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Mobile home park sale draws ire of Cortez
By Paul Roat
Cortezians have never been known to back off from
a fight, and they showed their might last week as an 80-
strong throng packed the village community center to
show their support opposing the sale of a mobile home
park to a developer.
Cortez Trailer Park owner Butch Howey appar-
ently received an unsolicited offer from local developer
Carlos Beruff to purchase the five-acre property, which
has about 620 feet of waterfront on Anna Maria Sound,
including a marina at 12507 Cortez Road, southeast of
the Cortez Bridge.
The $10.8 million offer apparently meets the letter
of Florida law, which allows mobile home park resi-
dents first right of refusal to purchase their property, and
park residents have rallied to match the Beruff offer.
Park homeowner president Bob Coulter said he had
created a committee of park residents, of which two-
thirds had agreed to purchase the park as a co-operative,
similar to a recent action in Bradenton Beach with the
Sandpiper Mobile Resort. Earnest money in the form
of $50,000 was collected, Coulter said, but there had
been no response from Howey on the proffer.
"He's stonewalled us," Coulter said. "I don't know
Read across AME
Anna Maria Elementary School students celebrated "Read Across Manatee," an initiative aimed at getting
students excited about reading. Volunteers and staff visited classrooms to read books, including AME Principal
Tom Levengood. Levengood said he wanted students to see people reading to them that they don't normally see
in the classroom. "It shows students that everyone enjoys reading," he said. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
City pier restaurant costs
escalate in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Property owners who have experienced the joys or
dismays of home renovations will be familiar with the
chagrin of Bradenton Beach officials when they learned
that the city pier project is coming in a "bit over" the
City commissioners last week approved about an
11 percent hike in the total cost of construction of the
new restaurant, dockmaster building, bait and tackle
shop and bathhouse facilities at the Historic Bradenton
Beach City Pier, at the east end of Bridge Street.
Good news: it's only about 11 percent over what
had been planned.
Bad news: The total amount of change orders
approved is $167,501, with an estimated additional
$20,000 expected to be approved at The Islander press
time March 27 at a special city meeting.
Total cost for the pier renovations has been esti-
mated as of last week at $1,832,211, according to the
project architect, Tom O'Brien, and contractor Southern
Cross Contracting of Sarasota.
Commissioners approved six change orders to the
original bid of Southern Cross last week. Some of the
changes and increased costs were due to unforeseen
work that was needed asphalt slabs and concrete
found where only dirt was expected while laying utility
lines and pipes, or changes made on the plans by other
regulatory agencies after initial plans were presented
Other changes were made after consulting with the
pier concessionaire, David Russell, who will be run-
ning the Rotten Ralph's operation at the restaurant at
the pier. Southern Cross representative Tom Edwards
said that it was noted that the windows on the north
side of the building should be refitted to allow easier
Edwards said that a still-pending permit from the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection caused
his company to totally revamp the work schedule on the
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where we stand on this. At this point, it looks like we'll
end up in court, and I think we have a strong case. He
should sell to us."
Coulter and the other park residents came to a sched-
uled meeting of the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heri-
tage and asked the village to support the park residents,
which FISH board members apparently agreed to do.
L\ iclyone in Cortez is interested in the park," said
FISH President Allen Garner. "There is very good support
for the park in the village, and I will tell Mr. Beruff that
it will be a battle to get my recommendation. It's not a
battle that a reasonable person would want to take on."
Kingfish area tree
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County workers this week began remov-
ing Brazilian pepper trees along a section of Mana-
tee Avenue in Holmes Beach near the Kingfish Boat
The work was delayed for months due to a hitch
in securing the equipment necessary to take out the
trees, said Keith Bettcher, administrator for the Mana-
tee County Conservation Lands Management Depart-
A sign erected last week near the boat ramp
announced the project, "This maintenance work is
being conducted by the Manatee County Conservation
Lands Management Department in cooperation with the
Palma Sola Causeway Scenic Highway Beautification
Committee. We are protecting native mangrove trees by
removing Brazilian pepper and other non-native plants
harmful to Florida's coastal environment."
"Brazilian peppers have no natural predators in
Florida so they grow at a rapid rate and there's noth-
ing to keep them in balance except humans," Bettcher
said. "They shade everything else out."
Environmental specialists with the state, the county
and the University of Florida classify the Brazilian
pepper as one of the most aggressive of the invasive,
non-indigenous plants in Florida. The tree, which was
probably introduced in Florida in the mid-1800s from
South America, infests aquatic and terrestrial habitats.
The fruit can be toxic, having a narcotic-like effect on
wildlife. The sap can cause skin rashes.
The tree removal, funded with county boater regis-
tration fees and budgeted at $40,000, is part of a broader
plan for improvements in the boat ramp area, which the
county has operated for years. A survey last fall found
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Brazilian pepper trees are considered invasive, non-
native plants that threaten coastal habitats. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
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Kingfish Boat Ramp trees out
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that the boat ramp also lies within the county's unincor-
porated limits, though Holmes Beach officials would
like to annex the property at the gateway to the city.
County and city officials, as well as nearby property
owners, have navigated changes at Kingfish that will
involve the construction of rest rooms at the northeast-
ern edge of the area, beautification along the roadway
and creating an entrance and exit for parking.
But plans for boat ramp improvements will not be
finalized until the county "gets the nuisance vegetation
out of there," said Bill O'Shea, environmental manager
of coastal programs for Manatee County.
The tree removal cutting of pepper trees to
stumps followed by herbicide treatments began
Monday, March 26, as The Islander went to press.
"We use a wetland-approved herbicide and apply it
with hand sprayers," Bettcher said. "And we're doing
strictly the stump. It goes on the living layer of the tree,
with an oil base so it sticks to the woody surface."
Bettcher said his crew would remove some car-
rotwoods in addition to the pepper trees.
The south side work could take about three days.
"There is very little soil disturbance with the
machines," Bettcher said. "And we're not killing man-
groves. We're in the business of conservation. ... We're
looking at what's in the best interest of the land. We've
got a very qualified staff doing the work with 60
years experience combined."
After clearing designated trees from the south side
of Manatee Avenue, also known as State Road 64, the
workers will begin removing some trees on the north
side, at the boat ramp.
That work will start on the eastern edge of the ramp
and move west toward Westbay Cove condominiums.
The work will involve the removal of Brazilian pepper
trees and possibly some Australian pines, said Holmes
Beach City Commissioner David Zaccagnino.
The commissioner said county officials pledged to
proceed with care. "When they move to the north side,
they'll hand-cut trees when they get close to Westbay
Cove," Zaccagnino said.
Last week, visitors to Kingfish and walkers along
Manatee Avenue said they hoped the effort benefits
people and the environment.
Pier costs bump up
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project. Initially, Southern Cross planned to do the res-
taurant first, then build the three separate, stand-alone
buildings to the south of the pier proper. Now, he said,
the dockmaster, bait and tackle structure and bath house
would be first in the ground.
The permit delay could cause an extension of the
completion on the job, but all involved believed that
once work gets fully under way the deadline of Aug. 6
should not only be met but expedited.
"We hope to be eating grouper sandwiches on the
pier on the Fourth of July," Police Chief Sam Speciale
said. He has taken the task as facilitator of the pier
project in the wake of former building official Ed Mc
Adam's resignation from the city two weeks ago.
Although the city commission unanimously
approved all six of the change orders last week, it
wasn't without some grumbling.
"With some buffers and directions added to the
parking area eventually, that's going to improve the
look and the traffic situation out here," said boater Karl
"I think when they get in there and clear out the
invasives we are going to see just how beautiful the
"It's a total of a lot of money that should have been
addressed at the beginning," Vice Mayor John Shaugh-
nessy said of the window changes.
"Why wasn't this brought to the light of day during
the design?" asked Commissioner Michael Pierce
regarding waterline alterations.
And Southern Cross's Edwards said that there may
be a few more changes to the contract to come before
the city before the whole job is done, including: sani-
tary sewer lines that were supposed to be 8-inch as are
actually 4 inches, more backflow piping is needed than
anticipated, galvanized rather than plastic pipes for fire
service needs on the pier itself, and a bigger heating and
cooling system in the covered-restaurant portion of the
Commissioners will be meeting at 1 p.m. on Tues-
days for the next few weeks to address the pier mat-
ters, subsequent to regularly scheduled 9 a.m. meetings
Friday where the pier team, contractor and others gather
to discuss the pier construction status.
by Aug. 6,
to July 4.
area is," said Jayne Mailer, a Holmes Beach resident
who walks along the boat ramp almost daily.
Bettcher agreed. "You'll be able to see through to
the mangroves, to actually see the wading birds," he
said. "Right now, there's an impenetrable wall of Bra-
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Sandbar Restaurant gets rave reviews
By Rick Catlin
The old saying that "What if they gave a war and
nobody came?" might have applied at the Anna Maria
city commission's March 22 meet ing when commis-
sioners discussed 13 special event permit applications
for April and May from the Sandbar Restaurant.
In somewhat of a surprise for Anna Maria, nobody
at the meeting came in opposition to the applications or
the restaurant, which has drawn considerable fire from
nearby residents at previous commission meetings that
dealt with issues related to the Sandbar.
This time around, however, a number of residents
and business owners spoke in praise of the Sandbar and
owner Ed Chiles.
Even Mark Morris, who lives near the Sandbar on
Spring Avenue, said the beach weddings at the restau-
rant are "special," particularly since his daughter was
Commissioner Duke Miller wanted to add a restric-
tion to the permits that the weddings had to "abide" by
the city's noise ordinance since a special event permit
currently allows the event to exceed normal noise
But Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick withdrew her
second to Miller's motion after learning that the ordi-
nance has no set decibel levels for noise. The noise
requirement is simply that of a "reasonable level," said
city attorney Jim Dye.
Besides, added Commission Chairman John Quam,
"I trust Mr. Chiles to control amplified music."
Commissioner Christine Tollette noted that the
commission was still going to review its special event
permit ordinance, but cautioned that there are only 135
residential and retail-office-residential properties within
a four-block area of the Sandbar.
"We don' t want to get caught up in trying to rectify
something for the benefit of a very few," she said.
The permits allow the restaurant to construct a tent
on its beachfront for the weddings.
The permit applications were approved 4-1, with
Miller casting the dissenting vote.
Quam said the commission will discuss changes to
the special-event permit ordinance at its April 11 work
Garden tour Sunday
to benefit orchestra
The 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.
The tour, March 31, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
and features five Island gardens:
Angelinos Sea Lodge, 2818 Ave. E., Holmes
The Duncan residence, 5706 Carissa St., Holmes
The Craft residence, 266 Gladiolus St., Anna
The Brooks/Schlegel property, 5 Lakeview Place,
The Kendler residence, 118 Neptune Lane,
At select gardens, tourgoers will be able to
purchase gardenware and other items. They will
also hear music provided by AMICCO members at
the homes, as well as at the new AmSouth Bank
Tickets for the tour are $10 in advance and $12 the
day of the event. Tickets are available at various loca-
tions on the Island, including the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce and Ginny's Antiques and Art
in Holmes Beach and Ginny's & Jane E's at the Old
IGA in Anna Maria.
On the day of the tour, tickets will also be available
at the new AmSouth Bank branch on Manatee Avenue
in Holmes Beach, which holds its grand opening block
party that day.
For more information, call 778-1880.
In last week's issue, an announcement of the tour
contained an incorrect address for Angelinos Sea Lodge,
which is properly noted above.
Lot split ordinance
A political football that's been kicked around more
times than a World Cup Soccer game was finally settled
by the commission.
After several months of discussions by the com-
mission in both regular and worksession meetings, an
ordinance requiring that all lot splits and division of
land be done through the city's formal subdivision pro-
cess was approved 5-0. The vote came after more than
an hour of debate, particularly about the requirement
in the ordinance that lots have easements and sufficient
frontage on a public road that meet city codes. Only six
lots in the city fail to meet that requirement.
The ordinance states that if an owner did not have
an easement for access to his or her property by Jan. 1,
2007, they would have to file for a variance with the
city for access.
Commissioners briefly considered making the
effective date several months in the future to give the
six property owners time to obtain the required ease-
ment, but eventually rejected any change in the date.
One of the properties most affected by the ordi-
nance is owned by Harry Lockwood at 703 N. Shore
Lockwood has a small cottage on one of the two
adjoining lots he owns. Under the ordinance, he's now
required to get a variance for access to the lot not front-
ing Shore Drive.
Lockwood told commissioners that he's in a unique
situation. He's paid more than $150,000 in taxes since
he and his wife bought the property in 1997, and he
was assured at the time of purchase that he could build
a house on the back lot. Now, he said, he's had to hire
an attorney to defend his interests.
Commissioners were apparently concerned that
Lockwood could sell the property and a new owner
could build several single-family homes on the two
parcels by subdividing and using the access on the front
lot for the other properties.
Mattick suggested that commissioners pick a date
several months in the future to give Lockwood time to
obtain an easement to the back lot, but Dye said the city
doesn't have enough information about the property.
He added that the ordinance does not affect the
Fire chief earns
West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price recently
earned the designation of "chief fire officer" from the
Center for Public Excellence in Chantilly, Va.
Price is one of about 506 CFOs worldwide, accord-
ing to WMFR Capt. Tom
Sousa, the district's spokes-
To receive the des-
ignation, a candidate must
prove to a review board a
commitment to "experience,
involvement and technical
Price, who lives in Holmes Beach, has been with
the fire district for 25 years.
approved but not-yet-constructed Villa Rosa subdivi-
sion on South Bay Boulevard. That property has a pri-
vate road, he observed.
The ordinance passed 5-0.
Grant application for land purchase
Mattick agreed to spearhead a grant application to
the Florida Communities Trust that would allow the FCT
to purchase Lockwood's 1.5 acres without any money
from the city, then return ownership to Anna Maria.
If purchased, the property could be turned into
a public park for native plants and wildlife, promote
stormwater runoff and water conservation, she said.
The existing house on the property could serve as
a permanent office for the city' s environmental educa-
tion and enhancement committee and offer programs
and classes on conservation and the environment.
Mattick said that under her plan, the park would
have "limited parking," no playground equipment and
could not be used for special events or large public
gatherings. She also proposed that adjacent landowners
be kept fully informed of the city's plans.
Commissioner Dale Woodland agreed that neighbor-
ing property owners be advised of the plan immediately
and be informed in writing of the grant application.
"I know this city and these people," he said.
But "time is of the essence," added Mattick
The deadline for the application is May 9 and the
FCT will announce its awards in September.
Mattick said she's willing to "put forth the effort" to
prepare the grant and Mayor Fran Barford said she and
city staff will be happy to assist with the application.
Commissioners by a 4-1 vote gave approval to Mat-
tick to move full speed ahead, with Miller casting the
lone vote against the proposal. Miller indicated he was
concerned about more public input on whether or not to
proceed with the application along with any potential
Lockwood said he hadn't been formally contacted
by the city, but had discussed the property with Mattick.
Although the property is currently for sale, he said he
and his wife would welcome the opportunity to sell the
land to the city and have it turned into a nature park.
"It sounds like a great idea," he said.
anchored off the
Anna Maria city
pier in Tampa Bay,
presumably to avoid
some strong winds
Sand surf. The dredge
\ is not operating in
Anna Maria, city
officials said, and is
not part of any Lake
Anna Maria City
Anna Maria City Hall is temporarily housed in the
annex building at Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, 708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.
April 5, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
April 4, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Government offices in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach
will be closed Friday, April 6, for Good Friday.
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Tidemark rolling along, joins with Beach Inn
The merger of the Beach Inn in Holmes Beach
and the Tidemark hotel/marina/condominiums into
Tidemark Resorts is in full swing, according to
shareholder Sean Murphy of the Beach Bistro Res-
Murphy hosted a beach party March 15 in front of
the Beach Inn to thank everyone involved in the project,
noting that the upscale nature of the units will attract
the type of owner and visitor clientele that the Island
"We' re not marketing to spring breakers," Murphy
Units at both properties will be marketed for frac-
tional ownership, but the Tidemark Marina Resort
include only 30 of its planned 40 units in fractional
The Tidemark Marina property will have a full-
service restaurant and lounge, banquet facilities and a
60-slip boat marina.
Tidemark Resort developers Ken Dardis and Lance
McNeill of Reliance Realty Partners co-hosted the
The Tidemark sales office by the Wachovia Bank
in Holmes Beach is open daily. People interested in the
STide coming in
Owners of the Tidemark
-. resorts hosted a party March
15 at the Tidemark Marina
sales office by the Wachovia
I Bank building in Holmes
Beach March 15 before
adjourning to the Beach Inn
,N forfurtherfestivities. From
left, Anna Maria Island
Community Center executive
director Pierrette Kelly and
husband Paul talk about the
project with Tidemark execu-
tives Lance McNeill and Ken
L i Dardis. Islander Photo:
f I Rick Catlin
units or who want more information can call 778-1124,
800-778-8433 toll free, or visit the company's Web site
Insurance: Some homeowners prefer to go 'bare'
By Molly McCartney
Homeowner Dick Eichhorn is a member of a tough
and optimistic group of Anna Maria Island property
owners who have decided to take a gamble and go with-
out wind, flood or fire insurance.
They' re going bare.
He got the idea for this seven years ago when he
bought a house on Key Royale and began to shop for
an insurance policy.
"I found I could only get coverage for about one-
third the value of the house," he said. "They would
cover only $250,000 and there was a $50,000 deduct-
ible. And the policy didn't cover the pool, the cage
cover for the pool or the grounds."
Eichhorn also had questions about what the policy
would pay if his house was damaged in a storm.
"I was led to believe that the insurance companies
were very picky about what is flood damage versus
what is rain damage," he said.
In other words, he was familiar with how difficult it
can be to collect on a policy when a house is damaged
by wind, water or other hazard.
