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Celebrating Arbor Day, Islanders create canopies
Ed and Rhea ( l i \ and landscaper Mike Miller plant a Jamaican dogwood outside The Studio at Gulf and
Pine in Anna Maria. The tree planting was part of a series of Arbor Day celebrations on the Island April 27.
For more on the festivities, see page 1-B. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Beach walkers ready for turtle
patrols, season starts May I
By Lisa Neff
Some new recruits and many veterans enlisted on
April 26 in a campaign to patrol the Island's beaches.
It's a seasonal tour of duty through the spring
and summer -to ensure the safe arrival and departure
of mother sea turtles and their hatchlings.
"Our first walk day is May 1," Suzi Fox, the execu-
tive director of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch,
said during an orientation meeting at Holmes Beach
Fox, who operates the program under a permit from
the state, gave volunteers their walking orders look
for signs of turtles crawling and nesting, of hatchlings
making their way back to the water, of predators stalking
a turtle or nest, of humans interfering with nesting.
Turtle season do's, don't's
Sea turtle nesting season is from N L,\ thi< ,7u;gh
It is against the law to touch or disturb nest-
ing sea turtles, hatchlings or the nests.
Avoid using flashlights or flash photography
on the beach at night.
Turn off outside patio lights or shield indoor
lights from shining on the beach at night. Lights
can disturb adults and hatchlings.
Avoid disturbing marked nests and remove
litter from the beach.
When crossing a dune, use designated cross-
overs and walkways.
Do not climb over the dunes or disturb dune
"We do this because we love it," Fox told the 100
people assembled. "You guys are very, very important
and I thank you for doing this."
Like any enlistees, they committed to a job each
member of the patrol volunteering to walk a one-mile
stretch of beach one day a week through the season.
The veterans received their uniforms white T-
shirts with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch on the back.
The new recruits will receive their shirts three weeks
into the season.
Three such recruits came to the orientation meeting
from "out east" in Manatee County. Charlotte Slotabec
and her daughters Lily, 7, and Emma, 9, said they won't
mind the weekly early morning drive to the beach.
"We pretty much get up at 6 anyway to take the bus
to school," said Emma. "I'm looking forward to it."
"I' m looking forward to it a lot," said Lily, who is
learning about sea turtles in school and is anxious to
test her classroom knowledge in the field.
"You can tell which kind of turtle laid the egg from
the tracks," she said.
"And if eggs are laid in cold temperatures they are
boys and warm they are girls," she added.
"We thought it would be fun to do," their mother
said. "We hope to find nests and see hatchlings and have
a good time as a family."
The Slotabecs, during the meeting, watched a slide
presentation on their duties as walkers.
Fox stressed that they are data collectors and their
priority on their walks is to search the beach for signs
"You guys are collecting data that is going to be
used for many, many things," Fox said, adding that most
of the female turtles who nest on the Island are logger-
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some to commence
By Paul Roat
A crime-fighting park design and heightened police
presence are being added to the rescue effort to avoid
another tragedy at Coquina Beach.
That's the solution offered and implicitly approved by
Manatee County commissioners April 24 in the wake of
shootings on Easter Sunday that sent three people to the
hospital, two to jail and closed the Bradenton Beach park.
County commissioners approved a plan last week to
create a beach re-design of the 1.3-mile-long Coquina
Beach that will follow a nationally accepted format called
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.
The new design of the parking area, as presented
by Mike Sosadeeter with the county's parks and recre-
ation department, will create five parking "pods," with
upwards of 15 gates to restrict parking as various lots
fill with cars.
Police presence would also increase from the cur-
rent one officer on weekdays to upwards of three on
busy holidays, with an eventual proposal to have up
to five at the county park with, of course, many
more law enforcement officers present at peak times
as determined by law enforcement officials.
"The parking plan is a step in the right direction,"
said Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube. "I believe we
need to implement it immediately. With the upcoming
[Cinco de Mayo] holiday coming up, we will have a
presence on the beach."
The entire discussion came after an incident April 8,
in which police say gang members opened fire between
themselves shortly after 4 p.m. on the crowded beach.
Three were hospitalized via helicopter transport, and
two men were arrested. None of the alleged shooters
or victims were from Manatee County.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale has
said that 19,000 people were on the beach that day, and
as many as 3,000 were associated with clubs or gangs.
The Easter shootings spurred myriad meetings
between county staff and Bradenton Beach officials.
Costs for the new redesign and extra law enforce-
ment officers are still to be determined, but run into
millions of dollars.
The Coquina Beach redesign for bollards and rope
to redefine the parking areas, plus the bumper stops,
gates and other amenities, has been estimated to cost
upwards of $750,000. That's referred to as Phase 1.
Also key within that phase is the end of the north-south
travel path near the shore, which law enforcement calls
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Deadly fall in Anna Maria
Jose Cano Mendez of Sarasota fell from the roof of
this three-story home at 812 N. .h 'i, c Drive, Anna
Maria, on April 26. Mendez fell about 30feet to his
death. Story, page 3. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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Turtle training, walks start now
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heads, but that volunteers may see signs of others.
The walkers received instructions to patrol the
beaches with the arrival of daylight and to call in a
report by 7:30 a.m.
A delay in the report, Fox said, could delay other
operations, such as raking the beach. "They can't
do anything until we call in that data," she told the
Fox emphasized that the walkers are not code
enforcement officers but they can notify the cities when
they see a violation of nesting turtle regulations, such as
lights on at night and tents and chairs left on the beach
Fox also introduced Bill Shearon, the Braden-
ton Beach city commissioner serving as a liaison to
AMITW. She said Shearon would help with code
enforcement complaints in Bradenton Beach, where,
in the past, there's been trouble with night lights.
Shearon said Bradenton Beach plays a vital role in
the program. "Over one-third of Bradenton Beach is
waterline," he said, adding that his figure includes the
The volunteers left the meeting with state guide-
lines for collecting turtle data, instructions on when
and how to call in their reports, a DVD on nesting sea
turtles and flags to mark turtle tracks and nests.
They also mingled, sharing the reasons they joined
the program and getting to know other walkers.
Fox emphasized, "Introduce yourself. This is a
team effort that we do. We want everyone to have a
good time. ... The most important thing I want you all
to do on that beach is have a good time."
Geri Cannon and Dale Romesburg, both of Holmes
Beach, expect to have a good time. They've walked
together for the last two years and plan to walk this
"We enjoy the cause, the mission," said Romes-
burg, adding that the walk is a good start on making a
"It's a lot of excitement when you find something,"
said an eager Cannon. "It's wonderful."
