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No 'pocket parks' for Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
In what some might say was a case of "preaching
to the choir," Anna Maria residents at the April 11 city
commission meeting ripped a proposal by Commis-
sioner Jo Ann Mattick to purchase the property at 703
N. Shore Drive owned by Harry and Karen Lockwood
through a Florida Communities Trust grant and convert
it to a botanical garden and park.
The Lockwoods had already withdrawn their offer
to the city to consider such a sale (The Islander, April
4) following some communications from some of their
Mattick admitted that her proposal to commission-
ers at their March 22 meeting for approval to pursue the
grant to purchase the Lockwood property might have
been made a bit hastily, but the grant deadline was in
May and time was of the essence. In hindsight, she said,
her proposal should have been announced prior to the
March 22 meeting to gain more public input.
But the Lockwoods aren't to blame, Mattick said.
She approached them abou t the idea, since their prop-
erty is already for sale.
"I had the best of intentions and I didn't expect
it would descend to name calling and vilification" of
herself and the Lockwoods.
Mattick asked commissioners if they wanted to
pursue purchase of other parcels for "pocket parks," but
that opened the door for residents along North Shore Drive
to speak out against the already-withdrawn proposal to
pursue the grant to purchase the Lockwood property.
Numerous speakers indicated that turning the Lock-
wood property into a public park would only bring more
traffic to a residential area, increase crime and ruin the
"Old Florida" character of the neighborhood.
Resident Bill Partridge, a neighbor of the Lock-
woods, said he was "disappointed" that the story was
printed in the local media, while Randall Stover said
the media has "no responsibility to tell the truth."
Harry Lockwood said it's time to move on, get over
it and keep friendships. If the proposal had been pre-
sented to the public in the normal fashion, perhaps the
outcome would have been different, he indicated.
"But I'm not going against my neighbors. They are
all great people and I want to keep it that way," he said.
The property will remain for sale as a single-family
residence with an accompanying lot.
While commissioners agreed that the idea of pur-
chasing property for a public park was laudable, Com-
missioner Duke Miller pointed out that most of the
potential lots in the city that might be converted to a
public park are in residential areas. It's not a good idea
to create parks in these neighborhoods, he indicated.
Besides, the city already has six public parks or facili-
ties for residents, Miller noted.
Volume 15, No. 24 April 18, 2007 FREE
Island braces for
Cinco de Mayo after
By Rick Catlin
With less than three weeks to the Cinco de Mayo
Mexican holiday on Saturday, May 5, Island and Mana-
tee County officials are scrambling to ensure the safety of
beachgoers that day following the gang-related shootings
on Easter Sunday April 8 at Coquina Beach.
The annual Mexican holiday is expected to bring
heavier-than-usual crowds to the Island because it falls
this year on a weekend. A normal Cinco de Mayo cel-
ebration might bring 10,000 people to Island beaches,
local law enforcement officials have said previously,
but a weekend date for May 5 and good weather could
easily see that number swell to 15,000 or more.
Officials on both sides of Anna Maria Sound say
they want to have plans in place by May 5 to assure the
public that it's safe to go to Coquina Beach.
County Administrator Ed Hunzecker told Mana-
tee County Commissioners April 10 that he will bring
"drastic" proposals to the April 24 commission meeting
to try to prevent further outbursts of gunfire, fights and
disturbances, all of which have plagued Coquina Beach
in the past on major holidays.
County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, a former
Holmes Beach mayor and city commissioner, said that any
proposal for crowd control and public safety at Coquina
Beach must also address the Manatee Public Beach in
Holmes Beach and Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.
"There's a bleed-over effect to the other Island cities
on these five or six holidays each year," said Whitmore.
"Something should be in place by Cinco de Mayo,"
she added, noting the commission will only have 10
days before the holiday to implement any plan.
But problems at Coquina Beach, which is a county-
operated park, are nothing new to Bradenton Beach and
other Island cities, Whitmore said.
"We've had these problems before," she said,
including shootings, a beach closing incident, a riot
one Easter Sunday in the 1990s, and other gang-related
violence on major holidays.
"Many times [Bradenton Beach] Mayor John Chappie
and I have gone to the county commission with our prob-
lems and the commission hasn't taken them as seriously as
we do on the Island. With this recent shooting, however, the
PLEASE SEE COQUINA, PAGE 3
July in April
Anna Maria Island streets looked more like July than
April last week as a passing storm flooded low-lying
areas such as the intersection of Pine Avenue and Bay
Boulevard in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
2 0 APRIL 18, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
2 injured in small plane crash at county line
A Cortez man and a Sarasota man suffered injuries
April 13 when the single-engine plane they were in crashed
near the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.
The crash of the Lakeland 250 plane occurred at
about 11 a.m. on 15th Street East near Tallevast Road in
Sarasota, according to a news release from the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office.
Witnesses told authorities that they saw the plane
take off from the airport's Runway 4, heard the engine
sputter and saw the craft rip through power lines before
nose-diving into a road-side ditch.
Deputies with the sheriff's office responded, as did other
local emergency officials and federal and state investigators.
Two men in the plane were taken to area hospitals
with non-life-threatening injuries.
Pilot Mark Stitcht, 46, of Sarasota, was taken
to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Stitcht had made a
"mayday" call after take-off.
Passenger Norvall Dawson, 76, of Cortez,
was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital after
being pulled from the smoking plane by Demetric
Higdon, who works near the airport and saw the
plane go down.
An airport worker who helped the injured men,
Keep Manatee plans
cleanup April 21
The Great American Cleanup gets under way Saturday,
April 21, with projects on the Island and across the country.
The cleanup, organized by Keep America Beauti-
ful, is in its 22nd year.
"Through litter and waste removal, recycling
drives, beautification efforts and educational outreach,
our volunteers are keeping America beautiful," said G.
Raymond Empson, president of KAB.
Local events are coordinated by Keep Manatee
Beautiful, which encourages volunteers to help clean up
the coast, local parks and woods on Saturday morning.
Check-in is at 9 a.m. at the following locations:
Cortez FISH Preserve, 11601 Cortez Road W.,
The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
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Alvaro Rodriguez, was treated for smoke inhalation,
according to the sheriff's office.
At the scene, as sheriff's deputies tried to keep
vehicles off of 15th Street East from Whitfield to Tal-
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
Kingfish Boat Ramp on Manatee Avenue west of
the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
Palma Sola Causeway pavilions on Manatee
Avenue/State Road 64.
For more information about the cleanup, call 795-
8275 or go to www.manateebeautiful.com.
Missing child quickly found
The Holmes Beach Police Department located
within 15 minutes a child reported missing on April
The 7-year-old child was walking along the beach
with his grandfather when he decided to run ahead, said
HBPD Detective Sgt. Terri Davis.
The grandfather looked about for the child and,
the crash of
on April 13.
least, emergency workers cleaned up spilled fuel
and investigators examined the plane, according to
a spokeswoman with the Federal Aviation Authority,
which is investigating the crash.
when he didn't see him, called the police.
Davis has been working the past year to coordinate
volunteers to help search for a missing child and she
notified that "team" on Friday.
But the alert was canceled when the child was found
on the beach in the 2600 block of Gulf Drive within
about 15 minutes of going missing, Davis said.
Fire at Oma's Pizza in
A fire apparently sparked by decorative lights caused
minor roof damage to Oma's Pizza and Restaurant, 201
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, Sunday night.
West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price said
damage was limited to the north eaves of the building,
plus some minor smoke damage. A damage estimate
was not available.
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Coquina girds for Cinco de Mayo
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commission is 100 percent that we have to do something,"
she said. "I think the county is now taking heed."
That "something" is going to be "drastic," emphasized
Hunzeker, at least to start, and it's going to be expensive.
While he did not indicate what he might bring to
the April 24 meeting, he said he would meet with Island
elected officials and law enforcement on April 17 before
presenting his solution. Proposals could include changing
the flow of traffic through the parking lots to eliminate
"cruising." At present, motorists can drive the entire length
of the Coquina Beach parking lot without interference.
Other measures might include paid parking, or
free parking for county residents while out-of-county
residents have to purchase a parking pass, background
checks on people who rent pavilions, law enforcement
roadblocks on major holidays at all entrances of the
park to check identification and a large police presence
on those holidays.
But Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies and
other local law enforcement agencies were at Coquina
Beach in force Easter Sunday and the shootings still took
place. One man was shot just 40 feet from an MCSO
deputy. Police had expected trouble in response to a gang-
related shooting in east Manatee in late March and had
issued a "gang all-call" alert at Coquina Beach that day.
An estimated 1,000 gang members, many from out-
side Manatee County, were reportedly among the 10,000
to 15,000 people at Coquina Beach April 8. Two men from
Plant City have been arrested in the Coquina Beach shoot-
ings, while three brothers, all reportedly from the Arcadia
area, were taken to the hospital after being shot.
The continued violence at Coquina Beach prompted
Chappie to chastise the county. "Our dirty little secret
is, don't come to Manatee county's beaches on holiday
weekends. The county needs to wake up," he said.
Whitmore said any "drastic" police measures have
to be done carefully to ensure they are legal.
Officials and law enforcement officers from the
Island cities along with Sheriff Brad Steube will be at the
April 24 county commission meeting, said Whitmore.
"We need everyone's support on this," she said.
Some local tourism industry executives said they
would support whatever proposals are adopted as long
as those ensure the safety of visitors, Manatee County
and Island residents.
One executive, who asked not to be identified, said
that the gangs are from outside Manatee County, but
bring their violence to the beach.
Cinco de Mayo preparations
Island law enforcement agencies are already pre-
paring for the Cinco de Mayo holiday.
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said she will meet
with Sgt. John Kenney, the officer in charge of the Man-
atee County Sheriff's Office substation in Anna Maria,
well before the holiday to ensure the "highest coverage"
of available MCSO deputies for Anna Maria.
Bayfront Park is usually not a problem on Cinco de
Mayo except for parking and open containers of alco-
hol, Kenney has said previously. The park is normally
frequented by families on major holidays.
In Holmes Beach, Police Lt. Dale Stephenson said
staff levels will be increased during the day and offi-
cers will be patrolling the beach on the ATV. He did
note, however, that Cinco de Mayo activity at Manatee
Public Beach is generally no greater than any other
Investigation continues in Coquina Beach shootings
By Paul Roat
"Our 'dirty little secret' is that you don't go to
Manatee County's beaches on holiday weekends. The
county needs to wake up."
That comment from Bradenton Beach Mayor John
Chappie comes in the wake of the violence that erupted
on Easter Sunday, where three people were shot and
two arrested in what police describe as a gang-related
incident at Coquina Beach.
The victims, all brothers from Arcadia, are Jose
Estrada, 20, Salvador Estrada, 27, and a 17-year-old
identified by Bradenton Beach police as FE.
Arrested were Rene Vasquez-Mendoza, 22, and
Santiago Delagado Jr., both of Plant City.
Vasquez-Mendoza is charged with three counts of
attempted first-degree murder, carrying a concealed
firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm and discharge
of a firearm in public.
Delagado is charged with carrying a concealed fire-
arm, improper exhibition of a firearm and discharge of
a firearm in public.
Both are still in jail.
Lenard Diaz, detective sergeant with the Bradenton
Beach Police Department, said that the investigation
is on-going, with discussions with witnesses being the
focus of the moment.
Diaz said that FE. had been released from the
hospital after receiving three gunshot wounds to the
stomach. Salvador Estrada, who was shot twice in the
left part of his chest, and Jose Estrada, who was shot
in the center of his chest, were still hospitalized as of
About 40 law enforcement officers were at Coquina
Beach when the six or seven gunshots were fired at 4:22
p.m. April 8.
Diaz said the officers were on the beach, with
That means Bradenton Beach will likely bear the brunt
of Cinco de Mayo visitors, particularly at Coquina Beach.
Because the holiday falls on a weekend, Braden-
ton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale plans to have all
reserve officers on duty. He'll also ask the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office for more deputies than normal
for a holiday weekend.
"Because of what happened Easter, we will be
asking the MCSO for more officers," he said.
Special will consult with the MCSO prior to the
holiday to determine if a "gang all call" should be
issued for Coquina Beach for the holiday. That would
bring the MCSO and law enforcement officers from
throughout the area to Coquina Beach in advance of
the expected throng of beachgoers.
At this point, however, Speciale doesn't know if
that designation will be in effect May 5, but he plans
to meet with the MCSO prior to the holiday to make
Cinco de Mayo is "not as busy a holiday as Easter,
but it will still be busy," Speciale said.
The chief also noted that gang-related activity and
violence at Coquina Beach is nothing new and many
times in recent years he's expressed his concern about
public safety at the beach to the county commission,
without apparent success. "I've always said it wasn't a
question of 'if,' but 'when,'" he noted.
With the recent shootings, however, sentiments
apparently have changed on the county commission.
"They haven't really prioritized our concerns with
Coquina Beach until now," the chief said.
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a visible presence, because of a history of gang
activity at Coquina on Easter and a suspicion that
there might be retaliation for a gang-related killing
Manatee County officials have called for "drastic
action" to deal with avoiding incidents at the popular
beach. Manatee County Parks and Recreation's Mike
Sosadeeter has formulated a re-configuration of the
parking area in the mile-long Coquina Beach, and said
last week that he expected the plan "will get pushed
forward because of last weekend."
That plan calls for limiting ingress and egress to
the beach and blocking the north-south drive lane, as
well as adding landscaping.
Diaz said any such change would be a help. "I think
it will help stop the moving music," he said.
County commissioners are expected to address the
beach issues in a meeting April 24.
Coquina Beach has had a history of problems
with violence and gang-related activity going back
Former Bradenton Beach Mayor Gail Cole insti-
tuted a program of "beer patrols" in 1995, where offi-
cers would check coolers for alcoholic beverages,
which are prohibited from Manatee County shores.
"It worked," Cole said.
"How can gangs break up families and church
groups on holidays that use our beaches?" Cole asked.
"We need to block the beach so there is only one
entrance or exit. Nobody will try to shoot people if
they can't get away afterward."
"The main reason people come here is because
it's free," Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Spe-
ciale said of Coquina Beach. "If this new parking plan
doesn't work, the county is going to have to consider
A history of incidents at Coquina Beach since
June 2006 A planned concert of local rap art-
ists and musicians was canceled after police expressed
concern for public safety.
Easter 2005 Police arrested several people for
various drug offenses. Some of those taken into custody
resisted arrest and were forcibly detained.
Easter 2001 The Manatee County Sheriff's
Office closed the beach and parking lot due to over-
crowding after an estimated 30,000 people arrived to
soak up the sun and sea.
March 2000 The MCSO closed Coquina Beach
after a fight erupted over a minor traffic incident. Sev-
eral hundred people were eventually involved in the
August 1998 A drive-by shooting at Coquina
Beach sent a 9-year-old boy to the hospital.
Easter 1996 Two men started a fight which
spread to other groups of people watching the incident.
Several people were arrested.
Anna Maria City
April 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting at Holmes
Beach City Hall.
Anna Maria City Hall is temporarily housed in the
annex building at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, 708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.
April 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
April 25, 10 a.m., mangrove awareness meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
April 19, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
April 18, 1 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
April 23, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, Sudakoff Center,
USF New College campus, Sarasota.
4 E APRIL 18, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
Insurance: 'Slugfest' for insurers, regulators, Islanders
By Molly McCartney
One legislator calls it a "bit of a slugfest" between
insurance companies and state insurance officials.
He's talking about last week's announcement by
USAA, Florida's fourth-largest property insurer, to drop
27,000 homeowner policies and restrict new business
because of the state's "untenable property insurance
USAA, which serves members of the U.S. military
and their families, said in an April 11 letter to its policy-
holders that recent legislative and regulatory actions in
Florida "have created an untenable property insurance
market" that makes it hard for insurers to get adequate
premiums for their policies.
As a result, the letter said, USAA will not renew
about 10 percent of its 270,000 Florida policyholders.
In published reports about its decision, the company
gave two specific complaints. One concerns the Florida
Office of Insurance Regulation decision in December
to approve a premium increase of only 16.3 percent for
USAA, substantially less than the 40 percent increase
And the state insurance law changed dramatically
in January. Under the newly approved legislation, insur-
ers must file new rates that reflect their savings from the
purchase of less expensive reinsurance from the Florida
Hurricane Catastrophe Fund. State regulators are now
reviewing the USAA proposal for a rate decrease of
about 1 percent. That compares to the average 24 per-
cent rate reduction that state officials have said they
expect insurance companies to achieve under the new
The second USAA complaint is that Citizens Prop-
erty Insurance Corp., the state's insurer of last resort,
is being allowed to charge rates that could undercut
Company spokesman David Snowden was quoted
Saturday in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune as saying:
"The kicker is that when Citizens runs into financial
difficulty, the state allows it to recoup losses from all
the people of Florida."
State Rep. Bill Galvano (R-68), who represents
Anna Maria Island and other parts of western Manatee
County, has another view of the comments that USAA
and other insurers have been making about their deci-
sion to drop thousands of Florida policyholders:
"We take note of what they are saying and what
they are doing," Galvano said.
"But the reality is that there is a bit of a slug-
fest going on right now," he said. "Regulations have
increased substantially and insurers don't like it. We
just have to hold firm, not ignoring what they say but
holding firm on what is necessary to make our state as
susceptible to low rates as possible."
Galvano, who has been a leader in looking for solu-
tions to the insurance crisis, said he "feels good" about
the progress that the Legislature made this past week
in moving along proposed insurance reforms.
He said the "original glitch bill," which was
intended to correct errors and mistakes in the January
insurance legislation, has not come back to the floor for
a vote. "People are working on that to make sure that
we are not going backward on the reforms we made in
January," he said.
Meantime, there are other legislative proposals
"that would accomplish what the special session in
January did not do," Galvano said.
One of the proposals would give more flexibility to
Citizens and could mean lower rates. The bill would also
ban the formation of any new "pup" companies. At pres-
ent, four national insurance companies Allstate, State
Farm, Nationwide and Travelers have Florida-only
subsidiaries known as "pups." The pups have the effect
of protecting their national policyholders from Florida
losses when a hurricane occurs. No further pups could
State Sen. Mike Bennett (R-21) says the Florida
insurance problem can't be solved "until you have
State Rep. Bill Galvano (R-68) says state regulations
have increased and insurance companies don't like it.
Islander Photos: Molly McCartney
be created in Florida under the proposed legislation.
