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Beach shootings send 3 to hospital, 2 to jail
By Lisa Neff
Gang violence erupted on Coquina Beach on Easter,
co I( li I ill lilt sending three people with gunshot wounds to the hos-
.. 4 I a, n Z t I( pital and two men to jail on multiple charges.
icii.'i. The victims, all of them brothers from Arcadia, are
U.:B, rlit .-ti, Jose Estrada, 20, Salvador Estrada, 27, and a 17-year-
lle di ,l To-,',,- old identified by Bradenton Beach police as FE. They
pI,,1t /it /1:"/It, I were listed in stable condition at Bayfront Medical
fi',m (I' ,uitn, Center in St. Petersburg on Monday morning.
B i h tii ,, B The suspects in the shooting are Rene Vasquez-Men-
.t', r, .1/ ti" ,,/ doza, 22, and Santiago Delagado Jr., both of Plant City.
.( c'.,L in, .'. Vasquez-Mendoza is charged with three counts of
-r-e-- PC ~I t~ h *I attempted first-degree murder, carrying a concealed
.-g i',', firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm and discharge
~- ti:. ~of a firearm in public.
.II ,itL., P/,i,t.. Delagado is charged with carrying a concealed fire-
-.- ,'it: arm, improper exhibition of a firearm and discharge of
a firearm in public.
7 "We believe it's gang-related," said Lenard Diaz,
.. a detective sergeant with the Bradenton Beach Police
... ... Department. Diaz said Salvador Estrada has tattoos
--- ..-,. -"suggesting a connection to SUR 13 and "our shooter,
S. ,; he is gang-affiliated."
"" -. We. - About 40 law enforcement officers were at Coquina
-. .Beach when the six or seven gunshots were fired at 4:22
p.m. April 8.
Bradenton Beach police Diaz said numerous officers were on the beach for
and deputies from the a visible presence because of a history of gang activity
MIanatee County .sit, itf's at Coquina on Easter and a suspicion that there might
Office make an arrest of .. be retaliation for a gang-related killing in March. In that
a suspect at the scene of incident, a 23-year-old man was shot to death, allegedly
an Easter Sunday shoot- POLICE by a teenage member of SUR 13.
ing at Coquina Beach. "We were given information that there might be
The area was closed -- retaliation for a past shooting, a shooting a couple of
down, then cleared of weeks ago," Diaz said. "So we had an abundance of
beachgoers on Sunday tactical units in place."
afternoon, but reopened The team policing Coquina on Easter included
by Monday. officers with the Bradenton Beach Police Department,
Islander Photo: Manatee County Sheriff's Office and members of a
Paul Roat PLEASE SEE BEACH SHOOTING, PAGE 3
Arrest made in Holmes
Beach officer shooting
By Lisa Neff
Authorities arrested one man and
continued their search for three other
people in connection with the shooting
of an off-duty Holmes Beach police
Officer James Cumston suffered
a minor fragment wound April 4 as he
pursued the suspects he saw attempting
to burglarize a neighbor's home in east
On April 5, an arrest was made
in Winder, Ga., where James Perkins,
19, surrendered and was taken into
custody on a warrant for attempted
Meanwhile, Cumston was doing
well Friday and had another day off,
according to Holmes Beach Police Chief
"He did a great job," said Romine,
who rushed east from the Island when
word of the incident was heard over the
police scanner. "It's just one of those
situations where you've got to be pre-
pared all the time."
"He's an excellent performer of
his duties," said Holmes Beach Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger the day after the
really proud of
his actions yes-
of dogs barking
a 20-year law
veteran, to a
burglary taking place at his neighbor's
home in the 2000 block of 36th Avenue
East, according to a report from the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Cumston confronted two suspects.
When they took off in a car believed to
contain two other people, Cumston fol-
lowed in his Chevy Trailblazer, calling
911 as he pursued them, according to the
In the 3500 block of 27th Street
PLEASE SEE SHOT, NEXT PAGE
Anna Maria Elementary School kindergartners Tiffany Lee and Adra DuPree get their
hands wet in Mote Marine Aquarium's traveling touch tank. Throughout the day, AME
students visited Mote's displays, including an aquarium. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
2 0 APRIL 11, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Shot officer doing fine
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Court East, the suspects began firing their guns at
Cumston. They fired again near the intersection of 27th
Street East and 36th Avenue East.
In the 3200 block of 27th Street East, the suspects
fired again at Cumston, who fired back.
The sheriff's office said Cumston lost the sus-
pects in the area of 36th Avenue East and 17th Street
The officer suffered a minor wound to his leg
when he was struck by fragments from a bullet, pos-
sibly one that struck and pierced the front window of
his vehicle. The 48-year-old officer did not require
"He's doing fine," said Romine.
Initially, the sheriff's office said deputies were
looking for two suspects, described as males in their
late teens or early 20s.
On April 5, the search had widened to four people
- two adults and two teenagers.
Also, schools in the vicinity Samoset Elementary
and Southeast High were put on lockdown imme-
diately following the report to the sheriff's office as a
Authorities, in patrol cars, on foot and with a heli-
copter, searched throughout the afternoon for the sus-
pects and their vehicle.
The vehicle, a dark Dodge Neon with a Florida tag
number of X439WR, was found that evening under a
tarp at a residence in the 3600 block of 19th Street East,
Perkins was found in Georgia and arrested by
deputies with the Barrow County Sheriff's Office,
according to a news release. He was being held in
Barrow County pending extradition to Manatee
Detectives believe Perkins was driving the Dodge
and fired shots at Cumston. Detectives are still working
on identifying another person in the car who also fired
shots at Cumston. They believe there were two juveniles
who were not involved in the shooting in the back seat
of the car.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sher-
iff's office at 941-747-3011, or Crime Stoppers at 866-
Oy .- :... .: ^" '- : .- ... "".... ..
.___i .W :_-*:- .'." : . -. )., -. .. ._
The pier at Manatee Public Beach gets some foot traffic on April 4. The pier had been closed for months.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Beach pier reopens,
By Lisa Neff
People are back to mingling with the birds on the
short pier at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.
The pier had been closed since last fall, when a fence
went up to keep people off the deck over the Gulf. County
officials, who oversee the facilities at the Manatee Public
Beach, were concerned about rusting structural supports
and commissioned an engineering study.
During a meeting in late March, county commission-
ers learned from Charlie Hunsicker, the county's director
of conservation lands management, that the engineering
review shows the pier is safe for people traffic.
Commissioners then gave Hunsicker the go-ahead
to open the pier and the barriers to the walkway came
down in time for the final weeks of the frenzy that is
"I know that during high season that is a great
asset," said County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann,
who represents District 3, which includes the Island.
"I know people have missed it," she added.
On the pier April 4, Trey Cartwright and his sons,
Joe, 4, and Jack, 6, searched the water for fish.
"There's one," shouted Jack.
"Where?" shouted Joe.
"There, there, and there," Jack said, pointing to the
dark spots in the water where he saw movement.
"We come to the Island every year for Easter," Cart-
wright said. "And the boys just love the pier. They would
have been disappointed if they'd been barred from it."
The area underneath the pier remains closed to
swimmers because of concerns that pieces of concrete
Hunsicker said the county closed the pier with "an
abundance of caution" and that the under story would
remain closed with "an abundance of caution."
The county has plans to work on the pier, with a
renovation set for next year.
.. ... .
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 11, 2007 3 3
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
multi-agency gang task force.
'The day was going smoothly," Diaz said.
The calm ended in the late afternoon, as the beach
began clearing out and the shots were fired.
"It was a really nice day at the beach and then
it was just wild," said beachgoer Herbert Sloan, of
'I didn't hear gunshots
and I didn't see any
blood, but there was
this panic up and
down the beach.'
Sloan, of Milwaukee
Milwaukee. "I didn't hear gunshots and I didn't see
any blood, but there was this panic up and down the
The Estrada brothers were shot in the chest and
each taken by a Bayflite Air Medical Transport helicop-
ter to Bayfront, where Diaz interviewed them briefly
on Sunday night.
When the shooting took place, officers were within
100 yards and quickly corralled the area, Diaz said.
Witnesses helped police identify two suspects, who
were taken into custody, questioned and eventually
arrested and charged.
Authorities, who cleared the beach of people and
combed the area for evidence, also recovered two hand-
guns and drugs.
Police stopped and searched a vehicle that was trav-
eling northbound on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach,
but then determined the occupants were not involved
in the shooting incident.
As a sheriff's deputy searched the vehicle, motor-
ists caught in the traffic jam caused by the shooting and
the investigation afterward tried to gather details of the
Motorists traveling northbound on Gulf shouted to
motorists in delayed traffic headed southbound.
"It's a hip-hop thing," one man shouted to
"A gunfight," another man hollered.
At the intersection of Cortez Road and Gulf Drive,
the report had been widely distorted to a gunfight
between two helicopters.
As more accurate details of the incident became
available, area residents began to ponder the safety of
S .: Dozens
i '. n cl enforcement
t officers and
S "e Islander
their beaches and call for action the solutions includ-
ing permanent beach security and charging for beach
"There's got to be a way to keep guns off our
beaches," said Piper Ward, of Longboat Key, who took
a walk under the pines at Coquina on Monday morning.
"I don't know how you go about it but there's got to be
Diaz, estimating that hundreds of people affiliated with
gangs were at Coquina on Sunday, said for now, "Easter
out here on the beaches is not safe for any family."
Diaz said authorities will continue to investigate
the incident and encouraged anyone with information to
contact the Bradenton Beach Police Department, which
has taken the lead on the investigation, at 778-6311.
Throng lines Cortez Road to protest trailer park sale
By Paul Roat
About 130 people lined the south side of Cortez
Road Saturday morning, waving placards proclaiming
their love of their trailer park.
Cortez Trailer Park owner Butch Howey has apparently
received an unsolicited $10.8 million offer from developer
Carlos Beruff to purchase the five-acre property, including
its 620 feet of waterfront on Anna Maria Sound at 12507
Cortez Road, just southeast of the Cortez Bridge.
The offer has apparently been accepted, and resi-
dents are fuming.
The property is currently zoned light-industrial, and
any change of use from its current trailer park status
would require a change in the Manatee County com-
prehensive plan a lengthy, expensive and dubious
process requiring not only county, but state approval.
Florida law states that the right of first refusal for sale of
mobile home parks rests with the residents of the park. How-
ever, an apparent loophole in that law allows "unsolicited"
offers to be accepted w ilth, 't an.y resident intervention.
Park residents have retained the services of an
attorney, Bill Korp of Sarasota, to attempt to prove
their point that they want to purchase their homes,
according to Cortez Trailer Park purchase committee
co-chair Doug Morgan.
"We' ve got to prove that it's not a garage sale where
somebody wants to buy a set of golf clubs," he said.
No formal legal action has yet been taken, but is
probable, he hinted.
"We have to prove we have the first right of refusal,"
Morgan said. "It was for sale for some time, and we
offered him a contract in January 2006, which was
refused. He had offered it in October 2005 for sale, and
in March 2006, when most of our people were home,
said not to get concerned, we' d work on it this season.
Then, all of a sudden, he cut a deal, but not with us."
Morgan said he had been in contact with several
financial institutions, who had said if residents start to
contribute to the purchase, the funds could be found.
Park homeowner association president Bob Coul-
ter has said he created a committee of park residents, of
which two-thirds had agreed to purchase the park as a co-
operative, similar to a recent action in Bradenton Beach
with the Sandpiper Mobile Resort. Earnest money in the
form of $50,000 was collected, Coulter said, but there
had been no response from Howey on the proffer.
Howey has been non-responsive to anyone regard-
ing the proffer by Beruff or the park residents.
L\ Nclyone in Cortez is interested in the park,"
Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage president Allen
Garner has said. 'There is very good support for the
park in the village, and I will tell Mr. Beruff that it will
SL About 130
Z people lined
to a devel-
be a battle to get my recommendation. It's not a battle
that a reasonable person would want to take on."
The park has 79 permanent mobile homes and eight
recreational vehicle sites.
Howey told The Islander in October 2005 that he
arrived at the park from New Jersey at age 7 and has
lived there ever since. His father, Harry Sr., had the prop-
erty from arrival in 1959 until he sold it to his son in
1988. Both father and son and their families live there.
"I' ve worked here full time since I got out of high
school," said the younger Howey at the time. 'Thirty-
six years. I've owned it for 18 years, and it's been a
He's not sure what he will do after the park's sale,
but "Manatee County is changing like crazy and it's
time to move on, do something else. I've got a house
in northeast Georgia that I may use more often."
He said in 2005 that he would try to keep any nego-
tiations "as civil as I can, but you never know in
business you can go from hero to zero in 30 seconds."
Anna Maria City
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.com.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
April 11, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
April 19, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
April 16, 8:30 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Devel-
opment Council meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
April 16, 3:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
April 18, 1 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
4 0 APRIL 11, 2007 THE ISLANDER
CRIME CREEPS UP ON ISLAND Streetlife
Sex in the city
By Rick Catlin
At least one Anna Maria resident on North Shore
Drive claims the dunes and vegetation areas along the
beach in his area are ideal locations for having lots of
fun on a visit to the city, and not just for sunbathing or
At least one couple is apparently engaging in sex
in broad daylight in the dunes there.
Martin Hiller, who lives in the 700 block of North
Shore Drive, reported to the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office substation in Anna Maria on April 1 that on three
occasions between December 2006 and March, he's
seen the same man and woman park their car on North
Shore Drive during daylight hours, then walk into the
dunes along the beach near his house for some real "fun
in the sun."
The latest incident took place on March 27, Hiller
said, and he's got pictures of the couple to prove it.
Hiller said he would e-mail a picture of the couple
"having sex" to Sgt. John Kenney at the MCSO sub-
station in Anna Maria.
In the report, Hiller told an MCSO deputy that he
didn't think to file a complaint when he saw the couple
in action the first two times.
Also in the report, Hiller said he saw someone pitch
a tent on the beach on the evening of March 31 in the
same location as the couple had sex and camp out for
the night. In the morning, the tent was gone.
Hiller also failed to report that incident to the
MCSO at the time he observed the activity. He
was advised by the MCSO deputy who took the
report to contact the MCSO immediately when he
notices any tents on the beach, or sexual activities,
or people having sex in a tent on the beach.
Efforts to reach Sgt. Kenney to confirm receipt of
the e-mailed picture of the alleged couple engaged in
sexual activity were unsuccessful.
with sex crimes
A 19-year-old man home on Anna Maria Island
from boot camp was arrested last week for allegedly
having sex with a 15-year-old girl in a wooded area on
Jack Pollock, of Holmes
Beach, is charged with lewd
and lascivious battery involving
a victim under 16, child abuse
4 W and aiding a minor runaway. The
First two charges are classified as
felonies and the third is a first-
An arrest report from the
Pollock Manatee County Sheriff's Office
states that the incident involved an unnamed girl who
had run away from home.
The girl apparently ran away on March 30, returned
home on April 2, and then ran away a second time on
April 3, which is when her mother first reported her
That day, the girl's mother, a friend and a sheriff's
deputy looked for the girl. According to the sheriff's
report, they found her having sex with Pollock in a
wooded area in the 100 block of Beach Avenue.
Pollock was arrested and taken to the Holmes
Beach Police Department. He reportedly admitted that
he knew the girl had run away from home and that he
took her candy and "stuff."
The girl was reported to have bite marks severe
enough to bruise and break the skin.
Pollock also was arrested in December 2006
and charged with two misdemeanors in connection
with another minor girl an unnamed runaway.
A non-jury trial in that case is scheduled for April
27. Manatee County court records online indicate
Pollock had numerous evictions and several traffic
violations as well.
Pollock is scheduled to be arraigned on the new
charges on May 18.
Islander reporter Lisa Neffand Mike Quinn, publisher
ofNewsManatee.com contributed to this report.
Former market owner
Ex-Holmes Beach resident David Viens was
sentenced last week to 366 days in federal prison
after he pleaded guilty to charges of marijuana traf-
Viens was arrested in March
According to court docu-
*jn I ments, Viens cooperated with
federal prosecutors by supplying
s evidence against other persons
S charged in the crime in return for
a reduced sentence.
