/broker, Fisher Real Estate Inc. 941-
DESIRABLE LEWIS PARK-area home with sepa-
rate 1BR/1 BA guest quarters. Lovely fenced yard.
HOLMES BEACH, ANNA Maria Island: Ideal condo,
2BR/2BA, spacious, elevated, turnkey furnished,
carport, pool. Steps to beach and shops. $369,000.
HOLMES BEACH HOUSE:Two blocks from beach.
Lot size 50x100 feet. $399,900. 941-587-1456.
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RIVERVIEW BOULEVARD HOME for sale.
3BR/2BA, two-car garage plus family room, over
2,000 sf. Secluded pool and tropical garden area.
Updated and well-maintained. $350,000. 941-730-
BEACH HOUSE FOR sale: 2BR/1 BA with new roof
and new air conditioner. Steps to your private beach.
Call 813-690-5143. 112 81st St., Holmes Beach.
PERICO BAY CLUB! A beautiful turnkey furnished,
first-floor, end unit, with no one above you. A true
three bedroom, cathedral ceilings, new appliances,
glass-enclosed lanai, water views, 24-hour security
at gate. Very nicely priced at $345,000. Call Jill Sul-
livan at Keller Williams Realty, 941-232-9783.
$450,000. MID-ISLAND duplex: 2BR/1.5BA and
1BR/1BA with separate central heat and air, tile
floors, all new appliances, two blocks to beach,
bonus side yard, RV hookup on paved pad. 813-
645-6738, or www.c3island.com for color brochure
with floor plans.
MAGNIFICENT PALMA SOLA VIEW: Perico Bay
Club: 2BR/2BA, close to beach! Second-floor unit
with vaulted ceiling, screened and air-conditioned
glassed-in porch, one-car garage. 24-hour security.
Active associations. Open 1-4pm Sunday. Home,
863-324-0944. Cell, 863 280-0222. sandsgoldm@
aol.com. Owner is a broker.
STEPS TO BEACH and bay: 1BR/1BA, lanai, shed,
central air and heat. Owner may carry $139,000.
OPEN HOUSE: 1-3pm Sunday. 865 North Shore
Drive, Anna Maria Waterfront with Gulf to bay views.
$1,399,000. Lynn Parker, 941-321-2736. RoseBay
OUTSTANDING GULF AND bay views. Boat dock,
original Key West-style, elevated 2BR/1 BA cottage.
Wood floors, spacious, open floor plan. $499,000.
QUALITY DUPLEX: RAISED block. Huge, enclosed
garage, turnkey furnished, walk one block to beach.
$487,000. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
KEY ROYALE: BY owner. 3BR/2BA on canal, all
new interiors, Corian kitchen, spacious caged pool,
deck and spa. Boat dock, easy access to Tampa
Bay. Call me for this once-in-a-lifetime bargain at
$789,900. Realtor/owner, Fred, 941-356-1456.
PALMA SOLA BAY townhouse. 2BR. Heated
pool, boat dock. $275,000. Real Estate Mart,
AAH! COOL MOUNTAIN breezes! Murphy, N.C.
Affordable land, homes, mountain cabins on lakes,
mountains and streams. Free brochure, 877-837-
2288. Exit Realty Mountain View Properties. www.
NORTH CAROLINA: COOL mountain air, views
and streams, homes, cabins and acreage. Free
brochure, 800-642-5333. Realty Of Murphy, 317
Peachtree St., Murphy, N.C. 28906. www.real-
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Winter season
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NC mountains homes, cabins, acreage and invest-
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NORTH CAROLINA GATED lakefront commu-
nity. Pleasantly mild climate. 1.5 acres, 90 miles
of shoreline. Never offered before with 20 percent
pre-development discounts, 90 percent financing.
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-
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HURRICANE OF A deal! Northeast Georgia's best
kept secret for outstanding lakefront property. Visit
us at www.lakerussellproperties.com, or call 706-
40-MILE MOUNTAIN views: Nine +/- acres,
$116,900. Incredible mountain getaway, private
national forest and trout stream access. Perc tested,
new survey, near Blacksburg, Va. Call owner direct
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.