The bill passed the House Jobs and Entrepreneur-
ship Council after a special appearance by Gov. Charlie
Crist, who campaigned against the creation of more
"To have the governor come before that council is
an uncommon occurrence," Galvano said. "His appear-
ance there is a real statement by the executive branch to
support the measure. He likes it because his approach is
that if we have insurers who can't offer reasonable rates
and who say they have to leave ... then we need to pick
up the slack. He has no problem with Citizens being the
people's insurance company, and this legislation will
help Citizens accomplish that. That is where he is."
Galvano said he personally is supporting the mea-
sure and the idea to "continue to try and accomplish
what we didn't accomplish in the special session and
to have Citizens have the most reasonable rate plans.
Crist also appeared before the state Senate Banking
and Insurance Committee in support of a companion
bill to the House version.
Under the Senate version, a homeowner could opt
for Citizens if he has an offer from a private insurer
that is 15 percent higher than the Citizens rate. Under
current law, the offer has to be 25 percent higher for a
homeowner to qualify for Citizens.
Crist said the Senate and House proposals "give more
power back to the people for them to have the opportu-
nity for Citizens and other competition, as a result of this
good legislation to be able to get lower rates."
There was one vote against the Senate bill.
State Sen. Mike Bennett (R-21), who represents
parts of five counties, including Anna Maria Island,
said he cast the lone dissenting vote, "not because I
am necessarily against it, but because we need to spend
more time on it."
Bennett said the bill banning the "pups" came up in
the Senate committee meeting and committee members
"tried to solve it in under three minutes.... How can I
vote for it when nobody understands it?... Some of
these things we rush to judgment."
He said the Florida insurance problem couldn't be
solved "until you deregulate" the insurance industry. He
did not indicate how much deregulation he thinks would
be necessary to improve the state insurance picture.
Citizens expands Web site
While new legislation moved ahead in Tallahas-
see, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation launched
a new Web site aimed at providing better customer ser-
"We want our customers and the public to be able
to go to our site and get all the information they need,"
declared Scott Wallace, Citizens president.
The Web site -which can be found at www.citi-
zensfla.com shows the Citizens logo in a blue back-
ground with an image of swirling hurricane winds and
the slogan: "Carrying Florida Through the Storm."
Citizens had more than 1.2 million policies in force
as of March 31, representing $434 billion in expo-
Dozens of Anna Maria Island property owners
depend on Citizens for wind coverage because they
cannot find insurance on the private market. Under the
new legislation approved in January, Citizens is more
available than ever to homeowners and commercial
The new Web site provides answers to questions
about the impact of the new insurance law on Citi-
zens, and it offers information about eligibility, rates,
refunds and coverage. One feature is a list of toll-
free numbers to call for help, although Citizens urges
policyholders to contact their insurance agent before
trying to contact Citizens.
There is also a "Storm Watch" section on the site
with information about the hurricane season, which
begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.
The Web site urges property owners to take steps
that can lower insurance premiums, including installing
hurricane shutters, upgrading your roof, checking for
discounts on masonry construction and other building
characteristics, and reviewing your policy with your
agent to see if you are eligible for any hurricane mitiga-
Another section of the Web site contains tips on
what to do after a storm, including how to file a claim
and how to prepare for a visit by the claims adjuster.
On the Storm 2007 page of the Web site, Citi-
zens notes that Florida is not presently under any
storm restriction. The page also advises: "No appli-
cation for new, or endorsement for increased cover-
age, may be bound, written, or issued, or monies
received, regardless of effective date, when a tropi-
cal storm or hurricane watch or warning has been
issued by the National Weather Service for any part
of the state of Florida."
In a press release about its expanded Web site,
Chelsea Garfield, Citizens' Web-content supervisor,
said the Web site is "an ongoing project, so our users
can expect to see continuous improvements, expanded
content, and increased number of requested features."
Note: If you have an insurance story to share with
others about your experience with rate hikes, rate
reductions, rate refunds or other insurance issues,
please send a note to The Islander by e-mailing news@
islander.org or email@example.com.
P LY INSURANCE CORPORAION ... Carrying Florida Through the Storm
This is the new look on the Internet of Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state's insurer of last resort. The Web site address is www.citizensfla.com
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 18, 2007 5 5
By Lisa Neff
A state law enacted last July is causing Holmes
Beach officials to revisit the city's ordinance prohibit-
ing the use of watercraft as a residence.
The new Florida statute states, "Nothing contained
in the provisions of this section shall be construed to pro-
hibit local governmental authorities from the enactment
or enforcement of regulations which prohibit or restrict
the mooring or anchoring of floating structures or live-
aboard vessels within their jurisdictions or of any vessels
within the marked boundaries of mooring fields.
"However, local governmental authorities are prohib-
ited from regulating the anchoring outside of such moor-
ing fields of non-live-aboard vessels in navigation."
The law means that with the exception of desig-
nated mooring fields, municipalities have no authority
to regulate where a cruising vessel anchors unless they
can prove the watercraft is used "solely" as a residence
or is "represented" as a business.
Holmes Beach City Commission Chairperson
Sandy Haas-Martens recently informed other commis-
sioners that in light of the state law, the city must review
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger com-
mented, "We have an ordinance we can't enforce."
Now city attorney Patricia Petruff is at work on a
revised ordinance to bring Holmes Beach into compli-
ance with the state law. The measure will be presented
at the commission's April 24 meeting.
Petruff said that other cities throughout the state
also must modify their ordinances.
"There are no creative ideas for thumbing it," she
said, referring to the new law. "What you will see is
an ordinance that brings you into compliance with this
Petruff said if the city experiences trouble with live-
aboard vessels, officials might need to "bring it back to
the legislative delegation."
The commission also is reviewing a draft ordinance
on mooring and dock regulations. The proposed mea-
sure, expected to be taken up at an April 24 commission
meeting, is in its third incarnation.
"We believe the proposed changes address all the
situations that have been identified during our previous
meetings and discussions," said Bill Brisson, the city's
Work on the ordinance began after a study con-
ducted by Brisson, with input from Petruff and building
official Bill Saunders, identified numerous problems
with the docks in Holmes Beach. Specifically, the
study found that some docks failed to meet city code
or were built in the wrong location and ownership of
some docks was in question.
The measure, Brisson said, would require that
accessory mooring areas and boat docks be associated
with a principal use or an abutting lot, though certain
locations would be "grandfathered."
The measure also would:
Set a minimum mooring width of 10 feet and a
minimum dock width of 2 feet.
Prohibit an installation from extending more than
20 feet from the seawall or mean-high water line into
Identify "dead-end" canals at 56th and 58th
.hi., i Fosser and Ed
Straight of Wildlife
Education and Rehabili-
tation Center celebrate
the good earth during
Felts Audubon Preserve
Earth Day April 14 at
the Audubon preserve,
4600 24th Ave. E., Pal-
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and 67th streets, 67th and 68th streets, 69th and 70th
streets, 70th and 71st streets, 71st and 72nd streets.
Provide for exceptions to requirements for moor-
ing areas and docks so adjoining property owners can
navigate their own 15-year agreements that run with
The proposed ordinance states, "The agreement
contains acknowledgement that since the agreement is
a voluntary opting-out of the city's regulations, the city
will not enforce said private agreement in the event of
a future dispute among the parties."
The provision helps keep the city out of a potential
"Somewhere down the road you are going to get
warring neighbors," said Petruff.
"The city," she said, "is not going to get into the
middle of squabbling neighbors."
Brisson characterized the proposed ordinance as a
general regulation that should alleviate some specific
problems in the city.
"We have a lot of interesting situations within the
city," Petruff said. "There are areas where developers
did indeed deed out little slips.... Then there are many
other areas of the city where deeds just started appear-
ing in the title, being passed on."
"We have had times where several people have had
the same deed for the same dock," Petruff added.
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6 0 APRIL 18, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Where's the documents?
This is one of those awkward moments.
The Islander has been publishing local Island news for
15 years. Some of us have worked at Island newspapers
for almost 30 years. During our tenure, we've developed
relationships with city, county, state and federal officials
that are still standing, despite the sometimes-adversarial
nature of political folks and news hounds.
It's sometimes been likened to family. Sure, the media
is generally thought of as the "red-headed step-children,"
but it's a family nonetheless.
So it's sad when we're forced to resort to the court for
public records from one of our "family" in this case,
In this case, a city official accused another city official
of sexual harassment in an undated, one-sentence memo-
randum. The accused resigned shortly thereafter.
That memo, and the subsequent memo of resignation,
is the sum and total of the public information made avail-
able by the city regarding those matters.
It's not that we want to dredge up all the dirty laundry
in the Bradenton Beach that brought us to ask a judge to
order information be made public. But there has to be
some back-up data to bear up the resignation of a 50-year
public official, and we can't seem to get it.
One memo. One letter. A quick, no-comment com-
mission meeting to accept the resignation. No comment.
No comment. No comment.
We believe there's more. We also believe the mayor
and the commissioners owe their constituents more than
a blind vote on the matter and an arrogant attitude.
We'll keep you informed as to how it all shakes out, of
course, but it's a shame that the courts have to be brought
in to preserve the public's right to know.
As the late, great Gov. Lawton Chiles put it, and as
we paraphrase it, "Just put the hay [city documents] down
where the goats can get at it."
Coquina Beach thoughts
County officials have been informed over the years of
what's now become known as "dirty little secret" prob-
lems on holidays at Coquina Beach. At least a decade ago,
law enforcement presence on the beach became significant
as a-i i. i, n on busy weekends increased.
Last year, in the wake of an incident, plans were formed
to reconfigure the beach to limit cruising vehicles and better
protect people from what has been called gang-related acts.
The plans were drawn, but nothing was done.
We've now seen three people shot, despite the hefty
police presence, on Easter Sunday.
We hoped for a community meeting to address the
problem and gather ,ui .q ii, ii,. but the Manatee County
Commission is scheduled to take up the discussion on
April 24. Let's hope that the parking lot configuration at
Coquina Beach and other u'i--.Ilinii, for improvements
get a good review and some quick action.
Will it help? How can it hurt?
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SLICK Let's put the hay down where the goat can get at it. By Egan
Where will I go?
I'm scared. Yes, just plain scared.
I am 88-years-old and have been a widow since my
husband died 16 years ago. I have had cancer, I have
COPD and I'm on oxygen. I have problems w alki n so
I have given up my car, as I can't get around alone.
My daughter can come one day a week to take me
to doctors and stores and with my good neighbors, I
manage pretty well and I'm happy in my little home.
Trailer parks are the only place where neighbors keep
track of and take care of each other.
To get to why I'm scared my big problem is
losing my way of life. To lose my home to a bulldozer
by virtue of Butch Howey selling the land under my
home to some rich developer.
I have lived here since 1967 40 years. I have
known and loved Butch and his family and have
defended him to people who, over the years, have said
he would sell the park out from under me.
I've said, "He wouldn't do that to his mom and dad
and uncle and aunt and cousins, or to me and several
others who have defended him as I have one of them
is 100 years old."
It appears there is nothing we can do to avoid losing
what I thought would be my final home. I live off my
Social Security. I can't buy another home. I can't afford
another place to live.
Butch Howey is killing me financially. He is killing
I have no desire to leave my home. I have no desire
to live anywhere else even if I could afford it. What
am I going to do? Where am I going to go? How do I
survive this? Do I even want to?
Lorraine Yount, Cortez Trailer Park
Cortez Trailer Park Sale
After living in the Cortez Trailer Park for nine sea-
sons, the end appears very near. The residents of this
park have had an affordable home near the Gulf. We
are in the process of losing it.
The park has been for sale since the summer of
2005. Ever since that time, we have been in limbo.
Our offer to buy the park has been refused. We
have never heard the reason why our offer was not
I have toyed with the idea of demolishing my trailer
or waiting until I'm told to get out of the park. Either
way, I lose. I still haven't decided what to do. In my
opinion, everyone else in the park has the same prob-
Tony Geglio, Cortez Trailer Park resident
In Stewart's defense
I read with dismay the letter of A.M. Zappola,
mother of the 22-year-old who crossed in front of the
trolley and was injured recently. She referred to the
driver who hit her son, Howard Stewart, as a careless,
selfish, impatient jerk.
I have known this same Howard Stewart for more
than 25 years. I would only use the following words
to describe him: kind, considerate, helpful, sincere,
thoughtful and sensitive.
Katherine K. Van Zile, Anna Maria
This is an open letter to the man who owns a
parasail business on the Island. Your wake that you
create in the no-wake zone endangers manatees.
You also cracked the hull on my 15-year-old's boat.
He worked hard bussing tables at a local restau-
rant to save up the money to buy it. No apology
from you, and no offer to help repair the boat. We
explained to our son to wait and see if you would
do the right thing. You have not, so we will see you
An ap< '1, _'y and help would have worked. Now, we
hope the judicial system teaches you a lesson, hopefully
in your pocketbook. It seems that's all that is important
Steve Gaston, Bradenton Beach
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 18, 2007 7 7
Island's dirty secret unwrapped
I thank you so much for addressing the problem at
I'm sorry, but I do believe that the National Guard
should have been called in.
I had already been concerned about the number
of car break-ins at that beach. Now, I have to learn
that every Easter there is a "shoot out" at the beach. I
only learned this after the fact, on the local television
news. The newscast stated that there were 1,000 gang
members on the beach. I do believe, as stated, that the
police were well prepared and heavily in force and yet
were unable to stop or predict when the violence would
Please! I grew up here, came back to retire, knew
nothing about this annual Easter Day massacre. I could
have been on that beach. I heard that 10,000 people
were on the beach that day. I'm sure they were tourists
- because what local person would ever go to that
beach knowing the danger?
I think that the same people who are responsible
for advertising this Island as a serene, back-to-nature
sort of place should add a disclaimer not to come on
Easter weekend and explain why. If we, as Islanders
insist upon keeping this as our "dirty secret," then let all
of us who don't speak up or do o i \ thing in our power
to stop this terrorism in our back yard, take responsi-
bility for the innocent victims that will eventually be
harmed if this is not nipped in the bud.
I am sure that we have good police protection -
this is overwhelming. Yes. I do believe that the National
Guard should be called in to help. The people whom
we are dealing with are terrorists. We, as a country, do
not tolerate terrorists. Why should we as a small com-
munity tolerate it? Tourism and the dollars it brings.
Should we keep our "dirty secret" under wraps so
that next year your innocent children or grandchildren
might be shot and killed on the beach?
No, I agree with The Islander editorial published
April 11. We need, as a community, to end this terror-
ism. I don't have the answer no single person does.
We do need to band together. In the meantime, I see
nothing wrong with calling in the National Guard.
Mary Every, Holmes Beach
I would like to make a statement with regard to
the public comments made at the April 11 Anna Maria
City commission meeting concerning the Florida Com-
munities Trust Grant proposal that I originated. I fully
respect the right of everyone to agree or disagree with
.al\ lhillg that comes before our commission. However,
what occurred at that meeting went way beyond the
bounds of propriety on the part of Martin Hiller of
North Shore Drive.
In support of his contention that undesirable activi-
ties would take place if a park were to be located in his
neighborhood, Hiller decided to place in front of the com-
mission sexually explicit photographs of a couple on the
beach, which he said had been taken near the Lockwood
property during the past three months. I also understand,
from some of those in attendance, that these photographs
were being circulated to others in the hall during the course
of the evening while the meeting was in progress.
I am personally offended and outraged by this
behavior and, had I not been caught so off-guard, I
would have requested his immediate removal from the
proceedings. I believe he owes everyone in attendance
Jo Ann Mattick, Anna Maria city commissioner
Coquina Beach shooting thoughts
OK, enough is enough!
Easter Sunday is meant for family and friends and
church! Not drive-by shootings on Coquina Beach!
When are the commission people in Bradenton
Beach going to wake up and make the beaches pay-
only, like in Lee County? Hello? If people have to pay,
it will keep the riff-raff out and stop Easter Sunday
shootings. It is beyond pathetic.
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they are being charged twice because they have two
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8 E APRIL 18, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
Rejected buyer rips into GSR restructuring officer
By Rick Catlin
To the surprise of no one involved with Island real
estate and the collapse of bankrupt GSR Development
LLC, none of the company's Island properties sold
before the court-ordered March 16 deadline. But it
wasn't for lack of offers.
David and Jane Freeman of Duluth, Ga., said they
submitted bids on four of GSR's properties to GSR
restructuring officer William Maloney, offers that were
flatly rejected by Maloney.
In fact, claimed David Freeman, Maloney was
"nearly impossible to deal with" on the offers.
"We looked at all Island properties. We did our
homework based upon the current Island real estate
market and made our offers based upon our sense of
what the market is today," he said.
But Maloney replied through Freeman's real estate
agent that he "didn't consider the offers to be reason-
He also advised the agent that Freeman shouldn't
base his offers on the current Island real estate market
because there really was "no market during the first
quarter of '07 [sic]."
Maloney commented that he is "not as highly moti-
vated as you may think, just because the company is
in bankruptcy." Maloney, although employed by GSR
principals Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega, claimed
that he represents "the interests of creditors and other
parties of interest. Unfortunately, debt levels and equity
in the property are issues I need to consider."
When Freeman indicated he was going to write
to the bankruptcy court, Maloney responded that he
has "sole authority to act on behalf of the debtor," but
that Freeman and his real estate firm were welcome to
"approach 'the court' or others that you think may be
sympathetic to your cause. Unfortunately, in issues like
this, it's a little like Santa Claus mail."
In other words, said Freeman, don't expect an
But offers for GSR properties have been few and
far between. Maloney has asked federal bankruptcy
court Judge K. Rodney May to allow him to hold a
public auction of some of GSR's properties using an
international auctioneering firm.
"What's the point of that?" said Freeman, who has
written May to request that he not approve the auction,
but consider his offers.
"It would be very surprising to us if auctioning
these properties would fetch prices for net amounts that
are materially above our offers," Freeman said. Given
the repairs needed on the four properties, the current
market conditions and the associated risks, Freeman
contends his offers are fair.
As of April 16, May had not yet issued a ruling on
the motion to hold a public auction.
Freeman was surprised to learn that all of GSR's
properties are heavily mortgaged and none of his offers
would pay off the first mortgage on any of the prop-
erties. He was also unaware that Maloney has been
offered a $125,000 bonus if he restructures GSR so that
all creditors are paid 100 percent of their claims.
The unsecured creditors of GSR have $6.1 million
in claims against the company, while the total bank-
ruptcy is $46 million.
Freeman said that if the court rejects his plea and decides
to put GSR's properties up for public auction, he likely won't
participate because the properties would have a "reserve
price" well above what he considers they are worth.
Efforts to reach Maloney for comment on Free-
man's allegations were unsuccessful.
