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for tax reform
By Rick Catlin
The grass-roots Citizens Against Runaway Taxation
formed in 2004 in Holmes Beach by Island residents
and business owners dissatisfied with high property tax
increases every year is merging with other tax protest
organizations statewide to form a group to be known
as the Florida Taxpayers Alliance.
CART executive director Don Schroder of Holmes
Beach said that CART, along with the Homeowners Against
Rising Taxation organization, will both join the FTA.
Schroder spoke to The Islander in advance of an
expected Monday, March 19, announcement by CART
about the affiliation plan.
"It was obvious to our groups that we had similar
goals," Schroder said.
In addition, Schroder was to speak about tax reform,
CART and the FTA at the Rotary Club noon luncheon
Tuesday, March 20, at the BeachHouse Restaurant in
The current session of the Florida Legislature is
considering a number of tax reform proposals, includ-
ing an increase of the sales tax to 10 percent, while at
the same time eliminating or limiting ad valorem tax
rates. The legislature is also considering the methods of
valuation used by the various county property apprais-
ers in Florida that operate in a non-home rule county.
Schroder and CART have long campaigned for tax
appraisal reform, claiming that the "highest and best use"
appraisal method used on the Island by the Manatee County
Property Appraiser's Office is killing off "mom-and-pop"
motels and businesses who can no longer afford to operate
because of gargantuan tax increases the past five years.
North Carolina fire burns Islanders' summer home
By Rick Catlin
Former Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh and
wife Elaine always thought the hills of western North
Carolina was a great place for a summer home, far
away from the hurricanes that always seem to threaten
Florida from June to November.
They purchased their summer house in 1985 in
Bryson City, about 65 miles west of Asheville, near
the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
During the past few years, they've moved a number
of family items, heirlooms and memorabilia to their
"safe" North Carolina home to ensure those items
wouldn't be lost in a hurricane.
Alas, the hills of North Carolina turned out to con-
tain something just as deadly as a hurricane.
On Sunday, March 13, a raging brush fire tore
through 100 acres of land just outside Bryson City,
destroying Deffenbaugh's summer home along with
eight other residences and damaging 25 additional
"It was a total loss," said Gary Deffenbaugh. The
cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said, but
preliminary reports indicate someone may have been
burning trash without a permit and the fire got out of
"It's the biggest fire ever in that county," he
He and his family are traveling to North Carolina
this week to inspect the damage first-hand.
"From what I've been told, there's nothing left but
rubble. Everything inside was lost. We'll just have to
Baptist church marks
By Lisa Neff
The Baptist church on the Island showcased the old
and the new during services March 18.
The church celebrated its 20th year in the sanctuary
at 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The church also officially announced a name
change from Island Baptist Church to Crosspointe
S er The chimney is
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of this home in
...... Bryson City, N.C.,
ti near the home of
former Anna Maria
Mayor Gary Def-
fenbaugh, after a
forest fire March
11 consumed more
than 100 acres
and nine homes
one of them
summer home in
the Grassy Branch
Bryson City. Photo
20 years, name change
The new name has been in circulation for several
weeks mentioned at a public meeting in Holmes
Beach and displayed to motorists one morning when
a "Crosspointe Fellowship" sign prematurely went up
outside the church, then quickly came down.
The new name reflects the church's effort to estab-
PLEASE SEE CHURCH, NEXT PAGE
2 E MARCH 21, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
still 27 feet
The story in the March 14issue of The Islander regard-
ing the Anna Maria planning and zoning board's recom-
mendations on the comprehensive plan and future land-use
map contained an error regarding the board's recommenda-
tion for the height of commercial construction.
The story inadvertently indicated the board had rec-
ommended the commercial height limit as proposed in
the comp plan be changed from 27 feet to 37 feet.
However, the board did not adopt any change to the
27-foot recommendation for new commercial construc-
tion as the story stated, and voted 4-2 to recommend
the 27-foot height limit.
The Anna Maria City Commission will schedule a
final public hearing on the comp plan and FLUM after
it receives the recommendations from the P&Z board.
Civic group explores
The Holmes Beach Civic Association is sched-
uled to meet Saturday, March 24, to hear from Holmes
Beach public works superintendent Joe Duennes.
Two topics on the agenda for the meeting are the
city's efforts to create linear parks and to establish the
Grassy Point preserve.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenbergerhas made
creating linear parks turning public dead space into
green space a priority for the next year. He is work-
ing with Duennes and the city's parks and beautification
committee on the project.
Meanwhile, an effort to revitalize and preserve the
natural habitat known as Grassy Point is under way. The
city is working with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
on the campaign.
The civic association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Celebrating 20 years, new fellowship
Island Baptist Church celebrated the 20th anniversary of its sanctuary and began a new chapter in history
with the official name change to Crosspointe Felloship Sunday, March 18. The Rev. Dale Lawson and his wife,
Irene, took a moment to pose with the church's new sign. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Church changes name
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lish a second campus in Parrish and possibly additional
campuses in the future.
"It is logical to have a name that can be used in mul-
tiple locations," the church said in a statement released
March 14. "Additionally, the visitors here on the Island
and those in the Parrish area are from a wide range of
backgrounds. We believe Crosspointe Fellowship will
provide a warm welcome no matter the individual's
"As all of us on the islands are aware, there are some
radical changes taking place," the statement continued.
"Demographically, many of the year' round residents
have been forced off the islands because of escalat-
ing prices, insurance and taxes. As a result, churches
on barrier islands are seeing their core memberships
decline as fewer residents are staying year 'round."
While work takes place to establish the Par-
rish campus and build membership on the mainland,
Crosspointe Fellowship will continue to serve Island-
ers, seasonal visitors and vacationers at the Gulf Drive
The church also will continue with its current struc-
ture, doctrinal views and denominational affiliations
with the Manatee Baptist Association, the Florida Bap-
tist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention.
FOOD ON THE GULF COAST"
THE ISLANDER MARCH 21, 2007 0 3
Island rebounds from tourism slump
By Rick Catlin
It probably doesn't take the latest occupancy
reports from the Bradenton Area Convention and Visi-
tors Bureau to tell Islanders that tourism this winter
season is up from last year. Just watch all the traffic on
Gulf Drive any afternoon.
And an upswing in tourism is confirmed by the
latest CVB figures, which show February occupancy
for Anna Maria Island resorts was 70 percent compared
with 59.6 percent for the same month last year. Overall
occupancy in the CVB reporting area was 74.1 percent,
up from 71.5 percent for February 2006.
'The season has been going great," said Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce executive director Mary
Ann Brockman. "It's very, very good, and while we still
have a few vacancies on occasion, we've been able to
fill most of them quickly."
Brockman credited a recent article in Life magazine
that picked Anna Maria Island as a top beach destina-
tion as one of the reasons for the upsurge. The Internet
Web site TripAdvisor.com also named the Island as a
"That, and I think our marketing program has been
very successful. People are starting to learn about the Island
and we certainly seem to be full of people," she said.
In fact, a lot of people are just driving to the Island
and looking for a hotel room, restaurant or retail shop-
ping. The chamber had 1,976 walk-in requests for infor-
mation in February, a record for that month.
Island hoteliers and accommodation owners agreed
that this winter season so far is better than last
"We were 100 percent booked in February and it's
the same for March," said Jeff Gerry of the White Sands
Resort in Holmes Beach. "We don't have any opening
until April 15."
At Haley's Motel in Holmes Beach, owner Sabina
Musel-Buehler agreed it's been a good season. March
occupancy is near 100 percent, with just a few vacan-
cies remaining, and reservations through the first week
of April have booked the property nearly 100 percent.
"It only opens up a bit after April," she said.
The Club Bamboo Resort in Bradenton Beach has
also seen a solid winter season, according to manager
"We did very good in February and March is look-
ing good, even better than last year. We've got just a
few openings left and I expect those will be gone soon,"
She noted that the resort gets a lot of walk-in traffic
and, this season, vacant rooms don't stay vacant long.
No slump in tourism here
Visitors and locals alike have been flocking to Anna Maria Island in droves recently as evidenced by this beach
crowd at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach last week, which was also spring break for many of
Florida's public colleges and universities. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
And there doesn't appear to be a slow-down until after
Easter. "We've got a lot of advance reservations for
April. That's encouraging."
Barbara Rodocker of the BridgeWalk Resort in Bra-
denton Beach said the season has been "very well."
Fact is, occupancy for the entire year is up from 2006
at this time.
"People are back," said an enthusiastic Rodocker.
And they seem to enjoy dining out, according to
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna
Maria, the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach,
and the Mar Vista Restaurant on Longboat Key.
"Our sales were up 6 percent in February and
March is looking pretty firm," he said, noting that the
Sandbar continued to have good business, despite the
current renovation project which, he said, should be
completed in about two weeks.
"Everyone I've spoken with is really looking for-
ward to completion of the project and the opening of
At the Sun House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach,
Flower power, flower show March 21
Anna Maria Elementary School fourth-grade students Emma Terry and Haleigh Moynahan won a poster
contest, inking this advertisement for the Anna Maria Garden Club's annual Penny Flower Show. On March
2, the garden club's Susan Fernald presented each girl a $25 check for their poster. The show, sponsored by
The Islander newspaper, takes place, as the poster promises, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The show includes penny "votes" for floral
arrangements, a bake sale, a plant sale and a raffle.
owner Angela Rodocker said sales have been way up
compared with last season, and restaurant patrons are
coming later and staying longer.
"It's been a great season. Certainly the best in the
past few years," she said.
CVB executive director Larry White said that mar-
keting and advertising campaigns, word of mouth and
stories such as the one in Life magazine "all add up" to
a resurgence in tourism.
The previous two winter seasons, the Island has
suffered from the effects of an unusual number of hur-
ricanes, red tide and beach renourishment. With tour-
ism on the rebound, "I hope we've turned the corner,"
He was also pleased with the marketing program
that will bring jazz music and musicians and Euro-
pean visitors to the Island this summer. Add in the
fact that the start date of Florida public schools has
been pushed back an additional two weeks in August,
giving Florida families their traditional "beach break"
that month, and White is "positive about the future."
But the future for Florida tourism may not be as
bright as that of the Islands.
Tourism to the Orlando area is off more than 10
percent this year and the resulting short fall in revenues
from the "bed tax" has prompted officials to push for a
1 percent increase in the tax for Osceola, Orange and
Anna Maria City
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.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
March 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
March 21, 3 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall, CAN-
March 26, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, Sudakoff Hall, USF-
New College Campus, Sarasota.
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Attorney conflict OK'd by Bradenton Beach commission
By Paul Roat
Waiver of any conflict of interest involving a city
business has been granted to a city attorney by the Bra-
denton Beach City Commission.
Ricinda Perry, who with Ralf Brooks represents the
city on legal matters in her capacity as a member of the
law firm of Lewis, Longman and Walker PA., was granted
a waiver by the city commission to represent the Chiles
Group the BeachHouse Restaurant, Mar Vista Pub and
Sandbar Restaurant before the city by the city.
'This is not unusual," Perry said of the waiver
request. 'I don't want this matter to be a recurring
thing. I don't see the harm to the city. I may have to
come before you to represent [the Chiles Group] on
comprehensive plan matters, but I am not the city attor-
ney, I do not receive any city benefits, and the city
receives a discount from my regular rates."
She added that a similar waiver had been granted
without comment to her while she worked for another
law firm April 2005. At that time, she also represented
a number of pending cases against Bradenton Beach.
She has since dropped those cases, she said.
City attorney Brooks cited a number of Florida Bar
and Florida Statutes regarding conflict of interest mat-
ters dealing with "balancing of interests" to the com-
Island real estate
appears on the up
after February sales
By Rick Catlin
After nearly 18 months of stagnant sales, the Island
real estate market may finally be out of the doldrums
and heading toward a resurgence.
Barry Gould of the Anna Maria Island Property
Sales Report said that there were 45 sales contracts
signed on the Island in February, more than double the
same number for February 2006. 'The cycle is positive
now," said Gould, who is an agent with Island Vacation
Properties. "We may have finally turned the corner."
Properties that are under contract or were sold in
February were owned by sellers who have "accepted
the reality" of the current market and lowered sale
prices to a reasonable value.
Gould credited a number of factors with the
increase in sales, including lower insurance rates for
Island properties already mandated by the Florida Leg-
islature and the fact that mortgage rates are still low.
Throw in the news that the legislature intends to
reform Florida's tax laws and all the ingredients are
there for a bull market.
While Alan Galletto at Island Real Estate in Holmes
Beach doesn't exactly foresee a bull market, he has seen
the same trend as Gould for February and March.
"We've definitely seen an upswing in sales and
contracts the past two months," said Galletto. 'It's not
a gigantic increase from last year, but it's healthy. I feel
we've bottomed out."
Galletto was especially pleased that several long-
term investors who have been sitting on the sidelines
the past 18 months have returned to buying properties.
'That tells me they have confidence in the market,"
Mike Norman of Mike Norman Real Estate in
Holmes Beach has also seen an increase in contracts
and sales at his office, particularly since sellers realized
they had to reduce prices to attract interested buyers.
Gould said sellers who haven't lowered their prices are
primarily those who don't really need to sell their property.
'There are still a lot of properties for sale," Gould
noted, but he believes many of the owners are in the
"don't need to sell "category.
Easter service April 8
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club is making final
preparations for an Easter sunrise service on the beach.
The service is set to begin at 6:30 a.m. Sunday,
April 8, beachfront at the Manatee Public Beach along-
side the Cafe on the Beach in Holmes Beach.
All Island Denominations, including all churches
on Anna Maria Island, representatives are scheduled to
participate in leading the service.
About 1,000 people are expected to attend, accord-
ing to organizer Larry Fowler.
For more information, call Fowler at 761-8834.
Former City Commissioner Anna O'Brien, who
brought the matter to the attention of the city commis-
sion earlier this month, said her objections "were not
against Ricinda Perry, but that the city is giving away
its right for potential damages. A governmental attorney
representing private interests in front of that govern-
ment I'm just not in favor of having a city attorney
representing other clients here. I have real concerns
about that. It's just not a good idea."
Commissioner Bill Shearon echoed O'Brien's con-
'I'm tickled to death with the work that Ricinda has
done," he said. 'I just don't want her working on the
other side of the table against us. I want her working for
the city, but my concern is she can't serve two clients.
It puts out the reasonable question that there could be
concerns that something was done wrong. I can't agree
to the waiver that is this open."
Commissioner Janie Robertson said she was upset
that the actions appeared to be an attack against Perry
or her firm, and questioned the need for any change in
the form of a conflict of interest waiver.
'Let's leave well-enough alone," she said. 'Why
do we need to add something to the existing contract
[between the law firm and the city]? How does this
[waiver] benefit the city? "Robertson added that Florida
Bar and statute requirements appeared to deal with any
Vice Mayor John Shaughnessy said he supports
the waiver and Perry. '1 have the greatest respect for
Ricinda Perry, "he said. 'I'm sure that Lewis, Longman
and Walker would not risk their law firm [on conflicts].
I have found her qualified, very knowledgeable, helpful
- I don't believe she would risk her job doing anything
unethical. I believe if there was a conflict, she would
recuse herself. I'm in favor of the waiver."
Mayor John Chappie also supported Perry.
"She does not deal with the comprehensive plan,
the land-development codes, or the like," he said. 'I
don't understand why it's a problem. She has proven
to us she has honesty and integrity."
Shearon's motion to deny the waiver for Perry to
represent the city and the Chiles Group died for lack
of a second.
Shaughnessy's motion to approve the waiver, sec-
onded by Chappie, was approved 4-1, with Shearon
opposing. Robertson had the final word, saying that "the
only reason I'm doing this is because Ricinda Perrty
believes her ethics are being threatened by this."
Firefighters promote bike safety
A West Manatee Fire Rescue team rewards Anna Maria Elementary School student Neil Carper, 9, for wearing
his bike helmet. The Island crew on March 14 handed out lanyards, "Be Safe Be Seen" reflectors and coupons
for free Chick-fil-A sandwiches to students who arrived with helmets. Firefighters Brian Gaskill, from left, Bill
Kimbrell and Lt. Jeffrey Lonzo were prepared to hand out helmets to cyclists who needed them, but a dwindling
number of students ride bikes to school. WMFR firefighters also handed out helmets at Palma Sola and Stewart
elementary schools. The helmets were provided by Safe Kids. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Fire district seeks waterfront addresses
By Lisa Neff
Firefighters with the West Manatee Fire Rescue
District are looking for waterfront addresses.
In an effort to hasten the response to an emergency
on or near the water, West Manatee Fire Rescue's "A
Shift" team is promoting a volunteer community proj-
ect that involves attaching addresses on the waterfront
sides of properties.