While he was looking at the costs and benefits of
various insurance options, his real estate agent men-
tioned that "a lot of people on Key Royale do not have
insurance because they can afford the recovery cost,"
"That started me thinking," he said.
Eichhorn is a retired businessman from Minnesota
who specialized in electronic office systems. He took
his first risk in 1971 when he left what he described as
a "nice corporate job" with Honeywell and helped to
found a new company.
After buying his house on Key Royale in 2000, he
took the precaution of making the house as storm-proof
as he could.
He installed an aluminum roof that can withstand
winds of up to 140 mph. He put roll-down storm shut-
ters on all the doors and windows.
"That gives me some comfort that I will probably
escape most of the storms that hit here, except for one
that wipes out Anna Maria Island," he said.
He figures that he has saved about $45,000 in insur-
ance premiums over the past seven years enough
Kenny's Ireland .
The Dublin City
Dancers open the
show for Tonny Ken-
ny's Ireland March
21 at St. Bernard
248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. The
drew a crowd clad in
green to the church's
music, dance and
Photo: Lisa Neff
Dick Eichhorn decided against buying property
insurance for his Key Royale home because of the
uncertainty over what insurers would actually pay if
a storm hit. Islander Photo: Molly McCartney
to offset the cost of the storm shutters and the roof
Eichhorn said his house elevation is 9 feet above
the mean-high-tide level. He knows "if this whole area
gets flooded, the Island won't be inhabitable for a long
He is philosophical about the future.
"If a big wind storm or a big flood happens here,
it happens," he said. "And I will decide what to do at
that point. It won't be the end of my life."
Eichhorn said he is comfortable with his gamble
because of the uncertainty of what the policy would
cover if he was willing to buy one.
For example, he said, he has a neighbor whose
asphalt shingle roof was damaged by a storm several
years ago. The neighbor's insurance company calcu-
lated the age of the roof at the time of the storm and the
neighbor "essentially got nothing for his roof," Eich-
"That supported my argument that insurance is a
funny obstacle to overcome," he said.
Eichhorn acknowledged that some homeowners
don't have the option of going bare.
"If you have a mortgage, you have to have insur-
ance," he said.
Obtaining personal liability insurance without
buying homeowner's insurance can also be a problem
for some people, he said. He happens to have personal
liability coverage through the homeowner' s insurance
he carries on his Minnesota home.
Others go bare
Eichhorn said he knows other homeowners who are
going without property insurance because they agree
with him that it is a risk worth taking.
That is also the opinion of Mary Ann Schmidt, an
agent with SunCoast Real Estate.
"I think a lot of people are not insuring their
homes," she said. "They are not buying homeowner's
insurance because it isn't worthwhile for them. They
just buy the liability."
Schmidt is the agent who sold the Eichhorns their
home on Key Royale in 2000 and the one who sug-
gested that they consider going without coverage.
"People are paying cash for their homes and they
are not getting homeowner's insurance" because of the
high premiums and the uncertainty over what policies
would pay, she said.
That pattern has become more apparent in recent
years as the cost for policies has soared, she said.
She described the impact of insurance premiums
on the buyers of a house last year in Anna Maria City.
"I remember the bill was over $18,000 for everything,
by the time they got the wind, the flood, the homeown-
As a result, more and more people who can afford
to pay cash for their houses and who are willing to
run the risk of storm damage are opting to go without
property coverage, she said.
Commercial property risks
Some commercial property owners on the Island
would also like to drop their coverage.
Diane Tremblay just received her bill for wind
insurance on the four-unit apartment building she owns
at 200 S. Harbor Drive in Holmes Beach.
Last year her premium for coverage with Citizens
Property Insurance Corp, the state's insurer, was $612,
she said. Her new premium is $2,722.
And although her insurance costs are going up,
the amount of coverage is shrinking, since Citizens
increased the deductibles on the policy, she said.
"I' m not planning on renewing the policy," she said,
because she figures she would have to have a claim of
over $20,000 before she would be eligible for benefits
due to the size of the deductible.
Tremblay said she will continue her flood coverage
on the property, but she's hoping she can drop the wind
"When you look at how much trouble people have
had getting their claims paid," she said, "it may not be
worth having the policy."
Note: If you have an insurance story to share
about your experience with rate hikes, rate reduc-
tions, rate refunds or other insurance issues, please
send a note to The Islander by e-mailing msmccart-
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Rescue team frees dog stuck in drain pipe
By Lisa Neff
Moka the Dachshund found herself in a tight spot
March 19, trapped in a drainage pipe under 69th Street
in Holmes Beach.
The response to Moka's cries for help proved that
the days of public servants rescuing pets from pre-
dicaments are not gone and relegated to Pleasantville
For hours on that Monday morning, a team of
neighbors and civic employees slaved at freeing the
chocolate-brown miniature dachshund from the pipe.
The 19-year-old dog apparently ventured outdoors
late March 18 for a bathroom break. Moka's routine is
to stay close to her home. She's partially deaf and blind
and her hind legs don't work too well so she doesn't
At least, she hadn't wandered off in the past.
But on Sunday night, Moka didn't return home.
And her human companion, Rebecca Brodeur,
"I just couldn't find her," Brodeur said. "She's 19.
She's blind. She can hardly hear. I was just so worried.
Moka likes comfort, she just likes to be comfortable."
Brodeur spent the night searching. She didn't know
Moka spent the night so close to home in a drainage
pipe, curled into a ball, cold and afraid and stuck. The
dog couldn't move backward because of her bad back
legs. She couldn't move forward because of the mucky
build-up in the pipe.
Monday morning neighbors helped Brodeur find
Moka in the pipe. When they leaned down and peered
in, they could see Moka's eyes shining in the darkness.
She was out of arms' reach by about five feet.
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Holmes Beach resident Rebecca Brodeur embraces her
dog, Moka, after West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighter
Greg Wigeri Van Edema freed the Dachshund from a
storm drain March 19. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Brodeur and her neighbors called to Moka. They
offered her snacks. But the dog wouldn't or couldn't
- budge and the professionals were called.
An engine with West Manatee Fire Rescue person-
nel soon arrived, followed by a crew from the Holmes
Beach public works department, then two Mana-
tee County Animal Services officers, Holmes Beach
police officers and, finally, representatives of LaPensee
Plumbing of Holmes Beach.
"All this for my dog," Brodeur said with awe.
"Just keep talking to her," WMFR Lt. John Tynski
suggested to Brodeur as the rescue team worked. "Say
'Moka, Moka, Moka' because this is going to scare the
hell out of her."
Rescue workers quickly determined that Moka
couldn't be pulled from the pipe using rope and she
couldn't be prodded from the pipe using a pole.
"Anybody got any ideas?" Tynski asked the grow-
Soon rescue workers the professionals and the
neighbors began to drag the dirt and sediment from
the pipe using rakes, hoes, even a shuffleboard stick
attached to plastic piping.
"She's m n\ ing ." firefighter Greg Roan shouted,
hopeful as he stared into the pipe, which measured
about 8-inches high, about 12-inches wide and formed
only a half circle.
Roan dug with a hoe while Island visitor Paul Carr
removed dirt with a shovel and neighbor Jeff Kenrick
steadied the tool.
But the build-up in the pipe proved too great and
eventually rescue workers reached a consensus they
would have to cut into 69th Street, pull off the asphalt
layers and break into the concrete pipe to free Moka.
WMFR offered to take responsibility for the work,
but city officials sanctioned the project and, with Bro-
deur standing by, public works, LaPensee and WMFR
personnel took turns breaking up the road.
First, a saw was used to cut through the asphalt.
Then one of LaPensee's backhoes was used to dig
out the dirt on top of the pipe.
After reaching the pipe, firefighter Greg Wigeri Van
Edema climbed into the hole and started swinging a
sledgehammer, breaking away the concrete. He then
started to dig.
"Well, hi there," the firefighter said softly as he
looked into the pipe at about 11:30 a.m., several hours
after the all-out rescue effort began.
He reached in and gently pulled.
When he turned to face Brodeur, he held out her
dog. Brodeur reached for Moka, hugged her, kissed
her and then held her out for the crowd of about 40 to
cheer. Several onlookers cried.
"Thank you so much," Brodeur said, her voice
trembling with excitement. "I owe you. Moka says,
As the tools used to free Moka were gathered and
put away, neighbors gathered around to pet and kiss the
Wigeri Van Edema smiled and wiped his grimy
hands on his grimy shorts.
"It feels great," he said. "It's nice to have her out.
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Generations to come
Spring break is definitely a "break dance" on Anna
We don't get the legendary throngs of college-age
partiers of Fort Lauderdale, or the current onslaught that
Panama City Beach "enjoys," but we do have our fair
share of kids.
Oh, the sun.
Oh, the sand.
Oh, the surf.
Oh, boys and girls.
The Island has historically had breakers come to visit
family for the rites of spring. Families, too, enjoying the
break of their kids from school. With Easter just a week
away, we' ve also got the highest of high-season, causing
packed beaches, packed stores, packed restaurants and
It's definitely a good time to stock up on the essen-
tials for each generation of visitors: Geritol, Guinness,
Gatorade and Gerber baby food come to mind for four
generations of folks in a household.
It's all good fun.
We' ve said it before just relax and go with the flow
of the party or traffic.
We' 11 have to wait longer to go somewhere, and dis-
play a little more patience in stores or check-out lines.
But remember that this will soon pass, and in a few
months we'll look around and ask ourselves, "Where is
And it could be a lot worse. Take Panama City Beach,
That little Panhandle barrier island is the new hot spot
for sun and fun for college kids. Resorts are packed, bars
are packed, the whole island is packed for several months
starting in about March.
Then it begins to earn its not-so-pleasant nickname
of the "Redneck Riviera," the "in spot" for folks from
Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia who can't or don't
vacation on the Mediterranean.
But there's a weird thing about Panama City Beach
-it's a reverse season from what we enjoy on Anna Maria
Come Labor Day, they shut down. Only a few restau-
rants and resorts remain open. From fall to late winter, it's
an empty place and ( \ i) ihingi goes at a snail's pace.
We' re not talking about a slow season, we' re talking
about virtually no season, right when we're having our
So enjoy the party while it lasts, and thank all the
winter friends for spending some time with us. Thanks,
too, to the many generations of Islanders who open their
homes in the spring and at Easter for relatives to visit
As such, the love of AMI is passed from generation to
generation and it is in this rite that we become an Island
Here's to new memories.
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Want to talk about an old low? Blaming other
people for mistakes you made yourself. In reference
to the letter to the editor regarding the recent pedestrian
accident: Do you know what happens when a careless,
self-important jerk runs into the street without looking?
He is lucky to not be killed and he causes grief for more
than just his family.
The pedestrian did go in front of the trolley with-
out looking. Witnesses abound. Try reading the police
report. I've seen it. It states what happened. And you
know those "yield to pedestrian" signs mentioned in the
letter to the editor? They are not "march into the street
without looking" signs, something I see people do all
the time. It amazes me more people are not hurt.
The man driving that van is a well-known, well-
loved face on the Island. He would not hurt a fly. To
say the things that you said against him in your letter
is outrageous. And for all you people who have ever
passed a trolley, you are "careless, selfish, impatient
jerks." A.M. Zappola says so.
B.D. Stewart, Longboat Key
Riding and walking
A trolley driver's responsibility is safety for pas-
sengers riding the trolley, not for riders crossing the
road in front of the trolley.
Individual responsibility for one's safe crossing in
front of a trolley belongs to the exiting passengers.
The Island trolley is a public-service form of
transportation. It is not, nor has it ever been, obliged
to provide the red lights that school buses use for
The characterization of the driver involved in a
pedestrian accident a few weeks ago as "a careless,
selfish, impatient jerk" is not only grossly inaccurate
but is also a form of character assassination.
I have personally and professionally known that
driver for 18 years. He was not only found innocent,
he was not cited for reckless driving.
Why not? The reckless or the unaware passen-
ger who walked in the path of the driver was neither
grounds for a traffic violation nor grounds for slander
against a man who has never even received a parking
What can be healing is a better understanding of
the rules of the road. What is harmful is to seek ven-
geance against an innocent and upstanding citizen of
Anna Maria Island.
Ann .5/i,n, Holmes Beach
Passion for pines
I love the statement attributed to Mike Miller in
"Sandscript." "Use trees and shrubs that like to live
on Anna Maria Island without a whole lot of water
or fertilizer in lieu of something that isn't happy
here and avoid a whole lot of fuss." What greater
description of Australian pines can one make? They
thrive on our Island without either watering or fer-
tilizer and sing to us. Unlike the gumbo limbo tree,
it doesn't have "bark (that) is red and flakes off
Billie P. Martini, Holmes Beach
Thank you, AMI
Thank you to the Island Players board of direc-
tors, production director Phyllis Elfenbein, her cast and
crew and everyone that donated to the American Cancer
Society by attending the benefit performance of "Drink-
ing Alone" at the theater.
Thanks are also sent to everyone who participated
in the Anna Maria Island Relay for Life, those who
came to be a part of our opening ceremonies, and every-
one who donated to the teams and our event.
Your donations are hard at work in Manatee County
with every dollar strategically invested in the fight
against cancer. It is the goal of the American Cancer
Society to find a cure for cancer by the year 2015. If
we continue to work hand in hand like the Anna Maria
Island Community has in the past week together we
will find a cure!
Nancy Ambrose, Holmes Beach
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The Veenstra family would like to extend heartfelt
thanks to all of the fine community on and around the
These recent times marked by the passing of
Norman Veenstra have been troubling and hard. We
appreciate the kind words, cards, flowers and food that
were delivered to our home during these past weeks.
Thank you so much for your kindness.
A. Veenstra, Holmes Beach
Seeing the error of our ways
Thanks to Anita Brulato's recent letter, all of your
readers got the opportunity to enjoy STOP's flagship
argument dujour. I refer to the use of a juvenile attempt
at a joke that relies on a wholly irrational apples-and-
oranges aun., l.\: If we have to eliminate non-native
trees, why not the non-native persons too? The rele-
vance of this concoction to anyone's position on either
side is as close to zero as you will ever get. And just
think what it implies about their opinion of your mind
if they try to persuade you with it.
Then in a two-for-one deal, she gave us another flawed
argument of the Australian pine huggers, i.e., we should
not take out the pines because we cannot immediately
replace them with the shade of fully grown canopy trees.
It is perfectly possible that she has a 5-year-old "pathetic"
Gumbo-limbo. Of course, it could have been a pathetic
specimen, put in a pathetic spot, and given pathetic care.
But even if it was an apparently perfect plant well cared
for, it is common, particularly among non-hybridized
natives, to encounter substantial genetic differences. I
keep a 3-foot oak tree around to teach novices that fact
by pointing to the adjacent 30-foot oak that was planted
the same day. I can also show you trees of several species
that languished for half a decade, then shot up to be taller
than older trees nearby in just a few more years.
The idea that the error of generations who evaded
the task of replacing the pines and passed it on to us
must be corrected overnight for your sake or we should
just keep passing it on, is irresponsible, and in my view,
immoral. Many in the generations that preceded us did
replace their pines, and many others planted native trees
that they never saw mature. I now have a moral obliga-
tion to myself to repay those who did that then by doing
likewise, even if it is only for the generations to come.
It is not a unilateral gift to them. It is the fulfillment of
my share of a voluntary exchange of gifts among three
An ancient Greek proverb says it all: A society
grows great when old men plant trees in the shade of
which they will never sit.
Mike Miller, Anna Maria
Center thank you
Our deepest thanks go out to all the people involved in
making the 14th annual Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes
such a wonderful event and a huge success. The tour was
unbelievable as each of the six homes was unique and
beautiful. The Center staff, board of directors and those we
serve are aware that it was a lot of hard work to get ready
for the yearly tour, but the many hours all the volunteers
put in paid off we're glad you did it.
This event is a wonderful way to show other com-
munities that this is truly a great place to live and raise
our families! A community that cares about its youth,
families and seniors.
The success of this event has been crucial to keep-
ing the fees of our youth education and sports programs
affordable and continuing to provide scholarships to
those who financially qualify for assistance.
On behalf of those we serve, the board of direc-
tors and I extend our deepest gratitude to the Tour of
Homes committee, the homeowners who opened their
homes, the sponsors, friends and numerous volunteers
who give and support the Center from the heart so that
others can benefit from their generous spirit.
Pierrette Kelly, executive director, Anna Maria
Island Community Center
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ready for voter approval by the next general election.
Dredging of Longboat Pass was scheduled to
begin that week, with the sand obtained by the dredge
to be used by both Longboat Key and Bradenton Beach
for beach renourishment. About 3,000 feet of beach was
to be renourished in Bradenton Beach, according to
Manatee County Environmental Management Director
Holmes Beach officials applied for a Florida Com-
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sioner Billie Martini that would allow it to purchase 50
acres of land along the bay side of East Bay Drive to
preserve as natural wetlands. The area would be known
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Winners in Anna Maria
Garden Club Penny
The winners in the Penny Flower Show included:
"Ring Around the Rosie"- Diane Broda, first
place; Carolyn Dimmig, second and Esther Callahan,
"Jack and Jill" Ginny Garland, first; Dimmig,
second and Mary Manion, third.
"Lil' Miss Muffet" Barbara Callaghan, first;
Dimmig, second and Clare Faner third.
"Simple Simon" first and third place went to
Dimmig and second to Marilyn Shirley.
"A Tisket, A Tasket" Candie Clerkin, first;
Rully and Associates/M.Lattansil and M. Cronin,
second and Dimmig third.
"Jack Be Nimble" Priscilla Seewald, first;
Dimmig, second and Manion, third.
"Off to See the Wizard" Pattie Stackhouse and
Dawn Haskins, first; Marilyn Shirley, second and Clare
Faner and Jean Taylor, third.
"Horticulture" first and second place winner
was Priscilla Seewald and Marilyn Shirley won third.