For more information about AMITW or for ques-
tions about possible turtle activity on the beach, call
Fox at 778-5638.
Enlisting for turtle protection
Volunteers register to walk a section of beach during an Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch meeting April 26 at
Holmes Beach City Hall. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
teer Lily Slo-
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ton Beach City
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 2, 2007 0 A-3
'Tiffiany's initiative' honored with national award
By Rick Catlin
Palma Sola resident Christine Olson was the guest
of honor at a ceremony in Tallahassee with state Rep.
Bill Galvano recently when the Florida Department of
Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles received a national
award for its "Tiffiany initiative," allowing Florida
motorists to have emergency contact information on
their driver's license.
Following the loss of her daughter, Tiffiany Olson,
in a motorcycle crash in December 2005, Olson began
a statewide campaign to have emergency contact infor-
mation available to law enforcement officials in the
DMV computer system. It took the Florida Highway
Jose Cano Mendez, 37, of Sarasota, was killed
April 26 when he fell from a roof while working at
a house under construction at 812 N. Shore Drive in
Manatee County Sheriff's Office spokesperson
Dave Bristow said Mendez was working on the roof of
the three-story house shortly after 9 a.m. when he fell.
Co-workers said Mendez landed on his head and
was bleeding profusely when paramedics arrived. He
was pronounced dead at the scene.
Brent Whitehead of Whitehead Construction, gen-
eral contractor on the job, said that Mendez worked for
his roofing subcontractor, Florida Southern Roofing.
Beach shooting prompts changes
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
a cruising zone for gang members.
That element of the plan also calls for additional
police presence at an as-yet-undisclosed cost from May
through September, when the plan is to be evaluated.
Subsequent phases for added beach security within
the county would take place later and include a life-
guard/law enforcement structure at the bayside of
Coquina, playground equipment, and renovation of
Other beaches would also be undergoing renova-
tions, with costs ranging upwards to $5 million.
"It you're comfortable with this," said county
administrator Ed Hunzeker. "We will put it all in place
in writing and do the other beaches and along the cause-
Hunzeker said the Coquina plan would be first to be
implemented and assessed for effectiveness regarding
the re-design, with other beaches to be evaluated and
designs for Manatee Public Beach and Bayfront Park
in Anna Maria to be created later.
Cindy Turner, director of the county's parks and
recreation department, said her office looked at 19 other
coastal communities and earmarked four that were sim-
ilar to Coquina: Clearwater, Collier County, Sarasota
City and Sarasota County.
Clearwater and Collier both have parking fees, she
said, while Sarasota's beaches as well as Manatee
- do not. Law enforcement presence is far more
prevalent than at Manatee beaches in all of the other
Patrol nearly seven hours to reach Olson that fateful
night to inform her that her daughter had died because
there was no emergency contact information accom-
panying her daughter's driver's license when the FHP
checked Tiffiany's name with the DMV computer.
Those seven hours of not knowing what happened
to her daughter or where she had been taken was an
emotional trauma that Olson vowed should never again
happen to a family.
Following a story in the March 15, 2006, Islander
newspaper about Olson's initiative on behalf of Tiffiany,
The Islander staff put Olson in touch with Galvano's
office. Galvano embraced the project and persuaded
the DMV to have Florida drivers voluntarily put such
"It was just a tragic accident," Whitehead said.
He said that the material needed for the job was
not present, and Mendez was preparing to leave. He
was not tied up, and "just slipped off," falling about
27 feet to his death.
"It was a good tie-up," Whitehead said, "but just bad
timing. He was just getting his stuff and getting ready to
leave. These guys work hard in a hard business."
Whitehead said the Mendez was an experienced
roofer, whose father also did roofing work. "It's just
a very sad thing," he said.
Bristow said the death appears to be accidental,
but an autopsy will be performed.
Also suggested were more stringent rules for beach-
goers, a suggestion that didn't sit well with some county
County attorney Robert Eschenfelder suggested a
draft ordinance that would call for more background
checks on those who rent the pavilions on the beach, as
well as limiting people from cooking food in parking
lots, playing loud music, leaving parked cars running
and prohibiting dogs from being present in the lots.
"I don't like a lot of this," county commissioner
Ron Getman said. "It seems we're using a sledgeham-
mer here to kill a fly. I think we're going overboard."
Getman was in the minority on the ordinance
matter, though, and commissioners agreed to have staff
write an ordinance and allow it to come before them
- and to allow public comment before making a
Jimmy Delgato echoed some of Getmans's com-
"We're hearing of the symptoms of the problem,"
he said of the gang activity at Coquina, "but we're not
stopping the problem."
And Delgato's words were repeated by Bradenton
Beach Mayor John Chappie, who said, "We're hear
today to deal with the symptom, but we also need to
deal with the problem."
According to Dave Bristow, spokesman for the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office there are 15 known
gangs in Manatee County, with 250-300 documented
gang members and an additional 200 known "associ-
Mike Quinn, publisher ofNewsManatee.com, con-
tributed to this report.
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state Rep. Bill
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emergency information with their driver's license.
To date, more than 500,000 Floridians have regis-
tered their emergency information and 13 states have
shown interest in the program. Olson would like to
have 1 million people registered by Tiffiany's birthday
on May 27.
But the Tallahassee presentation was a surprise for
Olson, who had no idea the award was being presented
and that she was the guest of honor.
"The award was really a surprise. I thought I was
just going for a press conference with Galvano. Every-
one was so excited. They were calling it 'Tiff's initia-
tive,' which I think is wonderful," she said.
Still, Olson wonders why more people haven't
"It's been stuck at 500,000 for some time. Maybe
people just haven't gotten the word," she said.
But the DMV is doing its part to get more regis-
Olson said the DMV was operating mobile units in
Tallahassee and will visit each member of the Florida
House and Senate to get them registered. The units will
also travel throughout Florida to various locations to
While Galvano said he is still working to make the
addition of emergency contact information mandatory
on a Florida driver's license, Olson is pleased that at
least 500,000 people will never have to go through what
And they can do more to help.
"If every one of the 500,000 people told another
person, we would get 1 million people registered easily.
And they would be helping other people," Olson said.