'The fire district would like to see a house number-
ing system used on the water side much like what is
used on the street side of homes," said Lt. John Tynski,
of the A Shift.
WMFR Chief Andy Price recently asked each shift
with the district to come up with a community service
project. The A Shift came up with the idea of encourag-
ing waterfront property owners to post addresses.
Tynski, in an interview last week, cited instances in
the past year in which residents called 911 to report an
emergency across the water. The callers knew the streets,
but could only estimate the numerical address. And the
enhanced 911 system only shows the caller location.
Placing numbers on the water side of properties,
said Tynski, would make "identification as easy and
accurate as possible for neighbors on the other side of
the canals and in our channels."
An incorrect address can cost firefighters crucial
minutes in responding to an emergency. "A lot of our
roads are dead ends,"Tynski added. "So, if we miss
the road, and go down the wrong one and need to turn
around, it takes two or three more minutes. What we're
trying to do is quicken the response. This is a voluntary
The city of Anna Maria already has an ordinance in
place that requires waterfront property owners of one-
and two-family residences to place address numerals
at least 3 inches high so that they can be seen from the
water. Other structures, such as commercial buildings,
must display addresses in at least 6-inch-high lettering
and visible from the water.
Tynski suggested using the ordinance as a volun-
tary Island standard, but encouraged property owners
to use 6-inch, reflective letters and numerals.
The addresses should be attached to be seen from
the water or even across a canal on a residence, on
a seawall, on a dock or even on a sign planted at the
'We're offering to help people who need it,"Tynski
added, suggesting those seeking assistance with attach-
ing addresses call him at 741-3900. 'We can't do them
all, but we are more than willing to help the ones who
truly need help."
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 21, 2007 5 5
plans to add
By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Com-
mittee proposed the addition of four trolley shelters in
Some of the shelters could result in combining
trolley stops and school bus stops, committee mem-
bers said during a meeting March 7 at Holmes Beach
City Hall. Committee members suggested that if the
city proceeds with building trolley stops, the school
district be invited to move the school stop.
There are 19 northbound stops and 17 southbound
stops in Holmes Beach for the free trolley service oper-
ated by Manatee County Area Transit.
The trolley shelters are proposed for:
Gulf Drive and 65th Street.
Gulf Drive and 74th Street.
Marina Drive and 55th Street.
Palm Drive and Clark Lane.
The Marina Drive and 55th Street location is at
the northwest corer of the Wachovia Bank parking lot
and, according to committee member John Molyneux,
the city would need to work with the bank on placing
Molyneux proposed planting a tree as well as build-
ing a shelter.
The city budgeted about $35,000 for additional
shelters this fiscal year. The city's capital improvements
plan calls for $35,000 for building four shelters each
year through 2010.
In other business at the committee meeting, mem-
bers shared accolades for the success of their recent
public education seminar on native plantings.
Members also discussed seeking sites for linear
parks, which Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnen-
berger has encouraged, and creating a tree dedication
Also, the committee announced plans for an Arbor
Day tree planting in partnership with Keep Manatee
The plantings will take place April 27, with trees
going in the ground near 59th Street and Flotilla Drive,
the canal T-end near Marina Drive and 63rd Street, and
SBeach Parks and
TROP proposes shel-
ters for stops at
the canal T-end near Marina Drive and 76th Street.
An Arbor Day ceremony with Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School students will take place when a 14-foot
Gumbo Limbo is planted at 10 a.m. at the 59th Street
and Flotilla Drive location.
The committee's next meeting is April 4 at 5 p.m.
at city hall. The meeting is open to the public.
Cortezians gather on trailer park fate Thursday
Cortez Trailer Park residents are expected to gather
at the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage meeting
at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, to discuss the sale of
the property, at 12507 Cortez Road.
Owner Butch Howey announced last year that he
had an offer for the property at $10.8 million. Park
residents have first right of refusal to purchase mobile
home parks, thanks to a Florida law, and according to
Alma Cockerham, vice president of the park associa-
tion, they proffered a $50,000 advance to allow resi-
dents to purchase the land.
She said it appears that Howie is not accepting the
offer by park residents, hence the FISH meeting discus-
"We all want to get together to discuss it," Cock-
The property is about five acres of land with 620
feet or so of waterfront and a marina. It is adjacent to
the east ramp of the Cortez Bridge.
It has been owned and operated as a trailer park by
the Howey family since 1959. Butch Howey bought it
from his parents in 1988, but has been associated with
its operation almost all of his life. He refused to com-
ment on the sale.
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Sunny days ahead
Islanders can breathe a sign of relief now that the
long, rough financial road we've been driving down for
the past year or so has started to smooth out.
Tourism and real estate, both positive driving forces for
business and prosperity on Anna Maria Island, are experi-
encing some success on the heels of some "dry weather."
Hoteliers are saying that occupancy for February was
up significantly from the same time last year, with nearly-
full bookings for that month and mostly "no vacancies"
Restaurateurs are finding their establishments full of
hungry diners, too.
Yes, it appears the dark clouds are parting, making
way for sunny days.
Real estate agents are reporting more and more show-
ings and sales on the upswing. A sagging market appears
to be percolating, with transactions beginning to again
take place as the market adjusts to a more realistic price
For several years, the trend was for homes to be
bought and quickly re-sold, and just as quickly, sold again.
Prices soared with each sale until investors realized that
paying $2 million for a $1 million home was ludicrous.
"Enough!" they cried.
Now, we're seeing sellers dropping prices to more real-
istic levels, and people are again purchasing properties.
Yes, prices are falling on Anna Maria Island.
Of course, we're in the height of our winter tourist
season. If things aren't good now, businesses on the Island
will have a tough time making it through the lean months
of early fall, but at least the indicators are there that things
are good for a little while and it is hoped that the good
times will continue on through spring and summer.
There's always been an urban legend that summers on
Anna Maria are a better money-maker than on other nearby
barrier islands. Sure, room rates are lower in the hot months,
but room occupancy always seems to be a little hotter than
what our neighbors to the north and south experience.
It's not uncommon to see a smattering of "no vacancy"
signs up in July on the Island, while some of the Sarasota
resorts are suffering through 30 or 40 percent occupancies.
Good for us.
So let the good times roll, and let's hope they keep
rolling and rolling and rolling along.
Keep on shining, Anna Maria sunshine.
Speaking of sunshine
It's darkened still at Bradenton Beach City Hall,
where the administration, officials and the city attorney
are quiet on the matter of a sexual harassment accusation
and subsequent resignation of the building official.
There's also no light on compliance or denial of the
request for any related records pursuant to Florida's Gov-
ernment in the Sunshine Laws.
But, rest assured, we're working on the problem.
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Fulfill the destructive process
So according to your Feb. 28 articles re: pine tree
removal, federal and state agencies classify the Aus-
tralian pine as a non-native not bad, but invasive
- species, and urge their removal.
While they are at it, why don't they go one step
further and remove all non-native Floridians who
are really not bad, but certainly invasive from the
That would eliminate much of the worry about
someone being hit over the head or having an evacua-
tion route blocked by a falling tree.
An added bonus would be there wouldn't be the
need for all those "No Parking" signs, "For Sale or
Rent" signs, and various other traffic signs that have
sprung up faster than any Australian pine seedlings.
Mike Miller claims that sooner than we can imag-
ine, we will be parking our cars and vans in the shade
of gumbo-limbo seedlings.
I invite him to sit under the pathetic gumbo-limbo
I planted about five years ago, but advise him to bring
a hat and sunscreen.
Maybe my 8-year-old grandsons will someday
enjoy its shade, but for those of us who no longer buy
green bananas, I seriously doubt that we ever will.
Anita Brulato, Anna Maria
Put cats on leashes
I don't want to upset any cat lovers on Anna Maria
Island, because I am very fond of cats, too, but I have
never seen so many stray and wild felines on the Island
as I am seeing these days.
I hear them mating in the middle of the night. I see
them in or around trash bins and have even seen them
near mangrove/water areas where some sea birds for
which Anna Maria is famous for hunt and nest. They
are likely pouncing on the birds or destroying their eggs
as hungry cats need to eat. I don't know if they get into
turtle nests, but I do know that birds are a very popular
food for wild or stray cats.
Obviously, cats breed like wild fire and I have never
seen so many in my whole life and can only compare
this to what I have seen in some less developed coun-
tries in Asia 20 years ago when and where a sanitary
environment wasn't considered of paramount impor-
Sadly, also, I have never seen so much trash on the
beaches the beach area in Holmes Beach that we and
our family and friends use is often littered with broken
beer bottles, cans, and I can't understand why Manatee
County isn't using tax dollars to keep the Island beaches
clean (that is what keeps people coming to Florida to
begin with) and do something about the poor cats. It
isn't their fault that they are left to their own survival
and it is up to the county to get this under control.
I believe that domestic cats that are owned, and are
not wild, should be collared and on leashes, just like
domesticated dogs, so as not to be mistaken for wild
cats. Domestic animals shouldn't be running around
loose considering we are on a very populated island
and not on sprawling acreage.
Sue Pang, Holmes Beach
Recycle winter renters?
Regarding the winter visitor who lamented the
lack of recycling facilities on Anna Maria Island [in
an earlier letter in The Islander], we are happy whole-
winter renters who have collected our own blue box
from Holmes Beach City Hall.
Waste Management is doing an excellent job col-
lecting recycling on Mondays and even collects on Sat-
urday before designated Monday holidays.
Your newspaper also has good information on
Waste Management. We do feel that the city halls
should provide leadership in recycling, where we see
We do not know of a single visitor who recycles,
which has to be because as yet there is no structure here
for us. Blue, as well as green bins, at beach accesses?
A good idea.
Sheila Buffin, Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 21, 2007 E 7
By former Holmes Beach City
Commissioner Don Maloney
Why I decided to get involved with what I am about
to get involved with here, I don't know. All I remember
was I got wondering, for some reason or other, about
how many times these days I have to make decisions.
I could not believe the daily total.
It all came about the other morning when I decided
to go out for breakfast. That pulled the plug out of a
giant kettle of decisions that went like this:
Decision one was where to go for that meal.
There are plenty of possibilities on our Island, as
you know, and we're not all that far from a mainland
that offers plenty of additional choices. I decided to
stay here. When I arrived at my choice, the first thing
the hostess wanted to know was whether I wanted a
booth, a table or a seat at the counter. I decided on a
Then came the next request that I make a decision
- what did I want to drink? Either coffee or tea was
Center venue change
The Anna Maria Island Community Center
announced this week it will host all of its adult programs
in the activity hall of St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, until its new facility
in Anna Maria is completed which is hoped to be
sometime in late summer 2007.
However, the Center added, the yoga class location
will change for two weeks due to previously scheduled
programs at St. Bernard.
On March 23, yoga will be on the beach at 9 a.m.,
weather permitting, at Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria,
and on March 30 yoga class will meet at 8:45 a.m.
at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
offered-the first required a regular or decaf decision.
The tea decision was either hot or iced. And, of course,
sweet or unsweet.
I decided to have what I used to consider would be
a simple and classic breakfast- eggs, potatoes, sausage,
toast. Simple? No way.
First, the waitress wanted me to decide how I
wanted the eggs and offered a half-dozen choices. I
decided on poached eggs on an English muffin. She
then had to know if I wanted the eggs hard or soft
poached, and on a toasted or plain English muffin. More
Potatoes turned out to be a decision opportunity,
too. Did I want home fries or those stringy kind? Or
better yet, how about neither and try grits instead?
Sausage required a decision as well, because it
comes in either link-style or patties.
By the time I gave my waitress my order, I had
made 18 decisions.
After I was served, my only remaining decisions
were whether to put ketchup on the home fries and salt
on the eggs. Those last two decisions were easy since
there was only one kind of each on my table.
The meal tuned out to be commercially acceptable
and left me with only one last decision regarding the
meal: How much do I tip? Since she got all 18 of those
decisions to the kitchen correctly, I went all the way.
For personal reasons, I have decided not to relate that
The only other thing I was supposed to do that
morning was to go to Publix and pick up a loaf of bread
and a container of milk. More decisions, I decided,
would start there, too, if I went right from the restau-
Like, should I get on that scale inside the store's
entrance just after eating? And would I decide on white,
rye, or whole wheat bread? And should the milk be 1
percent, 2 percent, skim or regular? Chocolate is out
of the question.
Rather than make those decisions, I decided to go
home and suggest that Wife Sarah pick them up later.
She wouldn't care about the scale.
But now that I've gone this far with that decision
thing for now, I hope you have decided to stay right here
to the end. I did, but I probably should have decided to
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Bridge on Manatee Avenue that it suffers from "severe
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replacing the current structure with a new bridge.
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announced that his department would be conducting a
"customer survey" that will ask opinions of the depart-
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ticketed for traffic offenses.
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the city's current waste disposal and trash-hauling con-
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Insurance: Refunds from Citizens trickling down to Islanders
By Molly McCartney
Some of the long-awaited insurance rate refunds
are beginning to trickle down to Anna Maria Island.
But the emphasis so far is on trickle.
Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino
got a partial refund a few days ago on the $2,010 wind
insurance policy he bought from Citizens Property
Insurance Corp. in January.
That was the good news. The bad news?
The refund was only $95.
"This is all very confusing," said Zaccagnino, an
Island homeowner for seven years and a member of the
city commission since 2004.
It was also disappointing, he said, given the recent
efforts by Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Legislature
to pass a massive new insurance law aimed at reduc-
ing premiums and making coverage more available,
especially in hard-hit areas like Anna Maria Island.
Zaccagnino was in the group of local officials who
met with Crist on Friday during the governor's whirl-
wind visit to Manatee County. "I told him he was doing
a good job," Zaccagnino said. But he didn't try to tell
Crist about his personal experience with property insur-
Zaccagnino paid $1,339 last year for his Citizens
wind policy. But the same coverage cost him $2,010
when he renewed the policy on Jan. 7. The increase is
a 50 percent increase over his 2006 premium.
Thanks to the $95 refund, his premium increase is
$576 rather than $671.
His refund check arrived only a few days before
Citizens announced that rate decreases and some rate
refunds were on the way to its 1.2 million policyhold-
ers. The announcement made front-page headlines in
Even then it was not clear how much an individual
In response to questions from The Islander, Citizens
spokesman Rocky Scott said that Zaccagnino's wind
premium of $2,010 contained two rate increases.
Since Zaccagnino had no way of knowing what his
new premium might be until it arrived in his mail box,
the insurance rate process can be a guessing game, at
least for the policyholder.
Both Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zac-
cagnino and his 5-year-old daughter, Sela, are all
smiles following Saturday's St. Patrick's Day parade
in Homes Beach. But a $95 refund from Citizens
Insurance prompted uncertainty. "Very confusing,"
he said. Islander Photo: Molly McCartney
Here is a breakdown provided by Scott of the rate
hikes that were responsible for the 50 percent jump in
Zaccagnino's wind premium.
The first premium increase was imposed last year
and pushed his rate to $1,915, up from the $1,339 he
paid in 2006.
The second rate hike, imposed Jan. 1, pushed the
premium up to $2,010.
Scott said that the Florida Legislature, meeting in
special session in January, rolled back Citizens rates to
the levels that were in place on Dec. 31, 2006.
The effect of the rollback was to reduce Zac-
cagnino's premium to $1,915, he said. That triggered
the $95 refund check that he received earlier this
Without the rollback, Zaccagnino's premium for
this year would have remained at $2,010 and there
would have been no refund check.
The rollback also eliminated the rate hike that Citi-
zens had intended to impose this month. The rate hike
proposed for Manatee County high-risk policyholders
like Zaccagnino, who lives one block from the Gulf of
Mexico, would have meant an average increase of 73
percent and would have pushed his annual premium up
to about $3,500 upon renewal in 2008.
The Citizens spokesman sees the possibility for
Zaccagnino to get lower rates later this year on his wind
policy because of the savings that Citizens expects to
get from its expanded access to reinsurance from the
Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund.
When those reinsurance calculations are completed,
"rates will come down and refunds will go out accord-
ingly," Scott said.
He said Zaccagnino might get a second refund this
year, in addition to the $95 he has already received,
although it isn't clear how much the second refund
Spokesman Scott said Zaccagnino was apparently
in the first group of Citizens wind-only policyholders to
get refunds. A second round of refunds began to go out
in mid-March to policyholders who have homeowner's
coverage with Citizens, he said.
The refunds that Citizens sends out and the pre-
mium reductions that are imposed will vary, depending
on the kind of insurance, the location of the property
and various other factors.
Scott said that June 1 is the scheduled kickoff date
for Citizens to begin selling wind coverage for commer-
cial property outside the state-designated wind zone.