Club hosts flower show
Anna Maria Garden Club members Pattie Stackhouse, front row from left, Dawn Haskins, Susan Fernald and
Mary Manion, back row, Kitty Van Zile, Priscilla Seewald and Barbara Callaghan participate in the group's
annual Penny Flower .hi, ,i. The event took place March 21 at Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna
Maria. In addition to a flower show, the event featured a bake sale, a plant sale and a raffle, raising $685.29.
The club's next meeting is a salad luncheon and features the installation of officers. The program begins at
noon April 18 at Roser. For more information, call 778-2607. Islander Photos: Nancy Ambrose
Rotary club holds tax talk
Holmes Beach businessman Don Schroder for-
mally announces the creation of a statewide coali-
tion of tax reform groups during a Rotary Club
of Anna Maria Island meeting March 20. At the
BeachHouse Restaurant luncheon, Schroder, presi-
dent of the Coalition Against Runaway Taxation,
said CART has joined forces with other groups to
create the Florida Taxpayer Alliance to protect
people from being "crucified" by taxes. The Rotary
will next host a representative from Florida Blood
Services on April 3, hold a club assembly April 10,
hear about All Island Denominations' scholarship
program April 17 and get to know members on
April 24. For more information about the Rotary
club, which meets Tuesdays at noon at the Beach-
House, call 447-5362. For more information about
the taxpayer alliance, go to www.taxpayersal-
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Easter week services on Islands
By Diana Bogan
Palm Sunday services will initiate Easter week
observances in many of Anna Maria Island's churches
on Sunday, April 1.
The following Sunday, April 8, the traditional
sunrise Easter services will be at 6:30 a.m. The Island
observance will again be hosted by the Anna Maria
Island Kiwanis Club at the public beach where Manatee
Avenue meets the Gulf of Mexico. On Longboat Key,
sunrise service begins at 7 a.m. and will be at Bayfront
Park, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Following are Holy Week and Easter Sunday ser-
vices at the churches, including telephone numbers
where further information may be obtained:
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church St., Bradenton Beach.
Maundy Thursday observance at 7 p.m., potluck
supper with Holy Communion and singing around the
Palm Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. where palms will
be distributed and, in a Harvey tradition, the choir and
congregation will sing "The Palms."
Easter Sunday services at 9:30 a.m.
The Rev. Stephen King. (721-3643)
Research for Grassy Point ongoing
By Lisa Neff to a project outline from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Islander Reporter Service. "Restoration will eliminate non-native plant
The removal of non-native plants at the Grassy species, thus contributing to the recovery of natural
Point preserve possibly will begin this summer. mangrove, salt marsh and seagrass communities. It is
But more likely next year, said Joe Duennes, the believed that the loss of these vital habitats and associ-
superintendent of public works in Holmes Beach. ated declines in water quality have resulted in reduced
Duennes discussed the project with the Holmes fisheries in Sarasota Bay. It is estimated that Sarasota
Beach Civic Association March 24 at the Island Branch Bay is approximately 50 percent as productive as his-
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. torically documented. The future of the bay's fisher-
Duennes said researchers and permit-writers are ies depends on the community's ability to restore and
preparing an application detailing the project for the enhance wetlands and seagrass habitats and restore
state's review. water quality."
Once the permit is approved, work can begin to Duennes said the area would be a "passive park."
remove the exotic plants and return Grassy Point to its Specialists with Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and
natural habitat, a mangrove colony. Scheda Ecological Associates in Tampa have worked
The 23-acre Grassy Point project is part of the com- throughout the winter on the permit application.
prehensive five-year habitat restoration plan created in "The scientists have been out there putting the
2003 by the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program to restore application together," Duennes said. "And it sounds
intertidal and submerged aquatic habitats and create an like they are just about ready to go."
artificial fishery habitat. Duennes said additional money would be needed to
The city, using state funds, had purchased large install the elevated boardwalk in sections, an observa-
portions of Grassy Point, the area generally north of tion tower and an observation platform by Anna Maria
Mike Norman Real Estate, east of East Bay Drive and Sound. Duennes said a parking area is not part of the
south of Sandy Point condos. current plan.
The city commission in November 2006 authorized Attendees at the meeting raised questions about the
an agreement between the city and SBEP that set forth removal of exotic plants, such as Australian pines, and
how the project should proceed, including funding. whether care would be taken to protect bird nests.
SBEP came up with 50 percent of the $80,000 needed Attendees also emphasized that the city must be
for the first phase of the project, including $10,000 from vigilant in protecting the property for conservation.
the U.S. Interior Department's Fish and Wildlife Ser- For more information about the civic association
vice. Holmes Beach is providing the remaining $40.000. call 778-1285.
About $30,000 of the funds will be used for permitting
and planning and $50,000 for exotic removal, habitat
restoration and maintenance.
"Restoration activities will ... improve tidal circu-
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Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Palm Sunday services at 8 and 10:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday services at 7 p.m., Holy Com-
munion and foot-washing ceremony.
Good Friday, Tenebrae services at noon and 7 p.m.
Saturday, Resurrection service at 5 p.m.
Easter Sunday services at 8 and 10:30 a.m.
The Rev. Rosemary Backer, pastor. (778-1813)
Crosspointe Fellowship, formerly known as Island
Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria City.
Palm Sunday worship service at 10:50 a.m.
Easter Sunday service at 10:50 a.m.
The Rev. Dale Lawson. (778-0719)
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria City.
Palm Sunday worship services at 9 and 11 a.m.
Holy Thursday special service at 7 p.m. with Holy
Good Friday service at noon.
Easter Sunday services will be at 9 and 11 a.m.
The Rev. Gary Batey. (778-0414)
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Saturday March 31 services at 4 and 5:30 p.m.
Palm Sunday Masses at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon
with blessing and distribution of palms.
Easter service information was not available at
The Rev. Robb Mongiello. (778-4769)
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Palm Sunday services at 7:30 a.m. Rite I with Lit-
urgy of the Palms and at 9 and 11 a.m. Rite I sung with
Liturgy of the Palms.
Maundy Thursday at 9:30 a.m. the Holy Eucharist
and at 7 p.m. the Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the
Altar followed by vigil from 8 to 10 p.m. in the memo-
Good Friday, at noon the traditional Good Friday
liturgy and at 7 p.m. the Way of the Cross and Good
Friday liturgy followed by a vigil in the memorial
Easter Sunday services 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m.
The Rev. Harry Parsell. (778-1638)
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Palm Sunday service 10 a.m.
Maundy Thursday simple soup supper at 5:30 p.m.,
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Lisa Marie Phillips.
The expo, organized by the city WAVES commit-
tee, is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, at Bradenton
Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. Hours are 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
Plans for the expo were a primary topic of discus-
sion March 19 at the WAVES meeting at city hall. The
committee exists to protect and promote Bradenton
Beach as a Waterfronts Florida Partnership community
in cooperation with the state and the city.
Those who attend the third annual expo can expect
to learn about Gulf Coast animal life on land and in the
water, eco-friendly fertilizers, native plants and water
conservation from Anna Maria Elementary's young
"Water Saves Us" group.
They can also expect to savor ice cream donated by
Joe's Eats & Sweets and gather giveaways like bumper
stickers that proclaim "Plastic Bags Blow" and cloth
shopping bags to replace plastic shopping bags.
"We' ve got some really great giveaways," Phillips
said referring to the expo a prelude to Earth Day
observed April 22 around the world, and Arbor Day
observed April 27 in many cities.
In other business at the WAVES meeting, the group
unanimously approved a slight redesign of the canvas
shopping bags the printing will be on one side rather
than two sides with room for four $300 sponsorship
The group also perused the just-off-the-press
visitor's guide to Bradenton Beach "Anna Maria
Island's Southernmost City."
The guide details opportunities in Bradenton Beach
for recreation and ecotourism, explores the city's his-
tory, offers general information about the area and cel-
By Diana Bogan
It's time for students at Anna Maria Elementary
School to put on their lab coats and goggles and explore
the mysteries of science.
All AME students will engage in either a class,
small group or individual science project that will be
displayed the evening of April 25 when the school hosts
"Family Science Night."
AME Principal Tom Levengood said the fair is not
a science competition, but rather an opportunity for
students to understand the scientific process of formu-
lating a hypothesis, testing the theory and discover-
ing the results. "A successful science fair project isn't
dependent on the results proving the hypothesis. If a
student discovers his or her results are different than
anticipated, the next step isn't to fix it, but think about
what they might do different next time."
Students are currently in the process of choosing
topics, said Levengood. Kindergarten through third-
grade students will complete a class project. Levengood
said teachers will give their students a selection of topics
ebrates "Old Florida" heritage.
The guide also contains some advice for tourists,
such as do the "stingray shuffle" in June, avoid cross-
ing through protected sea oats, take advantage of the
free trolley and shield lights near the beach from May
through October for the sake of nesting sea turtles.
At a cost of about $3,600, 3,000 guides were printed
for distribution last week.
"They are on sand-colored recycled paper," Phillips
noted as she handed out the guides. "I hope you are as
happy with it as we are in the [city] office."
She added that the guides would be available in
PDF form on a future Web site that is likely to include a
history and geography of Bradenton Beach, the WAVES
mission statement, a calendar and interactive e-mail.
In the near future, WAVES will be involved in a
beautification effort at the intersection of Gulf Drive
and Cortez. Working with Keep Manatee Beautiful, five
sea grape trees will be planted near the intersection in
Also upcoming, WAVES members showed an
interest in promoting the designation of historic sites
in Bradenton Beach.
Members briefly discussed with Mayor John Chap-
pie what measures the city needs to adopt to create his-
toric sites in the city and secure grants for preservation
work, including placing markers.
Such work is important to the community, said
Sissy Quinn, who is both the administrator of the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society and a member of the
Chappie noted that Bradenton Beach is home to
significant sites, including the city pier, clock tower,
the Annie Silver Community Center and the Monroe
"There are probably businesses on the Island that
would be interested" in historic site designation as well,
WAVES committee member David Teitelbaum said.
The next WAVES committee meeting is set for 4
p.m. April 9 at Bradenton Beach City Hall. The group
generally meets the second Monday of each month.
AME PTO money earmarked for shade trees
By Diana Bogan
Members of the Anna Maria Elementary School
Advisory Committee learned that the school's Parent-
Teacher Organization has a little more than $12,000
earmarked to purchase shade trees for the playground
behind the school.
SAC member Lynda Hicks, also a member of the
PTO, told the group about plans at the March 12 meet-
ing. Hicks said she and PTO presidents Shannon Dell,
PTO member Joy Murphy, AME Principal Tom Leven-
good and master gardener Christine Callahan met with
landscaper Mike Miller to walk the school grounds and
determine how to incorporate more natural shade on the
Hicks said that the money was raised in 1999
through the sale of hand tiles for playground equipment.
The funds remaining after purchasing the equipment
became the seed money that will now help purchase 14
indigenous trees. Hicks said the PTO has added to and
carried over the funds each year with the intention of
applying it toward items that were not provided when
the new school construction was completed.
Callahan, who has been working on several land-
scape gardening projects at the school, and Leven-
good will determine the best locations to plant the
trees. Hicks said fast-producing shade trees, such as
the Gumbo Limbo and buttonwood trees, are likely to
Hicks also noted that consideration is being made
to relocate five of the school's oak trees. According
to Hicks, the oaks in question are not fi i ing in their
current location. Because the trees are small enough
to move, there is interest in rebuilding the former oak
hammock behind the school.
Finally, Hicks said the goal is to have the trees
planted at the end of the school year, so that they are
stable when school resumes in the fall.
and the class will choose which one to research.
Fourth- and fifth-grade students will be able to com-
plete individual projects or work in groups of three.
An information session for parents was held Tues-
day, March 13, offering students a look at sample proj-
ects. Those who attended were also given booklets with
tips on maintaining a six-week project timeline, how
to choose a topic, gather information, and construct the
The booklet also offers suggestions for parents
who, Levengood said, are meant to provide support
- not complete the project. "Be available for advice,
supervision, positive reinforcement be a facilitator,"
Family Science Night will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.
April 25, and feature not only student projects but also
hands-on activities. There will be "make and take it"
science centers, marine touch tanks, environmental dis-
plays and invention convention projects.
The Parent-Teacher Organization will also have its
annual scholastic book fair in the media center and there
will be pizza, soda and dessert for sale in the cafeteria.
Expo to focus on environment
AME students gear up for science fair
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Movie to be made in Cortez by Cortezians
By Jim Hanson
Starring Cortez, Gulf waters and various horseshoe
crabs, a motion picture is in preliminary production
stages in the historic fishing village.
It will be a "non-gloomy horror documentary," said
its producer, Mark Ibasfalean, who has appeared in sev-
eral movies involving Cortez over the years.
Its cast will include family members, other Cortez
people and "anyone else who wants to be in a movie,"
said Ibasfalean. The main parts have not been filled yet,
but they will be soon.
Mark and brother Bryan co-wrote the script around
10 years ago during rare idle moments aboard their
commercial fishing boat the Ibasfalean family has
been living and fishing in Cortez for generations.
The brothers have already filmed a few interior
scenes around Cortez, but can't begin serious shoot-
ing for another month or so. He needs warmer weather
because most of the action is outdoors, Mark Ibasfalean
They will be doing most of the shooting on week-
ends, he said, "because everyone here works" during
Library plans card
drive in April
The Island Branch Library wants to see more card-
So, the staff's goal during National Library Week
- observed April 16-20 is to get a library card into
the hands of every eligible person on the Island.
The cards, available for free to those who live or
work in Manatee County and for a fee to non-residents,
are a patron's ticket to borrowing music and movies and
texts in Manatee County's library system.
The Island Branch Library also plans to hold pro-
grams and giveaways during National Library Week.
Each patron checking out library materials during the
week will receive a prize.
On April 16 at 3 p.m., the library hosts a story hour
and face painting.
On April 17 at 2 p.m., landscaper Mike Miller will
talk about native plants and offer a free plant to the
first 50 attendees.
On April 18 at 2 p.m., Sissy Quinn of the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society will talk about the
On April 19 at 10 a.m., Bill Pruitt's nature photog-
raphy will be featured.
On April 20, the library hosts an afternoon tea with
the Friends of the Library. Tea time has not yet been
The library is located at 5701 Marina Drive.
For more information, call 778-6341.
Identity theft program planned
The Anna Maria Island Young Professionals and
Coast Bank are partnering to present a program on iden-
The public program takes place April 2 at 7 p.m. in
the Miramar Room at Bridgewalk resort, 100 Bridge
St., Bradenton Beach.
Attendees will hear from Ellen Aquilina, branch
manager of the Coast Bank at 9819 Cortez Road, on
how to deal with and prevent identity theft.
The Sun House Restaurant will provide light
For more information, call AMIYP president Will
Bouziane at 224-3528.
South Manatee crash sends
Holmes Beach man to hospital
A car-motorcycle crash March 24 sent a Holmes
Beach man to the hospital.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2006
Kia driven by Francisco A. Solorzano, 42, of Bradenton,
was driving on Whitfield Avenue in southern Manatee
County when he turned into the path of a 2006 Yamaha
motorcycle driven by Rhett Behrens, 30, of Holmes
Beach. Behrens was ejected from the bike.
He was transported via Bayflite Air Medical
Transport helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St.
Petersburg. The Kia sustained $10,000 in damage; the
motorcycle was totaled, according to the report.
Charges are pending in the crash.
The story revolves around youngsters, he said, and
will document the horseshoe crab, which he feels has
been neglected in the public eye in the plethora of shark
and whale and crab movies and the like.
"It's a really interesting creature," he said, and "just
imagine one 10 feet big."
He and helpers are building their villains of fiber-
glass, most of them reasonable size but some three- or
four-footers and a couple of 10-footers. They're still
working on the monster sizes, which in the movie will
attack people and towns.
Ibasfalean expects to finish filming about midsum-
mer, "and that's the easy part."
Editing takes a lot more time and effort and is a lot
less fun, he said. "It takes four to six hours of film to
edit into one minute of the movie. That's if the shots
we're working with are OK."
He expects to bring in outside help for that ticklish
phase. Otherwise, anyone who wants to be in pictures
is welcome to show up and be immortalized. Not for
another month or so, though.
"It's fun," said the producer. "We want to make it
as good as we can. If it makes it, fine. And if it doesn't,
April brings events
The Island Branch Library hosts a variety
of programs in April, from lectures to classes to
The Friends of the Island Library lecture
series concludes April 10 with Suzi Fox, director
of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, talking about
the program and her work. The lecture takes place
at 10:30 a.m. in the meeting room at the library,
5701 Marina Drive.
Other library events include:
Family story hour April 3 at 10 a.m.
The Friends of the Island Library book club
April 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Family origami with Judy Pruitt April 14 at
An Internet class for beginners April 16 at
The Friends of the Island Library annual
board meeting April 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Also, April is National Library Month and the
Island branch, like libraries across the country,
For more information, call 778-6341.
Bradenton man critically injured
A Bradenton man suffered critical injuries Sunday
night when the vehicle he was driving rolled over on
The accident occurred at about 10:45 p.m. March
25 in the 4200 block of Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.
Ronald J. Landon, 28, of Bradenton, was taken by
Bayflite Air Medical Transport to Bayfront Medical
Center in St. Petersburg, where he was listed in stable
but critical condition.
Landon was driving a red Pontiac Grand Prix
southbound on Gulf Drive when the accident occurred.
Witnesses told police he was traveling at a high rate of
speed when he entered a curve and lost control of the
vehicle, according to the HBPD news release.
The car went off the road and into some trees.
A passenger in the vehicle was not injured, accord-
ing to a police report.
The investigation is ongoing. No charges have
Cyclist injured in accident
A cyclist was injured March 25 in an accident in
the 5900 block of Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.
Karen Mischra, 42, of Tampa, was taken to Bay-
front Medical Center in St. Petersburg by Bayflite Air
The accident occurred at about 9:15 a.m.