Olson, who along with Tiffiany worked at the
Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria for a number of years,
said the award wasn't about her, but Tiffiany and her
"I had never done anything like this in my life,"
she said. Getting a state procedure in place was
"nothing I was familiar with, but it kept me going,
kept me focused. It's all about Tiffiany and hoping
this won't happen again to someone," she said with
The DMV Web site has a link where people renew-
ing a driver's license on line can input their emergency
contact information. To register, go to www.toinform-
familiesfirst.com. Interested motorists can also add their
emergency contact information in person at a DMV
Olson noted that the first letter of each word in the
Web site spells "TIFFF," which is a fitting tribute to her
Anna Maria City
May 7, 9:30 a.m. pier maintenance meeting at
May 7, 1 p.m., special meeting regarding contractors
at Crosspointe Fellowship.
May 7, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting at
Holmes Beach City Hall.
May 10, 6:30 p.m., shade meeting regarding Oleson
issues, Holmes Beach City Hall.
May 10, 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.
May 3, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Approval of escrow of Kokolis settlement, special
event approvals, architect invoice approvals, project/
program manager report and consent agenda.
May 7, 4 p.m., WAVES committee meeting.
May 8, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
May 2, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
May 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Construction worker dies in worksite fall
4-A 0 MAY 2, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
GSR to Bradenton Beach: 'We're broke'
By Rick Catlin
GSR Development LLC, headed by the once-her-
alded "wonder boys" of Island real estate develop-
ment Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega is broke,
and the prospects of an immediate cash infusion look
grim, according to GSR restructuring officer William
Unless the Island real estate market improves dra-
matically in the next few months.
Hopes by Bradenton Beach officials that Maloney
and GSR bankruptcy attorney Richard Prosser were like
the wise men of the Bible and would come to an April
26 meeting bearing offers to fix numerous code enforce-
ment violations at GSR properties were dashed.
"We're broke," said Maloney, when Bradenton
Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry asked how the com-
pany would bring its various properties into compliance
with city codes. The violations are "hard to remedy"
when the company has no money, he added.
Prosser said that the city was "not looking at a
debtor flush with cash."
Perry indicated that the company needed to put a
man-made sand berm at the Rosa del Mar property at
2510 Gulf Drive N. back into the ground, put up a "No
Trespassing" sign and remove some open utility connec-
tions to comply with city codes. The company currently
faces a code violation fine there that is mounting daily.
There's also a safety issue with the berm. Should
a hurricane strike the Island, the sand would either be
swept onto Gulf Drive or out onto the beach. Either
way, it would create a safety hazard and the city would
have to clean up the mess. Unless GSR removes the
Perry also discussed code violations at two other
GSR properties, 109 Fifth St. S. and on Seventh Street
South, and asked what the bankrupt company could do
to "address our concerns."
Prosser replied that although the company was
broke, he and Maloney would "probably" get a cost
estimate to repair the berm and "see if it's possible."
Bradenton Beach interim building official Stephen
Gilbert said his estimate is that it would take about
$15,000 to remove the berm and place the sand back
into the hole that GSR dug for its foundation at Rosa
Even that amount, for a company with two princi-
By Lisa Neff
Two improvement projects in Holmes Beach the
dredging of six canals and the reconstruction of the Key
Royale Bridge are nearing completion.
That means that the nuisances connected with the
projects primarily the accumulation of equipment
and sand on a lot at the city's recreational field may
soon be eliminated as well.
The bridge connecting Key Royale to the rest
of Holmes Beach is expected to be finished May 18,
according to Joe Duennes, Holmes Beach public works
The dredging for 2006-07 will likely be finished in
The $3.4 million bridge project is slightly ahead of
schedule. And, said Duennes, "They've had no over-
runs. We expect it to be on the money."
The bridge work, which the city financed by taking
out a loan in anticipation of reimbursement from the
Florida Department of Transportation, began late last
The project involves building a 153-foot, two-lane
low-level bridge a minimum of 10.3 feet above the
waterline and with a horizontal clearance of 32 feet.
City officials do not plan a ceremony to open the
new bridge, nor do they plan to formally name the
The canal dredging has involved "six canals to the
tune of $450,000," Duennes said.
Show me the money
Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry
expresses her concerns to GSR's attorneys on when
and how various city code violations at GSR proper-
ties will be remedied. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
pals who each have claimed to be worth more than $20
million, appears to be beyond GSR's means. "There are
financial limitations," said Prosser.
Maloney said he would respond to Perry's requests
within the next two weeks, but Perry admonished Malo-
ney. "If you are going to walk away and we don't hear
from you, the city will be forced to do something,"
While the city has mounting concerns about code
violations and wants them fixed at GSR properties,
there's yet another problem with the Seventh Street
Perry wants the owner to bring the property now
nearly 98 percent completed into compliance, but
the property now appears to have two owners.
She noted that the building permit doesn't allow
split ownership. And a stormwater runoff issue must
be resolved before a certificate of occupancy can be
issued. But a CO can't be issued to two owners because
the original building permit was for one owner.
As Ollie might say, "Another fine mess you've
gotten me into, Stan."
Maloney said that generating any funds for GSR
is going to take time. If M&I Bank holders of the
first mortgage wants to advance funds to bring the
property into compliance, that would be great, but bank
officials at the meeting declined on the basis that it
doesn't own the property.
Which brought the meeting back to square one.
None of the properties can be sold until they're
sediment was removed Irom the city-owned canals
that front homes on a number of streets, which should
facilitate boating as well as help with water runoff.
The city's dredging program began in 2003 and,
depending on funding, could continue for another two
This fiscal year, the city dredged Holmes Beach
Canal 7 between 72nd and 74th streets, Holmes Beach
Canal 11 between 68th and 69th streets, Holmes Beach
Canal 22 between Bayview Drive and 28th Street, Key
Royale 4 between Dundee and Emerald and Key Royale
7 between Concord and Dundee.
"Hopefully we won't have a need for maintenance
dredging for a long time," said Duennes, adding that
Bimini Pass may be the exception. That waterway
requires maintenance every five years.
Duennes said about 12,000 to 13,000 cubic yards
of material was removed from the six dredged canals.
A lot of that material ended up at what has become
brought into compliance and that takes money which
GSR doesn't have.
Maybe the properties can be saved with a buyer.
Maloney did say he expected to sell some of GSR's
various Island properties, "hopefully at auction," which
he anticipated could be within the next 90 days. While
that would bring in some much-needed cash to the
bankrupt company, it might not solve the city's prob-
lems with GSR as the federal bankruptcy court will
decide who gets any money.
That would mean any buyer would have to "commit"
to funding the repairs needed to obtain a CO on any of
the GSR properties in question, he observed.
But any buyer of GSR's Fifth Street South property
will face another issue.