This represents a major shift in the operation of
Citizens. In the past, small businesses outside the wind
zone have been unable to obtain Citizens wind cover-
age. Some commercial properties including some
churches that were not eligible for Citizens and
could not find affordable wind insurance elsewhere in
the market have opted to go bare.
"What we sell will be insurance for the first $1
million in coverage on a commercial structure with a
value of up to $10 million," Scott said. The commercial
property owner will have to go to the private market
for coverage above the $1 million mark.
While Zaccagnino was trying to figure out why his
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5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, outdoors on the sidewalk at The Islander office,
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Silent art auction benefits
young artists Friday
"For Art's Sake," an annual auction of local artists
donated works is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, and
all are invited to the free reception and the bidding.
The event is hosted by its sponsor, The Islander news-
paper, on the sidewalk at its office in the Island Shopping
Center at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Proceeds will again benefit the Manatee High
School art program. Past year's events have raised
enough to purchase an art printing press, pottery equip-
ment and more. In fact, says Islander and MHS teacher
Rob Reiber, some years the event has raised more than
four times the annual budget for the department.
'For Art's Sake" features silent auction bidding for
Free 'hot dog'
A rescue effort Monday morning extended up to lunch
time to free Moka, a miniature Dachshund, from a
storm drain under 69th Street in Holmes Beach. Folks
from West Manatee Fire Rescue, Holmes Beach police
and public works, Manatee County Animal Services,
LaPensee Plumbing and many neighbors all worked
for hours to help pet-owner Rebecca Brodeur, left, free
the dog that apparently wandered into the pipe some-
time Sunday night. Rescuers finally cut out a section of
pavement to rescue the 19-year-old "hot dog." Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
Insurance refunds trickle in
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
Citizens refund seemed smaller than recent announce-
ments suggested it might be, the postman delivered
another insurance surprise.
It was a cancellation notice from Florida Select
Insurance Company, which has been insuring Zac-
cagnino's home against fire and other perils.
The cancellation notice was sent out one day after Flor-
ida Select received his $1,081 annual premium payment.
What is going on here?
'I am clueless," Zaccagnino said.
He said his insurance agent is looking for a home-
owner's policy to replace his Florida Select coverage.
Zaccagnino said he expects to have to pay for a new
policy while waiting to see if the agent can get him a
refund from Florida Select.
According to a notice on the Web site of the Florida
Department of Financial Services, Florida Select Insur-
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more than 50 valued works of art by top area artists,
plus work from art students at MHS, this year featuring
pottery, according to Reiber.
Past sales have included sculpture, original oil
paintings, watercolors, prints, mixed media, custom
jewelry, photography and other creative works.
Artists may still make donations at The Islander
office through Thursday.
To donate artwork for auction, or for more informa-
tion on the event, call The Islander's event coordinator
Carrie Price at 747-9397 or The Islander at 778-7978.
Come celebrate for art's sake it's all for the
Skimmers need new sites for beach sport
Rules limiting "thrown or propelled" objects on
the beach have gone into effect, and the throwdown
Marine Rescue chief Jay Moyles said Manatee
County Parks and Recreation Department rules were
put in place several years ago to allow lifeguards to
regulate beach activities, such as football games, Fris-
bee throwing and the like. The county attorney's office
decided that skimboards fit the category, and authorized
a similar restriction on county beaches.
"It used to be that the lifeguards would only come
out and say it's busy, put them up, and everybody said
'fine,'" Moyles said. "Now people think it's open for
them only, and other people should avoid them, and
'The receivership process is similar to bankruptcy,"
the notice said. It also said the "hazardous condition of
the company does not allow the receiver to continue
your coverage through Florida Select."
Zaccagnino said that his flood insurance policy so
far appears to be only slightly more expensive than last
year. His annual premium is now $1,174, compared to
$1,129 last year.
In January, he paid a total of $4,265 to renew the
flood, wind and homeowners policies. The $95 refund
reduced his home insurance to $4,170.
Now if he can just get coverage on his 2,100-
square-foot home to protect it against fire and
Anna Maria homeowner Mary Manion said that her
annual premium for insurance with Universal Property
and Casualty is $2,200, rather than the $1,300 reported
here last week. She switched to Universal after cancel-
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Signs were installed in the sand at Manatee Public
Beach designating a swimming area proclaiming "No
Skimboarding." They were promptly stolen.
"Lifeguards will direct skimboarders to the
north or south sides of the public beach," Moyles
said. He said that similar restrictions are in place
at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, with skim-
mers directed to enjoy the waters of Cortez Beach
or along the bayside south of Leffis Key.
"We try to be as lenient and flexible as we
can," Moyles said. "I don't like signage every-
where, but if it's not spelled out, we end up in
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Roser to serve pancakes,
hold sale March 24
Pancakes will be on the menu and bargains on
the tables March 24 at Roser Memorial Community
The church will hold a brunch with pancakes, sau-
sage, applesauce, fresh orange juice, coffee and home-
style biscuits and gravy in the fellowship hall, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
Across the street in the parking lot outside the
Roser thrift store, the church will hold a yard sale.
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By Paul Roat
A longstanding Gulffront seawall issue has appar-
ently ebbed itself out of Bradenton Beach's coastal
City commissioners unanimously voted to drop a
challenge to a Florida Department of Environmental
Protection permit which approved removal of a sea-
wall fronting Pete Milazzo's property at306 Gulf Drive
S. The city also agreed to pay his attorney $9,144 for
charges incurred during the legal challenge.
The decision was apparently reached after a "shade"
meeting March 14 without the public or press present
to discuss pending legal matters. The votes took place
during the city commission meeting March 15.
History in the Milazzo dispute began in 2004, when
he asked for permission to remove about 100 feet of
concrete-block seawall fronting his Gulffront property.
The seawall is far from the water's edge and abuts part
of the structure.
A former building official in Bradenton Beach had
issued a letter of no objection to the seawall removal to
the DEP, when the city apparently decided to reverse
itself, rescinded the letter and sent the matter for a hear-
ing 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 from the city was warranted
and sent the matter to the city commission for its final
approval. However, the city commission did not take
up the matter, and Milazzo eventually went to court
demanding the letter.
A circuit court ruled for Milazzo that the city issue
the letter, and it was done. The DEP subsequently
issued a provisional permit. The city commission then
decided to challenge that permit through the administra-
tive hearing process.
Milazzo countered with a contempt-of-court law-
suit against the city, based on the court order requiring
the city to issue the no-objection letter.
Milazzo's attorney, Scott K. Petersen, wrote in his
contempt-of-court 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,
continues. 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.
Scott Rudacille, another attorney representing
Milazzo, said he was pleased by the city's decision
to drop the matter. He told The Islander, "This is an
encouraging step by the city, but there are a number of
issues left to be resolved. Hopefully, we can keep this
moving in a positive and cooperative direction now. We
would like nothing better than to be able to resolve the
remainder of the issues amicably between the parties."
Those "other issues" involve documents that Milaz-
zo's attorneys requested that were apparently not pro-
Greg Hootman, who has been the attorney for
the Florida League of Cities representing Bradenton
Beach on the Millazzo matter, said he believed that
matter would be rectified. He classed it as a clerical
"I'm encouraged that this matter has ended," Hoot-
man said, echoing Rudacille.
In a related issue, the city commission decided to
table payment to Erickson Consulting Engineers Inc. of
$1,873.81 on beach profiling of the Milazzo property
until documents were in the city's possession.
"I'd like to table this until we get the records back,"
Mayor John Chappie said. "Until they produce the doc-
uments, they have not completed the work."
Commissioner Bill Shearon, citing a conflict of
interest, recused himself from all Milazzo matters.
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Holmes Beach city commissioners on March 13
sent to a second reading an ordinance amending the
city's land development code.
The code spells out how land is to be used within
the city limits. The new ordinance, which will get a
final reading and likely be approved at a commission
meeting March 27, spells out changes, specifically to
the zoning map.
The draft ordinance was taken up by the commis-
sion in a public hearing Feb. 27 that was continued to
March 13 because of questions about proposed preser-
vation boundaries. The questions were resolved in the
two-week gap between meetings.
At issue was the proposed zoning change from R-
4 to preservation for properties along Avenue F on the
beachfront at the city's southern boundary, where much
of the land is submerged and cannot be developed.
The ordinance would also change the zoning at
8605 Gulf Drive from Residential-2 (duplex) to Public/
Semi-Public (PSP) and the zoning for properties at 417-
419 Clark Drive from PSPto R-2.
The Gulf Drive property is the site of Crosspointe
Fellowship, formerly known as Island Baptist Church.
A portion of the church property in the city of Anna
Maria is zoned for public/semi-public use and the
Holmes Beach portion of the property is designated
PSP on the future land-use map, but not the zoning
map. Thus, the change in zoning is needed.
The Clark Drive zoning change involves two lots
near the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church that contain single-
family homes. The lots are designated medium-density
residential on the land-use map, but public/semi-public
on the zoning map.
Bill Brisson, the city's planning consultant, said
the proposed zoning changes are needed so the zoning
map in the land development code matches the future
land-use map in the comprehensive plan.
The city commission faced no questions about the
Clark Drive and Gulf Drive properties. However, the
owner of property in the Avenue F area, Tran L. Huong,
inquired about how the zoning change would impact
A review of maps led the commission to revert
back to an original proposal to use the state-identi-
fied erosion control line as a zoning boundary for the
preservation district rather than what commissioners
characterized as a vague line in the sand.
The route was recommended by both Brisson and
city attorney Patricia Petruff and was supported by the
"By using the erosion control line, it will move the
line slightly seaward," Petruff said.
"I wholeheartedly agree," said Brisson, adding, "This
was the original proposal. You are now back to it." He
said the future land-use map also will show the erosion
control line as the preservation-district boundary.
About 10 minutes into the meeting last week,
Commissioners Sandy Haas-Martens, Pat Geyer, Pat
Morton, John Monetti and David Zaccagnino voted
unanimously to send the ordinance to a final reading.
"Thank you," said Chair Haas-Martens after the
vote. "It's about time we got this going."
If, as is expected, the commission adopts the ordi-
nance at the March 27 meeting, the measure will go
to the state for review, which could take about two
In other business, the commission approved a first
reading of an ordinance that would authorize spending
money on programs to reward employees and honor
The commission also adopted rules of procedure
and signed on to an interlocal agreement related to the
Island Transportation Planning Organization, which
PLEASE SEE LDC, NEXT PAGE
By Rick Catlin
Add Brigeen and Michael Buckley of 522 Magno-
lia Ave. in Anna Maria to the growing list of Islanders
disenchanted with GSR Development LLC.
In addition to a claim in federal bankruptcy court
against the financially troubled company for $500,000,
the Buckley's have filed an action with the court claim-
ing GSR and Bon Eau Enterprises of Sarasota owe them
an easement at GSR's Villa Rosa property in Anna
The documents claim that they have a signed ease-
ment agreement with GSR dated Aug. 20, 2004, and
they should have been granted the easement when GSR
and Bon Eau filed the Villa Rosa plat with the Manatee
County Circuit Court on Dec. 7, 2006.
The easement has not been conveyed to them, said
the Buckleys, and they want to join the GSR bank-
ruptcy case to get what's due them.
In other GSR news, GSR attorney Richard Prosser
filed a motion last week asking the federal court to
name the real estate firm of Michael Saunders & Com-
pany as exclusive listing broker for Bayfront Holdings
LLC, an alleged GSR subsidiary.
The property that would be listed is at 206 56th St.,
Unit B in Holmes Beach, and 110-B Seventh St. S. in
RoseBay Real Estate currently holds exclusive list-
ings for a number of other GSR properties on the Island,
including Villa Rosa.
New legal action
brought against GSR
Historical society adds Fast Eddies items
Now and then a motorist traveling along Gulf Drive
or Pine Avenue breaks to ask a pedestrian, "Can you
tell me how to find Fast Eddies?"
Newcomers shrug their shoulders. Old-timers smile
or smirk and remember the landmark two-story restau-
rant with a rep.
Fast Eddies is long gone.
But a bit of its history remains and is now part of
the Anna Maria Island Historical Society collection in
the museum at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The historical society recently received donations
of Fast Eddies Restaurant memorabilia two signs,
one of them containing the restaurant's last menu.
"Fast Eddies Restaurant was a famous landmark for
many, many years and drew people from up and down
the coast," said AMIHS administrator Sissy Quinn.
"Every one I know has memories of 'warm beer and
lousy food' at the restaurant that overlooked the Tampa
Bay across from the City Pier in Anna Maria."
The historical society announced March 16 that it
added the signs from Fast Eddies to its nostalgic dis-
play on Island establishments that have made last calls
and closed kitchens. One sign, said museum curator
Zoe Von Averkamp, still contains the chalk-written last
menu and prices.
"At the end, everything in Fast Eddies went to auc-
tion," said Von Averkamp. "We don't know where the
signs have been all these years, but we are very glad
people are becoming more interested in saving our
unique Island heritage and donating items like these to
the historical society, where they will be preserved and
enjoyed by future generations."
VonAverkamp came across the menu board in the back
room of the Memory LaneAntique Shop, 306 12th St. W. in
downtown Bradenton. The shop donated the menu sign. The
smaller sign was donated by Islanders Ed and Diane Ice.
"I think it's amazing," she said. "We are just
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LDC gets first approval by city
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was to meet March 19.
During a work session, commissioners filled their
spring calendar with projects work on resolving
issues with dead-end canals, action on a draft evalua-
tion and appraisal report (EAR) to be submitted to the
state and preparing an ordinance regulating signs.
Signs came up last week when Haas-Martens men-
tioned a complaint she received from a real estate agent
who was concerned after signs had been removed from
a right of way.
"I said, 'We've always done that,'" Haas-Martens
recalled of her conversation with the agent.
The commissioners then discussed with Petruff and
Brisson tackling the sign ordinance not a new issue
but one that was set aside to first deal with other mat-
ters, such as the land development code.
Petruff reminded commissioners that they want a
"content neutral" ordinance.
Brisson then suggested a simple ordinance specify-
ing rules for the size, number and location of signs. "If
you make that real clear, then you don't worry about
what's on them," he said.
Petruff added, "You have some pretty interesting
decisions to make because it will have an impact on
some businesses here."
Haas-Martens, suggesting the commission discuss
signs at anApril 10 workshop meeting, said, "We need
to start doing something with this.... If you get too
many signs they all just blend into one another."
Commissioners also hope to discuss canals and the
evaluation and appraisal report during that meeting.
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Anna Maria City
March 9, 100 S. Bay Blvd., found property. An
unknown person found a ring at the Anna Maria City
Pier and left it at the Island chamber of commerce,
which reported the incident. The ring was placed in the
March 10, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Galati Marine, leav-
ing scene of boating accident. A boater pulled into the
marina for fuel and, when informed that the marina was
closed, became irate, according to the report. As the
boater was leaving, he turned his boat toward the res-
taurant and struck two pilings, causing minor damage to
the pilings, unknown damage to the vessel, and ceiling
dust to fall into a restaurant patron's meal, which had
to be replaced. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission officers were notified, but the boater left
the scene before their arrival.
March 10, 11101 Gulf Drive, lost property. The
complainant said she had lost her wallet, containing
credit cards and identification.
March 10, 100 S. Bay Blvd., city pier, suspicious.
Witnesses reported three juveniles "acting up" at the
pier restaurant when the alarm sounded. Deputies
responded, and all areas appeared secure.
March 11, 700 block North Shore Drive, suspi-
cious. Deputies responded to a complaint wherein a
shore fisher said boaters snagged and broke his fishing
line with their fishing lines. After a verbal argument,
the boaters left the scene.
March 14, 300 Gulf Boulevard, found property. A
resident flagged down a deputy to hand over a pair of
glasses that had been found.
March 15, 700 block North Shore Drive, fraud.
The complainant said she had noted charges on her
credit card that amounted to less than $100 that he did
not charge. His bank was notified and the account was
March 10, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. Lifeguards reported that signs posting the swim-
ming area of the beach as a "no skimboard" zone were
March 10, 3900 Gulf Drive, beverage law. Officers
observed a man driving erratically and, after stopping
him for the traffic infraction, noticed a strong odor of
alcohol and discovered an open bottle of rum in the
front part of the vehicle. His mother was contacted and
drove him home.
March 11,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
trespass. Lifeguards said they had told a man several
times not to skimboard within a designated swimming
area of the beach, and the skimboarder became sarcastic
and profane. Officers responded and issued the man a
trespass warning and he left the beach.