Witnesses told Holmes Beach police that Mischra,
who has family on the Island, was riding on Marina
Drive when she lost control of her bicycle and flipped.
Police Lt. Dale Stephenson said Mischra told rela-
tives she was frightened when a large RV passed her.
A spokeswoman with Bayfront said Mischra was
in fair condition as The Islander went to press.
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Mayors boost Meals on Wheels PLUS
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger enjoyed
a taste of volunteerism March 21.
And some Island residents dined on Swedish meat-
balls and noodles, asparagus and Florida oranges.
Bohnenberger and Mayors Wayne Poston of Bra-
denton and Larry Bustle of Palmetto and Deputy Mayor
John Quam of Anna Maria participated in the nation-
wide Mayors for Meals campaign March 21 to promote
Meals on Wheels.
The mayors, after a press conference in Braden-
ton with representatives of Meals on Wheels PLUS of
Manatee, delivered lunch to homebound residents in
Quam helped deliver lunches in Anna Maria and
Bohnenberger helped with deliveries in Holmes Beach
and Bradenton Beach.
Bohnenberger joined Meals on Wheels volunteers
Larry Guizar and Marge Mugridge on the lunch-hour
delivery route, engaging in a lot of car talk about
municipal projects and area restaurants.
Guizar began volunteering for Meals on Wheels
about four years ago. He started delivering two days
a week but now delivers meals Monday through
"I like helping out. I like people," said Guizar. "And
Meals on Wheels has such a great need for volunteers.
They are so short-handed."
Mugridge, Guizar's sister, assists him during her
month-long vacation from Marysville, Mich.
L\ cly time I come down in March I take a day
for sun and then a day for Larry," said Mugridge, who
works in the home health care industry in Michigan.
Bohnenberger's role last week was to deliver several
lunches, but also to draw attention to Meals on Wheels
services and the non-profit's need for volunteers.
When the winter season ends and many volunteers
return home, Bohnenberger said Meals on Wheels needs
'Molar Gras' annual party planned
The annual "Molar Gras" party at a Longboat
Key dental office, with many of the aspects of Mardi
Gras, will be Thursday, March 29, at 7000 Gulf of
It is the office of Dr. Robert Gordon, originator of
the concept and its annual host. He said there will be
psychics, costumes, masks, beads, live music and tooth
fairies. The event is outdoors, so he advised guests to
He will accept donations to help defray expenses
for his free dental care for children at Children's Haven.
Reservations may be made and information obtained
by calling 383-2466.
Gulf Coast Writers to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers group meets April 2 at
10:15 a.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The group will hear from authors Susan K. Frost,
Meals on \IIL L I1 PLUS of Manatee volunteers Larry Guizar of Sarasota and Marge Mugridge of Marysville,
Mich., and Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger prepare a lunch tray for a couple living in Holmes Beach.
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Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
summer recruits to help.
The mayor said he hoped officials from the three
Island cities could partner to recruit some volunteers
for the program.
"It's not a very time-consuming effort," he said.
"But it means a lot more than delivering a meal."
"For some people, the volunteer is the only person
they see day to day," Guizar added.
and Andy Little. Frost's novel is titled "While the Music
Lasts." Little's latest is "Time Exposure."
For more information about GCW, call 778-7631.
Church hosts concert
A "Friends in Music" concert is scheduled to take
place March 31 at 3 p.m. at the Church of the Annun-
ciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The program, Sacred and Secular A Musical
Celebration, features a variety of music, from Mozart
to Andrew Lloyd Weber.
Performers include Kristen Conn, Chandelle LaFor-
est, Ethan Dudley, Deborah Polinghorn, Carole Corn-
man and Tom Tenny. Tickets are $12.
For more information, call 778-1638.
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For more information about the meals service or
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Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The workshop, presented by the REAL Women's
Ministry at the church, will feature a talk by Dr. Sallie
Lau. The event will take place April 14 from 9:30 a.m.
Reservations are suggested by April 9.
For more information, call 778-7845.
CART offers tax forum
The Anna Maria Island-based Coalition
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forum at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the
Holmes Beach city hall to percent information on
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Center 'Affaire' event, raffle prizes announced
Someone may leave the upcoming Affaire to
Remember with a motorized memento an electronic
The cart, a Tomberlin E-Merge Neighborhood Elec-
tric Vehicle, is a raffle prize for the Affaire to Remember
benefiting the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Breiter Capital Management donated the cart.
The black tie gala event will take place April 21 at St.
Bernard Catholic Church's ballroom and reception hall,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. The event features
live music by KoKo Ray and the Soul Providers, an auc-
tion, a champagne reception, an open bar and dinner pro-
vided by Harry's Continental Kitchens. Tickets are $150.
Chances for the raffle sell for one ticket for $10 or
five tickets for $20.
Volunteers and docents
with the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society stand for
recognition March 14 at the
About 40 people attended
AMIHS's annual membership
lunch, many of them stand-
ingfor a round of applause
at various times during the
program as the organiza-
tion's leaders recognized
volunteers, board members,
founders, city officials and
Tickets are available at a number of locations,
including the center's headquarters, 248 S. Harbor
Drive; the Anna Maria Island Oyster Bar restaurants;
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N. and Bridge
Tender, 135 Bridge St. in Bradenton Beach; D Coy
Ducks, 5410 Marina Drive, Duffy's 5808 Marina
Drive, Hurricane Hanks, 5346 Gulf Drive, Minnie's,
3007 Gulf Drive and Mr. Bones, 3007 Gulf Drive in
Holmes Beach; Mar Vista, 760 Broadway St., Longboat
Key and the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna
For more information about the raffle or the event,
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l'IJlt I L, iII for the volunteers
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Island Historical Society says,
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the past year. The organiza-
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March 14. Quinn, after review-
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changes at the museum, said,
"I hope we have as good a year
next year as we had this year."
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Island children perform in TV pilot
By Lisa Neff
Dayton and Montana Modderman like to pretend,
but not like most children. The Island siblings like to
pretend in front of a television camera.
Dayton, 7, and Montana, 9, recently participated in
the shooting of a western-themed pilot for television.
The show, shot at Paramount Ranch in Los Angeles, is
called "Click Clack Jack!"
Now in post-production, the show is set both in
modern day America and yesteryear's wild West.
"There are modern day kids on a field trip at a
train museum," says Amy Modderman, Dayton and
Montana's mother. "As they tour, they notice a pic-
ture on a wall of Click Clack Jack, a train engineer."
The museum curator then tells the children the story of
Click Clack, sending the audience back in time.
Dayton played a principal role in the pilot, that of
Montana played a supporting role in a modern day
scene and worked as an extra in the western scenes. .
Both children began studying acting with Winter
Park coach Karen Storms after moving to the Island -
about a year ago from Michigan. .
"When I was 2 years old, I loved the movie 'Home
Alone' and I used to act out the part of him shaving for
my friends," Dayton said. "I loved acting and I found
out in Florida you could do a lot with film." Dayton, inset left, and Montana Modderman, inset right, are pictured here on the set of "Click Clack Jack!"
Montana appeared in some plays in Michigan. The show was shot at Paramount Ranch in Los Angeles.
"I decided to get into acting because I always liked
it and wanted to do it on film," she said. "I think it is so
cool to pretend to be someone else."
The children landed the work in "Click Clack Jack"
after auditioning for the producers with Studio 26, a
production company in Bradenton.
Auction benefits high school art department
Manatee High School art teachers Robert Reiber, left, Mark Bilter and Rick Von Ende take a break after help-
ing prepare for the annual "For Arts Sake" silent auction presented by The Islander. Artists professional,
amateur and student donated their work. The Islander sponsored and hosted the March 23 event at its offices
The first shoppers peruse the offerings at the annual in the Island .hi,,/7, Ii, Center in Holmes Beach. And Manatee High gets to update photo and ceramics equip-
"For Arts Sake" auction sponsored by The Islander ment in the art department with the $3,000 raised by the sales. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
in Holmes Beach March 23.
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Retired vet funds
By Lisa Neff
In the peacefulness of Island life, Dr. Blake Graham
sometimes thinks about "pandemonium."
Graham, who with his wife Joan divides his time
between a home in Holmes Beach and a home in South-
ampton in Ontario, Canada, is retired from veterinary
work. Still, he's both fascinated with and concerned
about the transmission of disease from animal to
"Pandemonium" is the title of a book Graham's
reading and a possible consequence of the migration
or transmission of animal diseases.
"When I was in practice, I saw several cases of odd
diseases that had migrated into Canada," said Graham,
who recently addressed the Island-based Kiwanis Club.
\ .iy serious stuff."
News reports of recent years have carried the
world's worries about the transmission of mad cow
disease, the avian flu, SARRS and Ebola.
"Specialists will be essential," Graham said as he
discussed the research needed to understand, treat and
stop these diseases.
So Graham has decided to invest in scholarships
that might help three young researchers collaborate in
the study of inter-animal diseases.
The money, about $370,000, was earned from Gra-
ham's "very good" investment in Panther Ridge Com-
munities in East Manatee. A portion of the property was
sold and developed into the Concession, a golf course
designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin and named
for a conceded short putt on the final hole of a Ryder
"I've always felt that you've got to give something
back to the world," Graham said. "You can't just take
it away with you."
"I thought it would be appropriate to use [the earn-
Blake Graham dedicates $37000for scholarship to advance research into the transition ofdisea from
Blake Graham dedicates $370,000 for scholarships to advance research into the transmission of diseases from
animals to humans. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
ings] for research," he added. "These students will be
the researchers of the future."
Graham isn't new to philanthropy. He's dedicated
hundreds of thousands of dollars for research into a cure
for breast cancer. His first wife, Barbara, died after a
long cancer fight in August 1991.
After an initial donation of $200,000 in the mid-
1990s, Graham now raises money for cancer research
with the sale of "Sow's Ear to Silk Purse: Anecdotes
from the Life of a Veterinarian," his autobiographical
account of life's journey. The money has helped finance
the genetics-based search for a cure being conducted by
Dr. Jack Gauldie at McMaster University in partnership
with research at the University of Guelph's Ontario
Veterinary College, Graham's alma mater and the place
where he met Barbara, a nurse.
Copies of Graham's book are available by calling
778-8482 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Art show's opening reception set
The opening reception for a Webber-Alexander
Designs art exhibit on Longboat Key will be from 5 to
7 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at the Longboat Key Center for
the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive South.
Dates of the show are March 28 to April 30. Amy
Webber works in clay and Colette Alexander is an oil
painter, and they have joined to form the design unit.
Additional details are available at 383-2345.
Butterfly bricks to be ordered
The next set of bricks for the Anna Maria Island
Butterfly Garden adjacent to city hall in Holmes Beach
will be ordered on April 30.
Forms to purchase personalized bricks are available
at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call garden founder Nancy
Ambrose at 518-4431.
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'Mullet Man' brings fish tale to Island school
By Diana Bogan
Students at Anna Maria Elementary School were
introduced to books that not only build character, but
feature elements that look like they could take place
right here on Anna Maria Island.
That's because the author, Timothy Weeks, is the
son of a commercial fisherman and has fond memories
of growing up on the Gulf Coast fishing for mullet.
Raised in Cook Bayou, near Panama City, Weeks' two
books, "The Wise Mullet of Cook Bayou" and "01'
Middler Saves the Day," feature mullet as main char-
acters a fish all but one AME student said is familiar
Weeks' mom, Jeanne, studied commercial art and
produced the montage illustrations for both books. In
a presentation to Island students, the mother-son pair
demonstrated some of the techniques used to create
the familiar looking landscapes. For example, Weeks
took digital photographs of the Cortez FISH preserve,
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School to share his story about a courageous mullet in the book "01' Middler Saves the Day." Some of the
illustrations in the book were created from photographs of the Cortezfishing village. Weeks and his mother
Jeanne, who illustrated the book, shared some of the steps used to craft the story. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
which were enhanced by Jeanne and used in the book
about 01' Middler.
"It's something the kids can relate to because it
looks like where they live and maybe they' 11 look at
their environment in a new way," said Weeks, whose
father fished out of Cortez. "Life on the Gulf Coast is
changing and I also wanted to capture what it was like
- a lot of that is for nostalgic reasons."
The plot of Weeks' books teaches life lessons in
a fable-like story. Some of the messages that come
through in the story about 01' Middler's journey to
rescue his "best mate," include "try something new
when the old doesn't work," "don't fret the 'ifs, ands
or buts'" and "a true leader leads even when no one
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In his presentation, Weeks shared photos of himself
as a child as well as photos from time spent volunteer-
ing in New Orleans, where he lived for several years.
He said he shares personal photos to show students that
he grew up just like them enjoying surfing, dino-
saurs, and marching in his school band. "Illustrators and
authors are regular people, too," he said, and "heroes
help their neighbors and come in all shapes, sizes and
flavors. They don't have to be the smartest fish."
Weeks' books are available for purchase at A.P.
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Barbara and Daniel Murphy of Anna Maria will cel-
ebrate their 40th wedding anniversary April 8, 2007.
They were married in St. Petersburg in 1967, and
have four children, David of Holmes Beach, Theresa
of Atlanta, Denise of Tampa and Brian of Sarasota,
and three grandchildren, Keegan and Brendan
Murphy and ( hi, i io Easley. The couple spent most
of their summers visiting Holmes Beach since 1980
and moved to Anna Maria in 1992. They are active
members of St. Bernard Catholic Church, enjoy
sunset cruises in their new boat and traveling. They
plan on celebrating their anniversary on a vacation
to a "surprise location." Islander Photo: Courtesy
Daily bread and more
The Rev. Rosemary Backer and members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach are helping Our
Daily Bread and the homeless people of Manatee County. In December, the church helped distribute more than
200 gift bags. Going forward, the church plans to collect the following necessities deodorant in March,
toothpaste in April, shampoo in May, soap in June, children's socks in July, combs in August and toys in
September. People are encouraged to bring items to the church, 6608 Marina Drive, during regular business
hours. For more information, call 778-1813. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization purchased sun-
shades to shield the ship-shaped playground equipment, as well as shadesfor the
covered pavilion. PTO usedfunds raised from its 2006 Spring Fling dinner and
dance to purchase the coverings. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
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John 'Jack' Arnold Cooper
John "Jack" Arnold Cooper, 79, of Bradenton and
formerly Holmes Beach, died March 24.
Born in Dayton, Ky., Mr. Cooper moved to Holmes
Beach in 1999. He was retired from sales. He served in the
U.S. Navy during World War II. He enjoyed horseshoes
and taught chess at Anna Maria Elementary School.
Memorial services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday,
March 28, at Crosspointe Fellowship (formerly Island
Baptist Church), 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
He is survived by sister Connie Cooper Whitaker
and husband Tom of Cincinnati, Ohio; stepdaughter
Kathy Wolfe of Bradenton; stepson Kenny Griffin of
Bradenton; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;
four nephews; and friend Dick Hueber.
James L. DePorre Sr.
James L. DePorre Sr., 79, of Bradenton, died
Born in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., Mr. DePorre
moved to Manatee County from Bloomfield Hills.,
Mich., in 1994. He was a U.S. Army Veteran who
served during the Korean Conflict. He was an execu-
tive with General Motors and later a real estate broker.
He was a member of Saints Peter And Paul the Apostles
Visitation was March 27 and Mass at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 28, at the church, 2850 75th St. W.,
Bradenton. Brown and Sons Funeral Home is in charge
He is survived by wife of 51 years Janet; sons
James of Anna Maria, Barry of Orchard Lake, Mich.,
and Leon of Bradenton; daughters Janet Raynaud of
Ruskin, Martine Leech of Farmingham, Mich., Sue of
Palm Springs, Calif., Chris Good of Oxford, Mich., and
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Marguerite Loucks Dye
Margurite Loucks Dye, 89, of Bradenton, died
Mrs. Dye moved to Bradenton from Killington, Vt.,
in 1985. She was an author, poet, pianist and world trav-
eler. She wrote "A Smile, A Chuckle, A Loud Guffaw"
and "If I Were." She studied music at Northwestern
University. She was a member of Anna Maria Island
Artist Guild, PEN Women, Gulf Coast Writers Associa-
tion and Longboat Island Chapel.
A celebration of life will be held from 4 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 19, at 295 Morningside Drive, Lido
Shores, Sarasota. Memorial contributions may be made
to the Chapel Memorial Garden Fund, Longboat Island
Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key FL
She is survived by sons Jack and Bill; daughter Jill;
seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Joyce Guscott, 74, of Holmes Beach, died March 22.
Born in Portsmouth, England, Mrs. Guscott came
to Manatee County from North Carolina in 1994.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March
30, at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Ave.
She is survived by husband Kenneth; son Brian of
Lynfield, Mass.; and daughter Julie Guscott-Schults of
North Andover, Mass.
Annie Laurie Baldy Reed
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Memorial services were March 27. Shannon Funeral
Home, Town Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband of 47 years William P
"Bill," retired superintendent of Key Royale Housing
Corp., Holmes Beach; daughter Julia Reed and her hus-
band Guy Shugert; brothers and sisters-in-law Ander-
son Lacy Jr., Joanne Baldy, James Harvey and Linda
Jo Baldy and Myrna Baldy Salmon; two grandchildren;
and many nieces and nephews.
Frazier L. Self
Frazier L. Self, 74, of Fint, Mich., and formerly
Bradenton, died March 23.
Mr. Self was born in New-
bern, Tenn., and was a winter
resident of Bradenton since
1987. He was retired from Gen-
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sion as a tool engineer. He was
a graduate of Hint Central High
School and served in the U.S.
Air Force from 1952-56. He was
Frazier L. Self an avid golfer. He was a member
of Bethany Baptist Church in Flint.