Perry said the property was built as a planned urban
development, but the city has no evidence on file that
any PUD was granted. If it's not a PUD, that means the
structure is violating the setback ordinance. In addi-
tion, Perry noted, the structure is now four separate
single-family residences when it's supposed to be two
"That makes the property illegal," she said, but
Maloney added that one of the units is already occu-
Gilbert said he was going to investigate how the
PUD designation was granted, but that would take some
time, perhaps two weeks at the minimum.
At least three different building officials were
involved in the project, he indicated, adding that the
city can't be held liable for certificates of occupancy
issued in error or by mistake.
"A $4 million dollar mistake," chimed in Malo-
"We need to hear back how this happened," added
a concerned Prosser.
OK, said Perry, but when is GSR going to fix the
As soon as it gets some money, indicated Maloney
At the least, Perry wanted a "No Trespassing" sign
on the Rosa del Mar property as soon as possible and
The GSR bankruptcy has been ongoing for 10
months, said Maloney. "We are nearing the end game,"
Wonderful, Perry indicated. "We'd appreciate some
help" in getting those properties fixed up.
of the Key
to be com-
known as the sand pile, at what was the parking lot at
the city's recreational fields.
"It gets drained at the pile and then they haul it
off the Island," Duennes said of the sediment material,
which eventually gets used as fill for developments.
The dredging combined with the bridge material at
the lot prompted a number of complaints to the city. In
January, a complaint on behalf of 244 property owners at
AA.Lxihty Point & Moorings and Shell Point condomini-
ums sought the relocation of the staging area for the Key
Royale Bridge and Holmes Beach dredging projects.
City officials talked with residents and agreed to try
to conceal the site with fencing and plants and to create
a moat to contain any runoff from the sand.
More recently, Holmes Beach City Commissioner
Pat Morton expressed concern after seeing some chil-
dren playing at the sand pile. Morton said he told the
children to leave, but remains concerns remain about
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 2, 2007 U A-5
Record Anna Maria City Commission meeting
By Rick Catlin
In a city that used to thrive on meetings that often
dragged on to the wee hours of the morning, the Anna
Maria City Commission meeting April 25 may have
been one of the shortest-ever commission meetings in
Just 40 minutes elapsed between Commission Chair-
man John Quam opening the meeting at 7 p.m. and the
conclusion of business. Even Quam seemed a bit stunned
when public comment on issues was limited to three
people who spoke about preserving the city's Australian
pines and one who addressed the Sandbar Restaurant.
When the last person was finished, Quam looked
around the commission chamber, asked again for either
commission or public comment, then took a motion to
adjourn at 7:40 p.m.
Even Commissioners Duke Miller and Jo Ann Mat-
tick declined to discuss their recent spat (The Islander,
In fact, the meeting was so civil that Quam even
reviewed the "Pledge of Conduct" for commissioners
and the public, reminding everyone that "inappropriate
and personal attacks" from the public or among com-
missioners during a meeting "will not be tolerated."
The commission also agreed on a new procedure
that will require that anyone providing commission-
ers with a handout or photographs must first have the
item(s) reviewed by the chairman for approval. That
decision comes in the wake of Martin Hiller's distri-
bution at the April 11 meeting of some explicit photo-
graphs taken on the beach along North Shore Drive of
Island man charged
with sexual battery
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office arrested an Anna
Maria man early April 29 on charges of sexual battery and
Marshall J. Fischer, 20, was taken into custody at
about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
According to the sheriff's
office, Fischer sexually assaulted
a woman at a party at his home
in the 400 block of South Bay
The report said Fischer strad-
dled the woman to hold her
down as she protested.
Fischer The woman sought treatment
at Manatee Memorial, where law enforcement person-
nel were notified of the incident.
Fischer was arrested at his home on a charge of
sexual battery. The sheriff's office said that at the time
of his arrest, he was in possession of 12 grams of mari-
Mike Quinn, publisher of NewsManatee.com, con-
tributed to this report.
a couple engaged in sex.
Mattick said the distribution of the photographs
She suggested that the use of obscenity, inflamma-
tory attacks or straying from discussion of an agenda
item not be tolerated and the offender be gaveled out of
order. A repeat offender should lose the right to speak
before the commission, she added.
Mattick also said it's time for the public to stop
bringing up issues with the media during public discus-
sion. "The press should not be part of our discussions,"
The commission also approved without discussion
six special event permits for outdoor weddings at the
Mayor Fran Barford said she and the city staff,
along with city attorney Jim Dye and city planner Alan
Garrett, are working on revisions to the city's special
Dye also updated the commission on the most
Toeing the line
Residents and businesses located north of the
Manatee Public Beach had a boil-water advisory notice
placed on tap water for two days late last week after a
water line was breached.
The advisory came after a water main was breached
Thursday night. Bacterial infection concerns prompt
Manatee County water officials to urge residents to boil
recent lawsuit against the city by William and Barbara
Nally of Spring Avenue. The suit alleges "procedural
irregularities" by the city in approving special event
permits for the Sandbar. Dye said the city would move
this week to have the lawsuit dismissed.
The Nallys have also sued the city over its approval
of the Sandbar's final site plan. While oral arguments
in that case concluded in March, the court has not yet
issued a ruling.
In addition, the Nallys have sued the Sandbar over
its commercial parking plan.
Commissioners also approved the first reading of a
new franchise agreement with Florida Power & Light,
with the final reading scheduled for May 24.
Robert Hunt of 303 Pine Ave. was granted a six-
month extension to his preliminary site plan approval.
Hunt indicated the final plan has already been submitted
to building official Kevin Donohue and commissioners
agreed it should move forward to the commission for a
water before drinking or cooking after such an incident,
but it ended Saturday afternoon.
More than 9,000 people were impacted by the
notice, which extended north from 42nd Street in
Holmes Beach and from Anna Maria Sound to the Gulf
of Mexico, encompassing most of Holmes Beach and
Anna Maria City.
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annual nesting ground for skimmers and terns. Bird watchers made counts last week, spotting from a safe distance
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6-A 0 MAY 2, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
'I want my MTV'
When MTV started up in 1981, it brought us music
videos. Sight and sound from top rock musicians. It
changed the world of music. It changed television. It was
a revelation. Now there's mobile MTV with streaming
video, ringtones and more for cell phone, iPod fanatics.
Fast forward now, if you will, and think local. It was a
small awakening for us at The Islander to be able to attend
Tuesday Manatee County Board of Commissioners meet-
ings via televised broadcast on local cable TV.