The four properties Freeman offered to purchase,
along with the GSR asking price and his offer, are:
Address Asking price Offer price
* 506 74th St. $795,000 $355,000.
* 604 Foxworth Lane $725,000. $455,000.
* 518 Key Royale Drive $1.7 million. $800,000.
* 407 74th St., Unit A $625,000. $415,000.
Shorebird nesting season begins on Island
By Lisa Neff
As the Island's celebrated snowbirds return to a
still chilly north, a new birding season begins on Anna
On the beach to the north of the Sandbar Restaurant
in Anna Maria, two areas are roped off to protect nest-
ing least terns and black simmers.
The stakes and ropes went up in early April, placed
by volunteers with the Manatee County Audubon Soci-
ety and experts with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
"We want these colonies to flourish," said Nancy
Ambrose, an Audubon volunteer and the community liai-
son for The Islander newspaper. "We want fledglings,
and any foot traffic near the birds will disturb them."
Before the first week of nesting season was com-
plete, three stakes had been pulled from the ground,
opening the protected area to pedestrians.
For the birds
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion encourages beachgoers during bird-nesting season to:
Keep a distance from nesting birds.
Keep out of posted areas.
Never intentionally force birds to fly.
Avoid running watercraft close to shore.
Keep dogs leashed.
Also, Audubon and FWC had fielded a number of
complaints from nearby residents who believed too
much of their beach had been reserved for the birds.
"It doesn't have to be this much," said seasonal
renter Diane Corbett. The multiple complaints resulted
in the re-staking of a smaller area on April 11.
That decision seemed to satisfy neighbors, includ-
ing Corbett, who then volunteered to help with the effort
to protect the nests and the eggs, which are nearly invis-
ible on the ground, especially to the untrained eye.
Black skimmers and least, royal and sandwich terns nest
in colonies of 100 to 200 pairs in the open sand on beaches.
The skimmers' nests are built on the ground and
tend to consist of little more than scrapes in the sand.
A normal clutch consists of four or five white eggs
blotched with black and brown.
Like the skimmers, the terns construct a nest by working
a shallow depression into loose sand. Two eggs cream-col-
ored with flecks of dark brown are usually produced, laid
in April or May. The eggs hatch after about three weeks.
Because of habitat loss from coastal development,
the number of suitable nesting spots for skimmers,
listed by the state as a "species of special concern,"
and least terns, classified as a "threatened species," has
declined and the threat of disturbance has gone up.
Frequent disturbances on the beach, according to
FWC, can cause adult birds to take flight, leaving their
nests exposed to predators and temperature extremes.
For more information about nesting shorebirds, call
FWC at 863-648-3200, or Ambrose at 518-4431.
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Nancy and David
tee County Audu-
plant a stake to
rope off an area
on the beach for
nesting sea birds
in Anna Maria.
The size of the
along the beach
Beachgoers are urged to avoid bird nesting locations on the Island. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
THE ISLANDER U APRIL 18, 2007 E 9
HB commission adopts EAR, backs pay raise
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city commissioners signaled last
week that the lengthy assessment of the city's compre-
hensive plan is comprehensive and complete.
The commissioners voted 5-0 to adopt an evalua-
tion and appraisal report, as required by state law and as
one step in the process of modifying the comprehensive
plan to reflect changes in the city and state.
The April 10 meeting also included a vote to raise
compensation for future elected officials in Holmes
The first vote of the night was on the EAR.
State law requires local governments to assess the
success or failure of comprehensive plans and adopt
amendments to the plans to guide growth and develop-
Holmes Beach adopted its comprehensive plan in
Last August, the city planning commission signed
off on the EAR and sent the document to the city com-
mission for its approval.
Consideration of the EAR was postponed until after
the November 2006 election and then delayed until
after the commission approved in March a revised land
development code and changes to the zoning map.
"It's been a while now," city planning consultant
Bill Brisson said before the commission vote.
He said the EAR before the board "meets all the
Commissioner John Monetti, who was on the plan-
ning commission during the preparation of the EAR,
said, "I think we have a fairly clean document" and
encouraged its formal submission to the state.
In preparing the EAR, citizens, city employees and
consultants explored a variety of issues, from the con-
cept of mixed-use zoning to the existence of Australian
pines, from the conversion of motels units to condos to
structural intensity standards for certain land-use cat-
The assessment concluded that the city can expect
the full-time population to be relatively static over
the next decade. If all the vacant residential lands in
Holmes Beach were to be developed during the next 10
years, the population would rise to about 5,300 people
from 5,040 people.
Meanwhile, the EAR indicates, the winter season
population might increase over the next decade from
about 8,100 people to 8,500 people.
That increase means that some time after 2011,
traffic levels on Manatee Avenue/State Road 64 and
Gulf Drive east of Manatee Avenue will exceed recom-
In regards to the flash-point issue of Australian
pines, trees deemed invasive exotics by state and fed-
eral agencies, the EAR calls for a new policy the
pines should be removed when they are considered a
potential safety hazard and replaced with a more suit-
able native tree.
The document also embraces a "right tree, right
place" policy that recommends planting trees to require
minimal trimming to avoid power lines.
Another environmental element in the EAR deals
with the city's Grassy Point project and changing the
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In terms of preserving residential areas, the evalu-
ation and appraisal report states that resort housing
involving occupancy periods of less than 30 days
should be prohibited in low-density residential areas.
And in terms of economic development, the review
found transient-lodging facilities should be allowed for
commercial land-use categories in mixed-use areas
where a blending of commercial and residential can
With the commission approval, the EAR will be
submitted to the Florida Department of Community
Affairs for review.
"We'll cross our fingers that nothing comes back,"
Commission Chairperson Sandy Haas-Martens said and
then added that the state review is probably like a bank
audit. "They have to find something."
The vote last week to increase the salary of future
commissioners and the next elected mayor also was
The commission briefly reviewed the pay raise
ordinance on March 27 and then voted April 10.
The ordinance states, "The city commission finds
that based on cost-of-living increases, time commit-
ment and expense requirements for the mayor and the
city commission members, the city commission should
authorize an increase in the mayor's and city commis-
sion members' annual salaries."
Currently, commissioners receive $400 per month
and the mayor $800 per month, the same amount that
is paid to similar officials in Anna Maria and Bradenton
Beach. Longboat Key doesn't provide salaries to its
elected officials, although the town employs a full-time
The new rates in Holmes Beach will be $500 per month
per commissioner and $1,000 per month for the mayor.
Commissioners said the stipend helps cover a vari-
ety of costs, from travel to meetings to the nametags
they wear at public events.
Initially, elected officials received reimbursement for
expenses, but the payment system was changed to sala-
ries to comply with Internal Revenue Service rules.
The increase would not apply to the current elected
body, but rather to officeholders elected this November
and in November 2008. Three commissioners will be
elected in November 2007 and two commissioners and
a mayor will be elected in November 2008.
"This was something that was brought to my atten-
tion last year," said Haas-Martens.
She added that the ordinance could be rescinded
if the state Legislature passes measures overhauling
the tax system, including setting spending limits for
City commissioners and Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
have said some state legislative proposals could have
disastrous consequences for Island municipalities.
Bohnenberger already has instituted a hiring freeze
for Holmes Beach as a safeguard in the event the state
makes serious changes to the tax system. The freeze
means two empty posts in the public works department
- a vacancy created by a recent death and a plans
examiner position authorized in the 2006-07 budget
will not be filled.
The last increase in compensation for elected offi-
cials was approved about 10 years ago, according to
city treasurer Rick Ashley said.
With the commission's 5-0 vote on the raise, Haas-
Martens said, "I don't think this is out of line."
The next commission meeting is April 24. The
regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the chambers at
city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. A work
session will follow.
Grass grows greener at Gloria Dei
Volunteers set down sod at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach. Retirees Peter and Paul Kruppenbacher,
John Reinholz, "straw boss" Don Hilgeman and Gloria Dei property manager Walter Kramer helped put down
the green at the church recently. Their effort earned them thanks from the Rev. Rosemary Backer, who awarded a
special one day "honorary Lutheran membership" to the volunteers. Islander Photo: Courtesy Gloria Dei
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By Lisa Neff
The Anna Maria Island Community Center board of
directors voted April 11 to move ahead in negotiations
for placing a cell tower on the Center grounds in Anna
During the meeting at the West Manatee Fire
Rescue Station 1 in Holmes Beach, the board members
also discussed the Center's by-laws, policies on ethi-
cal conduct and conflict of interest, special events and
construction work on the new Center in Anna Maria.
Early in the process of planning for its new build-
ing, the Center was approached about providing space
on the grounds for a cell phone tower, said board
member Andy Price.
Verizon, Price said, remains interested and Anna
Maria officials seem more receptive to a tower.
Price and Pierrette Kelly, the Center's executive
director, met recently with Verizon representatives and
identified a location for the tower near the air condi-
tioner system for the building.
"The antennae would be internal," said Price,
adding that the tower would be located near the center
of the Center property not on the building and not
"an encumbrance on the neighbors."
Price asked for a motion to proceed with negotiations,
including more details on the size and location, as well as
the annual fee the Center would receive from Verizon.
"The city is going to get one somewhere," said
board chairman Tom Breiter. "It might as well be us."
Work on the new building may be completed by
mid-summer. Programs, currently taking place primar-
ily in the activity hall at St. Bernard Catholic Church
in Holmes Beach, could be held in the new facilities
beginning in August. A grand opening likely would take
place in November.
The builders are ahead of schedule and under
budget, said Kelly, adding that the center still needs to
raise about $1 million for the project. "We're still very
open for gifts and donations."
Kelly said she has high expectations for the Cen-
ter's "An Affaire to Remember" gala that takes place
Saturday, April 21, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Tickets to the black-tie
event are $150.
"We are just short of 300 people," she said, refer-
ring to ticket sales. The hall can comfortably accom-
modate 30 more people.
The benefit raises money for the operation of the
Center, but if the fundraiser exceeds its mark, the capi-
tal fund will get a boost.
The Center recently raised about $35,000 with its
Tour of Homes and another $6,000 operating a parking
concession for Pittsburgh Pirates spring-training games
In other business, the board adopted revised by-
laws that had not been changed for years.
"These are the fences we operate between," said
Board members briefly discussed whether to include
the Center's mission in the by-laws and agreed not to
add the statement, which might change over time.
Another short discussion resulted in the board
agreeing to add sexual orientation to the non-discrimi-
nation provision that includes sex, race and other cat-
The by-laws preclude municipal representatives
from voting on the board, which members agreed to and
Holmes Beach City Commissioner John Monetti and
Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Janie Robertson
The board spent the most time discussing a provi-
sion in the by-laws authorizing the executive committee
to make a decision when an emergency situation occurs
and the board cannot be convened.
Some board members expressed concern about
whether the authorization was too broad, but eventu-
ally there was a consensus that the committee, made
up of the board's officers, may need to act quickly in
an unforeseen emergency, such as a tropical storm.
The board concluded the night with a glance at sev-
eral proposed documents a code of ethical conduct,
a conflict-of-interest statement and a conflict-of-interest
Kelly and Breiter suggested the board review and
revise the documents for the Center's use and approve
at a future meeting.
"So everything is above board," Breiter said.
The board's next meeting is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Ordinance changes aimed at Sandbar
By Rick Catlin
While Anna Maria city commissioners may have
danced around the issue at their April 11 meeting when
they discussed changes to the city's special event
ordinance, there was no mistaking that the aim of the
changes is directed at the Sandbar Restaurant's practice
of holding outdoor weddings that require erection of a
tent thus the need for a special event permit.
In fact, city planner Alan Garrett included weddings
in his proposed changes to the special event ordinance
as an event that would require a permit.
But those weddings that would need a permit are
only outdoor weddings in the commercial or retail-
office-residential areas. An outdoor wedding at Bean
Point, one that might draw 200 to 300 people, would
not be required to obtain a special event permit at
least under the current proposal.
Garrett's proposal calls for a $200 fee for a profit-
making special event, while non-profit organizations
would only be charged $50.
Commissioner Dale Woodland said he was trying
to understand "what it is we are trying to accomplish,"
if a person or business is not violating an ordinance.
Why would a business be limited to six special event
permits per year?
Because it's outside the regular place of business,
said Commissioner Duke Miller, and that could apply
to any business.
"How about the Sandbar and outdoor weddings?"
The "catch," said Miller is that a commercial restau-
rant has to have parking. If it puts up a tent and makes
something a special event, that might impact its parking
requirements and the event needs to be approved.
Why, replied Woodland, if it doesn't violate a city
"Because the use is not in the site plan," said Gar-
rett. The "business" needs to either amend its site plan
to include outdoor weddings with a tent, or apply for a
special event permit, he said.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said she didn't con-
sider a wedding to be a special event. It's a private affair
that shouldn't require a special event permit.
"We are trying to tell them how to conduct their
own business," she said, disagreeing with Garrett's rec-
ommendation that would only allow a special event six
times each year "per parcel."
But this is only a "good workable start," said Gar-
rett. The commission can accept, reject or change any
of the recommendations.
Commission Chairman John Quam suggested that a
gathering of 20 or more people outdoors would require
a special event permit.
And outdoor activities at Bayfront Park, which is
run by Manatee County, would not be governed by this
ordinance, noted Garrett in response to a question by
deputy city clerk Diane Percycoe.
Commissioners were also stuck on whether or not
a "garage sale" would require a special event permit.
"There's still a lot of things to discuss," said Quam,
who put the issue on the May 10 work session for more
In other business, the commission referred a pro-
posal from Garrett for setback standards, building and
lot coverage and impervious surfaces coverage to the
planning and zoning board for a recommendation.
The commission also asked city engineer Tom
Wilcox to bring back more information on the cost effec-
tiveness of extending the Lake LaVista inlet jetties as a
means of slowing the buildup of material in the channel
as opposed to dredging the channel every two years.
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The photograph projected on the screen contained two
subjects: a discarded beach chair and a dead sea turtle.
The chair trapped the turtle, which eventually
drowned, Suzi Fox, director of Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch, told her audience at the Island Branch
Library in Holmes Beach April 10.
A $5 beach chair abandoned on the beach can
become a deadly hazard during nesting season.
That was one of many cautions Fox shared with the
crowd assembled for the Friends of the Island Library's
last forum in its winter lecture series.
Fox covered a lot of ground during her one-hour
presentation and then invited those who don't already
participate in AMITW programs to attend a volunteer
orientation April 26. The orientation is scheduled for 6:30
p.m. at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
Fox titled last week's lecture "Hot Chicks, Cool
Dudes" because temperature plays a significant role in
the sea turtle's sex determination, as well as mating,
nesting and hatching.
When the Gulf temperature reaches 60 degrees, for
example, that's a mating cue for sea turtles. Also, hotter
summers can mean shorter incubation periods.
Fox said at a recent conference researchers raised con-
cerns about global warming and its impact on sea turtles.
"Global warming kept becoming a topic every time
we turned around," she said, adding that one researcher
predicted that "within so many years we are going to
see mostly females being born."
AMITW's mission, Fox said, is to collect data for
the state about sea turtles, to watch over nests on the
beaches from May 1 through the summer, to assist
stranded turtles, to respond when a deceased turtle is
found and to educate the public about sea turtles.
About 100 people assist in the efforts, most of them
as walkers who go out at dawn one day a week through
the nesting season to survey a mile of beach.
Last year, AMITW monitored 121 nests 9,767
eggs on 11.7 kilometers of beach.
The walkers, as well as watch coordinators, look
for signs that female turtles have come out of the water
to nest, for any disturbances or hazards to nests and for
hatchlings who made their way to the Gulf.
"We don't want to see one turtle that doesn't make
it," Fox said.
But the volunteers do see turtles that don't make it.
The survival rate is about one in 1,000.
Fox identified several basic threats to turtles.
Humans and their "stuff," as well as dogs and cats,
can disturb or harm adult turtles and hatchlings. Ghost
crabs, raccoons, seabirds and fire arts can also harm the
young turtles or turtle eggs.
Human "stuff," Fox said, can include artificial light,
beach alterations, shrimp trawlers, pollution and beach
and marine debris such as the beach chair that trapped
a female turtle heading to shore to lay her eggs or the
monofilament line that mortally wounded a female leath-
erback found on the Island several years ago.
"Ani\ ihiig can happen out there to sea turtles," said
Fox, who issued a challenge to Islanders and vacationers.
"The challenge to all residents is to take one day
a week to monitor for nesting," she said. "And, if you
are a visitor, ask your management what they are doing
for nesting season."
For more information about AMITW, call 778-
For more information about Friends of the Island
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State commission clarifies turtle rules
By Lisa Neff
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission approved revised rules for marine turtle permits
last week during a two-day meeting in Tallahassee.
The commission, meeting at the Ramada Confer-
ence Center April 11-12, took up a number of issues,
including permit regulations for activities involving sea
turtles, rules for the importation, possession and sale of
non-native species, rule changes for reef fishing, and
extending the area for harvesting commercial sponges.
Measures intended to "clarify" and "firm up" per-
mitting for activities such as sea turtle surveys, nest
relocation, educational turtle walks, research and reha-
bilitation were considered and adopted on April 11.
The new rules also clarify provisions for suspending
or revoking sea turtle permits for non-compliance.
A spokeswoman for FWC said the changes approved
last week clear up questions about terms in existing
regulations, provide permit holders more flexibility in
coordinating volunteers and strengthen requirements
for obtaining permits.
FWC has issued about 181 marine turtle permits,
including the permit to Suzi Fox, executive director
of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch. Statewide, about
2,000 people participate in permitted activity, including
nesting surveys and marking, nest relocation, educa-
tional programs, research and rehabilitation.
Fox said she supported the rule changes, specifi-
cally the revisions on the steps a person must take to
obtain a permit, including requiring applications to pass
a test and a criminal background check.
"We want to make sure that people have ce ', in
mind," Fox said of the permitting process. "The new rules
are stricter. The new rules help the sea turtles out."
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By Rick Catlin
There are so many proposals for reforming Flor-
ida's tax structure floating around the current session
of the legislature in Tallahassee, county and municipal
officials need a scorecard to keep track of what ideas
are in the current lineup.
And they' re all confusing, said Anna Maria Mayor
That includes Florida House of Representatives
Speaker Marco Rubio's proposal to essentially replace
property taxes with a county option to increase its sales
tax up to 2.5 cents and keep all the revenue generated
by sales tax for its expenditures. In addition, Rubio
would place a cap on spending increases based upon
what a city or county spent in 2003-04, with adjust-
ments for inflation and population increases.
If that sounds too easy, it isn't. Rubio admitted in
a telephone press conference April 10 that his proposal
is "complex," but so is the issue.
