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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 15, No. 22 April 4, 2007 FREE
By Rick Catlin
The Citizens Against Runaway Taxation will meet
with the general public at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April
4, at the Holmes Beach City Hall to update Islanders on
the latest tax relief proposals before the Florida Legis-
CART president Don Schroder said CART has
some problems" with some of the proposals for tax
relief now being discussed. In particular, CART objects
to the fact that the state representatives are not address-
ing problems CART has with the tax appraisal method
used by some county property appraisers that allows
them to appraise a property at its "highest and best use."
However, noted Schroder, the Florida Senate plans to
address this issue.
The "highest and best use" method of property
appraisal has driven a number of Island "mom-and-
pop" motel and small business owners out of busi-
ness in the past few years because they can't generate
enough income to pay their rising taxes, Schroder and
CART have long noted.
The "highest and
best use method of
has driven a number
of Island "mom-and-
pop" motel and small
business owners out
of business ...
He also said that at
its meeting, CART will
discuss a proposal cur-
rently in the Florida
Legislature to allow
counties to increase the
sales tax by as much as
but reduce ad valorem
This might place an
unfair tax burden on
Manatee and Sarasota counties, which only receive
back 86 percent of the sales tax revenues they gener-
ate for the state.
"That's not equitable," Schroder observed.
Additionally, such a tax increase would be added to
the already existing "bed tax," placing an additional 12
to 13 percent tax on a motel room. That's a tax that visi-
tors to beach communities such as Anna Maria Island
might not want to bear.
Schroder also noted that no figures have been gen-
erated that show how much revenue a sales tax increase
would generate and if the increase in sales tax would
offset any reduction in property taxes.
The Legislature is also considering a proposal to
reduce ad valorem tax rates to 2004 levels and CART
would like to see data from its members on how this
reduction might help or hurt a business or homeowner. A
legislative sub-committee had originally recommended
a roll back to 2001 tax levels, a move thatwould have
cut municipal budgets by an average of 38 percent,
but would have exempted 30 of Florida's smaller and
"financially restrained" counties.
Even a reduction to 2004 tax rates likely won't help
Island cities maintain municipal services, said Anna
Maria Mayor Fran Barford.
"That's certainly better than going back to 2001,"
said Barford, "but we would still have to curtail many
services and projects." City staff are presently preparing
an estimate of how much revenue would be lost if the
Legislature sets ad valorem taxes at their 2004 levels.
New parking lot opens in Holmes Beach
Visitors to the Manatee Public Beach last week found a new location to park their vehicles after the public
parking lot at the beach quickly filled to capacity on many days. The right of way along Manatee Avenue was
apparently a convenient spot for a new if only temporary parking lot. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Manatee Avenue shoulder
is makeshift parking lot
By Lisa Neff
Vacationer Robert Hodges had little trouble finding
a place to plant his beach chair March 29, but he first
struggled to find a spot to park his Jeep Cherokee.
Hodges drove in and out of the crowded parking
lot at Manatee Public Beach, cruised through a nearby
neighborhood and pondered borrowing a spot at the
Publix grocery store before pulling off to the side of
"I didn't see any sign that I couldn't," he said as he
loaded his chair and cooler into the diagonally parked
SUV and prepared to return to a hotel room in Braden-
The driver of a red BMW sedan waited nearby for
Hodges' to vacate his space on the grass along Mana-
tee Avenue. She waited impatiently, honking her horn
every 30 seconds to remind Hodges of her presence.
"There's not enough parking out here," Hodges
said. "Someone flipping flipped me off when I parked
here. I'm like, 'Do you want tourists or not?'"
In the parking lot of the Publix, some full-time
Island residents hesitated in answering that question.
"Well, to be honest, I do and I don't want the tourists,"
said Sally Anderson, of Holmes Beach. "I know they are
our lifeblood, but oh the traffic and the parking."
While spots for a blanket on the beach were plenti-
ful last week, parking was at a premium, especially in
the vicinity of Manatee Public Beach.
"I know it's a mess," said Holmes Beach Police
Chief Jay Romine. "These two out of 52 weeks are the
worst for parking.... Everybody wants to come to the
Romine said he and his officers are monitoring the
situation near the public beach, but there's a limit to
what can be done to remedy the overflow.
Parking along Manatee Avenue near Gulf Drive,
for example, is not against the law unless a vehicle is
double-parked or blocks the road.
"We have issued quite a few tickets to blatant viola-
tors," Romine said. "But the bottom line is, where are
you going to go?"
"It's not uncommon and it's legal as long as they
are not obstructing traffic," Holmes Beach Mayor Rich
Bohnenberger said regarding the parking along Mana-
tee Avenue, a state road policed by the city.
City officials and residents said the situation high-
lights the need to increase ridership on the buses to the
Island and the free trolley on the Island.
"I wish we'd see more beach crowds on the buses
coming out here," said Anna Maria resident Julia
Beales. "But I guess I can't shake a finger. I ride the
trolley about twice a month."
The situation, according to Bohnenberger, also
highlights the need for additional parking on the Island.
"But," he added, "I don't know where you'd find it."
For Easter information, see page 17.
2 E APRIL 4, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
GSR seeks auction sale again
By Rick Catlin
Following a failed effort to market its Island prop-
erties through a local real estate company, bankrupt
GSR Development LLC is now seeking court approval
to sell its extensive real estate holdings through public
auctions. The company had previously proposed such a
sale through the international auction firm of Golndus-
try Michael Fox, but withdrew the proposal on March 2
in hopes the real estate marketing effort would produce
But according to the Manatee County multiple list-
ing service records, none of the 11 properties had been
sold by March 16.
Now, GSR is back in federal bankruptcy court with
the same auction proposal that this time includes GSR's
Villa Rosa property in Anna Maria and its Rosa del Mar
property on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.
To sweeten the deal for federal bankruptcy Judge
K. Rodney May, GSR has also included a new compro-
mise to its controversy with Bon Eau Enterprises LLC
of Sarasota, the company that may or may not own Villa
Bon Eau has agreed that it will guarantee "no less
than $600,000 in cash" to the GSR estate if the court
approves the "waterfall sale arrangement."
The GSR unsecured creditors committee has
claimed that the August 2005 financial transaction
between Bon Eau and GSR was a "criminally usuri-
ous" loan of $6.2 million, while Bon Eau alleges it
is now the rightful owner of the 14 lots that comprise
Villa Rosa, exclusive of the model home property. The
unsecured creditors committee has claimed Bon Eau
is not entitled to any of the proceeds of a Villa Rosa
sale and any such money should be distributed to the
secured and unsecured creditors.
GSR attorney Stephen Leslie argued to the court
that emergency approval of the motion was needed to
take advantage of the "prime season" for real estate
sales on Anna Maria Island.
While Leslie's motion established no minimum bid
on any of GSR's properties, the properties previously
marketed unsuccessfully for GSR that would be auc-
tioned by Fox, along with the prior asking prices, are:
401 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, $625,000.
506 Bay Drive S., Bradenton Beach, $895,000.
109 Fifth St. S., A, Bradenton Beach, $825,000.
109 Fifth St. S., B, Bradenton Beach,
Seventh Street, Gardenia A, Bradenton Beach,
Seventh Street, Gardenia B, Bradenton Beach,
Seventh Street, Gardenia C and D, Bradenton
Beach, no minimums provided.
615 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, $1.5 mil-
While no minimum bids were established for any
of the individual lots at Villa Rosa or Rosa del Mar, Fox
had previously set a minimum price of $10 million for
all of the Rosa del Mar property in Bradenton Beach
and $9.5 million for Villa Rosa in its entirety.
The Church of the Annunciation held its "Sacred and
Secular A Musical Celebration" March 31. The event
featured ( iait IIec LaForest, flutist; Ethan Dudley,
baritone; Deborah Polkinghorn, soprano; Carole Corn-
man, soprano; and accompanists Kristen Conn and
Thorn Tenny. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
In somewhat of an irony, $9.5 million is reportedly
the sale price that GSR principals Robert Byrne and
Steve Noriega rejected last September when Gaspar
Properties Inc. of Tampa attempted to purchase Villa
Rosa. Gaspar had originally been interested at $11.5
million, but subsequently lowered its offer after re-
appraising the property and the Island real estate
Several unsecured creditors of GSR, including Paul
Gallizzi of Spectrum Management Inc., said it's pos-
sible that Gaspar Properties might still be interested in
At this point in the bankruptcy proceedings, how-
ever, Galizzi said he would be "very happy" to get any
significant amount in a liquidation of GSR's proper-
ties, considering that most of them are mortgaged at or
near maximum value. Spectrum has unsecured claims
against GSR totaling more than $1.4 million.
Because of the high loan-to-value ratio on most, if
not all, of GSR's properties, it's going to be difficult to
sell the properties because the prices can't be lowered
much if the banks are to be paid in full, Galizzi indi-
cated. And if the properties are sold for less than the
mortgages, GSR's unsecured creditors may be out of
Unsecured creditor Kent Davis has already stated
that he has "little faith" in the bankruptcy proceedings
to return him any of the remaining money he's owed.
He's already been paid $480,000 of his $600,000 judg-
ment against Byrne and Noriega through acquisition
of some of Byrne's properties in Palm Beach County.
Davis said he will rely on the personal guarantee of
Byrne for the repayment of the final $120,000.
Both Davis and Galizzi agreed with an assessment
in bankruptcy court by unsecured creditors committee
attorney John Anthony that GSR's administrative costs
are eating up any money the company has, including
any profits from the sale of its properties.
The total amount of unsecured claims against the
GSR estate is $6.1 million, while GSR's total bank-
ruptcy is currently at $46 million, according to court
THE ISLANDER U APRIL 4, 2007 E 3
Neighbors reject plan for public park
By Rick Catlin
An effort by Anna Maria City Commissioner Jo
Ann Mattick to purchase the undeveloped 1.5 acres
owned by Harry and Karen Lockwood at 703 N. Shore
Drive through a Florida Communities Trust grant and
turn the property into a public park has apparently fallen
flat after some of the Lockwood's neighbors vilified the
couple for even considering such a sale.
After enduring some angry denunciations from a
few neighbors after the commission gave Mattick the
go-ahead to seek the grant, Harry Lockwood said that
"Karen and I have decided to withdraw the property
from a potential sale to the city."
He believed it would be "inappropriate" to repeat
some of the comments made in anger to he and his
wife, he said, but those remarks gave the couple some
"sleepless nights" the past week.
"Apparently, we've been called connivers, schem-
ers and scumbags since our initial efforts to develop our
vacant lot," he added.
The comments have taken the Lockwoods by sur-
prise, particularly since Mattick and the city came to
them with the idea to purchase the property.
Mattick's proposal would have created a nature
park and gardens that would have preserved the trees
and vegetation of the 1.5 acres, added a walking path
and exercise stations and created an educational experi-
ence for Islanders and school children.
Some neighbors, however, apparently feared the
project would bring more visitors to the beach and more
illegal parking, along with more trash, alcohol, rowdi-
ness and nighttime activities to the area.
Mattick said she was shocked at the behavior of
some people toward the Lockwoods.
"This was my idea, not the Lockwoods. I'm very
disappointed that a handful of people can make such
objections and many were personal attacks," she said.
"The flak they've taken is totally unjustified. It's a
real tragedy. I feel really bad for them. They were trying
to do the right thing, the decent thing, and all they got
"And the neighbors can't have it both ways," added
Mattick. "They tell the Lockwoods they don't want a
mega-mansion built on the property, then they tell them
they don't want a park." A park would be preferable to
a mega-mansion, which is probably what's eventually
going to be built on the property when it's sold, she
Even though the offer to sell to the city is off the
table, the Lockwoods can still sell the property to a
developer who, under the current building codes and
zoning ordinances, can tear down the front cottage,
remove the trees, plants and vegetation that the Lock-
woods have added since 1997, and build a "mega-man-
sion" on the back lot on the beach.
A new owner could also apply for a lot split and
sub-divide the property to build several single-family
The Lockwoods never intended to sub-divide the
m- .'0: i
There is some extensive native landscaping on the
,. .. r-h -
The property at 703 N. .iw c Drive owned by Harry and Karen Lockwood likely won't become a public park
and botanical garden, but a three-story residence could be built on the site. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
property to build more residences, but had considered
adding a beach house. They were originally delighted
at Mattick's proposal that the property could be turned
into a nature park delighted until some neighbors
turned against them.
"We didn't go behind anyone's back. The city came
to us. We thought it was a wonderful idea because it
would keep the property as a park and could not be
developed for residential houses," Harry Lockwood
Now, however, the Lockwoods have lowered the
asking price and intend to sell to a private buyer as soon
as possible. "We don't need this a.r.i.,l .alin We've
always tried to be good neighbors. We'll just sell and
go elsewhere," said Harry Lockwood.
Not all of the Lockwood's neighbors objected to
Mary Creamer and Ned Perkins of Cypress Street
thought the idea of a park that would preserve the
"green" of the trees and vegetation of the property
was "just fine." They were disappointed to learn of the
personal attacks on the Lockwoods.
Even though the Lockwoods have withdrawn the
property, Mattick said she'd still like to get public
opinion on the idea of a park for the 1.5 acres. She
invited city residents to attend the April 11 commis-
sion worksession to express their views, both pro and
"I'd like to see if there's any support for the idea of
a park," said Mattick. "Too often in the past, the views
of a minority have prevented the city from purchasing
Bob Dale has resigned from his position as
chairman of the Bradenton Beach Planning and
Dale has served on the board for more than
20 years, including overseeing the comprehensive
plan review and subsequent land development
code creation in 1989.
The city is currently undergoing another
review of its land-use policies and is expected to
approve those changes this year.
Dale did not return phone calls from The
Islander on his resignation, and has been absent
from recent P&Z board meetings.
land that would have benefited everyone in the city."
She cited Villa Rosa, the five lots along Pine
Avenue, and Bean Point as examples of property the
city could have bought in years past to halt develop-
ment and retain land for the benefit of the public. And
the FCT grant would have allowed Anna Maria to
buy the Lockwood property at no expense to the city
The Lockwoods have been coming to Anna Maria
every winter since 1991 and purchased the North Shore
property in 1997.
"This was our 'honeymoon' place," said Karen
Anna Maria City
April 9, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting at
Holmes Beach City Hall.
April 10, 6:45 p.m., environmental education and en-
hancement committee meeting at Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave.
April 11, 7 p.m., city commission meeting, Holmes
Beach City Hall.
Anna Maria City Hall is temporarily housed in the
annex building at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, 708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.
April 5, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Approval of project-program manager to attend
governor's hurricane conference, approval of in-
voices, approval of interlocal agreements, approval of
civil engineer to design Herb Dolan North Park, and
April 9, 4 p.m., WAVES committee meeting.
April 10, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
April 4, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
April 10, 7 p.m., city commission meeting followed
by city commission work session.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Government offices in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach
and Holmes Beach will be closed Friday, April 6, for
4 E APRIL 4, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
Insurance: Will law revisions help or hurt policyholders?
By Molly McCartney
Look for state lawmakers to correct before the cur-
rent legislative session ends in May what they say are
mistakes or inconsistencies in the new state insurance
law. The question is whether the changes they make are
going to help or hurt policyholders.
That was the word at the end of the week from state
Rep. Bill Galvano (R-68th District), an attorney who
represents Anna Maria Island and has been a leader
in the effort to find solutions to the state insurance
\ ly prediction is that there will be some new leg-
islation to fix the glitches in the insurance law, but it
is not clear yet what the new glitch bill will be," he
Galvano said one issue that especially concerns him
is the possible elimination of the 90-day deadline for
insurers to settle claims with condominium associations
and commercial policyholders.
Homeowners would continue to benefit from the
90-day deadline, but would be prohibited from filing a
class-action lawsuit against insurers if the claim is not
settled within 90 days.
Galvano was one of seven Republicans to join with
Democrats in the House and vote against the glitch
bill. They failed to defeat the bill, but their opposition
helped slow it down and force its backers to reconsider
"I want to make sure we protect people and not
back off what we did in January," Galvano said.
He expects a revised glitch bill to come up for a
vote before the session ends.
Galvano said he also intends to check with the
governor's office to get Gov. Charlie Crist's view on
the glitch bill.
"I don't think he wants consumers to lose any of
the protections they got in January," Galvano said.
The bill, which runs more than 40 pages, was pro-
posed by Rep. Ron Reagan (R-67th District), a Braden-
ton insurance agent who represents eastern Manatee
County and chairs the powerful Job and Entrepreneur-
Reagan told The Islander Saturday that he and
his staff had reworked the bill to address the concerns
expressed earlier in the week by Galvano and others
and that the revised version is "more consumer-oriented
than originally written."
"I'm convinced that all the problems have been
taken care of," Reagan said.
He said the proposed change in the 90-day rule had
been misunderstood. The problem with the glitch bill as
originally drafted, he said, was that it had applied the
State Rep. Bill Galvano predicts some changes in the
state's new insurance law before this legislative ses-
sion ends in early May, but "it is not clear yet" what
the changes will be. Islander Photo: Molly McCartney
State Rep. Ron Reagan says the revised version of his
insurance bill is "more consumer-oriented than origi-
nally written." Islander Photo: Molly McCartney
90-day requirement to all commercial policyholders,
regardless of the size of their facilities.
The revised glitch bill makes a distinction between
small businesses and big ones, he said.
"We want to have the 90-day provision for small
businesses," he said. "But we want flexibility for big
buildings. My proposal was to have the 90-day rule
cover commercial property under $2 million ... and to
give insurers a few more months before the claim for
Quilters gather March 22 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church to talk about the history of quilts, the craft and the
work of an international network of quilters, including the local Tuesday Quilters whose quilts are sent
around the world to warm bodies and comfort spirits. The Tuesday Quilters welcome new members from
beginners to experts. The group meets Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gloria Dei, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. For more information, call 778-1813. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
bigger buildings has to be settled."