Funeral services were March 27 in Grand Blanc,
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Yevonne; sons
Thomas and wife Cindy of Burton, Mich., and Charles
and wife Brenda of Fenton, Mich.; daughter Rebecca
and husband Keith Barnett of Bradenton and formerly
Anna Maria Island; brother George of Plant City; sister
Virginia Timm of Burton, Mich.; grandsons Michael and
Timothy; granddaughters Megan and Kelly; and great-
granddaughter Baby Ruby. He also leaves behind his
mother- and father-in-law Ruby and Roy Winebaugh of
Flint; special niece Ann of Attica, Mich.; several nieces
and nephews; and friends, including friend of 51 years
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Holmes Beach resident Harold Sears was a 20-
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company in Ft. Lee, Va., when the Japanese attacked
Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Knowing he'd be drafted sooner or later, Harold
decided to enlist in the Navy.
\ly dad had been in the Army in World War I and
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But Harold's first efforts to enlist were rejected in
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ently inebriated petty officer, who told him he couldn't
pass the physical.
Harold, however, wasn't going to sit out the war
while his friends and co-workers were heading over-
On his 21st birthday July 28, 1942 Harold
took a letter of recommendation from his superinten-
dent along with his union work book and again headed
to the Navy recruiting station.
This time, his reception was a bit more friendly.
"I passed the physical with no problems. The officer
in charge told me that with my construction experience,
I could be sent to the SeaBees [Construction Battalions]
immediately as a carpenter's mate petty officer."
But Harold said he'd been driving nails since he
was 8 years old and would prefer other duty. The oblig-
ing officer found him a spot at the Navy's newly opened
dive school in New York City and gave him a third-
class petty officer rating to boot. "And I never went to
basic training," laughed Harold.
Dive school, however, was Harold's basic training.
The school was located at Pier 88 in New York City, the
Holmes Beach resident Harold Sears as a U.S. Navy
diver in Italy during World War II.
pier where the liner "Normandie" had blown up earlier
in 1942. Harold was the 35th person to enter the school,
and quickly learned how to handle a 185-pound dive
suit at a depth of 150 feet or more.
After three months, Harold, now nicknamed
"Chips" because of his carpenter rating, was qualified
as a salvage diver. He was shipped out to North Africa
in early 1943, sailing the Atlantic in a convoy that was
dogged by German submarines the entire voyage.
Harold eventually made it to Algiers, where he was
assigned to the Navy's salvage fleet awaiting orders for
a ship. Those came on June 1, 1943, when he climbed
aboard the U.S.S. Naraganset, a fleet tug that could tow
"I was one of the two qualified divers aboard. We
were to do all the salvage diving and clear harbors of
mines when we invaded."
Harold's introduction to the Naraganset was a bit
rude, considering the Germans bombed the harbor his
first night on the ship. The next day, the Naraganset
sailed for Sicily for the invasion of that island at the
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the job of getting stuck landing craft off the beach and
back to sea.
"Any that we couldn't get off, we just blew up,"
remembered Hal. Meanwhile, the Germans were doing
their best to annihilate the landing force.
Following the invasion, the Naraganset returned to
Africa, where Harold and his fellow divers were then
flown back to Sicily to clear the harbor that Patton's
Army had just captured at Palermo.
"This was great duty," said Harold, because Sicily
had been taken and there was no resistance to the Allies
But when the Naraganset arrived in late August to
pick up its divers including Harold he figured
something was going on.
"It" was going to be the invasion of Italy in early
September, but the German Air Force gave the U.S.
Navy an unwelcome calling card on the morning of
About 4:30 a.m. that day, German bombers struck
the ships at anchor in Palermo harbor. A Liberty ship
next to the Naraganset was struck by a 500-pound
bomb that scattered shrapnel, flames and debris onto
Harold's ship. He had been sleeping "topside" on the
deck because of the heat down in his quarters when the
"All hell broke loose. Debris and bombs were flying
everywhere. I ran to the galley, which was our sick bay,
to help with the wounded."
It was a sad sight, he said, and one wounded sailor,
newly married and the survivor of a ship that sank in
the Pacific earlier in the war, died as Harold tended to
"That was tough to take," said Harold. The Nara-
ganset lost eight men and had 24 wounded due to the
Harold was lucky. When he returned to his bunk
below, he discovered how lucky he had been. His mat-
tress and pillow had been torn to ribbons and feathers
by shrapnel. "If I'd been sleeping there, I might have
looked the same," he said thoughtfully.
The bombing, however, didn't stop the invasion
of Italy on Sept. 9, 1943. The Naraganset was in the
first wave and was backed by artillery fire from the
Germans as it approached the invasion beaches.
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"One hit just forward of us and the next one hit just
aft. We figured the next one would hit us in the middle,
but the Germans hit our escort cruiser, the Savannah,
instead. The Germans were waiting for us. If it weren't
for the firepower of the Navy's battleships, cruisers and
destroyers, I don't think the invasion would have suc-
A few weeks later, Harold was ordered to dive for
the ship's anchor, which had been lost during the inva-
Dressed in his dive suit, Harold went down to 150
feet in the murky waters of Salerno harbor in search of
the missing anchor. Unknown to him, it had started to
rain on the compressor that pumped air to him while
underwater. An unwitting sailor threw a canvas tarp
over the compressor engine, not realizing he was divert-
ing all the CO2 exhaust gas into Harold's air hose.
Harold was in danger of dying because of stupidity.
"I had just found the anchor and was shackling it
when I passed out. When I passed out, a pocket of air
built up inside my dive suit and I blew to the surface, still
unconscious. My dive buddies told me later they saw my
blue face and knew immediately what had happened."
Harold's luck, however, was about to improve.
The first U.S. Navy hospital ship in Italy had just
arrived in Salerno that day and was just a few miles
away. Harold was rushed to the "Shamrock," and had
the dubious distinction of being its first patient.
"The doctors and nurses on that ship saved me.
They put me on oxygen for six hours until I regained
consciousness. They told me everything that had hap-
But being stuck in a hospital ship wasn't going to
stop Harold from getting back to his ship and buddies.
He rejoined the Naraganset the next day and the captain
immediately asked him if he was ready to dive again.
"I said 'Yes, Sir' and, the next day, I went diving
for the anchor again." This time, there were no mishaps
and the reluctant anchor was found and hauled aboard
During the Salerno landings, the Germans unleashed
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and into the sea, was a dud and Harold was ordered to
dive down and attach a buoy to it to bring it to the sur-
face. Harold said it never occurred to him that maybe
the bomb wasn't a dud, but could go off at any minute.
It didn't and he completed his mission without inci-
Following the Italian invasion, the Naraganset con-
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and at one time, towed a destroyer whose executive
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and sky and had already invaded France at Normandy.
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Harold and his fellow divers participated in the invasion
by transferring to another ship and clearing the harbor
After France, Harold's ship returned to North
Africa, where he and 13 other divers got orders ship-
ping them back to the United States for advanced train-
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"We went back to school in New York. The other
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I finished first in my class. They got sent to the Pacific,
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Raymond homecoming, reunion on Anna Maria
Island native, World War II veteran and Bataan r
Death March survivor Steve Raymond and his wife, [ .
Marie, traveled to Anna Maria last week to see Peggy .
Diamant, nee Blassingame, in a reunion of two Island-
ers who grew up in Anna Maria during the 1930s.
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Steve even recalled that he used to go to the The
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incorrectly identified as Todd's, which was in Braden-
ton Beach on what is now Bridge Street.
"The Pavilion had a ping-pong table and I taught
Peggy's dad [author Wyatt Blassingame] how to play
ping-pong. He never did beat me," remembered Steve
with a laugh.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20
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"I had a great time in the Navy and enjoyed
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Not to worry. Wife Jean taught Harold to swim after
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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. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds
a monthly business card exchange at Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 118th St.
W., Cortez. Information: 778-1541.
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A group for parents and grandparents
sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Community Center meets at the
School for Constructive Play, 304 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Thursday, March 29
10:30 a.m. -A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place at
the new AmSouth bank, 3900 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach.
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands
Key Chamber of Commerce hosts Molar Gras! Business After Hours at Dr.
Robert Gordon's office, 7000 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key Informa-
7 p.m. Bingo gets called at the Annie Silver Community Center,
corner of 23rd Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-
7:30 p.m. The Bay Chorale performs its annual spring concert at
First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information:
Friday, March 30
11:30 a.m. to 2p.m. 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 Oak Ave. on Snead Island
in Palmetto. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The DeSoto Heritage Festival Seafood Fest
takes place on Barcarrota Boulevard and Old Main Street in downtown Bra-
denton. Information: 747-1998.
6p.m. to 9p.m. Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a barn raisin' benefit
at Michaels on East, 1212 South E. Ave., Sarasota to raise money for its
Mote Aquaculture Park. Information: 388-4441, ext. 473.
Saturday, March 31
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at Cafe on
the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, to hear from Marianne Andrews of First
Tee. Information: www.annamariakiwanis.org.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The city of Bradenton Beach hosts its third annual
Eco Expo and Native Plant Sale, 107 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.
10a.m. to 2p.m. A grand-opening party is scheduled to take place
at the new AmSouth bank, 3900 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach.
3p.m. The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, hosts a "Friends in Music" concert called "Sacred and Secu-
lar." Information: 778-1638. Fee applies.
Sunday, April 1
April Fool's Day
8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. St. Bernard Catholic Church hosts a bake sale
and pancake breakfast, with all-you-care-to-eat pancakes, in the church activ-
ity center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4769.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Longboat Key Center for the Arts hosts an art
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Monday, April 2
8:30 a.m. The Island Branch Library offers a basic Internet class at
the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
10:15 a.m. The Gulf Coast Writers group meets at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The group will hear from authors
Susan K. Frost and Andy Little. Information: 778-7631.
7p.m. Coast Bank's Ellen Aquilina speaks on identity theft at a
program co-sponsored by the bank and the Anna Maria Island Young Pro-
fessionals at Bridgewalk, 100 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information:
Tuesday, April 3
10 a.m. Family story hour takes place at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Noon The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and
to hear a representative from Florida Blood Services 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, April 4
7 a.m. to 8 a.m. The Anna Maria City Pier Regulars meet at Anna
Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-7062.
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
holds its monthly luncheon at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.
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 Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Information: 778-5755.
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.
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Monday through Saturday Information: 778-6648.
The Anna Maria Island Art League hosts the Student Exhibit through
April 6, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
Horseshoes get tossed in the pits atAnna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., with warmups
at 8:45 a.m.
The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., opens on
Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the smell of "Settler's Bread," available for $4
a loaf. Information: 746-4556.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts a variety of pro-
grams and classes through the season at various locations. Information:
ThroughoutApril, animal rights groups nationwide observe Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals Month.
On April 6, the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island hosts a reception for
the guild's featured artists in April Midge Pippel and Kathy Sparks at
the gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.
*On April 8 an Easter sunrise service, presented byAnna 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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On April 13, the opening reception for the spring open exhibit, which
runs through May 4, is at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
On April 21, an Affaire to Remember benefiting the Anna Maria Island
Community Center takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church's ballroom and
reception hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908.
Tickets are $150.
On May 12, the Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher Orga-
nization annual Spring Fling takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church's
ballroom and reception hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. The theme
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
March 18, 9906 Gulf Drive, Sandy Rich Coffee and
Realty, theft. The store owner said that someone took the
7-foot statue of "Bentley the butler" from in front of the
store. There was no suspect.
March 19,800 block North Shore Drive, theft. The com-
plainant said that someone removed a sculpture of a 3-foot
marlin from her front yard. There was no suspect.
March 19, 800 block North Shore Drive, theft. The
complainant said someone took his trailered personal
watercraft from his yard. There was no suspect.
March 20, 100 block Crescent Drive, found property.
Two bicycles were found and recovered from the canal
near the Crescent Street bridge by a man who cleaned
them up and told deputies he would keep them until the
owners could identify and claim them.
Feb. 28, Coquina Beach, burglary. The complainants
said someone broke into their locked vehicle and took a
wallet and purse with credit cards and about $160 in cash
and traveler's checks.
March 13, 11th Street South, disorderly intoxication.
Officers responded to a complaint of a man parked in the
street. The man, Matthew R. Owens, 35, of Pennsylvania,
used profanity to the officers and could not coherently
give a place of residence, according to the report. He was
taken to jail.
March 15, Coquina Beach, burglary. The complainant
said someone broke into their vehicle and removed two purses,
which contained about $400 in cash and credit cards.
March 15, Coquina Beach, burglary. The complain-
ant said someone broke into her vehicle and took two
purses containing about $1,400 in cash and credit cards
March 17, 100 block Fifth Street South, criminal mis-
chief. The complainant said someone cut the tires of two
vehicles of his truck. The complainant said he believed
a co-worker did the damage, but officers were unable to
substantiate the accusation.
March 18, 119 Bridge Street, Two Sides of Nature, shop-
lifting. The complainant said a woman had stolen a ceramic
turtle and a pair of women's boxer shorts. Officers, armed
with the woman's description, stopped her outside the store,
where she handed over the merchandise and later admitted
taking the items. She was arrested and taken to jail.
March 16, 500 block 74th Street, warrant. The com-
Rich's 'real coffee' butler 'kidnapped'
By Lisa Neff
The one certainty in the case of
the disappearance of Bentley is the
butler didn't do it.
Bentley Bunsmore, a life-size
statue of a butler, went missing
from outside Real Coffee & Realty,
9906 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria,
over the St. Patrick's Day week-
A law enforcement report
classifies the incident as a theft,
but Real Coffee & Realty's Sandy
Rich prefers to believe someone
"I prefer to think he was kid-
napped rather than stolen," Rich
said. "Because if he was kidnapped,
he'll be released."
Rich said some coffee custom-
ers who like a table near where
entley office stood noticed patrols the
Sandy Rich and Bentley Bunsmore the
statue's absence early one incident. Th18.
A sheriff's deputy noted the details a person and injured his h
Butler.or persons unknown took Bentley some time March "He has Ba
17 orLater in the day, Rich fileft no obvious clues as to adding that she ca
encouraging the statue's kidnappers to
report with the Manatee County call 376-6077.
Sheriff's Office, which patrols the
city of Anna Maria. one incident. Th
A sheriff's deputy noted the details a person and injured his h
or persons unknown took Bentley some time March "He has Ban(
17 or early March 18 and left no obvious clues as to adding that she ca
plainant said his roommate had outstanding warrants
against her and she was arrested and taken to jail.
March 17, 3248 East Bay Drive, Walgreens, harass-
ment. The store manager said a man had called to report
he had lost his wallet, possibly at the store, and when the
wallet was not found he became verbally abusive and
threatened the manager. Officers and the store manager
were able to identify the man, and he was issued a trespass
March 17, 300 block 58th Street, domestic. Officers
responded to a complaint of a possible fight and discov-
ered a woman sobbing at the street in front of her resi-
dence. She said her boyfriend had beaten her and she left
with her dog. He was arrested.
March 17,200 block 66th Street, arrest. During a traf-
fic stop, it was determined the driver had two outstanding
warrants and he was arrested.
who committed the crime or where
Bentley was taken.
Bentley was last seen outside
the shop wearing a collection of
beads thrown out by St. Patrick's
SDay Parade participants.
"I have no idea," Rich
answered when asked why Bentley
was kidnapped. "I don't have any
reason to think it was malicious."
Customers last week specu-
lated that perhaps the butler was
a victim of some St. Patrick's Day
revelry. Others wondered if he was
kidnapped in a spring break prank.
Others offered less popular ideas
a gang initiation or an alien
Rich is encouraging Bentley's
kidnappers to call 376-6077 and
she'll pick him up, "no questions
She found Bentley in a
Manatee County shop five
years ago and paid about $475
to bring him to the Island, where
he's worked and lived with just
e hefty fiberglass fella took a fall
d-Aids on his thumbs," said Rich,
res dearly for the butler.
March 18, 700 block Manatee Avenue, arrest. During
a traffic stop, the driver was arrested after it was deter-
mined he had an outstanding warrant.
March 19,500 block 77th Street, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took a firearm from his vehicle.
March 21, 5300 block Holmes Boulevard, recovered
vehicle. The complainant said he had found his vehicle,
which had been taken from him, and said he suspected a
woman had taken the vehicle. She was not located.
March 21, 3200 East Bay Drive, Shells, theft. The
complainant said someone took her purse while she was
in the restaurant.
March 20, 2900 block Avenue E, domestic. Officers
responded to a reported domestic dispute and heard loud
voices coming from the apartment, according to the report.
The woman said her husband had physically accosted her
and threatened her with his firearms. He was arrested.
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Study indicates trend to fewer hurricanes here
Here's a mouthful for you hurricane watchers to
chew on: paleotempestology.
That term describes the study of hurricanes from
thousands of years ago based on sediments and other
materials found in lakes and streams. The concept is
based on overwash of really severe storms, which carry
barrier islands like Anna Maria to, say, Duette, where
our sand ends up in the bottom of a lake and can be
According to an article in the Sarasota Herald-
Tribune by Cathy Zollo, Louisiana State University
professor Kam-biu Liu took sediment samples from a
slew of lakes around the Gulf of Mexico to attempt to
determine trends of storms.
What he found was somewhat surprising.
We actually, our pre-pre ancestors had a rela-
tively active period of superstorms that hit the Gulf
Coast about once every 200 years from 3,800 years
ago through 1,000 years ago. For the past 1,000 years,
though, we've had active hurricane hits only about once
every 1,000 years.
Liu has been working on the sediment mapping
project for about 15 years. Obviously, his data is only
good for those huge Category 5 or so hurricanes, since
huge overwash is only going to present itself in inland
ponds with a true monster of a storm.
And, of course, even a "minor" Category 1 or 2 storm
will inundate the Island and tear out all the beachfront cot-
tages, so his findings don't give us a whole lot of comfort,
but hey take what you can get in the way of comfort.
