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Mc Adam resigns over sex harassment complaint
By Paul Roat
Ed Mc Adam has resigned as building official in
Bradenton Beach after a sexual harassment charge
was levied against him by the city's code enforce-
In a terse, undated letter to Mayor John Chap-
pie, code enforcement officer Gail M. Garneau wrote,
"Please be advised that I am filing a formal complaint
against the city of Bradenton Beach for sexual harass-
ment by the building official, Ed Mc Adam."
Mc Adam was placed on administrative leave Feb. 23,
Acute Care team
in court March 30
By Rick Catlin
The seven staff members of Acute Care in Anna
Maria arrested Feb. 23 on state charges of Medicaid
fraud will be arraigned at 9 a.m. on March 30 in the
Manatee County Circuit Court.
Arrested were Acute Care president Jeanne Fergu-
son, chief financial officer Nancy Wood, office manager
Heidi Rickert, supervisor of respiratory therapy Andrea
Suarez, respiratory therapist Carla Camacho, respira-
tory therapist Stephanie Nichols, and chief operating
officer Cynthia May.
All seven have been released on bail, but as of
press deadline only Suarez and May have entered not
guilty pleas. The remaining five defendants have not
yet filed pleas.
Each of the seven are charged by the Florida Attor-
ney General's Medicaid Fraud Unit with one count of
Medicaid provider fraud, a third-degree felony and one
count of organized fraud, a first-degree felony. The total
amount of fraudulent claims is $2.6 million, according
to the FAG's office. If convicted on both counts, each
of the women could face a maximum of 30 years in
prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
Manatee County Circuit on-line records indicate
Wood and Ferguson live on Dundee Lane on Key
Royale in Holmes Beach, while the remaining defen-
dants live on the mainland.
Acute Care Inc., a medical supply and therapy com-
pany, was formed in Anna Maria in 1996 and operated
at a Pine Avenue location until moving to the former
U.S. Post Office building at 9908 Gulf Drive several
and Garneau took leave from her job a few days earlier.
Mc Adam tendered his resignation March 8, which
city commissioners accepted without comment in an
City Clerk Nora Idso was directed to begin the
process of advertising for a new building official at
that same meeting, with salary and other benefits yet
to be determined.
City attorney Ricinda Perry conducted the
investigation into the Mc Adam-Garneau matter.
She did not respond to repeated requests by The
Anna Maria special event diet: can of worms
By Rick Catlin
The Sandbar Restaurant is famous for a lot of
things: a scenic atmosphere, sunsets and lots of good
food. One item customers won't find on the menu, how-
ever, is a can of worms.
That specialty was apparently left to the Anna
Maria City Commission at its March 8 meeting when
it began discussion of plans to change the special
After hearing a host of draft changes to the ordi-
nance proposed by city plannerAlan Garrett, Commis-
sioner Dale Woodland said the commission needs to
identify "What's the problem we are trying to fix?"
The problem, at least according to some adjacent
and nearby residents, is the Sandbar Restaurant, which
received 11 special event permits for outdoor weddings
from the commission Feb. 22 that include erection of a
tent on the beach for each wedding.
But Woodland cautioned that trying to change
the ordinance just because a few people are dissatis-
fied with the Sandbar "will bring up a whole new
set of problems."
In fact, said Woodland, "The pro and anti-Sand-
bar people will never come together. We can pass
ordinances until the cows come home and won't sat-
Commission Chairman John Quam noted that
everyone is "always talking about one restaurant."
He was concerned with the future, particularly on
Pine Avenue. Quam also observed that with a special
exception permit, violations of the noise ordinance
Palmetto Avenue resident Robin Wall said that she
and her husband are subject to loud noises at night from
parties. The noises include yelling, music and disc jock-
eys. They have complained to the police, but nothing
was ever put in a police report, she said.
"Our quality of life should not be degraded,"
But Mayor Fran Barford said that only two noise
PLEASE SEE SPECIAL, PAGE 3
Islander to comment on the matter, and neither did
Mc Adam or Garneau.
"I have been proud to be a part of the city of Bra-
denton Beach government," Mc Adam said in his resig-
nation letter, "most importantly, working for excellent
city commissioners, who have dedicated many hours
of their time for the benefit of city residents.
"On Oct. 28, 2004, Mayor Chappie asked me to
come out of retirement to utilize my management and
professional skills to renew confidence in the planning,
PLEASE SEE MC ADAM, NEXT PAGE
Relay for Life participants gather
Nicole Ward, left, and her mother, Rae
Ward, of Bradenton, pictured above, share
a moment during a victory walk for caregiv-
ers and cancer survivors during the Relay
for Life of Anna Maria Island March 9. Rae
Ward is a 12-year survivor of ovarian cancer.
An estimated 200 people participated in the
two-day event on Coquina Beach. Cancer
survivors take the first walk around the track
at the Relay for Life March 9, pictured at left.
More on page 13. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
SPECIAL SECTION THIS WEEK
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Mc Adam resigns
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building and code enforcement aspects of the city gov-
ernment. Hopefully, I have achieved that goal.
"In December 2006, at the age of 68 years, I com-
pleted over 50 years of public service in a wide vari-
ety of major management and professional positions in
state, county and city governments," Mc Adam contin-
ued in his letter. "There is never a good time for any of
us to resign or retire. There are always new challenges,
new projects and new assignments to be done, and new
deadlines to meet."
Mc Adam lauded city staff in his letter, "especially the
fine staff of the planning and development department."
Mc Adam, was employed by Manatee County gov-
ernment in a variety of administrative positions, includ-
ing head of public works, project management, waste-
water and project engineer departments, from 1985 to
2003. He received outstanding remarks on his personnel
evaluation forms during his tenure with the county
At Bradenton Beach, he received $83,200 a year
in salary, or $40 per hour.
Garneau, 51, was hired by Mc Adam in July 2005
and received excellent marks by him in a recent job
evaluation. She is paid about $23,300 annually.
The construction, inspection, testing and consult-
ing firm of MT Causley Inc. has been retained by the
city for "supplemental plans review and inspection ser-
vices" for the city for "as long as needed."
The company, based in Homestead, Fla., will pro-
vide its services to the city on a staggered scale of pay,
depending on the services requested, ranging from
certified building official tasks on a part-time basis at
$85 per hour to plans examiner from $68 to $78.50 per
hour. If licensed professional architects-engineers are
required, the hourly charge to the city will be $140.
"I hope that we won't drag this out a year like
the last time," Chappie said of the hiring of a new
Bradenton Beach has been through numerous
building officials in the past few years, including a long
vacancy before Me Adam was hired.
During that period, the services of the city of
Holmes Beach and Manatee County were utilized at
an hourly rate of pay based on the staff salary of the
person providing the service.
'Drinking Alone' opens Thursday at Island playhouse
The Island Players opens Thursday night, March 15, with its fourth production in a season offive shows.
"Drinking Alone," a romantic comedy, includes four "players" shown here in a game of Trivial Pursuit, from
left, Elaine Levin, Dianne Brin, Laura Morales and Gabe Simches, and John Durkin, standing behind the
"players." It will be onstage at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, at 8 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through April 1. Tickets are $15 at the box office, which opens 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday through Saturday, and one hour before performances. For ticket information, call the box office at
778-5755. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Nally lawsuit hearing scheduled at presstime
Oral arguments in the lawsuit by William and Bar-
bara Nally against Anna Maria over the city's approval
of a final site plan for the Sandbar Restaurant were
scheduled for 3:30 p.m. March 13 at presstime for The
Islander before Judge Paul E. Logan of the Manatee
County Circuit Court.
The law firm of Lobeck and Hanson is representing
the Nallys, while the firm of Dye, Deitrich, Petruff &
St. Paul of Bradenton will handle the city's interests.
Although not a party to the lawsuit, Sandbar
owner Ed Chiles said he will have his attorney pres-
ent at the hearing.
FOOD ON THE GULF COAST"
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AM board P&Z approves comp plan, FLUM
By Rick Catlin
It may have taken slightly more than four years
of preparation, but Anna Maria now has a new com-
prehensive plan and future land-use map heading to
the city commission for a public hearing and even-
tual transmission to the Florida Department of Com-
munity Affairs. The commission earlier this year
approved the evaluation and appraisal report portion
of the comp plan.
The city's planning and zoning board held its public
hearing March 6 on the proposed plan and FLUM and,
surprisingly, made a few last-minute changes in its rec-
ommendations to the city.
By a 4-2 vote, the board eliminated language that
would have limited the height of construction in a com-
mercial land-use area to a maximum of 27 feet and kept
the commercial height limitation the same as that for
residential areas 37 feet.
That came after new P&Z board member Robert
Hinton noted that there are only a few commercial
areas in the city and a 37-foot-high structure is "not
"Let's keep what we've been allowing," he said.
Galati Marine owner Mike Galati had made an
impassioned and convincing plea for new commercial
construction to be allowed the same height as resi-
dences because of the staggering insurance cost of a
In another departure from the proposed FLUM that
has been under consideration the past three years, the
board voted unanimously to allow the land-use desig-
nation on the FLUM of the six lots on the northwest
comer of the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection
owned by LBK Realty changed from commercial to
But a motion by Hinton to change the land-use
designation of the property at 110 and 111 Spring Ave.
and 9702 Gulf Drive from residential to ROR died for
lack of a second.
Former city commissioner Linda Cramer, who was
in Atlanta for medical care at the time of the hearing,
had a letter from her attorney, Michael Connolly, read
into the record. Cramer noted that a city ordinance
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complaints have been lodged with the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office sub-station in Anna Maria for many
months. She said she'd check again with the MCSO
and ask that a log be kept of any noise complaints.
Marie White, who lives adjacent to the Sandbar,
chimed in that she believed that when the Sandbar got
permission to build a pavilion for weddings, that would
eliminate the need for outdoor weddings, outdoor noise
and erection of a tent on the beach.
A special event should not be held at the restaurant
every weekend from March to September, she said,
noting that she's just "trying to keep the village great
Attorney Brendan Rowe, representing William and
Barbara Nally who also live adjacent to the Sandbar,
said limiting the frequency of special event permits
would "go a long way to eliminating problems."
He also threw Garrett's proposals under the bus,
particularly Garrett's call for a "major" and "minor"
special event permit application process. Rowe said
Garrett had "missed completely" the reasons for when
and why a special event permit should be issued.
But Anna Maria resident Mark Alonso chimed in
on the side of the Sandbar, saying the commission was
"on a wild goose chase." By this action, the city is "not
people friendly or business friendly."
Commissioner Chris Tollette even wondered if
having an "awareness" party with about 75 people at a
home would require a special event permit. The same
question was asked about a Super Bowl party at a pri-
vate house or even a restaurant. A party of just a few
people might require a special event permit.
Enough, said Commissioner Duke Miller.
The ordinance should at least define what a spe-
cial event permit is, he said. Miller also thought there
should be a limit on the number of special event permits
received each year by an establishment or organization,
but said he didn't have enough information yet to make
He suggested that Garrett look at special event
shows her property at 9702 Gulf Drive is zoned com-
mercial and she asked the board for clarification. She
also requested the land-use be changed to ROR.
Professional planner Tony Arrant, who has
guided the city through the comp-plan and FLUM
revision process the past four years, said that the
official FLUM presently on file with the DCA and
adopted in 1992 shows the land-use for Cramer's
property is residential.
There has been no error and no mistake. That's
what the city adopted and that's what the DCA goes
Long time coming
Anna Maria planning and zoning board chairman
Doug Copeland, left, shakes hands with professional
planner Tony Arrant following the board's approval
of the comprehensive plan and future land-use map
that took more than four years to put together under
Arrant's guidance. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
permit ordinances from three or four cities, not just
the Sanibel ordinance that Wall provided in February,
and send those to commissioners to provide an opinion
of what changes should be put in the city's ordinance.
"Until then, we don't have much to work with,"
They will send their comments to Garrett, who
will re-draft his amendments for discussion and bring
permit ordinances from other Florida cities to the
The commission also gave consensus for Garrett
to include a fee schedule for special event permits that
would vary for non-profit organizations and for profit-
In other commission business, the commission
discussed whether or not the city should spend an esti-
mated $65,000 for a study of the Lake LaVista channel
depth and bottom and decided to wait on more informa-
tion from engineer Tom Wilcox.
Uniform setbacks and lot coverage
Commissioners agreed to send suggestions to Gar-
rett on lot coverage and setbacks for all zoning districts
in the city, including retail-office-residential.
The commission is looking to get "uniform" stan-
dards in all districts and Garrett recommended the same
setback requirements for construction in any zone.
Barford said it will be "months" before the mold
and asbestos problems at city hall are fixed and the
city can move from its temporary quarters at the Island
Baptist Church back to city hall.
The city does have four bids for the project and the
mayor will bring those bids, along with a spreadsheet
and timeline, to commissioners to study this week prior
to approving a contract. She'll ask for a special city
commission when all the paperwork is ready.
by and what the city has to abide by, he said. The com-
prehensive plan takes precedence over any zoning ordi-
nance, Arrant observed.
But the most surprising move by the board was to
ask Arrant to "investigate" the properties on the beach-
end of Maple, Beach, Oak and Park that are classified
as "conservation" areas on the proposed FLUM.
Property owner John Cagnina said he remembered
years ago when a "Dr. Walker" had a house on that
property and he believed Walker was the owner of the
property that the board wanted to designate as conser-
Arrant said that according to the Manatee County
Property Appraiser's Office, there are no platted lots
on the property in question and no owner, other than
"And we have given public notice" about the pro-
posed conservation area, he added.
But to be safe, the board asked Arrant to re-inves-
tigate any possible private ownership.
If Arrant does discover any platted lots, the board
requested Arrant to change the land use on the FLUM
in the affected area to residential.
The P&Z board will meet again at 7 p.m. Tues-
day, March 20, to approve the minutes of the public
hearing. After the minutes are approved, the proposed
comp plan and FLUM as approved March 6 -
will be forwarded to the city commission for another
The P&Z board is only a recommending body, said
board chairman Doug Copeland. The city commission
can still change any portion of the comp plan or FLUM
by a majority vote following that public hearing.
Once approved by the city commission, the comp
plan and FLUM are sent to the DCA in Tallahassee
for recommendations and approval. The DCA will
return the documents to the commission for any needed
changes, a final public hearing and another approval.
Once the FLUM and comp plan are approved by
both the DCA and city commission, the city then must
pass appropriate ordinances, including zoning, to ensure
the required land use in the comp plan, and the FLUM,
and that the required elements of the plan are met.
Anna Maria City
March 20, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting,
Holmes Beach City Hall.
March 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting, Holmes
Beach City Hall.
Anna Maria City Hall is temporarily housed in the
annex building at Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, 708-6130 www.cityofannamaria.
March 14, 1 p.m., shade meeting of city commission.
March 15, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
approval of paving contract, approval to purchase recy-
cling truck, city hall renovation approval, conflict of
interest waiver approval for city attorney, approval of
street development refund deposit, and city commis-
March 19, 4 p.m., WAVES committee meeting.
March 20, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meet-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
March 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
March 15, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire and Rescue Com-
mission District meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Agenda: presentations,
fiscal year 2005-06 audit report, memorial towers dis-
cussion, impact fee legislation discussion, consolidated
dispatch discussion and commission comments.
March 19, 3:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
March 21, 1 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials Meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall.
4 E MARCH 14, 2007 E THE ISLANDER
Contempt charges filed against city over seawall
By Paul Roat
A long-standing issue has come back to haunt Bra-
denton Beach, this time in the form of a criminal con-
tempt of court lawsuit from Pete Milazzo.
In an ongoing saga that began in June 2004,
Milazzo, of 306 Gulf Drive S., fired off his latest salvo
of legal charges last week against the city and Ed Mc
Adam, the city's now former building official.
Some history is needed first to grasp the nature of
Milazzo, in 2004, asked for permission to remove
about 100 feet of the concrete-block seawall fronting
his Gulffront property. The seawall is far from the
water's edge and abuts part of the house.
A former building official in Bradenton Beach
issued the Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion a letter of no objection to the seawall removal. The
city then apparently decided to reverse itself, rescinded
the letter and sent the matter for a hearing before the
city's board of adjustment.
BOA members debated the matter in February and
March of 2005. The board eventually decided that the
"no-objection "letter was warranted. The recommenda-
tion by the BOA went to the city commission, which
also approved the letter to the DEP However, the letter
did not materialize, and a lawsuit was filed by Milazzo
to demand the letter
The city's letter was eventually mailed after a circuit
court order, and Milazzo last month received a condi-
tional permit from the DEP for the seawall removal.
However, the city contested issuance of the DEP
permit before the Florida Division of Administrative
Hearings and requesting a new ruling.
The crux of the matter lies in a determination by
city consultant Karyn Erickson, a coastal engineer, that
the seawall fronting the Milazzo property is a vital ele-
ment of flood protection and is important to maintain
sand on the beach, rather than allowing it to wash onto
the adjacent roadway.
"I'm shocked that the city is discussing oppos-
ing the decision of the state, "said Scott Rudacille last
month, an attorney representing Milazzo. "Why is the
city opposing this project? The state coastal engineers
have no problem with this, and, in fact, they encourage
removal of rigid shores on the beaches."
Fast-forward to last week's actions and the criminal
contempt of court charges.
Attorney Scott K Petersen, on behalf of Milazzo,
wrote in his motion, "The city's almost three-year
assault on Milazzo 's property rights, seemingly driven
by politics rather than any basis in law or fact, con-
tinues. The city's appeal of the DEP final order is a
contemptuous act. It is but another stall tactic designed
to force Milazzo to spend yet more money contending
against the same objections the city has been making
for three years. The city, apparently undeterred by this
court's order, now seeks to do the very same thing that
this court ordered it not to do, i.e., once again reassert
its objections to Milazzo's permit. "
Peterson said that the proper course the city should
have taken would have been to appeal the circuit court
ruling to an appellate court rather than through the
administrative hearing process.