Reagan said his proposed revision would mean that
"99 percent of all commercial business would be cov-
ered by the 90-day provision."
He also said that insurers would have to settle
claims with condominium associations within 90 days,
contrary to what some opponents have charged.
According to Reagan, individual homeowners
would be permitted to sue their insurance company if
the claim isn't settled within 90 days. "What we want
to prevent is the class action suit," he said. "But there
is nothing to keep an individual homeowner from
Going bare, getting discounts
Opponents of the glitch bill have also complained it
would eliminate the provision in the insurance law that
allows condominium associations and commercial busi-
nesses the option of going without wind insurance.
Reagan said he is prepared to drop that segment
from his bill so that condo groups and businesses -
along with homeowners can continue to go bare
when they do not have a mortgage or some other legal
commitment that requires that coverage.
A third area of controversy has to do with a provi-
sion in the glitch bill that critics say would allow insur-
ers to decrease discounts for mitigation efforts made by
the homeowner, such as installing hurricane shutters.
Reagan said he hasn't yet addressed this issue.
"We may pull that out (of the glitch bill) until we
get more information about the effect of mitigation on
window coverings, door protections and gable brac-
Reagan said the revised version of the glitch bill
would remedy these and other concerns that have been
brought up. "I think we will end up with a good con-
sumer protection bill," he said.
The bill also would allow policyholders with Citi-
zens Property Insurance Corp. to make monthly pre-
mium payments rather than annual payments, he said.
The 10-day waiting period to obtain Citizens cov-
erage is also being eliminated, Reagan said. His bill
would permit Citizens to issue a policy on the spot and
go into effect at once, he said.
Reagan said he is convinced that his revised glitch
bill "will take care of all the problems" that have wor-
ried the critics.
Insurance company profits rose sharply in 2006 and
are expected to be strong again in 2007, according to
the A.M. Best Co. rating agency.
Best estimated that the property-casualty industry
earned $68 billion last year, compared to $49 billion in
2005. Profits for the industry could total $62.2 billion
this year, Best said.
An Associated Press report on insurance industry
profits states that Allstate earned an "eye-popping" $5
billion profit last year. State Farm's profit climbed 65
percent for the year.
The AP report quoted J. Robert Hunter, director of
insurance for the Consumer Federation of America, as
saying that the industry is making exceptional profits
because it is pushing more risk and more cost onto
"They're making homeowners and business owners
take on more of the risk through high deductibles, caps
on replacement costs and other limitations," he said.
"And they're refusing to renew tens of thousands of
homeowners and business property policies, especially
along the coasts."
Hunter said that state regulators "have not done the
job to control excessive prices charged by the insur-
Industry experts said industry profits were up
because there were far fewer storms in 2006.
Robert Hartwig, president and chief economist with
the New York-based Insurance Information Institute,
told the AP that the 2006 profits "have more to do with
the fact that insurers saw good results in auto insurance,
workers comp and a variety of other areas and in states
that don't have a coastline."
Note: If you have an insurance story to share with others
about your experience with rate hikes, rate reductions,
rate refunds or other insurance issues, please send a
note to The Islander by mailing msmccartney@sprint-
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 4, 2007 5 5
Applicants line up for Bradenton Beach post
By Paul Roat
There are some familiar faces within the ranks of
applicants for the building official position in Braden-
The post became vacant Feb. 23 upon the sudden
leave of Ed Mc Adam, who later resigned after allega-
tions of sexual harassment were levied against him by
the city's code enforcement officer, Gail Garneau.
Repeated requests for further information on the
nature of the allegations by The Islander on the matter
have not been forthcoming.
City commissioners advertised the vacant position
in early March. As of last Friday, nine applicants had
Perhaps most notable in the list of building official
candidates is Kevin Donohue, who is the current build-
ing official in Anna Maria City. He previously was a
building inspector in New York before taking his pres-
ent post in Anna Maria.
Other Island residents who have applied for the job
include David E. Greene, of Holmes Beach, who works
for the Manatee County School District as project direc-
tor in construction services.
Local contractor Daniel J. Gilford of Bradenton
Beach is head of Daniel J. Gilford and Associates Con-
struction Consultants, which deals with single-family
and multiple-dwelling construction.
Dan Sack, president of MarSac Development and
Realty, is based in Holmes Beach and was a contractor
with GSR Development LLC during some of that now
troubled company's construction efforts.
Timothy E. N ailllh tt of Palmetto is a self-employed
contractor, former corrections officer with the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office, and also a reserve officer for
the Bradenton Beach Police Department, who has also
applied for the building official position.
Licensed building officials applying for the job
include Lawrence George Nayman, current build-
ing official at Indian Shores; and Mark A. Grenier,
who served as building official for several Florida
counties, including Putnam, Orange, Flagler and
Also among the applicants are Ron Wiley, a build-
ing inspector for the city and county of Sarasota; and
Michael J. Aerts of St. Petersburg, a commercial con-
No date for interviews or a schedule for city com-
mission approval of a nominee has yet been made by
M.T. Causely, a private firm specializing in han-
dling county and municipal building services, has been
retained by the city to handle it's building department
services until a full-time building official is hired.
Islanders attend preservation forum
Islanders concerned with preservation and conservation take part in the Manatee County Historic Preserva-
tion Forum at the Crosley Estate, 1 Seagate Drive, March 22. Pictured are, front row, from left, Lisa Marie
Phillips of the city of Bradenton Beach and Thea Kelley of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. In the
back row, Charles Regle of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Bona Wortman of
WAVES, Phillip Herbert Tarpley of NSAR, Sissy Quinn ofAMIHS and Nancy Ambrose of the Anna Maria
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Join us on the beach
Forget the tanning oil, sun block, cooler, grill, rafts
and sodas and snacks.
Bring folding chairs, blankets or seating of your
Come to share friendship and a new day beginning.
It's Easter morning, a gathering just before sunrise, and
we hope you join us, fellow Islanders and all who care to, in a
morning of inspiration from the sun rising in the eastern sky.
Join the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club members
at the Manatee Public Beach as they present the club's
43rd annual Easter sunrise service with help from all the
Island's churches, their pastors and congregations.
No matter your religious beliefs, for you can celebrate
the resurrection of Jesus, or you can simply rejoice in your
heart that a new day is beginning.
It may not be Thanksgiving, but we have Kiwanis mem-
bers to thank for bringing a thousand or so folks together to
rejoice and appreciate life on Anna Maria Island.
See you at the beach ... early!
We likely are experiencing the best tourist season on
Anna Maria Island since before the terrorist attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001. And "it ain't over."
No, it's not the same. It never is and it shouldn't be.
We have to evolve. And like it or not, change doesn't
always equate to progress, but neither does progress mean
we have to change.
We have to adapt.
Before 9/11, we waited on Manatee Avenue to get to
and from the Island in VERY long lines of traffic. Some-
times we waited more than an hour just to cross the bridge.
But 9/11 didn't change that. We found "smooth sailing" on
the Palma Sola Causeway when consumption of alcohol
there was eliminated.
Folks didn't quit coming to Anna Maria Island
because they feared terrorists would strike here, they cut
back on vacations and spending because the stock market
went down the tubes.
And now folks say the rising cost of taxes and insur-
ance will slow down tourism. But prices are falling on
Anna Maria Island and, in the long run, it's a good thing.
Last year it was the real estate "bubble" waiting to burst,
or so said naysayers.
Bah. Humbug. Balderdash. Bunk.
There's no place more like paradise on earth, and
more folks will come, more tourists will discover AMI,
and they will dine, shop, celebrate and embrace our "old-
We don't have to market "our little secret." Attrition,
our own family and friends discovering the lifestyle we
nurture on AMI, is helping us grow.
It matters not that McMansions stand alongside little
cottages, as oldsters and youngsters enjoy the beach together
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Bohnenberger, give up
This letter is in response to an article in The ISlander
concerning Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger's
comments about the proposed tax-relief plan, and his
opposition to it. I think he might try giving up his home-
stead exemption and see if his attitude changes regard-
ing Part 1 of the plan.
When my property taxes were doubled in 2001,
his probably increased 2 percent. My property tax
since then has increased from $2,400 to $4,800 and
now $6,500 in five years. Has he seen that much of an
increase in his property taxes?
Have the expenses of the Island's municipal gov-
ernments increased that much? If so, that needs to be
Real estate here is said to be overvalued by 25 percent.
Will people like me see a comparable decrease in our prop-
erty taxes and appraisals without this bill? Not likely.
Who does he think must shoulder the burden of
these large increases? Some of it will be the same tour-
ists he worries about with the sales tax increase pro-
posed in Part 2, which would incidentally be borne by
all of us. Landlords cannot do anything but pass the
cost of these increased taxes on to the tourists.
It's easy to let those without a homestead exemp-
tion shoulder the bulk of the property tax burden. They
don't get to vote. A town meeting? How would the
non-homestead owners be represented?
Larry Zimmer, Anna Maria
A good trap
This letter is in response to Sue Pang, who com-
plained recently about the number of cats on the Island.
There are likely no more cats this year than any
other year. In fact, thanks to the efforts of dedicated
volunteers who trap and neuter strays and ferals, there
may be fewer cats. The problem is development that
takes away the habitats of many creatures, including
cats and raccoons.
Over development is also the cause of Pang's other
complaint trash. More condos mean more people and
more people means more trash. Curtailing over-develop-
ment and helping homeowners and small motel owners
keep their properties instead of selling to condo developers
is where Pang and people with similar concerns should
focus their ire not on the creatures who suffer from it.
Pang can also help by volunteering and/or donating
to Gulf Shore Animal League, which is instrumental in
the Trap Neuter Release (TNR) program on the Island
and in Manatee County. Visit the Web site at www.
gsalinc.org to learn about TNR or to adopt a cat. A
laid-back Island stray named Stubbs can use help right
now. His owners moved away and left him to fend for
himself. Thanks to Gulf Shore, I was able to get him
neutered and get his shots, but he could use a sunny
spot on your couch to nap and regular meals. Lionel,
a sweet-natured feral who was slowly getting used to
people, could have used help as well, but he was hit and
killed by a speeding car that didn't bother to stop.
Instead of asking the county to "hide" these issues,
please help. Adopt an Island kitty, learn about TNR or
just send Gulf Shore or the Manatee County Humane
Society a check to keep up the work of neutering and
finding homes for these cats, who need food and com-
passion more than scorn.
TNR works. I've been doing it for years and can
attest to it. And it's legal. I or a Gulf Shore volunteer
will help teach you to trap cats in your neighborhood.
I hope you'll check out Gulf Shore Animal League or
the local humane society the next time you are upset
about seeing a stray kitten displaced by another new
bank or condo development.
Stacie Suttles, Holmes Beach
Lisa Neff's review of the latest Island Players pro-
duction of "Drinking Alone" was exceptional. She gave
credit to the great acting so well, and to all the wonder-
ful "behind the scenes" workers.
Genevieve Alban, Anna Maria
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 4, 2007 7 7
By former Holmes Beach City
Commissioner Don Maloney
Still more decisions
You'll recall, I trust, that my last "Slice" here had to
do with my concern about the many, many complicated
decisions involved in something as seemingly simple
as ordering breakfast.
Well, a shopping trip this morning involved a whole
new decision-making situation that made looking back
at breakfast ordering as simple as a bowl of grits.
That new experience came about because Wife
Sarah asked me to pick up some toilet paper when I
was at Publix. I saw no possible complications that
might come from filling that request. However, if you
have ever made a trip down the "Paper Goods" aisle at
our "super market," you know that's not the case.
The first decision I was forced to make at the aisle
containing the collection of that particular type of paper
goods was whether or not I should pick up a package of
six rolls, nine rolls, 12 rolls, or even 24 rolls. No chance
to buy a single roll. The first six-roll pack I saw (there
were more than a few) was all double sheets, so they
were the same, the label promised, as 12 single rolls. It
occurred to me that I had never asked Wife Sarah about
her roll-pack and sheet strength preferences.
Just before I decided to chance it with the 12-roll
double-sheet pack that equaled 24 singles, I found
there were choices in that size, including rippled paper,
ultra-thick double-roll paper even very soft, quilted
paper. One pack, in fact, said it contained 100 percent
recycled paper. I decided under the circumstances not
to risk that.
Finally, just as I had decided to settle for one of
those 12-roll double-sheet packs that would net Wife
Sarah and I the equivalent of 24 singles, I noticed that
the lady in front of me was putting a M\ .g,1 Rolls"
pack in her cart a pack of only six rolls that netted
a record 24 of those olden-days singles. While it really
was none of my business, I told her to think her choice
over because a shelf a little farther away had nine of
those Megas in each pack, which equaled, of course,
36 single rolls.
Even after I thought I had chosen the one package
that I thought best for our intended use, I discovered
that all the sheets in the pack next to that choice con-
tained both Aloe and vitamin E, but gave no hint of the
advantages, if any, of having that stuff in your toilet
paper, even if it's the quilted or rippled variety.
What continued to concern me during all this was
how could I tell if double rolls even have twice as many
sheets as single rolls? I never counted my sheets.
Believe it or not, there was even toilet paper there
NOT in rolls, but in packs of flat, single sheets intended,
it said, "for travelers." I guess it's for folks who don't
want to chance the 100 percent recycled paper they
might find in strange places.
All that collection of different quality and quantity
of toilet paper rolls might soon be history since I read
in USA Today this morning that Japanese bathroom
equipment manufacturers have come up with toilets
that require users when they are done to skip the use
of paper altogether.
They will not, however, do away with decision-
making in that area, because there are already six dif-
ferent paper-free toilet models on the market there to
And so, I've decided that I will no longer accept
requests for Publix pickups from Wife Sarah unless her
desires are spelled out in details so complete that it will
require no decisions on my part when I get there, nor apol-
ogies should I come home with the wrong whatever.
plans Island picnic
The Minnesota Club will hold an outdoor
picnic at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria on Wednes-
day, April 11,
The club will gather at noon in the shelter
about a block or two from the city pier.
Attendees are encouraged to bring beverages
but no alcohol, which is prohibited.
For more information, call club president Dick
Chapman at 794-3573.
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The Bradenton Beach City Commission unani-
mously approved a motion to accept bids on an esti-
mated $100,000 to $125,000 renovation project for city
hall, which was built in 1970 and was in dire need of
expansion and improvements, commissioners said.
A proposed Holmes Beach ordinance regulat-
ing the height of grass on public and private property
would limit the height to 8 inches on improved prop-
erty and 12 inches on vacant or unimproved lots. City
attorney Patricia Petruff, however, said the ordinance
might conflict with a state statute and she would have
to investigate further.
Anna Maria city commissioners were considering
an ordinance that would limit new home construction
to just two habitable floors. In a three-story home, the
ground floor could only be used for parking or storage,
Mayor Chuck Shumard said.
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8 0 APRIL 4, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
pepper trees at
By Lisa Neff
A Manatee County conservation crew cleared Bra-
zilian pepper trees near the gateway to Holmes Beach
The work was part of an effort to remove non-native
trees and bring back mangroves along the Palma Sola
Causeway and Manatee Avenue, said Keith Bettcher,
administrator for the Manatee County Conservation
Lands Management Department.
The work also is part of an effort to improve
appearances and operations at the Kingfish Boat Ramp
in unincorporated Manatee County near the Holmes
Beach city limit.
After the removal of the Brazilian pepper trees on
the south side of Manatee between the bridge and East
Bay Drive, the county crew plans to begin clearing
some trees on the north side at Kingfish.
The north side work involves removing trees from
the bridge to Westbay Cove condominiums, where
property owners are keeping watch over the activity.
Westbay property owners and residents, along with
Holmes Beach officials, were instrumental in encourag-
ing the county to amend its original plans for Kingfish.
Eventually, the county hopes to build rest rooms at
the eastern edge of the boat ramp, create some buffers
between the road and the parking lot and channel traffic
through an entrance and exit at the ramp.
On the east side of the bridge along the causeway,
the county plans to continue to remove Brazilian pepper
trees and other non-native plants.
Early March 27, as a county worker cut into a tree,
several passersby took notice of the clearing that took
place the day before.
"I think it's a nice project and I like to see our gov-
ernment taking care of our environment, not deeding
it over for development," said Katie Merriwhether, of
"There's an old saying that 'he can't see the forest
for the trees,'" said Paul Friedman, a boater from Long-
& Property Services Inc.
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here. To preserve and conserve sometimes you have to
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expert but I have to imagine that some kind of critters
have made their home in there and I hope they' ve been
Kathy Albury of the Sierra Club
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annual Eco Expo at Bradenton
Beach City Hall March 31. The expo
took place in the commission cham-
bers and in the parking lot, with rep-
resentatives from various non-profit
groups on hand to talk with attend-
ees about water conservation, native
habitats, bird watching, safe boat-
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Holmes Beach land code gets final 'yea'
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city commissioners on March 27
sent the state for review an ordinance amending the
city's land development code.
The action to approve the ordinance was by a 5-0
vote following a brief discussion on a requirement in
an ordinance mandating that land in a preservation zone
be kept in its natural state.
Island property owner Caleb Grimes, who resides
in Palmetto, began the discussion with questions about
whether, with a zoning change from R-4 multi-family
to preservation on his property, he could continue to
put out beach chairs and clean up the land.
The land development code details how land is
to be used within the city limits. The new ordinance
details changes, specifically to the zoning map. One
change involves changing the zoning from R-4 to pres-
ervation property along Avenue F on the beachfront at
the city's southern boundary, where much of the land
is submerged and cannot be developed. The zoning line
for the city is also the state erosion control line prop-
erty seaward of the line is designated preservation.
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County commissioners are going to vote
again on the ordinance allowing "doggie dining" at cer-
The redo is in response to a concern raised by
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenbeger at a recent
meeting of area elected officials.