"The future of our state is in peril," said Rubio. "It's
the biggest issue facing Florida."
Fine, said Barford. Just tell the cities what every-
one in Tallahassee agrees upon for tax reform and let's
determine if it can work.
Unfortunately, legislators can't seem to agree
on any one proposal, at least not yet, said state Rep.
Bill Galvano last week. He advised members of the
Coalition Against Runaway Taxation two weeks ago
not to believe any of the current proposals floating
around Tallahassee will be the final agreement on tax
But Barford has had city treasurer Diane Percy-
coe run various projections for revenues in the event
Rubio's proposal passes and the legislature does place
a cap on expenditures.
However, said the mayor, the city is "working in the
dark" because some proposals allow a cap based upon
expenditures in 2001-02, while others favor fiscal year
Percycoe ran projections for revenue and expen-
ditures based upon 2001-02 and 2004-05. However,
added the mayor, "We are not comfortable with these
figures because the proposals are changing moment to
moment and they are not clear to us."
Because of the confusion in Tallahassee, she and
Percycoe are holding off on producing more projections
or bringing them to the city commission for discus-
"We are waiting until we see some definite deci-
sion," the mayor said.
The Florida Senate introduced its proposal for tax
reform on April 13.
Representatives of the Coalition Against Runaway
Taxation and the Homeowners Against Rising Taxation
group went to Tallahassee April 17 to urge lawmakers
to come up with a proposal acceptable to the interests
of the two organizations.
By Paul Roat
The Islander newspaper filed a lawsuit against the
city of Bradenton Beach regarding records involving
the resignation of its building official.
The suit requests information that led to the March
8 resignation of building official Ed Mc Adam. His
resignation apparently was prompted by a one-sen-
tence, un-dated memo to Mayor John Chappie by Gail
M. Garneau, code enforcement officer, which states:
"Please by advised that I am filing a formal complaint
against the city of Bradenton Beach for sexual harass-
ment by the building official, Ed Mc Adam."
The Islander believes that further documents are
in existence regarding the allegation by Garneau and
the subsequent resignation by Mc Adam. However,
repeated requests for any such documents have not
City clerk Nora Idso, custodian of records for the
city, has said, "I wish I could supply [your request]. I
can't produce what I don't have. The only document
associated that was given to the city was the original
harassment complaint which I provided." She said that
if any meetings were held they were not held at city
hall. The only records she has pertain to Garneau's
memo and Mc Adam's resignation letter, which makes
no mention of Garneau's allegations.
The Islander lawsuit details the newspaper's writ-
ten and oral requests for records dating from March 6
regarding the administrative leave of the Garneau and
Mc Adam and any information regarding that leave.
Written requests cited Florida Statutes Chapter 119, and
on March 19, Idso said that there were no exempt docu-
ments, and that there were no additional documents
responsive to the request.
The Islander retained attorney Kendra Presswood
at that point, who contacted city attorney Ricinda Perry,
who was handling the matter for the city.
Perry responded that "the City provided all public
records they have in their possession that they are
legally obligated to provide pursuant to [the] request;
however, even assuming arguendo that there were addi-
tional public records, such records would be exempt
pursuant to Chapter 112 regarding receipt of whistle-
Perry's letter also indicates that she advised the city
that anyone who disclosed information made confiden-
tial under Chapter 112 would be guilty of a crime.
The Islander's Presswood responded that "if the city
was claiming there were no public records responsive
to the requests, that Perry so state. Plaintiff's counsel
advised that if Perry would not make such a representa-
tion, it would be inferred that there are, in fact, public
records that have not been provided and this lawsuit
would be filed."
Perry responded with a fax on March 22, in which
she again qualified her response by stating "the City
has made available all public records they have in their
possession that they are legally obligated to provide ...
however, even assuming arguendo that there were addi-
tional public records, such records would be exempt
pursuant to Chapter 112, Florida Statutes, regarding
receipt of whistle-blower information."
Presswood responded with another request: "If
no public records are provided and I do not receive
unqualified responses to the above questions by the
end of the day today, I will assume that the city has, in
fact, been keeping records from The Islander and will
file suit promptly."
Perry provided the same qualified responses, stat-
ing: "The city has repeatedly and within a reasonable
time, made available all public records they have in
their possession that they are legally obligated to pro-
vide ... however, even assuming arguendo that there
were additional public records, such records would be
exempt pursuant to Chapter 112 regarding receipt of
The basis of the lawsuit is that, according to Press-
wood, "Based upon the city's failures to respond and
delays in responding; the city attorney's failure to pro-
vide an unqualified representation that there are no other
public records responsive to plaintiff's requests; as well
as the qualification by Idso that the only document actu-
ally given to the city was the original complaint; it is
reasonable to infer that the City has records it is claim-
ing do not fall within the definition of a public record
and is wrongfully refusing to produce said records on
that basis; is aware of public records but is wrongfully
claiming it is not required to produce them because
they are not currently in the physical possession of the
city; and/or is aware of public records but is wrong-
fully claiming they are exempt from disclosure under
"In addition, it is reasonably inferred from the
above-described circumstances that there were private
meetings between public officials prior to the public
emergency meeting in which the city accepted Mc
Adam's resignation and that there were likely public
records concerning same which the city allowed some-
one else to maintain possession of in order to avoid the
Public Records laws."
However, the few documents provided indicate that
invoices from Perry's law firm of Lewis Longman and
Walker held entries that "beginning as early as Feb. 21,
Perry was meeting with Chappie concerning the sexual
On Feb. 23, Perry met with Chappie and with Mc
Adam, and then did "follow-up with commissioners
with phone calls." On Feb. 28, Perry's invoice states
she did preparation for the "administrative investigation
and strategy for same to be held on March 2" and she
had a "phone conference with city officials re: conduct
investigation and location."
No hearing date for the lawsuit had been set at
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Holmes Beach officials return to sign ordinance
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city commissioners resumed an
effort to map out a plan for regulating signage while
steering clear of threatening First Amendment rights.
The commission discussed a draft sign ordinance
during a work session April 10. Another work session
is planned for April 24, with a possible vote on the
measure on May 8.
The commission also took up proposed mooring
and dock regulations last week and will likely revisit a
draft ordinance on April 24.
The draft sign ordinance incorporates changes rec-
ommended by the city planning commission and altera-
tions suggested by the city attorney, who wants the
commission to avoid restricting the content of signs.
The stated purpose of the proposed ordinance is
"to create a comprehensive and balanced system of
sign control that accommodates both the need for a
well-maintained, safe and attractive community, and the
need for effective business identification, advertising
The measure is intended to protect against "unlim-
ited proliferation in number and location of off-site and
on-site signs," placement of "over-sized, unsightly, ani-
mated, flashing and other aesthetically unpleasant and
unsafe signs" and commercial signs cluttering residen-
The proposed changes to the regulations are numer-
ous and involve revised definitions, added statements and
modifications in the size, number and location of signs.
For example, the proposed ordinance contains a
definition for "flag" and a limit on the number allowed
on a single parcel.
Commissioners dwelled on the provision because
it initially provided for one flag and commissioners felt
the number was too low.
"That to me is limiting," said Commissioner Pat
Morton. "I fly two flags the American flag and the
New site plan procedures laid out in Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's ad hoc committee to review the city's
site-plan procedures completed its work April 10 and
submitted its proposed amendment to the planning and
zoning board that same day.
The city adopted a site-plan review process fol-
lowing the GSR debacle in 2002, when that company
applied for permission to develop the Villa Rosa hous-
ing project on South Bay Boulevard. The city discov-
ered it had little recourse but to accept what GSR pro-
posed because it had no ordinances allowing it to make
amendments or changes to the plan.
But several bumps occurred after adoption of the
site-plan review process in 2003, most notably the site
plan for rebuilding the Waterfront Restaurant and a site
plan for renovations submitted by the Sandbar Restau-
Those glitches prompted Mayor Fran Barford and
the city commission to create an ad hoc committee to
review the procedures and produce some meaningful
Boat crash spurs
A Bradenton Beach man is charging Sun 'n Fun
Parasail with striking his son's anchored boat off the
Bradenton Beach City Pier.
Steve Gaston said the boat operation struck his 15-
year-old son's boat March 19. He had hoped the com-
pany would help with repairs, but it did not, he said.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion Officer Terry Nolls said he was called to the
scene and investigated, but explained that it was a
"he-said, he-said" incident. There were no witnesses,
Nolls said, and he gave both parties self-reporting
forms to be filled out.
Gaston said he would pursue the matter in court.
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changes that would smooth the process.
Serving on the committee with Barford were Com-
mission Chairman John Quam, building official Kevin
Donohue, city planner Alan Garrett and real estate agent
and former City Commissioner Tom Aposporos.
Some new language proposed by the committee
states that the architectural plans along with dimen-
sions and improvements shall "harmonize with the
neighborhood," and "protect property values, to pre-
serve and enhance the appearance and beauty of the
community and to avoid an adverse impact on adjacent
Another new proposal is that an applicant can
request "deviation" from some of the requirements, but
the applicant has to show that such "deviation" results
in a superior design. The applicant also has to dem-
onstrate that public concerns "justifying the standard
requirements of the zoning district are addressed at an
equal or superior level."
The city will also require that the applicant will
reimburse the city for any consultants it has to retain
to review the proposed site plan, and payment in
full is a "condition of final and preliminary site-plan
Site plans are divided into major and minor devel-
opments. Some site plans may be approved by the city
administration without presentation to the city com-
mission. Developments subject to final approval by the
commission may include:
The subdivision of land into three or more lots in
Site plans requesting deviation from the require-
ments of the bulk, distance and other spatial require-
ments of the zoning district.
Appeal of site-plan denial from the planning and
The P&Z board will forward its recommendations
on the new procedures to the city commission for dis-
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"During the holidays, I have two flags on my
house," said Mayor Rich Bohnenberger.
Commissioners agreed to change the number of
flags that can be placed without a permit to three.
Bill Brisson, the city's planning consultant, said the
definition for a "flag" "secured on one side, usually
on a flag pole, and usually at two points leaving the
remainder of the cloth or material hanging limply or
drooping" differentiates the item from a "banner,"
which is prohibited unless permitted for a temporary
event. The intent of the definitions is to make sure flags
aren't used as signs.
The measure states that generally signs must be
located on private property no closer than 10 feet from
the edge of the roadway or 1 foot from the edge of a
sidewalk. The current rule is not less than 5 feet from
the property line.
Real estate signs, the ordinance makes clear, are
temporary. Under the proposed law, the following real
estate signs would be permitted:
One vacation rental sign, not exceeding 18 inches
in any dimension, located on the principle structure.
No more than two real estate signs offering for
sale, lease or rent the property on which the sign is
A real estate sign can not exceed 6 square feet or
include more than two attachments.
No more than one sign in a single yard area of
a parcel. For example, a corner property could have
a sign in the front yard as well as the side yard and a
waterfront property could have a sign in the front yard
and on the waterfront.
The number of signs for a garage/yard sale or an
open house would be limited to three two directional
signs and one on the property.
"Signs that are removed by the city may be held by
the city for evidence of violation ... or may be released
back to the owner upon the payment of a fine in the
amount of $25," the proposed ordinance states.
The ordinance also deals with signs in the event of
an approaching storm, stating that freestanding, pen-
dant or other signs that "swing in the breeze" must be
removed within six hours of the issuance of a tropical
storm or hurricane warning.
Brisson and city attorney Patricia Petruff said the
draft ordinance contained some changes to protect the
regulations from a constitutional attack.
In Florida, the most prominent case involves Solan-
tic LLC and the city of Neptune Beach and dates to
Solantic charged that the city's sign ordinance was
vague and infringed on free speech guarantees in the
Constitution. The dispute centered on a $40,000 elec-
tronic sign that Solantic erected outside an urgent care
center. The city's code enforcement board ruled that
the sign was in violation because the message changed
more than once a day.
"That case," Petruff said, "is still bumping its way
through the system."
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Remembering the 'good fight'
Local military veterans gather at the Island Branch Library Feb. 20 to recall
signing up, reporting for duty, fighting the "good fight" and coming home.
The afternoon program featured six presenters, including, from left, Siegfried
Mauritz, Gene Domienik and Bruno Latici. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
The six panelists for an Island Branch Library program Feb. 20 include military veter-
ans Robert Fondes, from left, Jim Kissick and Jack Hubbard.
Luncheon celebrates faith, community ..
The Rev. Gary Batey ofRoser Memorial Community "
Church breaks bread and shares potluck with women Soup and service
of the Island churches during an Interdenominational Vera Miller and Barbara Wohlhueter serve their soups
Luncheon in October at Roser Church, 512 Pine Lutheran Church's soup supper March 21. The church,
Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose during advent and lent. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Rotary welcomes new members
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island inducted three
new members March 20. Jack Fleisch of Holmes Beach,
Meral ili-Goknar of Cortez and Dantia Gould of Holmes
Beach received their "red badges" in a ceremony at the
BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach. Club presi-
dent Steve Schlueter conducted the ceremony. Pictured
are, left to right, Fleisch, Dantia Gould, Barry Gould,
ili-Goknar, Schlueter and Wolgang Nissen.
And on March 27, Schlueter, left, inducted into Island
Rotary retired Michigan judge Pieter Thomassen, right.
For more information about the club, which meets on
Tuesday at noon at the restaurant, call 448-5500.
- cabbage, vegetable and swiss potato at Gloria Dei
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts the suppers
Curves collects canned goods
JoAnn Swan and her staff at Curves, 5366 Gulf Drive
in Holmes Beach and at 4228 60th St. in Bradenton,
collected non-perishable food items to donate to the
All Island Denominations Food Bank at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church. The ninth annual Curves
Food Drive took place throughout March. For more
information about the food drive, call 779-2878.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 18, 2007 0 15
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SBy former Holmes Beach City
Commissioner Don Maloney
Signs of the times
A trip to the post office on 75th Street in Braden-
ton the other day reminded me of my growing concern
- or maybe more accurately, wonder and/or bother
- involving signs these days.
For instance, over the front door there is printed
"UNITED STATES POST OFFICE."
Now really, is all that necessary, I wondered? Why
"UNITED STATES?" What other country is likely to
have a post office in Bradenton?
I went from the post office to lunch, and there was
that typical restaurant sign at the entrance to bother
me. You've seen it, I know. It reads, "Please wait to
be seated." Now just like any similar trip of mine to
a restaurant, it was made because I was hungry and
ready to be waited on to satisfy that hunger as soon as
possible. Therefore, I've always thought that those par-
ticular restaurant signs should reversely read, "Seat to
be waited." After all, that's why I came to wait there.
My sign wonders were further deepened as I drove
through Anna Maria City one morning looking for a
friend's house. One street sign up there warned me that
there was "No Outlet" if I turned there. A couple of
blocks away, a warning sign read "Dead End." What,
pray tell, is the difference? I was afraid to go down
the first street for fear that there was no way out, but
I thought maybe on the second one I might be able to
turn around anyway. I changed my mind about the visit
and called him on the phone instead.
Another sign that has always concerned me was
one just before the old bridge to Key Royale, which
is being replaced these days. A sign from the old
days there warned drivers that they were coming to a
"Narrow Bridge," but with no dimensions printed on
it. But actually, that sign only concerned me whether
or not my Mercury sedan's width was worth the risk
on my first trip out there. That was because I never saw
any such warning about bridges back in New York and
had no idea what "narrow" meant to the locals. I still
The new bridge they are building out there appears it
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will be much wider when finished. But in the meantime,
it' s now even narrower than the previous narrow.
Once you get on Key Royale, there's another sign
that amuses rather than bothers me. It reads "Slow Chil-
dren at Play."
I' ve never seen a similar sign anywhere else on our
Island, and if I still had children living with us on the
Key, I' d be far more than merely somewhat upset to
see that my kids were publicly advertised as "slow."
Share another one of my sign concerns with me the
next time you come to our Island from the mainland via
Manatee Avenue. All along that route are signs every
few yards that read "No Parking on the Right of Way." I
worry that drivers that need such basic advice should be
allowed on that road in the first place. I'd much rather
have signs indicating to Canadian drivers how to use
their directional signals.
All this concern about signs started years ago back
in New York City because of a pair of signs, both of
which I'm sure still appear quite frequently up there
and now are even posted around here. They are "No
Parking" and "No Parking Anytime" signs. Does that
mean, I always wondered, that "sometime" parking is
OK where that first sign is? If so, when?
I guess the signs that really bother me most are
the ones that nobody pays much attention to, signs like
those at the store checkout that read "Express Lane,
10 items or less." Although it would be more accurate
to say that some people in those lines are what really
bother me, not the signs. I often thought that those who
bring more than 10 items to those lines ought to be
short-changed after they pay. After all, if they can't
count to 10, how would they know?
Anyway, I' ve decided as I write this that the No. 1
bothersome sign for me is that one you see most every-
where. That's the one that identifies "Rest Rooms."
Seriously, do you know anybody who ever went into
one of those rooms to rest?
Many other signs about those rooms bother me,
too. I' 11 share those with you next time.
Meanwhile, please wash your hands and avoid
parking on the right of way.
Correct that vet
The Greatest Generation story in the April 11 edi-
tion of The Islander on Perico resident Bill Hiemenz
should have noted he was a park ranger at DeSoto Park
on 75th Street in west Bradenton, not Ft. DeSoto Park,
which is in Pinellas County. In addition, Hiemenz was a
petty officer third class while serving in the U.S. Navy,
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Archie "Arch" Raymond Fowler Jr., 85, of Holmes
Beach, died April 7.
Born in Washington, D.C., Cmdr. Fowler moved
to Holmes Beach from Annapolis, Md., in 1977. He
was a retired naval aviator, having flown fixed-wing
aircraft and helicopters for the U.S. Navy for 27 years,
retiring as a commander. He was a yacht skipper for
the Oxford Box Company. He was owner of Fowler
Construction Custom Built Homes in Annapolis. He
flew for Capitol Airlines. He was one of more than
5,000 Silver Eagles honored at the National Museum
of Naval Aviation at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Pen-
sacola, Fla. He was a lifetime member of the Retired
Officers Association and the Silver Eagles Naval Avia-
tion Pilots. He was a member of Key Royale Club. He
Graveside services were held at Barrancas National
He is survived by wife Roswitha; daughters Diane
London-Lucker of Atlanta and Jean of Bainbridge, N.Y.;
sons Alan of Palmetto and Robert Dale of Annapolis;
six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Matthew Kelley Guard
Matthew Kelley Guard, 38, of Apex, N.C., and for-
merly Anna Maria Island, died April 10.