Viens is the former owner of
Pollock the Beach City Market & Grille
at 1701 Gulf Drive N. in Bradenton Beach, and a house
in Holmes Beach.
after Cortez fight
By Mike Quinn
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies have
arrested a 19-year-old man for breaking a 16-year-old
boy's jaw at a teen party in a wooded area in Cortez
According to the arrest report,
the 16-year-old was attending a
party in the wooded area near
S19000 Cortez Road West. He
was told that some people were
Stealing something and fleeing
S in a truck, and he chased it and
punched the side of the truck.
According to the report, Joshua
Burgess Burgess, 19, of Ellenton, exited
the passenger side and struck the youth multiple times
in the face with his fist. The 16-year-old was taken to
Blake Medical Center and treated for a broken jaw.
On March 13, sheriff's detectives met with Burgess
and interviewed him with his mother present. During
the interview, he gave a similar series of events but said
that the youth "looked" like he was going to hit him, so
he struck him instead, claiming self defense.
Burgess was arrested and charged with felony bat-
tery on April 6.
Rocks land Bradenton
Beach man in jail
A Bradenton Beach man was arrested on grand theft
charges and other offenses after authorities observed
him with about $500 worth of decorative stones and
rocks in the bed of his pickup truck.
According to reports by the Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office, deputies stopped William Arthur Webster,
36, of the 300 block of Second Street North, Bradenton
Beach, during a routine traffic stop in Bradenton April
4. Authorities said he had been seen moments earlier
taking the stones from American Beauty Pools, Cortez
Webster attempted to flee on foot from deputies,
according to the report, but was apprehended and
Deputies also found drug paraphernalia in his truck.
He was charged with grand theft, possession of drug
paraphernalia and resisting arrest without violence.
at Cortez shop
A thief or thieves broke into the Sea Hagg store,
on Cortez Road in Cortez, the night of April 2 and
stole between $15,000 and $20,000 worth of jewelry
and other valuables, according to the Manatee County
An employee noticed a broken window, the report
said, and reported the burglary.
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
March 31, Bean Point, theft The complainant said some-
one took her purse while she was asleep on the beach.
March 31, Chilson Avenue, disturbance. An anony-
mous complaint was made that there was loud music and
speeding vehicles on the street from juveniles, and the com-
plainant was told to notify deputies about such activities.
March 31, 100 S. Bay Blvd., city pier, battery. Dep-
uties responded to an apparent fight at the pier between
high school students. A Palmetto High School student
and his girlfriend said two Manatee High students, iden-
tical twins, approached him and, after a brief exchange,
pushed the Palmetto youth into the water. He lost his
fishing rod and reel and shoes as a result. The Manatee
High students left the scene and were not to be found
and, since the Palmetto youth could not determine which
of the twins pushed him, the matter was dropped.
April 1, 700 block North Shore Drive, lewdness.
The complainant said he had observed a man and woman
having sex in the dunes at the rear of his house three
times on three separate occasions. He photographed
the couple on one of the occasions and said he would
send them to deputies. He also said that someone had
pitched a tent and slept on the beach overnight. The
complainant was advised by deputies to contact law
enforcement when any future incidents occurred.
April 1, 200 block Willow Avenue, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took his bicycle.
April 2,700 block Holly Road, found property. The
complainant said he found an electric hedge trimmer on
his property. It was placed in the property department
of the sheriff's office.
April 2, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Rotten Ralph's Restau-
rant, defrauding innkeeper. A restaurant employee said
two men ordered $36 worth of food and beverages and
left without paying.
April 2, 100 Spring Ave., found property. A deputy
found a credit card in the sand.
April 2, 100 Spring Ave., found property. A deputy
found a number of credit cards in an abandoned couch on
the beach. The cards were placed in the property depart-
ment; the couch was later removed by public works.
March 31, 100 block Fifth Street South, domestic.
A man was home with his girlfriend's children and, on
her return, she was told by her daughter that the boy-
friend had gotten physical, according to the report. The
man said he would leave. Officers responded again after
he returned. Officers arrested him and he later admitted
to striking the girl on the face.
April 2, 100 block Fifth Street North. Officers
observed a motorcyclist driving erratically and began
pursuit. He was observed being nearly hit by a car as he
fled from the city across the Cortez Bridge. He eventu-
ally was pulled over and charged with reckless driving
and arrested because of his behavior.
March 31, 600 Manatee Ave., drugs. Officers
responded to a call by city of Bradenton police of a
car driving erratically into the city. Officers stopped
the vehicle and noticed a strong odor of marijuana. The
driver, Johnny S. Roach, 23, of Bradenton, was asked
about the smell and turned over a bag containing the
drug and was charged.
March 31, 3700 E. Bay Drive, driver's license.
Officers stopped a vehicle during a routine traffic stop
and discovered the driver was under age 16 and not
only did not have a driver's license, he also had two
guns in the back of the vehicle. After backup officers
arrived, the guns were determined to be pellet guns,
and the youth's mother was called to take him home.
April 2, Sixth and Manatee avenues, expired tag.
Officers stopped a vehicle and charged the driver for
having an expired license tag and no insurance.
April 3, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks, auto
burglary. The female complainant said someone broke
into her car through a rear window and stole stereo
speakers valued at $400.
April 3, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks, bad
check. The complainant said someone had written a
check to the bar for $400, and another person a check
for $85, and both were not accepted by the bank.
April 3, 2700 block Gulf Drive, theft. The com-
plainant said eight lounge chairs had been removed
from his beachfront resort. Total value of the chairs
was estimated at $960.
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 11, 2007 5 5
Petition to save 'our' pines circulating
By Lisa Neff
A grassroots group is circulating a petition to save
the Island's Australian pine trees.
Stop Taking Our Pines placed the petitions at busi-
nesses on the Island in mid-March. By early April,
STOP had collected about 400 signatures, according to
STOP co-founder John Molyneux, of Holmes Beach.
The trees are considered non-native invasive spe-
cies by federal, state and county government environ-
mental agencies. A number of non-profit environmental
groups and university researchers also support efforts
to eradicate the pines when possible.
"Australian pines are proven to out-compete native plants
and diminish wildlife habitat quality," said Chris Bergh, of The
Nature Conservancy "Their shallow roots promote shoreline
erosion, inhibit sea turtle nesting and make them prone to blow
down during hurricanes. The dense carpet of needles that they
produce inhibits native pkiln gi '\\ ith, undermining the founda-
tion of the food chain and squelching the diversity of life that
marks healthy, natural areas."
Hikers invited to
potluck in the park
Manatee County's conservation lands management
department is inviting hikers to go to Leffis Key with a
dish to pass.
The department's potluck in the park event is sched-
uled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Leffis Key at
the south end of Anna Maria Island, on the bayfront
across Gulf Drive from Coquina Beach.
The event involves a hike at the 30-acre site to
the Leffis Key overlook, a man-made mound with a
breath-taking 360-degree view of Manatee and Sara-
From the overlook, hikers will watch the sunset and
share a potluck picnic. Organizers will provide plates,
napkins and flatware.
Reservations are required. Call Melissa Cain at 748-
4501, ext. 4605, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
But Molyneux and others with STOP care for the trees
and the protection they say the trees provide on the beaches.
The petition states, "We submit this petition to halt
and prevent the destruction and removal of our Aus-
tralian pines on all public lands, particularly along the
shores and coastal areas of Anna Maria Island."
The document further states that the signers "fear
that removing these natural barriers will be counter-
productive in the event of hurricanes and other storms
which create high winds and high tides."
The petition contains one additional statement, that
"We believe that removing these natural barriers would
harm the wild birds that use them for habitat."
At the Home True Value Hardware in Holmes
Beach, Hugh Callahan read the petition on the sales
counter and decided not to sign.
"I've heard some convincing arguments for remov-
ing these trees and not so convincing arguments for
leaving them be," he said.
But Regina Callahan did want to sign. "We're set-
ting up residency here," she said. "Next week I'll be a
Florida resident and next week I'll sign the petition."
Molyneux said the petitions would be shared with
the officials who advocate removing the pines and he
speculated that one day STOP would make its case to
state lawmakers in Tallahassee.
STOP recently gained some support for protecting
the trees from Save Anna Maria.
During a general meeting in March, a small group
of SAM members approved a motion to oppose the
wholesale removal of the pines and to work with STOP
on the matter.
Preservation enthusiasts tour Cortez
Roger Allen conducted a tour of the 1912 School House, the Florida Maritime Museum grounds and boat
building operations in the historic village of Cortez in conjunction with the Manatee County Historic Preserva-
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6 0 APRIL 11, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Our little secret?
If this week's crime reports in The Islander are any
indication, "our little secret," the county advertising
campaign in which tourism officials tout Anna Maria
Island, has gone far beyond its intentions.
We have now, as any tourist town would with a
vast influx of people, criminals among us. The ratio of
good folks to bad, is, of course, huge. But it seems the
beach attracts all manner of characters.
Just this week we reported arrests for lewd behavior
and sex on the beach, and we heard of instances that went
unreported, too. And, while the outcome was good for an
off-duty Holmes Beach police officer, struck by a bullet
fragment while chasing down a carload of burglary suspects
in eastern Manatee County, it too is cause for concern.
There was the robbery of a Cortez shop, the sentenc-
ing of an Island man to federal prison for smuggling and
selling marijuana, and an arrest in the case of a fight in
Cortez that left one young man with a wired jaw.
Then came the Easter Sunday shootout at Coquina
Beach that saw three people injured and transported
to a hospital by helicopters. Two suspects were
arrested as of presstime in what police are calling a
We can't blame law enforcement for any lack of
attention in the Easter shootings.
A full complement of Bradenton Beach officers and
sheriff's deputies were patrolling, including mounted
patrols, in an attempt to keep the peace for the 10,000 or so
people who came to enjoy the holiday, the Gulf waters and
a day at the beach. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to stop
three people from being gunned down in the crowd.
Yes, we are a peaceful usually laid-back
group of Island communities that more often see a few
bicycle thefts, maybe a few domestic squabbles, traf-
fic problems and occasionally some rowdiness on the
As a famous writer put it once, "We all like to
congregate at boundary conditions. Where land meets
water." But this week is over the top.
We've reached way beyond what is acceptable to
Islanders with shootings on the beach.
In this newspaper's 15-plus years of publishing,
we're hard-pressed to recall such a week of crimes.
What will we do to prevent this from happening in
It seems like a gatekeeper is in order, parking fees
or toll bridges, but, really, what can we do short of call-
ing out the National Guard?
One thing will be to put our heads together and talk
it over, reasonably, sensibly, and with determination to
stop the deluge.
How about an Island summit?
We'll bring the doughnuts.
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My husband and I were delighted a few years
ago when pedestrian walkways were introduced on
Anna Maria Island. As the Island becomes busier
and more crowded, the traffic has increased and so
have the hazards to pedestrians and cyclists. We
had hoped that, in time, those using the crosswalks
would learn how to use them properly, to everyone's
Unfortunately, they are so badly used by all con-
cerned that they are more dangerous than jaywalking.
We realize that blinking lights, or self-activated electric
signals would be preferable, but very costly for small
municipalities. But, we fear that inaction may lead to
fatalities or serious injury.
I was involved in a near-miss situation recently
while driving down Marina Drive toward Gulf Drive.
There are two crosswalks close together near the Island
Shopping Center. As I approached the center in the
right-hand lane, I saw a young man who had been walk-
ing south on my left suddenly turn and start across the
crosswalk. I slowed to a stop, when a driver behind
me decided to swerve around me and turn left into the
Wachovia parking lot, at quite a clip. He nearly hit the
Both he and the pedestrian were at fault, but it
illustrates the danger caused by people who don't
understand how the crosswalks should be respected
and safely used.
We badly need some kind of simple education pro-
gram (even a sensible article in The Islander) telling
people how to use the crosswalks.
First of all, motorists should always slow down
when approaching crosswalks and look for pedestri-
Second, pedestrians approaching crosswalks
should not lunge suddenly into them and hope the traf-
Cyclists should realize that they are not pedestrians
until they get off the bike. If they just roll into cross-
walks expecting the traffic to part like the Red Sea, they
are flirting with disaster.
The biggest problems, of course, are motorists.
Nearly 70 percent of motorists simply ignore pedes-
trians in crosswalks, possibly due to ignorance. We
could put police at every corner (and I wouldn't
mind that) but I'd prefer an information/educational
approach. It might also help to have large signs at
the entrances to the Island telling people simply (but
bluntly) how the crosswalks work and the penalties
for misusing them.
Sylvia Manion, Holmes Beach
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of some private residence clubs, not deeded. Timeshare
condominium ownership is a vacation-ownership prod-
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clubs, not deeded.
A recent Islander story quoted someone as saying
that "fractional ownership is not the same as a timeshare
because fractional properties are deeded."
There are many timeshare condominiums on
Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key and each and
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 11, 2007 7 7
No joking matter
In response to a recent letter [published in The
Islander] from Larry Zimmer regarding my position
on tax reform, at first I thought his comments were
an April Fool's spoof, but I soon realized he was seri-
Zimmer has never contacted me on the tax issue or
any other matter. If he had he may have learned that for
the past eight years I have met with state officials prior
to, during, and after each session of the state Legisla-
ture urging them to legislatively extend the benefits of
Amendment 10 to all residential properties. I have also
advocated partial year assessments on new construction
upon the issuance of a certificate of occupancy; thereby
eliminating the free ride that the rest of us taxpayers
must pay for.
The current tax issue was not created by local
government. Amendment 10 started the tax disparity
supported by the requirement to appraise residential
property at 100 percent of market value and free market
activity caused values to skyrocket. I have supported
change in both residential tax appraisals as well as
commercial property. Currently, agriculture properties
enjoy special assessments why not commercial, retail
and hotels; they drive our economy too.
The Legislature is not recognizing the real prob-
lem; instead they are attacking our cities. Current law
caps all taxing authorities at 10 mils. Holmes Beach is
at 1.8 down from a high of 2.75, a full 8.2 below the
At this time there are six different tax plans on the
table and at least one more due from the Senate. Some
of these plans will actually make things worse than they
are. The major problem with all of them is if adopted
they will affect the revenue to cities with no rescission
clause if the sales tax is not adopted. The Legislature has
not revisited the sales tax reform proposed by former
state Sen. John McKay. This plan would have produced
increased revenue and lowered the sales tax rate.
Keep in mind that none of the tax plans will be
implemented. What will come out in the end is a com-
posite of all of them. No plan addresses the cities that
depleted their reserves due to storm damage or cities
that have not received approved FEMA funds from
prior cleanup (Holmes Beach included). This could
very well be a classic example of be careful of what
you ask for; you just may get it.
To fix any problem you must first identify the prob-
lem. This situation needs basic first aid. Stop the bleed-
ing, check for breathing and treat the wound. It took
15 years for the effects of Amendment 10 to reach this
level of disparity; it cannot be corrected properly in a
60-day legislative session.
My suggestion for the 2007-08 tax year is cap all
properties by legislative action (stop the bleeding).
Hold all taxing authorities to a roll-back rate equal to
the current year (check for breathing). Recruit a panel
of economists to review the tax structure and recom-
mend the treatment required to mend the wound.
This action will remove political grandstanding and
produce a fiscally sound tax plan we can all live with.
Rich Bohnenberger, Holmes Beach Mayor
The article about the dog being rescued from a
clogged drainage pipe raises other issues. All of the
culverts, pipes, ditches and grated drainage areas in our
fair city are clogged and overgrown.
The public works department has known of this
situation for many years, yet routine cleaning and main-
tenance is not done.
The politicians talk and talk about the problem and
enact yet another tax (stormwater drainage fee). Per-
haps they are saving the money to hire more consultants
to conduct another study.
If well-intentioned citizens can clear a pipe to
rescue a trapped dog, why can't the city reduce the risk
of flooded streets and homes with some sorely needed
Kurt Hoffman, Holmes Beach
In the April 9, 1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
SGTE Mobilnet applied to Holmes Beach for a
special exception permit to construct a 155-foot-high
cell phone tower at the Smith Realtors building at 5904
Marina Drive. A public hearing on the application was
to be held April 15, Mayor Bob VanWagoner said.
The Bradenton Beach Civic Association asked
the city commission to form a "blue-ribbon committee"
to investigate the city's police department and include
authority to require the police chief and officers to give
testimony. The proposal was blasted by Police Chief
Jack Maloney as a "ploy" by the association to remove
oversight of the department from the commission.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials
arrested an alleged drug trafficker from Pinellas County
at a Holmes Beach condominium after receiving a tip
that the man had rented the unit for a week. The FDLE
said James Epperson had been eluding Miami-Dade
County drug agents for three years.