At the meeting in late March, Bohnenberger
objected to the county including the six Manatee
municipalities in the measure they approved in Febru-
ary. The mayor, who went to the meeting ready to bark,
wondered whether the county was trying to usurp local
County commissioners said they didn't realize
the ordinance was written to include the municipali-
ties. In other words, the ordinance contained a mis-
take by a county assistant attorney. Commissioners
have since requested an amendment excluding the
Under the ordinance, restaurants with outdoor
dining areas can obtain a $100 permit to designate areas
where patrons and their pooches can feast.
Bohnenberger emphasized last week that he isn't
opposed to dogs dining at restaurants. He is opposed
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Grimes said part of his property includes "upland"
beach frontage that he maintains and uses for recre-
ation. So he expressed concern that "natural" state
would mean letting the land go, which on his property
would mean allowing Australian pine needles to collect
and weeds to spread.
"I'm not opposed to the concept," Grimes said. "It's
the upland portion. I want to make sure we can keep it
clean and neat and nice. I like what you all are trying
City attorney Patricia Petruff told commissioners
she didn't think "natural" state would preclude someone
from placing beach chairs or removing pine needles.
In fact, Petruff added, the state probably wouldn't
mind if he removed the Australian pines.
Sandy Haas-Martens, the commission chair, agreed.
"It's a beach," she said, encouraging Grimes to use the
property in that manner.
The ordinance also changes the zoning at 8605
Gulf Drive from Residential-2 (duplex) to Public/Semi-
Public (PSP) and the zoning for properties at 417-419
Clark Drive from PSP to R-2.
The Gulf Drive property is the site of Crosspointe
to the county deciding the issue for the citizens of
\ ly issue was not the content of the ordinance,"
Bohnenberger said. "It was simply the way it was writ-
ten. If we didn't want it, we would have had to draft
an ordinance. I thought it was kind of a trivial thing
to impose countywide. My point was it should be our
decision, up to our citizens, to adopt it or not and the
commissioners agreed with me."
The mayor said he supports countywide ordinances
in matters of public safety or when city officials work
with county officials to craft a measure.
For example, city and county officials worked
together on the panhandling ordinance that county
commissioners approved March 27. The ordinance,
endorsed by Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine,
makes soliciting on or near public streets an offense
punishable by a $500 fine, 60 days in jail and/or com-
The measure is countywide, encompassing all of
Manatee County, including the cities.
'We had no objections to it," Bohnenberger said,
referring to the panhandling ordinance. 'We were fully
aware of what they were doing. The chief worked on
it. That's perfectly fine."
Fellowship, formerly known as Island Baptist Church.
A portion of the church property in the city of Anna
Maria is zoned for public/semi-public use and the
Holmes Beach portion of the property is designated
PSP on the future land-use map, but not on the zoning
map. So the change in zoning was recommended.
The Clark Drive zoning change involves two lots
near the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church that contain single-
family homes. The lots are designated medium-density
residential on the land-use map, but public/semi-public
on the zoning map.
Bill Brisson, the city's planning consultant, said
previously that the zoning changes were needed so the
zoning map in the land development code matches the
future land-use map in the comprehensive plan.
The state now gets the ordinance to review, which
could take about two months.
In other business last week, the city commission
made several appointments to the code enforcement
board. The commission reappointed Chuck Stealy and
Don Schroder to the board, as well as George "Joe"
Jackson as an alternate.
"I know all three of these people and I think they
do an excellent job," said Commissioner David Zac-
The commission also appointed David Persson to
serve as the board's attorney in a dispute over a dock
at the end of a canal in Key Royale.
'This is another dead-end canal issue," Petruff said,
referring to dispute between neighbors over an old ease-
ment to a dock that may not meet city requirements.
The matter could be resolved by the property owners
or it could reach the code enforcement board.
"We don't know where it's going to go," said Haas-
Petruff recommended Persson's appointment in
the matter because an attorney in her office drafted the
easement years ago.
"Since my office prepared that easement, we
thought it would be more appropriate for another attor-
ney to review the file," Petruff said last week.
Persson's hourly rate for the city matter is $185.
The commission also adopted an ordinance autho-
rizing city officials to spend money honoring city
employees, community groups and civic leaders.
The commission discussed such an ordinance about
a year ago, said Haas-Martens.
The money would help pay for non-alcoholic
refreshments at city-sponsored functions, miscella-
neous expenses in connection with special meetings
or ceremonies, meals in recruitment proceedings,
reimbursement for travel and moving expenses in
some recruitment efforts and certificates and plaques
acknowledging services to the city.
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Five of the seven Acute Care staff members arrested
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Acute Care president Jeanne Ferguson entered a not
guilty plea March 21, as did chief financial officer Nancy
Wood. Both women reside on Dundee Lane in Holmes
Beach and are represented by attorney Stephen Romine.
Also pleading not guilty are office manager Heidi
Rickert, supervisor of respiratory therapy Andrea
Suarez and chief operating officer Cynthia May. The
remaining two defendants, respiratory therapists Carla
Camacho and Stephanie Nichols, had not entered a plea
by March 30.
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count of organized fraud, a first-degree felony. The total
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to the attorney general's office. If convicted on both
counts, each of the women could face a maximum of
30 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
A trial date has not yet been set.
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but would not tell him the name.
"Anonymous complaints are insidious by nature,"
alleged Francis. "The city should not even be acknowl-
edging them unless there is an overriding safety issue
involved. I have a right to know who made the com-
He said that for the mayor and commissioners to
use the code and plants in the right of way to "justify
the extreme and bizarre action by Mr. McKay is wrong.
Apply the code equally, not selectively."
Francis said the plants provided some "buffer and
privacy from pedestrian traffic and especially from non-
resident parking." He said he's going to plant more
ground cover to "discourage parking in my yard 20 feet
from my door."
Francis also claimed that "many other residents in
the neighborhood plant ground cover in the right of
way," but he's being "singled out by Ms. Rathvon. I
think that is a bit of harassment. I would like for it to
He also indicated the city doesn't need to be spend-
ing money on a code enforcement position.
Francis demanded the city tell him who the "anony-
mous" complainant was, and that the city tell him when
it plans to either replant the shrubs or pay him $2,400.
He hinted that it could have been city staff who filed
But Francis acknowledges in his letter that the
shrubs along the Gladiolus side of his house were "in
the city right of way." And non-resident parking is
allowed on his side of the street throughout this year,
according to the city's parking ordinance.
In addition, Francis never applied for a right-of-
way exception to the city commission for the encroach-
ment. Previous commissions have granted a number of
And the commission policy has always been to
accept and respond to anonymous complaints, Quam
has said previously. Successive commissions since
2002 have consistently reaffirmed the policy.
Mayor Fran Barford rejected Francis' claim that
city staff generated the complaint and insisted that there
was no selective enforcement.
"We have to follow our ordinances," she said.
The city had met with Francis to inform him the
shrubs were in the right of way, she said. He did trim
the shrubs, but they still encroached into the right of
way in violation of the city ordinance. The city then
removed the plants that were still in the right of way.
Francis has now replanted with ground cover that
is again in the city right of way, Barford added.
Essentially, the problem is the shrubs were on the
side of the street that this year allows public park-
ing and Francis doesn't want any public parking
by his house. The shrubs served as a barrier to pre-
vent public parking. On Jan. 1, 2008, the ordinance
requires public parking to switch to the opposite side
of the street.
Barford said the city has no plans to offer Francis
any money, but she will meet with him this week to
discuss his complaint.
By Rick Catlin
Dick Francis of 804 Jacaranda Ave. in Anna Maria
is hopping mad that the city cut down shrubbery bor-
dering his home in early March and he's demanding
the city reimburse him an estimated $2,400 for the
In a letter to Commission Chairman John Quam,
Francis claimed the shrubs in question "posed no safety
problems for traffic or pedestrians," and he's the "victim
of selective enforcement of the city code."
The code the city used to justify cutting down the
20 Beach Napoka plants is "uncalled for and excessive
action by the city of Anna Maria. I expect the city to
replant the area or to compensate me for the loss," he
Francis claimed that code enforcement officer
Gerry Rathvon told him she had received an "anon-
ymous complaint" in early September 2006 that the
plants were in the city right of way.
Francis questioned why Rathvon even acted upon
the complaint if there were no subsequent complaints
and the shrubs posed no threat or danger to pedestrians
or automobile traffic.
"Was the complaint actually anonymous?" he asked
He said public works director George McKay and
Rathvon said they knew who submitted the complaint,
The contest deadline to name the Anna Maria Island
Privateers motorized ship is April 7.
The contest winner will be announced later this
Contestants must complete an application that
includes a proposed name for the ship that includes
the name of "Skully" and the reason for the suggested
Applications are available at The Islander newspa-
per office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, go to www.amiprivateers.
org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
in Village of Arts
Bradenton Beach musician Scott Blum is a featured
performer in a festival in Bradenton's Village of the
The event, Music, Wine, Art and Thee, will take
place April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the area of 11th
Avenue and 12th Street West.
The program includes free music from noon to 3
p.m., a wine tasting and food, and open house at many
of the Village's galleries and shops.
For more information, call 746-2223.
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
March 24,700 block North Shore Drive, theft. The
complainant said someone took his unsecured, rented
bicycle from the front of his residence. Estimated value
of the 2-year-old bike was $70.
March 26, 100 block Magnolia Avenue, fire. Depu-
ties responded to a report of a fire in a trash bin at the
beach access, but the complainant had extinguished the
small fire by the time deputies arrived. Damage was
limited to the trash can and part of a city fence, and it
was determined by fire officials that the cause of the
fire was accidental.
March 27, 100 block South Bay Boulevard, battery.
The complainant said he was walking toward the city
pier when he approached two men. The complainant
reported that he said, "What's up?" as he approached
them and, after a few more words, was punched in
the face and the suspects left. Deputies arrived and
noted the complainant was bleeding and notified other
law enforcement agencies, but the suspects were not
March 28, 100 block Spring Avenue, lost child.
A family walking on the beach lost sight of a 7-year-
old and called deputies. She was found shortly after
law enforcement responded and re-united the child
unharmed with her vacationing family.
March 28, 200 block Pine Avenue, found property.
Deputies were called to the scene of a found license
plate, which was placed into custody.
March 26, Pines Trailer Park, theft. The complain-
ant said someone broke into the unlocked cab of her
pickup truck and took about $960 worth of camping
March 26, Pines Trailer Park, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took golf clubs with a total value of
$2,600 from his unlocked vehicle.
March 24,611 Manatee Ave., CVS, fraud. A man had
a prescription filled at the pharmacy. Store workers were
suspicious of the prescription and, after investigation,
confirmed that the prescription for 50 hydrocodones was
fake, according to the report. Officers called the telephone
number listed on the prescription and spoke to Alexander
R. Campbell, 23, of Bradenton, who admitted he had
stolen a prescription pad from a dentist's office and had
self-prescribed the drugs at the Island CVS and another
drug store. He turned himself in and was arrested.
March 25, 100 block 29th Street, burglary. The
complainant said someone had broken into his vehicle,
but took nothing.
March 25, 100 block 29th Street, burglary. While
investigating a prior burglary, officers noticed another
vehicle with its doors open. The vehicle's owner said
nothing was missing.
March 25,4200 Gulf Drive, crash. Officers observed
a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed just before it
crashed and flipped. Officers observed both the driver
and passenger to be intoxicated, and the vehicle had a
strong odor of alcohol, according to the report. The driver
was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg
via helicopter. No charges have yet been filed.
March 26, 2900 block Avenue E, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took a Sun Pass toll unit, valued
at $20, from her unlocked vehicle.
March 26, 6400 block Marina Drive, stolen boat.
Officers responded to reports of a sunken boat and,
while towing it to the 63rd Street boat ramp, received
further information that the boat's owners said it had
been stolen earlier that day.
March 26, 1000 Manatee Ave., Bradenton, acci-
dent. A man struck a Holmes Beach police officer's
vehicle at a stop light. No one was injured.
March 26, 6300 block Gulf Drive, burglary. The
complainant said someone entered her rental unit
through a rear sliding-glass door and took her jewelry
box and jewelry.
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Suspended nurse faces multiple charges
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office in late March
arrested a Bradenton woman for allegedly practicing
nursing with a suspended license.
The woman, Sharon Lynn Parent, 50, of Bradenton,
is charged with two counts of using a suspended nurs-
ing certificate, one count of grand theft from a dwelling
and 33 counts of fraud for the alleged unlawful use
of a certified title, specifically using "R.N." while her
license was suspended.
The sheriff s office reported that Chester Baran, a
resident of Tidy Island in Bradenton near Cortez, hired
Parent in October 2006 to care for his sick wife.
Baran contacted Parent through a classified adver-
tisement in the "Longboat Observer" newspaper. The
ad offered a "caregiver RN w/20+ years experience"
available to provide "private care in your home. Open
Baran, according to a sheriff s office arrest report,
called the telephone number in the ad and hired
Several weeks after Parent began working for him,
Baran asked for her credentials as a licensed nurse. A
Hundreds cited in
Law enforcement officials wrote more than 900
citations in a campaign in late March to curb red-light
running and aggressive driving.
The campaign, coordinated by the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office, involved a number of agencies, includ-
ing Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach police depart-
Officers focused on 21 locations, patrolling near
high schools and the county's most dangerous intersec-
tions none of them on the Island.
Officers issued 27 citations for seatbelt violations,
193 citations for speed, 165 citations for running red
lights, four tickets for driving under the influence, and
more than 70 driver's license violations.
The campaign was part of the county's effort to
reduce the number of road fatalities. Last year, 75
people died in accidents on Manatee County roads.
The state of Florida's office of Medical
Quality Assurance Services keeps a database of
licensed health care professionals including
records of persons who have had their licenses
suspended or revoked. To look up a practitioner,
go to http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/mqaservices/Pub-
licServices.asp and click on "license lookup."
week passed, according to authorities, without Parent
providing documents. She then told Baran that her
license was suspended due to drug and alcohol abuse,
which Baran later confirmed with the Florida Unli-
censed Activity Investigator's Office in Tampa.
Records with the state's Medical Quality Assurance
Services show that Parent received her nursing license
in Florida in 1996 and it was suspended in January
The sheriff's office said Parent promised Baran that
she would stay sober and she continued to work for
Eventually, he came to suspect Parent was stealing
his wife's oxycodone, a narcotic analgesic used to treat
pain. So Baran counted the pills one morning before
Parent arrived. When she left later that day, 13 pills
were missing. Baran has said Parent stole 340-400 pills
over eight weeks and admitted to the theft.
When the matter reached law enforcement investi-
gators, they discovered that Parent had been hired by the
Blue Angel nursing service, but fired after the agency
learned of her suspended license. Her timecards for her
Blue Angel work allegedly show she used "R.N."
Practicing nursing under a suspended license and
grand theft from a dwelling are classified as third-degree
felonies. The fraud charge is classified as a first-degree
Parent was released from jail after making bail
through Big Johnson Bail Bonds.
She is scheduled to appear in court at the Manatee
County Courthouse for arraignment on May 4.
Islander reporter Lisa Neff and NewsManatee.com
publisher Mike Quinn contributed to this report.
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Donald Bishop, 89, of Bradenton and formerly
Beverly Hills, Mich., died March 22.
Memorial services were April 3 at Crosspointe Fel-
lowship, Anna Maria City.
He is survived by wife Thelma; daughters Judith
Harrison of Livonia, Mich., Shirley Tenbrick of Free
Soil, Mich., and Beverly J. Heft of Farmington Hills,
Mich.; brother Julian R. of Jackson, Mich.; eight grand-
children; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Donald 'Don' Dodge Davis
Donald "Don" Dodge Davis, 92, of Keene, N.H.,
and formerly Anna Maria Island and Stoddard, N.H.,
died March 27.
Born in Morrisville, Vt., Mr. Davis, prior to his
retirement, was the chief financial officer and secre-
tary for the MPB Corporation in Keene and had previ-
ously been employed at the McMillan Book Company
in Syracuse, N.Y., as vice president of manufacturing.
He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a
major in World War II, and was awarded the Bronze
Star at the Battle of the Bulge. He graduated from Peo-
ples Academy in Morrisville, and earned a bachelor's
degree from the University of Vermont and a master' s
degree from Syracuse University.
He was a member of the Financial Executives Insti-
tute, the American Management Association, the Amer-
ican Institute of Industrial Engineers and the American
Society of Quality Control. Mr. Davis had served on the
board of directors of the MPB Corporation, Kingsbury
Machine Tool Corporation, New Hampshire Business
and Industry, Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce,
Keene Family YMCA, Monadnock United Way, Uni-
versity of Vermont Alumni Council, and Advisors of
Antioch Graduate School. He also worked with Center
Stage of Cheshire County organizing the Pumpkin and
Tree-Lighting festivals in downtown Keene.
He was a member of the United Church of Christ
in Keene, and was one of the leading individuals in
Cheshire County to raise funds and organize the origi-
nal First Night. He served as chairman of the Keene
Regional Industrial Foundation, Keene Industrial Devel-
opment and Park Authority, Keene Downtown Devel-
opment Corporation, Trustee of the Trust Funds for the
city of Keene, Keene Downtown Memorial Tree Fund,
Friends of the Ashuelot River Park., and was chairman
of the board of directors of the Keene Savings Bank.
He was a past president of his class at the University
of Vermont and chaired its fundraising efforts. He was
also a past president of the Granite Lake Association.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award
from the University of Vermont and the Community
Service Award by the Keene Rotary Club.
Memorial services will be held April 4 at 2 p.m.
at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Keene Community
Kitchen, 37 Mechanic St., Keene NH 03431, or to the
Keene Downtown Memorial Tree Fund, c/o Martha
Landry, 3 Washington St., Keene NH 03431.