Born in Bellevue, Neb., Mr. Guard was a graduate
of Leesburg High School and attended the University
of Florida. He was the former owner/chef of the Angus
Junction restaurant and was involved in management
of several other restaurants.
Visitation and services were April 15 in North
Carolina. Memorial contributions may be made to the
children's education fund in care of State Employ-
ees Credit Union at SECU, PO. Box 1449, Apex NC
27502-1149. Thomas Funeral Home, Fuquay-Varina,
N.C., was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Megan; son Jackson Kelley
of Apex; daughter McKenna Katharyn, of Apex; par-
ents Michael of Daytona Beach Shores and Lynda
of Anna Maria Island; brother Christopher of New
Orleans; paternal grandmother Altrus Flauss Hill of
Boulder, Colo.; maternal grandparents Mr. And Mrs.
John Shofstall of Anna Maria Island; and in-laws Dr.
and Mrs. Gordon Wallace Thayer of Moorehead City,
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AME invites community
to fun, more April 25
Anna Maria Elementary School has an interactive,
information-packed evening planned for the family
Wednesday, April 25. There will be food, environmen-
tal information centers, science displays and activities
and a book fair.
Billed as AME's "Family Science Night," activities will
begin at 5 p.m. and will be located throughout the school.
Science fair projects created by second- through fifth-
grade students will be on display in the auditorium. AME
art teacher Gary Wooten, who also heads the school's
gifted program, will host an "Invention Convention" in
his classroom. There will also be "make and take it"
hands-on activities at various locations, as well as infor-
mation centers featuring Florida native plants, Wildlife
Inc., Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and the Bradenton
Beach conservation committee known as WAVES.
The Parent-Teacher Organization will host its annual
scholastic book fair in the media center and there will
be pizza, soda and dessert for sale in the cafeteria.
AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call the school at 708-5525.
Monday, April 23
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick, Super Donut, Toast,
Lunch: Chicken Tenders or Shrimp Poppers,
Steamed Carrots, Fruit Cocktail, Juice Bar
Tuesday, April 24
Breakfast: Chicken Patty on Biscuit, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese or Fish Nuggets, Roll,
Green Beans, Peaches
Wednesday, April 25
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Yogurt, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: Popcorn Chicken or Sloppy Joe Sandwich,
Curly Fries, Salad, Cinnamon Applesauce
Thursday, April 27
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: Breaded Chicken or Mini Corn Dogs, Broc-
coli with Cheese Sauce, Chips, Strawberries and
Friday, April 29
Breakfast: Cinnamon Roll, Graham Crackers,
Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Pizza or Maxx Sticks with Dipping Sauce,
0 Corn, Veggie Cup, Fruit Cup
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
April 6, 100 block Oak Avenue, grand theft. The
reporting party rented a kayak and left it in a wooded
area overnight, and it was missing the next morning.
April 8, 2500 block Gulf Drive, found property.
A man found a wallet with identification and $118 in
cash and turned it over to deputies, who contacted and
returned it to the owner.
April 8, Coquina Beach, traffic. Officers noticed
a man driving a sport-utility vehicle with loud music
and, after a traffic stop, determined he did not have a
driver's license. It was subsequently determined he did
not have valid U.S. identification.
April 6, 5424 Marina Drive, Jessie's Island Store,
suspicious. Officers responded to a vehicle blocking
the alley and Dumpster of the store and had the vehicle
towed after the driver could not be located.
April 6, 5200 block Gulf Drive, drugs. Officers
noticed a driver cut through a parking lot to avoid a traffic
light and detected an odor of marijuana from the vehicle.
Officers searched the vehicle and arrested Christopher E.
Gray, 23, of Bradenton, with possession of marijuana.
April 6,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, drugs,
battery. Officers noticed a man wa lking tii hi ugh the parking
lot while drinking a beer, who stopped at a car, put the beer
on the hood, and then denied the beer was his, according to
the report. Another man approached the officer and the beer
drinker and asked, "What are you doing drinking my beer?"
according to the report. Officers then noticed that the car had
a punched-out ignition. Both men had knives removed from
their pockets and then were handcuffed after they attempted
to run away and strike the officers. Marijuana and other
drugs were found. Arrested on drug charges and resisting
arrest with violence were Dyneal A. Harrison, 38, of Oak
City, N.C., and a juvenile.
April 7, 9200 Gulf Drive, drugs. While en route to
the police department, an officer noticed a driver weav-
ing as he drove on Gulf Drive, according to the report.
The officer contacted the department and determined the
plate on the vehicle was not registered. Officers stopped
the vehicle, noticed an odor of marijuana, and charged
Chadwick S. Ensley, 19, of Anna Maria, with possession
of marijuana, paraphernalia and other drugs.
April 7, 5501 Marina Drive, Catcher's Marina,
burglary. The complainant said that someone took cast
nets, line, an anchor and tackle boxes from his boat,
with a total value of about $600. It was the third robbery
of the vessel, according to the report.
April 7, 5424 Marina Drive, Jessie's Island Store,
theft. Officers responded to a call of shoplifting and
observed a surveillance tape of three young women who
appeared to have taken items. One of the employees
knew one of the girls, and when her parents were con-
tacted, the store owner decided not to press charges.
April 8, 4200 block Gulf Drive, driver's license,
drugs. Officers responded to a call of a reckless driver
and charged Erin Baukus, 23, of Anna Maria, with driv-
ing without a license and having drug paraphernalia.
April 9, 500 block Gulf Drive, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took some lumber, valued at $45,
from his house.
April 9,5300 Marina Drive, theft. The complainant
said someone took his unlocked bicycle from his place
April 9, 4600 block Gulf Drive, battery. The com-
plainant said her live-in boyfriend had choked her and
almost threw her down the stairs of their duplex. She had
marks on her neck, and officers arrested the boyfriend.
April 11, 100 block 49th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took her bicycle.
April 11,4200 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, driv-
er's license. While on patrol, officers noticed a car parked at
the beach after hours. Upon questioning, the driver said he
did not have a driver's license and was waiting for relatives
to come and drive the vehicle home. Officers left the man,
but later observed him start the car and drive off without
headlights. The driver was stopped and arrested.
Police pension trustees hold meet
Holmes Beach police pension trustees and Holmes
Beach City Commissioner David Zaccagnino, right,
a liaison to the board, hear from Bryan Bakard-
jiev during a quarterly meeting Jan. 26. Trustees
reviewed the status of the pension investment with
financial advisors and managers. Bakardjiev, a
senior performance analyst with Bogdahn Consult-
ing, told trustees, "It's mixed news. It's good but at
the same time we could have done a little better."
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Melissa and Mike Snyder feather the nests in their
Holmes Beach yard.
For that, they get a feather in their cap from the
National Wildlife Federation.
NWF recently awarded the couple, who moved to
the Island three years ago from Connecticut, a wildlife
habitat designation for their property at 208 64th St.
The award was made because the Snyders provide
food, water and shelter for wildlife. In addition to pro-
viding an abundance of plants and water, the Snyders
hang from a tree a small sack containing feathers from
a pillow. The feathers provide nesting material for
"I garden to get the birds in here and the butter-
flies," said Melissa Snyder, a member of the Holmes
Beach Parks and Beautification Commission and a vol-
unteer gardener at Anna Maria Elementary School.
The Snyders also garden to create a habitat for other
"We have little frogs on our bromeliads," she said.
"We have egrets. We have an armadillo. We have a
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March 23 raised more
than $3,000 for the art
department at Manatee
High School. All art work
was donated by local art-
ists and the funds raised
amounted to three times
the budget for the depart-
ment. Island resident and
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check to MHS art stu-
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NWF certified the land as a wildlife habitat because
of the Snyders' dual accomplishment of nurturing the
local environmental and caring for the animals.
NWF's "Backyard Wildlife Habitat" program
began in 1973, during the burgeoning environmental
movement in the United States. Over the past 34 years,
the organization has designated about 73,000 habitats
Most of the habitats are residential properties, but
other habitats averaging less than an acre exist
at schools, government offices and businesses.
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"It's easy to feel that there is no hope for wildlife in
our modern world of smog, traffic and asphalt," Mize-
jewski said. "But there is hope. Each of us can make
our own piece of the earth a healthy, green space that
helps restore the ecological balance."
To become certified, a property must provide the
four basic elements that wildlife need food, shelter,
water and a place to raise young. The caretakers must
also employ sustainable gardening practices.
"We just try to be eco-friendly," said Snyder, who
spends about three hours a day in her garden.
For more information about NWF's habitat pro-
gram, go to www.nwf.org/backyardwildlifehabitat or
GOP group plans
tax forum April 24
The Manatee Republican Women's Forum Network
will hold a forum on "rising property taxes" 6 p.m.,
Tuesday, April 24.
Guest speakers include Charles Hackney, Manatee
County property appraiser, and Don Schroder, president
of Coalition Against Runaway Taxation.
The event will take place at the Bradenton Country
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Seasonal work: Island muse for Canadian writer
By Lisa Neff
Pierre Chatillon whistles while he works.
And the Canadian composer and author works
while he vacations.
For a decade now, Chatillon, who lives in the prov-
ince of Quebec, has wintered in Anna Maria. During
those winters, Chatillon has written essays, poems,
musical compositions, novels and even an autobiogra-
phy. Every chapter of Chatillon's autobiography, "The
Sand Castle," begins on the Island.
The Island is his muse.
"What I write here I would never be able to write
at home," Chatillon said.
Most Islanders, however, can't read what Chatil-
lon has written about their place. His award-winning
literature is published only in French and marketed
primarily in Canada though it is available online at
www. pierrechatillon. com.
"It is a great frustration for me not to be translated,"
he said in a recent interview at The Islander office.
Chatillon first visited the Island in 1974.
He was exploring Florida and "by chance" found
the Island. "When I came here, I said, 'This is my
place.' I was so amazed by the place. And yes, I came
back," Chatillon said.
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The cover for Pierre Chatillon's newest CD.
"Now I have written from here most of my books. I
always write here every winter," he continued. What I like
about the Island is it is not commercial and I can walk on
the beach and not see a lot of hotels. It's very quiet, even
if there are more houses now than 20 years ago."
Chatillon's most recent release is a music CD, "Air
pour Claire," dedicated to companion Claire Boucher.
The classical CD is available at Ginny's and Jane E's
at the Old IGA in Anna Maria. It contains five quartets
- The Gig, The Walk, The Band, The Fireworks and
The Cardinal inspired by the sounds of the Island.
"I compose all my music on the beach," Chatillon
Others on the beach may see the artist whistling a
melody as he walks along the shore. "I listen to what
the sea tells me," he said. "She sings melodies for me
and I record them. And the birds too sing to me."
As spring arrives to Anna Maria, Chatillon is
preparing to return to Quebec. He is also complet-
ing his winter work a book of essays to be pub-
Pierre Chatillon. Islander Photo: Courtesy Claire
lished in April and a collection of poems to be
published in October.
By Rick Catlin
Concerned Island and Cortez parents might be
breathing a little easier when their youngsters are out
and about around Anna Maria Island.
In the past nine months, three convicted sex offend-
ers registered with the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement have moved off the Island, while one such
offender has vacated his Cortez premises.
A convicted sex offender who lived in the 1600
block of Gulf Drive North in Bradenton Beach has left
the city, according to the FDLE Web site for convicted
sex offenders, while another offender who lived on
Spring Avenue in Anna Maria has also departed for
Last September, the FDLE had listed a sex offender
residing in the 200 block of Gladiolus Street in Anna
Maria, but that listing proved erroneous and the offender
had not lived at that address for several years, according
to the latest FDLE sex offender address reports.
Bradenton Beach police had visited the sex offender
on Gulf Drive on several occasions since he moved to
the Island from Brandon last August and police were
aware of his movements, Bradenton Beach Police Chief
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A convicted sex offender who moved to the 12000
block of Cortez Road West last summer is no longer
at that address, but another convicted sex offender has
moved into Cortez since then. The new Cortez offender
lives in the 4500 block of 124th Street. He was con-
victed in 1991 of sexual battery by an adult on a victim
under the age of 12 and for lewd and lascivious acts
with a child under 16.
Another convicted sex offender has lived in the 4200
block of 129th Street in Cortez for a number of years
Holmes Beach currently has two convicted sex offend-
ers living in the city: one in the 600 block of Dundee Lane
and another in the 6000 block of Flotilla Drive. Another
convicted offender has lived in the 100 block of Ninth
Street North in Bradenton Beach for several years.
All three of the convicted sex offenders currently
residing on Anna Maria Island and the two in Cortez
have completed their sentences and have been released
from supervision. Florida law, however, requires that all
convicted sexual offenders register their current address
with the FDLE, even if they have completed their sen-
tences or supervisory requirements.
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Noon The Anna Maria Garden Club gathers at Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
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.
Thursday, April 19
10 a.m. Bill Pruitt will talk about nature photography at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Friday, April 20
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee hosts a family
caregiver support group session at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 747-4655.
3p.m.- The Friends of the Island Library hosts a tea for the public at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
7:30p.m. The Concert in the Park presented by the Manatee County
Parks and Recreation Department features Islander Scott Blum, John Lamb
and Don Scaletta at the Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W.,
Bradenton. Information: 742-5923.
Saturday, April 21
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:
8:30 a.m. to noon- Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Mote Marine
host a program on appropriate beach lighting for sea turtle nesting season at
Mote's Keating Education Building on Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota.
9 a.m. The Great American Cleanup takes place across the coun-
try, with local meeting sites at the Cortez FISH Preserve, the BeachHouse
Restaurant, Anna Maria City Hall, the Kingfish Boat Ramp and the Palma
Sola Causeway. Information: 795-8272 or www.manateebeautiful.com.
10 a.m.- The DeSoto Festival Plastic Bottle Boat Regatta gets under
way on Palma Sola Causeway Be on time because the boats don't last long.
Information: www.desotohq.com or 747-1998.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Manatee Community College celebrates its 50th
anniversary at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. The community
celebration will feature a free picnic and drinks, scholarship drawings, campus
tours, entertainment and educational activities. Information: 752-5000.
5p.m. -AnAffaire to Remember benefiting the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church's reception hall, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Tickets are $150.
Sunday, April 22
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mote Marine Aquarium hosts an Earth Day cel-
ebration with Mote mascots Gilly the Shark and Shelley the Sea Turtle at
the aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 388-
Monday, April 23
5:30 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Wedding Group meets at The
Studio at Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Information: 778-
Tuesday, April 24
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and to
hear from three club members about their vocations at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 447-5362.
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce holds a business after hours program at Robinson
Spry Interiors, 423 N. Leon Ave., Sarasota. Information: 383-2466.
6p.m. The Manatee Republican Women's Forum Network holds a
talk on "rising property taxes" with Charles Hackney, Manatee County prop-
erty appraiser, and Don Schroder, president of Coalition Against Runaway
Taxation. The event is at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 758-0096. Fee applies.
Wednesday, April 25
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce holds a breakfast at the chamber office, 6960 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466.
5 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a
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5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A support group for parents and grandparents
sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Community Center meets at the School
for Constructive Play, 304 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
On Mondays at 11:30 a.m. through May 21, the Anna Maria Island
Community Center presents Food for Life with Ellen Jones in the St. Bernard
Catholic Church activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
The Manatee Players stage "A Chorus Line" through May 13, with
performances Tuesdays through Sundays, at 102 Old Main St., Bradenton.
Information: 748-5875. 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
Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the smell of "Settler's Bread," available for $4
a loaf. Information: 746-4556.
ThroughoutApril, animal rights groups nationwide observe Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals Month.
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. Games,
contests and treasure hunts for kids are free. Food and refreshments for
adults by donation.
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Coral reef survivors, from here to there...
One of my more favorite sayings runs along the
lines of, "No matter where you go, there you are."
For this commentary, take it half-way around the
world, and here we could be again.
On April 2, the Solomon Islands got hit with a near-
8.0 magnitude earthquake. That's a huge thing to have
happen, and 30 deaths have been attributed to date.
Then there was the tsunami.
The resulting tidal wave was the cause of the most
destruction, inundating the nearby islands and causing
most of the deaths.
Of interest to us, though, was the aftermath of all
the devastation: The island of Riin< 'ni was appar-
ently lifted many, many feet by the force of the quake,
leaving the coral reef exposed.
"The reefs are now exposed above the water and
are dying," according to an Internet site. Reporters said
that they saw "exposed reefs bleaching in the sun, and
covered with dead fish, eels, clams and other marine
The island is a favorite haunt for divers, who love
to poke around in the coral and visit with the fishies.
Now, Ranongga is pretty much a Pacific desert in lieu
of a Pacific paradise.
I've been thinking about what would happen if we
get the big blow that we're overdue to receive. Hurri-
cane experts talk a lot about overwash. We' ve all been
lectured about storm surge and the height of water and
waves reaching upwards of 20 or 30 feet figure the
third floor of a condo and the subsequent damage
to house and structure.
But imagine having the whole of Anna Maria Island
reconfigured. Up. Or down. By 30 feet or so.
And one of the "dirty little secrets," as one of our
officials has phrased, is that the storm overwash isn't
just going to be beachfront.
Let's say we've got a huge wall of water that has
swept over our Island, and has ended up at, say, down-
town Bradenton. Then it starts to ebb back to the Gulf
set for May
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Power Squadron offers "Boat Smart" classes.
The four-part program begins May 1 and con-
tinues through the month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on
The class provides an overview on boating
safety, Florida boating laws, weather, types of
boats, distress signals and boat handling.
The classes take place at the AMIS building,
1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton.
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It's not going to ooze. It's going to flow. Fast.
And the bayfront will suddenly get a whole lot
bigger as the sludge from the mainland hits the bayside
of Anna Maria Island.
Backwash. Big time.
Photographer Jack Elka took a wonderful picture
of what used to be a tidal pass between Sanibel and
Captiva islands in Lee County post-Hurricane Charley.
The inlet was transformed, and still is a nice, wide,
Mother Nature, when she gets angry, can be a pretty
"Although R.ann~1n,, escaped the fury of the
tsunami," according to the Web sites, "the seismic
upheaval from the quake pushed out the shoreline by up
to 70 metres. 'Plenty big noise,'" one guy told the wire
services. "Water go back and not come back again,"
he added, saying the whooshing sound of the receding
water and the shaking from the quake occurred simul-
"It just shows the incredible force of the earth-
quake, to move a whole island.
"Who knows if the coral reefs will recover and the
fish will come back? Villagers will have to travel far-
ther to find the same sort of food and nutrition they' ve
relied on the whole food chain has been disrupted,"
the wire service reports stated.
To the rescue?