March 15, 7100 block Palm Drive, battery. Officers
responded to a domestic call and heard a man scream-
ing as they pulled up to the house. The complainant said
her son had come home from work "totally out of con-
trol" and began to scream and slap her. He became more
irate when he was being handcuffed. He was charged
with domestic battery and resisting arrest without vio-
Anna Maria city hall
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners in a special meet-
ing March 16 learned that the temporary city hall at
Crosspointe Fellowship will need to return to its per-
manent home on Gulf Drive by June 8. Mayor Fran
Barford indicated the church needs its annex hall back
in time for vacation Bible school this summer.
Commissioners acted quickly to get repairs under
way at the Gulf Drive facility, approving two mea-
sures totaling a maximum of $15,000 to begin asbes-
tos and mold abatement and remediation on April 2,
and approving a third measure for $9,600 for an expert
witness in the city's possible legal action to recover its
costs in the fiasco.
The city plans to file a claim against Roof USAof Weeki
Wachee, the company it claims is responsible for the interior
damage that caused the mold and asbestos problems.
Barford presented a time line for the remediaton
that would have the city begin the process of returning
to its rightful home on May 25.
Under the plan, the city will have spent $96,786 by
the time it returns home, and that figure doesn't include
legal costs, which the city hopes to recover in a lawsuit
or negotiated settlement.
Attorney Mark Nelson, an expert attorney in busi-
ness litigation with the Bradenton law firm of Ozark,
Perron and Nelson PA., has been retained by the city
to proceed with the legal action against Roof USA and
its insurance carrier.
Garden tour March 31 to benefit orchestra
The fourth annual Anna Maria Island Garden Tour
showcasing the signs of spring is a benefit for the sound
of music, specifically that of the Anna Maria Island
Community Chorus and Orchestra.
A week after AMICCO performs its season finale,
the garden tour takes place. The tour, March 31, will
be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features five Island gar-
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Tickets for the tour are $10 in advance and $12 the
day of the event. Tickets are available at various loca-
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The Manatee High School marching band horn sec-
tion heralded the St. Patrick's day celebration.
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A rider cracks his whip on the "trail," to the delight
The Sahib Temple Model-Ts were afun addition to
the St. Patty's Day afternoon parade.
A bashful Andrew Burgess rides his Mustang at the
tail end of the parade.
Islander Photos: Lisa Neff and Bonner Joy
A Dunedin High School bagpiper, left, and above, St. Pat-
ri'i k himself greets his subjects aboard the O'Connor float.
14 0 MARCH 21, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Tour of homes benefits community center
By Lisa Neff
Mary Ann Tyler kicked off her high heels and
stepped onto the 2007 Tour of Homes March 17.
Tyler had forgotten rule No. 1 in the brochure
for the Anna Maria Island Community Center benefit
- "high heels are not to be worn inside any of the
"I'll gladly give up my shoes for a chance to see
these homes," said Tyler, a visitor from Rockford, Ill.,
who plans to build her own Gulf Coast home next
Tyler and others participating in the annual Tour of
Homes helped to raise money for the community center
and taking home some design ideas.
Center executive director Pierrette Kelly predicted
a record-setting tour in income and attendance. A pre-
liminary figure put the fundraising at $34,250.
"I'm a kitchen freak," said Melissa Powers, of Bra-
denton, as she entered a tour home in Holmes Beach.
"I want to go right to the kitchen and see what they've
got. Even at Graceland."
For a $15 advance ticket $3 more the day of the
tour visitors toured six homes. Featured homes in
Holmes Beach included the Reinholz residence at 6503
Marina Drive, the Venters residence at 6805 Holmes
Blvd., the Rully residence at 103 75th St., and the Kim-
ball residence at 6405 Gulf Drive.
In Anna Maria, the featured homes were the
DePorre residence at 801 North Shore Drive and
the Bello home at 809 North Shore Drive.
The community center also raised money with an
arts and crafts boutique outside the Reinholz home, a
wine tasting courtesy of Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, and a quilt raffle courtesy of the Eye-
Local resident Bob Blake won the "Patches of Para-
dise" quilt the group created for the tour in a drawing
Saturday afternoon at the Reinholz home. Blake was
not present for the drawing, but received a phone call
from Penny Reinholz.
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tor of the Anna
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ulanne ana uoug ueLong snow volunteer Karen Larensee their
tickets before touring the John and Penny Reinholz home, 6503
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on the 2007 Tour of Homes for the
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Cheers to Island Players, 'Drinking Alone'
By Lisa Neff
Islander Theater Critic
"Drinking Alone" is the toast of the Island Players
The play's title, "Drinking Alone," sounds like the
name of a serious drama, something along the lines of
"The Lost Weekend" or "Barflies."
And consider the back story -a man leaves his
alcoholic wife and his children. Twenty-two years later
the man has remarried and the two children have grown
up yet they still wonder what went wrong and why.
Yes, this play is full of heady stuff infidelity, jeal-
ousy, abandonment, illness, alcoholism.
But instead of delivering a devastatingly sad drama,
the Island theater group serves up a devastatingly funny
Director Phyllis Elfenbein, a veteran at the Island
Players theater, is the master mixologist for this cock-
The first ingredient in her comedic drink is the
finely crafted script by Norm Foster, one of Canada's
most prolific and popular contemporary playwrights.
The script is achingly funny and tenderly tragic -
sometimes within the same line.
Add in the stage management talents of Carol
Cozan, the set design work of Jack Abene, the subtle
light design of Chris McVicker, the sound design of
Bob Grant, the costume design of Don Bailey and the
production staff's commitment.
Then, to create this potent cocktail, stir in the tal-
ents of Gabe Simches as the truant father Ivan Todd,
Laura Morales as the sweet second Mrs. Todd, Dianne
Brin as cool daughter Carrie, John Durkin as under-
achieving son Joe and Elaine Levin as his faux fiance
Renee. All the characters possess secrets. All the actors
possess enough skill that the audience cares to learn
those secrets and see the characters overcome their
Simches, a familiar actor to the Island Players audi-
ence, creates a character both crotchety and cute as he
barks and bites fatherly wisdom and wise cracks, like
his claim to have "a prostate the size of a pumpkin."
Morales and Durkin get their characters just right.
"Drinking Alone" features, from left, Gabe Simches, Dianne Brin, John Durkin, Elaine Levin and Laura
Morales. It will be onstage through April 1 at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Performances
are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
The audience believes that after more than two decades
of marriage to Ivan Todd, Phyllis Todd is still an out-
sider in this family of strangers. Durkin's troubled Joe
Todd seems almost broken, a 40-year-old man afraid
to make friends, get a date, have sex or succeed in
business, a 40-year-old man still waiting for a "father-
Brin as the tough, brassy, beer-guzzling daughter
delivers the best stage moment when she stands alone
waiting for her father's hug. Her yearning is so strongly
felt that later, when she gets that hug, the audience
delivers a collective "ahh."
Levin plays the Dates Ahoy escort hired by Joe to
play his fiance. She darts into her dizzying dialogue
and, with some screwball set-ups, draws together father
and daughter, and father and son.
"Drinking Alone" continues through April 1 at
the Island Players playhouse, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is dark on
The box office is open Monday-Saturday from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. and an hour before each performance.
Call 778-5755 for ticket information.
The final production of the season will be "Guest
in the House," which opens May 10.
Center volunteer John Reinholz spins
the tickets for the "Patches of Para-
dise" quilt raffle March 17. Penny
Reinholz also gave the tickets a spin
before tourgoer Connie Wolgast drew
the winning name Bob Blake.
THE ISLANDER U MARCH 21, 2007 U 15
By Jim Hanson
The winner of the inaugural competition to find
young artists will be featured in the Anna Maria Island
Community Chorus and Orchestra's season finale con-
cert Sunday, March 25.
He is Andrew Lapp, an llth-grader at Sarasota
Christian School, and he will perform the first move-
ment of Edvard Grieg's "Piano Concerto."
The concert winding up the performance season for
the Island volunteer aggregation will be at 2 p.m. at the
Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The title of the concert is "A Taste of France, a Dash
of Norway," and young Lapp will provide the Norwegian
flavor. He is an honor student and award-winning musi-
cian with prizes in composition as well as piano under
his belt. He also studies the organ, plays the violin in his
church orchestra, and accompanies his school's touring
choir. He was chosen from among the contestants in the
first of the orchestra's Young Artists Competition.
Also on Sunday's program are selections by Mau-
rice Ravel, Jacques Offenbach, Charles Gounod and
Soloists will be repeat performers of AMICCO
concerts, bass-baritone Douglas Renfroe and soprano
Tickets at $15 may be purchased at the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce office, 5313 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach; by calling 778-1217; or at the door.
Further information may be obtained by telephon-
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take up impact
By Lisa Neff
A measure to raise West Manatee Fire Rescue Dis-
trict's impact fees on new construction has cleared one
The House Committee on Urban and Local Affairs
approved the measure 8-0 March 14, WMFR Chief
Andy Price reported at the district commission meet-
ing March 15 at the Holmes Beach station.
Voters approved the increase in fees last November
that has been unanimously approved by the Manatee
County Legislative Delegation in February.
Now the matter needs the approval of the state
House, senate and the governor. As of press time, the
measure still needed review by two committees the
House Government Efficiency and Accountability
Council and the House Policy and Budget Council
- before going to the House floor.
"Our bill is moving right along," Price said. "We
shouldn't have any problem with this."
Specifically, the bill would allow an increase in fees
for new construction to pay for new facilities and equip-
ment. Past impact fee funds, for example, purchased
thermal-imaging equipment and laptop computers.
The current impact fee schedule, set in 1985, is
$100 for new residential construction and $200 for the
first 5,000 square feet of commercial construction.
The revised schedule would be $500 for new resi-
dential construction and $980 for 5,000 square feet of
new commercial construction. Additional commercial
construction would be charged 25 cents per square foot,
after the bill is approved.
In other business, the commission discussed a
2005-06 audit report, refining dispatch operations,
officer training courses and erecting a monument to
the firefighters lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11,
Commissioners endorsed the effort to memorialize
fallen firefighters in February, but that meeting was cut
short by a fire that broke out at nearby Westbay Point
Firefighter Carlo Valente and Battalion Chief Barry
Brooks are working on the project with Anna Maria
architect Gene Aubry to create a symbolic tribute to
the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
"Gene's in the final phase of the blueprint," Brooks
told commissioners last week. He added that prelimi-
nary work took place to test the ground at the station
in Holmes Beach.
"It's going to be fairly heavy," Brooks said of the
Funding for the memorial can be raised with dona-
tions, said Brooks.
The district's audit for fiscal 2005-06, a period
that ended last fall, found no problems and showed
expenses were less than anticipated at about $4.4 mil-
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Photos: Lisa Neff
at about $4.8 million.
"The audit went well," auditor Ed Leonard said.
"Your books are in good shape."
"I couldn't be happier with the way our finances
are going," Price said.
The audit report was delivered as district personnel
are beginning work on the next fiscal budget.
"We will be coming back next month with more
budget information," Price said.
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they respond to medical calls. The change in procedure
began March 5 in an effort to improve communication
as different teams respond to situations.
The commission's next meeting is scheduled for 6
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Jessie and Hank Belval, the former
owners of Jessie's Island Deli in
Holmes Beach, are back in business
in Bradenton, this time with Jessie's
Liquors at 3551 53rd Ave. W. in the
Cherry's Plaza across from Winn-Dixie.
Islander Photo: Rebecca Barnett
Ginny's Antiques and Art store at 5602
Marina Drive in Holmes Beach is clos-
ing its doors due to increasing taxes,
high insurance rates and a slowdown
in volume. The Anna Maria location
for Ginny and Jane E's Bakery at 9807
Gulf Drive will remain in operation.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
AmSouth open for grand
The Anna Maria Island branch of
AmSouth Bank on Manatee Avenue in
Holmes Beach is now open for busi-
ness and will hold its grand opening
celebration starting Monday, March
26, and ending with a block party
open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday, March 31. The official
ribbon-cutting ceremony is Thursday,
March 29, at 10:30 a.m. For more
information, call AmSouth at 778-
8060. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
comes to Island
What started as a part-time home
bakery business for Pennsylvania resi-
dent Lee Kosciolek 22 years ago has
turned into a nationwide enterprise,
thanks to Lee's growing reputation for
making some great kiffles and other
Lee's part-time business is now a
full-time enterprise known as the Kiffle
Kitchen, and the mail-order business is
booming, thanks to the Internet.
Kiffles are double bite-size pas-
tries wrapped around a fruit or nut fill-
ing and Lee's recipe is a family tradi-
tion that came from Hungary decades
ago. The Kiffle Kitchen also makes and
ships other delicacies, such as nut toss-
les, almond and raspberry cookies, and
walnut, poppy, raspberry and apricot
Lee says the kiffles make excellent
gifts for Mother's Day, Father's Day,
Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas and
for just about any occasion.
The goods are baked fresh and
sealed in tins that are mailed immedi-
ately to customers.
Kiffle Kitchen's retail outlet is in
Allentown, Pa., but Lee has had great
success on Anna Maria Island with Inter-
net orders coming in daily.
To learn more about the Kiffle
Kitchen Bakery products, call 610-
759-2965, toll free at 1-866-543-
3537 or inquire on the Internet at
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce welcomed nine new mem-
bers at its monthly breakfast at the Sun
House restaurant in Bradenton Beach
March 14. The breakfast was sponsored
by Coast Bank. The new members are:
AmSouth Bank, 3900 Sixth Ave.,
Holmes Beach, 778-8060.
Al Vacations Anna Maria Island
Rentals, 158 Jewell Drive, Brandon,
Miss., Aimee Faulkner, 601-825-9885.
Endless Summer, 19 Pine St., Nan-
tucket, Mass., Norris Whelden.
Closet Tailors, 4668 33rd St. E.,
Bradenton, Parnell LaLonde IV, 462-
DaVinci Kitchens, 5355 McIntosh
Road, Suite E., Sarasota, Will Smith and
Tom Linsley, 922-6300, 778-3024.
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Browning Road, Lithia, William Jen-
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In other chamber business, the
March business card exchange will be
held Wednesday, March 28, at Bay-
side Banquet in Cortez with Cortez
Welding and Capt. Kim's as hosts for
A fashion show will be held Friday,
March 30, starting at 11:30 a.m. at the
Bradenton Yacht Club. Advance reserva-
tions are needed.
The latest edition of the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce map and
guidebook is now available at the cham-
ber offices at 5313 Gulf Drive in Holmes
Beach. Call 778-1541 for more informa-
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Theis to Kelley for $985,000.
747 Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria, a
2,193 sfla / 3,426 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car
home built in 2005 on a 50x 100 was sold
03/01/07, Loudermilk to Anderson for
$900,000: list $998,000.
223 Oak Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,004
sfla / 3,111 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car canal-
front home built in 1960 on a 100x125
lot was sold 02/28/07, Achor to Powers
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at Gulf-Bay (941) 778-7244.
Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.
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Gridiron, Gulf skies hold LBK retiree's interest
By Lisa Neff
Michael Givant loves his New York Giants and he
loves his Longboat Key herons.
The seasonal Longboat Key resident approaches
both loves with a professorial attitude. Givant, of Long
Island, N.Y., is a retired sociology professor who for
years studied sports fans and, whether the subject is
football or birds, thoughts about Impressionist painters,
poetics, Darwinism and Oedipus complex creep into his
January was a good month for someone with
Givant's interests in activity on the gridiron and on the
Gulf. The Giants made it to an NFC wild-card game
against the Philadelphia Eagles that created an oppor-
tunity to erase memories of last year's postseason flop.
Plus, the birds were plentiful and varied in the winter
on Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island.
"I've been watching birds since 1989, "Givant said
on a Thursday morning. "Birding is about detail. This
is the time to bird. "The sun was just coming up and
the tide was low as he walked across the Longboat Pass
Bridge, looking at herons, gulls, egrets and pelicans
along the way.
He pointed toward Beer Can Island and the soft,
curved line of the shore. "I love to look at that, "he
said. "It's just a beautiful effect. It reminds me of the
Givant wondered aloud what Claude Monet could
have created looking out from the Longboat Key Bridge.
Then, as a brown pelican flew from under the bridge
toward the Gulf, he whispered, somewhat amazed with
the bird's power, "Look at that you can't buy this....
It's freedom, life, beauty."
Givant, who arrived for the season on Dec. 31,
2006, left behind work on an academic article about
his research into sports fans. His research focused on
three types of fans the ego-intensive fan, the ego-
deprived fan and the communal fan was based on
hundreds of interviews conducted at football stadiums
and during the NFLdraft.