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8 0 APRIL 11, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
'The Studio at Gulf and Pine' opens
By Lisa Neff
"Come look in the window," said Paula Nordstrom,
her hands cupped around her eyes to shield the sun as
she peered into what is now The Studio at Gulf and
\\, ," gushed her friend Amy Klein.
The two visiting teachers from Cincinnati marveled
at a super-size painting on the wall in the main gal-
"What is this place?" Nordstrom asked.
For months, people at the busy intersection in Anna
Maria have watched the work in progress, watched the
dark, defunct Bistro at Island's End become The Studio,
a dream of Islander Rhea Chiles, the former First Lady
and wife of the late Florida governor and U.S. Sen.
Chiles, an oil and watercolor artist, purchased the
property in 2005 and spent months with a work team
to renovate the former restaurant.
Last fall, SueLynn, former Anna Maria mayor,
joined the project as The Studio's director.
"It's essentially 99.9 percent done," SueLynn said
last week as she opened the doors for a tour.
The primary entrance is on the east side of the
one-story building and leads into the main gallery,
an expansive space, clean but not Spartan, elegant
but not excessive. On one wall hangs Jake Fernan-
dez' \ lyakka Fork," a grid of layered wood panels
painted with oils to create a Florida landscape of
shifting perspectives. Seen from the outside, the
painting draws the eye into the studio. Seen from
the inside, the dramatic painting takes the eye and
mind into wild Florida.
The main gallery also features several Chiles
family furnishings and the imaginative paintings of
artist Michelle Coppin. The west gallery contains work
by local artist Penelope Naylor.
In an office, there's a painting of Lawton Chiles,
as well as furniture from his years in law and politics.
The Studio contains an executive kitchen and a
catering kitchen, both located close to a large room
with cozy furniture and a high-tech digital projection
system that works in tandem with a high-tech sound
Chiles has emphasized that The Studio is somewhat
of an organic project it will be what it will be.
"I would like The Studio to be a forum for expres-
sion of all kinds from painting and sculpture to film,
literature, music and dance and ideas that are of interest
at any given time," she has said.
One night, The Studio might host an art show and
the next night serve as the location for a wedding recep-
tion. There may be book signing, multimedia presenta-
tions, corporate seminars, film premiers, cocktail recep-
tions and fundraising galas.
"From the beginning it was pegged as an art gal-
lery, but it can be al\ thinm'." SueLynn said. "We want
it to be an asset to the community, a resource to the
\ly hope," she added, "is people will come here
and have events that are important in their lives. My
The view from the entrance to The Studio at Gulf and Pine. After a lengthy renovation, The Studio is available
for rent but there will be no grand opening to mark its debut. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
hope is people will come through the door and have a
look of awe on their face. I'm really excited about the
kinds of things that will be available here."
The concept at The Studio is to provide an extraor-
dinary space for extraordinary moments whether the
moment is a toast at a wedding reception or a glance
into a painting.
Flexibility, SueLynn emphasized, is a key to the
With the renovations nearly completed, the work
of spreading the word about The Studio's availability
Student artist Roseann Eddy, right,
is showing her work this month at
the Artists Guild of Anna Maria
Island Gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive in Holmes Beach. Roseann
is pictured with Genevieve Alban,
founding member of the Guild and
art teacher Dina Rivera. Roseann
is interested in working on theater
sets and plans to attend Mana-
tee Community College after her
graduation from Manatee School
for the Arts. For more information,
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is under way.
Later this month, SueLynn will host a group of
wedding professionals. Other groups will be invited as
"In the beginning, we' re going to be inviting guests
to see The Studio and let them know it's available for
rental," she said. "I'm hoping that by bringing people
in here, we'll provide business opportunities for people
on the Island."
For more information about The Studio, call 778-
Art league calls for artists
The Anna Maria Island Art League is inviting art-
ists to submit as many as three works for the Spring
The show opens with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the league gallery, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. The exhibit runs through
Friday, May 4.
Artists are invited to submit their work from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, through Wednesday,
April 11. For details regarding the show, entry fee and
prize information, call 778-2099.
Murphy named to honors list
Alexandra Murphy was named to the honor list
of Oxford College, the two-year liberal arts division
of Emory University located in Oxford, Ga., for the
2006 fall semester. Students must earn a cumulative
grade-point average of 3.5 or higher to be named to
Alexandra, an Anna Maria Elementary School
graduate, is the daughter of Holmes Beach residents
and restaurateurs Sean Murphy and Susan Timmins.
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 11, 2007 0 9
Trauma transport increases on Island, in county
By Lisa Neff
When helicopter blades chop at the sky, a buzz
reverberates up and down the Island.
"Did you hear the chopper?"
"I' 11 start getting calls almost immediately," said
Anna Maria resident Charlie Heidenry, who lives near
an occasional landing zone for the north end of the
Island. I usually I don't have any idea what's going on.
But people want to know."
Sometimes the chopper is taking folks on a plea-
sure ride pilot and passengers looking for dolphins
or rays or sharks. Sometimes the helicopter is patrol-
ling the water pilot and passenger getting a read on
weather and waves. And occasionally the chopper is a
Bayflite Air Medical Transport helicopter pilot and
passengers preparing to treat and transport a trauma
patient injured in an accident.
Manatee County Emergency Medical Services data
shows Bayflite responded to two incidents on the Island
in 2005 and five in 2006.
As of April 4, there had been in 2007 nine Bayflite
calls calls to aid a 58-year-old man who fell from
a ladder, a man who was hit by a car as he crossed the
street, a construction worker who fell in an elevator
shaft, a 42-year-old woman who fell from her bike,
a 28-year-old man who rolled his car, a 25-year-old
man burned in a flash fire on a boat and three gunshot
Bayflite is dispatched after a call from a ground
crew member of Manatee County Emergency Medical
Services paramedics, West Manatee Fire Rescue and
local law enforcement personnel that someone has suf-
fered a trauma injury.
"It is a very well tuned system," Mark Edenfield,
the county's EMS chief, said of the partnership.
"Prior to the arrival of EMS, we may have already
received enough information from the firefighters to launch
the helicopter," Edenfield said. "They may have performed
a quick survey of the patient and determined that the patient
meets trauma alert criteria and the alert is then transmitted
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A dispatcher with ECC contacts Bayflite, which
operates through Bayfront Medical Center in St. Peters-
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A Bayflite BK117 helicopter, which contains a
pilot, a flight nurse and a flight paramedic and can reach
speeds of up to 153 mph, takes off from one of several
locations. The workhorse chopper can carry more than
7,000 pounds and, loaded with 184 gallons of fuel, has
a range of 336 miles.
At the hospital, an alert goes out to several depart-
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On the ground, a crew with the fire district or EMS
prepares the landing zone (LZ) and paramedics con-
tinue to care for the patient.
One of the biggest challenges for Bayflite on the
Island is finding a safe landing zone, Edenfield said.
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Bayflite dispatches account for less than 1 percent
of the county Emergency Medical Service calls on the
In 2005, there were 755 EMS calls on the Island,
with two calls leading to a Bayflite flight.
In 2006, there were 770 EMS calls on the Island,
with five calls leading to a Bayflite transport.
Countywide, still less than 1 percent of EMS calls
result in a Bayflite dispatch. In 2005, there were 34,756
EMS calls countywide, with 316 resulting in a helicopter
transport. In 2006, there were 34,680 EMS calls county-
wide, with 319 resulting in a helicopter transport.
The No. 1 reason for a Bayflite transport county-
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according to Edenfield.
On the Island, falls are the No. 1 reason for a
transport and motor vehicle accidents are the No. 2
"All trauma calls in the state fall under the guide-
lines established by the state of Florida EMS Bureau,"
Edenfield said. "The guidelines are actually protocols
that have to be followed nearly to a 'T' unless the
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on the side of caution," he said.
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was severely injured in an Island traffic accident and
taken by Bayflite to Bayfront Medical Center. "He's
fully recovered, but he was bad off and he just received
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Fees rise for building services
in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
The invoice for temporary building official services
to date for Bradenton Beach have come in.
M.T. Causley Inc. of Homestead was retained by
the city to take over building official duties while the
commission seeks a new planning and development
director to replaced Ed Mc Adam, who resigned the
post last month.
The bill from Causley, which dates from March 12
lii 'tirugh I, rch 30, was $8,840 for the services of Steve
Gilbert. He has been working eight hours a day for 13
days for a total of 104 hours, at an hourly rate of $85.
According to the company's president, Michael T.
Causley, in a letter to the city Feb. 26, the services
provided offer "a reliable, cost-effective resource for
cities and counties looking to either outsource depart-
mental segments or turn over the entire construction
code inspection and enforcement responsibility to our
seasoned team of professionals. As the on-site plans
review and inspection team, we are able to provide
expedited, customized services to meet the needs of
the city of Bradenton Beach Building Department."
The company offers myriad services, from certi-
fied building officials, single-certified plans examin-
ers and inspectors, multi-certified plans examiners and
inspectors, licensed architects, technicians to assist any
of the other professionals, and office manager/permit
clerk/file clerk, all with differing hourly rates. Only the
certified building official services has been used to date
by Bradenton Beach.
Causley provides personnel as requested, transpor-
tation, communication, photography equipment and
insurance in all forms for everything from transpor-
tation to professional liability, according to the pro-
Bradenton Beach, and all other Island cities, have
an interlocal agreement which covers building official
duties between the municipalities. The agreement, iron-
ically, was created at the urging of a former Bradenton
Beach building official more than 10 years ago. At the
time, the agreement's stated intent was to allow other
cities to cover for another during vacations or business
Upon the departure of a former Bradenton Beach
planning and development director in December 2004,
the city contracted with Holmes Beach to conduct build-
ing services until a replacement director could be hired.
Holmes Beach city treasurer Rick Ashley said that
Holmes Beach offered its services to Bradenton Beach
from December 2003 through August 2004. Total bill-
ings for that time was $15,076, he said, which accounted
for 424 total hours.
Building inspection was the largest payment by
Bradenton Beach to Holmes Beach at that time 206
hours at an hourly rate of $32.50. Other rates for
other services were $37.80 and $42.57 per hour.
Anna Maria City officials said rates for its building
official services would be $37.35 per hour.
Fees for the city employee's time are established
according to state law, at precisely the employee's hourly
rate of pay. No "profit" or markups are allowed.
However, both other Island cities said that the
hourly charges would not include liability insurance,
vehicle use, worker's compensation insurance, training
or other elements.
And Ashley said that Holmes Beach rates would
probably be higher now, three years after the previous
Mc Adam was paid $40 per hour plus some benefits
and expensesfor his services to the city as head of the
planning and development department.
Bradenton Beach officials are still actively seeking
a full-time replacement for Mc Adam. Nine applicants
have submitted interest in the position, with a salary
range of $43,000 to $66,000.
The job description calls for someone to "perform
enforcement of city building codes, construction codes,
as well as Federal Emergency Management Agency,
environmental and state accessibility and n I. i ,.' codes.
Review construction plans, make physical inspections
and supervise code enforcement."
Qualifications include holding a bachelor's degree
in business, public administration, architecture or other
construction trades "or 10 years of actual experience
as a building inspector, architect, engineer or building
construction contractor; or an equivalent combination
of education and experience determined directly related
to the foregoing specific requirement."
Candidates also must be licensed by Florida as a
building codes administrator, hold a valid Florida driv-
er's license, and file financial disclosure forms.
No date has been set for any discussion or deci-
sion by the city commission on the hiring of a building
official in Bradenton Beach has yet been set.
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Bradenton Beach city officials briefly considered
revamping their legal structure last week.
The move was spurred by Commissioner Bill
Shearon, who questioned an increase in hourly rates
offered by Ricinda Perry, a city attorney with the Lewis
Longman and Walker firm in Bradenton. Perry's most
recent billing showed a $30 increase in hourly rates,
from $130 to $160.
"I'm concerned because she said we had been
receiving a discount [on her regular rates] and now
we've got a bill with an increase of $30 per hour,"
Shearon said, "and the contract says that she can re-
negotiate rates in January. It's April."
Mayor John Chappie said that the whole rate struc-
Code enforcement policy
to remain reactive
Anna Maria City Commission Chairman John
Quam has reiterated that the city will continue to accept
anonymous complaints of code violations.
In a letter to city resident Richard Francis, who had
complained publicly about an anonymous complaint
regarding his property (The Islander, April 4), Quam
said that the commission has "periodically reviewed
this issue, most recently in January 2007, and again
has concluded that it is in the best interest of the city
and its residents to continue our anonymous complaint
The current commission policy is also to have the
code enforcement officer be "reactive" to complaints
and not "proactive." At present, the city code enforce-
ment officer only works two days each week.
ture issue came up during budget talks last summer.
"There was an agreement that the rates would go up to
$160 an hour during the budget, and it was accepted
during the budget process," he said.
"I would like to look at all of this or go out for a
request for qualifications, for all our attorneys," Shearon
countered. His motion, to offer a request-for-qualifica-
tion for legal services for the city, died for lack of a
City attorney Ralf Brookes, the city's attorney of
record, said that Perry's original contract called for her
to receive $130 per hour through December 2005, with
the added clause that it could be modified on January
of each subsequent year. He added that there did not
appear to be a change in the contract to reflect any
change in hourly rate.
"We have a contract and we need to amend it to get
it right," Shearon said.
"I think we need to officially do it, not just see it
on bills," said Commissioner Janie Robertson, "but I
don't want to just not pay anything."
She added that "this is not clean and neat enough
City clerk Nora Idso said she would request the
Lewis Longman Walker firm to re-submit the bill at
the $130-per-hour rate.
Chappie said that based on a consensus of the com-
mission with Shearon dissenting the city would
pay the Perry bill at $130 per hour, and then bring for-
ward documents at the next city commission meeting
to "memorialize" the decision of the commission to
increase the fees during budget talks last summer.
The bill, at the $160-per-hour rate, was for $3,830
and included some charges for paralegal services at a
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Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, from left, Commissioner David Zaccagnino; parks and beautifica-
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a tree dedication ceremony April 6. The tree was dedicated in memory of Ruth Anne Ryskamp on what would
have been her 59th birthday. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
First tree in city program dedicated
By Lisa Neff
Bill Ryskamp watched as two employees with
Amerson Nurseries planted the southern magnolia he
dedicated in his sister's memory on April 6.
"I think of the white blossoms this tree will have
for my sister," he said.
The day marked the 59th anniversary of Ruth Anne
The planting of the tree in a public space that is
evolving into a small park at Sixth Avenue and 37th
Street in Holmes Beach marked a first in the city's tree
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, Com-
missioner David Zaccagnino and parks and beautifica-
tion committee members Dantia Gould, Kathy King
and Melissa Snyder attended the dedication. So did
Ryskamp's wife Sara and his niece, Esther.
The family chose to purchase and plant a tree for
Ruth Anne Ryskamp, who died last May after a "valiant"
fight against ovarian cancer, because it is a living memo-
rial to the elementary school teacher from Michigan.
I can't think of anything better," said Bill Rys-
kamp, adding that a tree was also dedicated to his sister
at the school where she taught in Michigan.
The family chose Holmes Beach to plant another
tree because they have vacationed in the city since
1974 and the tree was planted in sight of their vaca-
"She would come here often," Bill Ryskamp said.
"She just loved this area. She loved it very much."
The mayor, thanking the family, said, "We've got
a lot of generous people in this community."
The mayor also thanked the parks and beautifica-
tion committee members for pursuing a dedication pro-
After the tree was planted and generously watered,
Bill Ryskamp placed a plaque beside the magnolia. The
sand-colored plaque reads, "When you saw only one
set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."
"Footprints," Ryskamp said, "were very special to
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The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Com-
mittee hopes the planned addition of four shelters will
make the wait for the free trolley more pleasant.
They also hope the new shelters will dress up the
trolley stops in the city.
The advisory committee met for about 30 minutes
April 4 at Holmes Beach City Hall, taking up several
matters of old business, including the status of the shel-
There are 19 northbound stops and 17 southbound
stops in Holmes Beach for the free public trolley ser-
vice operated by Manatee County Area Transit.