The Manatee Government Access channel made our
lives (as press who didn't want to cross the bridge to go to
the county building and sit through hours of boring meet-
ings for a very limited number of Island agenda items) much
easier and it kept us more current on county issues.
So a few years back we contacted county commission-
ers and initiated talks on how we The Islander could
help bring the Island's government meetings to life on TV.
It didn't happen, but kt. lin, 1h ,'\y, streaming video, Web
casts and such are just the beginnings. We need to progress
with the times.
Last Tuesday, when county commissioners went on
lunch break, the time was filled in with a town meeting of
the Longboat Key commission.
We're slacking on Anna Maria Island.
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford has agreed to check
into adding video k linlh .'y as a new city hall takes shape
there. The Holmes Beach meeting room is video-ready
and, hopefully, Bradenton Beach commissioners will see
the benefits of reaching out to the public, their voters.
We think folks watching at home are likely to get more
involved but first we have to reach out to them in their
It might bring improved civility to meetings and
increase government knowledge and "Sunshine."
How about it? Aren't we ready for M(eeting) TV?
(Respond at www.islander.org.)
Cinco de Coquina?
After all the fretting and discussion by Manatee
County commissioners about what to solve crowd and
gang problems at Coquina Beach in particular for the
Cinco de Mayo holiday little in the way of was accom-
plished short of the immediate commitment for more law
enforcement officers on the beach.
A planned parking lot redesign won't happen for some
60-90 days. An ordinance limiting beach parking lot activi-
ties requested by law enforcement was tabled.
While there have been loads of suggestions from our read-
ers, a good one seems to be to bring out the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office rolling RV "substation," use cones and tempo-
rary barricades to direct traffic and limit "cruising," and maybe
a sign that says "no gangs" (duh?) in English and Spanish.
It's just a shame that our elected officials have not
entertained any public input on this important issue.
Do you feel left out?
(Respond at www.islander.org.)
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SLICK Island commissioners first time on TV By Egan
There are many ways of dealing with problems,
some of which have the undesired consequence of
inconveniencing some people.
After 9/11, all airports in America instituted tough new
screening measures which cause millions of people to be
inconvenienced" every time they fly. Attending sports
events now requires waiting in lines to have bags and purses
searched. For the most part, Americans have accepted such
delays as the price they must pay to be safe.
Recently, Coquina Beach became a shooting gallery
on a busy Easter Sunday afternoon. From news reports,
the gangs who created this havoc have been bringing
their violence to the beach on Easter for at least the past
10 years and this year their numbers totaled 2,000.
Wouldn't the U.S. military love to get 2,000 Al
Quaeda members in one location. What do you think
the result would be?
Cinco de Mayo is coming with another threat of
violence, and all I' ve heard so far is that 60-70 police
will be back in force. Not too good a ratio against 2,000
heavily armed gang members, would you say? They' ve
even bandied around bringing in the National Guard.
WOW, our own war zone here in Manatee County. Great
image for tourists and prospective new residents, eh?
How about this crazy idea? To combat drunk driving,
the police set up that's right checkpoints. Wouldn't
it make sense to use the same approach to combat the
shooting of our citizens on our public beaches?
We' re only dealing with access from three roads
- Cortez, Manatee and Gulf Drive. You have police
checkpoints set up and what intelligent gang member
is going to attempt to get through with guns, drugs and
probably no valid driver's license. Next Easter, they' 11
be happy to take their shooting gallery to some quiet
inland location like Myakka.
If we endure an extra hour at the airport to fly safely,
we ought to be willing to endure a 15-minute delay get-
ting to a beach where our family can play without fear
of being massacred. If not, heaven help us.
Robert McCaffrey, Holmes Beach
You have a choice!
We are friends or colleagues to some of you and
as business owners and members of Coalition Against
Runaway Taxation, we have been fighting the prop-
erty tax battle since 2004. During this time CART has
enjoyed active participation and moral support from
many of you.
Since 2001, Manatee County has increased its budget
by $255 million, or 73 percent, and increased property
taxes by $121 million, or 107 percent. During the same
five years, the taxpayers of Anna Maria Island have paid
a total of $230 million in property taxes, and collectively
experienced a 128 percent increase. Anna Maria Island,
with less than 3 percent of the county population, paid
$95 million, or 10 percent, of the total property taxes
collected by the county and experienced a 138 percent
increase in the property taxes we pay to the county.
Those numbers should get your attention.
The Florida Legislature is now negotiating the
future of property taxes in an effort to find a solution
to their differing approaches to this issue.
It is CART's opinion that the Legislature is falling seri-
ously short of a comprehensive tax reform that will bring
long-term relief to all property owners in Florida. None of
us can afford to be complacent at this critical juncture and
you can be part of a growing statewide grassroots effort.
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 2, 2007 0 A-7
By former Holmes Beach City
Commissioner Don Maloney
My Discover card bill arrived this morning, and on
it was a $72.46 figure the cost of just two gas fillups
last month for my new Mercury. Such expenditures, I
decided, have to stop. That decision brought an interest-
ing plan to mind. Why not keep the car in the garage
this month and spend $72-plus somewhere else?
First thought came to mind was I could use the money
to buy some new pants I need since my 2007 diet reso-
lution is working and my waist is smaller. Seventy-two
dollars would net me at least three pairs at Wal-Mart. But
if I'm going to have my car in the garage all month, I'm
certainly not going to roam around and so nobody will
notice the present too-big waistline on my trousers.
Then I picked up the morning paper and saw that
Exxon Mobil earned almost 10 billion dollars in the first
quarter this year. Obviously, my $72 and that annoying
.9-per-gallon helped their bottom line. So, I decided,
why not make their second quarter a little lower by
instead using the $72 to buy some Exxon stock. But
that would only get me one share and change.
Then I thought, why don't GM and Ford take the
cell phone providers' experience? You know, how they
give away the phones because they know that you -
and probably the kids will spend enough dollars
using them to pay for their phone costs. So why don't
Ford and GM give away SUVs and/or any other models
that eat up gas with the requirement that owners use
Reader Chub Wozniak has pointed out something of
interest to those who follow numbers and dates and such.
"At three minutes and four seconds after 2 a.m.
on the 6th of May this year, the time and date will be
02:03:04 05/06/07," he sent via e-mail. 'This will never
only the car company's favorite brand of gas?
Along those lines, I discovered the other day why print-
ers for computers are so cheap. Turns out the cost for the ink
cartridges to use them more than make up the difference.
But back to my $72.
Sears, I noticed in the paper, is having sales on all
sorts of tools that $72 could buy, the kinds I always
wanted to have ready for use when necessary in my
garage. However, I'm passing them up because with
the car in there, I'd have no room to work.