"It is a clear attempt to make an end-run around
this court's order, "Peterson wrote in his brief. "The
city's actions are both an affront to the dignity of this
court and to the orderly administration of justice. Such
actions should not be countenanced. "
Rudacille said, "The better question is what the
actual municipal purpose is for the city in continuing
the opposition at this point. The court has found there is
no legal basis for their opposition, and the coastal engi-
neers at DEP have found that the removal [of the wall]
will cause no significant adverse impacts to beaches,
dunes or adjacent properties. They state they are acting
on a public safety issue, based on the coastal engineer's
reports, but the city 's opposition began long before the
engineer was ever hired. "
City attorney Greg Hootman received the docu-
ments filed by Milazzo's attorneys and declined to dis-
cuss the on-going matter.
Beach view now and later
Anna Maria resident and native landscape expert Mike Miller offered "current and tomorrow" pictures of Cortez Beach as it appears now and as it could in afew years
after planting native Florida landscaping. Islander Photos: Courtesy Mike Miller
New hurdles in path of Coquina Beach Trail construction
By Paul Roat
Progress on the controversial Coquina Beach Trail
in Bradenton Beach has come to a screeching halt,
thanks to bureaucracy.
Construction on the 1.3-mile-long trail, from Fifth
Street South to the base of the Longboat Bridge on
the west side of Gulf Drive, began last month. The
8-foot-wide asphalt path meanders under some trees,
has bollards to keep trailgoers and vehicles separated,
and will have water fountains, benches, bike racks and
other amenities along its length.
The $391,500 project is funded by Manatee County
The West Manatee Fire Rescue District is
working with local elementary schools to provide
students with bike helmets.
A helmet giveaway for children who do not
have them will take place Wednesday, March 14,
from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Palma Sola, Stewart and
Anna Maria elementary schools.
"The project was initiated as part of our com-
munity risk reduction program, "said WMFR
Capt. Tom Sousa. "Our firefighters noticed on the
first week of school in August that many kids were
not wearing bike helmets on the way to school.
They initiated a program through Safe Kids to
issue bike helmets to kids that did not have one
when they reached school. "
Sousa said firefighters will also talk with stu-
dents about bicycle safety.
and Bradenton Beach.
Controversy erupted when a change order on the
job spurred the removal of 66 Australian pine trees
along the trail's route, more than the 37 trees that were
originally marked for removal.
The latest snafu in the project was one of a permit-
Tom Yarger, the county 's parks and recreation proj-
ect manager in charge of the trail work, said that permit
requests had been submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, and the Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District in a "clearinghouse "move.
The various agencies reviewed the plans about
a year ago. The Corps waived jurisdiction, Yarger
said, as did the DEP Swiftmud ended up with the
plans, and determined it would exempt the project
from any permits.
Once work began, though, a DEP representative
called for a halt on the work.
"The DEP claimed jurisdiction and halted the
project, "Yarger told the city 's scenic highway com-
mittee last week. "They admitted they were at fault [for
waiving jurisdiction], and are reviewing the project. We
expect to have a permit in the next few weeks. "
Yarger said that the DEP's Fritz Wettstein halted
the project. Wettstein is with the department's beaches
and coastal systems division, which should have taken
the authority on the trail project but for some reason
did not until the project was under way.
Work was halted Feb. 14.
Another problem resulting from the delay is that
the contractor, Billy Hay Excavating, had to pull crews
and equipment off the job, and will have to re-mobilize
equipment and resources once the permit is in hand.
Cost of that re-mobilization is estimated at $46,000,
Yarger said, "although we are working with the contrac-
tor to get that number down. "
Australian pine tree removal has prompted an out-
pouring of commentary from residents and others. Some
of those comments have been pro-pine, while others
have applauded the removal of what is generally consid-
ered by state officials to be a non-native, noxious tree.
"The charm of the area is in the Australian pines, "
Gail Blackmore said last month. "It seems sad. They
aren't native, but there are lots of things in Florida that
aren't native. "
Yarger said that the trail configuration was
somewhat constrained, and to keep parking at the
public beach, the extra tree removal was required.
He added that he hoped to draw trees from a special
"tree trust fund "within Manatee County to replace
the pines with native Florida shade trees after the
trail work is completed.
Native plant expert Mike Miller of Anna Maria pre-
sented the scenic highway group with a list of Florida
plants that he said would thrive in the high-salt, low-
water environment of the trail's path.
He suggested that with initially judicious watering,
trees and understory plantings could flourish in a short
period of time.
"Coquina Beach should be a forest, he said,
"stretching from the dunes back to Leffis Key. I don't
think that 3,000 cabbage palms would be too many."
Miller even donated the first of the native-Flor-
ida plantings to the city a 12-foot Gumbo Limbo
branch, which he said merely needed to be stuck into
the ground and watered frequently to grow into a leafy
Yarger said he hoped the Coquina Beach Trail
would be completed by its expected deadline of
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 14, 2007 5 5
Chiles ushers in Children's Week this week
By Lisa Neff
Island restaurateur Ed Chiles on March 12 helped
usher in Children's Week, a statewide campaign to pro-
mote the well being of children.
The campaign reaches from the courthouse steps
in Bradenton to the Capitol Rotunda in Tallahassee.
Chiles, as The Islander went to press, was holding a
press conference at the Manatee County Courthouse to
talk about Children's Week and the areas where change
is needed in Florida to better serve the state's children.
Areas for change include healthcare, child pro-
tection, early learning, after-school programs and
juvenile justice. Recommendations are detailed in an
action agenda developed from a summit meeting last
fall involving more than 1,000 legislators, community
leaders and child advocates.
At the top of the agenda for this legislative session
is a proposal to create a children's cabinet.
The action plan also calls for creating a rating
system to promote quality childcare, creating a blue-
ribbon committee to study after-school needs and
examining "zero-tolerance" policies for effectiveness.
The Children's Week schedule in Manatee County
included a display of child-crafted handprints in the
county chambers and throughout the county building
on March 12, followed by the county commission's issu-
ance of a Children's Week Proclamation on March 13.
A "Party in the Park" for parents and children will
be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, in G.T. Bray Park and
Children's Week also includes the presentation of
the Chiles Advocacy Award, which is given each year
to a leading children 's advocate.
The award takes its name from one of Florida's
first families. "Because of the paramount importance
that Lawton and Rhea Chiles attached to early child-
hood and family issues while Lawton Chiles was in
public office and because of Rhea Chiles' continuing
efforts in this arena, Children 's Week Partners, a coali-
tion of more than 20 statewide non-profit, private and
public sector organizations annually present the
Chiles Advocacy Award to a Floridian who has dedi-
cated his or her life to improving the lives of children
This year's award winner is scheduled to be announced
March 26 in Tallahassee during a dinner hosted by Florida
Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente.
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6 0 MARCH 14, 2007 N THE ISLANDER
Dark days in Bradenton Beach
It may come as no surprise to loyal readers of The
Islander newspaper that we are devout "believers" in
Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine laws.
We congratulate both Anna Maria and Bradenton
Beach for hosting Government-in-the-Sunshine train-
ing sessions for staff and officials.
However, it can't happen TOO SOON (March 13)
in Bradenton Beach.
Unfortunately, in the situation that unfolded after
we learned that two city employees, the building offi-
cial and the code enforcement officer, were on unex-
pected leave, the city could have used some Sunshine
Requests for public information in the ensuing
days were greeted by staff and other officials with
remarks such as, "No comment" and "I know noth-
ing." While their comments may have been "true," they
are inappropriate responses for public record requests,
according to Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes.
The fact that the city clerk expressed displeasure
over the official requests but failed to either provide
records or cite the statute that allows the records to be
exempt- is unacceptable.
As the primary person responsible for public
records, the clerk should know the Sunshine Law
requires delivery of the requested document in a timely
manner or a response citing the legal exception. To
flatly deny the request is a violation of the Sunshine
Law and we loathe to overlook this abuse.
The bad state of affairs was worsened by the means
in which the city refuted inquiries and the media.
Further exasperating matters is the fact that the
mayor and the city's attorney still have not seen fit to
return our phone calls.
Also disparaging was the "gag order" on city staff,
which amounted to a limit on each individual's free-
dom of speech.
Finally, the lack of knowledge on the part of the
commissioners if they truly knew nothing of the
circumstances amounts to poor representation for
the citizens of Bradenton Beach. Secrecy and privacy
are different matters and should be handled accord-
The subsequent resignation of the building official
in the wake of a sexual harassment complaint from one
of his staff was not unexpected, but a better result, if
the claims are true and to protect the city, might have
been to fire the building official.
As elected officials, Bradenton Beach's mayor and
commissioners should also examine the risks liabil-
ity and exposure if the complaint is not made public.
In fact, documentation of the complaint is still being
As your watchdog over government matters, we're
appalled by the breach of trust in Bradenton Beach.
Remember, you're entitled to know.
It's just coincidental that this is Sunshine Week all
over the United States, and that Florida Gov. Charlie
Crist began his term in January by heralding a new
Office of Open Government.
Maybe the sun'll come out tomorrow.
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An overdue revolt
The tax revolt inTallahassee is long overdue. Anyone
who does not realize that is living in a dark closet.
Whatever the outcome in Tallahassee, local gov-
ernments are destined to face some serious adjusting
to budgets that have been grossly overfed for the
past decade by a tax system gone awry. The bureau-
crats who have grown accustomed to the windfalls
urge us to protest the "irresponsible actions of a leg-
islature that's not listening to local governments."
I beg your pardon: The legislature is listening to
mad-as-hell constituents who are not going to take
it any more.
Hindsight is 20/20. Looking at the extreme sce-
narios being considered by the Legislature, had we
in Anna Maria, and elsewhere, authorized only infla-
tion-adjusted increases to our budgets, we wouldn't
be borrowing money today to pay for routine infra-
We will survive. We just have to be realistic and
understand that some changes will need to be made that
will affect all of us.
Duke Miller, commissioner, Anna Maria City
This letter is in response to an article concerning
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger's com-
ments about the proposed tax-relief plan and his
opposition to it.
I think he might try giving up his homestead
exemption and see if his attitude changes regarding
Part 1 of the plan. When my property taxes were
doubled in 2001, his probably increased 2 percent.
My property tax since then has increased from
$2,400 to $4,800 and now $6,500 in five years. Has
he seen that much of an increase in his property
taxes? Have the expenses of the Island's municipal
governments increased that much? If so, that needs
to be examined.
Real estate here is said to be overvalued by 25 per-
cent. Will people like me see a comparable decrease
in our property taxes and appraisals without this bill?
Who does he think must shoulder the burden of
these large increases? Some of it will be the same
tourists he worries about with the sales tax increase
proposed in Part 2 which would, incidentally, be
borne by all of us. Landlords cannot do anything
else but pass the cost of these increased taxes on to
It's easy to let those without a homestead exemp-
tion shoulder the bulk of the property tax burden; they
don't get to vote.
A town meeting? How would the non-homestead
owners be represented?
Lawrence J. Zimmer, M.D., Anna Maria
About those pines ...
I want to clarify Save Anna Maria Inc.'s posi-
tion regarding Australian pine removal on Anna
SAM opposes the unconditional removal of Aus-
tralian pines from Anna Maria Island.
SAM does not support future plantings of pines on
the Island. SAM does not oppose the removal of pines
from the Island for immediate health, safety or other
bona fide reasons.
SAM opposes the killing and removal of pines
solely because they are Australian pines. SAM
opposes killing and removing pines without any
consideration of the benefits the particular pine or
grouping may provide.
SAM opposes the efforts to kill all Australian pines
solely because they are Australian pines.
SAM supports other organizations' efforts relative
to opposing pine removal insofar as they are consistent
with SAM's policy.
Sheila Hurst, president, Save Anna Maria Inc.
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 14, 2007 17
A special night
Something special happened Saturday night, Jan.
27. that I wanted your readers to know about. The event
was the Rotary ExtravaganzaCasino Night organized
by the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island. The setting
was St. Bernard Catholic Church auditorium. The spirit
of giving ruled the night.
as it the fabulous decorations handmadeby Island
volunteers? Was it the culinary artistry of Ezra Bra
denton's award-winning eatery and master caterer that
followed the Sandbar Restauant's appetizers ? Vs it
music of the ever-popular entertainers RPM that filled
the hall and lured revelers to the dance floor? Or was it
the exciting casino table action that generated screams
o f triumph again and again? It was obviously all of the
above that created an electricity rarely experienced.
The giving started with a sellout crowd of 250.
the hall's maximum capacity generating more than
$13.000. Then the raffle ticket sales for the week's stay
in a Hawaiian villa added 3.100. Advnce cash dona-
tions generated another $9.500.
The highlight of the evening was two live cash
calls stimulated by two anonymous matches of $2.500
each. Generous attendees responded by raising their
paddles, resulting in more than $14.000 in donations
that brought tears to the eyes of auctioneer and longtime
Rotarian Don Fenald.
The live and silent auction sales drove the total
net event proceeds over the $35.000 mark nearly 70
percent more than last year's event totals.
I wishto thank allthe many wlunteers who donated
their time and money to put the event together in the
last sixmonths.S incere thanks to those donating items
for the auctions and the many in-kind donations, includ-
ing advertising space in this newspaper.
AM SouthBank's $5.000 cashdonation was greatly
appreciated, as was that of other major donors LaP-
ensee Plumbing BrightHouse Networks. Timesaver.
Beachway Liquors. Hurricane Liquors. and so many
others too numerous to mention.
Most importantly I want to thank the many gen-
erous Islanders who helped make the event a raging
Barry Gould. Extravaganza Chair
Ought to be a law
It appears that this recent trolley related accident
in which a young man is truly lucky to be alive has set
anew precedence legally and a new low morally. For
anyone to even suggest that it was this young man's
fault is just astounding! Of course most people know
and expect pedestrians to be getting off and on trolleys.
This was aSunday morning at abusy church intersec-
tion. in season. All reasons to stop and wait behind a
trolley like most people do.
If this was young child or an elderly person exit-
ing a trolley who would dare say. 'They didn't look? "
Evn better, no one ever asked. This young man is my
life. my only son and could easily haw been you or
your child. Of course, my son wouldn't go in front of
the trolley without notifying the driwr, who looked and
told him that it was clear. Thanks to God that a doctor
and nurse happened to be there. Many thanks to them
and all the great neighbors and strangers who came to
help my son. It's a true miracle that my son is alive.
We need to ask why a careless, selfish, impatient
jerk who s lammed into a pedestrian was rewarded
by not even being charged or fined! Why are there
so many 'Wield pedestrian" signs, some with fines of
$118.50 for violations?
Aninexpensive solution would be to make all trol-
ley stops no passing lanes with little yellow paint.
If this were police officer's child I'm sue he'd feel
differently. Then perhaps he'd enforce the law and help
change it insteadof so cavalierlydismissirg this tragedy.
My phone now rings frequently with medical bill
collectors and insurance claim people calling yet no
police or reporters hawv called to hear my son's side
or condition. Thanks for the great picture of the dam-
aged van. though. I guess next they'll say it didn't hurt.
Blame the victim. Obviously.
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8 0 MARCH 14, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Insurance: Crisis, ripple effect continues on AMI
By Molly McCartney
Anna Maria Islanders are still hurting from the
ripple effect of the state insurance crisis.
One of the latest victims is Ginny's Antiques and
Art at 5602 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Owner Ginny
Dutton said she will close that store May 15 because
business is so bad from the combined impact of soar-
ing property insurance, higher property taxes, hurricane
threats, past years' red tide and the slow-down in the
real estate market.
"You can't have 900 homes on the Island for sale
and not have it have an effect," she said. "We price our
things to sell and we are not selling. There are too many
houses for sale and too little occupancy in hotels and
rentals. We used to sell volumes of furniture for people
buying condos and furnishing their homes, and that is
not happening anymore."
Dutton said there has been a downward trend in the
local rental and real estate market since 2004 "when we
were hit with storms and red tide" along with higher
insurance and property taxes.
Closing the Marina Drive store is a "very emo-
tional" experience, Dutton said. "I had customers crying
yesterday, and that makes it very hard," she said.
A second store that Dutton operates with her sister
Jane E. Joyce at 9807 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria City
will remain open. It isn't that the Gulf Drive store is
doing so well, she said. "It is that it is profitable and
the one (on Marina Drive) is not."
The difference is the inventory, she said.
Dutton said the Marina Drive store, which opened
in 1998, specializes in furniture and home furnish-
ings. The Gulf Drive store, which the sisters named
Ginny's and Jane E's At the Old IGA, opened in July
2004, "meets many needs" and features a bakery with
a wide assortment of treats made from scratch, coffee
bar, gourmet grocery section, Internet cafe, flowers,
antiques, art and various other products and services,
including some furniture.
"We also cater private parties," she said.
"If I was selling furniture only [at the Holmes
Beach location], it wouldn't be enough to keep it open,"
No coverage for Pine store
Another island business that continues to suffer
from the insurance crunch is the Pine Avenue General
Store in the city of Anna Maria.
Owner Sandy Mattick lost her wind insurance cov-
erage last year and has been unable to find a replace-
Mattick said she wasn't able to get Citizens Prop-
erty Insurance Corp. coverage in 2006 because the
store was located outside the state-designated wind
zone. She said the store didn't qualify for the Florida
Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Associa-
tion coverage because that excludes residential and
she lives there.
She is hopeful that the state's new insurance regu-
Jane E. Joyce, left, and sister Ginny Dutton, will con-
tinue to operate their popular store, Ginny's and Jane
E's at the Old IGA on Gulf Drive at Magnolia Avenue
in Anna Maria, but Dutton is closing her Marina
Drive store in Holmes Beach, Ginny's Antiques and
Art, on May 15 due to higher insurance premiums,
taxes, hurricane threats and red tide. Islander Photo:
lations will allow her to obtain wind insurance from
Citizens, but it isn't clearyet if she will qualify or if she
will be able to afford the premium if she is eligible.
"I'm hoping this is going to work out," Mattick
said. But she admits being nervous about the cost of
the premium if she does qualify.
Manion insurance lesson
Island homeowner Mary Manion told state Rep.
Bill Galvano at the Kiwanis Club meeting in February
that her USF&G insurance premium had tripled in price
since last year and she wanted to know if she would get
any relief from the new state law.
Galvano, who represents Anna Maria Island and
western Manatee County, said she should get some
relief but the amount would depend on the company
and the policy.
Since then, Manion has learned from her insurance
agent that USF&G operates as an unregulated surplus-
lines carrier in Florida and is not subject to the state's
Manion said she also learned that the $3,700 pre-
mium for her USF&G coverage included an estimated
$1,100 in unrefundable fees.