The parks and beautification committee was invited
by the mayor and the public works department to review
the stops and recommend sites for four shelters.
The committee recommended:
Gulf Drive and 65th Street.
Gulf Drive and 74th Street.
Marina Drive and 55th Street.
Palm Drive and Clark Lane.
The city public works department has requested
bids for shelters at some of the stops, said committee
member John Molyneux.
The Marina Drive and 55th Street location is at
the northwest corner of the Wachovia Bank parking
lot. Molyneux said the city will need to work with the
bank on placing the shelter because its roof will hang
over bank property.
The city budgeted about $35,000 for the additional
shelters this fiscal year. The city's capital improvements
plan calls for $35,000 for building four shelters each
year through 2010.
In other business, committee members finalized
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The National Arbor Day Foundation celebrates
Arbor Day this year with an offering of 10 trees
to new members. For the Island, the founda-
tion offers four options 10 live oaks, 10 bald
cypresses or five crape-myrtles. The offering
is for new members, for which there is a $10
sign-up fee. For more information, go to www.
plans for an Arbor Day tree planting in partnership with
Keep Manatee Beautiful.
Arbor Day dates back to the 1872, when J. Ster-
ling Morton, a journalist in the Nebraska Territory,
proposed a holiday during which government entities
earned prizes for planting the most trees. The state of
Nebraska made Arbor Day a legal holiday and other
states followed, most observing Arbor Day on the last
Friday in April.
Because of the planting season in the state, Flori-
da's official Arbor Day is the third Friday in January, so
many areas in the state hold two Arbor Day observances
The Holmes Beach plantings will take place at
10:30 a.m., Friday, April 27, with trees going in the
ground near 59th Street and Flotilla Drive, the canal
T-end near Marina Drive and 64th Street, and the canal
T-end near Marina Drive and 77th Street.
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Rising with the sun: 1,000 gather for Easter service
By Lisa Neff
With a splash of pink in the eastern sky, the music
began a prelude to the Easter sunrise service on the
An estimated 1,000 assembled on Manatee Public
Beach April 8 for the program, the 43rd Easter sunrise
service organized and sponsored by the Anna Maria
Island Kiwanis Club. The worshippers assembled with
lawn chairs, wrapped in blankets and zipped in jackets
on the chilly morning.
On a platform on the beach, with a white wooden
cross beside them, were the clergy representing the
Beside them on the dais was Rich Bohnenberger,
who as a member of the Kiwanis Club and mayor of
the city in which the service took place, welcomed the
The mayor also offered thanks for support the
Kiwanis members, Cafe on the Beach for the use of its
facilities, Holmes Construction for the stage, the Key
Royale Club for the podium and The Islander newspa-
per for the printed program.
As the sun came up behind them, Island clergy par-
ticipated in their first service of the holy day. The Rev.
Harry Parsell of the Episcopal Church of the Annuncia-
tion gave the invocation, Bohnenberger gave a mili-
tary service prayer in the place of the Rev. Jim Meena,
who was absent due to an injury, the Rev. Rosemary
Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and the Rev.
Dale Lawson of Crosspointe Fellowship read from the
scriptures, the Rev. Gary Batey of Roser Memorial
Community Church gave the offertory and the Rev.
Stephen King of Harvey Memorial Community Church
With Manatee Public Beach as their house of worship, attendees at the 43rd annual Easter Sunrise Service
listen to the Rev. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church read from the Bible Matthew 28:1-5. The
Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club organized and sponsored the service, which began at 6:45 a.m. on the beach
in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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King's sermon was titled "The Main Thing" and
he spoke of "the son rising" as the sun rose over the
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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
hosts 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.
3 p.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.
Thursday, April 12
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce holds a noon luncheon at the Sun House Restaurant,
111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 383-2466.
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island hosts a
pastel demonstration with Peggy Potter at the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.
Friday, April 13
9:30 a.m. Church Women United meet for coffee and fellowship at
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The opening reception for the spring open
exhibit, which runs through May 4, is at the Anna Maria Island Art League,
5312 Holmes Beach Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jazz in the Park takes place in the Palma Sola
Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton. The event benefits Manatee
Children's Services. Fee applies.
Saturday, April 14
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Privateers hold a Thieves
Market at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Information: 727-214-
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:
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The REAL Women's Ministry of Crosspointe
Fellowship holds a nutrition and natural healing workshop with Dr. Sallie Lau
at the church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-7845.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Family origami with Judy Pruitt takes place at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Music, Wine, Art and Thee featuring Bradenton
Beach musician Scott Blum takes place in the Village of the Arts, 11th Avenue
and 12th Street West in Bradenton. Information: 746-2223.
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. "AquaCritters" is the topic children and adults will
learn about at Mote Marine's education resource center, 1600 Ken Thompson
Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 229. Fee applies.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Manatee County Audubon celebrates Earth day at
the Felts Audubon Preserve, southeast corner of Experimental Farm Road
and 24th Avenue East, north of Palmetto. Information: 737-3169.
Monday, April 16
8:30 a.m. -An Internet class for beginners takes place at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Noon The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club explores "Choosing a
President" with experts James McCartney, Henry Raines and Doug Heinlen
during a lunch meeting at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-9287.
3p.m. National Library Week begins with the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, encouraging people to get library cards.
The library also hosts face painting and a story hour. Information: 778-6341.
Tuesday, April 17
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and to hear
about the All Island Denominations scholarship program at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 447-5362.
2 p.m. Landscaper Mike Miller will talk about native plants and
offer a free plant to the first 50 attendees at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
6:30 p.m. The Manatee County Conservation Lands Management
Department hosts a potluck for hikers at Leffis Key in Bradenton Beach.
Wear comfortable shoes and bring a dish to share. Information: 748-4501,
11:59 a.m. The federal Internal Revenue Service deadline for filing
tax returns falls two days later than usual because April 15 is a Sunday and
April 16 is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.
Wednesday, April 18
2 p.m. Sissy Quinn of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society will
talk about the Island's past at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
The Sarasota Film Festival takes place April 13 through April 22 at
various venues, including at the Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20, Sarasota.
Information: www.sarasotafilmfestival.com or 364-9514. Fee applies.
In April, the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island celebrates featured
artists Midge Pippel and Kathy Sparks at the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.
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
Gloria Dei to host care forum
The Rev. Rosemary Backer, the pastor at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, invites members of the Gulf Coast
Writers to attend the "Five Wishes Workshop" at the
church, 6608 Marina Drive. The event a program
to help adults achieve quality care takes place at
4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17. Information: 778-1813.
Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the smell of "Settler's Bread," available for $4
a loaf. Information: 746-4556.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts a variety of pro-
grams and classes through the season at various locations. Information:
ThroughoutApril, animal rights groups nationwide observe Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals Month.
On April 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.
At 10 a.m. April 21, the DeSoto Festival Plastic Bottle Boat Regatta
gets under way on the bayside of the Palma Sola Causeway Information:
www.desotohq.com or 747-1998.
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.
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Insurance: 'Dumped at the altar' by Allstate
By Molly McCartney
Meet Gretchen and Bud Edgren, who are among the
latest victims of Allstate's decision to slash the number
of its Florida residential policyholders in half.
The Edgrens are year-' round residents of Holmes
Beach who live in a masonry house protected with
storm shutters and galvanized panels. They are located
more than two blocks from the Gulf beach. In the 20
years they' ve had Allstate coverage, they' ve never filed
"I feel like I' ve been dumped at the altar," Gretchen
A new policy with a new company is going to cost
the Edgrens nearly $3,200, about one-third more than
the $2,352 they paid last year and three times what they
paid in 2005.
Gretchen said the non-renewal notice from Allstate
"didn't surprise me particularly," given the state's ongo-
ing insurance crisis and announcements Allstate has
made about its plans.
"We knew they were scuttling people," she said.
The Edgrens said they feel they are better off than
many others, "based on the horror stories we' ve heard."
And they said the secretary for their insurance agent
had been especially helpful. But their overall experience
with Allstate has raised some serious questions in their
minds about the workings of the state insurance system
and the promises of state efforts to fix the market.
Many questions, few good answers
Q: Since they lost their Allstate policy and they will
have to pay more for coverage with another company,
are they eligible for coverage from Citizens Property
A: Under the new insurance law, the Edgrens could
switch to Citizens if the premium they are being offered
by the other company is 25 percent or greater than the
Citizens premium, according to spokesman Rocky
Q: Is it possible, after receiving a non-renewal
notice from Allstate, to be reinstated with Allstate?
Gretchen said she had heard of a case where All-
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received a non-renewal notice after the policyholder
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"Once we finish, by next April, we will be down
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Shores said the cutbacks are intended to reduce
the company's risk exposure and put it "in the position
where we are stable and strong."
At present, the company is writing new policies for
automobiles and life insurance. "But we are not writing
any new residential business," he said.
Shores said that Allstate sympathizes with our
customers and has tried to come up with solutions. We
don' t want to say we are done with you and go to Citi
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property policy, Allstate Floridian and your Allstate
Floridian agent have arranged for another insurance
company, Royal Palm, to offer you property insurance
for your next policy period."
Allstate spokesman Adam Shores said Royal Palm
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Palm is Locke Burt, a former member of the Florida
Senate, who once chaired the Senate's insurance com-
"This company best suited our needs, so we went
into a contract with them last year to assume a portion
of our business," Shores said.
Royal Palm is described on its website as a pri-
vately held company headquartered in Ormond Beach.
The company was founded "to fill in the gaps created as
insurance carriers reduce the amount of business they
write in the state," according to its Web site.
Q: Allstate says it has no connection to Royal Palm,
but Allstate agents are selling Royal Palm policies.
What's going on?
A: The Allstate spokesman said Allstate agents are
independent business owners who have a contract to
sell Allstate insurance products. Allstate agents also
can sell Royal Palm insurance because of a contract
arrangement between the two companies.
"This is a common thing across the industry," said
Shores, the Allstate spokesman.
Q: What is the difference between Allstate Florid-
ian Insurance and Allstate national?
A: Allstate Horidian is one of Florida's four insur-
ance "pup" companies set up after Hurricane Andrew
in 1992. State Farm, Nationwide and Travelers operate
the other three "pups."
"What came out of Hurricane Andrew was a dev-
astation that almost brought the Allstate [national]
company to its knees," Shores said. "So the decision
was made to have our business operate just through
As part of that decision, Allstate separated its
Florida operation and its losses from the mother com-
In his run for governor last year, Charlie Crist told
voters he would fight to eliminate the insurance "pup"
companies on the premise that having Florida policy-
holders as part of a national company would help spread
the risk and lower rates. An anti-pup proposal was con-
sidered and rejected by the Florida Legislature during
its special session on insurance earlier this year.
"There has been a lot of criticism of the 'pups,'"
Shores said, "but if you look at it from a national per-
spective, our company, Allstate Floridian, was set up so
that the rest of our customers across the nation would
be protected from what may or may not happen in
Garden tour insurance doubled
The price for six hours of liability coverage for
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his book. Islander Photo: Rolf Bertram
Islander publishes AME book
Island photographer Rolf Bertram recently pub-
lished a photography book exploring Anna Maria
Elementary School, from its early years through the
reconstruction last year.
The 40-page book is titled "Anna Maria Elemen-
tary The Spirit of 1947 Architecture" and contains a
mix of black-and-white and color photographs of the
building and its weekday visitors.
Bertram is perhaps best known on the Island for his
panoramic photography, and the book contains exam-
ples of that work, including two panoramic photos of
Holmes Beach police officer Pete Lannon, one of him
in the school cafeteria and one of him guiding AME
students across a crosswalk. "He is loved by the kids
so much," said Bertram.
The hardcover book is available at rolfbertram.com
for $34.95. For more information, call 779-3937.
this year's Anna Maria Island garden tour soared to
$886-more than twice the cost for last year's cover-
age, according to the tour sponsors.
Karen Lockwood, who co-chaired the tour with
Jennie Pickwick, said the cost of the insurance hurt
this year's fund-raising effort by the Anna Maria Island
Community Chorus and Orchestra.
"For the past two years, we paid around $400 for
a liability policy, in case someone on the tour slips and
falls and tries to sue AMICCO," Lockwood said.
She said the group's insurance agent shopped with-
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daughters Terri Jameson and Lynn McLaughlin; 11
grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and nine great-
Applications for the Anna Maria Island Pri-
vateers scholarship program are due by Tuesday,
Applications can be picked up from local high
school guidance offices or at The Islander news-
paper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
To be eligible for the scholarship, a person
must be a recent high school graduate or attend-
ing Manatee Community College or a senior col-
lege for the first time.
Applicants must also live in Manatee
The application includes basic background
questions, as well as requires a copy of the stu-
dent's academic transcript and a one-page sum-
mary of the student's education and career plans
The Privateers are expected to announce
the scholarship winners in mid-June and present
awards on July 4, during the Island's Indepen-
dence Day celebration.
out success to find a cheaper rate this year. "Nobody
was any lower than the $886," Lockwood said.
This year's tour of five private gardens raised a net
of $7,300 for AMICCO. That included ticket sales and
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By Rick Catlin
Local attorney goes
Anna Maria resident George Bar-
ford, an attorney with Carlton Fields PA.
in Tampa and St.
ticipated in a panel
discussion on labor
d : and employment
safety and health
law at the Ameri-
can Bar Associa-
Barford tion's mid-winter
meetings in Naples in late February. A Flor-
ida board-certified labor and employment
attorney who represents management in
employment litigation, Barford often serves
as a mediator in employment cases.
Swim in to LBK
Swim City, a retail swimwear company
with a number of Florida outlets, recently
purchased the Sea Stable building at 3170
Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key
and plans to open a store at that address.
The purchase was negotiated through
Richard and Alison Estrin of Longview
Realty at 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
"Choosing a president" is the topic the
Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will
explore with a panel of experts.
The meeting takes place at noon Monday,
April 16, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The panelists for the program include
columnist and former Washington, D.C.,
correspondent James McCartney, Amer-
ica AM radio host Henry Raines and
AARP representative Doug Heinlen.
Lunch is $12.
For more information, call Dale de
Haan at 778-9287.
Mike Norman Realty at 3101 Gulf
Drive in Holmes Beach has named Sally
Grieg as its top selling agent for March,
while Rochelle Bowers was the leader
The Anna Maria Island Relay for Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society
held its wrapup party on March 31 at Stonewood Grill in Bradenton. Participants
were treated to lunch by the restaurant and numerous teams and fundraising efforts
were recognized by ACS. The Anna Maria Island Relay for Life raised almost
$24,000. Brandy Booth, pictured, of the Anna Maria Island Young Professionals,
accepts the award for Best Relay Campsite. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Coach home models
at Palma Sola Trace
Two coach-home model homes at
Palma Sola Trace on 75th Avenue West
are now open for public viewing.
The 104-acre community being
developed by Taylor Woodrow Devel-
opment will eventually have 272 coach
homes in 34 buildings along with single-
family homes and villas.
Prices for the two-bedroom, two-
bath, two-story coach homes start at
$198,990, while the three-bedroom, 2.5
bath units start in the $260,000 range.
Palma Sola Trace is located on the site
of the former Palma Sola Golf Club.
For more information on Palma Sola
Trace, call 792-6195.
Featured sale: A townhome at 6325 Gulf
Drive, North Beach Village, Holmes Beach,
sold in August 1993for $135,000 and in
March 2007 for $400,000, an increase of
196percent. The cost per square foot is
$338. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson
524 Bayview Place, Anna Maria,
a 1,072 sfla / 1,526 sfur 2bed/2bath
canalfront pool home built in 1977 on a
60x110 lot was sold 03/22/07, Pettee to
Tweedall for $707,000.
207 N. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach,
a 1,624 sfla / 2,100 sfur 41.d 3lxilh canal-
front pool home built in 1978 on a 60x100
lot was sold 03/20/07, Wilkins to Blue
Rentals LLC for $550,000; list $595,000.
312 63rd St.t, Unit 5B, Island Walk,
Holmes Beach, a 2,001 sfla / 3,176 sfur
3bed/2bath condo built in 2005 was sold
03/20/07, Parrish Ranch LLC to Hanley
510 83rd St., Holmes Beach a 1,826
sfla / 2,066 sfur 3bed/3bath canalfront
home built in 1959 on a 85x110 lot was
sold 03/20/07, Bergquist to Simpson for
$505,000; list $565,000.