"You have to be socialized into becoming a fan, "
Givant said. "That's oddly the most mundane thing
about the most seemingly exotic behavior. "
The ego-intensive fan comes to love what Dad
loved. The ego-deprived fan comes from a "fractured "
family and by becoming a fan fills a void. The com-
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munal fan comes to love a team through a love for a
"These people gave me a tour through the best
parts of their lives, "Givant said, referring to the fans
he interviewed. "They talked to me about love. "
Givant became a Giants fan in 1956, the year they
crushed the Chicago Bears 47-7 to win the NFL Cham-
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housing project, when he became a Giants fan. "If you
want dismal, that's dismal, "he said. "The Giants were
like a Christmas tree. They lit it up. I identified with
But given a choice between seeing his Giants reach
the Super Bowl and spotting the ivory-billed wood-
pecker, the holy grail of birds, Givant said he'd want
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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 at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
2p.m.- The Island Branch Library hosts a representative of the Anna
Maria Island Sun in the local business series, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
5 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce's board of
directors meets at the chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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. Ber-
nard Catholic Church activity center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-2508. Fee applies.
Thursday, March 22
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Community Center
presents the Basics of Interior Design with Bettina Sego, a four-week course
with the first session today at the St. Bernard Catholic Church activity center,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information 778-1908. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce hosts a "nooner" luncheon at Fred's Restaurant, 917
S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota. Information: 383-2466.
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pam McMillen conducts a basketry demonstra-
tion for the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island at the Guild Gallery, 5414
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.
7 p.m. Bingo gets called at the Annie Silver Community Center,
corner of 23rd Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-
7 p.m. The Manatee Players perform the opening night of "I Love
You, You're Perfect, Now Change" at the theater at 102 Old Main St., Braden-
ton. The production continues through April 7 at various times. Information:
748-0111. Fee applies.
Friday, March 23
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Islanderhosts the annual "ForArt's Sake"
silent auction to benefit the Manatee High School art program outside the
newspaper office in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach. Information:
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The St. Armands Circle Association presents the
free "Smooth Jazz on St. Armands" with Johnny Magsax and the Groove.
The event takes place in the circle and concertgoers are encouraged to
bring chairs or blankets but not coolers or open containers. Information:
Saturday, March 24
7:30 a.m. Mote Marine Laboratory's annual Run for the Turtles
begins on Siesta Key Public Beach. Proceeds benefit Mote's sea turtle con-
servation and research work. The event includes a 5-kilometer race and a
1-mile fun run. Information: 338-4441.
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Roser Memorial Community Church holds a
pancake brunch in the fellowship hall, 512 Pine Ave. The menu includes
pancakes, sausage, applesauce, fresh orange juice, coffee and home-style
biscuits and gravy. Also, a yard sale takes place outside the church thrift
store from 9 a.m. to noon. Information: 778-0414. Fee applies
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 Kiwanis
officials--Division 17 Gov. Phil Yorston and Lt. Gov. Rod Rowling. Informa-
tion: www.annamariakiwanis.org or 778-4865.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Longboat Key Center for the Arts hosts a fine
arts and crafts festival, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information:
10:30 a.m. The Holmes Beach Civic Association meets at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, to discuss the Grassy
Point nature preserve and linear parks. The guest speaker is Holmes Beach
public works superintendent Joe Duennes.
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11 a.m.- The DeSoto Festival begins with a debut of the queen's court
at DeSoto Square Mall. Information: www.desotohq.com or 747-1998.
Sunday, March 25
8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. St. Bernard Catholic Church holds a pancake
breakfast and bake sale in the church activity center, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Noon to 5 p.m. The Longboat Key Center for the Arts hosts a fine
arts and crafts festival, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information:
12:15 p.m. Cafe on the Bay, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key, hosts veteran baseball executive Lou Gorm and U.S. Marine reservists
for a salute to the troops and a celebration of America's favorite pastime.
Information: 383-0440. Fee applies.
2p.m. -Anna Maria Island Community Chorus & Orchestra concert,
ATaste of France -A Dash of Norway, featuring the work of Maurice Ravel,
Jacques Offenbach, Charles Gounod and Gabriel Faure, takes place at
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The concert is the
season finale. Information: 778-1716.
Monday, March 26
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Widowed Persons Support Group of Anna
Maria Island Community Center meets for a talk with writers Susan K. Frost
and Andy Little at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-1908.
Tuesday, March 27
Noon -The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and to
hear a representative from theAsolo Theatre at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 447-5362.
4 p.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.
Wednesday, March 28
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce hosts a breakfast and blood drive at the chamber
office, 6960 Gulf Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466.
5p.m. to 7p.m. -TheAnna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds
a monthly business card exchange at Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 118th St.
W., Cortez. Information: 778-1541.
6p.m. to 7:30 p.m. -Agroup for parents and grandparents sponsored
by the Anna Maria Island Community Center meets at the School for Con-
structive Play, 304 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
The Island Players perform "Drinking Alone" through April 1 at the
theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is dark on Mondays.
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island celebrates March's featured
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 gallery is open 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: 778-6648.
*TheAnna Maria Island Art League hosts the Student Exhibit through
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 at various times Monday
through 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 with ArtCenter Manatee, hosts an exhibit of artist Shirley Rush
Dean's work. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Satur-
days and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and located at the SevenShores sales
office, 12320 Manatee Ave., Perico Island.
Dr. Kenneth Alonso discusses Christian mystics in "The Way of the
Heart," 7 p.m. Monday through 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
Celebrating at Anna Maria Elementary School's
Birthday Book Club party are Joey Salinas and
Parker Keegan. Guests are students who celebrate
birthdays during February and March. As a member
of the birthday club, students select a new book
to add to the school's library. Salinas chose "The
Three Musketeers" and Keegan selected "Fudge-a-
Mania." The books will feature a bookplate on the
inside cover with the student's name and birth date.
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The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., opens on
Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the smell of "Settler's Bread," available for $4
a loaf. Information: 746-4556.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts a variety of pro-
grams and classes through the season at various locations. 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.
On March 30, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds its
spring fashion show -The Mad Hatter Island Fashion Show and Luncheon
- at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 100 OakAve. on Snead Island, Palmetto.
Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.
On March 31, the fourth annual Island Garden Tour spotlights five
homes on Anna Maria Island and raises money for the Anna Maria Island
Community Chorus and Orchestra. Information: 778-1880. Fee applies.
Save the Date:
April 8 an Easter sunrise service, presented by Anna Maria Island's
Kiwanis Club, takes place at Manatee Public Beach with representatives from
All Island Denominations churches participating. Information: 761-8834.
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Anna Maria Elementary School fourth-graders visited the Manatee Historical Park in Bradenton and learned
about life as an early settler. One of the activities was a scavenger hunt in which students searched for items
throughout a 1912 "cracker" gothic-style home originally owned by Will Stephens. Students were challenged
to recognize and identify items the Stephens family, which included seven children, would have used on a daily
basis. On the hunt are Brock Annis, Jake Parsons and Joey Salinas of Marcia Brockway's class.
Eco Expo March 31 in Bradenton Beach
The third-annual Eco Expo and Native Plant sale
will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31,
at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The event will feature displays and free giveaways
from Accent Trees and Nurseries, Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Wildlife
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AME fourth-graders got first-hand experience in
making juice and butter, as well as tasting cured meat
and sugar cane syrup. During a trip to the Manatee
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how early settlers fed their families. During their
visit, students made fresh butter out of heavy whip-
ping cream and later squeezed oranges to make juice.
Here Matt Franklin puts the squeeze on an orange
slice, while Mills holds the juicer steady. Islander
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Water world, both below, above ground in next months
In one of those little-known observances that prob-
ably should be more widely acknowledged, March has
been proclaimed as Seagrass Awareness Month by Gov.
Yeah, those little watery plants have reached the
attention of Florida's top echelon of government.
"With more than 2.6 million acres, Florida is home
to one of the largest expanses of seagrass beds in the
world," said Florida Department of Environmental
Protection Secretary Michael W. Sole. "Florida's sea-
grasses sustain recreational and commercial marine
industries as well as critical wildlife habitat."
According to the governor's figures, "seagrass com-
munities in Florida supported an estimated harvest of
$71.4 million for six seagrass-dependent, commercial
species of fish and shellfish. The state's multi-million
dollar fishing industry depends on healthy seagrasses
to protect young fish and shellfish, coral reefs and other
marine life, including sea turtles, manatees and wading
birds. Recreational divers, snorkelers and fishing enthu-
siasts from around the world visit underwater Florida to
experience the state's world-class marine resources."
For those not in the know, according to Crist's
office, seagrasses are "flowering underwater grasses
found in estuaries, lagoons and shallow, open shelves
off Florida's coast. Florida is home to seven species
of seagrasses throughout the state. A critical marine
habitat, seagrasses provide a nursery ground for marine
life and maintain water quality and clarity by stabilizing
bottom sediments and filtering nutrients from stormwa-
And with all things environmental, and all things
that come from the government, there are some tips
to allow the vital little underwater plants to flourish.
Remember that boating through seagrass meadows
during low tides will churn up the plants, and studies
have indicated that the propeller scars left in your boat's
wake can take up to 10 years to heal.
To avoid the damage, the state advises that you
become more familiar with local waters through the
study of nautical charts. Use marked channels to stay in
deep water, and make sure of depths and your vessel's
draft when you venture out on the water.
If you do find yourself in an "oopsie" of being
aground on a grass flat, get out and push yourself off,
or pole away from the muck.
Trust me, you don't want to tilt the engine and
power ahead unless you, too, want to drop a few
thousand dollars for a new lower unit on your outboard,
or much, much more money if you've got an inboard
engine on your boat.
"While affecting habitat, boating in seagrass beds
can also damage vessel engines, hulls and propellers,"
Crist's office offers in somewhat dry terms. "Ground-
ings that damage seagrass habitats are offenses subject
to both federal and state fines, including civil penalties,
damage assessment and habitat restoration costs and
long-term monitoring of the restored site."
During one of my less-than-memorable boating
trips years ago, I thought to run a seagrass flat off the
northeast tip of Key Royale at a tide that was just a bit
lower than what I thought it should have been. Chances
are I could have made it, except for those darn birds I
saw wading not too far from where I wanted to go.
Between cranking the boat into neutral ... well,
OK, I actually put it into reverse at high speed and
the resulting crash into the bank and subsequent hole
through the lower unit of the propeller shaft and the
tow costs and $2,500-plus engine repair bill, I decided
that seagrass flats and boats are not a good marriage.
Perhaps you should consider the same and avoid
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Good grass growth
Tampa Bay Estuary Program officials have offered
some good news regarding seagrasses: Tampa Bay has
gained 1,300 acres of new plants since 2004, more than
has been measured since the 1950s.
Not surprisingly, the water clarity is also good
- actually, it's great, the best since records have been
Water clarity, by the way, is pretty important to
waterborne plants. They need sunlight to thrive. Sun-
light has to reach the plant's leaves. Muck or shade or
anything else that gets in the way between sun-leaf
interaction is bad. So, the clearer the water, the more
sunlight the plants receive, and the more they flour-
Good news for not only the plants, but also anyone
who enjoys the water.
More water news
Going from seawater to potable water, Crist has
also announced that April will be Water Conservation
Month in Florida.
It makes sense, since April is traditionally one of
the driest of our times in the Sunshine State.
We're always in a quandary in our state when it
comes to water. According to the governor's office,
Florida has "more than 7,700 lakes, 4,500 square miles
of estuaries and bays, more than 50,000 miles of rivers
and streams and countless wetlands throughout the
But not all of that is drinkable or, perhaps more
important to humans, in places where we happen to
There are freshwater springs galore in the Nature
Coast area of Florida, but population centers are cen-
tered in more arid regions of the state.
Sure, Miami has the Everglades to the west and the
Atlantic Ocean to the east, but how are the residents
going to drink from either of those water reserves?
Crist said that "in 2005, DEP's Clean Water State
Revolving Fund was recognized by the U.S. Environ-
mental Protection Agency for the state's efforts to pro-
mote water conservation and reuse. Since its inception
in 1988, Florida's state revolving fund program has
awarded more than $2.7 billion in loans for water-qual-
ity protection projects, including funding 106 water-
reuse projects, totaling more than $384 million."
So here we go again with the gov'ment tips on
Fix water leaks. "Homeowners lose an average of
25 gallons of water a day through leaky water devices,"
according to officials. Jeez, how simple is that? Doesn't
everybody get driven crazy by a dripping faucet at
Take shorter showers and install a low-flow show-
erhead. "For an investment of $10 or less, you can save
$50 to $75 per year on water bills and $20 to $50 or
more per year on energy bills," the officials said.
"Run your washing machine and dishwasher only
when they are full and you could save 1,000 gallons a
month," we're told. "If you wash dishes by hand, don't
leave the water running for rinsing and you can save
200 to 500 gallons a month.
There were too many good tips this week to let the
Factoid section be limited to just one, so here goes.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Bay
has about 28,300 acres of seagrass, the highest total in
more than 50 years.
If your faucet is dripping at a rate of one drop per
second, you can waste 2,700 gallons per year.
A garden hose can pour out 600 gallons or more in
only a few hours.
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Cobia, some king action offshore; reds, sheepies abound in bays
By Capt. Mike Heistand
With what is hoped to be the last cold front of the
season behind us, fishing should get into its spring-
summer mode. Look for good catches of snook, redfish
and trout in the backwaters in the coming days, as well
as some superb sheepshead action in the backwater.
Offshore fishers are reporting some beginning king-
fish action in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as some big
cobia hookups and some huge amberjack action about
60 miles out. Snapper fishing is also good offshore.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said cobia were spot-
ted offshore last week, along with kingfish, all about 4
miles out in the Gulf. Snapper fishing is good out there,
too. For backwater fishers, it's all sheepshead all the
time right now, with snook, redfish and trout coming
on strong as well.
At Corky's Bait & Tackle Shop on Cortez Road,
reports include good catches of whiting and pompano in
the Gulf using live shrimp. Redfish and trout are good
in the backwaters, with "Redfish Magic" or shrimp
working best as bait. Palma Sola Bay is the place to
go for the reds and some snook. Other action includes
Spanish mackerel and some kingfish, and sheepshead
are hot and heavy in the Manatee River near the docks
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said sheepshead
have really turned out in force in the past week, with
some catches being better than 4 pounds. Anglers there
are also catching some whiting and mackerel.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
sheepshead are the best bet at the pier, although mack-
erel, bluefish and some snapper were also reeled in by
At Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Sam
Kimball has been catching banded rudderfish, hogfish,
lane snapper, triggerfish, sheepshead, mangrove snap-
per and catch-and-release grouper on his offshore trips.
Capt. Mark Johnson said his backwater charters are
doing well with sheepshead, mackerel, some redfish
and catch-and-release snook.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
snook fishing is still slow but improving every day. He
said he's also seeing some boats coming back in with 20
Kelsey Wilbers, left, and Kathy Wilbers proudly show
off their first-ever amberjack catches caught with
Capt. Larry McGuire.
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Skyway Bridge is excellent. Whitebait is starting to get
thick by the Skyway area of Tampa Bay.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina said snook are just about ready to break
loose what with the whitebait starting to school. He's
putting his charters onto sheepshead, snapper and red-
fish as he's waiting.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports include
mackerel and sheepies from the Skyway piers and
sheepshead and reds from the bays. Snook fishing is still
slow, but destined to improve as the water warms.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include
mackerel and sheepshead from the Skyway piers, plus
sheepshead and redfish from the bays.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said snook fishing has
picked up for him in the last week, and he's finding
plenty of fish in the Manatee River, plus some nice red-
fish around the oyster bars in Terra Ceia Bay. "Sheeps-
head fishing has been very good around any structure
and wreck in the bay and shallow Gulf," he said, "and
Spanish mackerel have started in good numbers on the
reefs and passes."
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said bluntly that "fishing has been hot. We
have been catching big amberjack, cobia, scamp, man-
grove snapper, yellowtail snapper, hog snapper, trigger-
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started catching some kingfish and Spanish mackerel.
We are fishing out to 60 miles on the full day trips for
the amberjacks, cobias and larger fish. All the other spe-
cies we are catching on four- or six-hour trips fishing
inside 20 miles. We are using large live baits, Spanish
sardines and artificial lures."
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he took Chuck Shuler and
Jerry Brian from Grand Rapids, Mich., out last week
"and flat took the kingfish to school. Conservatively,
there were 30 kingfish to 30 inches boated about 4 miles
off Longboat Key. Not far from there we iced down
about a dozen sheepshead. Chuck battled a cobia of
around 60 pounds for almost 20 minutes before it broke
the 15-pound-test line at boatside. Later the pair caught
a few snook in Palma Sola Bay before calling it a day."
Sounds like a good day on the water.
On my boat Magic, we're catching more than 25
sheepshead every trip out, some up to 6 pounds, plus
a 4-pound hogfish from the 1-mile reef offshore and a
few small cobia.