"My agent said the only place I could go other than
USF&G was Citizens but I don't want to go to Citizens
because it is the last resort, and I don't want to get into
something like that," she said.
Manion thought she was stuck with USF&G. And
as of February she had paid $2,100 of the $3,700 due
on the policy. Then a repairman doing some work at her
home referred her to an agent who was able to place her
with Universal, which is based in Fort Lauderdale.
The premium for the Universal policy is about
$1,300, Manion said.
The Manions dropped the USF&G policy and
switched their coverage to Universal.
The chairman of ManaSota-88 says that it shouldn't
surprise anyone that Florida has been hit with an insur-
"For decades, state and local
governments have permitted
inappropriate development in
hurricane-prone areas and con-
tinue to do so today," Glenn
Compton stated in the group's
a ManaSota-88 is a not-
for-profit public health and
founded in 1968. It has 1,500 members in Manatee
and Sarasota counties.
Compton, a member of the group for 22 years and
chairman for four years, said he has received "quite a
few e-mails and phone calls" in response to his article
in the newsletter. "People are concerned about insur-
ance rates and most agree we have overdeveloped the
coast," he said.
Recent examples of development approvals in
risky coastal areas, he said, include high-rise condo-
miniums on Perico Island in Bradenton and in the city
of Venice, as well as waterfront developments along
the Manatee River.
"There appears to be little consideration given
to the overall problems associated with land-fall-
ing hurricanes when approving developments in this
area," he said.
Compton said there is one obvious solution to the
insurance crisis stop density increases in the Coastal
High Hazard Zone, which must be evacuated in the
event of a Category 1 hurricane, and reduce density in
State leaders, including Gov. Charlie Crist, have
called for a national commission on catastrophic
disaster risk to address the Florida insurance crisis,
but Compton argued that "it is almost laughable that
Florida's political leaders expect the rest of the nation to
bail us out of problems we have created for ourselves as
a result of decades of improper coastal development."
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 14, 2007 9 9
Dr. Rafael J. Barreda
Dr. Rafael J. Barreda, 76, of Tampa and formerly
Bradenton Beach, died March 2.
Dr. Barreda was head of mental health at MacDill
Air Force Base for 42 years and preceptor of various
medical staff. He was a member of Christ the King
Wake service was March 8, and Mass March 9.
He is survived by wife Dahlia C., a former city
commissioner in Bradenton Beach; sons Peter T., a
former city commissioner in Bradenton Beach and
wife Marisela, Ralph J. and wife Melody, and Mark
A.; daughter Julie Barreda Bruyn and husband John;
two brothers; and grandchildren Emily C. Maria N.,
Benjamin A., A. Zoe and Sidney.
Insurance woes continue
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
Compton said that risk assessments show that
Florida has nearly $2 trillion in insured coastal expo-
sure, with nearly 80 percent of Florida's total insured
exposure on the coast.
'The Insurance Information Institute states that a
repeat of the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 could
cause $500 billion in damage by 2020, given current
demographic trends," he said.
Compton said that there is an increased threat of
extensive loss of life and property damage as additional
people move into Southwest Florida.
"It is critical that residents understand the dangers
of living in a hurricane-prone area," he said.
"Currently there are no hurricane evacuation clear-
ance-time standards for new or existing development.
Legislation needs to be passed that would require the
disclosure of hurricane evacuation times when poten-
tial buyers are purchasing residential property. Pro-
spective buyers and renters have the right to know,
and should be informed, whether they can or cannot
safely evacuate from property they are considering
purchasing or renting."
In the meantime, what should coastal property
owners on Anna Maria Island and elsewhere do to
protect themselves against storm damage?
Compton's advice: "Keep your fingers crossed and
hope we don't get a storm."
Citizens and the Cat Fund
Contrary to what was reported here last week, Citi-
zens Property Insurance Corp. does buy reinsurance
from the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund.
Louis William 'Lou-Lou-Lou'
Louis William "Lou-Lou-Lou" Blourne, 77, of Bra-
denton, died March 8.
Born in Woodbury, N.J., Mr. Blourne moved to
Florida in the early 1970s. He was a police officer
and singer, performing with the Sons of the Beach,
Ruby's Pearls at the American Legion Post No. 24, and
the Elks Club. He was three-time governor of Moose
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hos-
pice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL
34238. Manasota Memorial Funeral Home, Bradenton,
is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Joanne; step-son Arthur
Scott and his wife BethAnn; stepdaughter Diane Dietch;
and step-grandchildren Arthur Scott, Brody Scott, Amy
Scott, Booke Scott and Alexis Colmorgen.
Mary June Bugher
Mary June Bugher, 84, of Bradenton, died
Born in East Lansing, Mich., Mrs. Bugher came
to Bradenton from St. Petersburg in 1970. She was a
homemaker. She was a member of Christian Retreat.
1453 Gulf Drive N., Bermuda Beach Club, Unit 4,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,524 sfla / 2,622 sfur 3bed/2bath
condo built in 2000 was sold 02/23/07, Fellner to Abit-
abilo for $785,000.
1105 Gulf Drive S., Blue Horizon, Units 2 & 3,
Bradenton Beach, two 600 sfla lbed/lbath Gulfview
condos were sold 02/22/07, Hewett to Blue Horizon
Condo Developers LLC for $439,100. This sale is not
believed to be an arm's length transaction.
117 Seventh St. N., Bay View Terrace, Unit 40,
Bradenton Beach, a 864 sfla / 912 sfur 2bed/1V2 bath
condo built in 1973 was sold 02/21/07, Edmiston to
Booth for $300,000; list $295,000.
203 70th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,540 sfla / 2,016
sfur 2bed/2bath duplex built in 1955 on a 90x102
lot was sold 02/22/07, Allen to Kaleta & Powers for
$525,000; list $625,000.
1105 Gulf Drive S., Blue Horizon, Unit 1, Braden-
ton Beach, a 586 sfla lbed/lbath Gulfview condo was
sold 02/22/07, Blue Horizon Condo Developers LLC
Visitation was March 8 and services March
9. Memorial contributions may be made to Chris-
tian Retreat, 1200 Glory Way Blvd., Bradenton FL
34202. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge
She is survived by sons Michael Alexander of
Biddeford, Maine, Billy Thomas of Anna Maria, and
James C. of Bradenton; daughters Betty June Francis of
Atlanta, Ga., and Missy Fodor of Clearwater; sisters Pat
Chase of Norfolk, Va., and Ruthella Parker of Talmo,
Ga.; and six grandchildren.
Joe Perricone, 80, of Anna Maria, died March 6.
Born in Tampa, Mr. Perricone was retired as presi-
dent of Power Kleen Corp. He served in the U.S. Navy
aboard the USS Muir during World War II. He worked
in the tile business. He was an avid fisherman and loved
boating. He was a member of the American Legion.
Memorial services were March 10. Brown and
Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in
charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Dorothy;
son Allen Leigh; daughters Michele Romeo and Renee;
brother bob; sister Rose Lee; grandsons Douglas Leigh,
Joe Leigh, Brent Romeo, Scott Romeo, Eric Romeo and
Eric; and great-grandchildren Mackenzi, Grace, Ethan
Leigh and Alivian Leigh.
to Berger for $237,000; list $249,000.
Note: In real estate, "arm's length" refers to
the relationship between buyer and seller, not at
arm's length would indicate familiarity with regard
to the "deal."
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at (941) 713-4755
direct, or at Gulf-Bay (941) 778-7244.
Current Island real estate transactions may also be
viewed online at www.islander.org. Copyright 2007
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Police to spotlight red light
running later this month
By Lisa Neff
Local police are concentrating efforts to curb
motorists who see red and go ahead.
Island police departments are working with state
and county law enforcement agencies to curb aggres-
sive driving and red light running in the area, said
Holmes Beach Lt. Dale Stephenson.
The campaign gets under way March 19 and con-
tinues through March 23. During that time, a task force
of 20 police officers and sheriff's deputies will patrol
roads focusing on enforcing laws against running red
lights and aggressive driving.
"We're going to target 10 to 15 areas around the
county," Stephenson said, though he didn't disclose the
Officers will also focus on enforcing speed laws
and the "Move Over" law that requires motorists
to move over when they approach a traffic stop or
About a year ago, area officers stepped up efforts
to educate motorists on the dangers of driving under
the influence of alcohol and drugs.
The sheriff's office reported last week that the
number of alcohol-related fatalities in Manatee County
decreased from fiscal 2004-05 to fiscal 2005-06 from
18 deaths to three deaths.
Still, 75 people died in traffic-related fatalities in
Manatee County last year. The campaign next week is
intended to reduce the number by educating motorists
about the risks in running red lights and aggressive
driving, said Sgt. Paul Fieber, of the sheriff's office.
Aggressive driving usually involves a motorist violat-
ing several traffic laws at one time.
Partners in the effort include the sheriff's office,
the state highway patrol, the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement and Bradenton, Palmetto, Braden-
ton Beach, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key police
departments. The Stop Red Light Running Coalition
of Florida also is involved.
Stephenson said Holmes Beach would dedicate two
officers to the task force.
"Every now and then the county asks us to assist
in traffic-related situations," he said, adding that about
once a month the Holmes Beach Police Department
helps with a checkpoint for drunk driving.
"Hopefully this might make more motorists
think twice," Stephenson said, referring to the
The lieutenant noted that Holmes Beach officers
closely watch the busy intersection at Manatee Avenue
and East Bay Drive for red light violations. The addi-
tion several months ago of white lights to signal which
motorists are facing a red light helps officers monitor
"Since the white lights have gone up, we've written
a lot of citations and warnings," Stephenson said.
While law enforcement officers pursue red light
runners on the road, a campaign resumed last week in
Tallahassee to catch red light runners on camera.
Florida state Rep. Ron Reagan, a Republican law-
maker representing portions of Manatee County, has
filed the 2007 Uniform Traffic Control Act.
The measure, which at press time had not yet been
assigned to a committee, would create the Mark Wan-
dall Traffic Safety Program to be administered by the
state motor vehicle department and provide counties
and municipalities the authority to enforce traffic con-
trol signals using traffic infraction detectors such as
cameras. The measure would also require an annual
report on the effectiveness of cameras.
The program is named for a Manatee County man
killed when a motorist ran a red light on State Road 70 on
Oct. 24, 2003. Mark Wandall was 30 and he and his wife,
Melissa, were expecting their first child. Madison Grace
Wandall was bom two weeks after her father died.
Reagan introduced a similar bill last year, but it did
Two recent studies, one conducted by the Insur-
ance Institute for Highway Safety using data from
Philadelphia and one from researchers at Old Domin-
ion University in Virginia, show that cameras deter red
In the insurance institute study, researchers tracked
signal violation rates before and after an extension of
yellow light time and again after the installation of
cameras. After extending the length of time for yellow
lights, violations fell by 36 percent. After the addition
of cameras, violations fell by 96 percent.
In the Virginia study, researchers analyzed data
from before the installation of cameras, during the
operation of cameras and after cameras had been turned
off. Violations more than tripled in the first year after
the cameras were deactivated.
Peter Pan purged from shelves, homes
By Lisa Neff study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Pre-
Islander Reporter vention and state and local health agencies, which links
Stores across the country purged their shelves of the 288 cases of foodbome illness in 39 states to consump-
Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter that the U.S. tion of varying types of Peter Pan peanut butter. The
Food and Drug Administration warns may be contami- outbreak appeared to be ongoing and the first consumer
nated with Salmonella. may have become ill in August 2006.
Consumers, including some Islanders, continue As the FDA issued its warning, ConAgra recalled
to find jars in their homes sitting in cabinets and the product, offering full refunds to consumers who
refrigerators and even stashed away in their hurricane send in the lids from "2111" jars to ConAgra Foods,
kits. The jars came from stores on the mainland, some P.O. Box 3768, Omaha NE 68103.
brought down from the north, packed along with the "Although none of our extensive product tests have
swimsuits and tropical shirts. The jars came from gro- indicated the presence of Salmonella, we are taking this
series in Bradenton. And, at least one jar came from the precautionary measure because consumer health and
Publix store in Holmes Beach. safety is our top priority," said Chris Kircher, spokesper-
Janice Dingman, manager of the Pines Trailer Park son for ConAgra Foods. "We are working closely with
in Bradenton Beach, said she bought ajar at the Island the FDA to better understand its concerns, and we will
Publix in January. The store, she said, offered to refund take whatever additional measures are needed to ensure
her money. the safety, quality and wholesomeness of our products."
The FDAin mid-February wamed consumers not to Many grocery stores also are accepting returns. The
eat Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter from certain day the FDA issued the warning, Publix authorized its
jars due to contamination with Salmonella Tennessee. stores to offer refunds. A local Publix representative
The bacterium can cause foodbome illness. Symptoms said he could not comment.
include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In people Consumers with questions should contact ConAgra
with poor underlying health or weakened immune sys- at 866-344-6970. For more information about Salmo-
tems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause nella, go to www.ific.org.
The peanut butter jars have product codes located
on the lids that begin with the number "2111" and were
sold since May 2006.
Both brands are manufactured in a facility in Geor-
gia by ConAgra.
The FDA encouraged consumers who have this
peanut butter to discard the product.
The FDA based its warning on an epidemiological
Publisher to meet with
Kiwanis at breakfast
Julie Howell of the Sarasota publishing firm Pepper-
tree Press will speak at the weekly breakfast of the Kiwanis
Club of Anna Maria Island Saturday, March 17.
It will be at 8 a.m. at the Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Details are available at 778-4865.
Irish entertainer coming to Island
March 21 at St. Bernard
Irish star Tony Kenny will bring his "Irish extrava-
ganza" to Anna Maria Island March 21, appearing at 7
p.m. at the St. Bernard Catholic Church activity center,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Titled "Tony Kenny's Ireland," the show also fea-
tures comedian Richie Hayes, singer/dancer Victoria
Kenny and the Dublin City Dancers.
Tickets at $50 are available at the church office or
by calling 778-4769 or 778-2508.
Kenny has starred for more than 20 years on "Jury's
Irish Cabaret," and was named "entertainer of the year"
for three consecutive years starting in 1998. He has led
the casts in "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Joseph and the
Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and several other
He is also a recording artist, with 25 records
to his credit, including seven gold and two plati-
Two other Kennys are part of the big show -
daughter Victoria, who has been singing and dancing
since age 3, and his wife Joan, choreographer, producer
Artists Guild to host St.
Patrick's Day Sale
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will have
a St. Patrick's Day Art Show and Sale outdoors in
front of the gallery from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,
March 17, at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Art-
ists will show their works in jewelry, w '.. % o 1 in,_'.
pottery and painting and will be there to discuss the
works and the show.
Hours at the gallery are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Additional
information may be obtained by calling 778-6694.
Roser to host Kids Night Out
A Kids Night Out will take place Friday, March 16,
at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
The event, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., is the first session
of Roser's Kids Night Out Program, formerly known
as Island Baptist Church/Parents Night Out.
Children and the adults who drop them off
- can expect the Kids Night Out to feature games,
movies, crafts and treats, such as pizza and popcorn.
The free program, sponsored by Roser's board of
religious education and intended to provide a "safe,
Christian environment," is open to children from
"potty-trained age" through fifth-graders.
Teenagers are invited to volunteer, including for
For more information, or to register children
because space is limited, call 778-2979 or 713-3390.
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Gallery West exhibit
Nancy McClure Law has been named Artist of the
Month for March at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. She spent her childhood in
Argentina, grew up in New York, and lived in the
West Indies before moving to Longboat Key. Gallery
hours are 10 a.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Satur-
day. Details are available at 778-6648.
'Mad Hatter' show
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will hold its "Mad Hatter Island Fashion Show and
Luncheon" on March 30.
The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2
p.m. at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 407 Snead Island
The event will include a prize for the most creative
hat, as well as a raffle and an auction. The cost to attend,
including lunch, is $35.
Tickets are available at the chamber office, 5313
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Also this month, the chamber hosts a monthly busi-
ness card exchange at Bayside Banquet hall, 4628 118th
St. W. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 28.
Throughout March, the chamber is conducting a
membership drive and waiving the administrative fee
to join the Island organization. Membership includes
a link on the chamber's Web site and advertising space
in the visitor's center.
For more information about chamber events or
membership, call 778-1541.
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New officers and board members of the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club announced at the club's February
meeting are David Zaccagnino, board member (and Holmes Beach city commissioner); Sue Dickie, secretary;
Harry Kamberis, board member; Dale de Haan, president; Wilma Warren, board member; Bill Mc Grath, vice
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'Concert in the Park' Saturday
A "Concert in the Park" featuring alternative rock
by "Smilin' McGee" will be at Coquina Beach from 4
to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17.
Sponsored by the Manatee County Parks and Rec-
reation Department, the family concert will be dedi-
cated to "preserving lifelong memories," said Karla
Gibson, department special events supervisor. Details
may be obtained by calling 742-5974.
Barbershop music coming
to Neal hall for concert
The Gulfcoast Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus
will sing "the old songs" in a concert at 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 17, and Anna Maria Island will be
The concert will be at Neel Performing Arts Center
on the Manatee Community College campus, 5840 26th
St. W., Bradenton. Tickets at $16 may be arranged by
Islanders singing with the aggregation are Charles
Caniff, Arnold Hansen, James Graham and Charles
Blouin. Another Islander, Lynn Hineman, will perform
also, with the Talk of the Town quartet.
Health care coalition chief
to address democrats
The president of the National Coalition on Health
Care will discuss "The National Health Care Crisis" at
a meeting of Island Democrats Monday, March 19.
The session will be a noon lunch of the Anna Maria
Island Democratic Club at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. It is an open
meeting with no reservations required.
Dr. Henry Simmons will be the speaker. His orga-
nization is "the largest alliance working to improve
America's health-care system," with former Presidents
Bush and Carter as honorary co-chairs.
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Sale Saturday at Gloria Dei
The annual "Craft and Clutter" sale of household
items, clothing, and miscellany will be from 8 a.m. to
1 p.m. Saturday, March 17.
It will be outdoors at the Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Tables
are still available for display of articles to be sold, a
spokesperson said. Details may be obtained and table
space reserved by calling 778-1813.