510 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,482
sfla / 5,364 sfur 3bed/4bath home built
in 1955 on a 10,933 sq ft lot was sold
( I I~, AKR Development LLC to Com-
munity Bank Manatee for $500,000.
2216 Ave. A, Bradenton Beach, a
vacant 50x126 lot zoned R2 was sold
Gulf Coast Properties Florida LLC to SL
Invest LLC for $421,920.
6325 Gulf Drive, North Beach Village,
Holmes Beach, a 1,182 sfla / 1,770 sfur
3bed/2bath townhome built in 1988 on a
2,788sq ft lot was sold 03/19/07, Rodgers
to Politte for $400,000; list $439,000.
Rotary scholar addresses
Lei Ling, the director of an art museum
from Xi'an in the Peoples Republic of
China, addresses members of the Rotary
Club ofAnna Maria and their guests Jan.
9 at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bra-
denton Beach. Ling is an ambassadorial
scholar from China sponsored by Rotary
District 6960, which includes the Island
group. She talked about her country,
her work at the Tang Dynasty Museum
in Xi'an, and about her Rotary scholar-
ship, which is allowing her to study at
the Ringling School of Art and Design in
Sarasota. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
12 steps to trust
Rick Doran of People First Consultants
leads a seminar, "The 12 Steps to Cus-
tomer Trust," at The Sun House Res-
taurant in Bradenton Beach. The recent
event was sponsored by the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce. For more
information about the chamber, call 778-
1541. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
4255 Gulf Drive, Unit 126, Island
Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,367 sfla/
1,535 sfur 3bed/2bath condo built in
1981 was sold 03/23/07, Simmons to
Rueger for $350,000; list $439,000.
520 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 700
sfla 2bed/lbath home built in 1930 on a
34x71 lot was sold 03/20/07, Bright to
Pfaender for $285,000; list $325,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can
be reached at (941) 778-7244. Current
Island real estate transactions may also
be viewed online at www.islander.org.
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"We came in off the ice and went to the coffee shop and
we heard it on the radio. We weren't surprised," he said.
Still in high school, Bill had to watch as his older
friends joined the military and went off to war. He tried
to enlist in the Navy when he was 16, but was turned
down. When he was 17 in 1943, however, the Navy
was more than willing to take him.
"I always wanted the Navy. My dad had been in the
cavalry during World War I and he got gassed. I wasn't
interested in being on the ground, I wanted to be in the
Naval Air Corps."
Bill passed his written tests and preliminary physi-
cal for flight school, but in a second physical exam, the
Navy discovered he had a "lazy eye" and turned him
down for flight training.
Instead, the Navy sent Bill to navigation school in
Once he completed his training, he was sent to
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"I remember waking up and looking out the window
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tree in my life. Florida was totally different than New
York. I thought it was great."
What wasn't so great was the fact that his assigned
ship was the USS Akutan, an ammunition ship with the
fateful designation of AE13.
"It didn't take us long to figure out that one bomb
or bullet hitting that ship would be the end of it and us,"
said Bill, chuckling.
Luckily for Bill, when the ship arrived in Norfolk,
he and some other sailors were given orders to report
to the USS Rescue, a naval hospital ship heading for
The good thing about the Rescue was that there
were about 12 Navy nurses on board, said Bill, "So,
we weren't going to lack for female friendship.
"The bad things were that we had no guns for
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course, they never cared much for the rules of war."
The Rescue headed to the Pacific in late 1944, arriving
in time for the invasion of Iwo Jima in February 1945.
"We operated like today's emergency medical ser-
vice. We took only the wounded who could walk. As
soon as we filled up with patients, we sailed to Guam
where they were off-loaded and sent to the hospital,
while we returned to Iwo."
After several trips from Iwo, the Rescue was
assigned to assist in the invasion of Okinawa. That's
where Bill and the Rescue "almost got it."
The Japanese were desperate and began kamikaze
attacks on the ships at anchor. An easy target was a
One night while Bill was on watch, a kamikaze
plane came in headed for the Rescue.
"I heard it coming, then saw it just before it was
about to hit. We didn't have any weapons except for the
.45 caliber handgun I carried as the watch officer. The
kamikaze tore through our ri _'i iin and missed us by just
a few feet, but hit the destroyer anchored next to us."
By the luck of a few feet, the Rescue was sparred,
but some 300 sailors on the destroyer were killed.
After several trips back to Guam with wounded sol-
diers, the Rescue and its crew began to train for the inva-
sion of Japan, which was expected in the fall of 1945.
Then came Aug. 5, 1945.
"We were off the coast of Japan and we got hit with
this giant tidal wave. We later learned the atomic bomb
was dropped that day on Hiroshima, so we figured the
shock of the bomb probably caused the tidal wave."
A few days later, the Rescue was ordered to Yoko-
hama harbor where its mission would be to take on
board Allied soliders who had been prisoners of war.
All of the ex-POWs were in bad shape and needed
medical attention. Some were too sick to make the 10-
day sea voyage back to San Francisco, although the
Rescue loaded more than twice the number of patients
it was supposed to carry.
"Those guys were just skin and bones. It made you
sick to look at them, to think of how they were treated.
We took in British, Dutch, Australian and American sol-
diers and we also got a lot of civilians the Japanese had
put into the camps. We could look at them and figure
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"We had a lot of guys on board who were survivors
of Bataan and the Death March," remembered Bill.
Steve Raymond, whose Bataan Death March
survival was featured in the March 14 edition of The
Islander, wasn't on the Rescue, but returned to the
States on the next hospital ship.
The Rescue then went on the \ilgi Carpet"
cruise, transporting returning soldiers from Hawaii to
San Francisco for discharge for the next six months.
Bill could have taken his discharge, but he enjoyed
the Navy and stayed in for eight more years until his
eye problem forced him out of the service right after
the Korean War ended.
He got married in 1950 and after his discharge from
the service went to work for the Schick razor company,
eventually becoming national sales manager.
When Schick was bought out by Norelco, Bill went
to work for a chemical company and studied at the
University of Missouri. He retired to Florida in 1987
and bought a house in the Perico Bay Club in 1988.
Although officially "retired," he still has time to
work as a park ranger at Fort DeSoto Park.
Bill wouldn't trade his naval service for an\ thin[h'.
although he knows he was extremely lucky.
"I'm proud of my service. I would have stayed in,
but I couldn't because of my eyes. I was happy to do my
part. Being in the Navy really helped me in my life."
Just another member of the Greatest Generation.
"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, man
or woman, who served in the armed forces of any allied
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David Stephenson of Westbay Pointe & Moor-
ings was too young for World War II, but growing
up in Toronto during the war, he was fascinated by
those events in Europe and the Pacific that changed
When he read the story of Bataan Death March
survivor Steve Raymond in the March 14 edition of
The Islander, he made it a point to visit Steve the
next week when he came to Anna Maria to see old
friend Peggy (Blassingame) Diamant. Stephenson
even brought along his grandson, aspiring pro golfer
Tyler McGhie, who is also fascinated with the history
But Stephenson is more than just a WWII history
buff. He was so enthralled by the airplanes and air
battles of the war that in 1949, when he was of legal
age, he bought a military surplus single-engine train-
ing fighter and learned to fly. His love of aviation led
him to Anna Maria Island in the early 1970s, where his
parents had retired.
"I flew down to the Island in a Piper Cub in 1970
and landed at the old dirt airstrip in Holmes Beach," he
said. "There wasn't a whole lot around at that time, so
it was pretty easy to fly in and out. And it was a cheap
way to get here from Toronto," he joked.
The airstrip was eventually closed down after one
pilot cracked up his plane on landing. The airstrip is
now the location of the Manatee County Island Branch
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"But I've still been coming to the Island for nearly
40 years, even if I can't fly direct any more," Stephen-
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Island veterans may get memorial
By Rick Catlin
The original proposal for an Island Veterans Memo-
rial and flagpole at Leffis Key was derailed in 2001
when members of the Audubon Society complained
that a flagpole at that location could scare wildlife and
birds in the area. Society members also claimed that
some birds might think the flapping of the lanyards
against the pole was a bird of prey and become fright-
Former County Administrator Ernie Padgett at that
time tried to find a compromise and wanted to move the
flagpole location about 150 yards south of Leffis Key to
an unused hill on the east side of State Road 789 across
from Coquina Beach. The Audubon Society approved
the new location, but some Island veterans opposed any
change to their plan and the project was shelved.
Now, however, Manatee County Veterans Services
Officer Dale Keen is moving forward with an Island
Veterans Memorial at the location proposed by Padgett.
He'd like to see the first phase of the project a flag-
pole installed and dedicated by Memorial Day.
Keen said he recently received approval from
the county commission to proceed with the project
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Little and Susan K. Frost
with the club's traditional
speaker's gift a mug that
reads "Rejection ain'tfor
sissies." Little and Frost
addressed the group on
April 2 at the Island Branch
Library in Holmes Beach.
The group generally meets
at the library on the first
Monday of the month.
A flag for all
officials are ready to
construct a flagpole
and memorial on this
hill about 150 yards
south of Leffis Key in
Bradenton Beach on
State Road 789 that
would honor all vet-
erans, but be named
the Island Veterans
4, Photo: Rick Catlin
The complete project calls for a parking lot using
paver bricks that will make it easier for wheelchairs to
navigate to the flagpole, an engraved memorial honor-
ing veterans, and some steps leading to the top of the
hill where the flagpole will be located. Keen, however,
will be happy just to get the flagpole up and dedicated
as the first phase.
He's already gotten Florida Power & Light to install
electric lines to light the flagpole 24 hours a day and the
Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department will
pay the FPL bill. The lights will be "turtle-proof' and
not distracting to nesting turtles on the nearby beaches,
All he needs now are the design drawings from the
Mantee County Facilities Department. Those have to
be submitted to the Bradenton Beach building depart-
ment for approval before installation of the flagpole can
L\ c.lything is ready to go to Bradenton Beach
except for the drawings," said Keen, who would like
the process to move a bit faster. "Personally, I' d like to
see the flagpole in place by Memorial Day," he said.
Keen said he did not know when the drawings
might be finished.
The flag and memorial will honor all Manatee
County veterans, but the location will be named the
Island Veterans Memorial, he added.
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Islanders win! Islanders win! Baseball Islanders win!
By Kevin Cassidy
Finally there is joy in Mudville. The Islander's
losing streak is over and hopefully a new streak -a
winning streak began with the baseball team's 16-9
victory over USA Fence on April 7 at its home field,
Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach.
The Islanders lost all 18 games last season and had
lost its first five games this season before Saturday's
sweet taste of victory that was not lacking in drama as
the Islanders overcame an early deficit and then had to
hold on at the end for its first victory.
USA Fence jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first
inning when Grant Lunsford and Jackson Plum drew
leadoff walks. Eddie Diaz plated Lunsford with a single
to left and Garrett Vedder brought Plum home with a
double. Islander pitcher Ryan Guerin escaped further
damage by striking out two and getting a grounder back
to the mound for out No. 3.
The Islanders immediately answered as Kyle Crum
led off with a walk and after advancing to second on
a passed ball, slid home with a run on a double to left
by Troy Kosewski. A pop out brought Ben Valdivieso
to the plate, and he came through with a one-out RBI
single to bring Kosewski home and tie the score. A
triple by Matt Shafer scored Valdivieso and Shafer
came home when Guerin's bunt was mishandled by
the USA Fence pitcher for an error.
Guerin, who advanced to second on the play at the
plate, then advanced to third on a passed ball where he
easily scored on Blake Wilson's single. A stolen base
and a passed ball put Wilson at third, where he came
home on an RBI groundout by Matt Bauer for a 6-2
USA Fence pulled to within 6-4 in the second
inning when Plum drew a two-out walk in front of Diaz,
who brought him home with a double to the fence in
center field. Vedder then followed with a towering triple
to center to easily score Diaz. Guerin eluded any fur-
ther damage by striking out William Clark to end the
The Islanders exploded for five more runs in the
bottom of the second starting with a leadoff double
by Corey Wash and consecutive singles by Valdivieso,
Shafer and Guerin. Wilson popped to second for the
first out and Diaz took over on the mound for USA
Fence. Bauer added to the 8-4 lead with a two-run
single to left center that brought Shafer and Guerin
home for a 10-4 lead. Diaz got out No. 2 on a strikeout,
but Brandon Gengler singled home Bauer for an 11-4
Guerin pitched an extremely effective third inning,
allowing only a single as the Islanders scraped out one
run with a two-out rally that saw Shafer reach on a
fielder's choice before scoring, thanks to consecutive
singles by Guerin and Wilson for a 12-4 lead.
Suddenly there was talk of 10-run mercy rules,
which quickly dissipated in the fourth when Guerin
reached his 96 pitch-count limit. He got out No. 1 via
strikeout, but surrendered another single to Diaz, who
advanced to second on an error and moved to third via
passed ball. Diaz scored on a fielder's choice grounder
to make the score 12-5 before Guerin walked Clark and
Cory Wash rips a double to left for the Islanders.
Ryan Guerin scattered six hits and struck out five bat- Matt Bauer awaits the throw as Jackson Plum slides
ters in five innings of work to earn the pitching win in on a close play at the plate during the Islanders
for the Islanders. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy 16-9 victory at Birdie Tebbetts Field on Saturday.
had to be replaced.
Wilson came on in relief and promptly walked
Corey Davis to load the bases, but Wilson got
Jordan Bohringer to swing at strike three to escape
Diaz was sharp in the fourth and fifth innings as
he allowed only one hit and no runs to give his team a
chance to rally.
USA Fence got a lead-off walk in the sixth, which
was followed by a single by Lunsford and a hit-by-pitch
base for Plum. Diaz followed with a two-run double to
pull to 12-8. Wilson got the dangerous Vedder to ground
out back to the mound for out No. 1, but Jorge Nunivez
walked and Clark came through with an RBI single to
pull USA Fence to within three runs.
A walk by Corey Davis brought Bauer in to replace
Wilson on the mound and Bauer came through with
consecutive strikeouts to escape the jam. Bauer closed
the game out by retiring six of the eight batters he faced
to earn the save for the Islanders.
Valdivieso went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three
runs scored to lead the Islander offense, which also
received three hits and two runs apiece from Guerin and
Shafer. Wilson and Crum each added two hits and one
run, while Kosewski and Wash each doubled and scored
twice. Bauer, who singled and scored once, pitched two
and two-thirds hitless innings and struck out four Fence
batters, while Zach Evan added a single in the Islander
Diaz paced the USA Fence hitters with a 4-for-4
performance that included two doubles, three RBIs and
three runs scored, while Vedder added a double, triple
and two RBIs. Lunsford singled and scored a pair of
runs for USA, which also received a single from Clark
and three runs scored from Plum in the loss.
Little League update
Play starts this week for three divisions of Anna
Maria Island Little League with games in the two older
divisions being played at the Longboat Key Bayfront
T-ball games are being played on the "open field"
where soccer and flag football were played previously.
The schedules are listed on the next page.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club held its 2007 awards party
on April 1 no fooling at the Key Royale Club.
There were awards handed out in several differ-
ent categories starting with the mixed couples winners,
which went to Clare Talbert and Merritt Fineout. Joy
and Albert Kaiser were the runners up.
Also recognized at the party was Web Cutting for
winning the club championship over second-place fin-
isher Dick Mills. In the consolation round, Duke Miller
outlasted Bob Kral for third place.
The men's handicap champion was won by Earl
Ritchie over an apparently perpetual bride's maid, Dick
Mills. Neil Hammer came in third place by defeating
Elliot in the consolation round.
Mary Selby won the women's president's cup over
second-place Nancy King. The men's president's cup went to
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Key Royale Club president Norm Mansour poses for
a picture with club champion Web Cutting at the Key
Royale Club's April 1 awards party.
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 11, 2007 0 21
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20
John Ri'_ itl. while second place went to Charlie Knopp.
John Purcell was recognized for his hole-in-one,
which he accomplished on Feb. 20 on the eighth hole.
No word on whether fellow club members managed to
get John to "buy a round" again, as is the custom for
those lucky individuals who manage an ace.
Last, but not least, John Heiselman won the most
improved 18-hole golfer, while Luanne Collins and Mike
Selby won the most improved nine-hole golfer's awards.