To cut to the chase, we've apparently got some-
thing like a .3-percent chance of being hit be a killer
hurricane, based on Liu's studies.
That figure could be a bit lower for us, too, since
there seems to be a trend that storms follow to veer
away from Manatee County. Something to do with the
Loop Current, some postulate, or maybe steering cur-
rents in the air to push the big storms away from our
little piece of paradise.
Liu is continuing his research and will probably
present more information as he works his way through
a five-year study.
Critter good news
There's some good news from the reptile front:
crocodiles are on a comeback.
"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced
that recovery efforts are making it possible to reclassify
the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) in Florida
from endangered to threatened under the Endangered
Species Act," according to the agency.
These are crocodiles, not alligators they're gen-
erally bigger, with a more pointy muzzle and some big
fangs that protrude from their mouths even when closed.
Remember the big croc in "Peter Pan?" There you go.
"Crocodiles were a part of Florida's history for
hundreds of years until human activities such as urban
development, agricultural conversion and over-hunting
decimated their populations," said Sam D. Hamilton,
the service's southeast regional director. "However, in
the past 30 years, we have made great strides in protect-
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report, which proved fruitless. Maybe some boater mis-
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do grow that big, and more.
But don't look for those nifty crocodile shoes or
belts to come on the market any time soon. "Though
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to threatened, federal agencies will still ensure that the
activities they authorize, fund or carry out are not likely
to jeopardize the continued existence of this species,"
according to the agency. "In addition, American croco-
diles are still protected from illegal take (meaning to
harass, harm, and pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill trap,
capture, or collect; or to attempt any of these), import
or export, ship in interstate commerce in the course of
commercial activity, or sell or offer for sale in interstate
or foreign commerce any listed species. It is also illegal
to possess, sell, deliver, carry, transport or ship any such
crocodiles taken illegally."
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ing Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican
Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti,
Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, Peru
The new lean meat?
Speaking of Venezuela, we're in the peak of capy-
bara hunting season down south.
Capybara is the largest rodent on the planet,
weighing in at more than 100 pounds. In some South
American countries, the big rat is killed for its hide.
In Venezuela, it's hunted for its meat, which has been
described as akin to a sardine-pork mix. Or maybe more
like rabbit than chicken. Or fish.
The new lean meat. Or something.
It's a popular fare as Easter approaches for our
neighbors to the south, where there is a good argument
that the flesh is indeed more akin to fish than meat and,
therefore, OK for those following the practices of Lent
and abstaining from eating meat.
Eating rats, even really, really big ones, isn't just a
South American trait. When nutria got dumped in the
United States a bunch of years ago and began to thrive
in the swamps of Louisiana, there was a push for nutria
burgers. The trend never seemed to catch on, though.
And somehow I don't think that we'll see a compe-
tition for best capybara burgers at Duffy's or Skinny's
anytime soon. At least, I hope we won't.
Here's something all the spring breakers may appre-
ciate, from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
"No Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism,
was detected this week in samples collected between
Pinellas and Charlotte counties. K. brevis concentra-
tions between southern Lee County and southern Col-
lier County were patchy and ranged from not present
to low. Reports of fish kills have been received from
southern Lee County and respiratory irritation has been
reported from Sanibel Island and the Naples area."
Breathe free on AMI beaches, young breakers!
Davis, of Anna
Maria Island, visits
Kansas City, Mo.,
where his mother
lives and where
plunged to minus
20 degrees Fahr-
enheit and lin-
gered in the teens
this winter. The
Islander serves as
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Sheepies rule backwaters still; mackerel near beaches
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing is about the same, but getting better, based
on the reports coming in from both offshore and back-
In the Gulf of Mexico, look for mackerel near the
beaches, a few kingfish hookups a bit farther from
shore, and amberjack, grouper and snapper in the
deeper waters of the Gulf.
For backwater action, snook seem to be running
small but plentiful, as well as trout and redfish.
Sheepshead are still the best bet for the inshore
waters, though, with some catches reaching the 7-pound
range. Go to any structure and dip a line and expect a
striped fish to snag your hook.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said snook fishing is
improving, but sheepies are the mainstay for backwater
anglers right now. Redfish are being caught sporadi-
cally, and mackerel are a good bet just off the beaches.
Offshore grouper and snapper fishing are about the best
deal going, Bill said, as well as some catches of lane
snapper, triggerfish and amberjack.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said springtime
catches have included sheepshead, mackerel, snapper,
whiting and a few flounder.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
sheepshead and mackerel have dominated the catch in
the past week.
Capt. Zach Zacharis on the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said he took Bill Rice
and brother Bob from Boise, Idaho, out last week for a
fun morning of fishing for a mixed-bag catch of Span-
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Brian Calkins, left, Terry Calkins,Tim Dragmen and Marty Calkins caught a mess of amberjack and porgies
while fishing with Capt. Larry McGuire. Most of thefish were caught about 60 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico
using live pinfish as bait.
All smiles for big red
Bev Ware caught and released this 32-inch-long
redfish while fishing with Capt. Tom Chaya on the
Dolphin Dreams charter boat out of Holmes Beach.
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some snook. "With the exception of the snook, the catch
was made off the beaches of Longboat Key using live
shrimp and whitebait," Capt. Zach said. "We topped off
the morning with a few nice snook in the Tidy Island
area. Bob had the biggest with a fat 30-inch keeper
taken on a large shiner." Zach added that snook fish-
ing is "off to a great start this spring, with some really
sizeable fish being caught after many years of dinks."
At Corky's Live Bait & Tackle on Cortez Road,
reports are coming in that the warm weather and abun-
dant sun has caused fishing to heat up, but the wind
has hampered some of the action. Sarasota Bay waters
have been offering fishers ladyfish, trout, pompano and
whiting when they use live shrimp or "Redfish Magic."
There are good reports of redfish caught on fiddler
crabs, cooked sand fleas and N1\1,ig Potion" and/or
small live shrimp. Offshore action includes Spanish
mackerel on plugs and silver or gold spoons, plus some
kingfish, as well as some sharks caught off the north tip
of Anna Maria Island near Bean Point, with menhaden
or octopus working well as bait.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
some 27-inch trout have come to his docks with boaters
in the last week, as well as lots of small snook being
caught out of Terra Ceia Bay. There are also "tons"
of sheepshead being caught by the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge in Tampa Bay.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include
sheepshead from the Skyway piers, plus mackerel,
flounder, whiting and small sharks, as well as some
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small grouper. Small snook and keeper-size reds are
also being caught in Terra Ceia Bay.
Capt. Rick Gross said he had a good week of
snook fishing, with mostly keepers coming onto the
boat on most of his trips, as well as some redfish and
On my boat Magic, we're still getting into a huge
number of sheepshead, including one monster that was
almost 7 pounds. We've also caught a lot of mangrove
snapper, mackerel and some redfish.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 25-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@
islander.org. Please include identification for persons
in the picture along with information on the catch and
a name and phone number for more information.
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Save Anna Maria Inc. meets April 7 at the Island
Branch Library to discuss such environmental issues
as red tide and coastal pollution.
The meeting, featuring a talk with Stuart Decew of the
Sierra Club, is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. in the library
meeting room, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
SAM generally meets on the first Saturday of each
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By Rick Catlin
salon spa store VEDA
The new pavilion at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria has been hosting
weddings for the past few months. The pavilion is part of an on-going renovation
project that includes the construction of rest rooms that are compliant with the
Americans with Disabilities Act. Sandbar owner Ed ( hilt \ said those facilities
should be in operation around April 1. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
Staff members of Acqua Salon Spa
on the Beach in the Fusion Fitness
building in Holmes Beach recently
celebrated the salon's name change
from A2 Aveda. Pictured are, from left,
Ashley, Teige, Teal, Laura, Cynthia,
owner Amy Walsh and Nikita. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
Amy to Acqua
Amy Welsh of A2 Aveda Salon
at 5315 Gulf Drive the Fusion Fitness
Center building in Holmes Beach is
going aqua as in a name change to
the Acqua Salon Spa at Tidemark.
The new name's a perfect fit because
her salon is adjacent to the planned Tide-
mark Resort that will soon be under con-
But loyal clients need not worry. It's
only a name change and Amy still has
everyone's favorite Aveda products.
Acqua is a full-service beauty salon
that includes massages, facials, nail care
and great hair-styling, Amy noted.
"We are still the Aveda lifestyle,"
she said. "The name change is just to
position ourselves with the Tidemark."
For more information on Acqua, call
Amy at 778-5400.
Dee's Boutique in the Anna Maria
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Dee's Boutique in the Anna Maria
.ih, 'pi'ijm Centre on East Bay Drive in
Holmes Beach will be closings it doors
soon and is currently having a going-
out-of-business sale. Islander Photo:
Shopping Centre in Holmes Beach is
having a going-out-of-business sale.
Owner Dee Percifield said that after
11 years, it's time to concentrate on her
other boutique, the Beach Shop, a bus-
tling gift shop at the Manatee Public
"It would be great if someone would
come along and buy Dee's, but it's time
to take care of the other store," she
"The Beach Shop is not closing,"
Dee, who "retired" to the Island
19 years ago, said that daughter Dori
Reynolds, who managed Dee's, will
be coming over to the Beach Shop, as
will much of the designer fashions and
The going-out-of-business sale at
Dee's will include a large selection of
jewelry, gifts, dolls and fashions, includ-
ing clothing from makers such as Cactus
Shirts, December Diamonds, Focus, and
French Dressing jeans wear.
"I want to thank all my loyal cus-
tomers at Dee's," said Dee. "It's been a
great time, but we're going to have the
same brands at the Beach Shop."
Dee said she didn't have a definite
date for closing Dee's, but said the sale
has already started.
"And there are some great buys,"
For more information on
Dee's Boutique, call 778-4665.
105 Mangrove Ave., Anna Maria,
a 936 sfla / 1,404 sfur 2bed/2bath
home built in 1963 on a 50x110 lot
was sold 03/05/07, Newhouse to
Blue Rentals LLC for $600,000; list
507 68th St., Holmes Beach, a
Mixons dedicate pond
Islanders Dean and Janet Mixon dedicate a pond at their Mixon Fruit Farms,
2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton, on March 22. The pond features a fountain, water-
fall, gazebo, night lighting and gardens. The Mixons hope the area can draw
night-time visitors, especially those getting married. For more information, call
748-5829. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Island chamber holds card exchange
Dr. Kathleen Goerg of Island Chiropractic Center, Tricia Graziano of Island Acu-
puncture and Colleen Beck of the Manatee County Unit of the American Cancer
Society enjoy refreshments at the Anna Maria Island February Business Card
Exchange at Barnes Walker. The next business card exchange will be Wednesday,
March 28, from 5 p.m. to 7p.m. at the Bayside Banquet Hall in Cortez. Islander
Photo: Nancy Ambrose
DEALER INFORMATION AND NEWS 2007
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HOW W MALLS ARE BUILT
Cover of 'rolling stone'
"Rico Rock" is like stones, only better
to build with and decorate pools and
landscape areas just ask Don and
Jo Ann Meilner of Don Meilner & Son
construction. They designed and built
their backyard pool and photographed
their daughter Amelia Talucci's dog,
"D-O-G," relaxing on the rocks. They
submitted it for a photo contest and
received an "honorable mention,"
and, even better, their photo was fea-
tured on the company's dealer maga-
zine and D-O-G got his 15 minutes
1,269 sfla / 2,101 sfur 2bed/2bath/
2car canalfront home built in 1971
on a 80x102 lot was sold 03/08/07,
McMahon to Casa Anna Maria LLC
for $570,000; list $595,900.
211 Elm Ave., Anna Maria, a
1,497 sfla / 1,554 sfur duplex built
in 1971 on a 52x110 lot was sold
03/06/07, Gigl to Weinberger for
600 Manatee Ave., Unit 143,
Westbay Cove, Holmes Beach, a
1,179 sfla/ 1,567 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo built in 1977 was sold
03/05/07, Zion to McMahan for
$368,000; list $372,000.
5608 Carissa St., Holmes Beach,
a 1,208 sfla / 1,804 sfur 2bed/2bath
duplex built in 1971 on a 58x105 lot
was sold 03/09/07, Morton to Morton
for $365,000; list $375,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate
at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria,
can be reached at Gulf-Bay, (941)
Current Island real estate trans-
actions may also be viewed online at
www.islander.org. Copyright 2007
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Island juniors falter late in 16.7 loss
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Islanders, the Island's Junior
League baseball team sponsored by this newspaper,
dropped a 16-7 decision to Coca-Cola, a Manatee Cen-
tral team on March 22 at Palma Sola Park. The Island-
ers, which lost every game last season, have reason
for optimism after battling Coca-Cola on even terms
through five innings, only to give them eight runs in the
fateful sixth inning thanks to a combination of walks,
errors and some timely hitting by Coca-Cola.
The Islanders jumped on top 1-0 in the first inning
when Brandon Gengler hit a one-out single and moved
to third on an errant pickoff throw. Gengler came home
when Ben Valdivieso grounded out to second.
Coca-Cola came back to take a one-run lead in the
bottom of the inning when JJ Carlin got hit by a pitch
and Joey Muldoon singled. A double steal put the run-
ners on second and third, where they both scored on
consecutive ground outs by Ryan Keller and Taylor
Lakes for a 2-1 lead.
The Islanders retook the lead in the second when
Cory Wash led off with a walk and moved to third on
another errant pick-off attempt. Blake Wilson singled
home Wash and later scored when Glen Bower's
grounder skipped past the Coca-Cola first basemen to
give the Islanders a 3-2 lead.
Guerin retired the Coca-Cola side one-two-three in
the bottom of the inning with a pair of strikeouts and a
groundout on an attempted bunt by Ryan Taylor.
The Islanders extended its lead in the top of the
third when Gengler led off with a single and moved
to third on a double by Matt Shafer. A walk by Wash
loaded the bases for Blake Wilson, who plated Gengler
with a two-out single to left field for a 4-3 lead.
Coca-Cola got one run back in the bottom of the
third when Carlin singled and moved to third on a errant
pick-off throw. Carling easily scored on Duff's single
to center to pull to within 4-3.
The Islanders missed out on a chance to break
the game open in the fourth when Bower led off with
a single and moved to second and Troy Kozewski
reached on an error. A single by Gengler plated Bower
to extend the Islander lead to 5-3. A walk by Valdivieso
loaded the bases for Matt Shafer, who hit a single to
left to score Kozewski. With Gengler on second and
Valdivieso on first, Wash hit a high pop fly to short
center field that was dropped for an error, but the Coca-
Cola outfielder alertly gunned the ball to third where
Gengler was called out on a close play for the first
Brendan Gengler was called out on this close play at third base during Junior League baseball action at Palma
Sola Park. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
out of the inning. A pair of fielder's choice grounders
accounted for the next two outs to stymie the Islander's
chances at a big inning, though they did bring home
Valdivieso to give the Islanders a 7-3 lead.
Coca-Cola took the lead for good in the bottom
of the fourth when it sandwiched singles by Terrance
Sprikle, Carlin, Mike Duff and Keller around an error
by Gengler in center field to score five runs for an 8-7
Wash then led off the top of the sixth with a single
and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt to give the Island-
ers hope, but he was stranded there, which effectively
ended the Islander's chances after the fateful bottom of
the sixth inning saw Coca-Cola score eight runs.
Gengler finished the game with a 3-for-3, two runs
scored hitting performance, while Shafer went 2-for-4
with a double and an RBI single. Wilson added a pair of
singles and one run scored for the Islanders, which also
received a single and one run scored from Wash. The
Islanders also received a stellar defensive play from
Kyle Crum, who snagged a sinking line drive by Steven
Gauthier in the fourth inning.
Coca-Cola was led by lead-off hitter Carlin, who
went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and Muldoon who
had a pair of singles and four runs scored. Duff added
a pair of singles and two runs while Keller singled and
scored two runs for Coca-Cola.
Little League dinner,
uniform handout on tap
The Anna Maria Island Community Center
announced that April 2 will be the 2007 pre-season
Little League dinner and uniform hand-out at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church's activity center at 248 S. Harbor
Drive in Holmes Beach.
This opener for Anna Maria Island Little League
brings all of the players, families and coaches together
for one night to meet and greet each other. Little Leagu-
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ers will get their uniforms and M.V.P Sports will be
on hand to fit players for their baseball pants. A special
buffet-style dinner will be served by Beach Bistro.
For all those who attend and pick up uniforms,
there is a mandatory charge to help fund AMILL. The
cost of $6 for adults, and $5 for kids includes the buffet
Make sure you slide on in to St. Bernard's at the
following assigned times.
T-ball team, coach:
6 p.m. Americo Title, Ben Stewart.
6 p.m. Florida Eye Tours, Chris Grumley.
6:20 p.m. LPAC, Larry Pearson.
6:20 p.m. Air & En I i .Y, Scott Dell.
AA Teams & AAA Teams
6:45 p.m. Bark Realty, Troy Albers.
6:45 p.m. Beach Bistro, Amador & Marne Salinas.
7:10 p.m. Sato Real Estate, David Johnston.
7:10 p.m. WMFD, Jim Dudevoire.
7:30 p.m. Morgan Stanley, Mike Brusso.
7:30 p.m. Duncan Real Estate, Chris Hightower.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club women teed it up for a nine-
hole individual-low-net golf competition on March 20.
Jean Holmes and Tootie Wagner tied for first place in
Fight AA with a 2-under-par 30 to finish two shots ahead
of third-place finishers Joyce Brown, Pat Townsend and
Judy Ward, who each shot even-par 32.
Fight B winner was Marianne Kaemmerlen, whose
4-under-net total of 28 was the round of the day. She
finished five shots ahead of second-place finishers Jan
Turner and Lorraine Towne.