Good luck and good fishing.
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Major League traveling Islanders face early struggles
By Kevin Cassidy
The Islanders Major League traveling baseball
team that is competing in the Manatee West Little
League is finding the going a bit tough early in the
season. Through six games, the Islanders haven't won
a game, although the coaches and players are keeping
their heads up and remaining positive.
On March 12, they took on a strong JMC Stucco
team that is in third place with a 5-2 record and dropped
a 12-2 decision that went only four innings due to the
10-run mercy rule.
The Islanders started out great as they induced a
one-two-three opening stanza thanks to some impres-
sive pitching by Trevor Bystrom. Bystrom, who showed
off a lively fastball and pretty good control, induced a
pair of ground balls and a strikeout to give the Island
faithful hope. He was strong through three innings, but
found himself on the wrong end of a 7-2 score, mostly
due to fielding and throwing errors.
After allowing an error induced inside-the-park
homerun to JMC's Levi Mathis, Bystrom departed and
was replaced by Daniel Pimental. Pimental surrendered
a double to Johnny Whitford and consecutive singles
to Julian Valdevia and Zach Williamson before settling
He induced a ground ball from Edgar Munoz, but
an infield error cleared the bases and allowed Munoz
to race all the way to third base. Pimental then got John
Burns to ground out for the first out, though Munoz
walked home with another run for JMC Stucco. Pimen-
tal then struck out Chris Lewis for the second out and
induced a fielder's choice grounder for the third out to
get out of the inning.
Needing a run to extend the game, the Islanders
Jack Titsworth grounded out for the first out, but Gar-
rison Clark drew a walk and promptly stole second
base. Alex Burgess went down swinging for out number
two, but Max Moneuse followed with an infield single,
sending Burgess to third and giving the Islanders a ray
of hope. Unfortunately, William Hellem-Brusso got
caught looking at strike three to end the game for the
Chris Pate led the Islanders at the plate with a 2-
for-2 performance, while Moneuse went 1-for-1 and
scored one run. Bystrom singled while also pitching
three innings. He registered three strikeouts. Burgess
completed the Islander offense with a second-inning
JMC Stucco was led by John Burns, who went 2-
for-3 and scored two runs, and Heather Estep, who went
2-for-2 with a double and one run scored. JMC also
received a pair of singles from Julian Valdovia, and
Johnny Whitford and Edgar Munoz each had doubles
on the night. Levi Mathis and Zach Williamson rounded
out the JMC offense with singles.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale men teed it up on March 12 for a
nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team
of Ralph Bassett, Austin Rice, Danny Hayes and Mike
Conlon torched the course with a 13 under par 51 to
claim clubhouse bragging rights for the day.
In second place and just one shot back were two
teams. Don Ledford, Andy Duncan, Bob Jorgensen and
John Driscoll matched the 12-under-par 52 that the team
of Bill Gallagher, Ralph Huband, Bob Dickinson and
Omer Trolard shot to share second place. Third place
went to the team of Vince Fanton, Dick Eichorn, Pete
Weir and Gordy Lindstrom, who combined to shoot
The women teed it up on March 13 for nine holes
of individual low-net golf. Jean Holmes fired a two-
under-par 30 to capture Flight AA by one shot over
Sue Hookem. Dorothy McKinna and Tootie Wagner
tied for first place in Flight A, each at even-par 32, one
Anna Maria Island
Little League schedule
Junior League (ages 13-15)
March 21 6:30 p.m. Islanders vs. Man. American 1
@ Palma Sola
March 22 6:30 p.m. Islanders vs. Braden River Red
@ Braden River
April 3 6:30 p.m. Islanders vs. North River Nat.
@ Buffalo Creek
Major League Islanders (All games @ G.T. Bray Park)
March 22 7:30 p.m. MJ4 vs. Islanders @ Field 3
April 2 7:30 p.m. Islanders vs. MJ1 @ Field 1
Trevor Bystrom delivers a pitch for the Islanders traveling baseball team during its game against JMC Stucco.
Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
shot better than Linda Kelly, Lois Biel, Joyce Brown
and Grace Sayles, who each tied for third place. Flight
B winner was Judy Ward, who shot a two-under-par
30, one shot better than Maryanne Kaemmerlen and
Kaemmerlen, Marge Jacob, Bobbie Lindstrom and
Caye Hudson won the team putting contest with 61
putts. Marian Mulroy, Mary Selby and Lois Biel had
chipins, while Jean Holmes and Joyce Reith each had
birdies on the day.
March 14 saw the men play the same two-best-
balls-of-foursome game, but this time over 18 holes.
The team of Vince Fanton, Bob Landgren, Ernie Hauser
and John Sagert shot an even 100 to easily win brag-
ging rights for the day. They finished six shots ahead of
the second place team of Bill Gallagher, Danny Hayes,
Don LaTorre and Bill Proxy. The team of Earl Ritchie,
Bill Melvin, Jim Mixon and Tom Proxy were four shots
back in third with a 110.
More golf news
Fifteen-year-old Max Marnie holed out his third
hole-in-one on March 15 at the Tera Ceia Golf and
Country Club on the par 3, No. 11 hole. This is appar-
ently old hat for Marie, who has two other aces, both
at Pinebrook Ironwood. His first came when he was 8
years old, while his second came last year on Christmas
Only two teams managed to advance from pool
play during the March 14 horseshoe competition at the
Anna Maria City Hall pits. Adin Shank and Bob Lee
overcame a decided height advantage of the Disbrow
brothers, Jay and Jerry, by soundly defeating them 22-
14 to claim bragging rights on the day.
The March 10 competition had four teams emerge
from pool play undefeated. The team of Bob Lee and
Web Cutting, left, took the prize at the Key Royale
Club, defeating Dick Mills, right, for the club golf
championship in last week's 18-hole match-play tour-
nament. Islander Photo: the Rev. Jim Meena
John Crawford cruised to a 21-8 victory over Hank
Huyghe and Bob Haines in the first semifinal match.
Meanwhile, George McKay and Dean Rowe won their
semifinal match by a 23-11 score.
Just before the championship match ensued, Craw-
ford got called away and had to retire from the competi-
tion. McKay and Rowe didn't want to win by forfeit so
they persuaded Lee to take a partner from the remaining
players. Haines agreed to play, but, in the end, McKay
and Rowe proved too strong in posting a 22-18 vic-
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.
THE ISLANDER E MARCH 21, 2007 E 27
Field of Pirate dreams
By Rick Catlin
Growing up in western Pennsylvania, Holmes
Beach resident Joe Cioffi was a die-hard baseball
player and Pittsburgh Pirates fan. He was a good-
enough pitcher to earn a try-out with the Pirates while
he was at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa., Joe
Namath's hometown. In fact, Cioffi was the student-
teacher for Namath during study hall at Beaver Falls
But baseball was his passion. Even though the
Pirates didn't offer him a contract, Joe followed the
Pirates through his years as a teacher and as the superin-
tendent of a school system in western Pennsylvania.
He retired to Holmes Beach 10 years ago, partly
to be near the Pirates during spring training. When the
team offered fans the opportunity to attend a fantasy
camp with ex-Pirates, Joejumped at the chance.
'It was always a dream of mine to be in the major
leagues. The fantasy camp was a chance to meet the
heroes I grew up with and play with them. It was the
thrill of a lifetime," said Joe.
Cioffi kept a diary during the one-week camp in
January held at McKecknie Field and at Pirate City on
east 26th Street in Bradenton.
"A welcome reception was held atDominick's Res-
taurant at the Holiday Inn in Bradenton. We were given
a great buffet dinner with refreshments. Kent Tekulve,
camp director, introduced the 25 members of his staff
that would provide a week of professional baseball. By
far, Chuck Tanner was the most respected and admired,
especially by his former players. It was great to be able
to mingle and talk to such former Pirate all-stars as
Bill Mazeroski, Vern Law, Bill Virdon, Steve Blass,
John Candalaria, Bill Madlock, Dave Guisti, Al Oliver,
Manny Sanquillen, Bob Veale and Mike Easier."
"Up early and ready to go with breakfast at 7:15
a.m. Kent Tekulve briefed us before entering the locker
room. We were really treated like professional play-
ers. Each of us have our own locker with home and
away uniforms with our names on the back. Every-
thing is provided except your gloves and shoes. The
clubhouse staff really takes care of you. Your shoes are
cleaned every day and all your playing clothes laun-
The fantasy players played in aseven-inning evalu-
ation game prior to being drafted that evening by the
managers of the six teams in the league.
"Not a good day for me," wrote Joe. "I went 0 for 2
and gave up two walks and a hit pitching in the seventh
Worse, he pulled a hamstring and ended up on the
"Needless to say, I am dead tired and ready to relax
Holmes Beach resident Joe Cioffi, left, with ex-Pittsburgh Pirates player and former manager Bill Virdon at the
Pirates fantasy baseball camp held in January. Islander Photos: Courtesy Joe Cioffi
this evening. I have a feeling a 69-year-old baseball
player needs more rest than most of the other camp-
"Every morning there is a briefing and recogni-
tions by Steve Blass. He is quite creative with his many
stories and daily roasting of the camp players. This is a
morning of anxiety and anticipation. The team draft was
held last night and you are informed of your team."
Joe was selected to the team managed by Bill
Virdon, Chuck Tanner and Bob Veale. His team was in
the first game, which was held at McKecknie Field.
'It was quite a thrill to play on a well-manicured
minor league field, the same as major league players
in the spring. To make it even more enjoyable, we won
our first game 5-4."
Not a good day for the team, wrote Joe. The team
lost both ends of a double-header and Joe pulled ham-
strings in both legs.
'Now I understand what if feels like to see a player
in pain limping off the field. The training room was like
a scene from 'MASH'. All eight tables were occupied
along with three whirlpools and a cold tub."
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On the "field of dreams."
"We spent the morning listening to the pros talk
about embarrassing incidents in their careers and
fielding questions about life as a professional baseball
While ex-players Madlock, Blass, Guisti and Maze-
roski supplied plenty of anecdotes for the fantasy play-
ers, "The most remarkable person I metwas Vern Law,
now 76-years-old, who can still throw batting practice
and is a truly dedicated man of the Mormon faith. It
was a good afternoon as we beat the first place team 4-
1 and I had two hits playing right field. My injuries do
not permit me to pitch during the rest of the camp."
"It's playoff time at the camp. My team did not
fare well; we lost our first game. Could it be we have
reached our peak? The average age on our team is 56
and it's beginning to show, especially the pitching."
Friday night was team dinner night and Joe and his
fantasy players got to hang out with Virdon, Tanner and
Veale and the other ex-Pirates.
"Bob Veale extended interesting stories about his
relationships on and off the field with Willie Stargell
and Roberto Clemente."
"One of the most anticipated days of the fantasy
camp. Each team plays a three-inning game at McK-
ecknie Field against the former Pirates. It's priceless
to be introduced at a well-kept, flawless, green grass
playing facility used by Major League teams in the
spring. I now understand what it takes to get into the
Although his team lost 2-0 to the pros, the 2007
Pirate Fantasy Camp ended on a high note for Joe
with a banquet that evening. Each participant received
a Louisville Slugger bat with their name engraved and
signed by all the Pirates at the camp, a team picture and
"Getting to live for a week like a Major League
player is priceless. If you love to eat, sleep and drink
baseball and play with legends, this is an experience
you will never forget. The training activities are strenu-
ous, so I suggest a player really get into shape prior to
attending camp. You will never forget trying to under-
stand Manny Sanquillen; Steve Blass's daily comedy
routine or listening to Dave Guisti, Mike Easely and
Bill Mazeroski talk at the skills clinic. It brings back a
lot of your youthful memories and truly is a 'Field of
The Pirates hold a fantasy camp every January in Bra-
denton. Anyone interested in attending the camp should
contact the team at Pirate City or McKecknie Field.
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LUXURY LIVING ROOM set: Two matching sofas,
black with floral design.Two large end tables, coffee
table, beveled glass tops, carved feet match sofa's
walnut trim. Five-piece set. $750. 941-778-1589.
PRESSURE-TREATED WOOD: Various sizes and
lengths. Decks, docks, etc. Look and make offer.
LAWN MOWER: KEE TM-26 inch, 5.5 Honda
motor, self-propelled, not used commercially.
Mulching blade, just serviced. $500 or best offer.
DINING ROOM TABLE, two leafs, extends to 108-
inches, with four chairs. Excellent condition. $250.
CHARMING BEDROOM SUITE: Matching dresser,
mirror, nightstand, twin headboards. Perfect for
guests, hardly used. $300.941-778-9364.
SALE: NIKI'S ISLAND Treasures. Weekly specials.
China thimbles 65 percent off, all sterling jewelry
50-70 percent off, select costume and vintage
jewelry, art work, furniture, books, gifts, antiques,
dolls, glassware, Hummel collection 30-90 percent
off. Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm. 941-779-0729.
5251 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
TV ARMOIRE, $150, two end tables with matching
coffee table, $200. Two new twin beds, $300 for
both. Call Kevin at 941-920-3329.
FURNITURE SALE: SOFA, lamps, white recliners,
queen bed, dresser, Amana refrigerator, glass table,
chairs with matching side table. 941-778-4780.446
62nd St., Holmes Beach.
ANNA MARIA JUNIOR Girl Scouts Troop No. 590
cookies are on sale at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
The Rivertowne Lot 40 $493,190 $359,000 The Kiawah Lot 28 $528,602 $379,000
3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 1,637 SF 2 bedroom plus study, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 1,791 SF
ON BRADEN RIVER
Key West 2nd Floor $356,565 $284A65
2 bedroom plus den, screened lanai. 1,638 SF
i CGCA 17845
OFFER EXPIRES 3/31/07
Harbor House Lot 64 $368-300
2 bedroom, 2 bath, laundry room, eat-in
kitchen, courtyard, 2-car garage, 1,434 SF
For more information on these
exceptional homes visit:
Building. Home. Life.
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FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, 941-795-1112 or 704-8421.
OLD-FASHIONED DINER MUGS: $8 (includes tax).
Your coffee never tasted so good as when you drink
from the old-style mugs available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
YOU WANT IT ...You got it. Oval AMI bumper stick-
ers are just $1 at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
HELP SUPPORT OFFICER Pete Lannon: Silicone
bracelets, DARE2CARE/ISLANDER4PETE. Child
$2, adult $5. The bracelets are donated by The
Islander and all $$$ go to a pre-paid college fund
for Pete's youngest son. Available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ROSER THRIFT SHOP yard sale: 9am-noon Satur-
day, March 24. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
BIG ANNUAL SALE: Annie Silver Community Center.
8am-3pm Saturday, March 24. Like-new barbecue
grill, microwave, furniture, books, miscellaneous.
Coffee, soda, donuts, cake and sloppy Joes can be
purchased. 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach.
GARAGE SALE: 9am-noon Friday and Saturday,
March 23-24. Furniture, dishes, glassware, silver
tea sets, lots of odds and ends. 246 S. Harbor Drive,
GARAGE SALE: 8am-1 pm Saturday, March 24. Fur-
niture, tools, household items, miscellaneous. 231
and 236 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
M An Islan4 Place Realty
Let us rent your home or condo
to one of our qualified tenants
looking for an annual rental!
Please call Sue or Adele at 941-779-9320.
411 Pine Avenue Anna Maria www.islandplacerealty.com
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32 Years of Professional Service
EXPERIENCE REPUTATION RESULTS
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT Golf course view. $690,000.
HERON'S WATCH 3BR/2BA, like-new quality home 10 minutes to
LUXURY WATERFRONT VILLA Boat dock, 3BR/2BA, immaculate, updated.
Designer kitchen, glassed lanai, tennis, pools, covered parking. $649,900.
SUNBOW 2BR/2BA bayfront end unit, turnkey furnished. $449,000.
BAYVIEW 4-5BR/4BA includes guest quarters, large master suite. $998,000.
BEST BUYS: ADULT COMMUNITY from $60,000, heated pool, near
shopping, dining and transportation.
HARBOUR VILLA CLUB 2BR/2BA, turnkey, boat dock. $749,900.
PINEBROOK AND IRONWOOD $139,000 to $263,900.
DESOTO SQUARE VILLA 2BR/2BA, gated, pool clubhouse. $175,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
GARAGE SALE: 8am Saturday, March 24. Two fami-
lies. Lots of furniture, some antiques, miscellaneous
items. 522 Kumquat, Anna Maria, near city pier.
FLEA MARKET: 9am-4pm Saturday, March 24.
Tons of treasures, books, jewelry, furniture, collect-
ibles, dolls, bric-a-brac. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Next to TimeSaver in Niki's Island Trea-
sures parking lot.