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.
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.
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.
OWNER SAYS SELL! 36-plus acres, $197,000.
50 percent below recent certified appraisal. Nicely
wooded acreage in private, secluded setting. Mature
oaks and pines, abundant wildlife, gated commu-
nity. Registered survey, power and phone. Excellent
financing. Must see! Call owner now, 866-352-2249,
RARE! NATIONAL FOREST frontage and trophy
trout stream. Large acreage parcels new to market.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS LOG cabin shell on two
private acres near very wide trout stream in the
Galax area and New River State Park, $139,500.
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WATERFRONT BARGAINS! ONE- to seven-acre
waterfronts in Alabama from $49,900. Boat to Gulf
of Mexico! Beautifully wooded, panoramic water
views, trophy fishing/hunting. Next to state parks.
County-road frontage, utilities, county water. Excel-
lent financing. Must see. Call now, 800-564-5092,
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GEORGIA LAKE PROPERTIES: Close-out sale,
first two years. payments on us! Lake access from
$49,900. Lakefront from $124,900. Common dock,
paved roads, underground utilities. 71,000-acre lake
on Georgia/South Carolina border. Sale Saturday,
March 3. Call for your appointment today! 888-
LAKE-SALE, ext. 2182. Some restrictions apply.
Offer void where prohibited by law. Terms and con-
ditions subject to change without notice.
SOUTH CENTRAL FLORIDA. Owner says sell! Five
acres, $99,000. 50 percent below recent certified
appraisal. Unbelievable opportunity to own five
acres of meadows and woods in excellent location.
50 percent off recent appraisal. Great financing. Call
now, 866-352-2249, ext. 1097.
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Spacious 4BR/3BA home with 253-foot waterfront. Deep water,
two docks and lushly landscaped. $1,850,000.
GULF PLACE CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, large master suite with Jacuzzi tub,
screened porch, heated pool, tennis. $969,900.
ANNA MARIA CONTEMPORARY
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
Bamboo flooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
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. $599,000.
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.
4BR/3BA spectacular home with gorgeous view of Bimini Bay with
9,000 lb. boat lift! $1,700,000.
PERIWINKLE COTTAGE 2BR, Close to Beach. $649,900.
GULF PLACE CONDO 3BR/2BA direct Gulf view. $995,000.
ANNA MARIA NEAR BEACH House and cottage. $848,000.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO 1BR/1BA Water view. $349,000.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulf view. $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 BAYFRONTPARADISE-3BR/2.5BA, $1,124,900.
RIVERVIEW BOULEVARD 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. $299,900.
SUN PLAZAWEST CONDOS 2BR/2BA. From $529,900.
ANNUAL and SEASONAL
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1811 NW 72ND ST, SHAWS POINT New! Custom 718 89TH CT NW, MAHOGANY BAY NEW! 4BR/
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BRADENTON New custom Kendar Home
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243 17TH ST. N, BRADENTON BEACH CLUB 2716 PALMA SOLA Exquisite full bay views
- Runs from Gulf to Bay in the heart of Anna Maria from every room of this 5,000 sq. ft, custom on
Island.Darlingturnkeyfurnished 3BR/2BAtownhouse over half an acre. Features 5BR,4 cargarage,library,
with private elevator and garage, offers beach access great room, pool and multilevel terrace. Lots of
and two pools on a quiet cul-de-sac.Wonderful for space for family and entertaining. $2,999,900
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6200 FLOTILLA, # 268. WESTBAY POINT
MOORINGS. All new carpet and paint, 2nd
floor end unit with water view. Great deal,
least expensive unit offered! $369,000
5208 RIVERVIEW BLVD 1.93 acres on 1207 N. GULF DR. #300 Darling, turnkey
Manatee River with 250 linear feet on the river. furnished top floor 2BR/2BA with den, offers
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Dock in place, bring the boat. $3,300,000 $879,000.
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