Bible study group under way
A cross-denominational Bible study delving into
the Old Testament meets weekly on Tuesdays from 4 to
5:30 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Each session includes video clips from schol-
arly lectures and documentaries, said the Rev. Frank
McGrath, of All Island Denominations.
The series, currently on the Book of Exodus, is an
ecumenical project of Inquiring Minds. Details may be
obtained by calling McGrath at 778-4579.
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said someone took her wallet.
Feb. 28, Coquina Beach, theft. The complainant
said someone had entered their van and took wallets
and purses with a value of about $160.
March 8, 6900 block Holmes Boulevard, theft.
The complainant said that someone had been stealing
potted plants on several occasions from the front of her
home during the past few days. Total plant loss was
estimated at $25.
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By Lisa Neff
Team Euphemia Haye goes from the kitchen to the
beach March 17 to "Walk to Cure Diabetes."
Spring brings a season of marches and walks,
when warming temperatures draw out passions for
campaigns for cures and causes. At 8 a.m. March
17, Team Euphemia Haye will join in a walk at
Siesta Key to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes
The team will also join in the Manatee County
Walk to Cure Diabetes that takes place April 13 at 5
p.m. at the Prime Outlets in Ellenton.
The JDRF is the world's largest charitable founder
of type 1 diabetes research and was founded in 1970
by the parents of children with juvenile diabetes.
In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing
insulin, the hormone that enables people to get energy
from food. To survive, people with type 1 diabetes must
test their blood sugar levels up to four or more times
a day by pricking their fingers to draw blood and then
administering insulin through multiple, daily injections
or the use of a continuous infusion insulin pump.
While trying to balance insulin with the amount of
food eaten and exercise, people with type 1 diabetes
must be prepared for potential life-threatening low or
high blood glucose levels. The long-term complica-
tions of diabetes include blindness, heart attack, kidney
failure, stroke, nerve damage and amputations.
Like many walkers, the members of Team Euphemia
Haye share a personal motivation to walk. The owners
of the Longboat Key restaurant, Ray and D'Arcy Arpke,
have a nephew, Parker, 13, and a daughter, Katie, 28,
living with the disease. Parker was diagnosed at age 7
and Katie at age 21.
"We love our daughter Katie and would stop
at nothing to find a cure for this terrible disease,"
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Ashley Peterson, 10, of
Bradenton, works on a
"Rockin' Ruckus" sign
to promote her booth
at the Relay for Life.
Ashley and a friend,
Maddie Oliszewski, 7,
of Bradenton, planned
to camp out at the event
March 9-10. "And prob-
ably stay up all night,"
Ashley said, "to raise
money against cancer.
I think it is a really
bad disease." Islander
Photos: Lisa Neff
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FPL clearing lines, trimming trees on Island
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach homeowners Pat and Austin Rice
were stumped on their return home after a day trip to
They say a crew contracted by Florida Power &
Light had so damaged a black olive tree in their front
yard that it needed to be removed.
They now want other property owners to know about
the tree-trimming process and how to safeguard against
damage. They don't want others to get stumped.
"If you have some trees, don't just say 'yes' to
trimming," Austin Rice said from his home in the 500
block of 74th Street last week. "If you say 'yes,' say
'we want to know exactly what you're going to do.'"
Over the last several weeks, FPL has notified property
owners and city officials that line clearing in preparation
for the 2007 storm season has begun in Holmes Beach.
"Trees which have overgrown and may make con-
tact with our power lines will be trimmed away from
the lines or removed entirely," reads the letter. "This is
a very important proactive maintenance program that
helps prevent outages to your electrical service. Your
support in allowing us access to trees that are on your
property is essential to help prevent lengthy interrup-
tions that are caused by trees and other vegetation,
especially during windy weather."
FPL's external affairs manager, Mel Klein, summed
up the effort saying the utility's top priority is to keep
the lights on.
The line-clearing work is part of FPL's "Storm
Secure" program created after the hurricane seasons
of 2004 and 2005.
FPL launched "Storm Secure" in 2006 and has
inspected about 96,000 poles and trimmed vegetation
along 11,000 miles of power lines.
This year, FPL plans to inspect about 500 poles a
day in the state.
Meanwhile, the budget for clearing vegetation from
lines has increased more than $15 million from 2006
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to $65 million this year. A budget specifically for the
Island work could not be calculated, Klein said.
He said the bulk of the Island work would take
place along lines in Holmes Beach and then in Braden-
ton Beach. Anna Maria City saw trimming last spring
- what Klein described as a "feeder" trim because of
the type of lines cleared.
The primary contractor for the work is Asplundh
Tree Expert Co. "They are a nationwide company,"
Klein said. "They've been working for FPL for a
number of years."
He said the contractors consider the tree species,
growth rates, the tree's health and the location to the
power lines before trimming.
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grow toward the lines," reads a statement at FPL's Web
site. "Branches growing away from power lines are
usually not trimmed."
The trimmers use a technique endorsed by the
National Arbor Day Foundation and the International
Society of Arboriculture called "directional pruning"
to reduce the stress placed on trees.
"We use standards," Klein said.
As an Asplundh crew trimmed trees along Palm
Drive in Holmes Beach last week, some residents
watched and had no complaints. Some said the trim-
mers worked with precision.
"They aren't required to be landscapers, but I think
my yard looks better than ever," said Patsy Metcalf, a
Palm Drive resident.
No complaints about trimming have been filed
with city hall's public works department, according to
public works superintendent Joe Duennes. Nor have
any complaints been registered with the city's parks
and beautification committee.
But FPL received at least one complaint from
The couple said they understand the need for trim-
ming, they just don't understand what happened to their
"They just came in and 'whack, whack,'" said Pat
Rice. "It wasn't hurting the power lines at all."
"Every year we trim them," Austin Rice said.
He said a contractor came to the house on Feb. 25
and said a crew would need to trim on Feb. 26.
The Rices agreed, but the crew didn't arrive on
The next day, the Rices left Holmes Beach for a
visit to Punta Gorda. Austin Rice remembers seeing the
orange Asplundh trucks on the road headed for Anna
When the couple returned home, two of the three
olive trees had been "trimmed" one had been
trimmed of about a quarter of its leaves and branches.
A complaint was registered with FPL and several
days later, on a Saturday, a crew returned to the Rices'
yard to rectify the complaint.
"The only thing left to do was cut it down,"Austin
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Florida Power & Light has trees and other vegeta-
tion trimmed away from power lines to protect against
outages, especially in storms.
Crews are trained to use a practice called "direc-
tional pruning" to reduce stress and are to take into
consideration the type of tree, the health and the loca-
tion when pruning.
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two weeks before crews arrive in their neighborhood.
FPL has the right to ingress and egress private
property to maintain electric facilities and provide safe
and reliable service.
There is no charge for the pruning and people
asked for compensation should call 800-226-3545.
FPL cautions residents against trying to trim trees
away from power lines.
FPL offers advice on trees suitable for planting near
overhead power lines and offers a free mulch program.
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Trees whacked on Island
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Klein said pruning can impact the appearance of
trees and FPL tries to work with property owners to
take a tree down if that's preferred.
"Sometimes, if you've got a palm and it's under a
line, it's topped," Klein said. "It will come back, but
some people will say to us they'd rather see the tree
gone. We work with them."
Austin Rice, on March 9, looked at a photograph
taken at Christmas several years ago showing a neat
line of three well-rounded trees. Outside his window
two olive trees remained and there was a dirt circle
where the third tree once stood.
He said the trimming team worked hard to remove
the tree and trimmed the remaining two in an effort to
But the stump, which the crew couldn't remove,
was left behind.
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A stump is all that
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Record numbers, great weather, art show winners
The patrons were plentiful, the weather perfect, and
while sales are what many of the artists count on at
the Anna Maria Island Art League's 2007 Springfest,
awards are the pinnacle.
"Best of Show" was awarded to two artists in two-
and three-dimensional arts, Jay Canterbury for pho-
tography and Pamela Chevalier in sculpture. Coinci-
dentally, both are local area artists, although the show
included artists and crafters from all across the United
First place in two-dimenstional art was awarded to
Linda Molto of Cortez, and in three-dimensional work
Mary Ann Wurst took first place for her pottery.
Thejuried show also produced second-place prizes
in each of the categories of art featured at the show,
including creative crafts, Kim Liu/Liew; Jean Yao
for fiber; Carol Lahy in glass; Lawrence Packard in
graphics/pastels; A. Defrank, jewelry; Linda McAd-
ams for mixed media; Kathleen Green in oils/acrylic;
Jon Boring in photography; Geoff Walsh in pottery;
Fernando Mosquera in sculpture; Stephanie Graves in
watercolor; and Jim Smith in wood.
Judging the show were Joseph Loccisano, manager
of the gallery and art instructor at Manatee Community
College, and artist Shirley-Rush Dean, who now works
in watercolor and acrylic and has many years of expe-
rience and numerous awards, teaching experience and
works in hundreds of collections.
The two-day event included live music Howie
Banfield, the Anna Maria String Band, Ricky B and
the Gumbo Boogie Band, plenty of food choices and
raffle drawings for select artwork donated by some of
the 100-plus participating artists. For the first time in
many years, the Art League welcomed local restaurants
Saak Mario, left, of Saak Designs, talks about fashion style and structure with women visiting his booth at the
19th annual Springfest Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts. The Anna Maria Island Art League sponsored
the two-day event in Holmes Beach. Marlo has participated in five juried Springfests. "This is a good show for
me," he said Saturday morning. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
and non-profit organizations to the "food court," and
promises to encourage more local involvement in future
This year's show was the 19th annual event for
the Art League at the Holmes Beach city field adjacent
to city hall and the city's Birdie Tebbetts Field. For
information on future shows or the Art League, call
Young volunteers start K.9 Rescuers
By Lisa Neff
Lucky the dog has had some good fortune cour-
tesy of Manatee County volunteers.
Lucky, who works as an arson detective with the
West Manatee Fire Rescue District, is the beneficiary
of new training and equipment to guarantee his safety
on an emergency scene.
The project, K-9 Rescuers, involves the Volunteer
Services of Manatee County, ManaTeens volunteer
youth group and Volunteers In Service To America
working with emergency agencies such as WMFR.
The effort involves 17 K-9 teams with the sher-
iff's office and police and fire departments in Manatee
County with canine first-aid training and emergency
'The plan is to outfit each team with a trauma kit...
filled with bandages, an oxygen tank and regulator, Epi
pens and other supplies, "said Rosie Wiley, of Volunteer
Services of Manatee County.
The plan also includes sending the dogs' handlers
to Canine Down -Are You Prepared classes. "With
training under their belts, handlers are then able to treat
their four-legged partner in case of a crisis in the field,"
The campaign is the sequel to the award-winning
Big Breath and Bark project led by ManaTeens sis-
MIanaleens prestaent ilnmna renelon, tianaieers
volunteer Kelleigh Hall and VISTA volunteer Debbie
Walsh join to help provide training and emergency
equipment for West Manatee Fire Rescue's deputy fire
marshal, Kurt Lathrop, and "Lucky" the dog.
ters Ashley and Alycia Bower That project equipped
local emergency officials with canine and feline oxygen
Through Big Breath and Bark, VISTA volunteer
Debbie Walsh and ManaTeens volunteer Kelleigh Hall
came to know Lucky and Lathrop and to spearhead K-9
The K-9 Rescuers training and equipment costs
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GSR auction sale
By Rick Catlin
A proposal submitted by bankrupt GSR Develop-
ment three weeks ago to the federal bankruptcy court
to allow the company to hire an auction firm to sell
its Villa Rosa property in Anna Maria was withdrawn
March 2 by GSR attorney Richard Prosser.
In the same notice to the court, Prosser withdrew
GSR's previous motion to have the court approve inclu-
sion of Villa Rosa lots in the previously approved Rose-
Bay Real Estate marketing plan for GSR properties.
Prosser had originally asked bankruptcy court
Judge K. Rodney May to allow the company to hire
the international auction firm of Golndustry Michael
Fox International to market Villa Rosa and Rosa del
Mar at a public auction.
Under the proposal, "Fox" would spend $50,000 of
GSR's money to advertise the properties, then hold a
public auction to sell each property in its entirety. Previ-
ous efforts to sell Villa Rosa have been by advertising
the 14 lots at401 S. Bay Blvd. in Anna Maria separately
and with individual price tags.
According to the proposal accompanying the
motion, Fox had set a minimum price of $10 million
for the Rosa del Mar property in Bradenton Beach and
$9.5 million for Villa Rosa.
Oddly, $9.5 million is reportedly the sale price
that GSR principals Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega
rejected last September when Gaspar Properties Inc.
of Tampa attempted to purchase Villa Rosa. Gaspar
had originally been interested at $11.5 million, but
subsequently lowered its offer after re-appraising the
property and the Island real estate market.
But several unsecured creditors of GSR, including
Paul Gallizzi, said it's possible that the motion was
withdrawn because Gaspar Properties is still interested
in Villa Rosa, particularly at $9.5 million.
Efforts to reach Prosser and GSR chief restructur-
ing officer William Maloney for comment on the with-
drawal notice were unsuccessful.
Also in the GSR bankruptcy, the court approved a
motion by the creditor's committee to extend the dead-
line to file a claim against the company to March 24.
Island Liquor sale
Island Liquors in the Island Fitness
Center building at 5319 Gulf Drive in
Holmes Beach is in the process of being
sold to another Island entity, but current
owner Don Haggerty said he was not at
liberty to identify the purchaser. The same
Island company is reportedly buying D.Coy
Ducks in the Island Shopping Center at the
comer of Marina and Gulf drives in Holmes
Beach. Efforts to reach Ducks' present
owner, Al Robinson, to confirm the sale
Guild selects student of the month
Southeast High School senior Kathy Tran, left, stands
with art teacher Barbara Tapley Kenney and Artists
Guild of Anna Maria Island president Shirley O'Day.
Tran is the guild's student of the month and her work
is featured in the gallery at 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Tran plans to study art at Univer-
sity of South Florida in Tampa, as well as study to
become a Chinese-language interpreter.
Property tax relief to be
topic at Rotary meeting
Holmes Beach businessman and civic leader Don
Schroder will discuss prospects for property tax relief
in Florida when the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island
meets Tuesday, March 20.
The meeting will be a lunch at noon at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Further information may be obtained by call-
Historical society cruise
Mike LaPensee won the Carnival Cruise to the
Caribbean raffled by the Anna Maria Island Histori-
The non-profit sold $5 chances in the raffle and
then named a winner during the annual Heritage Days
festival March 3.
The cruise is a seven-day trip for two that LaPensee
said he and wife Karen would be taking soon.
"They are wonderful supporters of AMIHS,"
Sissy Quinn, historical society director said, of the
Input sought for 2007-08
school start date
The next school year is to begin Aug. 20 and end
June 5, 2008 as proposed by Manatee County School
District officials. The calendar reflects a new Florida
law that states the earliest schools may start the school
year is 14 days before Labor Day.
The Manatee County School Board will be asked to
approve the proposed calendar in the near future. Mem-
bers of the public who wish to provide input prior to
its approval should contact Dr. Lyn Boyer at BoyerL@
ManateeSchools.Net, or call 708-8770, ext. 2072.
Significant dates in the proposed calendar include:
School begins -Aug. 20.
Thanksgiving Break Nov. 21-23.
Winter Break Dec. 22 through Jan. 8, 2008.
FCAT test dates March 12-26, 2008.
Spring break April 5-13, 2008.
School ends June 5, 2008.
The current school year started Aug.7, 2006, and
concludes on May 24. The earlier start date was sched-
uled in accordance with previous school years so that
students and teachers could complete exams and finish
the first semester prior to the winter break.
With the change in the law, the new calendar pro-
posal calls for the first semester to end in January next
year. The proposed calendar provides for first semester
exams in December at the request of the district's sec-
ondary principals and members of the district's calendar
committee, which convened to make recommendations
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Island native, Bataan Death
'Too Dead to Die' in WWII
If you are one of those people who believe that the
Japanese military of World War II considered Ameri-
cans a worthy opponent and deserving of decent treat-
ment in combat or as prisoners of war under the Geneva
Convention, do not read this column. In fact, you prob-
ably won't want to read Anna Maria native Steve Ray-
mond's recently published book, "Too Dead to Die,"
about his experiences as a POW of the Japanese. This
story and Steve's book could shatter your conception
of how "civilized" soldiers act in war time.
Unlike many other WW II veterans, Steve Ray-
mond has no pictures of himself in uniform during
You see, where Steve was
"stationed," there were no cam-
eras. There were also no latrines,
no uniforms, no telephones, no
medical care, no food and no
compassion. There was only
disease, cruelty, inhumanity and
death. On rare occasions, there
Raymond Steve Raymond was a POW
of the Japanese for nearly three-and-a-half years. Steve
Raymond is a survivor of the Bataan Death March, one
of the greatest atrocities ever committed in a war.
Steve Raymond was one of the war's rarities,
one of the lucky ones. He lived to tell his story. More
than 100,000 other Allied personnel captured by the
Japanese during the war died at the hands of their cap-
tors. That was out of about 250,000 POWs held by the
Japanese. In other words, Steve only had a 60 percent
chance of survival from the day of his capture on April
9, 1942. By contrast, a POW held by the Germans had
a 98 percent chance of survival.
Steve was in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Philip-
pines in April 1942 when approximately 18,000 Ameri-
can soldiers including Steve surrendered to the
Japanese on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. It
was and remains the largest surrender by the U.S.
Army in history, and its greatest tragedy.
If Steve and his compatriots thought they were in
for humane treatment by the Japanese under the 1931
Geneva Convention governing treatment of POWs,
they got a rude and immediate awakening.
The 18,000 Americans including Steve Ray-
mond along with 55,000 Filipino soldiers, were
force-marched about 100 miles after their surrender
of war at
cook a rat
for a meal.
is in Steve's
to internment. An estimated 20,000 soldiers 5,000
Americans and 15,000 Filipinos died on the march,
although official records have been impossible to come
by the past 65 years.
They were hacked to death, beheaded, butchered,
starved to death, deprived of water, trampled on by
Japanese tanks and trucks, deliberately shot for no
reason other than they wanted some water, killed by
the Japanese if they fell behind, or otherwise slowly
bayoneted to death just for pleasure.
Steve was one of the lucky ones sort of. He
made it to the Camp O'Donnell POW camp as a Death
March survivor only to discover another hell awaited.