He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Isabel
(Ballantyne). He is survived by companion Margaret;
daughter Carolyn Jane of Newburyport, Mass.; son Jeffrey
Allan and his wife Jean of Hinesburg, Vt.; brother Robert
Percy and wife Barbara of Morrisville, Vt.; grandchildren
Jerry, Amy and Scott; and four great-grandchildren.
Margaret 'Mickey' Mims
Margaret "Mickey" Mims, 80, of Bradenton and
formerly Bradenton Beach, died March 22.
Born in Hamilton, Miss., Mrs. Mims moved to Man-
atee County in 1968, and lived in Bradenton Beach for
more than 30 years. She operated the Bradenton Beach
City Pier and The Cafe at Resort 66 in Holmes Beach.
She is survived by friend of 33 years Lewis
"Bud" Lucas; daughter Helen; and grandchild Brock
Walter J. Palmer
Walter J. Palmer, 86, of Bradenton and formerly
Bradenton Beach and Sarasota, died March 30.
Born in Rochester, N.Y., Mr. Palmer was a carpen-
ter. He served in the U.S. Army 108th Infantry in the
South Pacific during World War II, where he participated
in landings on Luzon, New Guinea and other islands in
the southern Philippines. He was awarded the Philip-
pines Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star, American
Defense Service Medal, Asianic Pacific Service Medal
and Good Conduct Medal. He worked for New York
Central Railroad and Eastman Kodak. He was a life
member of American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24,
Bradenton, and did much of the remodeling of the post.
He served as post commander from 1982-83. He was a
governor of the Moose Lodge, Bradenton Beach.
A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, April 4,
at 1 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul The Apostles Catho-
lic Church, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton, followed by
a reception at the post, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the post, 2000
75th St. W., Bradenton FL 34209. Brown and Sons
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by longtime companion Dorothy
Nickols; son Alfred; daughters Linda Garnett and hus-
band Don of Raleigh, N.C., Diane Kron of Roches-
ter, Dorothy Chilton and husband Bruce of Roches-
ter, Carol of Kuwait, Barbara Termito of Atlanta, Ga.;
brothers Louis, Ray, Joseph and John; sister Dorothy
Murphy; brothers Alfred and wife Mara of Rochester,
and Ralph of Rochester; step-children Barry Crawford
of Michigan, Harry Nickols of New Concord, Ohio,
Gary Nickols of Venice, and Joy Sanders of Albany,
Ga.; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
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Islander shows at
Patricia Prince Tunnell will be showing new pho-
tographs at Greene Contemporary gallery in Sarasota
beginning Saturday, April 7. The series of large-scale
prints is titled "New York Reflections."
Tunnell works in New York and maintains a studio
on Anna Maria Island. She began work on her reflec-
tions series in 1992.
There will be a reception and preview of the exhibi-
tion at the gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 6. The
exhibit runs through April 28.
The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 556 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite
B, Sarasota. For more information, call 365-9406.
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THE ISLANDER U APRIL 4, 2007 0 13
Mote, volunteers return 'Filly,' others to sea
By Lisa Neff
Islander Repoi t. i
Filly did morning laps in tle. Ii'oI .t Ill.. I MotI.
Marine Laboratory's Dolphin and \\XIl,. II 'lIiLti
But before high noon, Fill \\.i- ,, 111111 minlln'
Roberts Bay, with Mote voluntec .d fuLll \ u\ in i'
"goodbye" to the young female bottke ni ',c. do llpIiIi ll. \
The next day, March 29, Mot,. tdll .nd \ liuntlLc..i
returned four sea turtles to the GullI \ I. \ic i i,, I i1 h-
ruary, Lucky, a juvenile green turthk \\a iN.t e id I i n
Siesta Key and Valentine, a lo 'ci _. ili.id \\a Iiund
near Naples. King, a l, ,,' .ili,.ad \\.i Ii und tlianc.d
on Casey Key in April 2006, and SpiC..d\ a I' 1_'i. lIi It.Iad
was found off Anna Maria Island in i\ I2.\ 2 11
The turtles, released at the nol tLII I nllniit nd ,I
Sarasota County's Lido Public Be ia.h \\,.. lit.,i.d I 'i
illnesses ranging from anemia to red tide exposure.
The bottlenose dolphin was injured by monofila-
ment fishing line. Scientists with the Sarasota Dolphin
Research Program, a partnership between Mote and
Chicago's Brookfield Zoo, first observed the dolphin
trailing the fishing line from her tail in December 2006.
She was seen again Jan. 18, when scientists saw that
algae had attached to the line, causing the line to cut
into the flesh.
On Jan. 30, a 30-member team that included
Mote and National Oceanic Atmospheric
Administration Fisheries Service staff set out
to remove the line. But the specialists saw
that the entanglement was too severe.
"Filly represents an unfortunate
example of the extent of harm caused
by human interactions," said Stacey
Carlson, bottlenose dolphin con-
servation coordinator for NOAA
Fisheries Service. -
The rescuers captured the
dolphin, named her "Filly"
because of the monofilament
line from which she would be I
freed, and took her to the Dol-
phin and Whale Hospital.
Filly underwent two sur-
geries. One procedure, led
by Mote's chief veterinarian,
Charles Manire, involved remov-
ing fishing line wrapped three
times around the dolphin's
spinal column. Manire also
treated Filly for infection and
"We found that Filly had ingested plas-
tic and had obvious scars from a boat strike, as well as
a scar from a shark bite," Manire said. "She came in
underweight, but has gained weight and grown. I'm
hopeful she can survive on her own."
Manire said Filly's suffering illustrates serious con-
cerns for the dolphins in Sarasota Bay.
"In 2006, at least three adult dolphins clearly died
as a result of recreational fishing gear entanglement and
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a.m., she was placed into a harness and lifted by a crane
from her pool to a pickup truck. With Mote workers
holding the dolphin, the truck went about two blocks
to a boat that took Filly to Roberts Bay. Two boats fol-
lowed one for members of the media and one for
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dolphins' whistles are within her hearing range,"
Manire, Wells and Carlson stressed human respon-
sibility, including adherence to best fishing and boating
practices never feed wild dolphins, avoid fishing in
areas where dolphins are feeding, check gear and tackle
often, use corrodible hooks, stay at least 50 yards from
dolphins while boating and stow used fishing line.
"People need to be better stewards of the environ-
ment," Wells said.
Filly, center page, leaped in her pool at Mote, then when taken to open waters, took off with a splash, lingered
briefly near the Mote boats and quickly swam away.
Mote volunteers and staff gather to help Filly go free.
A harness and a crane are used to lift the dolphin
from the pool at the animal hospital to a pickup
truck, which carried Filly to a nearby boat.
14 0 APRIL 4, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Islanders heal injured wildlife, educate us
By Lisa Neff
Here come the cottontails two of them, no bigger
than human fists.
They arrive at Wildlife Inc. in a cardboard box,
snuggling in a blanket.
Their rescuer, George Christenberry, rushes with
the box up the walk to the clinic at the back of Ed and
Gail Straight's Bradenton Beach home.
"Our little Chihuahua dog found one in our front
yard," says Christenberry, a mango farmer at 603 99th
St. N.W., Bradenton. "I went over to where he was and
there they were."
He delivers the rabbits to Ed Straight, who places
them in a plastic container lined with a towel. Before
the rabbits can be fed they must be warmed, Straight
"All I want to do is save them," Christenberry
says, eager to help in any way, with cash or supplies or
"Well, you came to the right place," Straight
Saving sick or injured
a wildlife is the mission at the
S'a l clinic, along with educating
people about animals and
of the There are dozens of
recovering animals at Wild-
* life Inc. and a few residing
W lld' there permanently, their
injuries so severe they will
never fully recover.
On a tour of the place, Straight points out the
perils for wildlife in a world increasingly populated
by humans a barred owl injured by barbed wire,
an osprey shot with a shotgun, a crested caracara
hit by a car, an American kestrel falcon shot with a
pellet gun and owls hit by cars, shot with guns and
A screech owl named Rambo perches in a cage in
the back yard. The owl had been shot with a paint gun.
"The kid got public service," Straight says, shaking his
head. "He told the judge he thought he shot a pine cone
- in an oak tree."
The Straights moved into their Avenue B home in
1973, they bought the house in 1979 and they added
on. Gradually they created Wildlife Inc., a seven-day-a-
week operation funded solely with donations and aided
by more than a dozen volunteers who arrive for early
morning and late afternoon feedings.
Each year, under state and federal licenses, they treat
thousands of animals kept in the infirmary a room
that once held 'iuigh's exercise equipment and in
the back yard in cages. The number of "patients" this
year will be higher because of the closing of the Pelican
Man's Bird Sanctuary in Sarasota, Straight says.
Straight and a rescued great horned owl in the infir-
mary at the back of a Bradenton Beach home.
Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
This osprey and another one are recuperating at
Wildlife Inc., including one shot with a shotgun.
Some of the animals at Wildlife Inc. are cute and
cuddly. Others, like this baby great horned owl that
was attacked, show their suffering and perhaps best
tell the tale of trauma.
Many of the animals will stay for two to six months,
until they' ve healed. The animals that cannot return to
the wild remain at Wildlife Inc., some of them acting
as teachers, going to classrooms and seminars with the
"Education, we find, is maybe as important as
rehabbing," Straight says, as he opens the door to a
cage holding a pelican injured by a fishing hook. "Well,
hello there," he says to the bird.
T animals at
Sf are orphans
W because of
.C "but because
For more information
Wildlife Inc. Education and Rehabilitation
Center of Bradenton Beach, rehabilitates
wildlife in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
To contact the non-profit organization, call
778-6324 or write Wildlife Inc., P.O. Box
1449, Anna Maria FL 34216. Wildlife Inc.'s
Web site is www.wildlifeinc.org.
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Ed Straight refers to
these owls as "The
Barred and the Barn,''
as in the barred owl.
on the left, and the
barn owl, on the right.
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reminds 1 year
By Lisa Neff
Sometimes John Calloway crosses the Anna Maria
Island Bridge and notices the cross in the bay and he
"It makes me sad, but it gives me hope," he says.
Sometimes Marcia Moorehouse crosses the bridge
and notices the cross and she thinks of her children.
"They're grown and moved away and I just hope
they're safe," she says.
Sometimes Ray Brooks crosses the bridge and notices
the cross and he remembers a tragedy 30 years ago, when
he was a senior in high school in Ames, Iowa.
"There was a car accident and three kids died," he
says. "You don't forget."
And when Islanders Calloway, Moorehouse and
Brooks cross the bridge and notice the cross they think
of Manatee High School graduates Ryan Costello and
Zane Zavadil and the accident that took Zavadil's life
and severely injured Costello.
The cross in the water to the south of the bridge
on the mainland side was erected last spring, soon after
the accident. Costello and Zavadil were in an SUV
that went off the bridge near midnight April 8, 2006.
A thousand people attended the visitation for Zavadil.
Costello, today, continues his struggle for recovery.
Many experienced grief in the days and months
after the accident friends, family co-workers and
also strangers, people like Calloway, Moorehouse,
Brooks and Christa Metcalf.
"I know about the accident from news reports,"
says Metcalf, who lives in West Bradenton. "I don't
know the boys' families or their friends. But I remem-
ber crying when I saw all their friends on the bridge
comforting one another."
The cross in the water provided Metcalf some com-
fort last spring.
A year later, it still does. "It's beautiful out there,"
she says. "I hope it stays there forever."
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St. Bernard hosts fashion show
The St. Bernard Catholic Church hall that has seen
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The hall is the location of the Luncheon and Fash-
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The program, with fashion by Bealls, begins at
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By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach police officer Michael Pilato was
nominated for officer of the year by his chief last
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine nominated
Pilato for the award from the Manatee County Hun-
dred Club, a group that exists to support and honor law
Romine recommended Pilato specifically for two
acts of courage in the past year a rescue effort off
the Anna Maria Island Bridge a year ago and an arrest
in a Christmas Day armed robbery.
"A vehicle carrying two teenagers crashed off
of the Manatee Avenue bridge and plunged into
the water," Romine said, referring to a late-night
accident last April. "Officer Pilato along with Sgt.
Sloan of the Bradenton Beach Police Department
were the first two officers to arrive at the scene.
When it was determined what had occurred, both
officers, without consideration for their own safety,
removed their equipment and dove into the dark
waters in an attempt to save the occupants of the
Both Zane Zavadil and Ryan Costello were removed
from the SUV that night or early morning. Zavadil
did not survive. Costello's recovery continues.
Romine said Costello likely survived "due to
the quick, heroic actions of Officer Pilato and Sgt.
Romine also praised Pilato's response in an armed
robbery at the CVS Pharmacy in Holmes Beach on Dec.
"While off duty and having Christmas with his
family, Officer Pilato, who had finished his tour of
duty that day, overheard one of our officers pursuing an
armed robbery suspect eastbound on Manatee Avenue,"
Romine said. "Officer Pilato immediately responded to
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Kiwanis hosts 43rd Easter sunrise service
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island's plans are
complete for the 43rd annual Easter Sunrise Service at
Manatee Public Beach.
The service takes place Sunday, April 8, beginning
with a prelude at 6:45 a.m. The service will feature
Easter hymns and readings by pastoral representatives
of the Island's six churches in conjunction with All
Guests are asked to assemble with their seating,
events on Islands
Plans are complete for the 43rd annual Easter sun-
rise service hosted by the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis
Club at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.
Easter Sunday is April 8 and the traditional sunrise
service will begin at 6:45 a.m. with a prelude. The ser-
vice will feature hymns, music and readings by repre-
sentatives from churches participating in the All Island
The sunrise service draws a large crowd, therefore
organizers urge attendees to ride the free Island trol-
There will also be a sunrise Easter service on Long-
boat Key, beginning at 7 a.m. hosted by the Longboat
Island Chapel at Bayfront Park, 4052 Gulf of Mexico
Following is a schedule of additional Easter Sunday
services at the churches, including telephone numbers
where further information may be obtained:
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church St., Bradenton Beach.
Easter Sunday services at 9:30 a.m.
The Rev. Stephen King, pastor. (721-3643)
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Good Friday, Tenebrae services at noon and 7
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.
Easter Sunday service at 10:50 a.m.
The Rev. Dale Lawson, pastor. (778-0719)
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria City.
Good Friday service at noon.
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by 6:30 a.m., according to a club spokesperson. And to
avoid traffic congestion and because of limited parking,
organizers are encouraging attendees to use the free
Island trolley, which begins service at 6 a.m.
The Kiwanis Club received support in present-
ing the sunrise service from Cafe on the Beach,
which provided the use of its facilities, Holmes
Construction, which furnished the stage, the Key
Easter Sunday services will be at 9 and 11 a.m.
The Rev. Gary Batey, pastor. (778-0414)
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Easter Sunday Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.
An Easter egg hunt will be hosted by the church at 1
The Rev. Robb Mongiello. (778-4769)
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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The Kiwanis Club, in addition to hosting the sun-
rise service, holds a Valentine's Dance to support the
Anna Maria Island Community Center and annual
citrus sales, rings bells at Christmas for the Salvation
Army and conducts an Adopt-A-Grandparent program
at Anna Maria Elementary School.
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Good Friday, at noon the traditional Good Friday
liturgy and at 7 p.m. the Way of the Cross.
Easter Sunday services 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. featuring
the organ and choir, and 11 a.m.
The Rev. Harry Parsell. (778-1638)
Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Easter Sunday service at 10 a.m. chapel worship
service followed by an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m.
The Rev. Kenneth Gill, senior minister; the Rev.
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Garden tour benefits
By Lisa Neff
The Crafts' garden in Anna Maria served as a the-
ater for a symphony Saturday morning.
Bees buzzed, heels clicked, voices sounded high
and low, birds chirped and violinists played. The talent -
- some arranged, some by chance was part of the
fourth annual Island Garden Tour.
Violinists Mary Page and Beverly Whitby, mem-
bers of the Robin String Ensemble and the Anna Maria -' '
Island Community Chorus and Orchestra, performed in
Also, Larry and Carol Craft talked with visitors
who exclaimed "wow" and "so pretty" every few steps,
as they marveled at the bamboo, the bromeliads, the i
succulents, the ferns, the grasses, the palms and a bou-
gainvillea that seemed a show-stopper. '"~;. ..,
The tour, with tickets selling for $10 to $12 each, raised. .
$8,500 for the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra, as well as netted $2,000 in kind contributions.
Organizers started planning last fall for the tour,
which introduced people to five Island gardens: the Garden party
Craft residence on Gladiolus Street, Anna Maria; the The annual Island Garden Tour benefited the Anna Maria Island Community ( l, ,, 1, and Orchestra on March
Brooks/Schlegel property on Lakeview Place, Anna 31. The tour featured five Island properties, including the Craft garden on Gladiolus in Anna Maria, where
Maria; Angelinos Sea Lodge on Avenue E., Holmes homeowner Larry Craft talks with tourgoer Cindy Bigelow ofBradenton. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Beach; the Duncan residence on Carissa Street in -
Holmes Beach; and the Kendler residence on Neptune
Lane, also in Holmes Beach. 1
Some members of the chorus performed at the
AmSouth Bank in Holmes Beach, which held an open- -
ing celebration March 31 and helped organizers sell
garden tour tickets. And at the gardens on Lakeview
Place and Neptune Lande, AMICCO's assistant con-
ductor, John Magandanz played violin.