Millie Mullin's 2-under 30 was good enough
for first place in Flight C, one shot better than
second-place finishers Phyllis Hoblitzell and Teddy
Morgan, while Ruth Williamson's even-par 32 put
her on top of Flight D. Dee O'Brien finished in
second place with a 34, while Caye Hudson came
in third with a 35.
Marianne Kaemmerlen, Ruth Williamson, Phyl-
lis Holitzell, Tootie Wagner, Joyce Brown and Lucille
Cooney each had chipins on the day.
On March 16, the Key Royale Club held its
weekly coed golf tourney in a low-team-net format.
The team of Nell Bergstrom, Joyce Brown, Gordon
McKinna and Hal Sears fired a 10-over-par 138 to
capture first place by seven strokes over two teams
that tied for second. Jane Winegarden, Dottie McK-
inna, Tom Warda and Jerry Brown along with the
team of Eunice Warda, Rose Slomba, Fred Meyer
and Joy Nellis both shot 145. Third place went to the
team of Teddy and Al Morgan, Frankie Smith-Wil-
liams and Richard Westby with a score of 150. Terry
Westby, Jim Finn, John Shey and Sue Hookem took
fourth place with a score of 151.
Anna Maria Island Little League
Junior League (ages 13-15)
April 3 6:30 p.m. Islander vs. North River National
@ Buffalo Creek
Major League traveling Islanders @ G.T. Bray)
April 2 7:30 p.m. Islanders vs. MJ1 @ Field 1
Ryan Guerin delivers a pitch for the Islanders base-
ball team during Junior League baseball action at
Palma Sola Park. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
The 5-gallon money jar is to
benefit the AME-PTO
... but if you guess the
amount of money in the
jar, you can be a winner,
too! The closest guess to
the correct amount will be
announced at the Spring
Fling --- and the person with
that entry will recieve $100
--- in pennies! The PTO will
recieve the money in the jar.
Special thanks to
John Bacich and Harold
J Thle Islander
Enter in advance at
The Islander, 5404 Marina Dr.
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DINING ROOM CHAIRS: Set of eight, walnut. $280.
STOREWIDE SALE: NIKI'S Island Treasures. All
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dolls and collector plate collections 50 percent off.
Select vintage and costume jewelry, gifts, antiques,
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FOUND: NECKLACE. OUTDOORS, near the
walkway at the Rod & Reel Motel. Call Nicole,
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.
FOUND: IPOD. 29th Street and Avenue E, Holmes
Beach. Call 941-779-2214 after 5pm.
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult.
Call 941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.cmasdi-
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) disappeared
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 GARDEN BRICKS: The next set of
Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden personalized
bricks will be ordered April 30. This is your chance
to get a personalized brick for yourself, a friend or
loved one. Forms are available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or call Nancy
Ambrose with questions at 941-518-4431.
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 information.
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough
for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.
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 NISSON 350Z Roadster: 21,000 miles. Per-
fect condition. All the bells and whistles. Leather,
Bose speakers, CD player, blue on blue. Bought a
Corvette, gotta let it go. $27,500 or best offer. 941-
1968 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE: 327 HiPo,
four-speed, side pipes. $24,500 or best offer.
1965 MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE; automatic,
original black paint. $21,000 or best offer.
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.
CLEAN, VERY LOW hours, 16-foot aluminum Deep
Vee Haul. 40-hp, Evinrude with trailer. $1,800.
Holmes Beach. 513-378-9100.
YANMAR 44-hp sailboat motor. Rebuilt motor and
transmission. Great condition. $1,500. 941-345-
FOR RENT: BOAT slip. 85th Street, Holmes Beach.
Up to 23 feet. $125/month. 941-778-2581.
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-1pm 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
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ANNA MARIA FINE HOME
514 North Bay Blvd., Anna Maria:
4BR/3BA, 2,205 sf, Brazilian teak
floors, luxurious master suite with
spa tub, and sweeping bay views.
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An Island Plce Realty
411 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
CANAL AND BAY VIEWS! Anna GLENNA'S PLACE! Great 4BR
Maria completely updated designerfurnished pool house!
throughout! $699,000. Call Sue! $895,000. Call Sue!
OWN NEAR THE BEACH! BEACH COTTAGE STILL
1BR/1BA with pool use! AVAILABLE! Bradenton Beach
$275,000. Call Sue! 1BR/1 BA. $249,000. Call Sue!
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With our all new Online Open House Search, you can
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A Complete List Of Open Houses Is Also Available At Your
Bradenton Michael Saunders & Company Sales Office.
CLOSE TO THE BEACH Custom built with large SUPER SAN REMO SHORESCanalfront Restore/
windows & vaulted ceiling Energy efficient remodel for great return 3BR, excellent footprint
features Home Warranty $829,900 Debble at head of a deepwater canal $485,000 Victoria
Vogler, 748-6300 or 705-3328 550841 Horstmann, 748-6300 or518-1278 517919
STUNNING PANORAMIC BAY VIEWS. 4BR with wonderful detail throughout & perfect
condition Deep boating water with great dock Spectacular waterfront property
$2,450,000 Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 549474
ELEGANCE AWAITS YOU beyond the gate at the Villas of Holmes Beach Furnished
w/beautiful views of the Bay 40' boat dock Private lush setting 3/10 of a mile to
beach $2,2500,000 Victoria Horstmann, 748-6300 or 518-1278 539191
MANATEE RIVER VIEWS w/decorator turnkey furnishings and 60' dock w/deepwater
access 4BR home w/bonus room, outdoor kitchen, pool & spa $1,995,000 Jody
Shinn, 748-6300 or 705-5704 547436
SPECTACULAR BAY FRONT HOME with exceptional coastal design has been impec-
cably renovated and features outstanding bay views from most rooms that shows like
a model $1,475,000 Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988 550391
RARE BOATERS' DREAM CONDO! Deep water dock/protected Marina, 2 5cargarage,
elevator direct to 3BR unit, top floor 2750 sq ft, pool & tennis $965,000 Barbara
Jennings, 748-6300 or 773-0180 542179
COMPLETELY REMODELED 4BR DUPLEX, TURNKEY FURNISHED, granite counters,
strong rental history, beautiful tropical landscaping, heated pool & 1 1/2 blocks to the
beach $819,000 Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988 550357
SECLUDED CANAL FRONT. Great opportunity to rebuild on a 3 acre cul-de-sac lot on
the water in Cortez, without deed restrictions With pool & dock $750,000 748-6300
Victoria Horstmann, 518-1278 and Jonathan Wright, 301-9992 551079
PARADISE AWAITS YOU In the private setting of Mariner's Cove Gated waterfront
community with tennis, swimming, deeded slip and access to Intracoastal and Tampa
Bay $600,000 Patty Brooks 748-6300 or 545-1194 546750
OUTSTANDING 2BR plus den and 2-car garage located on a private cul-de-sac with
wonderful water views Maintained in mint condition with a new roof Very close
proximity to beach Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767 544920
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fully turnkey fur-
nished. High ceil-
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garage, pool and
W spa. $1,925,000.
KEY ROYALE Move-in condition. Beautiful
2BR/2BA. Huge patio and Florida room. Wonderful $265,000 FOR A 2/BR Island condo! Large unit in the
views of bay and canal. Boat dock, nice landscaping. center of Holmes Beach. Even has a large garage!
Good value. $599,000.
P TitI~ opl*`V
Heated pool, large
views. Newer home.
CANALFRONT VILLA with a beautiful view. New boat
dock and deck. Only $399,000.
GULFFRONT DUPLEX. Beautiful location on quiet
beach. 2BR each side, turnkey furnished. Great value.
GULFFRONT 4BR/4BA condo. Directly on the beach.
Almost 3,000 sf. Spectacular! $2,500,000.
FANTASTIC PRICE Two buildings, only $275,000 per BAYFRONT Large 2BR/2BA house with new tile floors
building in Anna Maria City. Large lot, each faces a differ- throughout, plus great mother-in-law apartment. New
ent street. $549,000 for both. Handyman special. dock on deep sailboat water. Great view. $995,000.
TRIPLEX Steps to
Beach and great
view of the bay.
Neat as a pin,
dock at the end of
GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD Priced to sell, this duplex
features 3BR/2.5BA across from bay. $479,000.
3101 GULF DRIVE
Realty INC TS) HOLMES BEACH
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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 email@example.com.
RESTAURANT AND MORE: 50-seat restaurant with
great ambience also retails select items. Beer and
wine license. Any menu OK. $120,000. Confidential-
ity agreement required for details. Longview Realty,
941-383-6112. For more great business and realty
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
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Mariners Cove 3BR/2BA, full bay view,
35-foot slip! $7W-;60. $690,000!
Village West 3BR/2BA, near Bray Park! $269,900.
Bay Palms 2BR/2BA Grand canal, sailboat
deep-water. Private Dock. $695,000.
Kingsfield Lakes 4BR/2BA, huge fenced lot! $299,900.
Braden Crossings 3BR/2BA, Nice updates! $285,000.
Pointe West 3BR/2BA, heated pool! $360,000.
Bayou Anna Maria 2BR/1BA, waterfront. $365,000.
Island Beachy Bar beer, wine, music! Business
Laura E. McGeary PA
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc
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!
Beautifully maintained one-owner home includes
2BR/2.5BA on spacious Bay Palms lot. Freshly
painted, new ceramic tile throughout, updated baths,
barrel tile roof are only a few of the recent improve-
ments. Open design has over 1,600 sf living area and
2,100 sf under roof with two-car garage. C'li.n ,i"' L
kitchen with breakfast bar off sunny Florida room
Plus screened gazebo for Island lifestyle. Vacant and
ready for occupancy. Personally view 501 67th St.
Open daily, noon-4pm. Asking $489,500!
i"We ARE he Island!" ,
/ SINCE 1957
Mari Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.ana areal.com
GIFTS/DECOR FOR patio, home and garden.
Enchanting shop, fun items in Holmes Beach busy
shopping district. $79,000. Longview Realty, 941-
383-6112. For more great business and realty buys:
CHARTER BOAT SERVICE: Eco-tours, sightseeing,
more in Cortez. Assets include 26-foot cat, 150-hp
outboard. $70,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
For more great business and realty buys: www.
14-YEAR-OLD needs work. Willing to babysit, clean,
etc. Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting.
Call Alexandra, 941-778-5352.
LOOKING FOR A babysitter, pet sitter, dog walker
or somebody to do odd jobs? Call Kendall, 14-
year-old, ninth-grader. Certified in first aid! 941-
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941 -
CONDO/HOMEOWNER INSURANCE: Call for free
quote. Doc Auto & Home Insurance. 75th and Mana-
tee Ave. W., Bradenton. 941-757-0330.
2923 7th Ave. W. Bradenton
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
Countrywide Home Loans is close by and ready
to help you get the home of your dreams.
sLocal experts with the power to say "YES" to
your home loan.
BUp-front approval* at the time of application.
BAs little as no-to-low down payment options
available to make qualifying easier.
sLoan amounts to $6 million.
BConstruction financing available.
EQUALHOUSING LENDER 2003 COUNTRYWIDE
TRWIDE FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND/OR ITS SUBS
TO SATISFACTORY PROPERTY REVIEW AND NO CHANG
STATES. PRICES AND GUIDELINES ARE SUBJECT TO (
Home Loan Consultant
401 Manatee Ave.W. Holmes Beach
HOME LOANS, INC. TRADE/SERVICE MARKS ARE THE PROPERTY OF CC
DIARIES. ADD APPROPRIATE STATE, LEGAL. UP-FRONT APPROVAL SUBJ
E IN FINANCIAL CONDITION. SOME PRODUCTS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN
CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. RESTRICTIONS APPLY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVE
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 busi-
nesses. We also file electronically and prepare all states.
Call Pat at Kenney Tax Service, 941-761-8156.
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.
FREE HOUSESITTING/PETSITTING: Retired
Christian couple will take care of your home,
pets etc. References furnished, much experi-
ence, bondable. E-mail: email@example.com.
CLOSET ORGANIZER SPECIALISTS: We can take
care of your hang-ups. Free estimates. Call 941-
722-3701 or 941-721-0875.
Call us t 78-2307 1800-306-9666
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419 Pine Ave. PO Box 2150 Anna Maria FL 34216
3BR/3BA bayfront home, north end of Anna Maria, completely
renovated! $1,895,000 furnished. Owner will consider trade of
lot. condo or home as a down navment.
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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METRO DOOR SHOP: Open 8am-4:30pm Monday-
Friday. Interior doors, fiberglass, steel, PF frames,
ODL glass packs, impact doors and windows, custom
work, sales, service, parts, repair. Free delivery to
islands, competitive prices. 941-758-5828.
PAUL'S DEPENDABLE HOME Services. Special-
izing in drywall and stucco, new or repairs. Popcorn
removal, skip-trawl ceilings. All jobs welcome. 941-
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call 941-778-2581.
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.
GET MOORE FOR your money: Specializing in tree
trimming and removal, brush chipping, estate clean-
ups. Insured. Call Lew Moore, 941-755-5559.
CONFIDENCE CLEANING CORP.: Housecleaning,
office cleaning and window cleaning. Good refer-
ences, reasonable rates. Licensed and insured.
Family owned and operated. 941-296-5103.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone"
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 941-448-3857.
TIRED OF NO return calls? Straight Shot Land-
scape calls back. For all your landscape, call Shark
Mark. 941-727-5066. Shell $42/yard.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
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, 941-726-3077.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
KEN &TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
GUARANTEED A-1 PAINTING service. Get a bid then
call Nick, he's the best. Island references. Licensed.
Call Nick, 941-727-1448 or 941-962-5131.
OFFERED FOR AUCTION
This incredible property consists of a direct Gulffront cottage with
100 feet on the Gulf of Mexico plus adjacent (100x100-foot) lot. Bids
accepted until April 15, 2007.
PB I Once in a lifetime opportunity
with unlimited potential! Call
Green Real Estate for complete
0246thS.! Holmes rBeac information packet including
appraisal and survey.
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-0W-OF ANNA MARIA
Bringing ople Home Since 1939
m i~lll I I I I I I I I -1ri & I
GRACIOUS LIVING in this water- COVERT I Small, friendly complex,
front, updated 3BR/3BA condo. Loft excellent rental possibilities. Short
overlooking great room. Soaring term allowed. Close to deeded beach
ceilings. 40-foot dock included. Price access and Centre Shops. Price
reduced. PeggyHenger,941-720-0528. reduced. Don Carey, 941-383-3306.
#332186. $739,000. #310468. $295,000.
REMODELED IN 2007, ground level,
four units surround private heated pool.
Steps to the beach. 2BR unit ideal for
owner. Good rental history and reser-
vations. Owner/Agent. Jacque Davis,
941-708-5253. #548868. $1,250,000.
DIRECTGULFFRONT2BR/2BAapartment ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB 2BR/2BA MARINERS COVE Direct bayfront, top
with fabulous views. Top floor end unit is turnkey furnished. Enjoy sunsets from floor3BR/2BA,2,000sf,gatedcommunity,
turnkey furnished. Great walking beach, your balcony over the sugar white sand two pools, tennis, elevator, protected
heated pool and weekly rentals permit- beach, Gulffront, pool, elevator. Great deep-water 35-foot boat slip. Peter Man-
ted. David Moynihan, 941-778-2246. rental history. Karen Day, 941-518-3682. cuso, 941-545-6833 or Dave Moynihan,
#548224. $739,000. 941-778-2246. #543920. $675,000. 941-720-0089. #543600. $599,900.
OPEN HOUSE 2-4PM SUNDAY 445-A 62nd St. Holmes Beach.
Totally updated turnkey furnished villa in Holmes Beach close to
boat ramp and tennis, beach, shopping. Island living ata great
price. Bridget Gennett, 941-224-4315. #548184. $194,900.
MOTEL/RESORT ANNA MARIA ISLAND Great 11-unit resort/
motel. One short block to the beautiful sandy beaches and view
the spectacularsunsets. Many restaurants, specialty shops and
fishing pier close by. Possible conversion potential. Jim Zoff,
941-778-2246. #539134. $2,575,000.
ARAREFIND! Anna Maria Gulffrontlot. Becky Smith, 941-773-
1954 or Elfi Starett, 941-720-3528. #504998. $1,750,000.
RESORT IN PARADISE Tropical landscaping surrounds six
charming units steps from beach. Immaculate, family owned
and clientele keep coming back. Possible owner financing.
Karen Day, 941-778-2246. #529518. $1,650,000.
SUMMER SANDS BAYFRONT Unique 3,292 sf townhome.
3-4BR/4.5BA with family room and glassed lanai. Exceptional
complex with private beach and bayside pool/spa. Community
dock. Dave Moynihan, 941-778-2246. #534641.$1,350,000.
LONGBOATKEYWATERFRONT KeyWest-style home on sailboat
water. Boatlift, open floor plan, four-car garage, workout room
and 30-foot screened balcony. Becky Smith or Elfi Starett,
941-778-2246. #520397. $999,500.
VALUE IS IN TWO LOTS only a few 100 yards from Gulf. Beautiful street
and beach access. Build two homes or remodel cottage and live in
paradise 2BR/1.5BA. Karen Day, 941-778-2246. #550000. $949,000.
BRADENTON BEACH TWO-FAMILYturnkeyfurnished 2BR/1 BA
cottage with 1BR/1BA bungalow. Great family retreat or
rental property. Walk to shops, beach and more. Anne Miller,
EXCEPTIONAL 2BR/2BA direct Gulffront unit with outstanding
views of the Gulf.Totallyrenovated. Secured elevator, heated pool,
tennis court and private garage. Nearshopping and restaurants
Dave Moynihan, 941-778-2246. #543586. $799,900.
BUILTIN2002.Well-maintained3BR/2BAresidence offers 1,600
sf of living area, Open floor plan, cathedral ceilings and heated
pool. Convenient west Bradenton just a few minutes to Gulf
beaches. Dave Moynihan, 941778-2246. #543906. $359,500.