He spent nearly three-and-a-half years as a Japa-
nese prisoner of war. He survived the brutality, indiffer-
ence, cruelty and contempt of the Japanese. He survived
systematic torture, starvation, disease and deprivation.
He survived killing just for killing's sake.
He survived because he was "Too Dead to Die," as
he says in his own words.
Steve Raymond survived hell, but it is a fact that
the Japanese government to this day has never apol-
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Bataan Death March, not for the atrocities commit-
ted, not for the approximately 100,000 soldiers of the
American, British, Dutch, Australian, New Zealand,
Canadian and Filipino military who died as prisoners
of war at their hands.
Nobody has ever apologized to Steve Raymond for
his lost years as a POW.
That he has lived to be 90 years old and is one of
the last survivors of the Death March is a testament to
someone who truly was "Too Dead to Die."
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Steve's dad, Elmer "Shug" Raymond, had home-
steaded property on the north end of the Island, which
had a total population in those days of about 25 people,
maybe 40 during the winter months. When Steve's
mom, Mimi, became pregnant, she told "Shug" that
she refused to deliver a child in the woods with the only
medical care being a mullet.
"Dad arranged for a boat coming around the pen-
insula from Tampa for Jacksonville to stop and pick up
mom," said Steve. The boat continued up the east coast
and Mimi got off in New Jersey, where Steve was born
on June 30, 1916.
Mother and infant son returned to Anna Maria
Island later that year and Steve grew up as just about
the only child on the Island, which at that time probably
had more rattlesnakes and alligators than people.
He was eventually joined inAnna Maria by younger
friends Peggy Blassingame, nee Diamant, and Snooks
Adams, both of whom still live on the Island today.
Graduating from Bradenton High School in 1933,
Steve spent a year at the University of Florida before
an illness cut his collegiate career short. He returned
to Bradenton and worked as a reporter for the old Bra-
denton Herald and at a local print shop.
In 1940, the U.S. government declared that all men
over the age of 18 had to register for the draft. Not
wanting to be drafted into the foot-slogging infantry,
Steve, already 24 years old, enlisted in the U.S. Army
Air Corps, an outfit that didn't seem to mind that he
was color-blind and had been rejected by the Navy.
"As long as I stayed on the ground, they wouldn't
care," remembered Steve with a laugh.
After basic and advanced training in Savannah, Ga.,
Steve got his first leave and returned to the Island where
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he hung around a place called Todd's, which today
is the Sandbar Restaurant.
By this time, Steve and his buddies could see the
war clouds gathering, although most thought the United
States would jump into the European war first.
Little thought was given to a war with Japan
when Steve and his Air Corps unit was ordered to
Manila in the Philippines to join the 248th Mate-
rial Squadron, part of Gen. Doug MacArthur's 27th
Bomb Group. They arrived on Nov. 20, 1941, not
realizing their safe world had only 19 more days
before it would be forever shattered.
When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on
Dec. 7, 1941, they also attacked the U.S. air bases in
the Philippines. Because Manila is across the interna-
tional date line, it was Dec. 8, 1942, when the Japanese
caught MacArthur's Air Corps napping on the ground
and destroyed nearly 80 percent of all combat aircraft
in the Philippines on the first day of the war.
Steve and his fellow soldiers, however, didn't think
the Japanese would last a week before real troops.
"But deep down, we knew how unprepared we were
for the attack. We knew there were no replacements for
the aircraft we lost. With no planes, we quickly became
infantrymen. Our job was to fend off the Japanese while
we awaited replacements."
They never came.
Bottled up by the Japanese on the Bataan peninsula,
surrender for the American-Filipino Army came on
April 9, 1942. MacArthur had already been ordered out
of the Philippines by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Upon arrival in Australia, MacArthur was awarded the
Medal of Honor.
For those left behind in the Philippines, there would
be no medals and no honor. Only those who lived and
those who died. And the Japanese would decide who
lived and died.
The dead and soon-to-be dead were everywhere on
the Bataan Death March.
Steve credit's his survival on the march to a couple of
pals, Geissman and "Deacon," and his realization that to
stop marching would mean certain death. His friends had to
drag him the last few miles to the trains that took
the prisoners to Camp O'Donnell.
Here, the Japanese would again decide who lived
and who died. Here, Steve and the other POWs were
slaves to the Japanese.
Steve and other enlisted men were ignored by their
own officers and senior NCOs and were told that it was
"every man for himself." If you didn't have a friend or
two, or had no money or means to get food, you had no
hope. You would die. It was that simple. Steve refused
to give up, as many POWs did.
He began to keep a secret diary so that one day, the
criminals would be brought to justice and the family
and friends of those who died would understand just
exactly who and what the Japanese were.
In his book, Steve has recorded the words of the
THE ISLANDER U MARCH 14, 2007 U 19
Japanese commandant of the POW camp, as translated
by a Filipino collaborator.
"The captain, he say Nippon has Java and Suma-
tra. He say you are miserable specimens because you
do not stand at attention while an officer speaks to
you. The captain, he say you are beneath contempt.
He say you are completely at his mercy and anyone
who tries to run away will be killed. He say escape
The captain told the POWs that they could expect
"no mercy" and that it was only through the "benevo-
lence of the Japanese military code" that they had been
permitted to live this long.
"He said our behavior under his benevolence
\ would determine how much longer we lived," remem-
be red Steve.
With that, Steve began his three years and four
months of captivity at the hands of an indifferent
Japanese Army. He was liberated on Sept. 5, 1945,
at a POW camp in Japan, 20 days after the Japanese
The full story of his years as a Japanese prisoner
of war is told in "Too Dead to Die."
It is impossible in this column to detail all the horror
that Steve experienced and saw during his captivity.
There is simply not enough space to describe the
inhumane and criminal treatment and conditions.
As an example, how do you describe seeing one
of your best friends beheaded by a Japanese officer
i mply because the man did not bow low enough when
the officer passed?
"Too Dead to Die" is not a book for the squea-
mish, the faint-of-heart or those who believe that
dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Naga-
saki was unnecessary.
After his liberation, Steve returned to Anna Maria
Island in time for Christmas 1945. By then, there were
a lot more people on the Island and a number of soldiers
were home from the war and trying to be civilians.
But the war was not over for Steve. Back in Anna
Maria, alcohol helped him forget what he had been,
what he had seen and how he had survived. He often
wondered if, as a civilian, he could survive the savagery
and inhumanity of the Japanese.
Survive, he did.
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Classmates meet again
In an ironic twist to the story of Steve Raymond
and his book "Too Dead to Die," the book's editor,
Mike Pride of the Concord Monitor, and Islander
reporter Rick Catlin, who writes the "Greatest Gen-
eration" stories, both graduated from Clearwater High
School in 1964. Their careers also crossed briefly about
10 years ago when Catlin was working for the Cayma-
nian Compass newspaper in the Cayman Islands.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19
Already with some newspaper experience, Steve
entered the University of Missouri in 1946 and studied
journalism. It was here, Steve says, that he "rejoined man-
kind." He met his first wife, Mable Sublett, at the univer-
sity and graduated with a master's degree in 1950.
Steve joined the staff of the old Tampa Times and
eventually owned his own weekly newspaper, the Pal-
metto News in Palmetto. He finished his journalism
career with the Tampa Tribune in 1978. He and Mable
had three daughters: Sandra, Barbara and Stephanie.
He is retired and lives in Lecanto near Crystal River.
It took Steve nearly 45 years to fully complete his
memoirs. His original diary had been lost in a long-
forgotten POW camp in Japan. He wanted to have them
published, but either couldn't find a publisher or didn't
have the money to publish the book himself.
He almost got his story published in the 1950s by
Look magazine, but Steve said they eventually "turned
me down. They said the subject was overworked." Still,
he wanted to bear witness to his own experience and
those of the men who did not come back.
In 2003, his manuscript reached the hands of Mike
Pride, the editor of the Concord Monitor in New Hamp-
shire. Mike and Steve had both worked at the Tampa
Tribune during the early 1970s, although they could not
recall meeting each other at that time.
Mike agreed to take Steve's manuscript, "straighten
it out and find a publisher." He succeeded.
"I turned 90 years old on June 30, 2006," said
Steve. "Getting 'Too Dead to Die' into print has been
a race against time. Finally, the race is won."
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burs has called "Too
Dead to Die" a "riveting narrative, one man's desper-
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7:45a.m. to 9 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce's
monthly networking breakfast takes place at the Sun House Restaurant,
111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1541.
10:30 a.m. The Friends of the Island Library book club meets at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
3p.m. -The Tingley After Hours book group meets at Tingley Memo-
rial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 779-1208.
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A group for parents and grandparents spon-
sored by the Anna Maria Island Community Center meets at the School
for Constructive Play, 304 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Thursday, March 15
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The season's final Jazz Fest featuring the Gulf
Drive Band and vocalist Jerry Hayden takes place outdoors at the Anna
Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Bring a lawn
ate struggle for survival in the midst of the greatest
crisis in human history." Other reviews from historians
and newspapers such as the Chicago Sun-Times have
echoed similar thoughts.
"I often think about why I made it and others didn't.
Luck and determination and maybe a little intervention.
To this day, I still think about the guys who didn't come
back, who died in prison. I have no answers as to what
happened or why the Japanese treated us so horribly. I
just made it, that's all. And I've never owned a Japanese
car in all my life."
Steve Raymond is truly the original member of
Anna Maria Island's Greatest Generation.
To order copies of "Too Dead to Die," contact
Plaidswede Publishing, P.O. Box 269, Concord NH,
03302-0269, or visit the company's Web site at www.
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"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, man
or woman, who served in the armed forces of any allied
country (U.S., Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway,
France, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the Philip-
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7 p.m. Bingo gets called at the Annie Silver Community Center,
corner of 23rd Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-
7:30 p.m. "Godspell" is performed at Kirkwood Presbyterian
Church, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Additional performances are
Friday through Sunday at various times. Information: 749-6229. Fee
8 p.m. "Drinking Alone" opens at the Island Players Playhouse,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Performances continue through April 1.
Friday, March 16
1 p.m. to 2p.m. Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee hosts a family
caregiver support group session at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 747-4655.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, hosts a Kids Night Out Program for children of potty-
trained age through fifth-graders. Information: 778-2979.
Saturday, Mar ch 17
St. Patrick's Day
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The parking lot of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, is the site of the church's annual "Com-
munity Craft and Clutter Sale." Information: 778-1813.
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at Cafe on
the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, for breakfast and to hear from Julie
Howell of Peppertree Press. Information: www.annamariakiwanis.org.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island hosts a St.
Patrick's Day Art Show outside the gallery at 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 708-9660.
9:30 a.m. The 10th annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast with Irish
songs, stories and dance and the crowning of the 2007 Islander Irishman
or Irishwoman of the year takes place at the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-4865. (Sold out.)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 14th annual Anna Maria Island Tour of
Homes takes place, with tours of six Island properties in Anna Maria City
and Holmes Beach. The event features visits to the "Boutique and Food
Pantry" offering original arts and crafts and wine tasting by the Beach Bistro
for a $10 donation. Proceeds benefit the Anna Maria Island Community
Center. Information: 778-1908.
2 p.m. Islanders perform in the barbershop chorus concert at
Manatee Community College's Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St.
W., Bradenton. Islanders are involved in the Gulfcoast Sandpiper Chorus
and the Talk of the Town. Information: 752-9475. Fee applies.
3 p.m. Participants in the 10th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade,
sponsored by the Beach Bistro and Tidemark Resort, are encouraged to
gather and stage the parade on the east side of Holmes Beach City Hall.
4 p.m. Smilin' McGee performs a "family friendly" free concert at
Coquina Beach as the second installment of the Concert in the Park series
sponsored by Manatee County. Bring blankets and lawn chairs.
5 p.m. The 10th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade takes place in
Holmes Beach. The parade will travel from Holmes Beach City Hall along
Marina and Palm drives to the city limits at the Island Baptist Church.
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Monday, March 19
8:30 a.m. The Island Branch Library offers a basic Internet class
at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
9:30 a.m. to noon-The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts
a digital photography workshop with Andy Little in the activity hall at St.
Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
Noon- The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club holds a lunch meet-
ing at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The speaker is Henry Simmons, president of the National Coalition on
Health Care. Information: 778-9287. Fee applies.
Tuesday, March 20
2p.m. -Local authors Jolie Bell and Patricia McCroy speak at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
11:30 a.m. -St. Mary Star of the Key Parish Women's Guild presents
a fashion show and luncheon at the Bird Key Yacht Club, 301 Bird Key
Drive, Longboat Key.
Noon-The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets forlunch andto
hear local businessman Don Schroder talk about property tax relief at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
4p.m. to 5:30 p.m. -An ongoing Old Testament Bible Study for all
meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The cross-denominational study group is exploring the Book of Exodus.
Wednesday, March 21
10:30 a.m. -The Island Branch Library hosts the Manatee County
Extension Service conducting an orientation and offering free tune-up kits
for lawn sprinklers.
1 p.m. to 3p.m. -The Anna Maria Garden Club holds a Penny
Flower Show, sponsored by The Islander, at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
2 p.m. The Island Branch Library hosts a representative of the
Anna Maria Sun in the local business series, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
7p.m. Tony Kenny's Ireland, with Tony Kenny, Irish comedian
Richie Hayes, the Dublin City Dancers and singer Victoria Kenny, is at
the St. Bernard Catholic Church activity center, 248 Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-2508. Fee applies.
The Island Players perform "Drinking Alone" :hr:.ugh April 1 at
the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Performances are at 8 p.m.
ue sda,s thrr:.ugh Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is dark on
Monday. Information: 778-5755.
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artist, Joan Stephens, at the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6694.
*Nancy McClure Law is the March Artist of the Month at the Island
Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.The caller. is open 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: 778-6648.
*The Anna Maria Island Art League i':'st the StudentE hititthro':ugh
April 6, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
"Black Holes" is at the Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Shows are atvarioustimes Monday
:hr.:.ugh Sunday. Information: 746-4131.
*Throughout March the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive in
Holmes Beach, features Artists Guild member Joan Valenza's"The Light-
houses of the East Coast" near the library entrance. The exhibit contains
seven oil paintings and detailed information about lighthouses.
*Throughout March, the Artful Waters Gallery at SevenShores, a
partnership withArtCenter Manatee, hosts an e hilit':'f artist Shirie; Rush
Dean's work. The galleryis open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 'l:'ndra,s thr':ugh Sat-
urdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and located at the SevenShores
sales office, 12320 Manatee Ave., Perico Island.
Dr. Kenneth Alonso iscusses C hristian r sti.:s in "The Way of the
Heart," 7 p.m. ':'ida, s thr.:,ugh March 26 at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
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 -45 a.m.
*The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum,402 Pine Ave., opens on
Wednesday at 10 a.m.with the smell :.f 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 War I sheet music, wood decoys and antique tools
is set up at the nearby Belle Haven C :.ttage. Information: 746-4556.
*The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts a variety of pro-
grams and passess thr.:,ugh the season at various :.':ati:'rns Information:
Through March 25, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts hosts a
Northern Trust Art Exhibit in the Durante Gallery and the Moshe Horowitz
Art Exhibit in the Glen Gallery at the center, 6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat
Key. Information: 383-2345.
SOn March 23, The1 sa'0-r h.:.sts the annual "-:r -rts Sake" silent
auction to benefit the Manatee High School art program outside the news-
paper office in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach. Information:
747-9397 or 778-7978.
SOn March 24, Roser Memorial Community Church holds a pancake
brunch in the fellowship hall, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The menu includes
pancakes, sausage, applesauce, fresh orange juice, coffee and homestyle
biscuits and gravy. Information: 778-0414.
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Beth Palmer, executive director of ShelterBox USA,
receives $1,800 from Steve Schlueter, president of the
Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island, to send Shelter-
Boxes to a refugee camp and for disaster relief. The
funds are from the club's Extravaganza-Casino Night
event in February.
*On March 30, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds
its spring fashion show at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 100 Oak Ave. on
Snead Island in Palmetto. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.
On March 31 the fourth annual Island Garden Tour spo:tliights five
homes on Anna Maria Island. Tickets, which raise money for the Anna
Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra, are $10 in advance and
$12 the day of the tour. Information: 778-1880.
Save the Date:
*On April 13 stars arrive to the area for the opening of the Sarasota
Film Festival.The festival continues for 10 days. So p:'ssit', -iii the beach
sig htingi s of celebrities. Information: www.sarasotafilmfestival.com.
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Planting some seeds of native thought for our Island
Landscaping is a big issue on Anna Maria Island
Letters to the newspaper and conversations regard-
ing Australian pine tree removal at Cortez and Coquina
Beach have abounded in the past few weeks. Comments
are pro-pine as wonderful elements of the beach scene,
providing quick-growth shade and shelter, as well as
anti-pine observations on the trees being obnoxious,
exotic plants that should die a horrible death.
Yeah, the pines are a nice addition to the shore. The
sound of the breeze wafting through their needles is a
wonderful balm to the hectic world in which we live.
And yeah, they are a non-native species that cause
a mono-culture in which no other plants seem to be able
to thrive or survive.
So let's agree to disagree on the Australian pine
issue and move on to something that is easier to
It seems that lots of people are subjecting their palm
trees to bad haircuts, to the detriment of the palms.
Bradenton Beach's Pat Gentry said she noticed a
bunch of cabbage palms alongside the road sporting
some pretty spiky fronds. The "new-do" look was
radical enough for her to reach out to the local exten-
sion agent to inquire about the cut and its impact on
It is indeed a bad trim.
Sometimes called a "hurricane cut," whacking the
living fronds on palm trees and leaving a few sticking
out of the top of the tree is an unfortunately common
practice in our storm-prone area. The general concept
by trimmers and homeowners is that less is better when
it comes to flying projectiles, like fronds, and that the
more that's whacked, the better.
The practice may indeed be good for windows, but
it's bad for the trees.
"Excessive removal of green fronds can cause
considerable stress to a palm since you are removing
a large portion of its photosynthetic area," according
to Manatee County Extension Service tree guru Nancy
She explains that such trimming is especially harm-
ful to palms in urban environs like alongside a road
- "since they usually do not receive the fertilization
they require and rely heavily on their fronds to produce
their own food supply."
Then it gets worse.