Seasonal farewell Depositing goodwill
Pianist Andrew Lapp performs during the final The opening of the AmSouth Bank branch, 3900 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach, is marked with a ribbon-cutting
concert of the season for the Anna Maria Island ceremony March 29. Attending the event are Tony Rafig, mortgage loan consultant; Peggy Horlander, Michael
Community ( hl, ii, and Orchestra. The concert, con- Saunders real estate agent; Marty Sanders, FIA card services; Jay Woodworth, consumer sales manager; Kim
ducted by Alfred Gershfeld, took place March 25 at Hopper, city president; David Pardue, assistant vice president and branch manager; Jennifer Clark; FSS; Joe
Crosspointe Fellowship in Anna Maria. Andrew, 17, Landolfi, Manson Roof Maintenance Services; and Holmes Beach City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens.
of Sarasota, won AMICCO's student concerto/solo The branch also celebrated its grand opening March 31 with a block party. For more information, call 778-
competition. Islander Photos: the Rev. Jim Meena 8060. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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Islander named top Asolo volunteer
Holmes Beach resident Barbara Knode was among
four people to win a 2006-07 Volunteer of the Year
award from the Asolo Repertory Theatre.
Knode, along with Anthony Amato and Sharon
and Stephen Dickman, received the volunteer award
during the theater's appreciation day March 26. The
event, Asolo Family and Friends Entertaining the
Volunteers, drew 500 people to the Sarasota theater.
Knode, who lives in Key Royale with husband
Don, received the award for her work with the Guild's
The group performs readings for the public to raise
money for "Access to the Arts," the Asolo's educational
program. Donations through the Playreaders to "Access to
the Arts" subsidize theater tickets for school children.
Knode has served multiple terms as chair of the
Playreaders committee. She also has helped select plays
and scheduled, directed and acted in performances,
including shows at the Island Branch Library. Knode
also managed the Playreaders community marketing
program this past year.
"She is one of the Playreaders busiest and most pro-
ficient actresses," stated a news release from the Guild.
The other honorees included Amato, education chair of
the Asolo Rep Guild, and the Dickmans, who volunteered
last summer for the Kaleidoscope Summer Workshop.
About 700 volunteers donate thousands of hours
of help to the Asolo.
The Islander welcomes photographs and notices of
the milestones in readers' lives weddings, anniver-
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Concert to feature
Islander Alice Moerk has composed a piece that
will be featured in a concert in Sarasota on Sunday,
Moerk, of Anna Maria, composed "Whispers" for
soprano and piano to convey a story about the hills of
West Virginia, where she grew up.
The Stenberg Memorial Benefit Concert will be at 4
p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave.,
Sarasota. The event, sponsored by the Sigma Alpha Iota
fraternity for women in music, raises money for area
Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
For more information, call 955-3661.
University of Miami President Donna E. i ,I,,I,,, left,
prominent Miami collector and philanthropist Martin
Z. Margulies, and sculptor Linda Howard ofBraden-
ton stand in front ofKuan, 1976, during a dedication
ceremony for the sculpture, which is located near the
University's Richter Library. The sculpture, created by
Howard, is a gift from the Martin Z. Margulies Founda-
tion. Margulies is known for giving Florida International
University long-term loans of works from his collection of
monumental sculpture. .9iS l,,I,, has a vision of transform-
ing the Coral Gables campus into an outdoor sculpture
garden, and the donation ofKuan brings the institution
closer to that goal. Howard is former Islander whose
works can be appreciated at city hall and at 66th Street
and Marina Drive, thanks to her donation to the city.
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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 2p.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.
5:30 p.m. -A property tax forum sponsored by the Island-based Coali-
tion Against Runaway Taxation takes place at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801
Marina Drive. Information: 720-7100.
Friday, April 6
10 a.m. The DeSoto Festival Children's Parade takes place in down-
town Palmetto and at historic Sutton Park. Information: www.desotohq.com
5 p.m. Sato Real Estate hosts a first Friday celebration at its offices
in the historic Roser Cottage, 519 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island hosts a
reception for the Guild's featured April artists Midge Pippel and Kathy
Sparks at the Guild Gallery, 5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Saturday, April 7
7:30 a.m. to noon Manatee CountyAudubon Society invites visitors
to the Felts Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 737-3169.
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets for breakfast
and a program at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach. Information:
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Manatee County conducts a bicycle tour of the
Robinson Preserve, located in northwest Bradenton across the street from
the Palma Sola Botanical Gardens. Reservations are required. Information:
748-4501, ext. 3654.
9:30 a.m. The DeSoto Festival Easter Egg Hunt takes place in G.T.
Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Information: www.desotohq.
10:30 a.m. Save Anna Maria holds a general meeting at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The guest speaker is
Stuart Decew of the Sierra Club, who will talk about red tide and pollution.
Sunday, April 8
6 a.m. The DeSoto Festival Sunrise Easter Service takes place in
Rossie Park in Bradenton. Information: www.desotohq.com or 747-1998.
6:30 a.m. An Easter Sunrise service presented by Anna Maria
Island's Kiwanis Club takes place at Manatee Public Beach with represen-
tatives from All Island Denominations churches participating. Information:
Tuesday, April 10
All day Area chapters of the American Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals encourage supporters to wear orange to observe Pre-
vention of Cruelty to Animals Month and mark the 141st anniversary of the
ASPCA. Information: www.aspca.org/aspcaday.
8:45 a.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber
of Commerce leadership program begins at the chamber office, 6960 Gulf
Drive, Longboat Key Information: 383-2466.
10:30 a.m. Suzi Fox, director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch,
addresses the Friends of the Island Library, Island Branch Library, 5701
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a club
assembly 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 11
7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
holds its sunrise breakfast at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.
Noon The Council of Catholic Women at St. Bernard Catholic Church
host a luncheon and fashion show featuring Bealls in the church hall, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-3224. Fee applies.
Noon The Minnesota Club holds an outdoor picnic in Bayfront Park
in Anna Maria. Information: 794-3573.
3p.m. The TingleyAfter Hours book group meets at Tingley Memo-
rial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 779-1208.
10:30 a.m. The Friends of the Island Library book club meets at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
6p.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 Con-
structive Play, 304 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
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:
Throughout April, animal rights groups nationwide observe Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals Month.
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 activity hall,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Help The Islander with a spring-cleaning task.
If you are the coordinator of an ongoing event that
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'Shell Crazy' sells, sells, sells
Benita Molnar has been "shell crazy" since she was
a "little girl," she admits. And now shefrequents
the shore in search of shells that she transforms into
adorable miniatures and cutesy critters that she sells
and calls it all ".ih II Crazy." She will be selling her
Easter seashell items April 4-6 at Restless Natives gal-
lery in the Island .hl *ppi i, Center at Marina and Gulf
drives in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Save the Date:
On May 12, the Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher Orga-
nization annual Spring Fling takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church
activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. The theme is"Beach Bash."
Fee applies. Information: 708-5525.
On May 19, the Anna Maria Island Privateers host the annual Snooks
Adams Kids Day The event this year takes place at Coquina Beach. Kids
free. Adults, food and refreshments by donation.
On June 1, hurricane season begins. Are you prepared?
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THE ISLANDER U APRIL 4, 2007 E 23
Bradenton Beach pier costs spike again
By Paul Roat
The latest changes to the construction project on the
Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach were
obviously a bit more tasty to city commissioners, with
costs coming in a bit under the anticipated amounts.
The commission took a big gulp last month and
approved $167,501 in changes to the pier projects,
which includes a new restaurant, dockmaster facility,
bath house, bait and tackle shop and dockage at the
soon-to-be pier complex at the east end of Bridge Street
on Anna Maria Sound.
On March 27, commissioners approved another set
of change orders to what will eventually based on
current estimates be a $1,850,259 project.
The last batch of change orders included $9,300
for interior and rest room changes, $7,870 in plumbing
alterations, and a reduction of water meter charges that
amounts to less than what was formerly anticipated
by an increase in those costs. The reduction of costs
dropped the cost by $2,284.
Total change orders approved last week, in other
words, was $14,886, which is a bit more than 11 per-
cent over the original cost quotes for the renovations.
However, the latest change orders were expected to be
about $20,000, hence the small relief for some com-
But not all.
"We're up to more than 10 percent over our con-
tract," Vice Mayor John Shaughnessy said, "and that
really upsets me.
"I'd be having the same concerns," said contrac-
tor representative Tom Edwards, with Southern Cross
Contracting Inc. of Sarasota, "but a lot of this is being
required [by other agencies] and is not just errors."
"I share that frustration," said Mayor John Chap-
pie, "but we' re responsible for the restaurant design
Some of the previous changes and increased costs
were due to unforeseen work that was needed asphalt
slabs and concrete found where only dirt was expected
for laying utility lines and pipes, or changes made on
the plans by other regulatory agencies after initial plans
were presented and approved.
Other changes were made after consulting with the
pier concessionaire, David Russell of Rotten Ralph's
Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria, who will be run-
ning the food concession on the pier.
Edwards has said that a still-pending permit from
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
caused his company to totally revamp the work sched-
ule on the project. Initially, Southern Cross planned
to do the restaurant 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 to go up.
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 for a July 4
However, Edwards said that issues still loom on
the project: an increase in the size of a grease trap is
still being deliberated, as well as some underground
utilities, trusses for the restaurant and perhaps other
Call for help
Bayflite Air Medical Transport pays yet another visit Sunday afternoon to the field adjacent to Holmes Beach
City Hall to carry a patient to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Holmes Beach police, West Manatee
Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services responded to the callfor help in the 500 block of Bayview Drive.
There emergency workers found a 58-year-old man, who had fallen on his back while trimming trees from a
ladder at least 12feet high, said WMFR Capt. Tom Sousa. A WMFR incident report said the man was con-
scious, but with limited vision. He was stabilized by medics, who then transferred care from their ambulance to
the helicopter medics, who quickly took the patient to BMC's trauma unit. The man's condition was not known
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Cascading environmental events affect near, far
A cascade effect is when the change of one thing
causes a chain reaction of other changes, hence cascade
through a whole spectrum of events.
"Cascade" seems a good term to use regarding
shark populations and other marine life in the Atlantic
Ocean, based on a new study by American and Cana-
According to a report in the journal Science, there
are something like 73 million sharks killed annually to
supply the shark-fin soup so sought after in the Orient.
In the past 35 years, something like 97 percent of the
scalloped hammerhead and tiger sharks have been
killed; bull, dusky and smooth hammerhead sharks
have declined by an estimated 99 percent.
Without the sharks, the sharks' prey have soared
in numbers, notably cow-nosed rays. Cow-nosed rays
like to eat scallops, oysters and clams. More rays have
meant more crustacean feeding, which has resulted in
a drastic decline in the shellfish populations of Chesa-
peake and Delaware bays.
In North Carolina, the decline of scallops spurred
the closure of the fishery in 2004.
Kill off one species of predator, and its prey
increases in numbers. That prey eats more and more,
causing further declines down the food chain.
The point in all this: Don't mess with Mother
Here's another bit of cause-and-effect news.
Canada has announced approval for hunters to kill
270,000 harp seals this spring, down from last year's
quota of 335,000.
Although that reduction in the kill could sound like
slightly good news, environmentalists are saying that
thin ice in the north caused by global warming is killing
off harp seal pups that are too young to have learned
how to swim. The pups fall through the ice and drown,
and apparently are doing so at alarming numbers.
And, of course, the eco-warriors have always
fought the harp seal slaughter.
I' 11 spare you the old joke about the harp seal that
walked into the night club ....
Public asked to report
Before everybody in Anna Maria City starts calling
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
to talk about the Wednesday and Saturday horseshoe
contests, remember that the above headline pertains
to the marine critter, not the sport or the equine foot-
Scientists are in fact hoping for some public input
on mating horseshoe crabs in the nearshore waters of
the state. It's mating time for the dinner-plate-sized
brown critters, the time when the big females and the
smaller males burrow into the sand to lay and fertilize
eggs for more little horseshoe crabs.
"The best time to find horseshoe crabs spawning
is around a high tide right before or just after a full or
new moon," according to the FWC, and full moon was
April 2. "Observant beachgoers can report the time,
date and location of horseshoe crab sightings through
one of the following convenient options," according to
Fill out an online survey at http://research.MyFWC.
E-mail information to horseshoe@MyFWC.com.
or telephone 1-866-252-9326.
"Horseshoe crabs benefit humans in several ways,"
according to the FWC. "For instance, research on the
compound eyes of horseshoe crabs led to better under-
standing of the human visual system, and horseshoe
crab blood is useful in the biomedical industry. In addi-
tion, manufacturers use the material that makes up the
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Horseshoe crabs, by the way, are more closely
linked genetically to spiders than crabs and have been
around for something like 8 million years.
Tarpon data sought, too
Tarpon should start to roll through the waters off
Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay any time now, and
scientists with FWC and Mote Marine Laboratory in
Sarasota are hoping that silver king fishers will help
researchers with their studies in the species.
"The tarpon genetic recapture study gives anglers
the opportunity to make a direct impact on state-of-
the-art research," according to biologists. "Anglers
statewide can collect a DNA sample by removing a
few skin cells from the outside of a tarpon's jaw using
an abrasive pad provided in a free sampling kit. The
tarpon can be any size."
The data collected is used to "compare new tarpon
DNA samples with cataloged samples to determine
if anyone previously caught and sampled the fish,"
according to the study participants. "Scientists also use
this information to determine survival, health, migra-
tion and movement of tarpon in state waters."
Kits can be requested via e-mail at tarpongenetics@
MyFWC.com, or by calling 1-800-367-4461.
Let's all wine for manatees
"Oreana Wine Company, based in Santa Barbara,
Calif., and Save the Manatee Club have joined forces
in a new effort to raise awareness about manatees, a
federally endangered species, with the wine Manatee
Merlot,'" according to a press release.
Part of the proceeds of each bottle purchased goes
to the Save the Manatee Club, a nonprofit Florida orga-
nization based in Maitland.
You can find the wine in Cosco stores in Florida so
far, with plans to expand the distribution in the future.
Also on tap in the next few months is Manatee Char-
Go to www.manateemerlot.com where the wine
can be ordered directly from the winery.
Florida may be going not-so-green
We may become national trendsetters later this year,
for Felts Preserve
The Manatee County Audubon
Society hosted an event at the Felts
Audubon Preserve March 31 and
April 1 to recognize people who
helped create the preserve. The
event included tours, presenta-
tions and lunch. Pictured from left,
Steve Black, chair of the Felts land
committee, and Tom Heitzman of
Audubon, accept a gift of more than
$4,000 from Fantasy Travel's Pieter
Hahn and Dee Ferreria. The funds
will be used to continue work at the
preserve. Islander Photo:
941 -923 -2524
ALL ABOUT' SEAWALLS INC
and not for hurricanes, wildfires, red tide or drought.
Florida agricultural officials are mulling a plan to
limit fertilizer sales in the state to only those with low
or no phosphorus properties, according to the St. Peters-
Phosphorus is the chemical that can help make
grass green and lush, and also can cause a spike in
harmful algal blooms in waterways as the stuff flows
into the bays and Gulf of Mexico.
Ironically, Florida phosphate is exported globally.
It's one of the state's biggest industries.
The new rule which, if approved, would probably
go into effect next year after all the fertilizer is picked
off store shelves, would call for severe restrictions on
what is placed on the ground when it comes to phospho-
rus. Basically, it's no phosphorus, but other chemicals
that aide in getting grass and plants to grow are OK.
Some cities have already enacted the no-excess
fertilizer rules Sanibel is one but this new rule
would be a statewide restriction.
Environmentalists first pushed for the restriction a
few years ago in an effort to stop or at least slow the
runoff into Lake Okeechobee, which has some serious
pollution problems. Fertilizer manufacturers and grow-
ers near the lake suggested that rather than come up
with a plan to ban certain chemical applications near
the lake, the state look at a broader restriction. That's
what's on the table now.
And, of course, the phosphate industry is now won-
dering what the heck is going on and has powered up
its lobbying efforts to block the new rule.
The industry says that there isn't any real over-
use of fertilizer, that the rule, if approved, will cause a
browning of landscaping in the state, and that there is
no real data that phosphorus-laden stormwater runoff
is causing any water-body pollution.
Environmentalists counter that there is indeed misuse
of fertilizer on golf courses, farms, homes and other areas
and that a reduction in the amount of fertilizer won't
impact the lush Florida landscape in the least.
The "green" side also points to some studies that
stormwater runoff and its associated fertilizer-rich com-
ponents are a real factor in exacerbating red tide blooms,
which we have seen more frequently in recent years.
The Florida Department of Agriculture is expected
to make a decision on the matter in the next few
Many, many years ago, my buddy Dr. Ernest Este-
vez at Mote Marine Laboratory offered an interesting
idea regarding landscaping and fertilizer.
Ernie postulated that if every waterfront home-
owner would take 10 feet or so of lawn closest to the
water and keep it fertilizer/pesticide/herbicide free,
that the water quality and clarity in our bays and Gulf
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 4, 2007 0 25
Kings moving along offshore, macks starting to bite
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Spring has definitely sprung, at least as far as fish-
ing is concerned in the waters off Anna Maria Island.
Kingfish are starting to move off the Island in the
Gulf of Mexico as waters start to warm. There are also
some good reports of mackerel both near the beaches
and in the passes.
Grouper and snapper are in the "good-to-excellent"
catch zone further offshore, as well as amberjack.
Backwater fishing for redfish, snook and trout is
also picking up. The trout action is a good sign of better
bay conditions, since the red tide of a couple of years
ago really hammered the populations and the catches
now are a sign that things in the shallows are picking
There are also reports of bluefish, pompano and
whiting near the shores.
And if you' ve been putting off going after those big
sheepshead all winter, you' d better get your act in gear
soon. There are still big fish 5 pounds or so to be
caught, but the sheepie season is about at its end.
It's definitely time to tip a line and catch a big
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he caught some redfish plus trout in the 20-
inch range. Whitebait is starting to show up in some
numbers, so fishing should get better as the springtime
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
there are catching a few pompano, some mackerel, whit-
ing and bluefish, and a nice-size snook was reported.