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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
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Retired banker, Island resident, converting life-long
hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275 for free esti-
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THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
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remodeling costs. Call us with your kitchen and
bath needs. Don't buy new redo! 941-751-1245.
Licensed, certified and insured.
INTERIOR SURFACE RENOVATION: Drywall, tex-
ture, paint, tile, wall and ceiling repairs, Fred Wein-
RESILIENT PROPERTIES AND renovations: Kitch-
ens, bathrooms, tile work, decks, sheetrock, paint-
ing and more. Reliable work start-to-finish. What
does your home need? Free estimates. Call Thomas
P. Lass, 941-782-7313.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-
795-1947. Lic. # RR0066450.
GULF CONSTRUCTION INC.: Home remodeling,
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years experience. Free estimates. Call John, 941-
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pride in my work. For a free estimate, call Colin at
941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
WINDOW AND DOOR sales since 1996. Florida's
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RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR two
master suites-/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes
to beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/
dryer, garage, designer furnished with tropical
yard setting. One of the finest rentals on Island.
$1,600/weekly. Call 941-713-0034 or e-mail: beach-
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA annual, ground floor unfur-
nished, $900/month. Seasonals available starting
at $1,800/month. Please call Kim Fisher, Wagner
Realty, 941-778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1BR/1BA with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. 901-301-8299, or e-mail
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or email@example.com.
PARADISE IN COMFORT at Palm Breeze rentals
in Holmes Beach. Two beautifully furnished units in
a Key West-style home on a large corner lot. Each
unit has 3BR/2BA, washer, dryer and fully equipped
kitchen. Heated pool, bikes, grill, etc. Just bring your
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CORTEZ COTTAGE: QUIET area. Fully furnished,
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week, $100/night, includes utilities. 941-794-5980.
ANNUAL RENTAL: PALMA Sola Park. 3BR/2BA, like
new, fresh and clean. Small pet OK, nonsmoking.
Available April 1. $1,500/month. 941-713-3533.
ISLAND CASTLE: FABULOUS French Normandy
home. 4BR/3BA on best beach and quiet street in
Anna Maria. 941-794-8202.
FURNISHED MOTHER-IN-LAW apartment, canal
view with a large deck, dock and saltwater pool to
share. Apartment has private entrance, bath and
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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-
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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. 2007-2008 open. 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.
WATERFRONT: SEASONAL. Beach, dock. Free
use of kayak, pool, exercise room and bicycle. April
still available. 941-779-9074. E-mail: gwalker43@
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CORTEZ/BRADENTON BEACH AREA: Spacious,
furnished 1BR/1BA apartment. Full kitchen, dining
room, living room. Includes utilities, cable, laundry
room. Community boat ramp, marina. $995/month.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH.2BR/2BA, lanai, garage.
Clean, nice quiet area. $1,000/month. 941-776-1789.
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,
$2,750/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-
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.
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 town-
house. 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/1BA, $699/week. Real Estate Mart,
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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.
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.
ANNUAL: 3BR/2BA with fenced back yard,
large storage unit and deeded boat slip. $1,650/
month. Available April 1. Please, call Adele at
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.
SEASONAL: ANNA MARIA lovely ground-level
home. Approximately 1,000 feet to beach. Can be
rented as 2BR/1 BA or 3BR/2BA with carport. Family
and living room, wash room, all with air conditioning.
Nice kitchen and patio. Available 2007 and 2008.
$2,000/month plus utilities for six months or longer,
more for shorter stays. 214 Palmetto Ave. Call John,
2BR/2BA HOME FOR rent or lease to own. Pri-
vate west Bradenton cul-de-sac, near Sugg Middle
School. $1,100/month. Call CPR, 941-794-1515.
1BR/1BA ANNUAL: $875/month. Pet OK, heated
pool, washer and dryer, fenced. 202-Court A
Haverkos Court, Holmes Beach. 941-720-1006.
ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA, elevated duplex, newly remod-
eled. Storage with washer dryer hookups, covered
parking. 2415 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach. $950/
ANNUAL RENTALS: HERON Harbor condo,
2BR/2BA, pool and clubhouse, corner unit. Ground
floor. $1,195/month. Martinique North, Gulffront,
1 BR/1.5BA, fifth floor, bonus view of Sunshine
Skyway Bridge! $995/month. www.coastlineacco-
modations.com. Call Mike at 941-737-0915.
GREAT LOCATION: 2BR/1BA, one-car garage,
elevated duplex. Fishing, lakefront, one block to
beach, laundry facilities, garage. $1,195/month,
ANNUAL QUAINT 2BR/1 BA. Huge deckoverlooking bay.
Wood floors, fireplace, lanai, laundry. Freshly painted.
Small pet OK. $850/month plus. 941-779-9470.
SIX- MONTH RENTAL: Nicely furnished 1 BR/1 BA
ground level duplex with large lanai in a quiet
Holmes Beach neighborhood. Two blocks to beach.
No smoking. No pets. $800/month, some utilities
included. Available April 15. Call 813-928-5378, or
ANNA MARIA HOME on open water and steps to
beaches and City Pier, 3BR/2BA on canal available
April 1. Weekly or monthly. Call: Deborah Thrasher,
Re/Max Excellence, 941-518-7738.
ANNUAL: STEPS TO beach, bay. 2BR/1BA,
enclosed lanai, $775/month. 1 BR/1BA, patio, $675/
month. Furnished, water, trash. Sandpiper Mobile
Park, 55-plus. 941-778-3051.
ANNUAL OR SEMI-ANNUAL: Perico Bay.2BR/2BA
condo, lake view, pool, gym, two sun rooms. Avail-
able May 1. $1,150/month, includes basic cable.
First and security. 941-538-9871.
INTERESTED IN MEMORIAL Day or the summer?
Gorgeous 2BR/2BA house, just steps to beach.
Available May 15 for weekly rental. Call 941-545-
8488, or checkout http://jjvacations.blogspot.com.
Be sure to ask about Memorial Day special!
ANNUALS: SANDPIPER RESORT 55-plus com-
munity, No. 200, 2BR, $695/month. No. 202, 1BR,
$550/month. Both have 1BA, turnkey furnished,
washer and dryer. Includes water, sewer and gar-
bage. On bay, Gulf view. Call 941-920-0868 or 941-
1 AND 2BR APARTMENTS for rent, across the
street from the beach, water views. Starting at $750/
ANNUAL 2BR ELEVATED unit. Freshly remodeled
with laundry and porch. Private parking. One block
to beach. $895/month. 941-807-5449.
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.
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.
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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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-
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
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.
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-
REDUCED $100,000! Open water view and steps
to north-end beach and city piers. Mangroves sur-
round this 3BR/2BA home with Florida room, new
tile, new kitchen cabinets, hot tub and large boat
dock. New price, $699,900. Bring offers. Call Debo-
rah Thrasher, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-518-7738.
NEW LISTING! KEY West-style home, steps to
beach and bay. Breezy 2BR/2BA home with den,
open lanai, new wood floors throughout, work-
shop and room for RV and boat parking with two
entrances to property. Offered at $569,000. Call
Deborah Thrasher, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-518-
2BR/2BA MOBILE HOME in Paradise Bay Estates.
Land-owned, turnkey furnished. 12x20-foot deck in
back, golf cart included. Reduced, $145,000. 941-
761-4532. 215 71st St., Holmes Beach.
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.
LONGBOAT DUPLEX: 4-6BR on canal, deeded
beach access. Use it, rent it out or redevelop.
$699,900. Mary Ann Namack, Longview Realty,
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.
392 FIREHOUSE LANE: North Longboat Key, steps
to beach and pool. Built 2004, upscale and stylish,
former model home. 2BR/2BA, den plus loft. Main-
tained community. Priced to sell. $998,500. EWM
Realtors Inc. www.luxuryhomes-condos.com. 305-
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,
$65,900: FOURTH BAYSHORE Condominium Asso-
ciation. Furnished 1 BR/1BA, 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.
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.
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 cathe-
dral 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.
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 jtvp2 @ aol.com.
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Completing more than 2,000
jobs on Anna Maria Island
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LOCALLY OWNED AND FAMILY OPERATED SINCE 1988
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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.
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. 941-587-1456.
ON THE GULF: North Shore, two home investment
property. Turnkey 3BR/2BA homes. Panoramic Gulf
view and beach. $2,800,000. 941-928-7821.
MUST RELOCATE: DREAM deal on Island at
$544,000. Home in great condition, deep-water
canal, large boat dock, decks. 2BR/2BA, updates.
See it at www.byowner.com or 24-hour hotline, 1-
877-940-7777, or 941-779-2807 for personal tour.
LITTLE HOME IN Cortez: 2BR/1BA, laundry inside.
No restrictions, no association. $229,900. By owner,
SINGLE-WIDE 50-FOOT mobile home: 2BR/2BA
newly remodeled. All appliances, enclosed lanai.
Five miles to beach. Lease, $300/month. $12,900 or
best offer. 941-447-6113. Royal Garden Estates.
PERICO BAY CLUB: Unbelievable bay views from
this updated 3BR/2BA condo. New granite, Italian
porcelain tile, carpet, custom closets, plantation
shutters, designer furnishings and so much more. A
must see at $550,000. E-mail barbfreeman@alltel.
net, or call 859-264-8644 for your viewing.
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are guaranteed by a variety
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nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
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So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, government,
call Ron local for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
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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 are sailboat.
Minutes to the beaches. Zoned for
light commercial. $1,190,000.
REAL ESTATE TEAM
"The Beit Traditiom Sftare a Irome"
CANAL HOME: ABSOLUTELY the best buy! Lovely
Island 2BR2/2BA furnished home with brand new
kitchen, new windows, 45-foot dock and electric
boat lift. One-car garage, circular drive. Perfect
Island retreat! $514,900. Denise Langlois, Coldwell
CANALFRONT CONDO: Westbay Point & Moor-
ings. Light and bright 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished,
tropical foliage. Watch the sunset from your lanai
overlooking canal. Enjoy tennis, heated pool, spa.
Walk to restaurants and shopping. $325,000. Denise
Langlois, Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.
SANDPIPER 55-PLUS mobile park: 1 BR/1 BA with
share. Newly remodeled, new appliances, new
floors, furnished, bright and cheery. $185,000. Call
ISLAND DUPLEX: WATER view, close to the Rod
& Reel Pier, just steps to the beach, great rental
history. Asking price $369,000. Owner financing
BEACH COTTAGES: 1 and 2BR.100 steps to the
beach, great view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Asking price starting at $195,000. Owner financing
BUY NOW! COASTAL North Carolina land or homes.
Low taxes and insurance. Call today! Coastal Caro-
lina Lifestyle Realty, 800-682-9951. www.Coastal-
NORTH CAROLINA PROPERTY: New homes, land,
resort property. James Hill Realty. www.JamesHill-
32 Years ofProfessional 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
Two beautiful new 3BR/2.5BA homes fronone of
the Island's most established builders.
Many upgrades and still time to select your custom
interior finishes. Future boat slip available.
craftsmanship you deserve
Call Greg at
for all the details
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BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Winter season
is here! Must see the beautiful peaceful western
North Carolina mountain homes, cabins, acreage
and investments. Cherokee Mountain GMAC Real
Estate. cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call for free
THE BEST LAND values in coastal Georgia! As
much as 30 percent below recent appraisals. One-
plus-acre marsh view from $49,900. One-plus-acre
marshfront from $124,900. Gated entrance, marina
access and more. 90 minutes to Jacksonville. 30
minutes to Savannah. Grand opening sale Saturday,
March 31. Call now! 888-525-3725, ext. 2228.
GOT NORTH GEORGIA mountain fever? We have
the cure. We can help you find the perfect place
here. Sales and rentals. Toccoa Wilderness Realty
and Cabin Rental LLC. www.ToccoaWildernessRe-
altyandCabinRental.com. 706-632-2606, or 706-
VIEWS, WATERFALL: SCARCE find in Ashe County,
N.C., mountains. 50 acres with 3BR/2.5BA home.
Two-car garage, heated basement. $1,250,000.
Ashe High Country Realty, 888-216-8299.
ASHEVILLE, N.C., AREA acreage: Breathtak-
ing 1.6-plus-acre parcel with spectacular 25-mile
mountain views. 30 minutes to Asheville. Owner's
lodge on river, amenities. Other parcels available.
$189,900. Call 866-432-7361.
NORTH CAROLINA: LAKE property sale April 28.
Large acreage, lake access, community pool, much
more. Call for details, 866-930-5263.
WATERFRONT: Sick of the city? Beautiful 2.5 acres
on the crystal clear Santa Fe River. 20 minutes to
Gainesville. $228,000. 352-275-4077.
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.
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
i 4220 NE 2nd Ave St. Ct. Bradenton.
3BR/2BA canalfront home for rent
located in the Inlets. Boat dock,
fenced backyard and updated.
$1,800/month. For more details call
941-778-2291 or 941-526-9833.
4208 NE 2nd Ave St. Ct. Bradenton.
3BR/3BA canalfront home for rent
located in the Inlets. Fenced backyard,
large screened-in lanai overlooking the
water. Newly updated! $1,800/month.
For more details call 941-778-2291 or
Brand new home located at 1119 59th St.
N.W. Bradenton. This home is brand new
overlookingthe Manatee River. Itis4BR/4BA,
fireplace,large kitchen. It includesathree-car
garage and great views. Must see. $7,000/
-- month. For more details call 941-778-2291
r or 941-526-9833.
5214 State Rd 64 East Bradenton, FL 34208
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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.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: LOG cabin shell on two
private acres near very wide trout stream in the
Galax area and New River State Park, $139,500.
GEORGIA LAND BARGAINS! 20-plus acres. Great
price, location and financing! www.gaforest.com.
For Expert Advice On Island Property
CALL THE ISLANDERS
CAuL CHRIS & JOHN L,"
941-778- 6066 ,
CHRISTINET. SHAW AND
JOHN VAN ZANDT, REALTORS "
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,, 6101 MARINA DR., HOLMES BEACH
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.
WATERFRONT! 2.25 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.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
COASTAL GEORGIA: 57.92 acres, $199,900! Georgia/Flor-
ida border. Mature pines, abundant wildlife. Only an hour
from Jacksonville, Fla.! Call now, 904-206-5114, ext. 1195.
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! Subdi-
vision potential! Call now, 800-898-4409, ext. 1178.
NEW PRICE! 10-plus acres, $299,000! Upscale, eques-
trian, gated community! 200-year-old oaks. Established lush
pastures. Paved private roads, underground utilities. Ocala
area, two miles from HITS! Excellent financing! Call 866-
Terry Hayes, Realtor
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110 13TH ST. S., ANNA MARIA ISLAND
- Spectacular bay views from this darling 2BR/I BA
cottage fully updated with custom dock and large
deck.Very private with lovely yard. $989,000
REAL ESTATE LLC
BAY PALMS WATERFRONT HOME
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay and
Intracoastal Waterway. $599,000.
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 of Gulf. 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.
SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA turnkey from $175,000.
TRADEWINDS RESORTVILLA- 1BR/1BA, Pool. $325,900.
KEY ROYALE BAYFRONT 3BR/2.5BA, Dock $2,150,000.
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS CONDO 2BR/2BA, Patio. $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 Gulfview. $995,000.
ANNA MARIA NEAR BEACH House and cottage. $848,000.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO 1BR/1BA Water view. $349,000.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulf view. $799,900.
FLAMINGO CAYWATERFRONT- 3BR/2BA, pool. $859,000.
WATERS EDGE CONDO 2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront. $959,900.
GULF PLACE CONDOS Turnkey furnished. From $869,900.
SARASOTABAYFRONT PARADISE-3BR/2.5BA, $1,124,900.
RIVERVIEWBOULEVARD CAPE COD 3BR/2BA. $529,900.
ANNUAL and SEASONAL
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
408 S. BAY BLVD., ANNA MARIA ISLAND.
Visit this stunning contemporary on the north end of
Anna Maria Island. Amazing views, a sweeping grand
entrance wreathed with jasmine and many fine touches
all make this a very special home. $ 1,600,000
U2 IVIMAKINA UKIlVE, IBIVIINI bAY Lustom built
by Gulf Coast Builders at end of a cul-de-sac on the
bay. Five luxurious suites each beautifully appointed.
Dramatic architecture and finishes like distressed hand-
planed maple flooring, Key West gold granite, gourmet
kitchen and so much more. Pool, dock, fabulous views
and privacy. Spectacular!. $2,595,000.
t:94 1/308-6494 www.skysothebys.com
Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated.
309 59T1H SI, HOLMES BEACH 3 B/2BA custom
built by Quality Builders. Centrally located in heart
of Holmes Beach, walk to restaurants, library and
beach. Many fine finishes including cathedral and high
ceilings, granite, hardwood flooring and cathedral
screened lanai and pavered patio. $769,000.
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Brand new homes by
Southwest Florida's most
Wisteria Park is a new neighborhood in Northwest Bradenton
offered by Neal Communities. There is something for everyone
with maintenance-free and traditional single-family homes and
twelve floor plans with two-story options, ranging from 2,015
to 3,341 a/c square feet. Visit Wisteria Park today and tour our
four beautiful new models.
A place where memories will be made,
family will gather,
friends willfeel welcome,
and private moments will be cherished.
Blue Ridge Collection: Traditional homes from the $500s including homesite.
941-792-5333, Toll-free: 866-792-5333
Chesapeake Collection: Maintenance-free homes from the high $400s
including homesite. 941-792-3366, Toll-free: 877-792-3366
1726 86th Street NW, Bradenton, Florida 34209
Models open daily: 10 a.m. 5:30 p.m., Sunday: Noon 5:00 p.m.
Anna Maria Island & Gulf Beaches
Botanical Garden Park
Stewart Elementary School
Geraldson Farms Produce
King Middle School
U.S. Post Office
Urgent Care Medical Center
Building. Home. Life.