"Excessive removal of fronds also weakens the
crown of the palm by leaving the internal fronds
exposed to harsh winds, which can lead to internal
damage of the bud," Rechcigl said in her report on
palm trimming. "The terminal bud, once damaged, is
prone to disease and pest problems which can cause
death of the palm."
Notwithstanding all this official palm tree expertise,
I decided to reach out to a member of the International
Palm Society who also happens to be my landlord to
get his thoughts, which were a bit more pragmatic that
the usual tree science.
"If you do a hurricane cut," Rob Branch said, "it
usually is good for a year. If you do a conventional
trimming, you're looking at having to trim the trees
two or three times a year. If you're a property manager
of a condo or somebody working for the state, it's all
Rob added that a typical rad-cut will basically
starve a palm tree for six months.
We' re entering into a time when, it is hoped, people
are starting to think about hurricane season. Supplies,
batteries, shutters if you haven't and perhaps
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So don't go radical with the trimming process,
please, or you could wind up with the whole palm tree
up-rooted and through your roof.
Also in the news of late is Mike Miller and his
native planting services.
Mike's been harping on the need and ease of using
native Florida plantings in landscaping for years and
years. What he's proposing makes a whole lot of sense:
Use trees and shrubs that like to live on Anna Maria
Island without a whole lot of water or fertilizer in lieu
of something that isn't happy here and avoid a whole
lot of fuss.
He's got a pretty neat Web site, www.perfectis-
land.us, which hits on all the things you can put in the
ground and, after some initial watering, pretty much
ignore in the care-category, but enjoy in the "aah" range
of home improvements.
Read Mike's "Idea" section, by the way, to get a
real grasp of what "going native" is all about. I had
planned to take excerpts from it for this column, but
found it too well-written and worthwhile to read in its
entirety. Suffice to say that it is indeed important and
easy to "go native."
Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent John Stevely has
offered some figures regarding the impact wildlife and
related activities produce financially to Florida. The num-
bers are staggering in 2006, fish and wildlife activities
resulted in $30.6 billion in revenue and spurred more
than 338,000 jobs. Yes, that's "billion" with a big B.
The breakouts include $18.4 billion from boaters,
$6 billion from the saltwater fishing interests, $2.2 bil-
lion from freshwater anglers, $2 billion from a cat-
egory called "wildlife viewing," and $803 million from
hunters, all according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife
It seems that the "fruits and nuts" category of folks
who like to watch birds and tromp through the woods
enjoying nature are dropping a few bucks while they
take part in the pleasures, eh?
One of the more enjoyable native trees is the
Gumbo Limbo. It's a nice canopy tree, it grows fast if
you give it some water when its planted, it loves our
arid soil, and it has got a great tale to go with its bark:
Some people call it the typical Florida tree because it's
bark is red and flakes off easily, like one of our winter
friends who's spent too much time on the beach without
But perhaps the best thing about Gumbo Limbo
trees is that all it takes to grow one is to stick a limb or
branch in the ground, water it, and then watch it grow.
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A 20-year reunion
Jane Whiteman, a Rotary Club exchange student from New Zealand in 1976, returned to Anna Maria Island
in late 2006 with her family for a Christmas celebration with her American family. Whiteman, a teacher in
Wellington, New Zealand, attended Manatee High School for a semester, then Manatee Community College.
On her recent trip with her husband, daughter and a friend, she traveled the country and visited her exchange
family, the Sprengers, for a traditional Christmas. The next day they attended a reunion with more Island
friends and "family." Pictured are Jacob Sprenger, front row, from left, and Sophie Sprenger, and Ken Wil-
liams, back row, from left, Mike Sprenger, Lynne Sprenger, Jane Williams, Justine Sprenger, Tom Sprenger,
Becky Belis (holding Nathan Sprenger) and Mitch Belis. Whiteman, now back in New Zealand, also visited with
Betty (Landers) Bashaw and Edie Butler.
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Good fishing looms over backwater, offshore fishers
By Capt Mike Heistand
Let's see: warmer weather = warmer water =
Action both inshore and off has picked up in the
past few days, and reports indicate that it will only be
better as spring approaches.
Offshore action for grouper and snapper is great,
plus some scattered catches of mackerel.
Inshore fishing for sheepshead is stupendous, with
6-pound stripers common. There are also good catches
of trout, redfish, black drum and snook.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers Marina said fishing
has improved as the water temperatures rise. "We're
getting lots of Spanish mackerel and bluefish on the
nearshore reefs," Capt. Tom said, "plus plenty of big
sheepshead and mangrove snapper on the hard bottom.
Snook and redfish action is great near the mangroves
and docks in the Manatee River."
At Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Sam
Kimball said his offshore trips are producing "a good
grouper bite." He's also catching a lot of good-sized
mangrove snapper, some lane snapper and banded rud-
derfish. Capt Mark Johnston said his backwater char-
ters are reeling in lots of snook, plus some nice-sized
redfish "and tons of sheepshead."
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said the best bet
there in the past week has been sheepshead, plus some
whiting, pompano and a few mackerel.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
sheepshead are the No. 1 catch there right now, with
shrimp and sand fleas working the best as bait There are
also some nice catches of mackerel, plus black drum.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are reports of lots of big trout coming out of Terra
Ceia Bay. Big reds are also being caught by the docks in
the Manatee River, and now is definitely the time to go
after the biggest sheepies of the season: look for fish to 6
pounds at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge area, Dave said.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said sheepshead are about
at their peak of size and quantity right now. He's finding
that snook angling is getting better every day, and on
those off-times for linesiders, his clients are happy with
their creel full of redfish.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include
sheepshead from the fishing piers, plus some mackerel
coming out of Miguel Bay. Redfish are also a good bet,
with the best results coming from fishers working areas
near the mangroves close to seagrass flats in the bays.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he took Vern Jakes and crew
from Colorado out last week and they did well with a
mixed bag of fish, including redfish to 20 inches, gray
trout to 15 inches, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and sheeps-
head to 5 pounds, with all the action coming from an
incoming tide in the Gulf off of Anna Maria Island and
in Palma Sola Bay and Anna Maria Sound. Live shrimp
were the best bait for the best catches, he added.
On my boat Magic, we caught margates to 5
pounds, sheepshead to 5 pounds, plus triggerfish
and some good-sized trout as well as an oversized
red last week.
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By Lisa Neff
The image flashed on the screen: a hybrid vehi-
cle that gets about 40-plus miles to the gallon. Heads
nodded in approval.
Another image flashed on the screen: a Hummer
that gets about seven miles to the gallon on the street.
Heads shook in disapproval.
"Someone's dealing with a serious mid-life crisis,"
whispered Mary Wilcox, seated in the audience for a
talk on climate change at the Island Branch Library
Feb. 7. "To drive those cars should be a crime."
In the crowded meeting room at the library, an audi-
ence listened to Anna Maria resident Diana Milesko,
a writer, photographer and traveler, talk about envi-
ronmental concerns, especially climate change. The
Friends of the Island Library sponsored the program.
Milesko called her talk "Our Beautiful World." She
relied on more than 200 slides to help illustrate her
point that "our beautiful world" is endangered.
Milesko's lecture came less than a week after
the release of a study by leading scientists blam-
ing human activities such as burning fossil fuels for
"I'd like to see global warming be a national pri-
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better believe I'm concerned and not just because I
live on a coast."
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that 250 million years ago there were rising tempera-
tures, sea changes and a mass extinction.
"The way of the dinosaurs," Wilcox said. "That's
the way we're going. Only we're going to cause our
Suzanne Pruitt winced as she listened to Milesko.
She found most troubling Milesko's statement that "in
30 years, China has suffered a century's worth of envi-
"Some days I feel so desperate," Pruitt said. "I feel
powerless against what's happening."
Milesko, however, stressed, that each individual
can create change. People can grow plants for fresh air
in their homes, conserve energy, walk or ride a bike
rather than drive and build "green" homes.
"We have to remember we are not the last genera-
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Two more champs crowned, basketball season ends
By Kevin Cassidy
The Division II championship basketball game on
March 6 was a game of momentum changes and, even-
tually, not enough time, as Air & Energy played well
early and late, while Dips Ice Cream dominated the
third quarter before holding on for a 21-20 victory.
Early on it appeared that A&E which boasted
six female players on its team of eight- was simply
too much for Dips. They jumped out to a 10-5 halftime
lead behind a stingy defensive effort fueled by Becca
Butler, who finished with seven steals in the game.
Dips came roaring back in the third quarter
behind the hot hand of Justin Gargett, who fueled a
12-4 Dips run by scoring eight of his game-high 13
points in the quarter.
The fourth quarter was a helter-skelter affair as Air
& Energy again stepped up the defensive pressure in an
attempt to cut into the 17-14 Dips lead. With just over a
minute to play, Dips held a 21-16 lead thanks to a pair
of tough shots by Gargett.
Air & Energy put on the full-court press and Becca
Butler came up with a steal, but was fouled driving to
the basket. Unfortunately, she was unable to connect
on her two free throws. Undaunted, A&E continued to
press and Savannah Schield came up with a steal. She
too was fouled and went to the line and made both to
pull A&E to within 21-18 with 15 seconds to play.
Butler again came through defensively and took
it to the hoop for two points, but the final buzzer
sounded seconds later, giving Dips Ice Cream the
Division II title.
Gargett finished with a game-high 13 points and
also grabbed eight rebounds. Lee Bergeron added
eight points and five rebounds for Dips in the vic-
tory. Other team members are Connor Field, Zach
Guerin, Johnny Mattay, Jerry Meyer, Geoff Pinter
and Daniel Schroeder.
Stephanie Purnell and Savannah Schield led Air
& Energy with six points apiece. Taylor Wilson added
four points, as did Becca Butler, who also pulled down
a game-high 16 rebounds in the loss.
A Paradise Realty captured the Division I cham-
pionship on March 5 thanks in part to a 12-4 scoring
run to open the third quarter. It opened up a 10-point
lead over Anna Maria Oyster Bar, which then staged a
furious fourth-quarter rally of its own to pull to within
three points in the 28-25 loss.
Blake Wilson did most of the damage, scoring 10 of
his game-high 12 points after intermission, while also
pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds. Sarah Howard
added six points and four steals for Paradise, which
also received four points apiece from Daniel Janisch
and Blake Rivers. Lindsay Reid completed the Para-
dise scoring with two points. Other members of the
champion A Paradise Realty team are Erin Dolan, Katie
Hunt, Stephanie Schenk and Emily White.
Ryan Schroeder led the Oyster Bar with nine points,
six rebounds and four blocked shots. The Oyster Bar,
which received one point from every player on its roster,
also received five points from Molly McDonough and
two points apiece from Emma Barlow, Courtney Bris-
tow, Sage Geeraerts, Chandler McClung and Martine
Miller. Brett Rocklein completed the Oyster Bar scor-
ing with one point in the loss.
The Oyster Bar advanced to the Division I cham-
pionship game thanks to a 51-28 thrashing of Connect
Cycles on Feb. 27. Schroeder and Barlow did most
of that damage with 14 points apiece, while Rocklein
chipped in with 10 points. Miller added five points for
Oyster Bar, which also received four points from Bris-
tow, three points from McDonough and one point from
Geeraerts in the victory.
Connect Cycles was led by Tommy Price's 12 points
and six points from Chris Callahan. Breslyn Reiber
and Kyle Parsons added four points apiece, while Kera
Nelson finished with two points in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
better-ball-of-partners game on March 7 that produced
a two-way tie for first with 12-under-par scores of 54.
Jerry Hegelson teamed up with Earl Ritchie to match
the score of Bob Kral and Vince Mercandante. One
shot back, Al Morgan and Lew Winegarden tied for
second place with the team of Dale Hudson and Jim
Proxy. Gino DiClemente and Pete Weir finished at 10-
under-par 54 to finish in a tie for third place with Dick
Eichom and Joe Proxy.
The ladies of the Key Royale Club teed it up on
March 6 for nine holes of low-net golf competition.
Jean Holmes fired a three-under-par 29 to seize brag-
ging rights on the day in Flight AA with Cindy Miller
grabbing second place with a 31.
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Joyce Brown grabbed top honors in Flight A with an
even-par 32, two shots ahead of Marian Mulroy who
finished in second place. Flight B winner was Terry
Westby who negotiated the course in 29 strokes, two
shots ahead of second place finisher Barb Mason. Millie
Mullin had the low-net score of the day with a 28 that
let her run away from the crowd in Flight C, six shots
ahead of second-place finisher Pat Rice.
The week that was golf at Key Royale opened
on March 5 with a better-ball-of-foursome, nine-hole
game. The team of Vinca Fanton, Dick Eichorn, Pete
Weir and Gordon Lindstrom fired an 8-under-par 24
to claim first place on the day. Ralph Bassett, Austin
Rice, Danny Hayes and Mike Conlon finished one shot
back to claim second place. Third place was shared by
two teams that shot 26. Earl Ritchie, Hal Sears, Ernie
Hauser and Tom Nelson matched the 6-under-par total
of the team of Al Kaiser, Wade Ladue, Art Hibbs and
Norma Moran Shearer, Pat Weingard and Joanne
Ozdych each had chipins on the day.
Three teams posted 3-0 records during the March 3
horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall pits,
but the team of Ron Pepka and Steve Doyle emerged,
claiming top honors with a 21-16 win over the team
of Dean Rowe and Bob Mason. Pepka and Doyle
advanced to the finals thanks to a 21-11 victory over
Jerry Disbrow and Dick Meek.
Dean Rowe, along with partner Mel Lindemer,
again found himself in the finals on March 7, but this
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time he and his partner made it count with a 24-14 vic-
tory over the team of Adin Shank and John Johnson.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Anna Maria Island
Little League schedule
Junior League (ages 13-15)
March 17 11 a.m. Manatee American #2 vs.
Islanders @ Birdie Tebbetts Field, Holmes Beach
Major League Traveling Team
(All games @ G.T. Bray, Bradenton)
March 15 7:30 p.m. Field 3 Islanders vs. MJ7
March 20 7:30 p.m. Field 1 Islanders vs. MJ2
Justin Gargett stops and pops for two of his game-
high 13 points in the Division II championship game.
By Lisa Neff
A three-strike rule applies in enforcing the
water restrictions in place in Manatee County due
to a drought.
The county is responsible for overseeing water
restrictions. When a violation is reported, a warning
goes out. A repeat violation leads to a second warning.
A third warning comes, via a law enforcement officer,
with an invitation to court and can result in a fine of
more than $100, said Sue Glasgow, a utilities coordina-
tor for Manatee County.
Water restrictions are in place through July 31
in Manatee County under the rules of the Southwest
Florida Water Management District. The restrictions
also apply to the 15 other counties in the district.
Each county in the district is experiencing some water
resource impacts as a result of lack of rainfall during the
last year, according to a Swiftmud news release.
"We need everyone's help to do what they can to
preserve our precious water resources," stated Swift-
mud executive director David L. Moore. "Working
together we can meet our water supply challenges while
also protecting the environment."
Lawn and landscape irrigation, regardless of
whether a user is on a private or public water service,
is limited to once a week on the following schedule:
Monday: Addresses ending in 0 or 1.
Tuesday: Addresses ending in 2 or 3.
Wednesday: Addresses ending in 4 or 5.
Thursday: Addresses ending in 6 or 7.
Friday: Addresses ending in 8 or 9 or unknown
Irrigation is restricted to 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. for prop-
erties less than two acres and 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. for
The restrictions also state that hand-watering or
micro-irrigation is allowed anytime. Car-washing is
limited to once a week, although fundraising events
Fountains and other aesthetic water features can
operate no more than eight hours per day.
Swiftmud issues the restrictions, with each county
setting up its enforcement procedures.
In Manatee, the policing is done primarily at the
county level in response to citizen complaints.
"Neighbors," Glasgow said, "will tell on neighbors.
And neighbors will tell on businesses."
Last year, Glasgow said, the county issued about
Law enforcement personnel get involved for the
third warning at a property.
"We pretty much work off complaints," said Dave
Bristow, spokesperson for the Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office, which polices Anna Maria City.
The same applies in Holmes Beach, though
the city's code enforcement officer does address
water restriction violations when dealing with other
Cortez fishing festival
When all the bills are in hand and paid, and all
the receipts turned in, the Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival Feb. 17-18 will realize about $65,000.
That the "best guesstimate" of Karen Bell, trea-
surer of the sponsoring Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage. She said a lot of the bills and income await
vendors' routine calculations and submission. And pay-
ment comes after that.
The money will be used to pay mortgages on FISH
purchases of private properties within the FISH Pre-
serve, which itself has been bought and paid for by
proceeds from earlier festivals. FISH is piece-by-piece
buying up the private lots within the Preserve's bound-
aries, and plans to end up with the entire 95 acres in
the hands of the main civic organization in the historic
There is no official count on the festival's atten-
dance, Bell said, for many people slipped in without
paying the $2 admission fee. But the total numbers
are in the thousands, an estimated 10,000 each day of
They flocked to the village on Saturday, Feb. 17, as
expected, but Sunday's turnout was better than antici-
pated, she said Sunday started out cold and windy,
not a great day for outdoor festivities. They came
anyway, for which the village is thankful.
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BABY CRIB: LIKE new with linens, $75. Clamp-on
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PRESSURE-TREATED WOOD: Various sizes and
lengths. Decks, docks, etc. Look and make offer.
ANNA MARIA JUNIOR Girl Scouts Troop No. 590
cookies are on sale at The Islander, 5404 Marina
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AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
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CHURCH GARAGE SALE: 8am-lpm Saturday,
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SALE: 8am Friday and Saturday, March 16-17.
Antiques, wicker, old bottles, books, chair, Pac and
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HUGE YARD SALE: 8am-1pm Saturday, March 17.
Furniture, new gazebo, new lamps, lots of treasures.