The men were hacking away in a nine-hole, best-
ball-of-foursome tourney on April 2. Earl Ritchie, Hal
Sears, Ernie Hauser and Bill Melvin matched the 9-
under-23 shot by the team of Chet Hutton, Bob King,
Chet Hutton and Bob King to tie for first place. One
shot back and alone in second place was the team of
Don Ledford, Bob Jorgensen, John Driscoll and Paul
April 4 saw the men play an 18-hole, best-two-
Anna Maria Island
Junior League Islanders (ages 13-16)
April 12 6:30 p.m. Islanders vs. N. River National @
April 14 11 a.m. Man. Central 1 vs. Islanders
@ Birdie Tebbetts
April 17 6:30 p.m. Islanders vs. Man. National \
@ Palma Sola
Major League Islanders traveling team
(All games @ G.T. Bray)
April 15 7:30 p.m. MJ7 vs. Islanders @ Field 1
April 20 7:30 p.m. Islanders vs. MJ2 @ Field 1
AAA Little League (ages 10-12)
Note: AAA games are played at Bayfront
Recreation Center, Longboat Key
April 12 6 p.m. Duncan vs. WM FD
April 14 2:30 p.m. M. Stanley vs. WMFD
April 16 6 p.m. WMFD vs. M. Stanley
AA (ages 8-9)
AA games are played at Bayfront Recreation
Center, Longboat Key
April 13 6 p.m. Bistro vs. Bark
balls-of-foursome game won by the team of Vince
Fanton, Ernie Hauser, Bob Landgren and John Sagert
with a score of 108. One shot back was the team of
Earl Ritchie, Bill Melvin, Jim Mixon and Gino DiCle-
mente, while the team of Tom Steele, Jim MacVicar,
Jim Krumme and Pieter Thomassen finished in third
place with 110.
Sam Samuels and Bob Lee made up the only team
of 13 to muster a 3-0 record in pool play action during
March 31 horseshoes at the Anna Maria city hall courts.
Samuels registered five "six packs," or double ringers,
during the day's action as he and Lee easily won brag-
ging rights on the day.
March 4 saw only 11 players show up, but two
teams managed 3-0 pool play records. John Johnson
and R.B. Munro edged Jay Disbrow and Rod Bussey
21-20. Munro clinched the win with a walk-off, open-
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednes-
day and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random
There is no charge to play and everyone
is welcome. .--. '
set for May 12
Think par and pirates, birdies and booty.
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold its
annual Whitey Horton Memorial Golf Tournament on
Saturday, May 12, at the River Club Golf Course, 6600
River Club Blvd., Bradenton.
The course, designed by architect Ron Garl, con-
sists of a front nine with rolling fairways and a back
nine that winds through woods. Water comes into play
on 16 holes.
The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 1
p.m. and concludes with a celebration in the River Club
As the Privateers prepare for the tournament, the non-
profit group is encouraging golfers, sponsors and donors
for a raffle to step forward to help the Whitey Horton
Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund was established
as a memorial to a longtime member of the Privateers.
The entry fee for golfers is $125 and includes an
hour on the practice tee, four drink tickets and admis-
sion to the dinner and awards party after the tourna-
Additional tickets to the awards ceremony and
dlnni. i .)st $15.
1 hI entry deadline for golfers is Friday, May 4.
I. ntly forms are available at The Islander newspa-
'i oIlikce, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
I ,i more information about the tournament or
p 'i s i hips, call Greg Luzier at 752-5973.
Mush, mush fun
H, 'les Beach residents Sandi and David Law-
,L i e braved the cold Alaskan weather as volun-
IL ,-s at the Iditarod sled-dog race. The couple
Y r recruited by Sandi's cousin, race direc-
r, Joanne Potts, and spent time keeping the
I competition trail clear for the 82 sleds being
pulled by "extremely hyper" dogs. They said
they patrolled and packed snow for about
three hours on a day that began with 10-
April 14 12:30 p.m. Bistro vs. Sato -. : degreee weather and both said they are
T-Ball (ages 5-7) '"-'- ''eady to do it again. They brought a copy
T-Ball games are played of the "local" Alaskan news back with
at the Holmes Beach field. --'-, them to share with Islanders.
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Prepare to batten down hatches for storm season
As National Hurricane Center forecasters are
wont to start off their statements, "The models indi-
cate that ...."
Well, the models indicate that we' re in for an inter-
esting storm season this year. It's interesting if you're
a dedicated weather watcher.
Three different storm team reports have been issued
in the past week or so. All forecasters pretty much say
that we can look forward to an above-average number
of tropical storms, hurricanes and severe hurricanes for
Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and ends
Nov. 30. Unofficially, as those who watch this kind of
whirly action know, the season can start about now and
run through January. Remember 2005, when we ran out
of names for storms and had to start using Greek back-
ups to count the 28 storms that formed in the Atlantic
Anyway, by the researchers and by the numbers,
here's the dismal news for our summer and fall.
Phil Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State
University have been doing hurricane season predic-
tions for more than 25 years. Actually, Gray has been
doing them Klotzbach took over lead-author status
They predict 17 named storms for this year, nine
of them becoming hurricanes, and five of them classed
as severe Category 3 or better, with better than 111-
Just to keep all this in perspective, an average year
has 10 named storms, five of them becoming hurricanes
and three of them classed as "severe."
Tropical Storm Risk is a British group that also
provides Atlantic storm predictions. Its forecast mimics
much of the Colorado State University data as far as
tropical storms and hurricanes, but allows for only four
AccuWeather also offers season estimates for hurri-
canes. It has said that there will be more storms, and the
intensity will be much greater than what we' ve experi-
enced for the last 70 years. A final numerical prediction
from AccuWeather is expected in early May.
AccuWeather's Joe Bastardi told the Sarasota
Herald-Tribune that "it's the intensity threat that scares
me." He added that "Florida will be the center of a
spray of storms."
Great. Well, not so great, really.
Seasonal predictions will be fine-tuned and released
throughout May by all of the groups mentioned, and an
anticipated forecast from the National Hurricane Center
will round out the predictions.
The Klotzbach-Gray team offers some of the best
reasoning as to why they do that voodoo they do. It's
a multi-science approach, taking into account a whole
slew of data from around the world, sprinkled with
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Among the highlights of the team's approach
are sea-surface temperatures both in the Atlantic and
Pacific oceans, wind speeds, even what's happening in
the Sahara Desert in Africa, all of which impact hur-
ricane formation in our part of the world.
Some of the highlights of the Colorado State Uni-
versity report include the following:
"Above-normal sea surface temperatures in the east-
ern subtropical Atlantic are associated with a weaker-
than-normal Azores high and reduced trade-wind
strength. These above-average SSTs in February-March
are strongly correlated with weaker trade winds, lower-
than-normal sea level pressures and above-average SSTs
in the tropical Atlantic during the following August-
October period. All three of these August-October
features are commonly associated with active Atlantic
basin hurricane seasons, through reductions in vertical
wind shear, increased vertical instability and increased
surface latent and sensible heat fluxes, respectively."
Historically, it seems that there is some correla-
tion between then and now when it comes to weather,
especially tropical activity.
The Klotzbach-Gray group has said, "Certain years
in the historical record have global oceanic and atmo-
spheric trends which are substantially similar to 2007.
These years also provide useful clues as to likely trends
in activity that the forthcoming 2007 hurricane season
"There were five hurricane seasons since 1949 with
characteristics most similar to what we observe in Feb-
ruary-March 2007 and characteristics that we expect to
see in August-October 2007. The best analog years that
we could find for the 2007 hurricane season are 1952,
1964, 1966, 1995 and 2003. We anticipate that 2007
seasonal hurricane activity will have activity slightly
more than what was experienced in the average of these
five years. We expect the 2007 hurricane season to be
The Coloradans also had some statistics to offer.
"We were quite fortunate last year in that we had
no hurricane landfalls. The 2006 season was only the
12th year since 1945 that we have witnessed no hur-
ricane landfalls along the U.S. coastline. Since 1945,
we have had only two consecutive-year periods where
there were no hurricane landfalls. The two consecutive
seasons of 1981-1982 and 2000-01 had no hurricane
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landfalls. The dearth of landfalls in 2000 and 2001 was
especially impressive considering that both of these
seasons had above-average hurricane activity. From
Hurricane Irene in 1999 to Hurricane Lili in 2002, 21
consecutive hurricanes developed in the Atlantic basin
without a single U.S. landfall."
And now about global warming
Dr. Gray has been a long-standing lone voice in
the ongoing uproar about global warming and its con-
sequences on hurricane activity.
In a nutshell, he debunks global warming as caus-
ing more and bigger storms. He bases his argument on
a thing called a multi-decadal trend in storm activity,
which runs in about a 20-year cycle,
"The U.S. landfall of major hurricanes Dennis,
Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005 and the four Florida
landfalling hurricanes of 2004 (Charley, Frances, Ivan
and Jeanne) raised questions about the possible role that
global warming played in these two unusually destruc-
"The global warming arguments have been given
much attention by many media references to recent
papers claiming to show such a linkage. Despite the
global warming of the sea surface that has taken place
over the past three decades, the global numbers of hur-
ricanes and their intensity have not shown increases in
recent years except for the Atlantic.
The Atlantic has seen a very large increase in major
hurricanes during the 12-year period of 1995-2006 (aver-
age 3.9 per year) in comparison to the prior 25-year
period of 1970-1994 (average 1.5 per year). This large
increase in Atlantic major hurricanes is ... not directly
related to global temperature increase or to human-
induced greenhouse gas increases. Changes in ocean
salinity are believed to be the driving mechanism."
Then the pair appear to lash out at the global warm-
ing proponents, at least as far as hurricanes are con-
"When we compare Atlantic basin hurricane num-
bers over the 15-year period (1990-2004) with an ear-
lier 15-year period (1950-1964), we see no difference
in hurricane frequency or intensity even though the
global surface temperatures were cooler and there was
a general global cooling during 1950-1964 as compared
with global warming during 1990-2004.
"Although global surface temperatures have
increased over the past century and during the past
30 years, there is no reliable data available to indicate
increased hurricane frequency or intensity in any of
the globe's seven tropical cyclone basins, except for
the Atlantic in the past 12 years. Meteorologists who
study tropical cyclones have no valid physical theory as
to why hurricane frequency or intensity would neces-
sarily be altered significantly by small amounts ... of
global mean-temperature change. We have no plausible
physical reasons for believing that Atlantic hurricane
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Kings really starting
to turn on in the Gulf
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing has definitely picked up and, with what is
hoped to be the last cold front of the season behind us,
it should be nothing but good fishing ahead.
Offshore action for kingfish is in high gear, as well
as grouper, mackerel, snapper and amberjack farther
out in the Gulf of Mexico.
Backwater fishing for snook is starting to dramati-
cally improve, as are catches of trout and redfish.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said the kingfish run
has been excellent, with plenty of schools from the
beaches out to 20 miles in the Gulf. Big redfish are
schooling around the oyster bars in Terra Ceia Bay, he
said, and there are lots of Spanish mackerel over deep
seagrass beds in Tampa Bay.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said that fishing is "off the hook right now.
Spring Break is definitely here. What's hot now on full-
day trips is monster "fire truck" red grouper and a few
gag grouper, amberjack and snapper. On four- and six-
hour trips, we are catching smaller grouper, snapper,
triggerfish, barracuda, po, I smoker' kingfish up to
45 pounds and lots of school kingfish, mackerel and
black tip sharks to 7 feet in length." He said his full-day
trip are running about 50 miles off shore in the Gulf,
while the four- and six-hour excursions are limited to
about 20 miles out. "We are using a variety of differ-
ent types of live baits, blue runners, mackerel, thread
herring and a variety of artificial bait."
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he's finding action both hot
and cold when it comes to fishing action. "Fishing in
the Gulf along the beaches and the nearshore reefs pro-
duced kingfish, big Spanish mackerel, trout, cobia and
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23
frequency or intensity will change significantly if global
ocean temperatures continue to rise."
There you go. Believe it or don't.
There is a bit of good news-bad news from Klotz-
bach and Gray, too.
"We should not read too much into the two hur-
ricane seasons of 2004 and 2005. The activity of these
two years was unusual but well within natural bounds
of hurricane variation. In addition, following the two
very active seasons of 2004 and 2005, 2006 had slightly
below-average activity, and no hurricanes made landfall
in the United States.
"What made the 2004-05 seasons so unusually
destructive was not the high frequency of major hur-
ricanes but the high percentage of major hurricanes
which were steered over the U.S. coastline.
"Despite a fairly inactive 2006 hurricane season,
we believe that the Atlantic basin is currently in an
active hurricane cycle.... This active cycle is expected
to continue for another decade or two at which time we
should enter a quieter Atlantic major hurricane period.
Atlantic hurricanes go through multi-decadal cycles."
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one hookup with an estimated 100-pound spinner shark
that almost yanked a 45-pound 7-year-old girl out of
the boat. The hottest action actually took place fairly
close to the beaches. Trips out to 30-40 feet of water
were not exactly off the charts." Backwater fishing was
good, too. "On the inside, we caught some really excel-
lent snook in the 29- to 34- inch range, along with some
scattered redfish to 25 inches. The snook have pretty
much made a quantum leap from the backwater mud-
flats to the more open bay waters that they generally
don't inhabit till a little later in the spring season." He
is finding that the deeper seagrass beds in Anna Maria
Sound and near the bulkhead just north of the Island
are producing some "bragging-sized Spanish mackerel,
pompano and spotted sea trout. For anglers that do not
net whitebait, regular-sized shrimp have been as pro-
ductive as an\ Lhing else."
Good luck and good fishing.
Thieves to the rescue
The Anna Maria Island Privateers raise money for their philanthropic work with a periodic Thieves Market
during the winter season. The last such event of the season takes place in the parking lot at Coquina Beach in
Bradenton Beach from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, Shoppers willfind plenty of booty, as well as fresh pro-
duce, hot dogs, soda pop and roasted corn at the Privateers' "Buck-An-Ear" stand. Also, the Privateers will talk
up their group to young and old and welcome membership. For more information, call "Tink" at 727-214-8903.
Specializing in docks and decks
(941) 779-1839 email@example.com
Licensed and insured
Captain Steven Salgado
Lifetime experience in local waters
Full & Half Day Trips
Custom Trips Available
Fishing License, Ice, Bait & Tackle
Anna Maria Island Florida
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24 0 APRIL 11, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
roundup April 18
It's time to register kindergarten students for the
2007-08 school year. Anna Maria Elementary School
will hold its "Kindergarten Roundup" from 8:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18.
Students starting kindergarten need to be 5 years
old by Sept. 1, 2007.
Items required to register for school include:
Proof of residency.
Certificate of immunization.
Certificate from a physical examination conducted
within the past year.
Social Security number, optional.
AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call AME's registrar at 708-
Duffy's do dinner at AME
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher
Organization will host family dinner night from 5 to 7
p.m. Tuesday, April 17.
Duffy's Tavern will grill hot dogs and hamburg-
ers outdoors. The meal also includes chips and baked
beans. Picnic seating will be available as well as inside
the cafeteria. Meal tickets can be purchased prior to the
dinner in the school administrative office or at the event
at a cost of $7 for adults and $5 for children.
Following dinner, there will be a student production
by AME first-graders in the school auditorium.
For more information, call the school administra-
tive office at 708-5525.
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Monday, April 16
Breakfast: Pancakes, Cereal, Toast, Oatmeal, Fruit
Lunch: Ravioli or Popcorn Chicken, Breadsticks,
Tuesday, April 17
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Hamburger Gravy or Grilled Chicken
Patty Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli with
Cheese, Juice Bar
Wednesday, April 18
Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito, Super Donut, Toast,
Lunch: Corn Dog or Nachos, Steamed Carrots,
Thursday, April 19
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet with Toast, Oatmeal,
Lunch: Student Planned Menu
Friday, April 20
Breakfast: Muffin, Grits, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Fish Sandwich or Pizza, Corn, Carrot and
Celery Sticks with Dip, Oranges and Pineapple
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
AME fourth-grade teacher Joan Sackett dips into
somefrosting to top off the cookie she purchased at
the school mini mall.
Kobi Hunter enticed AME mini-mall shoppers with
a Jungle Toss game in which everyone, he says, is a
winner. The mini mall, held each spring, showcases
items created by students who set up shop in the
school's covered play area.