MOVING SALE: 8am-5pm Friday and Saturday,
March 23-24. Island-style furniture. White wicker
glass-top table, six chairs, blonde wood queen
bedroom set, nightstands, dresser, armoire, pecan
wicker armoire, TV stand, white wicker queen bed-
room set, nightstand, double dresser, mirror, chest
of drawers, twin trundle bed, two TVs, refrigerator,
washer and dryer, linens, kitchenware, decor. 603
Emerald Lane, Key Royale, Holmes Beach.
FOUND: NECKLACE. OUTDOORS, near the walk-
way at the Rod & Reel Motel. Call Nicole, 941-
LOST: ARMY SURPLUS-style jacket and cell phone
lost on beach near Beach Bistro. Reward for return.
FOUND: WOMAN'S WATCH on the grounds AT the
Island Players theater, Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Found March 14. Call 941-795-7255.
LOST: WOMEN PRESCRIPTION eyeglasses. No
frame, one noseguard missing. If found, please call
941-778-2551 or 608-852-6356.
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult.
Call 941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.cmasdi-
THIS ONE HAS IT ALL! Perfect ho for your boat and
entertaining your family and friends. Dee anal with 40-
foot dock. Immaculate, spacious 3BR/2 th custom
kitchen. Water views from every win On beach.
Smuggler's Landing, 4109 129th St $
COME SEE OEHOSE
T. Dolly Young Real Esta
An Islan4 Place Realty
411 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
WATER'S EDGE! 2BR/2BA GLENNA'S PLACE! 4BR/2BA,
directGulffront, updated! Rental updated throughout & turnkey
income! $949,500. Call Sue! furnished! $895,000. Call Sue!
ANNA MARIA! 3BR/2BA
canalfront with pool! Rental
income! $825,000. Call Sue!
PARADISE FOUND! 3BR/3BA
canalfront with pool! Owner
financing! $925,000. Call Sue!
SAIL AWAY ABOARD 65-foot Lex-Sea. Key West
Fantasy Fest, six days, five nights, $995 per person,
$1,095 per couple. Cayo Costa Thanksgiving, four
days, three nights, $595 per person, $1,095 per
couple. Everglades Expedition, seven days, seven
nights, $795 per person, $1,495 per couple. 941-
WOULD ANYONE WHO saw the accident at the
corner of 59th Street and Marina Drive around
11am Saturday, March 10, during the arts and craft
show, please call Olivia Gruen at 941-778-2901.
Especially any pedestrian who saw my white van
at the stop sign.
KIDNAPPED! Bentley (the butler statue) disap-
peared from Sandy Rich's Real Coffee & Realty,
9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, on March 17. Sandy
says, "Call and I'll pick him up, no questions asked."
Call her at 376-6077.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon Tuesday at www.
islander.org. And it's FREE!
For Expert Advice On Island Property
CALL THE ISLANDERS
CAu CHRIS & JOHN
CHRISTINE T. SHAW AND
JOHN VAN ZANDT, REALTORS i
appointed, lushly land-
scaped 3BR/3BA hide-
away, complete with pan-
oramic view and mean-
dering dock, boatlift and heated swimming pool! Hardwood
floors, southwestern color scheme, comfy kitchen and maple
cabinets, stainless-steel range and domed ceilings. Shortstroll
to Gulf beach. Priced at $1,198,500. Owner says "SELL!"
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150
(941) 778-2291 EVENINGS 778-2632
FAX (941) 778-2294 www.betsyhills.com
Panoramic views of Skyway Bridge and 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. $2,295,000. Virtual tour at
Call John Zirzow, Agent/Owner
(941) 778-9171 Markey Realty
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FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough
for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.
IMMACULATE 2003 SILVER PT Cruiser with just
over 11,000 miles. Has service contract until Nov.18,
2009, or 60,000 miles. $10,500. 941-792-9892.
2004 CAROLINA SKIFF: 198DLX Yamaha 90,
four-stroke, live well, fish finder, trailer, low hours.
$13,200. Call 518-365-2701.
DRY BOAT AND trailer storage, $65/month. 840 S.
Bay Blvd., next to Rotten Ralph's. 941-778-9435.
YANMAR 44-hp sailboat motor. Rebuilt motor
and transmission. Great condition. $1,500. 941-
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-
REAL ESTATE AGENTS wanted: SunCoast Real
Estate LLC. Floor time and generous split. Confi-
dential. Call Mary Ann Schmidt, 941-779-0202 or
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting quadriplegic. Morning, 8am-1 pm and over-
night, 10pm-8am, shifts available.Travel opportunity.
MAINTENANCE: PART-TIME. 30-unit motel on the
beach. Evenings required. Apply in person. Blue
Water Beach Club, 6306 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOOKING FOR CLEANERS! MTO Cleaning Ser-
vices now hiring dependable people with reliable
transportation and auto insurance to work 8am-
5pm Monday-Friday. Average $8.50-$12/hour with
paid vacation, dental, flexible hours and promotion
opportunities. Apply at 5245 Office Park Blvd., suite
101, Bradenton. 941-758-1993.
LOOKING FOR VERY active, dependable person
to nanny for 19-month old! Some weekdays, week-
ends and travel required. Light housekeeping a plus!
Anna Maria Island area. Please, contact Haley, 727-
HOUSEKEEPER: IMMEDIATE OPENING at local
area motel. 941-778-2780.
LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL position: Press-
wood Law Firm, PA., is an employment litigation
and appellate practice located in Bradenton, Fla.
This position offers a casual office setting, the latest
technology tools, and the flexibility to work between
25-40 hours per week. Must be adept with technol-
ogy (e.g., utilizing software such as Word, Excel,
Outlook, Amicus Attorney, PC Law) and enjoy work-
ing with people. Litigation experience preferred. E-
mail resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTIVITIES COUNSELOR: OPPORTUNITY to
make a difference in the life of a child. Island com-
munity center seeking energetic, fun-loving person
to provide leadership in after-school programs for
K-5th grades. Ideal candidates pursuing education
degree or willing to obtain 40-hour DCF childcare
certificate. CPR/first aid. Part-time, 2:30-6:30pm.
Monday-Friday. Full-time during summer. Pays
between $7.50-$10.50 depending on experience.
E-mail resume to email@example.com or fax
CHARTER BOAT SERVICE: Eco-tours, sightseeing, more
in Cortez. Assets include 26-foot cat, 150-hp outboard.
$70,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112. For more great
business and realty buys: www.longviewrealty.com.
RESTAURANT AND MORE: 50-seat restaurant with
great ambience also retails select items. Beer and
wine license. Any menu OK. $120,000. Confidential-
ity agreement required for details. Longview Realty,
941-383-6112. For more great business and realty
GIFTS/DECOR FOR patio, home and garden.
Enchanting shop, fun items in good resort area
location. $89,000. Confidentiality agreement
required for details. Longview Realty, 941-383-
6112. For more great business and realty buys:
BEACHFRONT HOT SPOT: Two storefronts,
one side rented. Restaurant for sale separately,
$199,000. Great for gift shop, clothing, jewelry or as-
is. Owner financing available. $1,295,000. Longview
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.
LICENSED CNA/HHA: Personal care, meal prepa-
ration, house keeping, bathing and dressing assis-
tance, medication reminder, respite care, transpor-
tation. Call 941-345-6155. Good rates.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
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MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
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-
INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small
businesses. We also file electronically and pre-
pare all states. Call Pat at Kenney Tax Service,
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
ISLAND CANAL HOME REDUCED- 3BR/2.5BA with fireplace.
Corner lot on canal with new dock and caged pool. New kitchen
cabinets and granite countertops. New metal roof. $550,000. Call
Carleen Weise, Realtor, 941-224-6521 evenings.
KEY ROYALE This outstanding 3BR/3BA canal front home has
been renovated, updated and added on. Extensive pavers, brick
walk and patios, new barrel roof 2004, 75-foot seawall, 50-foot dock
with 13,000 lb. boatlift. This home is lovely inside and out. A 27-foot
Sport Craft with twin 150s will stay with full price offer. Offered at
$1,650,000. Call Zee Catanese, Realtor, 941-742-0148 evenings.
SINGLE FAMILY-Centrally located, one blockto beach. 2BR/2BA
spacious homeon cornerlot. $569,000. Call Joy Murphy, Realtor,
with amazing view. Glass lanai, breakfast bar. Owner motivated.
$359,500. Call Carlene Weise, Realtor, 941-224-6521, evenings.
PERICO BAY CLUB Reduced for quick sale, owner anxious.
Florida condo living at its best, waterfront, security, pools, spa,
tennis courts, 2BR plus den. Immediate possession. $369,900.
Call Marion Ragni, Realtor, 941-761-1415 evenings.
5910 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,
bondable. E-mail: email@example.com. 770-
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-
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Four Great West Wide Properties at Terrific Prices
7826 Seville Circle-This 3BR/2BA pool home in popular Palma
Sola Park is just a few yards from the bayfront park. A greenbelt
area across the street means permanent privacy. $445,000.
7820 San Juan Ave. Rarely available Palma Sola Park lot.
8012 3rd Ave. Great curb appeal on this 3BR/2BA home just
a few feet from Palma Sola Bay. Terrific location, great schools,
beautiful landscape. $315,000.
1321 63rd Ave. This terrific looking 3BR/2BA Village Green
home features a wood burning fireplace, spacious den, and
a large wrap around screened lanai that overlooks a well
landscaped and private backyard. $279,000.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150
(941) 778-2291 EVENINGS 778-2632
FAX (941) 778-2294 www.betsyhills.com
lovely 3BR/2BA beach
house offers pan-
oramic Gulf views!
vaulted ceilings, expansive kitchen with breakfast bar,
French doors, and wrap-around deck. Priced at$890,000.
Turnkey furnished. The perfect family beach house!
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.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !
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Nearly completed and builder is anxious to sell. All
offers will be considered. Generous allowances.
Paul Chapin, 941-746-8287
Fla. State Certified General Contractor #CGC-046519
SANDY POINTE: Impeccably maintained 2BR/2BA condo in
central Holmes Beach within walking distance to shops, restaurants,
and the beach! No rental restrictions make this condo an instant
income producer Heated pool, covered parking, storage, washer
dryer, and new water heater! Don't wait come see this tastefully
done unit today! $325,000.
This property provides options to either renovate
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!
SBeautifully 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 V
kitchen with breakfast bar off sunny Florida room
plus screened gazebo for Island lifestyle. Vacant and A
ready for occupancy. Personally view 501 67th St.
pen daily, noon-4pm. Asking $489,500!
We ARE he Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Wb -mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site www a.p mariareal.com
Bay Pointe at Cortez 3BR/2BA was S237,000, now S195,000.
Hidden Lake 2BR/2BA, furnished was $357,000, now $295,000.
202 77th St. Island furnished was $805,000, now $699,000
OPEN 1-4pm Saturday & Sunday, March 24-25
5003 Elmhurst 3BR plus den, 1,922 sf was $348,500 now $284,500.
2BR/2BA golfers dream, courses to choose from, huge clubhouse.
Was $219,900, now $210,000.
One-year new 2BR plus den, state of the art clubhouse, planned
activities. Was $234,900, now $210,000.
Call Bobye Chasey, Broker 941-713-1277
Chasey Realty Inc. email@example.com
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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,
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. $421yard. 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-
Top Producing Realtor
Toll Free 1-866-587-8559
IT'S TIME TO BUY!
IRONWOOD: 1 BR/ BA Tumrkey furnished, updated. $134,900.
IMPERIAL HOUSE 2BR/ BA, ground floor.
BAYIEW TERRACE: 1BR/1BA, bay view.
BAYVIEWTERRACE: 2BR/1BA, new listing.
BAYIEW TERRACE: Total update, 2BR/1 BA.
IMPERIAL HOUSE: 2BR/1 BA, sale pending.
SUNBOW BAY: 2BR/2BA, elevator, 1,121 sf.
FLAMINGO CAY: 2BR/2BA, 1,358 sf.
RUNAWAY BAY: 2BR/2BA, lakefront, gorgeous.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: 3BR/2.5BA, two-car garage.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: Two masterbedrooms, two-cargarage.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: 3BR/2.5BA, two-car garage.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: HOA 3 BR/2BA, two-car garage.
MARTINIQUE SOUTH: 2BR/2BA, carport.
DUPLEX WITH BEACH ACCESS: both 2BR/1 BA.
LONGBEACH: 2BR/2BA, Gulffront, gorgeous.
TIFFANY PLACE: 2BR/2BA, updated. Wow!
COQUINA MOORINGS: 3BR/2BA, dock, bay and Gull.
MARTINIQUE SOUTH: 2BR/2BA, sixth floor, one-car garage.
MARTINIQUE SOUTH: 2BR/2BA, sixth floor, two-car garage.
VILLA SORRENTO: Built 2006,4 BR/4 BA, elevator.
Call me for details!
REA ESAWE COMPANY
3224 EAST BAY DRIVE
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
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
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.
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ISLAND WALK -HAVE I ALLwiththis beauti- ADORABLE 2BR/2BA condo in established
ful 3BR/2.5BA townhome with ceramic tile complex right off of 75th St. W. Walk to
flooring, wood cabinetry, granite countertops, shopping and great restaurants. Extra-large
and decoratorfurniture. $675,000. screened lanai for outdoor Florida living at it's
best. Neutral colors make this unit ready for
vou to move right in! $199 900.
BUY OF A LIFETIME! This 2BR/2BA ground FULL AY VIEWS, totallyrenovatedand shows
floor unit has a shaded lanai overlooking the like a model. Turnkey furnished with La-Z-Boy
lake and fountain and just a few steps to the furniture. Bright ceramic tilethroughout, laun-
walkway to deeded beach access. Turnkey dry room, open kitchen with breakfast bar,
furnished unit with adorable beachy furni- covered parking, heated pool and a gorgeous
ture. $399,000. stretch of deeded beach access. $447,700.
VIEWS OF SARASOTA BAY with 2,775 st of TRADITIONAL ELEGANCE 3,241 sf home on
living space. Great layout. Amenities include Sarasota Bay. Solid glass wall of water views,
elevator, fireplace, granite countertops, plan- totally renovated. Hardwood floors, vaulted
station shutters, parking for up to six cars, ceilings, custom cabinetryand built-ins, granite
garden entrance and more! $1,023,000. countertops, private elevator, plantation shut-
ters, and fireplace. $1,195,000.
OVER 20 YEWS muEEENCE SPBIAUING IN WATERFRONT & BOATING PROPERTIES
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Island resident, converting
life-long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275
for free estimates.
IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive dis-
tributor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free,
courteous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors.
Lic.# CBC1253145. 941-730-5045.
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call
TUB AND TILE refinishing: A division of D.J. Murphy
Painting Inc. Save up to 80 percent over traditional
remodeling costs. Call us with your kitchen and
bath needs. Don't buy new redo! 941-751-1245.
Licensed, certified and insured.
GUARANTEED A-1 PAINTING service. Get a
bid then call Nick, he's the best. Island refer-
ences. Licensed. Call Nick, 941-727-1448 or
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.
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Affordable ground level 2BR/3BA cana Large 5BR/2BA ground level house
homein aquietanddesirableAnnaMaria in convenient West Bradenton close
neighborhood dose 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, newer AC and roof, and carpet, tile, flooring, fixtures and
aTaylor-Made6,0001b.boatliftanddock. other upgrades. Call Gayle Schulz,
Offered at $649,000. Call GayleSdiulz, 941-812-6489.
Enjoy spectacularBiminiBay waterfront West Bradenton, large updated
views fromthis private 19,000sfbeau- 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 with deep, protected water. Fish Freshly painted w/new carpeting in the
fromyour private dock andswimin the master suite, 2nd bedroom & saeened
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.
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GULF CONSTRUCTION INC.: Home remodeling,
custom carpentry, kitchens, baths, additions. 28
years experience. Free estimates. Call John, 941-
773-6808. License # CBC 1255132.
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 941-376-0541.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR two
master suites-/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to
beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer,
garage, designer furnished with tropical yard setting.
One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly.
Call 941-713-0034 or e-mail: beachdreams@ tam-
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA annual, ground floor unfur-
nished, $900/month. Seasonals available starting
at $1,800/month. Please call Kim Fisher, Wagner
Realty, 941-778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
FURNISHED MOTHER-IN-LAW apartment, canal
view with a large deck, dock and saltwater pool to
share. Apartment has private entrance, bath and
kitchenette. All utilities except telephone included.
$350/week or $850/month. Perfect for a clean and
quiet individual! Please e-mail email@example.com
or call 941-928-8735. Leave message for informa-
tion and availability.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/2BA, four-car
garage. Two blocks to beach. Pet friendly. $1,400/
month. Call 941-713-2150.