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FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
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for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
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All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
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RESTAURANT AND MORE: 50-seat restaurant with
great ambience also retails select items. Beer and
wine license. Any menu OK. $120,000. 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-
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3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
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neighborhood close to the bay Very to schools, shopping, and the beaches.
open and appealing floor plan with an Freshly painted inside and out. New
updated kitchen, newerAC and roof, and carpet, tile, flooring, fixtures and
aTaylor-Made6,000Ib.boatliftanddock other upgrades. (all Gayle Schulz,
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Enjoyspectacular BininiBaywaterfront West Bradenton, large updated
views fromthisprivate 19,000sf beau- 3BR/2BA condo in a super location
tifully landscaped property, one of the near the beaches boasts new tile in
largest lots around Key Royal boating the living, dining, kitchen & den areas.
paradise wh deep, protededwder. Fish Freshly painted w/new carpeting in the
from your private dock and swim in the master suite, 2nd bedroom & screened
large solar heated pool. Your cars will porch. Overlooksthe new pool. Ready
even be happy in the three-car garage. to move in. Offered at $140,000. Call
3-4BR/4BA. $1,600,000. Call Gayle Gayle Schulz, (941) 812-6489.
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 available.
$1,295,000. 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.
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
REAL ESTATE LLC
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping, library and restaurants, $389,000,
HOLMES BEACH WATERFRONT
3BR/2BA home. Tile, pavers, fence, room for pool, new dock, direct
access to Tampa Bay $699,900.
KEY WEST WATERFRONT
4BR/3BA spectacular pool home with gorgeous view of Bimini Bay
with 9,000 lb. boat lift $1,700,000.
Spacious 4BR/3BA pool 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 fl ooring, 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 offi ce, 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 directview of Gulf New kitchen,
dile, heated pool, tennis, garage. $899,900.
KEYROYALEBAYFRONT 3BR/2.5BA, Dock. $2,150,000.
SWILDEWOOD SPRINGS CONDO 2BR/2BA, Patio $299,900.
UPDATED DUPLEX-2107Avenue B, $596,900
SUN PLAZAWEST CONDOS 2BR/2BA. From $529,900.
PER1WINKLE 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.
RUNAWAYBAY CONDO 1BR/1BA Water view. $349,000.
SEASIDEBEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulfview $799300.
FLAMINGO CAYWATERFRONT-3BPR2BA, pool $859,000,
WATERS EDGE CONDO 2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront $959,900,
GULF PLACE CONDOS Turnkey furnished. From $869,900,
SARASOTABAYFRONT PARADISE-3BR/25BA, $1,124,900.
RIVERVIEWBOULEVARD CAPE COD -3BR/2BA $529,900.
SHOREWALKCONDOS 2BR/2BA turkey from $175,000,
TRADEWINDSRESORTVIIA- 1BR/1BA, Pool, $325,900,
ANNUAL and SEASONAL
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
28 E MARCH 14, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
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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. Isyour 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.
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-
AMERICAN HANDYMAN: ISLAND resident.
Guaranteed price, guaranteed quality. Any job.
Discount with ad. Licensed and insured. Jerry,
INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small
businesses. We also file electronically and pre-
pare all states. Call Pat at Kenney Tax Service,
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or
HOUSEWATCHERS OF MANASOTA Inc.: A
Licensed and insured corporation. We offer peace
of mind to homeowners during their absence by
providing weekly or monthly inspections. We also
provide management of annual rental properties.
Trust in us to keep your investments safe. 941-737-
7046 or email@example.com.
This property provides options to either renovate
y4 existing 2BR/1BA home or reinvent by construct-
ing two attached villas. Unlike all other villas, this
building site offers 11,400 sf where you may create
your tropical hideaway surrounded with natural foli-
age. Located in Bay Palms and walking distance to
beach and shopping. ONLY $479,500!
Beautifully maintained one-owner home includes
2BR/2.5BA on spacious Bay Palms lot. Freshly
painted, new ceramic tile throughout, updated baths,
barrel tile roof are only a few of the recent improve-
ments. Open design has over 1,600 sf living area and
2,100 sf under roof with two-car garage. Charming
kitchen with breakfast bar off sunny Florida room
plus screened gazebo for Island lifestyle. Vacant and
ready for occupancy. Personally view 501 67th St.
Open daily, noon-4pm. Asking $489,500!
"We ARE the Island!"
01 SINCE 1957
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty @verizon.net
Web site wwwanamariareal.com
CONDO/HOMEOWNER INSURANCE: Call for free
quote. Doc Auto & Home Insurance. 75th and Mana-
tee Ave. W., Bradenton. 941-757-0330.
FREE HOUSESITTING/PETSITTING: Retired
Christian couple will take care of your home, pets
etc. References furnished, much experience, bond-
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.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn and landscape
maintenance. Tree-trimming, mulching, plantings,
sod, shell. Many references and insured. Please
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.
TREES BY THE Breeze, Inc. Landscaping,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Island resident since 1988. Call Chris Lundy,
M Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
e6301 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach:
3BR/2.5BA, built 2005, 1,895 sf,
hardwood floors, pool. Short stroll
to beach! $729,000
One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
W3X77hen you choose Chase you
Share guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community.
So, whatever your mortgage
needs -fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, government,
call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
Monhaon Mortgaoge CorporOtion
GET MOORE FOR your money: Specializing in tree
trimming and removal, brush chipping, estate clean-
ups. Insured. Call Lew Moore, 941-755-5559.
CONFIDENCE CLEANING CORP.: Housecleaning,
office cleaning and window cleaning. Good refer-
ences, reasonable rates. Licensed and insured.
Family owned and operated. 941-296-5103.
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.
WEST COAST INC. Landscaping: Bobcat service,
hauling, tree removal, shelling, pressure cleaning
and lawn care. Very reliable. 941-345-6859.
LANDSCAPING ISLAND RESIDENT: All aspects
of design and installation. I will show you a picture
of your house with a virtual landscape. Call Colin
at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
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
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TILE -TILE -TILE.All variations of ceramictile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting.Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements
Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 941-792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
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 esti-
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 refer-
ences. Licensed. Call Nick, 941-727-1448 or
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
OF ANNA MARIA
INTERIOR SURFACE RENOVATION: Drywall, tex-
ture, paint, tile, wall and ceiling repairs, Fred Wein-
RESILIENT PROPERTIES AND renovations: Kitch-
ens, bathrooms, tile work, decks, sheetrock, paint-
ing and more. Reliable work start-to-finish. What
does your home need? Free estimates. Call Thomas
P. Lass, 941-782-7313.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-
795-1947. Lic. # RR0066450.
GULF CONSTRUCTION INC.: Home remodeling,
custom carpentry, kitchens, baths, additions. 28
years experience. Free estimates. Call John, 941-
773-6808. License # CBC1255132.
ABOUT GROUT: CLEANING, sealing, staining
(painting of grout), tile and grout repair, caulking
of showers/kitchen. Bonded and insured. Call Jeff,
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I take
pride in my work. For a free estimate, call Colin at
941-779-0120 or 941-376-0591.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR two
master suites-/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes
to beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/
dryer, garage, designer furnished with tropical
yard setting. One of the finest rentals on Island.
$1,600/weekly. Call 941-713-0034 or e-mail: beach-
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA annual, ground floor unfur-
nished, $900/month. Seasonals available starting
at $1,800/month. Please call Kim Fisher, Wagner
Realty, 941-778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434.www.suncoastinc.com.
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GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1BR/1BA with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. 901-301-8299, or e-mail
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVDNCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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-
CORTEZ COTTAGE: QUIET area. Fully furnished,
walk to water. No smokers. $1,700/month, $500/
week, $100/night, includes utilities. 941-794-5980.
ANNUAL RENTAL: PALMA Sola Park. 3BR/2BA, like
new, fresh and clean. Small pet OK, nonsmoking.
Available April 1. $1,500/month. 941-713-3533.
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.
SEASONAL CANALFRONT EFFICIENCY avail-
able now. Canal view with two large decks, dock
and saltwater pool to share. Furnished with private
entrance, bath and kitchenette. All utilities except
phone included. $350/week or $850/month (not an
annual). Perfect for a quiet individual! Please e-mail
email@example.com or call 941-928-8735. Leave
message for information and availability.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/2BA, four-car
garage. Two blocks to beach. Pet friendly. $1,400/
month. Call 941-713-2150.
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Gayle Schulz Holmes Beach, FL 34217
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Panoramic views of Skyway Bridgeand Tampa
Bay with 135-foot seawall, heated pool and 100-
foot deep-water dock with boat lift. 3BR/3BA,
3,000 sf on two lots in private setting.
Entirely updated. Large master suite added
and kitchen is top of the line in every way.
A short walk to the Gulf. Must see to appreci-
ate. Lots of extras. $2295,000. Virtual tour at
Call John Zirzow, Agent/Owner
(941) 778-9171 Markey Realty
SPECTACULAR Key West- SHOREWALK 2BR/2BA
style home with breathtak- condo, turnkey furnished.
ing views of Bimini Bay, only Two pools, two lighted
short walk to white sandy tennis courts, basketball,
beaches. Deep water with no shuffleboard and clubhouse.
bridges to Gulf and 9,000 lb. $175,000-179,900.
boatlift at your back door.
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VACATION IN SMOKEY Mountains: 3BR/2BA
cabin, turnkey furnished, fireplace on 2.5 acres. 30
miles from Cherokee Indian reservation, one mile
from town. Book now. $495/weekly. For informa-
tion, call 352-516-6908 or 352-314-2333. E-mail:
AFFORDABLE SEASONAL RENTALS still available.
Weekly, monthly, bayfront, Gulffront, big, small. Call
Sato Real Estate for availability. 941-778-7200.
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.
TERRA CEIA: WATERFRONT 3BR home with dock.
Lease with option, $1,800/month. 941-447-6278.
SMALL COTTAGE WITH Gulf view directly across
from beach. 1BR/1BA plus den. $800/month. 941-
866-0224. 1201 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
SEASONAL: ANNA MARIA lovely ground-level
home. Approximately 1,000 feet to beach. Can be
rented as 2BR/1BA or 3BR/2BAwith carport. Family
and living room, washroom, all with air condition-
ing. Nice kitchen and patio. Available March through
May 2007 and September 2007 through May 2008.
$3,500/month plus utilities, discount for longer terms.
214 Palmetto Ave. Call John, 813-690-9762.
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beau-
tiful Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals.
SEASONAL: MARCH AND April. Clean 2BR elevated
unit, one block to beach. Newly remodeled with laun-
dry. $575/weekly, $1,975/monthly. 941-807-5449.
CORTEZ/BRADENTON BEACH AREA: Spacious,
furnished 1BR/1 BA apartment. Full kitchen, dining
room, living room. Includes utilities, cable, laundry
room. Community boat ramp, marina. $995/month.
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upgradestortoday's discerning buyer! 40' boat slip included.Agent/Owner. $715,000.
Patricia Grieco, 748-6300 or 737-8689. 546118.
DESIGNED FOR ENTERTAINING. 5BR,3700SF, home on nearly 2/3 acres. Hugecaged
pool area with separate spa and bath, den w/ireplace, oversized garage, security system.
Close to Nat'l Park. $699,000. Cindy Pierro, 748-6300 or 920-6818. 536721
SPARKLING BAYVIEWS- Updated 4BRduplex, 3240 SFturnkey furnished,bamboo
floors, updated kitchen, French doors that open toan extensivewood deck. Roof deck
w/beach & bay views. $679,000. Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988. 545696.
DELIGHTFUL ISLAND COTTAGE 2 blocks from beach & bay. Ceramic tile, Corian
countertops & Trex decking for low maintenance. Turnkey furnished & priced to sell
in Anna Maria. $569,000. Peggy Horlander, 748-6300 or 932-7199. 532842
OUTSTANDING3BR BAY FRONT CONDO w/over 1800 sq ft. located inthe gated com-
munity of Perico Bay Club. Upgraded kitchen,wood flooring,newer carpets& A/C. 2
miles from the Gulf. $449,900 Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 545025
CAYMAN CAY VILLAS. 2BRfurnished end unit in a charming Island neighborhood
directly acrossfrom the beach Enjoy a peek of the Gulf from the lanai. Delightful get-
a-way or investment. $339,900. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 524503
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WATERFRONT: SEASONAL. Beach, dock. Free
use of kayak, pool, exercise room and bicycle. April
still available. 941-779-9074. E-mail: gwalker43@
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-
VILLAGE GREEN: MINUTES to beaches. Large
2BR/2BA, big screened lanai, large yard, good
schools, close to shopping. $1,195/month, annual.
3BR/2BA SINGLE-STORY rental. Off-season rent-
als available from $625/week. April 2007 discounted
to $500/week. Call Tricia, 813- 818-8314. www.
2BR/2BA APARTMENT with patio. Walk to beach.
Available annually. 941-773-4180.
ANNUAL RENTAL: SPACIOUS villa, 1,300-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.
LOVELY 2BR/2BA for 2008. Large porch, boat
friendly, three-month rental. 941-962-0817 or 941-
778-2695. 210 81st St., Holmes Beach.
ANNUAL: BEAUTIFUL 55-plus park. Waterfront,
clean, 2BR/2BA, two lanais, carport, washer and
dryer, cable, fully furnished. Includes water and
trash. $850/month. Call 614-517-7016.
ANNUAL 55-PLUS park. Little Manatee riverfront.
Incredible view and sunrise. Huge bedroom, water,
washer and dryer, deck, must see to appreciate.
$750/month. Call 614-517-7016.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
Villager 2BR/2BA end unit villa,
carport! $.1-J2Fr $108,000.
Braden Crossings 3BR/2BA.Updated! $285,000.
Bay Palms 2BR/2BA, grand canal, sailboat deep-
water. Private dock. $695,000.
Sabal Harbour 4BR/2BA Buyer incentive! $374,500.
Kingsfield Lakes 4BR/2BA. Huge lot! $299,900.
Pointe West 3BR/2BA Heated pool! $360,000.
Mariners Cove 3BR/2BA Full bayview, 35'slip! $760,000.
Bayou 2BR/1 BA Anna Maria NEGOTIABLE! $365,000.
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FOR RENT BY owner: 100 yards to beach, west of
Gulf Drive, 3BR/2BA, open floor plan, new home,
elevator, renting for January 2008, $3,900 a month.
107 Magnolia, Anna Maria. Drive by, then call Doug,
800-828-8116, ext 212.
ANNUAL RENTAL: OCEANFRONT, 75 feet to
water, all furnishings included, 2BR/2BA, open
garage with heated pool. $1,800/month. Anna
ANNUAL RENTAL: Perico Bay Club villa, Grand
Cayman. 1,601 sf, Neal Community builder. Two-
car garage, 2BR/2BA, den, patio, overlooking
canal, great water view, lanai, deck, mirrors. Built-
ins, many upgrades. Tennis courts, clubhouse.
One mile from beach, pools, gated entrance,
security guards. $1,500/month plus security. Al
ANNUAL HOMES BEACH: Close to beach, shops
and trolley. Updated 2BR/1BA unit. Two balco-
nies, Gulf sunsets. $900/month plus utilities.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA home, Anna Maria,
$1,400/month. 2BR/2BA apartment, Anna Maria,
$875/month. Riverfront condo, 2BR/2BA, $1,195/
month. 1BR/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-
1BR/1BA: $925/MONTH. 112-B 52nd St., Holmes
Beach. Studio/efficiency, $600/month. 112 No. 1,
52nd St., Holmes Beach. 941-746-8666.
ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA, ELEVATED duplex in Braden-
ton Beach. One block to beach. High ceilings, clean.
Pet considered. $950/month. 941-725-2549.
NORTH END BY Rod & Reel pier, one and 2BR
apartments for rent, weekly, monthly or annual,
reasonable rates. Call for dates and prices. 941-
BEAUTIFUL TORTUGA INN 2BR unit has GORGEOUS 2BR HOME IN TARA
a full kitchen and furniture. Garden view PRESERVE. Turnkey home offers 2 car
and stepstothe private beach, pools, bay, garage, living/dining room, den and main-
and dock. Flexible rental,on-site manage- tenance free yard. Plenty of time to enjoy
ment. $450,000. the pool,tennis and golf. $374,900.
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ANNUAL ANNA MARIA: Steps to the beach. One
master suite with upscale bathroom plus one full
bath with tub. Completely remodeled, everything is
new! Poolside with large patio. $900/month includes
water and garbage. Small pet OK. E-mail: cflagg@
mindspring.com for photos or call 305-803-4131,
leave a message.
I'LL SWAP A room on Martha's Vineyard, summer
2007 or 2008, for same on Anna Maria, winter2008.
ANNUAL FURNISHED 1BR/1BA waterfront apart-
ment with laundry and some utilities included. $850/
month. Phone 941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.
SEASONAL VISITORS: SECURE your rental for
next winter before heading back north! Must see
beautiful Pebble Springs 3BR/2BA first-floor condo.
Ten minutes from the beach. $1,600/month. www.
ANNUAL: 3BR/2BA with fenced back yard,
large storage unit and deeded boat slip. $1,650/
month. Available April 1. Please, call Adele at
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL: Perico Bay Club.
2BR/2BA with loft, pools, tennis, security gate,
garage, turnkey furnished or unfurnished. Leave
BEAUTIFUL HOUSE AND garden near Bean Point
(Rose Street), Anna Maria. Elevated, 3BR/2BA,
screened lanai. Available 2008. $3,400/month. 813-
VACATION CONDO: MARCH 2007. 1BR/1BA,
$375/week. Heated pool and tennis. Real Estate
ANNUAL RENTALS: UNFURNISHED. 2BR/1BA
duplex, large yard, close to beach. $775/month.
Large 2BR/2BA duplex, all new appliances.
$1,000/month. Anna Maria GulfCoast Properties.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
FOR RENT: CHARMING canal house at 509 59th
St., Holmes Beach. 2BR/1.5BA. $1,250/month plus
NICE DUPLEX: WEEKLY or monthly. 2BR/1BA,
canal, boat dock, tropical yard. Half block
to bay beach. $600/week or $2,000/month.
ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA SPACIOUS duplex. Available
April 15. Bay view, ceramic and laminate floors,
newly decorated, laundry. Pet friendly. $850/month
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: LARGE 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage. Big screened lanai, huge fenced
yard, excellent schools, quiet area. $1,495/month.
VILLAGE GREEN: MINUTES to beaches. Large
2Br/2BA, two-car garage. Big screened lanai, large
yard, good schools. Close to shopping. $1,195/
month. Annual. 941-720-2804.
MINUTES TO BEACHES: Lakeside South, west
Bradenton. Big 2BR/2BA, one-car garage villa.