AME hosts bloodmobile April 11
The Florida Blood Services bloodmobile will be at
Anna Maria Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. Wednesday, April 11.
All donors will receive a wellness checkup, consist-
ing of blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count
and cholesterol screening.
Donors will also be given a T-shirt and coupons
from Chick-fil-A for a free chicken sandwich and
For more information, call the school administra-
tion office at 708-5525.
The chocolate was flowing at the Anna Maria
Elementary School "mini mall" hosted by fourth-
grade students in the covered play area before the
Easter weekend. In addition to shopping for items
like candy, brownies and cookies, students like Leah
Spann and Payton Hinton, pictured here, dipped
fresh fruit into a fountain of cascading chocolate.
Items are purchased using AME "Sand Dollars"
earned by students year-'round. Islander Photos:
Henry Hellem-Brusso enjoys a candy kabob topped
off with an Easter marshmallow treat. The candy
kabobs proved to be one of the more popular offer-
ings at AME's mini mall.
BEST HOUSING BUY IN
MANATEE COUNTY $120,000
The retired owners of this outstanding home
are leaving the area to travel all across America by
motor home for the next few years.
The home is located at the Gardens Mobile
Home Park, 11300 U.S. 301 North, which was
recently honored by being named the finest, most
attractive park in Manatee County. And no wonder!
It features a magnificent million-dollar clubhouse
with ballroom and kitchen, ceramics room, card
room, pool room with three tables, and a video room
with over 4,000 (free) titles!
Outside is a beautiful Olympic-sized heated
swimming pool and a tempting hot Jacuzzi. Also on
hand are tennis courts, two fitness rooms plus shuffle-
board, basketball and multi-channel cable TV in every
home and all this for a monthly fee of only $507.
This solidly anchored well maintained home is a
2002 "Palm Harbor" model measuring 30x48 (1,440
square feet) and offers the following very desirable
features (and upgrades) a den with wet bar, refrigerator
and built-in cabinets, a screened, tiled lanai (12x13-
feet) fitted with weather protective vinyl windows,
large master bedroom, guest bedroom and two full
baths, upgraded ceiling fans (with lights) throughout the
house, all remote thermostatically controlled, additional
cabinets in laundry room, storage shed and dining area
(with cocktail glass hangers), cable TV hookup/outlets
in every room (including lanai), sheer drapes on all win-
dows. Lanai roof is insulated for soundproofing and
heat reduction, storage shed (also insulated) features
a six foot work bench, four overhead wall-mounted
cabinets and shelves plus additional electrical outlets
and overhead lighting, battery operated smoke detec-
tor has been installed, also a basement sump pump (for
emergency purposes) and a covered two-car carport.
The home is fully furnished (European style) and
features an all leather living room.
So if you're interested in enjoying a whole new
lifestyle at the magnificent "Gardens" this carefully
maintained home could be your answer.
For further details, call owner, William Abraham
today at 941-776-1194.
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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.
PEUGEOT SPRINT ROAD racer: Small frame, 21
gears. Great condition, but rider going off road for
now. Perfect for beginning racer and long rides.
FOR SALE: DRUM bell kit for middle school, high
school band class drummers. Good condition. $160.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
END-OF-SEASON storewide sale: Niki's Island
Treasures. All sterling jewelry 50-70 percent off.
Clown collection, porcelain dolls 50 percent off. Col-
lector plates 75 percent off. Select paintings, prints,
antiques, ruby and depression glass, furniture, gifts,
vintage and costume jewelry 30-90 percent off.
Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm. 5351 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-779-0729.
TRIPLE DRESSER, MATCHING nightstands. White
with silver trim. $75 for all. Mimi, 941-778-9638.
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:
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
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The Rivertowne Lot 40- $493,190 $359,000 The Kiawah Lot 28 $28,602 $379,000
3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 1,637 SF 2 bedroom plus study, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 1,791 SF
ON BRADEN RIVER
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Key West 2nd Floor $356,565 $284A65
2 bedroom plus den, screened lanai. 1,638 SF
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OFFER EXPIRES 3/31/07
Harbor House Lot 64 $368-,30
2 bedroom, 2 bath, laundry room, eat-in
kitchen, courtyard, 2-car garage, 1,434 SF
For more information on these
exceptional homes visit:
Building. Home. Life.
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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.,
BUDGET BOX: 10am-4pm Monday-Friday,
10am-2pm Saturday. Flea Market Saturday, April
14. Free spaces. 401 42nd St. W., Bradenton.
HUGE GARAGE SALE: 8am-noon Saturday, April
14. Towels, clothes, electronics, dishware, furniture,
plus, plus. 112 Hammock Road, Anna Maria.
LARGE GARAGE SALE: 9am-2pm Saturday, April
14. Items include lawn mower, treadmill, hand-
crafted lighthouse rug, many, many household and
miscellaneous items. 511 Bayview Drive, off 28th
Street, Holmes Beach.
FOUND: NECKLACE. OUTDOORS, near the
walkway at the Rod & Reel Motel. Call Nicole,
FOUND: IPOD. 29th Street and Avenue E, Holmes
Beach. Call 941-779-2214 after 5pm.
FOUND: DIAMOND RING set. Found on beach
near Cortez Road, Bradenton Beach. Call 941-
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !
L exington Over 2,600 sf 3BR/3BA and
den on 11,177 sf. Pool-size lot. $387,500.
Villager 2BR/2BA, end unit villa, carport!
Pointe West 3BR/2BA, heated pool! $360,000.
Mariners 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 deepwa-
ter. Private dock. $695,000.
Island Beachy Bar Beer, wine, music! Business
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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc
One of the biggest names
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your own backyard.
WThen you choose Chase you
are guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community.
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, government,
call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
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LOST: LADY'S GOLD ring with blue-green opal inlay
and small diamonds, vicinity of Hurricane Hanks
and Fifth Avenue, Holmes Beach, Friday, April 6.
Reward. Please, call 515-288-0713 if found.
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through
adult. Call 941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.
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-
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 But-
terfly Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50.
Forms at The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for
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.
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
2923 7th Ave. W. Bradenton
Nearly completed and builder is anxious to sell. All
offers will be considered. Generous allowances.
Paul Chapin, 941-746-8287
Fla. State Certified General Contractor #CGC-046519
SGulf fBay Kaf ty ofAnna Maria Inc.
esse Brisson SroerqAssociate, g
(941) 713 4755 (800) 771 6043
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.
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.
PRIVATE BOAT LIFT for rent: Key Royale canal, up
to 25 feet, 10,000 Ibs. Monthly or annual. 941-538-
3687 or 513-227-7477.
FOR SALE OR trade: 1999 Bayliner-Capri, 3.0 Mer-
cury inboard. Tuned and ready for lots of enjoyment,
low hours, excellent condition. Equipment and trailer
included. Call 941-778-4415 or 269-420-5160.
BOAT DOCK FOR rent: Up to 30 feet, deep water,
10 minutes to Tampa Bay and Intracoastal Water-
way. No bridges. Electric and water. $200/month.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-
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SANDY POINTE: Impeccably maintained 2BR/2BA condo in
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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
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baths, gourmet kitchen, new fiberglass shingle roof, new heat
pump, and private solar heated pool and spa. $464,900.
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RIVERVIEW BLVD. This beauty boasts DELIGHTFUL ISLAND COTTAGE 2 blocks
exquisite remodeling throughout, hard- from beach & bay Ceramic tile, Conan
wood floors, 3000SF of living areaand 3-4 countertops &Trex decking forlow main-
BRs,w/separateguestquarters,asparkling tenance Turnkeyfurnished&pricedtosell
caged, heated pool $649,000 The Lawler inAnnaMana $499,000 PeggyHorlander,
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INCREDIBLE ISLAND INVESTMENT Terrific opportunity for builder/developer to build
three duplexes 27,000sq ft lot, zoned R2&westof Gulf Dr Close totheGulf of Mexico&
white sandy beaches $1,620,000 The LawlerTeam, 748-6300 or 587-4623 546167
PANORAMIC FULL GULF OF MEXICO VIEWS, white sandy beach and heated pool
2BRcompletelyfurnished $749,900 748-6300 KathyMarcinko,713-1100 orSandy
Drapala, 725-0781 542526
DIRECT BEACHFRONT 2BRturnkey furnished condo overlooking the Gulf Continually
re-nourished beach Unobstructed gulf views from living/dining, master bedroom &
patio Smaller complex w/heated pool No rental restrictions $729,000 Ally Howell,
748-6300 or 224-6378 530750
EXTENSIVELY UPDATED 4BR TURNKEY FURNISHED HOME, contemporary interior
decor heated pool, 1 1/2 blocks to the beach, all of which creates exceptional rental
history $698,000 Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988 550362
LOCATION, LOCATION. ISLAND RETREAT. 3/4 BR furnished home 1 block to gulf
beaches, 2 blocks to Rod & Reel Pier 2 spacious balconies, enjoy breezes w/partial
bay views Fenced yard $639,000 Jody Shinn, 748-6300 or 705-5704 543606
BRADENTON BEACH. "The Kiwi Cottage" 3BR, adorable, clean & fresh One block to
Gulf of Mexico making itan easy tnptothe beach Turnkeyfurnished, wood floors,newer
furnishings Lg fenced yard $559,000 JodyShinn, 748-6300 or705-5704 532491
FABULOUS GULF OF MEXICO VIEWS. Spacious 2 BR, 1331 sq ft turnkey condo
Beach access Private heated pool and panoramic Bay and Gulf views from private
observation sun deck $549,900 Leah Secondo, 748-6300 or 545-4430 537725
PELICAN COVE beautifully and stylishly updated 2BR condo across the street from
Bradenton Beach with full gulf views, a pool and partial bay views Excellent rental
policy and history $527,500 Victoria Horstmann, 748-6300 or 518-1278 53454
LIVE THE DOWNTOWN LIFE in the upscale riverfront community of Promenade at
Riverwalk Enjoy amenities including fitness center& private theatre as well as views
of Manatee River $450,000 Debble Vogler, 748-6300 or 705-3328 551910
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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 $250,000 per
building in Anna Maria City. Large lot, each faces a differ-
ent street. $499,000 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
3101 GULF DRIVE
Realty INC 1/ HOLMES BEACH
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REAL ESTATE AGENTS wanted: SunCoast Real
Estate LLC. Floor time and generous split. Confi-
dential. Call Mary Ann Schmidt, 941-779-0202 or
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting quadriplegic. Morning, 8am-1 pm and over-
night, 10pm-8am, shifts available. Travel opportunity.
TUTORS WANTED NOW: Want to change a stu-
dent's life for the better? Are you qualified to work
in a highly successful tutoring organization? Call us
at the Sylvan Learning Center in Bradenton. We're
hiring now! Call 941-795-1246.
LANDSCAPE/HANDYMAN: WESTBAY Cove Con-
dominium Association is seeking a dependable and
responsible individual to join our maintenance team.
This is a part-time position, 20-30 hours per week.
Experience not required. Please contact Doug
Moore at 941-778-4025.
LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL position: Press-
wood Law Firm, PA., is an employment litigation
and appellate practice located in Bradenton, Fla.
This position offers a casual office setting, the latest
technology tools, and the flexibility to work between
25-40 hours per week. Must be adept with technol-
ogy (e.g., utilizing software such as Word, Excel,
Outlook, Amicus Attorney, PC Law) and enjoy work-
ing with people. Litigation experience preferred. E-
mail resume to email@example.com.
RESTAURANT AND MORE: 50-seat restaurant with
great ambience also retails select items. Beer and
wine license. Any menu OK. $120,000. Confidential-
ity agreement required for details. Longview Realty,
941-383-6112. For more great business and realty
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.
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.
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views. 23,000 st each. Only Gulf view. $649,000.
two left! Home: 941-778-1820
flhlC/c fal~4e Cell: 941-713-5321
Boaters dream priced under erene bay views rom mos
appraised value! Waterfront all rooms. Fireplace, steps to
pool home with deep water on deeded beach access. Rental
1.2 acres. Secluded and pri- income potential. Waterfront.
vate, deep water dock accom- $999,999.
modates 70-foot vessel. Direct
Gulf access. $1,799,000.
, /1':v'(1 I (fl'h/4' Cell: 941-730-5227
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.
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.
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-
Sage. Located in Bay Palms and walking distance to
Beach and shopping. ONLY $479,500!
SBeautifully maintained one-owner home includes
2BR/2.5BA on spacious Bay Palms lot. Freshly
Painted, new ceramic tile throughout, updated baths,
Barrel tile roof are only a few of the recent improve-
ments. Open design has over 1,600 sf living area and
2,100 sf under roof with two-car garage. C'li.n ii- mi
kitchen with breakfast bar off sunny Florida room
plus screened gazebo for Island lifestyle. Vacant and
ready for occupancy. Personally view 501 67th St.
SOpen daily, noon-4pm. Asking $489,500!
"We ARE the Island!"
1Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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.
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.
Guaranteed price, guaranteed quality. Any job.
Discount with ad. Licensed and insured. Jerry,
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.
ANY ODD JOBS? Need a pet sitter or dog walker?
Island local, dependable 17 year-old seeks work.
Call Zach, 941-779-9783 or 941-224-5854.
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.
Countrywide Home Loans is close by and ready
to help you get the home of your dreams.
sLocal experts with the power to say "YES" to
your home loan.
BUp-front approval* at the time of application.
BAs little as no-to-low down payment options
available to make qualifying easier.
sLoan amounts to $6 million.
BConstruction financing available.
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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.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn and landscape
maintenance. Tree-trimming, mulching, plantings,
sod, shell. Many references and insured. Please
TREES BY THE Breeze, Inc. Landscaping,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Island resident since 1988. Call Chris Lundy,
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"
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
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.
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.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
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
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.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
riginig Relple Honme Sime 1939
EXQUISITE UNIT has Gulf views and luxury MARINERS COVE Direct bayfront, top floor PERIC
amenities Crown moldings accents, high 3BR/2BA, 2,000 sf, gated community, two townhi
ceilings and open plan Granite countertops pools,tennis,elevator,protecteddeep-water two m
and stainless-steel appliances, designer 35-foot boat slip Peter Mancuso, 941-545- rity wi
perfect furnishings 3BR/2 5BA Karen Day, 6833 or Dave Moynlhan, 941-720-0089 attache
941-778-2246 MLS#551496 $1,599,000 MLS#543600 $599,900 MLS#i
monk UNiOrj7 In
O BAY CLUB Best value Jasmine
house, end unit, 2BR/2BA, water view,
miles to beach, gated with 24/7 secu-
th heated pools, tennis, clubhouse,
ed garage Penny Bray,941-778-2246
RIVERFRONT CONDO Top floor end unit with GRACIOUS LIVING in this waterfront, SPANISH MAIN Must see this beautifully
ManateeRiverview'Carport, heated pool,tennis, updated 3BR/3BA condo Loft overlooking maintained 2BR/2BA villa Bright and
glass-inbalcony,nearmanna,shopping,churches great room Soaring ceilings 40-foot dock sunny Boating community on Intracoastal
Homewarranty Propertylsaclearchoice $35,000 included Price reduced Peggy Henger, Waterway Activeover-55area PeggyHenger,
under appraisal Becky Smith or Elfl Starett, 941-720-0528 #332186 $695,000 941-720-0528 #336593 $339,000
941-778-2246 MLS#521375 $250,000
ARARE FIND! Anna Maria Gulffront lot Becky Smith, 941-773-1954
or Elfl Starett, 941-720-3528 MLS#504998 $1,750,000.
REMODELED IN 2007, Ground level four units surround private
heated pool Steps to the beach 2BR unit ideal for owner Good
rental history and reservations Owner/agent Jacque Davis,
941-778-2246 MLS#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, 941-720-3528 MLS#520397 $999,500.
VALUE IS IN TWO LOTS only a few 100 yards from Gulf Beautiful
street and beach access Build two homes or remodel cottage
and live in paradise 2BR/1 5BA Karen Day, 941-778-2246
BRADENTON BEACH TWO-FAMILY Turnkey furnished 2BR/1BA
cottage with 1BR/1BA bungalow Great family retreat or rental
property Walk to shops, beach and more Anne Miller, 941-778-
2246 MLS#518824 $825,000.
2217 GULF DR. N. *
EXCEPTIONAL2BR/2BAdirect Gulffront unit with outstanding views
ofthe Gulf Totally renovated Secured elevator, heated pool,tennis
court and private garage Near shopping and restaurants Dave
Moynlhan, 941-778-2246 MLS#543586 $799,900.