So here's a possible solution to the Pacific coral
devastation, thanks to the University of Florida and
Mote Marine Laboratory.
As a UF report states, "Coral might be the slowest-
growing crop ever farmed by the University of Florida,
but researchers say damaged reefs could be repaired
faster if they perfect methods to cultivate the marine
Researchers have been growing coral and then
moving it to a reef near Key West. They placed some-
thing like 160 cookie-sized fragments on the reef last
year, site of a 1993 freighter grounding, in the hope
that the new stuff will augment the damaged, weakened
coral already there.
"If you grow coral in a greenhouse in a land-based
system and put it in the wild, will it survive?" one
researcher asked. "There are those who say no, because
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it won't be acclimated to those conditions where it grew
and it can't survive elsewhere. We don't believe that,
we are setting out to prove that wrong."
The plan is to see if the cultivated coral can and
will grow in the wild and, if so, if it can then be used
to help reefs damaged by ships or pollution.
"The dream is that corals rescued from human
impact or coastal construction projects be used to
help restore reefs elsewhere," another researcher
"The UF project involves seven coral species com-
monly found in Florida, the only state in the continen-
tal United States with extensive reefs near its coasts,"
according to UF researchers. "Overall, Florida is
home to more than 100 coral species. Coral growth is
estimated to range from 1 foot to 16 feet every 1,000
The fragments placed at the Key West site had
been raised in a Ruskin greenhouse, cultured at a
Mote Marine Laboratory facility at Summerland Key
using an outdoor system with seawater pumped from
offshore, and another was placed on the damaged reef
almost immediately after harvest, according to UF
The whole project is part of a Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission Florida Wildlife
Legacy Initiative, which since 2004 has funded about
$2.5 million for the effort.
And speaking of the FWC, the agency has released
its manatee management plan. The release comes in the
wake of more than 900 comments from the public, and
the state group hopes to get more of our concerns about
"Scientific models indicate there is about a 12
percent chance of significant decline in the statewide
manatee population over the next 60 years," according
to FWC officials. "The aim of this plan is to take steps
to reduce that chance to 1 percent or less."
Key in the plan is manatee fodder seagrasses
- as a high point of consideration for continued exis-
tence for the big marine mammals. Duh? Don't we
know that? Don't we strive for maintaining that food
Second official public-comment period opens May
7 and will extend through the FWC's June 14 meeting,
although it will take no formal action until its Septem-
For more information, go to www.myFWC.com
and look for manatee management stuff.
We don't have a lot of coral reefs in our part of the
world, but we do have some "soft coral" around in the
bays. It's the gooey stuff that you see every once in a
while while snorkeling, not to be confused with the big
yellow things we always called sponges as kids.
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Weather keeps fishers close to shore
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Wicked weather hampered fishing a bit last week,
and the weekend's front added to the dilemma, but
when anglers could get out on the water, the results
Kingfish are still running off the beaches of Anna
Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico, and amberjack
catches continue to be good farther from shore. Snapper
and grouper action is also good offshore.
In the backwater, look for some big snook and red-
fish, as well as trout and sheepshead.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said snook season "started
with a bang, but the last cold front put them down for a
while." He said redfish were a good catch in the bays,
as well as sheepshead. Offshore amberjack fishing is
good, as well as grouper, snapper and a few kingfish.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said action
included a little bit of everything at the pier last week:
pompano, mackerel, sheepshead, jacks and some
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
pier anglers are catching pompano, mackerel, bluefish,
mackerel, and even some late-season sheepshead and
the occasional snook.
At Annie's Bait and Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Sam
Kimball said weather kept him at the dock for a few
days the past week, but when he was able to make it
out onto the water, he put his charters onto kingfish,
mackerel, grouper and mangrove snapper for his off-
shore trips. Capt. Mark Johnson said his backwater
charters produced redfish, a few snook, sheepshead and
lots of mackerel caught by the beaches.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
snook is a good bet in the cut, with some fish going
to 30 inches in length. Snapper and sheepshead were
being caught by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge area in
Tampa Bay, and there were also good reports of redfish
and trout on the seagrass beds in the bays.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said snook fishing was
good until the front blew through, but he's catching lots
of reds and sheepies to keep his customers happy.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include mack-
erel being landed by the Skyway piers, plus sheepshead,
redfish and trout from the seagrass beds in the bays.
There was also a report of a 42-inch snook caught and
released from the Manatee River.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said the Easter cold front and
rainy days "really dropped the water temperatures and
the red-hot action before the front took a nosedive. Per-
sistence paid off with some decent action with Spanish
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trout. Whitebait and shrimp worked equally well with
all three species. North Sarasota Bay and Palma Sola
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being the ticket for success."
On my boat Magic, we caught sheepshead and
mangrove snapper, with some of the latter getting to
18 inches in length, plus plenty of mackerel and one
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 25-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide fishing report.
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Island baseball, Islanders in full swing
By Kevin Cassidy
Baseball season is in full swing on Anna Maria
Island, with kids playing ball in Junior League for play-
ers in the 13-16 age group, while players in the 10-12
age group are either playing on the Major League trav-
eling team or on one of three AAA teams in the Anna
Maria Island Little League.
AA, players 8-9, and T-ball for the 5-7 age group,
are also in action.
AAA and AA are playing games at the Bayfront
Recreation Center on Longboat Key, while T-ball
games are being played on the field recently used for
flag football and soccer in Holmes Beach.
The Islanders, the Major League traveling team spon-
sored by this newspaper, won its first game of the season
on April 11 when they defeated Troxler & Smith 10-4
behind the pitching and hitting of Andrew Burgess.
Burgess pitched into the sixth inning and allowed
only four hits and three walks, while striking out six.
He was relieved by William Brusso after surrendering
a home run to Davidson for Troxler & Smith. Brusso
struck out the last batter of the game to earn the save
for the Islanders.
Burgess also helped himself at the plate, going 2-
for-2, including a triple and three runs scored. Chris
Pate added a pair of singles and one run and Jack
Titsworh singled and scored a run to lead the Islander
offense. Hunter Parrish parlayed two walks into two
runs scored for the Islanders, which also received runs
from Max Moneuse and Brusso in the victory.
In Major League action at Bayfront Recreation
Center, Duncan Real Estate rolled to a 15-4 victory
over West Manatee Fire District on April 10. Candace
Hanson led Duncan at the plate with two hits and one
run, while Andrew Crowton doubled and scored a pair
of runs. Chris Mundel singled and scored three runs,
while Christian Pettit and Christian Diaz each singled
and scored twice. Pettit also pitched an effective three
innings, allowing five hits and striking out six.
Logan Reiber and Philip Dudevoire, who both
went 2-for-3 with one run scored, paced the WMFD
offense, while Lindsay Bell and Nick Papazian both
tripled in the loss. Johnny Mattay and Billy Eddy each
had singles to round out the WMFD offense.
The Islanders Junior League team, also sponsored
by the newspaper, won its second straight game April 12
when it earned a 10-run mercy rule victory over North
River National. The 13-1, five-inning win was all about
Ben Valdivieso, who rediscovered his mojo. Valdivieso
pitched all five innings, allowing one hit and one run,
while striking out six and walking just two batters.
Valdivieso also helped himself at the plate going
3-for-4, including a double, two RBIs and three runs
scored. He received support from Cory Wash, who
had an RBI double and three runs scored among his
three hits on the day. Matt Shafer was 2-for-2 with a
double and three runs scored for the Islanders, which
also received a double and two runs scored from Troy
Kozewski and Matt Bauer.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played a nine-hole, two-
best-balls-of-foursome handicap tournament on April 9.
The team of Chuck Reed, Dana Cessna, Jim Dunne and
Bob Proxy fired a 12-under-par 52 to earn clubhouse
biurlin, rights for the day. Second place went to the
team of Bill Gallagher, Ralph Huband, Bob Dickinson
and Fred Proxy, which was one shot back at 11-under-
53. Al Morgan, John Heiselman, Vince Mercadante and
Earl Huntzinger finished in third place with a 10-under-
54, while Pete Weir, Bill Melvin Hal Sears and Gordy
Lindstrom finished in fourth with 56.
The Key Royale women played a nine-hole, indi-
vidual-low-net handicap tournament on April 10 in
rainy conditions that reduced the field.
Dorothy McKinna, Penny Williams and Tootie
Wagner tied for first in Flight A with scores of 1-over-
par 33. Flight B was won by Nell Bergstrom, who had
the round of the day with a 3-under-29 to finish one
shot ahead of second-place finisher Jan Turner. Jane
Winegarden finished in third place with a 1-under-31.
Penny Williams' 14 putts were the fewest putts
needed to negotiate nine holes, while Nell Bergstrom
finished with 15 putts.
Key Royale Club held its monthly mixed scramble
on April 6 and two teams tied for first place in the 10
Ben Valdivieso had a big day at the plate and on the mound for The Islanders in the team's 13-1 victory over
North River National. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
a.m. group with net scores of 21.7. Norma Moran, Joyce
Reith, Paul Kaemmerlen and Jerry Brown matched the
score of Barb Lindwal, Chet Hutton, Jon Lindwall and
Ralph Bassett to share clubhouse bra','ii' rights for
There was also a tie for second place by the team
of Margaret Schuller, Marg Ksiazek, Greg Shorten and
Tom Warda, with a matching score of 21.9 from Eunice
Warda, Bob King, Web Cutting and Joyce Brown.
Jan Turner, Sue Hookem, Al Huband and Adam
Ksiazek finished alone in third place with a score of
22.7. Paul Kaemmerlen chipped in on the ninth hole,
while Web Cutting and Jan Turner won the closest-to-
the-pin contests on holes three and eight.
The 8 a.m. mixed scramble was won by the team of
Rose Slomba, Lorraine Towne, Hal Sears and Al Carr,
which combined to shoot a net 18.9 for the low round
of the day. The team of Frankie Smith-Williams, Mike
Selby, Jim Dunne and Chuck Reed matched 21.9 with
the team of Dorothy McKinna, Fred Miller, Bob Kral
and Fred Proxy to finish in a tie for second place. There
was also a tie for third between the teams of Phyllis
Hoblitzel, Al Hoblitzel, Diane Miller and Chaz McMul-
len and Nell Bergstrom, Mary Selby, Gordon McKinna
and Bob Elliott with a 23.7 score.
Mary Lou Drier and Rose Slomba both managed
chipins on hole five, while Marlyn Thornton and Bill
Melvin won the closest-to-the-pin contests on holes
eight and three respectively.
Last, but certainly not least, Jerry Dahl, guest of
Anna Maria Island
Little League schedules
Junior League (ages 13-16)
April 12 6:30 p.m. Islanders vs. N. River National 1
@ Buffalo Creek
April 21 11 a.m. Man. Braden River Black
vs. Islanders @ Birdie Tebbetts
April 24 6:30 p.m. Islanders vs. N. River Amer.
Palmetto @ Boys & Girls Club
Major League Islanders traveling team
All games at G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton
April 19 7:30 p.m. MJ8 vs. Islanders @ Field 1
April 23 7:30 p.m. Islanders vs. MJ10 @ Field 1
AAA (ages 10-12)
All AAA, AA games at Bayfront Recreation Center,
April 19 6 p.m. Duncan vs. WMFD
April 21 2:30 p.m. M. Stanley vs. Duncan
April 23 6 p.m. Duncan vs. WMFD
AA (ages 8-9)
April 20 6 p.m.
April 21 12:30 p.m.
April 24 6 p.m.
Bark vs. Sato
Bistro vs. Sato
Sato vs. Bark
T-Ball (ages 5-7)
T-Ball games are played at Holmes Beach fields.
April 19 6 p.m. Americo vs. LPAC
April 19 7 p.m. A&E vs. Eye Tours
April 23 6 p.m. A&E vs. Americo
April 23 7 p.m. Eye Tours vs. LPAC
Phyllis and Bob Lamp, aced the par-3 eighth hole last
week. Congratulations, Jerry!
Island girls help Magic to state third
The U14 Manatee Magic girls soccer team lost
out on a chance to win the President's Cup over the
March 31-April 1 weekend in Pensacola when the team
dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to Bay United
from Panama City in double overtime.
The Magic kept the ball in the Bay United end of
the field for the majority of the game, but they couldn't
find the back of the net. Bay United scored the game-
winner with about two minutes remaining in the second
overtime when the Magic failed to clear a ball that kind
of "pinballed" around in front of the Magic goal before
somehow squirting through for a goal at the end the
Despite the disappointing loss, the Magic girls
came out on Sunday for the third-place game and came
away with a 2-0 victory behind goals from Islanders
Allie Titsworth and Martine Miller.
Anna Maria Elementary School third-grader Joely
Hernandez is the recipient of a scholarship given
by Longboat Key Turtle Watch to attend summer
camp at Mote Marine Aquarium. The camp theme is
"Senses of the Sea" and participants will be snorkel-
ing, spending time at the aquarium, boating through
Sarasota Bay, conducting experiments and making
crafts. Pictured with Hernandez is LBK Turtle Watch
volunteer Lucinda Hathaway. AME fourth-grader
Noah Conners, not pictured, also received the Mote
scholarship. Islander Photo: Courtesy AME
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 18, 2007 0 25
Mother-daughter partners preserve Island memories
By Diana Bogan
Rhonda Miller and daughter Aubree are helping
families hang on to memories through their video pro-
duction company, Thumbprint Productions.
Together they create digital video recordings of
special family events or individuals documenting their
personal history for future generations to view.
Rhonda said she created a legacy video for her own
family that documented the life of her parents.
"It's an opportunity to hear a person's story in their own
words," said Aubree. "Grandparents can talk about photos
they took, what it was like growing up and offer advice."
Rhonda added that the legacy videos are valuable
for children and grandchildren to have since they con-
tain images and information about relatives that might
otherwise be lost.
There are different video packages to choose from,
ranging in price from $200 to $1,200. Videos can be
limited to family photographs woven together with
audio or an individual can choose to be filmed in front
rer team of Aubree
and Rhonda Miller
Productions, a video
family events and
(. ,i, lt l y Rhonda
of the camera. Stories told on camera are prepared
ahead of time and can be prompted by photographs.
Aubree said the process takes about six hours,
including setting up her equipment and time spent
taping. Clients can expect to have a finished product
in two weeks.
Thumbprint Productions also videotapes special
events, such as weddings, birthday parties and Island
vacations. These videos differ from family home
movies, said Rhonda, thanks to their post-production
skills. Videos are edited, set to music and color cor-
rected, and may include moving text and other artistic
techniques to enhance the viewers' experience.
Rhonda has a photography background, which she
said allows her to catch "little moments and intimate
shots" that a novice might not notice.
Aubree has a degree in media arts and previously
worked at an NBC/CBS affiliate station in Chico, Calif.
"I have emotional ties to the Island, growing up
with family in Bradenton and visiting the Island since
the 1950s," said Rhonda, explaining why she chose the
Island as a base for the business. "I'd like to work here
and be a part of the community."
For more information, the Millers can be reached
at 447-5923, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Island real estate sales
893 N. Shore Drive, a 2,933 sfla / 3,994 sfur 4bed/
3bath Icar bayfront home built in 1946 on a 50x150 lot
was sold 03/26/07, Grady to Pezzillo for $1,100,000;
1702 Gulf Drive N., Unit 6, Bradenton Beach Club,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,440 sfla / 1,680 sfur 3bed/2bath
condo built in 2003 was sold 03/29/07, Caraher to Mou-
zavires for $984,500.
517 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,306 sfla / 2,006
sfur 3bed/2bath Icar canalfront home built in 1957 on
a 75x102 lot was sold 03/30/07, Russell to Bruce for
$675,000; list $799,900.
206 55th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,392 sfla / 1,632
sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1968 on a 75x106 lot was
sold 03/30/07, Natalle to Kaleta for $350,000.
611 Gulf Drive N., Unit D25, Imperial House, Bra-
denton Beach, a 794 sfur 2bed/2bath 55+ condo built
in 1969 was sold 03/30/07, Branderhorst to Egan for
$232,900; list $309,900.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
end April with a business card exchange at the Tide-
mark Resorts in Holmes Beach and begin in May with
a luncheon at Stonewood Grill in Bradenton.
The chamber's plans for the next several weeks
Wednesday, April 25, 5 p.m., a business card
exchange at Tidemark Resort, 5325 Marina Drive,
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views. 23,000 sf each. Only
2BRP 2BA Wepl Wind rondo .'.ilh
Gulf view. $649,000.
Boater's dream priced under Serene bay views from most
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/v4''(1 I ( lthl/A Cell: 941-730-5227
Featured sale: This Imperial House, condo unit D25,
at 611 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, sold in May
2003for $165,000 and in March 2007for $232,900
for an increase of 41 percent in four years. The cost
per square foot is $293. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson
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. Copyright 2007
Wednesday, May 2, 11:30 a.m., a luncheon at Stone-
wood Grill, 75th Steet and Cortez Road in Bradenton.
Wednesday, May 9,7:45 a.m., a breakfast at the Sun-
House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.
Tuesday, May 22, 5 p.m., a business card exchange
at the chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Some fees apply.
For more information about the chamber and its
events, call 778-1541.
Ga le Simpson Schulz...
Jim Anderson Realty Company
6000 Marina Drive, Ste. 105 Holmes Beach, FL 34217
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
Enjoy spedacular Bimini Bay waterfront views from this private 19,000 sf beau-
tifully landscaped property, one of the largest lots around. Key Royal boating
paradise with deep, protected water. Fish from your private dock and swim in
the large solar heated pool. Your cars will even be happy in the three-car garage.
3-4BR/4BA. $1,600,000. Call Gayle Schulz, 941-812-6489.
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Large northwest Bradenton 5BR/2BA West Bradenton, large updated
ground level house in convenient 3BR/2BA condo in a super location
West Bradenton close to schools, near the beaches boasts new tile in
shopping, and the beaches. Freshly the living, dining, kitchen & den areas.
painted inside and out. New carpet, Freshly painted w/new carpeting in the
tile, flooring, fixtures and other master suite, 2nd bedroom&screened
upgrades. $290,000. Call Gayle porch. Overlooksthenewpool. Ready
Schulz, 941-812-6489. to move in. Offered at $135,000. Call
Gayle Schulz, (941) 812-6489.
Stewart, Possehl announce engagement
W. Ben Stewart, a local real estate attorney, and
Andrea Possehl, owner of the Sand Dollar Gift Shop
in Holmes Beach, announce their engagement, which
took place on Valentine's Day at the Harrington
House. The two will marry on May 25 at 5 p.m. at
St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. Their
blended family will include four boys Connor,
Zack, Austin and Joey.