Sheepshead are still a good catch, he added.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
action has included sheepshead, snapper at night and
At Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Sam
Kimball said he's been catching kingfish about 10
miles out in the Gulf, plus lots of grouper, snapper and
mackerel. Capt. Marco Johnson said his backwater
charters are producing redfish and snook in the bays
and mackerel near the beaches.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
sheepshead are a good bet for anyone who wants the
tasty critters. There are lots of mackerel catches coming
from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge area in Tampa Bay,
he said, and sheepie action is still good.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include lots
of mackerel and a few cobia spotted from the piers by
the Skyway, but few hookups. There are still plenty of
sheepshead around, and redfish action is still scattered
but getting better.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said that fishing is "on fire right now. On
full-day fishing trips, we're catching red grouper, gag
grouper, scamp, mangrove snapper, amberjack, shark
and barracuda. On one four-hour, and one six-hour trip,
we caught limit catches of kingfish and smaller grouper,
plus a few hogfish." Capt. Larry is fishing about 50
miles out in the Gulf, using a large variety of live baits
and artificial lures.
Lynda White, eagle
watch coordinator with
the Audubon Center for
Birds of Prey, second
from left, and Paige the
eagle visit with Islanders
Nancy Ambrose, left, and
Jeanne Schlessinger and
Ruth Rowland, right. The
Manatee County Audubon
Society hosted Paige and
White at a meeting March
15 in Bradenton.
Rex Kloack, left, Hendry Turcotte and Bill Libby caught their limit of kingfish while fishing with Capt. Larry
McGuire of .si, ii Me The Fish Charters.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said that he's finding fishing
good, despite some iffy tides. "The majority of the
catch consisted of Spanish mackerel and big spotted
sea trout along the beaches, and snook, trout, redfish
and pompano in the bays." He said that beach fishing
off Longboat Key and Anna Maria was pretty consis-
tent with Spanish mackerel and trout to 24 inches. He
also reported some good news: "On Friday, we saw
a substantial school of 60-to 70-pound tarpon cavort-
ing just off Whitney Beach. This is the earliest sight-
ing of tarpon on the beach that I can remember," he
added. Backwater fishing is still good for snook, with
the largest caught at 31 inches. Reds are 25 inches, but
scattered, and he's also catching big Spanish macks,
pompano to 22 inches, bluefish, ladyfish and small
speckled trout. Live bait and whitefish are a best-bet
for his fishing, he said, and the deeper seagrass beds
of Anna Maria Sound are a good spot to hunt for big
mackerel, pompano and trout.
On my boat Magic, we are still doing well with
sheepshead to 5 pounds, some redfish, a few keeper-
size snook and lots of mackerel.
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.
Hendry Turcotte caught these kingfish with Capt.
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Island girls boost U14 Magic to soccer title
By Kevin Cassidy
Island residents Erin Mulrine, Ally Titsworth, Mar-
tine Miller and Christina Papazian helped their U14
Manatee Magic soccer team to the 2007 Region C
championship title over the March 24-25 weekend in
The Magic girls defeated Hillsborough United 1-0
on March 25 in an extremely physical game played in
very windy conditions.
Strong defense led by Jordan Ponto, Nicole Dixon,
Ashley Nelson and Catherine Byrne and outstanding
play by goalie Papazian kept the game scoreless until
there was only about three minutes remaining to be
Papazian launched a long punt with the wind that
Titsworth settled before finding Miller with a great pass.
Miller thenjuked the Hillsborough United defender and
their keeper to score the only goal of the game and earn
the Magic the championship trophy.
The Magic advanced to the championship game
thanks to another 1-0 victory the day prior in a semifinal
game against Lakeland. Madison Bradley notched the
goal early in the game on a breakaway. The Magic girls
played solid defense the rest of the way to hold on for
The Magic girls now set their sights on the Pres-
ident's Cup, which pits Regions A, B, C and D in a
winner-take-all tournament in Pensacola March 31 and
April 1. Look for how the girls fared in next week's
Other members of the U14 Magic team include
Alexa Body, Carlye Carson, Mary Isiminger, Cori
Nolan, Shelby Raye, Leland Van Alstyne and Ashley
Key Royale golf news
The ladies of Key Royale Club played a low-net
handicap golf game on March 27 that produced a three-
way tie for first place in Flight AA. Jean Holmes, Cindy
Miller and Sue Hookem each matched par 32 during
their rounds to claim clubhouse biu,,Iini, rights on the
Joyce Brown fired a 3-under-par 29 to earn low
Martine Miller scored the only goal of the game to help her U14 Manatee Magic girl's soccer team capture the
Region C championship March 25.
round for the day and first place in Flight A. Cindi
Mansour and Dorothy McKinna tied for second place,
each with 2-under-par 30.
Low net score for Flight B went to Markie Ksi-
azek, who shot a 2-under-par 30, while Sally Keyes
and Linda Morris tied for second at one over 33. Flight
C winner was Roxanne Roche, who matched Joyce
Brown's score of 29, while Sally York finished one
shot back to claim second place. Teresa Schott finished
alone in third with an even-par 32.
Pat Weingart captured Flight D with a 1-under-
31, one shot better than second-place finisher Janet
The ladies also had a side game to see who could
get the best poker hand, which produced a three-way
tie for first between Nell Bergstron, JoAnn Brougher
and Jane Winegarden. Diane Miller and Sue Hookem
both managed birdies on the day, while Judy Ward had
a chip in.
Four of the 15 horseshoe teams advanced from pool
play to the elimination round during March 24 horse-
shoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
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Ginny going, going, gone?
Not yet gone, but what could be Ginny's Antiques and
Art final outdoor flea market at its Holmes Beach
location took place at Ginny's and Rader's Reef April
1. No "foolin,'" but owner Ginny Dutton has said
she will close the Holmes Beach store May 15 due to
increases in taxes and insurance that resulted in high
rent there. She is keeping the store in Anna Maria,
Ginny's at the Old IGA and Jane E's Bakery on Gulf
Drive, where she shares the space with her sister,
Jane Joyce. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 26
George McKay and Hank Huyghe advanced to
the finals thanks to a 23-12 semifinal victory over the
team of Bob Lee and Mel Lindauer. The other semifinal
match saw Sam Samuels and Herb Puryear roll past
the team of Rod Bussey and Art Kingstad 23-5. The
final match of the day saw McKay and Huyghe edge
Samuels and Puryear 21-15 to earn b ., in,_ rights for
The March 28 horseshoe action saw only Paul
Sheatler and Dean Rowe emerge with a 3-0 record
from pool play action, making them the day's outright
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Anna Maria Island Little League
Junior League Islanders (ages 13-15)
April 5 6:30 p.m. Islanders vs. Braden River Blk
@ Braden River 6
April 7 11 a.m. North River Amer. vs. Islanders
@ Birdie Tebbetts Field
April 10 6:30 p.m. Islanders vs. Man. American 1
@ Palma Sola
Major League Traveling Islanders,
all games @ G.T. Bray Park
April 6 7:30 p.m. MJ6 vs. Islanders @ Field 1
April 9 7:30 p.m. Islanders vs. MJ5 @ Field 1
Island real estate sales
214 Fir Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,840 sfla / 5,746
sfur 6bed/4bath duplex built in 1969 on a 79x100 lot
was sold 03/15/07, Grace to Blue Rentals LLC for
$1,125,000; list $1,395,000.
206 66th St., Unit B, Gulfbreeze, Holmes Beach, a
2365sfla 3,459sfur31kd-" :' lxlih 2:-air condo built in 2006
was sold 03/13/07, Copeman to Russel for $765,000.
242 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,041 sfla
1,514 sfur 2bed/2bath/ car bayfront home built in 1953
on a 72x121 lot was sold 03/14/07, Hampton to Hartzell
for $675,000; list $999,999.
103 Fifth St. S., Unit B, Beach to Bay Townhomes,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,926 sfla / 2,269 sfur 2bed/2.5bath
condo built in 2006 was sold 03/16/07, Fifth Street
Beach to Bay LLC to Newell for $588,500.
604 Baronet Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,944 sfla
2,552 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in
2005 on a 100x115 lot was sold 03/15/07, Gonzalez to
Fleming for $565,000; list $599,000.
770 Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria, a 1,333 sfla
1,391 sfur 2bed/2bath duplex built in 1971 on a 71x105
lot was sold 03/15/07, Britton to Frank for $554,490.
6500 Flotilla Drive, Unit 126, Westbay Point &
Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/
2bath condo built in 1978 was sold 03/13/07, Watkins
to Brady for $410,000.
Two deeded 20x10 boat slips on Maxine (street/
canal) in Anna Maria were sold 03/16/07, Sasser to
Sand & Snow Investments LLC for $90,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of
Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay (941) 778-7244.
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Breakfast: Toast, Cereal, Pancake on a Stick,
Lunch: Maxx Sticks with Dip or Breaded Beef
Patty, Broccoli, Mashed Potatoes, Oranges
Tuesday, April 10
Breakfast: Chicken Patty on a Biscuit, Cereal,
Toast, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Tenders or Hoagie, Chicken
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Yogurt, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Hot Dog or Muffin and Yogurt Plate, Green
Beans, Carrot Sticks with Dip, Pineapple Tidbits
Thursday, April 12
Breakfast: Sausage and Egg Patty on a Biscuit,
Cereal, Toast, Bagels, Fruit
Lunch: Breaded Chicken Patty on Bun or RoastedI
Sliced Turkey with Gravy, Mashed
Potatoes, Carrots, Fruit Cup
Friday, April 13
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Juice and milk are served with every meal.
28 E APRIL 4, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
Island Library: Drawing an audience
By Lisa Neff
Lawrence Taylor doesn't know much about Spi-
derman, Superman or Batman and silently shrugs off
questions about the superheroes.
But the 7-year-old knows well the history of Hikaru
and his associates in the manga comic "Hikaru No
"I like them a lot," he said. "I want to draw them
when I grow up."
Lawrence joined about 20 other people children
and adults attending a program on manga and Japa-
nese pop culture at the Island Branch Library Jan. 2.
The program, presented by Pasco County librarians
Kevin Griffith and Paul Stonebridge, featured two acts.
Griffith conducted a lesson in drawing Japanese comics
and Stonebridge offered a sampling of Japanese snacks
"We do a version of this class for professionals
and we do the patron-friendly class," Stonebridge said,
adding that later in the day the pair would present the
program at the Central Library in Bradenton. "It's edu-
cational, enlightening and fun. Anything you can do to
get people to come into libraries is good."
\iiingi" is the Japanese word for print comics,
while "anime" is generally used for animated films.
For the program, the library's community room
contained three easels and about a dozen tables covered
with sheets of white drawing paper. At each chair, there
was a black marker for doodling.
At the back of the room, Stonebridge arranged
his goodies, including shrimp-flavored chips, chestnut
crackers, grass jelly, peach soda pop, seaweed strips,
chili bamboo shoots, chocolate, tofu squares, fried squid
crackers, and a sesame and anchovy snack chips.
"I have the be-brave side and the not-so-brave
side," Stonebridge said, gesturing toward his spread
Lucien Dussault, ofBradenton, works Jan. 2 on a
sketchpad during the Island Branch Library class on
Toons and treats
Annie Williams practices drawing during a lesson in manga comic creation Jan. 2 at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
At the front of the room, Griffith explained the dif-
ferences between manga and anime and the differences
between manga and U.S. comics.
Griffith, who studied at the Cleveland Institute of
Art before becoming a librarian, offered some basic
drawing tips decide on your content, add details,
copying and tracing are good practice and draw often.
Sketching a boy and a girl with ease, and later
a monster that was a mutant dragon/human, Griffith
emphasized, "I've been drawing for over 40 years. It
becomes like a habit."
Griffith also offered some guidelines in manga
drawing decide on a character and remember to use
stock characteristics, such as the big eyes and small
As Griffith spoke, his students listened and drew
on the paper-covered tabletops.
"Draw, draw, draw. I have never known anybody
in my entire life who got worse," Griffith said.
Later he brought some audience members, includ-
ing Nico Callaja, 8, and Annie Williams, 13, to the
easels to show off their skills.
The class of students ranged in age from 7 to 82
years. Some said they were avid readers reading
from back to front, right to left of manga books.
Some sought new drawing techniques. Some were
tempted to attend by the offering of treats. Some simply
seemed curious about Japanese culture.
"These comics are a lot more sophisticated in look
and content," said Jack Bruner, who grew up on Archie
and Jughead. "I can see some Disney influence, but I
think manga comes from a unique perspective a
place with a very long traditional history and the only
place hit with atomic bombs."
Kevin Griffith, a librarian from Pasco County, offers
instruction in the Japanese comic style at the library.
In their chN
Phyllis Roe, Gloria Ladue
and Clare Talbert show off
the bonnets they entered in
the hat contest at the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce's Mad Hatter
Island Fashion .'il and
Luncheon. The show was at
the Bradenton Yacht Club
on Snead Island in Palmetto
March 30. It featured fashion
from M. Keston's Apparel and
South Porch and raised money
for two scholarships one
for a student at Manatee High
School and one for a student
at Bayshore High School. The
chamber also hosted a net-
working event at the Bayside
Banquet Hall in Cortez last
week. Islander Photos:
Bonnie Evans won the hat contestfor
her newspaper bonnet. Next year's
fashion show is scheduled for Feb. 29.
THE ISLANDER U APRIL 4, 2007 E 29
Parkman pens poetry for 'snowbirds'
Barbara Parkman is one of the lucky ones of life
- she has lived for nine years in paradise. Her paradise
is Anna Maria Island and she has been here that long
observing the regular migration of "snowbirds," those
people not as lucky as she; they get to be here only over
She was a Washington, D.C., city bus driver and
then graduated to run trains on the area's subway
system, "a wonderful job," she said, before retiring to
Holmes Beach. Her daughter, Terry Cappello, lives in
Holmes Beach and is a supervisor with the Manatee
County child support program.
When the snow starts to fall and there's a chill in the air
Our dear northern friends return where it's fair.
Some come by car and some come by plane,
Especially those who are Canadian.
We miss them down here when the weather gets hot
And they pack up and leave for a much cooler spot.
It's not just traffic they increase when they come,
It's tables at bridge and a whole lot more fun.
The white Gulf sand and the Gulf water blue
Beckon once more and they lounge there anew.
There are art shows, parades and much more to see
Like the peacocks that strut at Longboat Key.
There are dances put on with bands here that play
So couples can while away time as they sway.
The Community Center, a gem of a place,
The heart of our Island a much treasured space -
Offers all who come here hours of pleasure,
Something to do in all kinds of weather.
Exercise, quilting, classes galore, bridge games,
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Lessons, sports and lots more.
Children vie on various teams
While families look on and spectators scream.
Turtle watching is quite an attraction.
People are waiting to see all the action,
When nests cave in as the babies dig out,
Then tiny turtles scurry about,
Heading to sea as they're guided by light
Reflected on waves that shine in the night.
It's hard to determine if egrets so still
Are snow-white statues or birds that are real.
Clocks of green parrots squawk in the trees,
And pelicans paddle by the pier in the sea
Waiting for handouts the fishermen catch,
Fish too small to pass the length test.
Blue heron also looking for treats
At homes that supply them with lots of fish eats.
Many fine restaurants and unique shops
Are serviced by trolleys that make all the stops.
Free rides that cover one end to the other
Of this our fair Island, a place like no other.
A country club with a golf course so green,
A school and a playhouse which many esteem.
A library where you can get any book,
Or join our Gulf Coast Writers group.
Six different churches just take your choice
Of which denomination you attend to rejoice
And thank God for favor and learn how to act,
Making kindness a goal and love here a fact.
At the end of the day, the sunset completes
With a spectacular view a feeling of peace.
As friends gather round and strangers converse
With some of the friendliest people on earth.
Ga le Simyson Schulz...
Jim Anderson Realty Company
6000 Marina Drive, Ste. 105 Holmes Beach, FL 34217
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
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vator, four-car garage, lagoon pool, waterfall, district. Over 3,400 sf with 4BR/3.5BA and
wine storage closet, three fireplaces, and 40+ pool. Almost one acre lot on Warner's Bayou.
foot dock on deep water to bay $2,795,000. With newer dock and davit. $1,295,000.
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painted inside and out. New carpet, Freshly painted w/new carpeting in the
tile, flooring, fixtures and other master suite, 2nd bedroom&screened
upgrades. $290,000. Call Gayle porch. Overlooks the new pool. Ready
Schulz, 941-812-6489. to move in. Offered at $140,000. Call
Gayle Schulz, (941) 812-6489.
the Island by
Welcome to the Island
Dig your toes in the sand
Cast your cares into the gulf waters
So far away from life's demands
Woody Guthrie's spirit sails
In the winds that blow onshore
Reminding all who feel it
This island is still mine
As well as yours to explore
Pedro drinks Perrier
City Council meets
Gilligan writes his poetry
Free trolleys traverse the streets
Marshall reads "The Islander"
Pamella relaxes in the sun
Pubah sips a cold one
And asks if season has begun
Anna Maria calls to the mainland
She calls to foreign shores
Welcome to the Island
Spend the day forevermore
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419 Pine Ave. PO Box 2150 Anna Maria FL 34216
3BR/3BA bayfront home, north end of Anna Maria, completely
renovated! $1,895,000 furnished. Owner will consider trade of
lot, condo or home as a down payment.
Bayfront lots with panoramic 2BR/2BA West Wind c
views. 23,000 sf each. Only Gulf view. $649,000.
Boater's dream priced under
appraised value! Waterfront
pool home with deep water on
1.2 acres. Secluded and pri-
vate, deep water dock accom-
modates 70-foot vessel. Direct
Gulf access. $795,000.
Serene bay views from most
all rooms. Fireplace, steps to
deeded beach access. Rental
income potential. Waterfront.
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30 0 APRIL 4, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
IA S AER CLA SSIFIEDS
LUXURY LIVING ROOM set: Two large, matching
sofas, black with floral design. Two large end tables,
beveled glass tops, carved feet match sofa's walnut
trim. Five-piece set. $600. 941-778-1589.