Sears also had a deal on digital music players with
MP3, WMA playback and a backlit LGD display with
adjustable speeds. But, since I have no idea what they
are, I'm passing on those, too.
Upcoming Mother's Day will provide a whole lot
of reasons to give Wife Sarah something. But, that too
is out. She's worth much more that $72 to me and I
would be embarrassed to present her with anything
worth only that or less.
With my car in the garage all month, I wouldn't be
able to take her out to dinner. The only thing I could do
would be to have pizza delivered. For $72, that could be
done six or seven times during the month depend-
ing on how much you tip the driver. But who could eat
seven pizzas in one month?
And food reminds me, with no car, how can I get
to Publix for milk when the present jug expires? The
trolley, I know, is a possibility or it would be if the
nearest stop wasn't so far away. Although, if Anna Maria
can get them to run the trolley north via Bean Point,
maybe we could get them to run to Key Royale, too.
Key Royale reminds me of another possibility. Why
don't I buy a golf cart? It couldn't cost me anywhere
near $72 to charge its battery for a month. But, it's close
to June/July and those things don't have air condition-
ing. Plus, I only do miniature golf.
All this leaves me with only one possibility: How
can I talk Wife Sarah into using her car for the month
the way I usually use $72 worth of gas in mine? I know
that wouldn't happen.
So, until June 1, I'm just going to sit here and do
crossword puzzles or something. Then in June, I can
spend that month's $72, plus the $72 I saved in May,
and go on a real gas-guzzling trip somewhere.
That will be the gift I'll offer Wife Sarah for Moth-
er's Day. Long trip on my gas.
In the April 30, 1997, issue of
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Curbside recycling for an additional $1.39
per month would become mandatory in Anna Maria
within the next 60 days as the city commission
voted to approve the measure on, appropriately,
District appeals judges were hearing appeals
filed by the Save Anna Maria organization regard-
ing the environmental and legal issues of the Florida
Department of Transportation's proposed 65-foot-high
fixed-span bridge to replace the current Anna Maria
Three unusually heavy thunderstorms for the nor-
mally dry month of April struck Anna Maria Island in
a three-day span, causing nearly $20,000 in damages
to a number of roofs and dumping more than 6 inches
of rain on the Island.
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April 24 66 84 0
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April 21 70 83 0
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8-A 0 MAY 2, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Insurance: Islanders to benefit from Citizens expansion
By Molly McCartney
The outlook for June 1 is mixed.
It is the first day of hurricane season. But it is also
the start date for state-run Citizens Insurance Property
Corp. to expand its wind coverage to small businesses
Rates have not been announced, so it is impossible
to know the cost or benefit.
But at least there will be a new option for hard-hit
Island commercial property owners to consider, includ-
ing Roser Memorial Community Church, which has
been without wind insurance for nearly a year.
Roser, the Island's oldest church and one of its most
cherished institutions, lost its wind coverage in May
2006. The only insurer that Roser could find to write
a replacement policy for its multi-million dollar com-
plex wanted a premium of $225,000 with a deductible
of $100,000, according to congregation chair Sherry
"We didn't feel like we were financially able to do
that," she said.
Until recently, Roser has not been eligible for
Citizens insurance because the church was outside the
state-designated wind zone.
A law passed in January by a special session of the
Florida Legislature eliminated the wind-zone and autho-
rized Citizens to begin offering insurance on June 1 to
commercial non-residential property owners, regardless
of location. Most churches fall into that category.
"If that is the situation, we will look into it and
make some kind of decision," said Dick Rowse, who
chairs the Roser board of trustees.
State Rep. Bill Galvano (R-68), who represents
Anna Maria Island and other parts of western Manatee
County, expects the expansion in Citizens coverage
to "help a lot of citizens and businesses around the
According to Galvano, it was the effort by "our
Island community that helped bring about the change"
in the law. He said it was important for Anna Maria
Islanders to know "they worked hard for this and made
The expansion of Citizens is the latest step in the
legislative process that began last year when Galvano
introduced an amendment to expand the county-by-
Roser Memorial Community Church, which has been
without wind insurance for the past year, should be
eligible for a policy from Citizens Property Insurance
Corp. under a new program approved last week, but
at what cost? Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
county state-designated wind zones and make more
commercial property owners eligible for Citizens. The
Galvano amendment failed by one vote but his quest set
the stage for the insurance reforms approved in Janu-
"This is an example of pursuing an issue, and I am
pleased to see it happening," Galvano said, "but the
The board of Citizens voted April 26 to approve
a plan, based on the new state law, to offer up to $1
million in wind-only coverage for small commercial,
non-residential customers with no more than $10 mil-
lion of total insured value.
"Our goal is to make coverage available as quickly
as possible to the Florida small business community
which is in dire need of commercial coverage," said
Bruce Douglas, the Citizens board chairman.
He said it was important to get the coverage in
place by the start of hurricane season on June 1.
Citizens has estimated that it has about 65,000 com-
mercial policies in the areas formerly designated as
wind zones. It is not clear how many commercial prop-
erties outside those zones will be eligible for Citizens
coverage as a result of the new state law.
In addition to broadening its wind-only program
on June 1, Citizens will begin on Sept. 1 to offer a
commercial multi-peril policy that includes wind. The
multi-peril policy, according to Citizens, will provide
the first $2.5 million of building coverage for structures
with a value of $20 million or less.
The expansion of Citizens is the latest develop-
ment in the ongoing state insurance crisis over soaring
premiums and shrinking coverage.
Anna Maria Island and its small commercial owners
have been especially hard hit by the insurance crunch
because of the restrictions until now on access to Citi-
zens, the state's insurer of last resort.
Last summer, after the Galvano amendment failed,
state officials issued an emergency order to establish
the Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Associa-
tion (PCJUA) to provide insurance to small commercial
property owners who were not eligible for Citizens and
who couldn't find private market coverage.
But the PCJUA issued only about 850 policies
because of its high rates as well as its restriction that
the value of the commercial property have a value of
no more than $1 million.
On June 1, Citizens will absorb the PCJUA policies
as part of its expansion program.
Stay tuned as more information becomes available
on the rates that Citizens will charge for its expanded
wind and multi-peril coverage.
Note: If you have an insurance story to share with others
about your experience with rate hikes, rate reductions,
rate refunds or other insurance issues, please send a
note to The Islander by mailing msmccartney@spring-
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Draft dock ordinance still anchored in review
By Lisa Neff
A draft ordinance on docking regulations remains
anchored in Holmes Beach City Commission work ses-
Commissioners took up the proposed measure at
length during a work session April 24, but indicated
additional discussion is needed.