VACATION IN SMOKEY Mountains: 3BR/2BA
cabin, turnkey furnished, fireplace on 2.5 acres. 30
miles from Cherokee Indian reservation, one mile
from town. Book now. $495/weekly. For informa-
tion, call 352-516-6908 or 352-314-2333. E-mail:
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.
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beau-
tiful Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals.
TEMPORARY ISLAND RENTAL: Elevated 2BR
with porch, block to beach. Clean and remodeled.
Laundry and parking. $495/weekly. $1,495/monthly.
ANNUAL: 3BR/2BA with fenced back yard,
large storage unit and deeded boat slip. $1,650/
month. Available April 1. Please, call Adele at
WATERFRONT: SEASONAL. Beach, dock. Free
use of kayak, pool, exercise room and bicycle. April
still available. 941-779-9074. E-mail: gwalker43@
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 HOMES BEACH: Close to beach, shops
and trolley. Updated 2BR/1BA unit. Two balco-
nies, Gulf sunsets. $900/month plus utilities.
CORTEZ/BRADENTON BEACH AREA: Spacious,
furnished 1 BR/1BA apartment. Full kitchen, dining
room, living room. Includes utilities, cable, laundry
room. Community boat ramp, marina. $995/month.
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.
I'LL SWAP A room on Martha's Vineyard, summer
2007 or 2008, for same on Anna Maria, winter2008.
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TEN MINUTES TO beach: 3BR/2BA, garage, cov-
ered patio, three-years-old. $1,300/month. Call 941-
773-6581. Evenings, 941-794-9921.
2BR/2BA APARTMENT with patio. Walk to beach.
Available annually. No pets. 941-773-4180.
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.
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 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.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/2BA, lanai,
garage. Clean, nice quiet area. $1,000/month. 941-
REAL ESTATE LLC
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping, library and restaurants. $389,000.
PLAYA ENCANTADA TOWNHOUSE
2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished with direct view ofGulf New kitchen,
tile, heated pool, tennis, garage. $899,900.
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.
TRADEWINDS RESORTVILLA- 1BR/1BA, Pool. $325,900.
KEY ROYALE BAYFRONT 3BR/2.5BA, Dock. $2,150,000.
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS CONDO 2BR/2BA Pato. $299,900.
UPDATED DUPLEX 2107 Avenue B. $596,900
SUN PLAZAWEST CONDOS 2BR/2BA From $529,900.
PERIWINKLE COTTAGE 2BR, Close to Beach. $649,900.
GULF PLACE CONDO 3BR/2BA direct Gulf view. $995,000.
ANNA MARIA NEAR BEACH House and cottage. $848,000.
RUNAWAY BAYCONDO 1BR/1BA Water view. $349,000.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulf view $799,900.
FLAMINGO CAYWATERFRONT 3BR/2BA, pool. $859,000.
WATERS EDGE CONDO 2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront. $959,900.
GULF PLACE CONDOS Turnkey furnished. From $869,900.
SARASOTABAYFRONT PARADISE-3BR/2.5BA, $1,124,900.
RIVERVIEWBOULEVARD CAPE COD 3BR/2BA $529,900.
SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA turnkey from $175,000.
ANNUAL and SEASONAL
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach triplex.
2BR/1BA, close to all, half block to Gulf, plenty of
parking, washer and dryer on premises. $1,100/
month with utilities included. Call Van for more infor-
mation at 941-545-3292.
OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE: 1,200 sf. Former Wicked
Candle, 8819 Cortez Road. 1-800-952-1206.
ANNUAL RENTALS: NORTH Beach Village,
3BR/2BA, $1,700/month. 2BR/2BA home, Anna
Maria, $1,400/month. 2BR/2BA apartment, Anna
Maria, $865/month. Riverfront condo, 2BR/2BA,
$1,195/month. Cedars East townhome, 3BR/2.5BA,
$1,750/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-
2307. www.fran maxon realestate.com.
FOR RENT: UNFURNISHED efficiency apartment
on Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. $700/month. Call 941-
RENTAL: 900-sf commercial space. Ample parking.
Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. 941-778-5796.
VILLAGE GREEN: VERY nice 2BR/2BA home with
den, private screened lanai, fruit trees, cul-de-sac.
Close to shopping, doctors and schools. Only 10
minutes to the beach. $1,250/month. Pets wel-
S Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
LACASA COSTIERA Luxury condo
7320 Gulf Dr., #10, Holmes Beach:
Exquisite 2-3BR/2.5BA, Gulf views,
tastefully furnished, wet bar, crown
molding, heated pool and spa.
BEACH GETAWAY: 1 or 2BR, newly remodeled,
all appliances, screened porch, Internet, cable. For
pictures, look on www.beachesndreams.net. Call
VACATION RENTALS: PALMA Sola Bay townhouse.
Pool and boat dock, $699/week. Anna Maria Island
home, pool and boat dock, 3BR/2BA, like new,
$990/week. Longboat Village home, cozy, 2BR/1 BA,
$699/week. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
SEASONAL: ANNA MARIA. Key West-style ele-
vated home 3BR/3BA, Gulfside with Gulf views.
Great location. Available October-December
$2,800/month, January-April, $3,000/month. 813-
GULFFRONT CONDO: HOLMES Beach. 1-2BR,
totally remodeled, stainless-steel appliances, two
pools, carport. Seasonal 2008. Two-month mini-
mum. Fabulous beach. 941-795-5060.
MINUTES TO BEACHES: Lakeside South, west
Bradenton. Big 2BR/2BA villa, one-car garage. 941-
HOLMES BEACH: 1BR/1BA 740-sf apartment.
Includes water, trash, cable and high-speed Inter-
net. First, last and security deposit. Available April
1. $850/month. 941-587-1456.
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
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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 steps to the private beach, pools, bay, garage, living/dining room, den and main-
and dock. Flexible rental, on-site manage- tenance free yard. Plenty of time to enjoy
ment. $450,000. the pool, tennis and golf. $374,900.
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HISTORIC CORTEZ VILLAGE
Directly on Sarasota Bay in a
unique area of Florida history
and just minutes to the tranquil
beaches. 3BR/2BA, 2,378 sf with
air-conditioned workshop. Large
lot, 290x61-foot. $949,000.
HISTORIC CORTEZ VILLAGE Deep
lot, 320x65-foot on Sarasota Bay.
Fisherman's paradise. 3,300sfcovered
dock extending 200 feet into the bay
with several boatslips, two aresailboat.
Minutes to the beaches. Zoned for
light commercial. $1,190,000.
REAL ESTATE TEAM
"The Best Traditions Start at lome'
5214 State Rd 64 East Bradenton, FL 34208
3303 Gulf Drive
#4 Sea Pirates,
2BR/I BA, pool.
419 Pine Ave. PO Box 2150 Anna Maria FL 34216
3BR/3BA bayfront home, north end of Anna Maria, completely
renovated! $1,895,000 furnished. Owner will consider trade of
lot, condo or home as a down payment.
Bayfront lots with panoramic 2BR/2BA West Wind condo with
views. 23,000 sf each. Only Gulf view. $649,000.
A Home: 941-778-1820
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SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/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.
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-
RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT in northwest Bra-
denton, desirable neighborhood near the river.
$216,000. Owner/agent, Bobbie Banan, Michael
Saunders & Company, 941-356-2659.
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.
ISLAND HOME REDUCED: For sale by owner.
Holmes Beach 3BR, deep-water canal, pool,
boat dock, many upgrades. $775,000. Call
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. 941-932-0480.
DESIRABLE LEWIS PARK-area home with sepa-
rate 1BR/1BA guest quarters. Lovely fenced yard.
LOT: 57.75x1 14-feet, one block to beach. $520,000.
Call 941-779-4505 or 941-778-4246. 125 Neptune
Lane, Holmes Beach.
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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 secu-
rity. Active associations. Open 1-4pm Sunday.
1191 Edgewater Circle. Home, 863-324-0944.
Cell, 863 280-0222. email@example.com. Owner
is a broker.
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
2BR/2BA MOBILE HOME in Paradise Bay Estates.
Land-owned, turnkey furnished. 12x20-foot deck
in back, golf cart included. Asking $150,000.
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,
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Call Junior, 807-1015
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Professional courteous service Free estimates
Windows and doors Trim and crown molding
Paint work Kitchens and baths Concrete work
Tile and wood flooring Replace rotted wood
Pressure cleaning Drywall repair
Paver brick work e And many more services offered
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. $349,900.
This one won't last long. Denise Langlois, Coldwell
HAWTHORN PARK: NORTHWEST Bradenton,
impecccable 4BR/3BA pool home. Beautiful gran-
ite counter tops, new carpets and paint, plantation
shutters. 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. $289,900. 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.
392 FIREHOUSE LANE: North Longboat Key, steps
to beach and pool. Built 2004, upscale and styl-
ish, former model home. 2BR/2BA, den plus loft.
Maintained community. Priced to sell. $998,500.
EWM Realtors Inc. www.luxuryhomes-condos.com.
I WANTED THE kids, house and van. Got the bills,
mortgage and loan. Must sell large 4BR/3BA home
on one acre in northwest Bradenton. $415,000 or
best offer. Call Gini at 941-504-3431. 6907 9th Ave
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS 2BR/2BA downstairs in
move-in condition, stainless-steel appliances and
more. $187,900. Call Sascha, owner/agent, 239-
BRAND NEW, MAINTENANCE-free villas at Palma
Sola Trace! Five minutes to the beach and pricing
under $300,000! Great open floor plans with two
or three bedrooms and loaded with included fea-
tures! Call 941-794-6101, or stop by the Henderson
Brothers Homes model at 3803 Bridelcrest Lane,
PERICO BAY CLUB: Open 1-4pm Sunday, March
25. 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-
$65,900: FOURTH BAYSHORE Condominium Asso-
ciation. Furnished 1 BR/1 BA, newly renovated condo-
minium. Third floor with lanai. 15 minutes from Anna
Maria Island. Condo complex includes pool, bocce
and shuffle board courts and clubhouse. This is a 55-
plus community. 978-808-2072 or 941-739-9549.
RUSKIN: FABULOUS RIVERFRONT acre property:
Unique spot to enjoy fishing, boating, birds and sun-
sets. 200-feet on river and on Highway 41, large
boat dock. Easy commute to Tampa, Bradenton, St.
Petersburg. Great potential for investors: $900,000.
Claire Tort, Dickman Realty, 800-249-1651 or 813-
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: 1,900-sf, two-car garage,
pool. Maintenance-free and no flood insurance
needed. Close to everything, and only 10 minutes to
the white sandy beaches of Anna Maria. $229,900.
Denise Langlois, Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.
CAMBRIDGE VILLAGE: Near Sts. Peter and Paul
church. Very nice 2BR/2BA, one-car garage. Free-
standing home on cul-de-sac. New carpeting, eat-in
kitchen, huge screened lanai with plenty of privacy.
Nothing to do but move in and start enjoying mainte-
nance-free living. 10 minutes to the beaches. Denise
Langlois, Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.
LONGBOAT KEY VILLAGE home: 3BR/2BA, two-
bay garage, unique master bedroom suite. Fire-
place, hot tub, everything updated. $719,000. Real
Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
ISLAND DUPLEX: QUALITY block construction with
huge garage. One block to beach. $487,000 or best
offer. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
KEY ROYALE CANAL home: Tastefully remodeled.
3BR/2BA, pool, spa, boat dock. Appraisal $920,000,
now $789,000. Owner/agent, 941-356-1456.
BAYSHORE BEAUTY: ALL remodeled 4BR/2BA
home. Community pool and marina. $229,900. Call
agent/owner direct, 941-356-1456.
WEST BRADENTON BY owner: Inspection, 10am-
5pm Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25.2BR/1 BA
condo. New kitchen, new carpet. $69,500 or best
offer. Home will be sold Sunday night to highest
bidder. 941-685-7035 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OPEN HOUSE: Noon to 2pm Saturday, March 24.
2BR/2BA, garage, lanai. Close to beaches and
shopping. New appliances and landscaping, com-
munity pool, tennis and more. For details, see www.
becktechinc.com/house, or call 941-730-1078.4103
43rd Ave. W., Bradenton.
FOR SALE BY owner: Deep-water canal home,
Anna Maria. Lot, 75x125-feet, 2BR/3BA, in-law
suite, office, screened lanai, new seawall, 20-foot
dock with 10,000 -b. boat lift, fireplace, wooden
cathedral living room, working well/pump, new
duct work throughout, two sheds. Far below
appraised value. Call for appointment, 941-447-
6668. Principals only. Home will not last, is by far
best buy on Island.
ISLAND LIVING WITH income possibilities this
2BR/1BA with 1BR/1BA attached apartment on
large corner lot two short blocks to Gulf of Mexico.
$699,000. Erlene Fitzpatrick or Kimberly Mills,
RE/MAX Gulfstream Realty. Licensed real estate
50-by-110-FOOT LOT in Anna Maria. Owner will
finance. No streets to cross to the beach! $480,000.
813-837-6224.117 Willow Ave.
HOLMES BEACH: BEACH house. 2.5 blocks from
beach on 50x100-foot lot. $389,900. 941-587-
CHARLEVOIX, MICH.: EXCELLENT building site
in Charlevoix Country Club. Reasonably priced.
City water and sewer. Beautiful resort setting.
BUY NOW! COASTAL North Carolina land or homes.
Low taxes and insurance. Call today! Coastal Caro-
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THE BEST LAND VALUES in coastal Georgia. Below
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Gated entrance, marina access, and more. 90 min-
utes from Jacksonville, 30 minutes from Savannah.
Grand opening sale Saturday, March 31. Call now!
888-525-3725, ext. 2228.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
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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.
NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAIN properties. For
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book, visit www.ngmrealestateguide.com and click
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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"
Saturday, March 24. New coastal Georgia commu-
nity homesites up to 4.5 acres, marshfront, live
oaks, palm trees and panoramic views make this
Georgia's best kept secret. Excellent on financing.
Shown by appointment. Call now, 866-432-7320.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: MY dream, rustic, two-
story log cabin on 13 acres with barn, pastures,
woods, creek, adjoins Jefferson National Forest
with miles of trails. Have to sell, $389,500. Owner,
LAKE ACCESS BARGAIN: One-plus acres, $34,900
with free boat slips! Rare opportunity to own land on
spectacular 160,000-acre recreational lake! Mature
oak and hickory, park-like setting with lake access.
Paved road, underground utilities. Excellent financ-
ing. Prime waterfronts available. Call now, 800-704-
3154, ext. 916.
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.
WATERFRONT! 2.5 ACRES, $199,900. Williams-
burg, Va., area. Beautifully wooded, serene set-
ting, wide water views. Build when ready. Excellent
financing. Call now, 800-732-6601, ext. 1287.
COASTAL GEORGIA: NEW property release March
30 weekend in Savannah. Large lots and condos
with deep water, marsh, golf, nature views, gated.
Golf, fitness center, tennis, trails, docks. $70s-
$300,000. 877-266-7376. www.cooperspoint.com.
COASTAL GEORGIA. 135-plus acres, $249,900!
Georgia/Florida border. Mature pines, abundant
wildlife. Only an hour from Jacksonville, Fla.! Call
now, 904-206-5114, ext. 1195.
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GEORGIA/FLORIDA BORDER: Huge savings!
23.55 acres, only $99,900, 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. Ocala
area, two miles from HITS! Excellent financing!
Call 866-352-2249, ext. 1156.
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WON'T LAST! PRICE reduced 50 percent. 29 acres,
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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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Villager 2BR/2BA end unit villa,
carport! $.1.2;90 $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 Like new! $374,500.
Kingsfield Lakes 4BR/2BA. Huge lot! $299,900.
Pointe West 3BR/2BA Heated pool, updates! $360,000.
Mariners Cove 3BR/2BA Full bayview, 35' slip! $760,000.
Bayou 2BR/1BA Anna Maria NEGOTIABLE! $365,000.
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783 North Shore Dr.
This perfect little
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turquoise waters of
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A one of a kind
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steel appliances. wood floors, one-car garage. $345.000.
KEY ROYALE Move-in condition. Beautiful 2BR/2BA.
Huge patio and Florida room. Nice landscaping on
canal. Great value at $599.000.
GULFFRONT DUPLEX Outstanding rental, turn-
key furnished, ground level. Easily converted to large
CORTEZ VILLAGE Adorable cottage located in historic
fishing village. Hardwood floors. Large garage/workshop.
Rarely available... don't delay. $255,000.
PAINIASiIC; IPICK Iwo buildings, only $Z/b,UUU per
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LUXURY GULFFRONT The finest condo Anna Maria
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