Pool, tennis, clubhouse, quiet area. $1,700/month.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, north-end Anna
Maria, four houses from beach. Energy efficient
windows, wood blinds, dishwasher, washer and
dryer hookups, large patio, fenced yard, storage
shed, pet considered. $975/month plus security.
WANTED: ROOMMATE TO split expenses. Nice
condo, Holmes Beach. Fully furnished, electric,
water, cable, wireless included. $550 to move in.
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA APARTMENT. Part-furnished,
carport. $700/month plus deposit and utilities. 304
60th St., Holmes Beach.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/2BA, lanai, garage.
Clean, nice quiet area. $1,000/month. 941-776-1789.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
ANNA MARIA: CANALFRONT property: 2BR/2BA
with views of Tampa Bay. Walking distance to beach,
shops and restaurants. $739,000. 941-779-1512 or
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.
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,
$535,000. Call Jake, 941-544-7786. 108 Gull Drive,
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-
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.
ISLAND HOME REDUCED: For sale by owner.
Holmes Beach 3BR, deep-water canal, pool, boat
dock, many upgrades. $775,000. Call 941-778-6474.
Bringing Pople Hoe Sice 1939
PARADISE VIEW Beautiful views of NEWLY REMODELED in 2007, ground
Longboat Pass, Sisters and Jewfish Key levelfour-plex.Allsurround privateheated
with deep water dock. Great fishing. pool. Steps to the beach. 2BR unit ideal
Separate guest house. Harry Christensen, for owner. Good rental history with many
941-383-5577. #340718. $1,800,000. reservations Ownerlagent.JacqueDavis,
941-778-2246. #548868. $1,250,000.
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views ofthe Gulf, amazing sun setsfromyour
lanai and just steps to the beach. Pristine,
2BR/2BAnewlyfurnishedend untcondo. Pet
941-920-0276. #547583. $750,000.
GRACIOUS LIVING in this waterfront, BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA 1,300 sf villa with FIVE WATERFRONT LOTS FOR SALE.
updated3BR/3BAcondo.Loft overlooking 210 sf enclosed lanai. Newertile, carpet, Owner will sell single or in bulk. Premium
greatroom. Soaringceilings. 40-footdock hurricanewindows,waterheater, counter location. New subdivision. Builder and
included. Price reduced. Peggy Henger, topsvaultedceilings.Lushtropicalgarden floor plans available immediately. Becky
941-720-0528. #332186. $739,000. back yard. Rick Horton, 941-778-2246. Smith or Elfi Starrett, 941-778-2246.
#549374. $249,000. #549550. $120,000 to $151,000.
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MOTEL/RESORT ANNA MARIA ISLAND Great 11-unit resort/
motel. One short block to the beautiful sandy white beaches
and view the spectacular sunsets. Many restaurants, specialty
shops and fishing pier closeby. Possible conversion potential.
Jim Zoff, 941-778-2246. #539134. $2,575,000.
A RARE FIND! Anna Maria Gulffront lot. Becky Smith or Elfi
Starrett, 941-778-2246. #504998. $1,750,000.
RESORT IN PARADISE Tropical landscaping surrounds six
charming units steps from beach. Immaculate, family owned,
and clientele keep coming back. Possible owner financing.
Karen Day, 941-778-2246. #529518. $1,650,000.
LONGBOATKEYWATERFRONTKeyWest-style homeon sailboat
water. Boatlift,open floor plan,four-car garage, workout room
and 30-foot screened balcony. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett,
941-778-2246. #520397. $1,049,000.
BRADENTON BEACH TWO-FAMILYTurnkeyfurnished 2BR/1 BA
cottage with 1BR/1BA bungalow. Great family retreat or
rental property. Close to shops, beach and more. Anne Miller,
941-778-2246. #518824. $825,000.
EXCEPTIONAL 2BR/2BA direct Gulffront unit with out-
standing views of the Gulf. Totally renovated. Secured
elevator, heated pool,tennis court and private garage. Near
shopping and restaurants. DaveMoynlhan, 941-778-2246.
DIRECT GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA apartment with fabulous
views. This top floor end unit is offered turnkey fur-
nished. Great walking beach, heated pool and weekly
rentals permitted. David Moynihan, 941-778-2246.
ANNAMARIA Spacious 3-4BR/2BAelevated residence 2,122
sf with open plan, wrap around decks, large storage/work-
shop areas, close to beach and community center, elevator
ready. Seller motivated. Dave Moynihan, 941-778-2246.
CALLING ALL SENIORS! Turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA end unit!
Firstfloor, park at your door! Clubh house, heated pool activitiesfor
the young at heart Closeto shopping, library. Ele Stephenson,
941-751-0670. #543732. $124,900.
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Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
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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-
DIRECT WATERFRONT: Latchkey. 65A Cortez
Park, Avenue D. 941-779-CAIN.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA with full bay
views! Granite countertops, 20-inch porcelain
tile, carpet, custom closets, plantation shutters,
designer furnishings and more. $550,000. Bro-
kers protected. Easy to show. 859-264-8644.
RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT in northwest Bra-
denton, desirable neighborhood near the river.
$216,000. Owner/agent, Bobbie Banan, Michael
Saunders & Company, 941-356-2659.
HELL HAS FROZEN over! Price reduced for a quick
sale from $395,000 to $359,000.4BR/3 BA, two-car
garage, den with fireplace, solar-heated caged pool
near Bradenton Country Club. Great family neigh-
borhood, close to everything. 5116 10th Ave. Drive
W. 941-685-7035. Directions: Manatee Ave. to 51st
to 10th Ave.
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.
NEW CONDO $289,900. For sale by owner.
2BR/2BA, den, garage, screened lanai, lake view,
minutes to beaches. Open daily. 941-761-0807 or
502-523-2019. 6442 Hidden Lake condominiums.
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/1BA 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.
UNBLOCKABLE GULF VIEW: Old small cot-
tage across from Coquina Beach. $50,000 down,
assume $238,000 at $950/month. 941-866-0224.
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-
LOT: 57.75x1 14-feet, one block to beach. $520,000.
Call 941-779-4505 or 941-778-4246. 125 Neptune
Lane, Holmes Beach.
BEACH HOUSE FOR sale: 2BR/1BA with new roof
and new air conditioner. Steps to your private beach.
Call 813-690-5143. 112 81st St., Holmes Beach.
REDUCED $100,000! Open water view and steps
to north-end beach and city piers. Mangroves
surround this 3BR/2BA home with Florida room,
new tile, new kitchen cabinets, hot tub and large
boat dock. New price, $699,900. Bring offers.
NEW LISTING! KEY West-style home, steps to
beach and bay. Breezy 2BR/2BA home with den,
open lanai, new wood floors throughout, work-
shop and room for RV and boat parking with two
entrances to property. Offered at $569,000. Call
Deborah Thrasher, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-518-
7738. Deborahthrasher@ remax.net.
PERICO BAY CLUB: Open 1-4pm Sunday, March
18. 1167 Edgewater Circle. New granite counter-
tops, 20-inch porcelain tile, carpet, custom closets,
plantation shutters, designer furnishings and more.
A must see at $550,000. 941-792-4803. Barbfree-
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.
FOR SALE: HOLMES Beach. Beautifully remod-
eled, direct bayfront 2BR townhouse with pier and
lift. Views to Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Four floors
with garage, elevator, renovated kitchen with gran-
ite counters and stainless-steel appliances. Private
top-floor sun deck. Priced below current appraisal.
Newly inspected. Home warranty. $949,900. Dianne
Kryszak, 941-993-4078, Robert Lindeman, 941-
504-2123. Michael Saunders & Co., licensed real
estate broker. 61 S. Blvd. of Presidents, St. Armands
4BR/3BA CONDO! Low taxes, low maintenance, no
flood insurance. Minutes from the beaches. Under
$250,000. Keller Williams Realty, 941-932-1288.
GOLF COURSE, CLOSE to beach. 2BR/2BA, spa-
cious lanai. $197,500. No flood, low maintenance
fees, heated pool, tennis, etc. Karen Pfeiffer, Real-
tor, Keller Williams Realty, 941-747-2170.
3BR/3BA HOME ON deep-water canal. Totally
remodeled inside, two master suites. Carpet,
ceramic and vinyl tile. Asking $864,000. Call for
OPEN HOUSE: 2-4pm Sunday. Perico Island.
3BR/2BA, built to 2004 hurricane codes. Great
master suite, heated pool and amenities. 11103
Willow Dale Ct $390,000. 941-761-8135.
SEABREEZE MOBILE HOME park: Lot 73, double-
wide priced to sell. Minutes to beaches. $33,000.
HOLMES BEACH LOT: 50x100 feet, two
blocks to the beach, ready to build. $499,000.
2BR/2BA MOBILE HOME in Paradise Bay Estates.
Land-owned, turnkey furnished. 12x20-foot deck
in back, golf cart included. Asking $150,000.
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HOLMES BEACH: CLEAN custom 1950s ranch,
2,100 sf, attached large efficiency. Boat dock avail-
able. Opportunity now before I list. $539,000 or best
offer. Show anytime. 513-378-9100.
BRADENTON BEACH CONDO: 1BR/1BA, pool,
tennis, fitness room, beach access, turnkey fur-
nished. Short, long-term or annual rental. $329,900
or best offer. 941-778-9378.
LONGBOAT DUPLEX: 4-6BR on canal, deeded
beach access. Use it, rent it out or redevelop.
$699,900. Mary Ann Namack, Longview Realty,
ISLAND POOL HOME: 2BR/2BA with heated
pool and spa, workshop, fenced yard. For sale by
owner for a great deal. White appliances, includ-
ing washer and dryer, all staying. Motivated seller.
Brokers/agents welcome. $489,000. Call Tammy at
813-478-4416 or 941-322-2132.
CANALFRONT CONDO: WESTBAY Point & Moor-
ings. Turnkey furnished, light and bright. $359,000.
This one won't last long. Denise Langlois, Coldwell
HAWTHORN PARK: NORTHWEST Bradenton,
most desirable community. 4BR/3BA pool home
with new kitchen. Stainless-steel appliances, beau-
tiful granite counter tops, new carpets and paint.
Only five minutes to the beach. $474,900. Denise
Langlois, Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.
PALMA SOLA: HEATED pool. 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage. Immaculate, light and bright and only 10
minutes to the beach. $299,900. Denise Langlois,
Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.
CANAL HOME: ENJOY this lovely Island home.
2BR/2BA with one-car garage. Dock and boat lift,
circular drive, turnkey furnished. Best buy! $599,900.
Denise Langlois, Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.
BAY WATCH CONDO on the bay, just steps from
beach. Spacious 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished.
Heated pool, boat/fishing dock on Intracoastal
Waterway. $359,000. Karen Horner, Coldwell Banker
Residential Real Estate Inc. 941-730-4304.
REDUCED! CLUB BAMBOO South: Direct Gulffront
efficiency condo. Private balcony, professional inte-
riors, on-site management, pool and more. Nightly
rentals allowed. $419,999. George, 312-321-7501.
Call for details and pictures. A must see!
REDUCED $49,000: DIRECT bayfront, Runaway
Bay 2BR/2BA condo. Completely new everything!
Professional design, pool, shuffleboard, workout,
fishing, on-site management and great rental his-
tory. $455,000. George, 312-321-7501.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
392 FIREHOUSE LANE: North Longboat Key, steps
to beach and pool. Built 2004, upscale and stylish,
former model home. 2BR/2BA, den plus loft. Main-
tained community. Priced to sell. $998,500. EWM
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ADORABLE 1BR/1BA HOUSE in Cortez Village.
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WEST BRADENTON 2BR/1BA house. 201 31st
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LARGE WEST BRADENTON home with pool
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BEACH COTTAGES: 250 steps to the Beach,
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I WANTED THE kids, house and van. Got the bills,
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INVITATION! TAKE ELEVATOR from pool, dock
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bayfront condo. Brightly furnished. By owner, 941-
KEY ROYALE HOME: 3BR/2BA, all new interior.
Way below appraisal. Boat dock, pool and spa.
$789,000. Owner/agent, 941-356-1456.
QUALITY DUPLEX WITH huge garage. One block
to beach. Low price. $487,000. Real Estate Mart,
$369,000: DUPLEX 2BR/1BA, 1BR/1BA.150 steps
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Financing available. 941-747-3321.
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ing pier, clubhouse. Price drastically reduced to
$310,000. By owner, 941-778-8327. 1801 Gulf Drive
N., Unit 271, Bradenton Beach.
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS 2BR/2BA downstairs in
move-in condition, stainless-steel appliances and
more. $184,900 or annual rent $1,000/month. Call
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NEW CONDO: $289,900. For sale by owner.
2BR/2BA, den, garage, screened lanai, lake view,
minutes to beaches. Open daily. 6442 Hidden Lake
condominiums 941-761-0807 or 502-523-2019.
OPEN HOUSE: 1-4pm Saturday And Sunday,
March 17-18.Top floor, waterfront, deep-water dock,
garage. $965,000.4106 Marina Court, The Pointe at
Mariner's Cove. Barbara Jennings, 941-773-0180.
Michael Saunders and Company.
FOR SALE BY OWNER: 3BR/2BA cottage with
pool. Totally updated, only steps from the beach.
Under $800,000. Call 941-527-5246.
UNIQUE DUAL FAMILY custom-built 2005 duplex.
4BR/2BA, elevator, pool, spa, bay view, partial Gulf
view. Upgrades galore. $1,399,000. Open 1-5pm
Sunday. 205 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach. 937-
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WATERFRONT: 116-FOOT elegant 5,000-sf brick
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BA, one-acre. $699,900. Scottsboro, Ala. Debbie
Mathis Realty, 888-574-2525 or 256-599-5910.
HOT SPRINGS, N.C. gated residential community
surrounded by national forest. Paved roads, club-
house, waterfall, pond, hiking trails and more. Lots
starting at $60,000. Call 877-477-3473.
GOT NORTH GEORGIA mountain fever? We have
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ASHEVILLE, N.C., AREA: Breathtaking mountain
view and river parcels. One to eight acres from the
$80s. Nature trails, custom lodge, river walk and
more. Five minutes from town of Hot Springs. Call
GRAND OPENING: SAVE $20,000. "One day only"
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NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Large two- to 10-
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community with great view, trees, waterfall and large
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NEW COASTAL GEORGIA community: Half-to two-
acre homesites starting in the $200s. Marshfront
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ment. Showing March 24 by appointment only. Call
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,
THE BEST LAND values in coastal Georgia! As
much as 30 percent below recent appraisals. One-
plus-acre marsh view from $49,900. One-plus-acre
marshfront from $124,900. Gated entrance, marina
access and more. 90 minutes to Jacksonville, 30
minutes to Savannah. Grand opening sale, Satur-
day, March 31. Call now! 888-525-3725, ext. 2228.
LAKE ACCESS BARGAIN: One-plus acres, $34,900
with free boat slips! Rare opportunity to own land on
spectacular 160,000-acre recreational lake! Mature oak
and hickory, park-like setting with lake access. Paved
road, underground utilities. Excellent financing. Prime
waterfronts available. Call now, 800-704-3154, ext. 915.
RARE! NATIONAL FOREST frontage and trophy
trout stream. Large acreage parcels new to market.
TENNESSEE LAKE BARGAIN: Three-plus acres,
$19,900. Free boat slips! Save $5,000 during pre-
construction sale! Enjoy access to private, Jimmy
Houston-endorsed bass lake. Paved roads, utilities,
soils tested. Lakefront available. Excellent financing.
Call now, 866-685-2562, ext. 1006.
COASTAL GEORGIA: 135-plus acres, $249,900!
Georgia/Florida border. Mature pines, abundant
wildlife. Only an hour from Jacksonville. Call now,
904-206-5114, ext. 1195.
GEORGIA/FLORIDA BORDER: Huge savings!
23.55 acres, only $109,900, was $124,900. Coastal
region. Wooded, loaded with wildlife. Easy drive to
St. Simons Island. Subdivision potential. Call now,
800-898-4409, ext. 1178.
GEORGIA LAND BARGAINS! 20-plus acres. Great
price, location and financing! www.gaforest.com.
NEW PRICE! TEN-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 866-352-2249, ext. 1156.
WON'T LAST! PRICE reduced 50 percent. 29 acres,
$195,000. Great location close to Cedar Key. Nice
meadow, scattered pine and oak, abundant wildlife.
At end of private road. Utilities, survey, excellent
financing. Call 866-352-2249, ext. 1192.
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GULFFRONT DUPLEX Outstanding rental, turn-
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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. Handyman special.
KEY RKUYALE IVove-in condition. Beautiful ZK/ZIBA.
Huge patio and Florida room. Nice landscaping on
canal. Great value at $599,000.
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COMPLETELY RENOVATED 21K21BA ground-level villa.
Top of the line amenities and beautifully furnished. Stainless
steel appliances, wood floors, one-car garage. $345,000.
BAYFRONT Large 2BR/2BA house with new tile floors
throughout, plus great mother-in-law apartment. New
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LUXURY GULFFRONT The finest condo Anna Maria
has to offer. 3BR/3BA beautifully furnished. High ceil-
ings, windows on all four sides. Enclosed secure garage,
pool and spa. $1,925,000.
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Spectacular bay views from this darling 2BR/IBA cottage
fully updated with custom dock and large deckVery private
1811 NW 72ND ST, SHAWS POINT New! Custom
Kendar home, 4BR/3BA, with 13-foot double tray
ceilings, spa pool, so many fine touches and half a block
to nark right on Tamna Rav! $879.900
243 17TH ST N, BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
- Runs from Gulf to Bay in the heart ofAnna Maria
Island. Darling turkey fumished 3 BR/2BAtownhouse
with private elevator and garage, offers beach access
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bay views from every room of this 5.000 sq.
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4 car garage, library, great room, pool and
multilevel terrace. Lots of space for family and
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grapes and spring
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family home and
408 S. BAY BLVD., ANNA MARIA
ISLAND. Watch the cruise ships go by!
Magnificent views ofTampa Bay from this darling
beach house with vaulted ceilings, gourmet
kitchen and two-car garage. $1,600,000
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MOORINGS. All new carpet and paint. 2nd
floor end unit with water view. Great deal,
least expensive unit offered $369,000
- 1.93 acres on Manatee River with 250 linear
feet on the river. Two buildable lots or one
magnificent estate. Dock in place, bring the
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