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furniture $399,000 stretch of deeded beach access $447,700
STUNNING BRAND NEW HOME with panoramic TRADITIONAL ELEGANCE 3,241 sf home on
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the Bradenton Yacht Club $995,000
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26 0 APRIL 18, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Grandmother seeks comfort for soldier
By Lisa Neff
In this modern world, miles often separate grand-
mothers from grandchildren.
But for Joy Cleveringa, the distance between her
home in Holmes Beach and her granddaughter Tiffany
Cissell's location seems especially great.
Cleveringa, in fact, isn't even certain of her grand-
daughter's location. She knows, only, that the 22-year-
old woman is somewhere in Iraq, soldiering on.
The war has now entered its fifth year, with the
Bush administration and the Democratic majority in
Congress at odds over how to proceed. The number
of U.S. military deaths is at more than 3,200 and the
number of Iraqi deaths widely estimated from 65,000
to 650,000, according to various reports.
Cleveringa, who with husband Dick moved to
Holmes Beach in 1999, tries not to think about the peril
her granddaughter faces.
"It is dangerous. It is real. And people are getting
killed," she says. "I try not to let my mind go to where
she might be."
But it's difficult to escape the thoughts. And when
they come, she wants to know Cissell has some comfort
from home a letter or a book or even a thermometer
that won't break in the sweltering heat.
"I send her books and books and books," Clever-
inga says, adding that Cissell most likes thrillers spy
novels and mysteries.
So the grandmother encourages Islanders to cor-
respond with her granddaughter.
"Just so she knows that people all over have a
place for her, for them, in their heart," Cleveringa
Cleveringa's not grandstanding for war or even
publicly sharing a stance on the issue. "I'm proud of
her in that she thinks she's serving her country," she
Cissell signed up for service with the Iowa National
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electric lift, or enjoy strolling to the white, powdery beach with deeded
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tile and wood floors and a private sundeck. Strolling distance to one
of the most beautiful beaches on Anna Maria Island. A must see for a
large or extended family. Priced at $899,900.
Guard in January 2000. She was sent to Kuwait in 2003,
where she worked in communications. She returned to
Iowa in 2004 and then volunteered for duty in Iraq in
Cissell trained at Fort Shelby, Miss., before ship-
ping out to Iraq with the 133rd Infantry Division. She
had been expected home in March, but her tour was
extended another six months.
A Christmas greeting from Cissell that Cleveringa
keeps on her refrigerator shows the soldier in a camou-
flage uniform holding a machine gun in dusty Al Asad,
"She loves sports and hiking and mountain climb-
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others are portraits one of a girl dressed up for her
senior class picture and one of a woman in uniform
with the American flag as a background. "She's just
a nice person, a real nice person who adores her little
Cissell's address is Pfc. Cissell, Tiffany N., FSC 1-
133 INF-BN, Unit 60000, APO AE 09333-0000, which
uses the same shipping as domestic U.S. mail.
Editor's note: The Islander is sending Pfc. Tiffany Cis-
sell a free subscription to the newspaper and extends
the same offer for other deployed servicemembers.
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 18, 2007 0 27
IA S AER CLA SSIFIEDS
LUXURY LIVING ROOM set: Two large, matching
sofas, black with floral design. Two large end tables,
beveled glass tops, carved feet match sofa's walnut
trim. Four-piece set. $600. 941-778-1589.
STOREWIDE SALE: NIKI'S Island Treasures.
Weekly specials. All sterling jewelry 50-70 per-
cent off. All clowns, dolls, collector plates, spoons,
thimbles 50-75 percent off. Select antiques, vintage
costume jewelry, paintings. Prints, furniture, gifts,
depression and ruby glass, books 50-90 percent off.
Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm. 5351 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-779-0729.
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.
ANNA MARIA JUNIOR Girl Scouts Troop No. 590
cookies are on sale at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, 941-795-1112 or 704-8421.
OLD-FASHIONED DINER MUGS: $8 (includes tax).
Your coffee never tasted so good as when you drink
from the old-style mugs available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
YOU WANT IT ...You got it. Oval AMI bumper stick-
ers are just $1 at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
HELP SUPPORT OFFICER Pete Lannon: Silicone
bracelets, DARE2CARE/ISLANDER4PETE. Child
$2, adult $5. The bracelets are donated by The
Islander and all $$$ go to a pre-paid college fund
for Pete's youngest son. Available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place clas-
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ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tues-
days, Thursday. 9am-noon Saturdays. Always porch
clothing sales. 941-779-2733. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
CLOSING OUT SALE: 50 percent off everything
until it's gone. At "Housewarmings By Horigans"
located inside "Essence Of Time" at Holmes Blvd.
Vintage linens and clothes, jewelry, collectibles, fur-
niture, art, even the fixtures.
ESTATE/GARAGE SALE: 9am-3pm Saturday and
Sunday, April 21-22. Some collectibles, boating
items, furniture, miscellaneous. 2114 Ave. A, Bra-
FOUND: NECKLACE. OUTDOORS, nearthe walkway
at the Rod & Reel Motel. Call Nicole, 941-794-0245.
FOUND: DIAMOND RING set. Found on beach
near Cortez Road, Bradenton Beach. Call 941-
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.cmasdi-
SAIL AWAY ABOARD 65-foot Lex-Sea. Key West
Fantasy Fest, six days, five nights, $995 per person,
$1,095 per couple. Cayo Costa Thanksgiving, four
days, three nights, $595 per person, $1,095 per
couple. Everglades Expedition, seven days, seven
nights, $795 per person, $1,495 per couple. 941-
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.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
EXPERIENCE REPUTATION RESULTS
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT Golf course view. $690,000.
HERON'S WATCH 3BR/2BA, like-new quality home 10 minutes to
LUXURY WATERFRONT VILLA Boat dock, 3BR/2BA, immaculate, updated.
Designer kitchen, glassed lanai, tennis, pools, covered parking. $649,900.
SUNBOW 2BR/2BA bayfront end unit, turnkey furnished. $449,000.
BAYVIEW 4-5BR/4BA includes guest quarters, large master suite. $950,000.
BEST BUYS: ADULT COMMUNITY from $60,000, heated pool, near
shopping, dining and transportation.
HARBOUR VILLA CLUB 2BR/2BA, turnkey, boat dock. $749,900.
PINEBROOK AND IRONWOOD $139,000 to $263,900.
DESOTO SQUARE VILLA 2BR/2BA, gated, pool clubhouse. $175,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
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BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
NEED HOME FOR sweet male cat that is leukemia
positive. Has to be single-cat household, stress-free
and indoor only. Neutered and all shots, will pay for
future vet care. Call Haley's Motel at 941-778-5405
FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough
for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.
1997 LINCOLN TOWN car: 46,000 miles, white.
Great Island car or taxi. $4,900 or best offer. 941-
COVERED PICKUP TRUCK going to Maine, early
May. Will haul your "stuff," trailer, or small boat to
northern destination. Call Jack, 941-795-4462.
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
Mercury inboard. Tuned and ready for lots of
enjoyment, low hours, excellent condition. Equip-
ment and trailer included. Call 941-778-4415 or
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
Stile roof are only a few of the recent improvements.
Open design has over 1,600 sf living area and 2,100
sf under roof with two-car garage. C.luinrllii kitchen
. with breakfast bar off sunny Florida room plus screened
gazebo for Island lifestyle. Vacant and ready for occu-
Spancy. Personally view 501 67th St. Open Saturday and
Sunday, noon4pm. Asking $489,500!
We ARE the Island!"
Maie Franldin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
fQ Web site www maareal.com
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2zz,uuu rruK A Z/gn island cono! Large unit in tne
center of Holmes Beach. Even has a large garage!
GULFFRONT DUPLEX. Beautiful location on quiet
beach. 2BR each side, turnkey furnished. Great value.
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.
uIKEAI NIbsRn OOU-IuUu Priced to sell, tmis duplex
features 3BR/2.5BA across from bay. $479,000.
Heated pool, large
views. Newer home.
KEY ROYALE Move-in condition. Beautiful
2BR/2BA. Huge patio and Florida room. Wonderful
views of bay and canal. Boat dock, nice landscaping.
Good value. $599,000.
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
Norman 101 GULF DRIVE
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
Ofrecemos servicio de ventas en espanol
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BOAT DOCK FOR rent: Call 941-779-9074, or e-
mail: bay-rest @ hotmail.com.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten pay.
Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant, 902
S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-778-3953.
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.
MH Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
THE TERRACE TOWNHOUSE
3100 Gulf Dr., #5, Holmes Beach:
2BR/2BA, updated, Gulf views,
tastefully furnished. Steps to beach!
Pointe West 3BR/2BA Updates, heated
pool! $3670oM0 $345,000!
l P Bay Palms 2BR/2BA Sailboat grand canal.
Private dock. Nice! $695,000!
Villager 2BR/2BA End unit villa, carport. WOW! $104,500!
Kingsfield Lakes 3-4BR/2BA Pending! $289,000!
Mariners Cove 3BR/2BA FULL Bayview. 35-foot boat
Braden Crossings 3BR/2BA Nice updates. NEW 14
seer air conditioning! $285,000!
Lexington 2,663sf 3BR/3BA plus den. Pool-size lot!
Island Beachy Bar Business Opportunity. Beer, wine,
Village West 3BR/2BA Near Bray Park! $2-690 259,900!
Laura E. McGeary PA
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc
SUNDAY APRIL 22
1 4prm Key Royale
610 Emerald Lane 3BR/2BA, boatlift. $1,200,000.
Pam Edgington, 941-812-6324.
1 4pm Hidden Oaks
12716 7th Ave. NE 3BR/2.5BA, pool. I 1','"""
Debbie Smith, 941-224-6842.
Noon 2pm Gulf Gate
6716 Keystone Drive 2BR/2.5BA. .'1700.
Samie Kinney, 941-228-1493.
2 4pm Rivendell
747 Fordingbridge Way 3BR/2BA plus den, pool.
I 1I'-,,, Samie Kinney, 941-228-1493.
NEW LISTINGS -
1532 Ballard Park Dr.
Downtown Bradenton. 2-3BR/2BA, *' *I 'I
3916 14th St. E.
Tidevue Estates. 2-3BR/2BA, '*' .
3640 W. 59th Ave.
Mirror Lake. 2BR/1.5BA, $147,000.
S"The Experience is Everything"
e G Prudential
Florida WCI Realty
4520 E. SR 64 Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone: 941-465-4300 *Fax: 941-465-4359
GOLF COURSE GROUND maintenance, part-time.
6:30am-12:30pm, $9 per hour to start. Experienced
preferred, but will train. Call John, 941-778-4598.
FOR HIRE: OFFICE receptionist, part-time for local
area motel. 941-778-2780.
SEEKING PROPERTY MANAGER for small,
charming beach resort on Anna Maria Island. Fax
resume to 863-324-7241 or e-mail to amiexperi-
GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING PERSONNEL needed
for small beach resort in Anna Maria. As-needed
basis to part-time positions available. Please fax
inquiries to 863-324-7241 or e-mail: amiexperi-
DOCK ATTENDANT/PARTS courier: Galati Yacht
Sales is seeking a responsible individual to provide
support to our yacht basin and parts department. Must
have good driving record. EEO, DFW. Apply in person
at our Anna Maria location, fax: 941-779-9486, or e-
mail a resume: teamgalati @galatiyachts.com.
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
S REAL ESTATE
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ISLAND CANAL HOME 3BR/2.5BA ith er lot on
canal Ia TEACT PEN ING ets and
granite a Carleen Weise,
KEY ROYALE This outstanding 3BR/3BA canalfront home has
been renovated, updated, and added on. Extensive pavers, brick
walkand patios, new barrel roof 2004,75-foot seawall, 50-foot dock
with 13,000 Ib. boatlift. This home is lovely inside and out. A 27-foot
Sport Craft with twin 150s will stay with full price offer. Offered at
$1,650,000. Call Zee Catanese, Realtor, 941-742-0148 evenings.
SINGLE FAMILY- Centrally located, one block to beach. 2BR/2BA
spacious home on corner lot. $569,000. Call Joy Murphy, Realtor,
BAYFRONT CONDO REDUCED 2BR/2BA updated waterfront
condowith amazing view. Glass lanai, breakfast bar. Owner motivated.
$359,500. Call Carlene Weise, Realtor, 941-224-6521 evenings.
PERICO BAY CLUB- Reduced for quick sale. Owneranxious. Florida
condo living at its best. Waterfront, security, pools, spa,tenniscourts,
2BR plus den. Immediate possession. $369,900. Call Marion Ragni,
Realtor, 941-761-1415 evenings.
5910 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
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LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL position:
Presswood Law Firm, P.A., is an employment
litigation and appellate practice located in Bra-
denton, Fla. This position offers a casual office
setting, the latest technology tools, and the flex-
ibility to work between 25-40 hours per week.
Must be adept with technology (e.g., utilizing
software such as Word, Excel, Outlook, Amicus
Attorney, PC Law) and enjoy working with people.
Litigation experience preferred. E-mail resume to
RESTAURANT AND MORE: 50-seat restaurant with
great ambience also retails select items. Beer and
wine license. Any menu OK. $120,000. Confidential-
ity agreement required for details. Longview Realty,
941-383-6112. For more great business and realty
GIFTS/DECOR FOR patio, home and garden.
Enchanting shop, fun items in Holmes Beach busy
shopping district. $79,000. Longview Realty, 941-
383-6112. For more great business and realty buys:
CHARTER BOAT SERVICE: Eco-tours, sightseeing,
more in Cortez. Assets include 26-foot cat, 150-hp
outboard. $70,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
For more great business and realty buys: www.
BEACHFRONT HOT SPOT: Two storefronts, one
side rented. Great for gift shop, clothing, jewelry
or as-is, a restaurant. Owner financing available.
$1,295,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
14-YEAR-OLD needs work. Willing to babysit, clean,
etc. Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting.
Call Alexandra, 941-778-5352.
LOOKING FOR A babysitter, pet sitter, dog walker
or somebody to do odd jobs? Call Kendall, 14-
year-old, ninth-grader. Certified in first aid! 941-
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
CNA, PRIVATE COMPANION, home health aide.
Light housekeeping, nights and weekends OK.
Caring and dependable. References available. $12/
hour and up. 941-448-0298.
Don't leave the Island without
taking time to subscribe. You'll
get ALLthe best news, delivered
by the mailman every week. Visit
us at 5404 Marina Drive, Island
Shopping Center, Holmes Beach
Online edition: www.islander.org
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, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
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.
FREE HOUSESITTING/PETSITTING: Retired Chris-
tian couple will take care of your home, pets etc.
References furnished, much experience, bondable.
E-mail: ewingwt @earthlink.net. 770-832-7319.
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 941-526-5714.
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.
DESIGNER SHOW HOUSE IN NW BRADENTON!
ONLY 7 MINUTES TO THE BEACH!
the best was good enough for the
designer of this luxuriously re-
modeled 4/3/2 in an outstanding
neighborhood. A REAL European
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 Rasenfeld Realtor' Was $599,900 now $579,500.
Fenton Realty, Inc 941.746.8100
CONFIDENCE CLEANING CORP.: Housecleaning,
office cleaning and window cleaning. Good refer-
ences, reasonable rates. Licensed and insured.
Family owned and operated. 941-296-5103.
FORREST PARKS, HANDYMAN:AII general repairs.
Lighting, plumbing, painting, tiling, carpentry and re-
screening. Over 30 years experience. Home: 941-
708-0676. Cell: 941-737-5967.
ABOUT GROUT: CLEANING, sealing, staining
(painting of grout), tile and grout repair, caulking
of showers/kitchen. Bonded and insured. Call Jeff,
VOICE LESSONS BY New York professional artist/
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call 941-778-2581.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
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Hidden Lake water view condo,
PENNY BRAY vaulted ceilings,tile roof, screen lanai,
941-795-6685 heated pool/spa minutes to beach.
Non-evacuation zone! Motivated
\\.GNER IE.LTrY seller, reduced.$314,900.
', PERICO BAY CLUB
Best value Jasmine
unit, 2BR/2BA plus
loft, water view,
minutes to beach,
_ security 24/7,
for this popular
WEST BAY POINT MOORINGS!
Jennifer R. Cascardo 917-859-7859 or 941-778-1440
New York Florida Broker "Exclusive Service from Skyline to Skyway"tm
SPECTACULAR Key West-
style home with breathtak-
ing views of Bimini Bay, only
short walk to white sandy
beaches. Deep water with no
bridges to Gulf and 9,000 Ib.
boatlift at your back door.
WATERFRONT CONDO Light,
bright, ground floor, 2BR/
2BA end unit. Heated pool,
tennis court. Close to the
REAL ESTATE LLC
This one has it all! Ground floor, corner
unit with deeded carport and bay view.
Turnkey furnished and well maintained.
Don't miss this much sought after unit in
n a great, friendlycomplexwith pool,Jacuzzi
and tennis all in the heart of Holmes Beach.
Price to sell at $395,000.
r e e n .s Ken Jackson, 778-6986
~ REAL ESTATE ~~Marilyn Klemish, 778-7627
OF ANNA MARIA TE Kathy Geeraerts, 778-0072
O Maureen Dahms, 778-0542
941 778-0455 www.greenreal.com Kate Eiseler, 224-0057
9906 Gulf Drive Anna Maria Evelyn Mitchell, 778-1952
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ISA -ER CA A SSIFIEDS
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
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone"
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 941-448-3857.
TIRED OF NO return calls? Straight Shot Land-
scape calls back. For all your landscape, call Shark
Mark. 941-727-5066. Shell $42/yard.
LANDSCAPING: ISLAND RESIDENT: All aspects
of design and installation. I will show you a picture
of your house with a virtual landscape. Call Colin
at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied
and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable,
many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
KEN &TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 941-792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Island resident, converting life-
long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275 for free
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.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call
TUB AND TILE refinishing: A division of D.J. Murphy
Painting Inc. Save up to 80 percent over traditional
remodeling costs. Call us with your kitchen and
bath needs. Don't buy new redo! 941-751-1245.
Licensed, certified and insured.
GUARANTEED A-1 PAINTING service. Get a bid then
call Nick, he's the best. Island references. Licensed.
Call Nick, 941-727-1448 or 941-962-5131.