HIDDEN LAKE Gated community of 2 and 3BR lakeside condos off
Manatee Avenue at 67th Street West Con Woods, 941-713-8800
or 941-761-3100 From the $300s.
OWN A PIECEOFTHE ISLAND inthistotally updated 1 BR/1 BAvilla
Granite countertops, new wood cabinets, new windows and doors,
tiled throughout Turnkey furnished Must seel Bridget Gennett,
941-761-3100 MLS#548184 $194,900.
HOLMES BEACH BUILDABLE LOT One of the few buildable lots
left Seller has done preliminary work and has obtained DEP mit-
gation permit Sandy Grener/The Greiner Group, 941-794-2246
CALLING ALL SENIORS! Turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA end unit'
First floor, park at your door Clubhouse, heated pool activities
for the young at heart' Closeto shopping, library Ele Stephenson,
941-751-0670 MLS#543732 $124,900.
(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM
OFFERED FOR AUCTION
This incredible property consists of a direct Gulffront cottage with 100 feet on
the Gulf of Mexico plus adjacent (100x100-foot) lot. Bids accepted until April
15, 2007. Once in a lifetime opportunity with unlimited potential! Call Green
Real Estate for complete information packet including appraisal and survey.
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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.
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-
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
DESIGNER SHOW HOUSE IN NW BRADENTON!
ONLY 7 MINUTES TO THE BEACH!
fI I I fOnly
the best was good enough for the
designer of this luxuriously re-
modeled 4/3/2 in an outstanding
neighborhood. A REAL European
.r- kitchen, built-in TV, Miele glass,
stainless hood and far too much to
list. Even a heated saltwater pool.
Nothing comparable on the market.
Victor Rosenfeld Realtor' Was $599,900 now $579,500.
941.920.1693 Fenton Realty, Inc 941.746.8100
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:
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA annual, ground floor unfur-
nished, $900/month. Seasonals available starting
at $1,800/month. Please call Kim Fisher, Wagner
Realty, 941-778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1BR/1BA with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. 901-301-8299, or e-mail
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARADISE IN COMFORT at Palm Breeze rentals
in Holmes Beach. Two beautifully furnished units in
a Key West-style home on a large corner lot. Each
unit has 3BR/2BA, washer, dryer and fully equipped
kitchen. Heated pool, bikes, grill, etc. Just bring your
clothes and a toothbrush and enjoy. www.apalm-
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
Vic Caserta (941) 778-4364 Fax
Realtor, fluent in 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
Italian, Spanish and English (941) 778-6943 Home
(941) 730-1062 Cell
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.
FURNISHED MOTHER-IN-LAW apartment, canal
view with a large deck, dock and saltwater pool to
share. Apartment has private entrance, bath and
kitchenette. All utilities except telephone included.
$350/week or $850/month. Perfect for a clean and
quiet individual! Please e-mail email@example.com
or call 941-928-8735. Leave message for informa-
tion and availability.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/2BA, four-car
garage. Two blocks to beach. Pet friendly. $1,400/
month. Call 941-713-2150.
VACATION IN SMOKEY Mountains: 3BR/2BA
cabin, turnkey furnished, fireplace on 2.5 acres. 30
miles from Cherokee Indian reservation, one mile
from town. Book now. $495/weekly. For informa-
tion, call 352-516-6908 or 352-314-2333. E-mail:
AFFORDABLE SEASONAL RENTALS still available.
Weekly, monthly, bayfront, Gulffront, big, small. Call
Sato Real Estate for availability. 941-778-7200.
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beau-
tiful Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
THIS ONE HAS IT ALL! Perfect hor
entertaining your family and friends. Dee
foot dock. Immaculate, spacious 3BR/2
kitchen. Water views from every win
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KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT Golf course view. $690,000.
HERON'S WATCH 3BR/2BA, like-new quality home 10 minutes to
LUXURY WATERFRONT VILLA Boat dock, 3BR/2BA, immaculate, updated.
Designer kitchen, glassed lanai, tennis, 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.
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TEMPORARY ISLAND RENTAL: Elevated 2BR
with porch, block to beach. Clean and remodeled.
Laundry and parking. $395/weekly. $1,295/monthly.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/2BA, lanai,
garage. Clean, nice quiet area. $1,000/month. 941 -
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.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !
ANNUAL RENTALS: NORTH Beach Village,
3BR/2BA, $1,700/month. 2BR/2BA home, Anna
Maria, $1,350/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-
CORTEZ/BRADENTON BEACH AREA: Spacious,
furnished 1 BR/1BA apartment. Full kitchen, dining
room, living room. Includes utilities, cable, laundry
room. Community boat ramp, marina. $995/month.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
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 ele-
vated home 3BR/3BA, Gulfside with Gulf views.
Great location. Available October-December
$2,800/month, January-April, $3,000/month. 813-
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.
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with peeks of the turquoise blue bay! All this with no fees make this the
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Pressure cleaning Drywall repair
Paver brick work And many more services offered
SEASONAL: ANNA MARIA lovely ground-level
home. Approximately 1,000 feet to beach. Can be
rented as 2BR/1 BA or 3BR/2BA with carport. Family
and living room, wash room, all with air conditioning.
Nice kitchen and patio. Available 2007 and 2008.
$2,000/month plus utilities for six months or longer,
more for shorter stays. 214 Palmetto Ave. Call John,
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.
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,
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
ANNUAL 2BR ELEVATED unit. Freshly remodeled
with laundry and porch. Private parking. One block
to beach. $845/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.
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: email@example.com, 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.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
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.
1BR/1BA ANNUAL: $750/month. Pet OK, heated
pool, washer and dryer, fenced. 202-Court A
Haverkos Court, Holmes Beach. 941-720-1006.
BRADENTON/MIRROR LAKE: 2BR/2BA direct
lakefront condo next to IMG Academy. First, last
and security deposit. Available May 1. $995/month.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA secluded,
separate, locked storage, enclosed lanai, yard.
$925/month, includes water, sewer and trash pickup.
First and security deposit. 941-778-5391.
DEEP DISCOUNT FOR last-minute travel in beauti-
ful town of Anna Maria. Quaint island cottage, steps
to beach. 203-454-0573.
ANNUAL: GREAT NORTH-end location. Fully fur-
nished, ground-floor 2BR/1BA duplex. No pets
or smokers. $1,000/month, available now. Call
LUXURY 2BR/2BA, STEPS to beach. $995/week
plus taxes and cleanup. Nice 2BR mobile home in
gated, senior park. $695/annually or $400/week.
863-688-3524. Cyberrentals. E-mail: chicken-
BEACH RENTALS: WEEKLY, monthly or annually,
1 and 2BR apartments for rent, across the street
from the beach, water views. Furnished and unfur-
nished. Starting at $750/month. Call for weekly rates.
SEASONAL OR ANNUAL: Bradenton Beach on
Anna Maria Island. One block to beach. Gorgeous
3BR/2BA with office, elevator, granite kitchen,
marble baths, balconies facing bay and Intra-
coastal Waterway, huge hot tub, fully furnished.
$2,200-$2,900, depending on season. Call Lisa,
DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA GROUND-level, washer-dryer
hookup, shed. No pets. Annual rent, $850/month.
$600 security deposit. 2419 Ave. C, Bradenton
Beach, unit B. 941-778-5244.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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,
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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.
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
PRE-FORECLOSURE SALE: $499,999. My loss is
your gain! Selling $50,000 below purchase price.
3BR/2BA beautiful home, recently remodeled and
redecorated on quiet drive. 413 Bay Palms Drive.
Contact owner/broker, Fisher Real Estate Inc. 941-
REDUCED $100,000! Open water view and steps
to north-end beach and city piers. Mangroves sur-
round this 3BR/2BA home with Florida room, new
tile, new kitchen cabinets, hot tub and large boat
dock. New price, $699,900. Bring offers. Call Debo-
rah Thrasher, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-518-7738.
NEW LISTING! KEY West-style home, steps to
beach and bay. Breezy 2BR/2BA home with den,
open lanai, new wood floors throughout, work-
shop and room for RV and boat parking with two
entrances to property. Offered at $569,000. Call
Deborah Thrasher, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-518-
LONGBOAT DUPLEX: 4-6BR on canal, deeded
beach access. Use it, rent it out or redevelop.
$649,900. Mary Ann Namack, Longview Realty,
HOLMES BEACH LOT: 50x100 feet, two
blocks to the beach, ready to build. $499,000.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
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, steps
to beach and pool. Built 2004, upscale and styl-
ish, former model home. 2BR/2BA, den plus loft.
Maintained community. Priced to sell. $998,500.
EWM Realtors Inc. www.luxuryhomes-condos.com.
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.
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 (ID#63415) or 24-
hour hotline, 1-877-940-7777, or 941-779-2807 for
ON THE GULF: North Shore, two home investment
property. Turnkey 3BR/2BA homes. Panoramic Gulf
view and beach. $2,800,000. 941-928-7821.
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.
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.
SANDPIPER 55-PLUS mobile park: 1 BR/1 BA with
share. Newly remodeled, new appliances, new
floors, furnished, bright and cheery. $185,000. Call
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
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LONGBOAT KEY PAINTING & DESIGN, INC.
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Furniture restoration Custom painting
Jackson Holmes, owner (941) 812-3809
HANNA PAVEMENT SERVICES INC.
asphalt Seal Coating Repair* Striping
BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
Providing islanders with personal service to and from
central and south florida airports, etc., Since 1991.
Bruce Collins (941) 778-6201
The Paver Brick Store
8208 Cortez Road W. Bradenton 34210 (941) 794-6504
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FOR SALE BY owner: Ground floor duplex,
2BR/1BA each side, great rental, build up for Gulf
view. North end. $599,000. 941-778-7003.
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.
Recently reduced, $1,100,000.
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.
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.
LOVELY TURNKEY FURNISHED west Braden-
ton condo. Great location 1BR/1BA. $119,000.
Castle Realty Inc. Call Carolyn Kutt, broker:
NICE WEST BRADENTON condominium 2BR/2BA,
$3,000 floor covering allowance. $137,500.
Castle Realty Inc. Call Carolyn Kutt, broker.
GOLDEN GATE POINTE: Building 449. Sarasota.
Rare investment opportunity. MLS331676. Call Bill
WANTED TO BUY: Canal home. Holmes Beach
fixer-upper. $400-500,000. Can close as soon as
possible. E-mail information to alliedconstruction @
centurytel.net. Not a realtor, private buyer.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !
ONLY STEPS TO beach with bay view. Completely
remodeled, bright 1BR condo in Runaway Bay.
Fishing pier, heated pool, tennis, clubhouse, beach
access. Price drastically reduced to $299,000. By
owner, 941-778-8327. 1801 Gulf Drive, unit 271.
MOVING NORTH: FOR sale by owner. Bradenton
Beach 2BR/2BA condo, appraised at $610,000
with wrap-around deck, Intracoastal Waterway
view, steps to the Gulf beach for only $495,000.
BEST BUY ON the beach: Direct Gulffront 2BR/2BA
condo. Newly updated, heated pool, great rental
history. $719,900. Call owner, 941-778-3180.
ANNA MARIA DEEP-water canal home on Chilson
Avenue, by owner. 2BR/3BA with large in-law suite.
Brick fireplace, new, permanent seawall with 20-
foot dock and 10,000 lb. boatlift. New air-condition-
ing ducts with air purifier system, large office and
screened lanai. Well for irrigation. Lot is 75x125 feet.
Generous allowance offered for updating. Call for
BUILDING LOT WITH a fabulous view of the Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge on the north end of Anna Maria
close to Bean Point. $369,000. 941-747-3321.
$185,000: BEACH COTTAGE with a great view of
the water and only 200 steps to the beach. Owner
financing available. 941-747-3321.
$359,000 OR MAKE offer on this Island duplex with
great water views, just 100 steps to the beach, close
to the Rod & Reel Pier, great rental history. Owner
financing available. 941-219-1042.
GEORGIA MOUNTAINS: BEAUTIFUL Cape Cod-
style home. 3BR/2BA, two-car garage near Hwy
515, Jasper, Ga. Built 2003 on totally fenced 1.62
acres. $189,900. Owner, 941-792-5971.
'Available from Comr
AAH! COOL MOUNTAIN breezes! Murphy, N.C.
Affordable land, homes, mountain cabins on lakes,
mountains and streams. Free brochure, 877-837-
2288. Exit Realty Mountain View Properties. www.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Escape to beau-
tiful western North Carolina mountains. Free color
brochure and information. Mountain properties
with spectacular views, homes, cabins, creeks and
investment acreage. Cherokee Mountain GMAC
Real Estate. cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call for
free brochure, 800-841-5868.
ADIRONDACK: TUG HILL Lakes, 30 acres. Bor-
ders Adirondack Lake, $169,900. 10 acres, Tug Hill
Lake, $69,900. 88 acres, wildlife pond and trout
stream, $159,900. 25 acres, lakefront central N.Y.,
$129,900. Coming soon, largest Adirondack river
lots with waterfalls. Call Christmas & Associates,
NORTH CAROLINA: GATED lakefront commu-
nity. Pleasantly mild climate. 1.5 acres, 90 miles
of shoreline. Never offered before with 20 percent
pre-development discounts, 90 percent financing.
GOT NORTH GEORGIA mountain fever? We have
the cure, we can help you find the perfect place
here. Sales and rentals. Toccoa Wilderness Realty
& Cabin Rental LLC. www.ToccoaWildernessRealty-
andCabinRental.com. 706-632-2606, or 706-435-
TIMBER COMPANY LAND sale: 20 acres, $39,900.
Subdivision potential! First time offered! Big moun-
tain acreage with spectacular views. One mile to
Nicklaus-designed golf course, Tennessee River
and close to recreational lake. Creekfronts avail-
able. Excellent financing. Won't last, call now, 866-
852-2538, ext. 1070.
DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet" T-shirts.
Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
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TENNESSEE LAKE BARGAIN: Three-plus acres,
$19,900. Free boat slips! Save $5,000 during pre-
construction sale! Enjoy access to private, Jimmy
Houston-endorsed bass lake. Paved roads, utilities,
soils tested. Lakefront available. Excellent financing.
Call now, 866-685-2562, ext. 1006.
COASTAL GEORGIA NEW, pre-construction golf
community. Large lots and condos with deepwater,
marsh, golf, nature views. Gated, golf, fitness center,
tennis, trails, docks. $70s-$300,000.877-266-7376.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
COASTAL WATERFRONT! 2.25 acres, $199,900.
Williamsburg, Va., area. Beautifully wooded,
serene setting, wide water views. Build when
ready. Excellent financing. Call now, 800-732-
6601, ext. 1287.
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.
UNBELIEVABLE LAND BARGAIN: Georgia/Florida
border. 400 to 1,000 acres. Just $2,950 per acre.
Call Mark, 904-335-0496.
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advertising herein is subject to the Fair Housing Act,
which makes it illegal to advertise any preference,
limitation or discrimination based on race, color, reli-
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under age of 18 living with parents or legal custodi-
ans, pregnant women and people securing custody
of children under 18. This newspaper will not know-
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violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed
that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are
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ANNA MARIA CONTEMPORARY
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
Bamboo fl ooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE
3BR/2.5BA townhouse. New tile and carpet. Freshly painted. Two-
car garage, storage area could be offi ce, pool. $499,900.
BAY PALMS WATERFRONT HOME
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay and
Intracoastal Waterway. $599,000.
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.
SARASOTABAYFRONT PARADISE-3BR/2.5BA, $1,124,900.
RIVERVIEWBOULEVARD CAPE COD 3BR/2BA. $529,900.
SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA turnkey from $175,000.
KEY ROYALE BAYFRONT 3BR/2.5BA, Dock $2,150,000.
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS CONDO 2BR/2BA, Patio. $265,000.
UPDATED DUPLEX- 2107 Avenue B. $596,900
SUN PLAZA WEST CONDOS 2BR/2BA. From $529,900.
GULF PLACE CONDO 3BR/2BA direct Gulfview. $995,000.
ANNA MARIA NEAR BEACH House and cottage. $799,000.
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.
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