"We knew this was going to be a couple more work
sessions," said Commission Chairperson Sandy Haas-
City attorney Patricia Petruff added that before the
commission takes action on the ordinance she wants
to make sure a review of docks and deeds has been
"I would like to go through and make sure we
are comfortable we've taken care of everyone," she
Work on the ordinance began following a study
conducted by city planning consultant Bill Brisson in
conjunction with Petruff and assistant superintendent
of public works Bill Saunders.
The study identified docks that failed to meet the
city's code, that were built in the wrong location, that
were built without permits and built with dubious or
So city officials set to work on the ordinance. The
intent was to clean up confusion and to help neighbors
navigate a peaceful coexistence on the canals.
The proposed ordinance, as written last week,
would set a minimum mooring width of 10 feet and
a minimum dock width of 2 feet. It would prohibit an
installation from extending more than 20 feet from the
seawall or mean-high water line into the waterway.
The measure also would provide for exceptions to
requirements for mooring areas and docks so property
owners can chart their own agreements that run with
The ordinance states, "Adjoining property owners
may agree to a spatial arrangement of mooring areas
different from that set forth ... provided the agreement
meets the following conditions." The conditions state
the agreement is binding on each party and their succes-
sors and assigns, the agreement is recorded in the public
records and identifies the properties by legal description
and does not exceed 15 years.
Much of the discussion last week involved the pro-
vision for the private-party agreement.
Marie Corbett of 72nd Street said she liked the
idea of property owners being allowed to negotiate an
agreement, but she objected to the agreement expiring
in 15 years.
"I feel the limit on 15 years is a recipe for disaster,"
Reaching an agreement could be difficult and time
consuming, as well as financially costly. "We wouldn't
want to face it again in 15 years," she said.
Attorney Scott Rudacille, representing John
and Diane Crawford of Key Royale, also brought
up the provision for an agreement. Rudacille said
his clients and their neighbors entered an agree-
ment eight years ago and he asked commissioners
to amend the ordinance to recognize the existing
Haas-Martens asked whether the ordinance should
be amended to honor existing agreements.
"I think there is possibly a danger in doing that,"
Petruff said, noting that there might be existing private-
party agreements for docks that don't comply with city
\ ly suggestion is," she continued, "if everybody is
still all happy, why not enter into a new agreement."
Rudacille also questioned the 15-year limit on an
Commissioners, in a previous discussion, had said
the limit provides an out for an unhappy party.
"I think there is a place when times are appropri-
ate," said Commissioner John Monetti, reminding other
commissioners that the limit puts "an end in sight to a
But Rudacille said his clients entered into a "per-
manent" agreement. L\c~ly 15 years your neighbor
would have you over a barrel," he said.
Commissioner Pat Geyer said she too dislikes the
15-year limit. "I hate to put a deadline of 15 years," she
said. "People own their homes for years and years."
Petruff told commissioners, "I'm not strongly tied
to that 15 years."
She also offered alternative language that has
worked in Longboat Key. The alternative read, "Two
or more adjacent waterfront property owners may
join in an application for the construction of a dock.
Said dock shall be no wider than 12 feet and shall
not interfere with the navigational rights of adjoin-
ing property owners.... Property owned by the joint
applicants shall be treated as one lot for purposes
of determining setback for the dock and ancillary
structures. As a condition of granting a permit, the
applicants shall prepare mutually reciprocal ease-
ments for the use of said dock and shall record the
easements in the public records in the county where
the property is located as a condition for the permit
"It's a different approach," said Petruff, adding,
"It's just something to take a look at and give some
In addition to talking about the provision for an
agreement, property owners raised questions about
setback requirements and dock sizes in an era of ever-
increasing boat sizes.
City commissioners plan to continue discussing the
ordinance during a work session May 8 at city hall. The
session would follow the regular commission meeting,
which begins at 7 p.m.
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 2, 2007 0 A-9
Manatee fertilizer ordinance in development
By Lisa Neff
The Manatee County legal department is weeding
through a draft ordinance that would mandate the use
of slow-release fertilizer rather than regular fertilizer on
county property and municipalities are being asked
to follow suit.
The county operates several facilities on Anna
Maria Island, including the Kingfish Boat Ramp along
Manatee Avenue, the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes
Beach and Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. The
county also has purchased land on Perico Island for
conservation and preservation uses.
The goal of the fertilizer restriction would be to
reduce the amount of fertilizer reaching streams, canals,
rivers, bays and eventually the Gulf of Mexico, said
County Commissioner Carol Whitmore.
L\ c.l\thing in East Manatee eventually ends up in
the bay," said Whitmore, who is pushing for passage of
the ordinance as one step in stemming nutrient pollution in
coastal waters. Extra fertilizer in bodies of water can mean
extra algae and plant growth, which can harm water qual-
ity and, with algae decay, deplete oxygen in the water.
Scientists continue to debate the role of fertilizer
in outbreaks of red tide. Last fall, the National Oce-
anic and Atmospheric Administration announced a $4.7
million research effort to determine whether nutrient
runoffs are triggering red tide blooms.
Several counties and municipalities in the state
have enacted ordinances restricting fertilizer use in
recent years. Some measures are similar to the one
in development in Manatee County and others are
broader, applying to private property as well as public
St. Johns County, home of the Guana Marsh,
adopted the first Florida fertilizer ordinance in 2000.
Earlier this spring, the Sanibel City Council voted
unanimously for strict new regulations on fertilizer use
on the barrier island.
In an effort to reduce the amount of nitrogen and
phosphorous polluting area waters in stormwater
runoff, the Sanibel ordinance prohibits the use of fer-
tilizer that contains phosphorous or nitrogen during the
rainy season July 1 through Sept. 30.
The rest of the year, the ordinance prohibits the use
of fertilizer that consists of more than 2 percent phos-
phorous and 20 percent nitrogen. The nitrogen must
also be slow-release.
The Sanibel ordinance also prohibits the applica-
tion of fertilizer on a property more than six times and
not within 25 feet of a wetland, pond, stream, canal or
other body of water. A violation is considered a misde-
meanor and could lead to a $500 fine.
Such ordinances have faced tough opposition from
the fertilizer industry in public relations campaigns and
Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment, a
trade group for the fertilizer industry, maintains that
arguments for fertilizer restrictions are based on bad
science and that fertilizers help create denser lawns,
thus reducing runoff in waterways.