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-
Experience million dollar ownership
...at a fraction of the cost
Full and fractional ownership available
Pre-construction prices from $149,ooo
Choice of two and three bedroom floor plans
Elegantly appointed interiors
62 slip marina
Gulf front and bay side residences
Full concierge service
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Briing Ikople Home Since 1939
EXQUISITE unit has Gulf views and luxury PRESTIGIOUS Laurel Oak Estatesi Enjoy MARINERS COVE Direct bayfront, top floor
amenities Crown molding accents high Florida golf living at its finest in this stately 3BR/2BA, 2,000 sf, gated community, two
ceilings and open plan Granite tops and 4,039sf,5BR/3 5BA,three-cargaragehome pools, tennis, elevator, protected deep
stainless-steel appliances Designer per-
fect furnishings 3BR/2 5BA Karen Day,
941-778-2246 MLS#551496 $1,599,000
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New kitchen, 3M Hurricane Shield, pool
and morel Mark Schnelle, 941-727-2800
water 35-foot boat slip Peter Mancuso,
941-545-6833 or Dave Moynihan,
941-778-2246 MLS#543600 $599,900
SUMMERSANDSwithaccesstoGulfandbay, ANNAMARIASpacious3-4BR/2BAelevated SHOREWALKgroundfloor,turnkeyfurnished
unobstructed view of Gulf Deeded access residence 2,122 sf, open plan, wraparound end unit Unit is in rental pool Close to
to beach, pool, spa Community boat dock, deckand largestorage/workshopareas,close shopping, restaurants Two heated pools,
1BR plus bath in loft area, second bedroom to beach and community center, elevator two lighted tennis courts, active clubhouse
plus 1 5BAonliving area Dixie Armbruster, ready Seller motivated Dave Moynihan, Peter Feuerstein, 941-778-2246
941-761-3100 MLS#545175 $595,000 941-778-2246 MLS#545531 $499,000 MLS#541535 $160,000
A RARE FIND! Anna Maria Gulffront lot Becky Smith 773-1954 or
Elfi Starett, 941-778-2246 MLS#504998 $1,750,000.
SUMMER SANDS BAYFRONT Unique 3,292 sf townhome 3-
4BR/4 5BA with fireplace and glassed lanai Exceptional complex
with private beach and bayside pool/spa Community dock Dave
Moynlhan,941-778-2246 MLS#534641 $1,350,000.
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 or Elfi Starett, 941-778-2246
VALUE IS IN TWO LOTS Only a few 100 yards from Gulf Beauti-
ful street and beach access Build two homes or remodel cottage
and live in paradise 2BR/1 5BA Karen Day, 941-778-2246
EXCEPTIONAL 2BR/2BA direct Gulffront unit with outstanding
views of the Gulf Totally renovated Secured elevator, heated pool,
tennis court and private garage Near shopping and restaurants
Dave Moynihan, 941-778-2246 MLS#543586 $799,900.
GRACIOUS LIVING in this waterfront, updated 3BR/3BA condo Loft
overlookinggreatroom Soaringceilings 40-footdockincluded Price
reduced Peggy Henger,941-383-5577 MLS#332186 $695,000.
ATTENTION BOATERS! This 3BR/2BA is a well maintained home
located on deep-water canal with seawall and no bridges to bay
Excellent location in Holmes Beachi Nancy Allen, 941-761-3100
HOLMES BEACH Clean duplex only three blocks to the beach
2BR/2BA has newer carpet 1BR/1BA freshly painted Great for
family or investor Great location Ceil Kilboy & Sharone Martinelli,
941-761-3100 MLS#546489 $400,000.
SPANISH MAIN Must see this beautifully maintained 2BR/2BA villa
Bright and sunny Boating community on Intracoastal Waterway Active
over-55 area Peggy Henger, 941-720-0528 MLS#336593 $339,000.
2217 GULF DR. N. BRADENTON BEACH
(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM
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SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR two
master suites-/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to
beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer,
garage, designer furnished with tropical yard setting.
One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly.
Call 941-713-0034 or e-mail: beachdreams@tam-
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA annual, ground floor unfur-
nished, $900/month. Seasonals available starting
at $1,800/month. Please call Kim Fisher, Wagner
Realty, 941-778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or email@example.com.
ANNUALS: SANDPIPER RESORT 55-plus com-
munity, No. 200, 2BR, $695/month. No. 202, 1BR,
$550/month. Both have 1BA, turnkey furnished,
washer and dryer. Includes water, sewer and gar-
bage. On bay, Gulf view. Call 941-920-0868 or 941 -
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-
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.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR/1BA. Spacious living room.
Steps to beach, completely furnished, 55-plus park.
$750/month, plus electric. www.sandpiperresort-
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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 tlyonsrq @verizon.net
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.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/2BA, lanai,
garage. Clean, nice quiet area. $1,000/month. 941 -
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-
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, 813-690-9762.
ANNUAL RENTALS: HERON Harbor condo,
2BR/2BA, pool and clubhouse, corner unit. Ground
floor. $1,000/month. Martinique North, Gulffront,
1 BR/1.5BA, fifth floor, bonus view of Sunshine
Skyway Bridge! $1,300/month. www.coastlineac-
comodations.com. Call Mike at 941-737-0915.
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!
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.
TEMPORARY OR ANNUAL 2BR elevated duplex with
porch and laundry. Freshly remodeled, private park-
ing, block to beach. $795/month. 941-807-5449.
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.
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.
HOLMES BEACH: 3BR/2BA house. Large, screened
lanai in front and porch in back. Private, enclosed
backyard with pool, hot tub and Jacuzzi, fireplace.
DEEP DISCOUNT FOR last-minute travel in beauti-
ful town of Anna Maria. Quaint island cottage, steps
to beach. 203-454-0573.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
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-
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 Intracoastal Water-
way, huge hot tub, fully furnished. $2,200-$2,900,
depending on season. Call Lisa, 860-601-3838.
PERICO BAY CLUB: Annual 2BR/2BA with loft. Pools,
tennis, security gate, garage, turnkey furnished or
unfurnished. Leave message. 941-778-5910.
ANNUAL RENTAL: ANNA Maria. 1BR efficiency
completely furnished including utilities. Swimming
pool, Jacuzzi, high-speed Road Runner, private
drive and entrance. Two blocks from beach. $1,000/
month. First and last required. 941-778-7315.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BEAUTIFUL, quiet Holmes
Beach 1BR/1 BA. One block from beach. $850/month
includes cable, trash, water. Allen, 941-778-6965.
ANNUAL: UNFURNISHED HOLMES Beach
3BR/2BA, living, dining, and family room, fireplace,
boat slip, fenced yard, screened porch. Call Adele,
INCREDIBLE CHARM: BRADENTON Beach
3BR/2BA, cozy, family beach house, Gulf views,
one block to Gulf, fenced yard, animals negotiable.
Decks, balconies, Mexican tile, plants, paintings,
outdoor shower. Susan, 941-855-0444. E-mail for
photos: email@example.com. Available Memorial
Day weekend through Aug. 14, 2007 for $3,000.
BEACH RENTALS: weekly, monthly or annually, 1
and 2BR apartments for rent, across the street from
the beach, water views. Furnished and unfurnished.
Starting at $750/month. Call for weekly rates. 941-
ANNUAL 75TH STREET: Spacious 2BR/2BA,
remodeled lakefront ground floor condo includes
water, garbage and cable. Small pet OK. Heated pool
and tennis. Furnished or unfurnished. $1,150-$1,350/
month. Bradenton. Call Nicole, 941-773-3966.
ANNA MARIA: 3BR/2BA on canal with gorgeous
views. Steps to beaches and city piers. $600/weekly,
$1,800/monthly or less for long term. Call Deborah
Thrasher, Re/Max Excellence, 941-518-7738. debo-
ANNUAL: ELEVATED 2BR/2BA duplex. Deck with
water view, garage, new paint, carpet, tile. $950/
month, $500 security. Six months, $1,900/month.
BRAND NEW LUXURY townhome: Harbor Land-
ings, Cortez. 3BR/3BA, private elevator, two-car
garage, all amenities, walk to beach. $2,750/month.
Call Donna at Premier Florida Realty, 941-761-
3720. Cell, 941-313-0104.
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. 941-720-2804.
STORAGE AREA FOR rent: Holmes Beach.
Approximately 1,000 sf. Automatic garage door.
$400/month, first and last. No chemicals. 941-704-
4591 or 941-778-0837.
GULFFRONT CONDO: HOLMES Beach. 1-2BR,
totally remodeled, stainless-steel appliances, two
pools, carport, fabulous beach. Available now
through December. $900/month. 941-795-5060.
VACATION RENTALS NOW: Palma Sola town-
home. 2BR/2BA, pool and boat dock. $599/week.
Key Royale Island home.3BR/2BA, pool and boat
dock, $899/week. Longboat Key Village, peace-
ful, 2BR/1BA, $599/week. Real Estate Mart, 941-
ANNUAL RENTAL: PALMA Sola. 2BR townhome.
Pool and boat slip. $1,100/month. Real Estate Mart,
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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NEW LAKEFRONT CONDOS: Low $300s. Minutes
to beach, no flood, evacuation zone. Hidden Lake
Real Estate, 941-761-0444. www.HiddenLakeCon-
ISLAND CANAL LOT: 75x100 feet, new dock, priced
to sell quickly. Below market and appraised value,
$535,000. Call Jake, 941-544-7786.108 Gull Drive,
BY OWNER: 2BR/1.5BA condo. West of Gulf Drive,
two pools, covered parking. $399,999. 863-412-
2612. www.cflrealestateonline.com/condo. 5400
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
CPR: DON'T STRESS out over your property man-
agement fees. Low rates and tiered services. Now
accepting new rental properties. Call Suzanne,
941-962-0971, or www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com.
PERICO ISLAND BY owner. Single 3BR/2BA home,
beautifully decorated and maintained. Wide-open
views overlooking preserve from heated, caged pool.
Buyers agents, 3 percent. $472,000. 941-794-8360.
BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR/2BA end unit. Huge
Gulf views from most rooms. Beautiful Tommy
Bahama-style furnishings. Pool, hot tub, tennis,
docks. Great vacation home and rental income. By
owner. $615,000. 941-388-5238.
ISLAND HOME REDUCED: For sale by owner.
Holmes Beach 3BR, deep-water canal, pool, boat
dock, many upgrades. $775,000. Call 941-778-6474.
PRE-FORECLOSURE SALE: $499,999. My loss is your
gain! Selling $50,000 below purchase price. 3BR/2BA
beautiful home, recently remodeled and redecorated on
quiet drive. 413 Bay Palms Drive. Contact owner/broker,
Fisher Real Estate Inc. 941-932-0480.
LONGBOAT DUPLEX: 4-6BR on canal, deeded beach
access. Use it, rent it out or redevelop. $649,900. Mary
Ann Namack, Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
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 stylish, former
model home. 2BR/2BA, den plus loft. Maintained com-
munity. Priced to sell. $998,500. EWM Realtors Inc.
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.
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.
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 personal tour.
PERICO BAY CLUB: Unbelievable bay views from
this updated 3BR/2BA condo. New granite, Italian
porcelain tile, carpet, custom closets, plantation
shutters, designer furnishings and so much more. A
must see at $550,000. E-mail barbfreeman@alltel.
net, or call 859-264-8644 for your viewing.
SANDPIPER 55-PLUS mobile park: 1 BR/1 BA with
share. Newly remodeled, new appliances, new
floors, furnished, bright and cheery. $185,000. Call
BAYFRONT ANNA MARIA Sound on the Intra-
coastal Waterway. Unobstructed southern views,
tastefully renovated, pool, boat dock, mature land-
scaping. 2BR/1 BA, office, garage. Brokers protected.
517 Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-0029.
Recently reduced, $1,100,000.
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.
PALMA SOLA VIEW: Perico Bay Club: 2BR/2BA,
close to beach! Second-floor unit with vaulted ceil-
ing, screened and air-conditioned glassed-in porch,
one-car garage. 24-hour security. Active associa-
tions. Open 1-4pm Sunday. Was 439,900, now $
429,900. Make offer! 1191 Edgewater Circle. Home,
863-324-0944. Cell, 863 280-0222. sandsgoldm@
aol.com. Owner is a broker
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.
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.
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-conditioning ducts with air
purifier system, large office and screened lanai. Well for
irrigation. Lot is 75x125 feet. Generous allowance offered
for updating. Call for appointment, 941-447-6668.
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:
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NICE WEST BRADENTON condominium 2BR/2BA,
$3,000 floor covering allowance. $137,500. Castle
Realty Inc. Call Carolyn Kutt, broker. 941-720-5353.
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.
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 ISLAND: Beautiful duplex, walking
distance from the beach on private street, conve-
nient to everything. 3BR/3BA unit and 1BR/1 BA unit.
Large bedrooms. $499,000. Call Jerry Sutton with
Realty Professional Group Inc. 813-263-6995.
MUST SELL! ELEVATED concrete duplex, 2BR per
side, freshly remodeled. 3,500 sf of enclosed space.
One block to beach. $449,000. 941-807-5449.
ANNA MARIA: Open water views, steps to beach
and city piers! Reduced! 3BR/2BA home with Florida
room, dock, hot tub. Minutes to bay by boat. Seller
motivated! $699,000. Deborah Thrasher, Re/Max
Excellence, 941-518-7738. flgulfcoast.net.
$139,000: ISLAND MOBILE with lot. Steps to beach
and bay. 55-plus resort. 1 BR/1BA, large patio, owner
financing available. 941-778-3051.
KEY WEST-STYLE home: Steps to beach and bay!
Breezy 2BR/2BA with den, workshop, new wood
floors, plenty of parking. Seller motivated! $569,000.
Deborah Thrasher, Re/Max Excellence, 941-518-
$359,000: THIS ISLAND duplex is just 100 steps to
the beach with great views of the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge, turnkey furnished. Owner financing avail-
able. 941-747-3321 or 941-219-1042.
ISLAND POOL HOME: 2BR/2BA with heated pool
and spa, workshop, fenced yard. For sale by owner
for a great deal. White appliances including washer
and dryer all staying. Motivated seller. Brokers/
agents welcome. $484,500. Call Tammy at 813-
478-4416 or 941-322-2132.
2BR/2BA, TWO-CAR garage and 2BR/2BA, one-
car garage Perico Bay Club condos. Open 1-4pm
Sunday. Call Kathy Kelly, 941-730-3251 for details.
EIGHT LUXURIOUS DESIGNER condos to choose
from. 3BR/2BA 1,750 sf, garage, private elevator,
pricing from the $600s. Call for your personal tour.
Kimberly Mills or Erlene Fitzpatrick, Realtors, Re/
Max Gulfstream, 941-758-7777.
ISLAND LIVING WITH income possibilities this is a
2BR/1 BA with a 1 BR/1 BA attached apartment. Two
short blocks to beach. Enjoy the Gulf of Mexico sea
breezes. Contact Kimberly Mills or Erlene Fitzpat-
rick, Re/Max Gulfstream Realty, 941-758-7777.
PREMIUM ISLAND DUPLEX: One block to beach,
upgraded. $468,900. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
PALMA SOLA TOWNHOUSE: 2BR, pool and boat
dock. Best buy. $275,000. Real Estate Mart, 941-
NORTHWEST BRADENTON HOME: 2BR/2BA,
two-car garage with family room. Two blocks to
Palma Sola Bay, not a flood area, large lot. By
KEY ROYALE: REMODELED 3BR/2BA, pool and
boat dock. Appraised, $925,000, now $799,000.Call
AAH! COOL MOUNTAIN breezes! Murphy, N.C.
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mountains and streams. Free brochure, 877-837-
2288. Exit Realty Mountain View Properties. www.
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brochure and information. Mountain properties
with spectacular views, homes, cabins, creeks and
investment acreage. Cherokee Mountain GMAC
real estate. cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call for
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ADIRONDACK: TUG HILL LAKES, 30 acres, bor-
ders Adirondack Lake, $169,900. 10 acres, Tug Hill
Lake, $69,900. 88 acres, wildlife pond/trout stream,
$159,900. 25 acres, lakefront, central New York,
$129,900. Coming soon, largest Adirondack River
lots with waterfalls. Call Christmas & Associates,
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of shoreline. Never offered before with 20 percent
pre-development discounts, 90 percent financing.
JUST $195.22/MONTH: One-plus acres with free
boat slips! Nicely wooded lake access property in
brand new premier development on spectacular
160,000-acre recreational lake! Prime waterfronts
available. Call 800-704-3154, ext. 1113. Price
$34,900, 20 percent down, balance financed 30
years, 7.5 percent fixed, OAC.
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SPECTACULAR GULFFRONT HOME
3-4BR/3.5BA custom home with 146 feet on beautiful beach. Cherry
floors, crown molding, Thermador appliances, outdoor kitchen,
heated pool and spa, elevator, 10 ceiling fans, central vacuum, secu-
rity system, thermal windows. $4,995,000.
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping, library and restaurants. $365,000.
GULF PLACE CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, large master suite with Jacuzzi tub,
screened porch, heated pool, tennis. $969,900.
ANNA MARIA CONTEMPORARY
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
Bamboo fl ooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
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3BR/2.5BA townmE PNlING hly painted. Two-
car garage, storage O -9,900.
BAY PALMS WATERFRONT HOME
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay and
Intracoastal Waterway. $599,000.
PLAYA ENCANTADA TOWNHOUSE
2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished with 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 CONDOS Turnkey furnished. From $869,900.
SARASOTABAYFRONT PARADISE- 3BR/2.5BA, $1,124,900.
RIVERVIEWBOULEVARD CAPE COD 3BR/2BA. $529,900.
SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA turnkey $165,000.
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS CONDO 2BR/2BA Patio. $269,900.
UPDATED DUPLEX- 2107 Avenue B. $596,900
SUN PLAZA WEST CONDOS 2BR/2BA. From $499,900.
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.
ANNUAL and SEASONAL
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
12, Mi, SiLiCoast
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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 deep
water, marsh, golf, nature views. Gated, golf, fit-
ness center, tennis, trails, docks. $70s-$300,000.
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GEORGIA/FLOIDA 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.
NORTH FLORIDA PROPERTIES: 10 to 350 acres start-
ing at $6,200 per acre with owner financing. 800-294-
2313, ext.1485. A Bar Sales Inc. Seven days, 7am-7pm.
CAROLINA MOUNTAINTOP: Large four-acre tract in last
phase of popular gated mountain community with great
view of mountains, large public lake and waterfall nearby,
priced to sell. $79,500.866-789-8535.
U;UAS IAL jUI-UIA: b/.92 acres 1i u,yUU! Geor-
gia/Florida border. Mature pines, abundant wildlife. FLORIDA LAND BARGAINS: Five to 100 acres. 30
Only an hour from Jacksonville, Fla.! Call now, 904- percent to 50 percent below market. Call 866-352-
206-5100, ext. 1195. 2249, ext. 1200.
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