SOFA: LIKE NEW, muted floral pattern. $250. 941-
PEUGEOT SPRINT ROAD racer: Small frame, 21
gears. Great condition, but rider going off road for
now. Perfect for beginning racer and long rides.
STOREWIDE EASTER SALE: Niki's Island Trea-
sures. All sterling jewelry 50-70 percent off. Large
selection, great Easter gifts, select gifts, antiques,
furniture, prints, oil paintings, Hummels, vintage and
costume jewelry, books, cups and saucers, collec-
tor plates, dolls, miniatures, perfume bottles 30-90
percent off. Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm. 5351
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-779-0729.
ANNA MARIA JUNIOR Girl Scouts Troop No. 590
cookies are on sale at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, 941-795-1112 or 704-8421.
OLD-FASHIONED DINER MUGS: $8 (includes tax).
Your coffee never tasted so good as when you drink
from the old-style mugs available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
YOU WANT IT ...You got it. Oval AMI bumper stick-
ers are just $1 at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
HELP SUPPORT OFFICER Pete Lannon: Silicone
bracelets, DARE2CARE/ISLANDER4PETE. Child
$2, adult $5. The bracelets are donated by The
Islander and all $$$ go to a pre-paid college fund
for Pete's youngest son. Available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tues-
days, Thursday. 9am-noon Saturdays. Always porch
clothing sales. 941-779-2733.511 Pine Ave., Anna
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
Top Producing Realtor
Toll Free 1-866-587-8559
GREAT PRICES! HURRY!
IRONWOOD, 1BR/1BA, golfcourse, turnkey furnished, updated.$134,900.
PINEBROOK 2-3BR/2BA, SALE PENDING. $215,000.
IMPERIAL HOUSE: 2BR/1BA, ground floor, Gulf/bay. $259,900.
BAYVIEW TERRACE: 1BR/1BA, bay view. $275,000.
BAYVIEW TERRACE: 2BR/1BA, new listing, bay view. $284,900.
BAYVIEW TERRACE: Total update, 2BR/1BA, bay view. $299,900.
IMPERIAL HOUSE: 2BR/1BA, Gulf/bay. S 0 L D
SUNBOW BAY: 2BR/2BA, elevator, 1,121 sf. $322,000.
FLAMINGO CAY: 2BR/2BA, 1,358 sf, canalfront. $329,000.
RUNAWAY BAY: 2BR/2BA, lakefront, gorgeous. $398,000.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: 3BR/2.5BA, two-car garage. SALE PENDING. $489, 00.
NEW LISTING! CORAL SHORES CANALFRONT: 3BR/2BA upgraded, dock. $499,90 0.
MARTINIQUE SOUTH: 2BR/2BA,Gulf, a steal at $499,900.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: Two master bedrooms, two-car garage. $510,000.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: 3BR/2.5BA, two-car garage. $515,000.
DUPLEX WITH BEACH ACCESS: both 2BR/1BA. $624,900.
LONGBEACH: 2BR/2BA, Gulffront, gorgeous. $664,000.
TIFFANY PLACE: 2BR/2BA, updated. Wow! Gulf. $699,000.
COQUINA MOORINGS: 3BR/2BA, dock, bay and Gulf. $749,000.
MARTINIQUE SOUTH: 2BR/2BA, sixth floor, one-car garage. $739,000.
MARTINIQUE SOUTH: 2BR/2BA, sixth floor, two-car garage. $789,000.
NEW LISTING! ANNA MARIA home, west of Gulf Drive. Built 2002. $967,0 00.
VILLA SORRENTO: Built 2006, 4BR/4BA, elevator. $1,495,000.
Call me for details!
3224 EAST BAY DRIVE
2/edebrock HOLMES BEACH
EAESTATE COMPANY www.Wedebrock.com
CLOSING OUT SALE: 50 percent off everything at
"Housewarmings by Horigans" until it's all gone. Vin-
tage linens and clothes, jewelry, collectibles, furni-
ture, art, even the fixtures. Located inside "Essence
of Time," 5306 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
BUDGET BOX: 10am-4pm Monday-Friday, 10am-
2pm Saturday. Flea Market Saturday, April 14. Free
spaces. 401 42nd St. W., Bradenton. 941-746-4906.
GARAGE SALE: 9am-4pm Saturday, April 7. Mobil-
ity scooter and car carrier, household items, utility
trailer. 102 Pelican, Anna Maria. Corner of Gladiolus
Street and Pelican. 941-778-2487.
HUGE GARAGE SALE: 8:30am-noon or later Friday
and Saturday, April 6-7. Items include a brand new
generator, ladders, fishing items, tools, Adirondack
chairs, clothes and other miscellaneous merchan-
dise. 308 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
UNIQUE GARAGE SALE: 9am Friday, April 6, 8am
Saturday, April 7. Everything must go! Artist home,
books, interesting artifacts, dishes, one-of-a-kind items.
244 Lakeview Drive near Bayfront Park, Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE: 9am-lpm Saturday, April 7.
Bamboo queen-size canopy bed, pictures, frames,
rattan couch, chairs, rugs, miscellaneous. 894 N.
Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
ESTATE SALE: 9am-2pm Thursday, April 5. Vin-
tage mahjong set, Haviland, Picard, lots of cut
glass, depression glass, linens, Martha Washing-
ton sewing cabinet, tool chest, 1900 desk. Other:
2002 Buick Park Avenue with 16,600 miles, hutch,
china cabinet, Hummels, shells, mahogany nest of
tables, sofa/loveseat, Lowrey organ, lamps, records,
stereo, queen bed, dinette, indoor patio set (a metal
frame painted white), kitchenware, dining set, lots of
miscellaneous. Details and pictures at www.apprais-
als4u.biz. Sales by Julie McClure. 619 Gladstone
Lane, Key Royale, Holmes Beach. Key Royale,
Anna Maria Island.
GREAT BIG YARD sale: 9am-1 pm Saturday, April 7.
Furniture, washer and dryer, 9-hpYamaha outboard,
building supplies, windows, miscellaneous! 6915
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. 941-778-2027.
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.
LOST: WOMEN PRESCRIPTION eyeglasses. No
frame, one noseguard missing. If found, please call
941-778-2551 or 608-852-6356.
Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
PERICO BAY CLUB TOWNHOUSE
883 Waterside Ln., Bradenton: 2-
3BR/2BA, 1,632 sf, furnished, water
and preserve views. Gated community.
Only two miles to Gulf beaches.
An Island Place Realty
411 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
POOLDUPLEXNEARTHEBEACH! GULFFRONT CONDO! Great
Great rental! $675,000. Owner sunsets, two pools! $670,000.
financing! Call Sue! Make an offer! Call Sue!
DEEDED BOATSLIP!3BR/2BAwith POOL & CANALFRONT! Anna Maria
fireplaceinHolmesBeach.$625,000. 3BR/2BA with great rental income!
Owner financing! Call Sue! $825,000. Ownerfinancing! Call Sue!
FOUND: IPOD. 29th Street and Avenue E, Holmes
Beach. Call 941-779-2214 after 5pm.
LOST: LARGE BLACK-and-white male cat with
mane and long hair. Answers to "Biggie" or "Baby"
Last seen near Guava Street and 57th Street,
FOUND: DIAMOND RING set. Found on beach
near Cortez Road, Bradenton Beach. Call 941-
LOST: PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES in beige
floral padded case. Rode trolley from 75th Street
and exited at 13th Street, Bradenton Beach. Please,
call 941-778-7251 if found.
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) disap-
peared from Sandy Rich's Real Coffee & Realty,
9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, on March 17. Sandy
says, "Call and I'll pick him up, no questions asked."
Call her at 376-6077.
BUTTERFLY 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 infor-
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
S REAL ESTATE
OF ANNA MARIA
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
FIRST CLASS 4BR/3.5BA canalfront executive home blends tra-
ditional elegance with Key West flair. Lushly landscaped, heated
lap pool, 55-foot boat dock, oak floors, new top-of-the-line
stainless-steel kitchen appliances, new storm grade windows,
plantation shutters, new roof, shady veranda, gorgeous crafts-
manship in all woodwork, including molding, built-in book-
cases, entertainment center, storage galore and so much more.
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Panoramic views of Skyway Bridge and Tampa
Bay with 135-foot seawall, heated pool and 100-
foot deep-water dock with boat lift. 3BR/3BA,
3,000 sf on two lots in private setting.
Entirely updated. Large master suite added
and kitchen is top of the line in every way.
A short walk to the Gulf. Must see to appreci-
ate. Lots of extras. $2,295,000. Virtual tour at
Call John Zirzow, Agent/Owner
(941) 778-9171 Markey Realty
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SPECTACULAR BAYFRONT Exceptional EXCEPTIONAL RENTAL Extensively
coastal design, impeccably renovated with updated, rare4BRground level homethatis
bamboo floors, wood burning fireplace, beingsoldturnkeyfurnishedwithcharming
plantation shutters, metal roofand gorgeous contemporaryinteriordecorand beautiful
lush tropical landscape. $1,475,000. tropical heated pool. $698,000.
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duplex on a large corner lot, 2BR/2BA on views from this updated, large 4BR duplex
each side with, granite counters, vaulted with an open floor plan, bamboo floors and
ceilings all newelectrical, plumbing, roof, multiple decks including a roof deck with
appliances and heated pool. $789,000. endless possibilities. $679,000.
BEACH VIEWS Terrific opportunity to be ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE CONDOS New
so close to the beach without paying the pool,newroofandnewtropicallandscapingin
beachfront pricing. Remodel or built up for Fall2006.Extensivelyremodeled,turnkeyand
unbelievable waterviews. $775,000. only six homes to beach access. $375,000
each condo or $699,000 for duplex.
BEACH TREASURE: Enchanting and meticu- BOATER'S DREAM: An exceptional, well
lous describes this beachfront complex and maintained and upgraded home with canal
the location of this 2BR turnkey furnished views from most rooms that is ideal for
condo that has front-seat views of the pool waterfront living. New dock, 10,0001b lift.
and spa. $700,000. $525,000.
ISLANDER'S RETREAT: 2BR Gulfwatch RUNAWAY BAY CONDOS Each
condo that is comfortably decorated and sold turnkey furnished, 2BR/2BA,
turnkey furnished encouraging relaxing updated, heated pool, tennis courts,
Islandlifestyle. Attractive rentalpolicyorideal fishing pier on the bay, deeded beach
for your own beach oasis. $374,900. access and weekly rentals permitted.
4400 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton 941.748.6300
L'PLAGE ...For the discriminating buyer. Fabulous
3BR/3BA beautifully turnkey furnished. High ceilings
with windows on all four sides. Enclosed secure garage,
pool and spa. $1,925,000.
KEY ROYALE Move-in condition. Beautiful
2BR/2BA. Huge patio and Florida room. Wonderful $225,000 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.
Heated pool, large
views. Newer home.
CANALFRONT VILLA with a beautiful view. New boat
dock and deck. Only $399,000.
FANTASTIC PRICE Two buildings, only $275,000 per
building in Anna Maria City. Large lot, each faces a differ-
ent street. $549,000 for both. Handyman special.
GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD Priced to sell, this duplex
features 3BR/2.5BA across from bay. $479,000.
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.
BAYFRONT Large 2BR/2BA house with new tile floors
throughout, plus great mother-in-law apartment. New
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
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NEED HOME FOR sweet male cat that is leukemia
positive. Has to be single-cat household, stress-free
and indoor only. Neutered and all shots, will pay for
future vet care. Call Haley's Motel at 941-778-5405
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. $8,900. 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 -
RASCAL SCOOTER: LIKE new, compact. $1,800.
1996 GRAND CHEROKEE, 1996 Jeep SUV.
123,000 miles, two-wheel drive, power, good con-
dition. Runs great. $3,800. View at The Islander
newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
2004 CAROLINA SKIFF: 198DLX Yamaha 90,
four-stroke, live well, fish finder, trailer, low hours.
$13,200. Call 518-365-2701.
FOR RENT: BOAT slip. 85th Street, Holmes Beach.
Up to 23 feet. $125/month. 941-778-2581.
DRY BOAT AND trailer storage, $65/month. 840 S.
Bay Blvd., next to Rotten Ralph's. 941-778-9435.
WANTED: JETSKI WITH trailer. Older but in reason-
able shape. 941-778-0033.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-
REAL ESTATE AGENTS wanted: SunCoast Real
Estate LLC. Floor time and generous split. Confi-
dential. Call Mary Ann Schmidt, 941-779-0202 or
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting quadriplegic. Morning, 8am-1 pm and over-
night, 10pm-8am, shifts available. Travel opportunity.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !
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
S2BR/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.iii 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!
S"We ARE te Island!"'
SINCE 1957 I
Marice Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.anamariareal.com
LOOKING FOR CLEANERS! MTO Cleaning Services
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, flex-
ible 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, weekends and
travel required. Light housekeeping a plus! Anna Maria
Island area. Please, contact Haley, 727-641-0240.
LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL position: Presswood
Law Firm, PA., 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 technology (e.g., utilizing software
such as Word, Excel, Outlook, Amicus Attorney, PC Law)
and enjoy working with people. Litigation experience pre-
ferred. 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
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.
BEACHFRONT HOT SPOT: Two storefronts, one
side rented. Great for gift shop, clothing, jewelry
or as-is, a restaurant. Owner financing available.
$1,295,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
14-YEAR-OLD needs work. Willing to babysit, clean,
etc. Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting.
Call Alexandra, 941-778-5352.
LOOKING FOR A babysitter, pet sitter, dog walker
or somebody to do odd jobs? Call Kendall, 14-
year-old, ninth-grader. Certified in first aid! 941-
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
THIS ONE HAS IT ALL! Perfect ho for your boat and
entertaining your family and friends. Dee anal with 40-
foot dock. Immaculate, spacious 3BR/2 i th custom
kitchen. Water views from every win On beach.
Smuggler's Landing, 4109 129th St $
COME SEE OPEHO
T. Dolly Young Real Esta
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. $950,000.
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
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reason-
able, reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
less services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer,
941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.
CONDO/HOMEOWNER INSURANCE: Call for free
quote. Doc Auto & Home Insurance. 75th and Mana-
tee Ave. W., Bradenton. 941-757-0330.
FREE HOUSESITTING/PETSITTING: Retired
Christian couple will take care of your home,
pets etc. References furnished, much experi-
ence, bondable. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLOSET ORGANIZER SPECIALISTS: We can take
care of your hang-ups. Free estimates. Call 941-
722-3701 or 941-721-0875.
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.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or
BENTON'S CLOCK WORLD: We do restoration and
repair. We also buy and sell antique clocks. Located
on Bradenton Beach. 941-778-8426, or cell 941-
AMERICAN HANDYMAN: ISLAND resident. Guaran-
teed price, guaranteed quality. Any job. Discount with
ad. Licensed and insured. Jerry, 941-448-5999.
An Island Place Realty
Let us rent your home or condo
to one of our qualified tenants
looking for an annual rental!
Please call Sue or Adele at 941-779-9320.
411 Pine Avenue Anna Maria www.islandplacerealty.com
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.
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FRESH AND CLEAN professional housecleaning
service. Office cleaning, free in-home estimates or
phone quotes! Reasonable rates. 941-518-4140.
Godfrey or Shelly.
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.
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.
END UNIT: Brightand new3BR/2BA
Hidden Lake water view condo,
PENNY BRAY vaulted ceilings,tile roof, screen lanai,
941-795-6685 heated pool/spa minutes to beach.
Non-evacuation zone! Motivated
\\AGNR J REALTY seller, reduced. $314,900.
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.
J & D CLEANING BUSINESS: Cleaning houses,
apartments, offices seven days a week. Please call,
941-538-3778B-, or cell, 941-518-5051.
FORREST PARKS, HANDYMAN: All general repairs.
Lighting, plumbing, painting, tiling, carpentry and re-
screening. Over 30 years experience. Home: 941-
708-0676. Cell: 941-737-5967.
TREES BY THE Breeze, Inc. Landscaping, tree trim-
ming, property maintenance. Insured. Island resident
since 1988. Call Chris Lundy, 941-778-2837.
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.
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.
SPERICO BAY CLUB
Best value Jasmine
unit, 2BR/2BA plus
loft, water view,
minutes to beach,
for this popular
917-859-7859 or 941-778-1440
New York Florida Broker "Exclusive Service from Skyline to Skyway""m
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements
Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 941-792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Island resident, converting life-
long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275 for free
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
GRACIOUS LIVING in this waterfront, LONGBOAT KEY VILLAGE Great value in
updated3BR/3BAcondo. Loftoverlooking 2BR/2BA home near public dock, beach,
greatroom.Soaringceilings.40-footdock shopping and restaurants. Glassed
included. Price reduced. Peggy Henger, sunroom, extra large screened porch,
941-720-0528.#332186. $695,000. workshop. Cathy C. Meldahl, P.A.,
941-724-7228. #343958. $475,000.
5fANI5M IVIAIN IViust see tis beauti-
fully maintained 2BR/2BA villa. Bright
and sunny. Boating community on
Intracoastal Waterway. Active over-55
area. Peggy Henger, 941-720-0528.
VALUE IS IN TWO LOTS only a few IRONWOOD Beautiful golf course view! OPENHOUSE1-4pmSunday.7001GulfofMexico
100 yards from Gulf. Beautiful street Largest corner unit. Close to clubhouse, Drive,#25. Longbeachon LongboatKey! Spec-
and beach access. Build two homes or golf, tennis and pool. Near shopping, tacularGulfview,amazingsunsetsandstepsto
remodel cottage and live in paradise. dining and bowling. May owner finance. thebeach.2BR/2BA,newlyfurnishedcondoisa
2BR/1.5BA. Karen Day, 941-518 3862. ElfiStarrett,941-720-3528 orBeckySmith, gem.Petfriendly.Gina&PeterUliano/TheRoyal
#550000. $949,000. 941-773-1954. #539472. $159,000. Team, 941-920-0276. 547583. $750,000.
MOTEL/RESORT ANNA MARIA ISLAND Great 11 -unit resort/motel
Walk one short block to sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island and
view the spectacular sunsets Restaurants, specialty shops and
fishing pier near by Possible conversion potential Jim Zoff, 941-
778-2246 #539134 $2,575,000.
ARARE FIND! Anna Marla Gulffront lot Becky Smith,941-773-1954
or Elfl Starett, 941-778-2246 #504998 $1,750,000.
RESORTIN PARADISETropical landscaping surroundsslxcharming
unitsstepsfrom beach Immaculate, familyowned and clientele keep
coming back Possibleownerfinancing Karen Day, 941-778-2246
REMODELED IN 2007, ground-level four units surround private
heated pool Steps to the beach 2BR unit ideal for owner Good
rental history and reservations Owner Agent Jacque Davis, 941-
778-2246 #548868 $1,250,000.
LONGBOAT KEY WATERFRONT Key West-style home on sailboat
water Boatlift, open floor plan, four-car garage, workout room
and 30-foot screened balcony Becky Smith, 941-773-1954 or Elfi
Starett, 941-778-2246 #520397 $999,500.
GULF COAST PLAZA Fully leased eight-unit strip center on busy Cortez
Road with 300-foot frontage, 6,100 sf of building, parking for 32 cars
Zoned general commercial Dave Moynlhan, 941-778-2246 #542085
1 BR/1 BA bungalow Great family retreat or rental property Walk to shops,
beach and more Anne Miller 941-778-2246 #518824 $825,000.
EXCEPTIONAL 2BR/2BA direct Gulffront unit with outstanding views of
the Gulf Totally renovated Secured elevator, heated pool, tennis court
and private garage Near shopping and restaurants Dave Moynihan,
941-778-2246 #543586 $799,900.
ELEGANT BAYFRONTSpacious2BR/2BAunitwith1,909sf ofliving area
Exceptional Gulf to bay complex with private beach, bayside pool/spa,
resident manager, secured elevator lobby David Moynihan, 941-778-
2246 #534725 $750,000.
MARINERS COVE Direct bayfront, top floor 3BR/2BA, 2,000 sf, gated
com m u nity,twopools,tennis,elevator,protecteddeep-water 35-foot boat
slip Peter Mancuso, 941-545-6833 or Dave Moynihan, 941-720-0089
Bringing People aHme Sie 1939
2217 GULF DR. N. BRADENTON BEACH
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IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive dis-
tributor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free,
courteous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors.
Lic.# CBC1253145. 941-730-5045.
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call
TUB AND TILE refinishing: A division of D.J. Murphy
Painting Inc. Save up to 80 percent over traditional
remodeling costs. Call us with your kitchen and
bath needs. Don't buy new redo! 941-751-1245.
Licensed, certified and insured.
GUARANTEED A-1 PAINTING service. Get a
bid then call Nick, he's the best. Island refer-
ences. Licensed. Call Nick, 941-727-1448 or
INTERIOR SURFACE RENOVATION: Drywall, tex-
ture, paint, tile, wall and ceiling repairs, Fred Wein-
RESILIENT PROPERTIES AND renovations: Kitch-
ens, bathrooms, tile work, decks, sheetrock, paint-
ing and more. Reliable work start-to-finish. What
does your home need? Free estimates. Call Thomas
P. Lass, 941-782-7313.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-
795-1947. Lic. # RR0066450.
DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet" T-shirts.
Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach or order online www.islander.org.
GULF CONSTRUCTION INC.: Home remodeling,
custom carpentry, kitchens, baths, additions. 28
years experience. Free estimates. Call John, 941-
773-6808. License # CBC1255132.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I take
pride in my work. For a free estimate, call Colin at
941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR two
master suites-/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes
to beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/
dryer, garage, designer furnished with tropical
yard setting. One of the finest rentals on Island.
$1,600/weekly. Call 941-713-0034 or e-mail: 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.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or email@example.com.
PARADISE IN COMFORT at Palm Breeze rentals
in Holmes Beach. Two beautifully furnished units in
a Key West-style home on a large corner lot. Each
unit has 3BR/2BA, washer, dryer and fully equipped
kitchen. Heated pool, bikes, grill, etc. Just bring your
clothes and a toothbrush and enjoy. www.apalm-
CORTEZ COTTAGE: QUIET area. Fully furnished,
walk to water. No smokers. $1,700/month, $500/
week, $100/night, includes utilities. 941-794-5980.
ANNUAL RENTAL: PALMA Sola Park. 3BR/2BA, like
new, fresh and clean. Small pet OK, nonsmoking.
Available April 1. $1,500/month. 941-713-3533.
ISLAND CASTLE: FABULOUS French Normandy
home. 4BR/3BA on best beach and quiet street in
Anna Maria. 941-794-8202.
FURNISHED MOTHER-IN-LAW apartment, canal
view with a large deck, dock and saltwater pool to
share. Apartment has private entrance, bath and
kitchenette. All utilities except telephone included.
$350/week or $850/month. Perfect for a clean and
quiet individual! Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 941-928-8735. Leave message for informa-
tion and availability.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/2BA, four-car
garage. Two blocks to beach. Pet friendly. $1,400/
month. Call 941-713-2150.
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VACATION IN SMOKEY Mountains: 3BR/2BA
cabin, turnkey furnished, fireplace on 2.5 acres. 30
miles from Cherokee Indian reservation, one mile
from town. Book now. $495/weekly. For informa-
tion, call 352-516-6908 or 352-314-2333. E-mail:
AFFORDABLE SEASONAL RENTALS still available.
Weekly, monthly, bayfront, Gulffront, big, small. Call
Sato Real Estate for availability. 941-778-7200.
200-FEET TO ROD & Reel Pier: Ground floor, fully
furnished, 2BR/1BA duplex. No pets or smokers.
Seasonal, $1,500/month, annual, $1,000/month.
Available April 1. 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. $1,395/monthly.
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.
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-
BEACH GETAWAY: 1 or 2BR, newly remodeled,
all appliances, screened porch, Internet, cable. For
pictures, look on www.beachesndreams.net. Call
SEASONAL: ANNA MARIA. Key West-style elevated
home 3BR/3BA, Gulfside with Gulf views. Great loca-
tion. Available October-December $2,800/month,
January-April, $3,000/month. 813-545-4175.
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HOLMES BEACH: 1BR/1BA 740-sf apartment.
Includes water, trash, cable and high-speed Inter-
net. First, last and security deposit. Available April
15. $850/month. 941-587-1456.
SEASONAL: ANNA MARIA lovely ground-level
home. Approximately 1,000 feet to beach. Can
be rented as 2BR/1BA or 3BR/2BA with carport.
Family and living room, wash room, all with air con-
ditioning. 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, 813-690-9762.
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/1BA. Huge deck over-
looking bay. Wood floors, fireplace, lanai, laundry.
Freshly painted. Small pet OK. $850/month plus.
ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA: Washer and dryer hookups,
covered carport, updated kitchen, tile floor through-
out. Living room and family room, large bedrooms.
First, last and security deposit. $1,100/month, senior
citizens, $1000/month. 941-779-2265.
SIX- MONTH RENTAL: Nicely furnished 1BR/1BA
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 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 -
ANNUAL 2BR ELEVATED unit. Freshly remodeled
with laundry and porch. Private parking. One block
to beach. $895/month. 941-807-5449.
ROOMATE WANTED: 3BR/2BA, washer and dyer,
pool, central Holmes Beach. Two blocks to beach.
$700/month, utilities included. 941-778-5080.
ANNA MARIA: ATTRACTIVE remodeled 3BR/2BA
also remodeled 2BR/1 BA. Several weeks available.
150 feet from Gulf. 941-778-7933.
MARTINIQUE, NORTH OR south. California couple
needs beachfront condo to lease January through
April 2008. 941-778-7132 until April 30, 2007.
VILLAGE GREEN: IMMACULATE 2BR/2BA/,
two-car garage home with den, private screened
lanai, fruit trees, close to everything and only 10
minutes to the beach. $1,350 includes lawn care.
PALM COTTAGE IN Anna Maria. 3BR/1.5BA, laun-
dry, one block to beach. Accepting reservations for
2008 season. 941-739-1882.
LAKEFRONT CONDO: NEW, rent to own. 2 and
3BR/2BA, large lanai. Includes pool, spa, cable,
water. Nice northwest location. Close to beaches.
WATERFRONT: SHORT TERM rental with
docks, wireless Internet. Kayak, bike, fishing rods
are free. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call
HOLMES BEACH: 3BR/2BA house. Large, screened
lanai in front and porch in back. Private, enclosed
backyard with pool, hot tub and Jacuzzi, fireplace.
MINUTES TO BEACHES: Village Green, west
Bradenton. Large 3BR/2BA, two-car garage,
big screened lanai, huge corner lot. Good
schools, walk to shopping. $1,495/month, annual.
ANNUAL OR SEMI-annual: Holmes Beach
3BR/2BA, living, dining, and family room, fireplace,
boat slip, fenced yard, screened porch. $1,650/
month and security. Call Adele, 941-587-6328.
ROOM TO RENT: Brand new. Bedroom, bath, sepa-
rate entrance. Nonsmoker, no pets. Steps to beach.
ANNUAL: COMPLETELY REMODELED 1BR/1BA
apartment on Avenue E, Holmes Beach. Non-
smoker, no pets. $850/month includes all utilities.
First, last and security deposit. 941-779-0470.
BRADENTON/MIRROR LAKE: 2BR/2BA direct
lakefront condo next to IMG Academy. First, last
and security deposit. Available May 1. $995/month.
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 RENTALS: WEEKLY, monthly or annually, 1
and 2BR apartments for rent, across the street from
the beach, water views. Furnished and unfurnished.
Starting at $750/month. Call for weekly rates. 941-
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,
1BR/1BA ANNUAL: $850/month. Pet OK, heated
pool, washer and dryer, fenced. 202-Court A
Haverkos Court, Holmes Beach. 941-720-1006.
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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.
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 941-778-6474.
PRE-FORECLOSURE SALE: $499,999. My loss is your
gain! Selling $50,000 below purchase price. 3BR/2BA
beautiful home, recently remodeled and redecorated on
quiet drive. 413 Bay Palms Drive. Contact owner/broker,
Fisher Real Estate Inc. 941-932-0480.
LOT: 57.75x1 14-feet, one block to beach. $520,000.
Call 941-779-4505 or 941-778-4246. 125 Neptune
Lane, Holmes Beach.
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-
LONGBOAT DUPLEX: 4-6BR on canal, deeded
beach access. Use it, rent it out or redevelop.
$699,900. Mary Ann Namack, Longview Realty,
HOLMES BEACH LOT: 50x100 feet, two blocks to
the beach, ready to build. $499,000. 941-778-4036.
SINGLE 50-FOOT mobile home: 2BR/1BA newly
remodeled. All appliances, enclosed lanai. Five miles
to beach. 55-plus. No pets. Lease, $300/month.
$12,900. 941-447-6113. Royal Garden Estates.
BAY WATCH CONDO, just steps from beach. Spa-
cious 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished. Heated pool,
boat/fishing dock on bay. Reduced, $349,000. Karen
Horner, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
392 FIREHOUSE LANE: North Longboat Key, stepsto
beach and pool. Built 2004, upscale and stylish, former
model home. 2BR/2BA, den plus loft. Maintained com-
munity. Priced to sell. $998,500. EWM Realtors Inc.
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 bed-
rooms and loaded with included features! Call 941-794-
6101, or stop by the Henderson Brothers Homes model
at 3803 Bridelcrest Lane, Bradenton, today!
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.
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.
BAYFRONT HOME ON Anna Maria Sound.
Unobstructed view, southern exposure. Private.
$1,100,000. Brokers protected. 941-778-0029. 517
Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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SANDPIPER 55-PLUS mobile park: 1 BR/1 BA with
share. Newly remodeled, new appliances, new
floors, furnished, bright and cheery. $185,000. Call
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: ground-level, two
blocks to beach, well-maintained, fully turnkey fur-
nished, great rental history. R2, 90x104-foot lot.
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
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.
AREYOU A teacher? Walk to Suggs Middle School
when you buy this 2BR/2BA, updated cul-de-sac
home for $210,000. Call CPR, 941-794-1515.
BAYFRONT ANNA MARIA Sound on the Intra-
coastal Waterway. Unobstructed southern views,
tastefully renovated, pool, boat dock, mature land-
scaping. 2BR/1BA, office, garage. Brokers protected.
517 Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-0029.
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UNBELIEVABLE! PERICO BAY Club villa now only
$259,900.2BR/2BA, one-car garage, nice. To view,
call Marilyn Trevethan at Island Real Estate, 941-
ISLAND 2 OR 3BR timeshare across from beach.
WANTED: ISLAND PROPERTIES for sale or rent.
Coastline is 100 percent booked and almost sold
out! If you need a tenant, we have a lead. For more
information, call Mike Carleton at 941-737-0915.
9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
CANAL HOME: IMMACULATE 2BR/2BA with one-
car garage. New kitchen, living room, dining room,
eat-in kitchen, large screened lanai overlooking canal
with dock and electric boat lift. Turnkey furnished,
absolutely the best buy on the Island! $499,000. Call
Denise Langlois, Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.
GOLF COURSE PROPERTY: 3BR/3BA ON 15th
green. Elevated ceilings, library, family room, Corian
kitchen, caged heated pool, Jacuzzi. 3,956 sf under
roof. $459,000. 941-730-1085.
FOR SALE BY owner: Ground floor, 2BR/1BA each
side, great rental, build up for Gulf view. North end.
VILLAGE GREEN: 2BR/2BA completely renovated.
New saltwater pool. $269,000. Call 941-761-9512
V Villager 2BR/2BA, end unit villa, carport!
Wly.$ 4.eoo $104,500!
SPointe West 3BR/2BA, heated pool! $360,000.
PMariners Cove 3BR/2BA. Full bayview, 35-foot slip!
Braden Crossings 3BR/2BA. Nice updates! $285,000.
Kingsfield Lakes 3-4BR/2BA. Huge fenced lot!
Village West 3BR/2BA Near Bray Park! $269,900.
Bay Palms 2BR/2BA Grand canal, sailboat deepwater.
Private dock. $695,000.
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association, completely renovated. Call 941-761-9512
or 781-591-9082.4423 102nd St. W., Bradenton.
TOURISTS: WHY RENT? 1,260 sf townhome.
2BR/1.5BA stainless-steel appliances. West Bra-
denton. $175,000. Call now, 941-758-5444. Pur-
chase or lease to own.
BUY NOW! COASTAL North Carolina land or homes. Low
taxes and insurance. Call today! Coastal Carolina Lifestyle
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able land, homes, mountain cabins, on lakes, mountains
and streams. Free brochure, 877-837-2288. Exit Realty
Mountain View Properties. www.exitmurphy.com.
NORTH CAROLINA: BEST buy in mountains! Owner
financing, two acres with spectacular view, paved road,
restricted, Bryson City $45,000, $9,000 down. Call owner!
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY: North Carolina mountain property
with views and log homes within minutes to Boone. Starting
at $59,900. Riverfront and trout stream lots available, www.
cabincreekland.com, or 828-228-3398. By owner.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Escape to beautiful
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views, homes, cabins, creeks and investment acreage.
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tainrealty.com. Call for free brochure, 800-841-5868.
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ADIRONDACK: TUG HILL Lakes. 30-acres borders
Adirondack Lake, $169,900. 10 acres, Tug Hill Lake,
$69,900.88 acres, wildlife pond, trout stream, $159,900.
25 acres, Lakefront Central, N.Y., $129,900. Coming
soon, largest Adirondack river lots with waterfalls. Call
Christmas & Associates, 800-229-7843. www.landan-
ASHEVILLE, N.C., AREA ACREAGE: Breathtaking 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.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Large two- to- 10-acre
tracts in last phase of popular, gated, mountain commu-
nity with great view, trees, waterfall and large public lake
nearby, paved private access, $69,500 and up. Call now,
TIMBER COMPANY LAND sale: 20 acres, $39,900. Sub-
division potential! First time offered! Big mountain acreage
with spectacular views. One mile to Nicklaus-designed
golf course, Tennessee River and close to recreational
lake. Creekfronts available. Excellent financing. Won't last,
call now, 866-852-2538, ext. 1070.
COASTAL WATERFRONT! 2.25 ACRES, $199,900. Wil-
liamsburg, Va., area. Beautifully wooded, serene setting,
wide water views. Build when ready. Excellent financing.
Call now, 800-732-6601, ext. 1287.
NORTH CAROLINA: GATED lakefront community. Pleas-
antly mild climate, 1.5 acres, 90 miles of shoreline. Never
offered before with 20 percent pre-development discounts,
90 percent financing. Call 800-709-5253.
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! Subdivision potential! Call now! 800-898-
4409, ext. 1178.
GEORGIA LAND BARGAINS! 20-plus acres. Great price,
location and financing! www.gaforest.com.
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NORTH BEACH VILLAGE
3BR/2.5BA townhouse. New tile and carpet. Freshly painted. Two-
car garage, storage area could be offi ce, pool. $499,900.
BAY PALMS WATERFRONT HOME
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay and
Intracoastal Waterway $599,000.
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.
RIVERVIEWBOULEVARD CAPE COD 3BR/2BA. $529,900.
SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA turnkey from $175,000.
TRADEWINDS RESORTVILLA- 1BR/1BA, Pool. $325,900.
KEY ROYALE BAYFRONT 3BR/2.5BA, Dock $2,150,000.
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS CONDO 2BR/2BA, Patio. $299,900.
UPDATED DUPLEX- 2107 Avenue B. $596,900
SUN PLAZA WEST 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.
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