But environmental groups and a number of govern-
ment reports refute RISE's position.
The National Academies, in a study called "Clean
Coastal Waters," reported seven years ago that all U.S.
coastal waters show signs of nutrient over-enrichment
and that the situation would only grow worse. The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency has reported that 60
percent of coastal rivers and bays are moderately to
Based on the studies, the Sierra Club is encourag-
ing citizens to minimize their use of fertilizers, as well
as demand their elected officials pass laws restricting
"It's going to take a joint sustained effort," Stuart
DeCew, who works on coastal pollution issues for
the Sierra Club, told Save Anna Maria Inc. members
DeCew asked SAM to lobby county and munici-
pal officials to adopt measures to protect the coast and
specifically encouraged SAM's support for a Manatee
County ordinance to limit fertilizer use.
An effort to block such ordinances was under way
in Tallahassee in the form of an amendment to an agri-
culture bill. The amendment, encouraged by the Florida
Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association, would have
imposed as early as a moratorium on the adoption of
local government ordinances regulating the application,
sale and use of fertilizer and established a task force to
come up with guidelines for counties and cities.
But the amendment appears to have died under
pressure from local government associations and calls
from local elected officials such as Whitmore, who
pressed state Sen. Mike Bennett to work against the
amendment, and Lee County Commission Chair Robert
P Janes, who lobbied the governor, Senate President
Ken Pruitt and House Speaker Marco Rubio.
"Local governments regulations are coming under
attack this session by the Florida Legislature," Janes
said. L\ ciy year Florida's water quality is deteriorat-
ing. Local governments are the last line of defense for
Florida's natural resources and water quality standards.
Local government's ability to protect our environment
and water quality standards are critical and should not
be removed by the state legislature."
In meetings last week, lawmakers debated the
amendment, which appeared dead in the Senate.
So the Manatee County attorney's office continues
refining a draft measure, which is also getting a review
from the agriculture department.
"It covers only public lands for the county," said
Whitmore, a former mayor of Holmes Beach and former
board member of Solutions To Avoid Red Tide. "I hope
the cities are encouraged by example to do the same.
We need to make sure we don't infringe on rights of
the charter governments."
Whitmore also said she hopes through educational
forums to see reduced fertilizer use on private prop-
"We all have to start taking action," she said.
Cleanup clears waste
By Lisa Neff
Dozens of volunteers helped haul garbage from
Anna Maria Island's beaches, woods and road sides
during the Great American Cleanup on April 21.
The cleanup was organized nationally by Keep
America Beautiful and locally by Keep Manatee Beau-
Organizers are continuing to collect data for a
national and county tally, but KMB executive director
Ingrid McClellan reported that 276 volunteers cleaned
23 miles on the Island and the Palma Sola Causeway.
In Anna Maria, 28 volunteers cleaned 5 miles,
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In Holmes Beach and the Kingfish Boat Ramp area
along Manatee Avenue, 24 volunteers cleaned 2 miles,
removing 800 pounds of trash.
In Bradenton Beach, 199 volunteers cleaned 11
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In the cleanup at the Palma Sola Causeway, 25 vol-
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By Lisa Neff
The editing continues on an ordinance amending
sign regulations in Holmes Beach.
The Holmes Beach City Commission discussed
proposed regulations during a work session April 24
at city hall.
Several people in the real estate business also
attended to speak about the ordinance.
Commissioners are trying to craft an ordinance
clamping down on the proliferation of signs, but not
infringing on First Amendment rights or interfering
with methods of doing business.
Commissioner Pat Morton said the goal is to restrict
the placement of signs with "reckless abandonment."
The stated purpose of the 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 busi-
ness identification, advertising and communication."
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 draft incorporates recommendations from
the city planning commission, alterations by the city
attorney and city planning consultant, requests from the
mayor and city commissioners and suggestions from
citizens and business people.
Still, said Commission Chairperson Sandy Haas-
Martens, there is more work to be done.
"We' ve got a couple more sessions to work things
out," she said.
Discussion at a meeting in early April focused on
defining flags to contrast with banners, which are pro-
hibited unless for temporary events, and on real estate
Discussion last week again focused on real estate
signs specifically, how many are allowed, where
they can be placed and how long they can remain.
Real estate signs, in the ordinance, are considered
The measure, as written last week, would allow
one vacation rental sign, not exceeding 18 inches in
any dimension, located on the principle structure.
The measure would restrict the size of a real estate
sign to 6 square feet and no more than two attach-
The measure would allow for two real estate signs
on waterfront property one in the yard on the street
side and one on the watefront side.
The measure also would allow two real estate signs
on corner lots one in the front yard and one in the
side yard, but not two on one street.
The number of signs for a garage/yard sale or open
house would be limited to three two directional signs
and one sign on the property. None could be placed in
the rights of way.
Commissioners discussed when real estate signs
should come down from a property, specifically signs
on short-term rental property.
The draft ordinance states, "Real estate signs shall
be removed immediately following consummation of
the sale or rental of the property. If the sign is a free-
standing sign, the pole, mast, frame or other structure
to which it is attached shall also be removed."
Applying that rule to short-term rentals seems
impractical said some agents and commissioners
"We have 250 rentals," said Barry Gould of Island
Vacation Properties. 'Td have to have a huge staff going
around taking signs down and putting them back up."
Gould also pointed out that a rental could be occu-
pied, but a sign is still needed because the property soon
could be available.
"The rental sign issue is always a big one," added
Frank Davis of Island Real Estate. Davis said that a lot
of people shop around during their visit for a place to
stay on their next trip. "People get here, they want to
advance to a bigger place."
Commissioner David Zaccagnino mentioned that
toward the end of 2006-07 winter season, he saw people
in his neighborhood taking down telephone numbers
and addresses for next year's rentals.
"We need to think about these short-term rentals,"
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger suggested that when
commissioners adopt the ordinance, the new regula-
tions be phased in.
"These are expensive marketing tools," he said of
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Bradenton Beach in good financial
shape, according to audit
By Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach received high marks for its 2005-
06 audit from accountant Ed Leonard last week.
Leonard, with the accounting firm of Christopher,
Smith, Leonard, Bristow & Stanell, PA., told commis-
sioners that the total assets grew through the purchase
of "capital assets" in the form of two land purchases
on Church Avenue, as well as a public works' tractor
and work on the pier.
"You' re in a good financial position," Leonard said,
"similar to the previous year."
He noted that of the total budget, including
restricted and non-restricted funds of $5.9 million for
the past fiscal year, about 58 percent of the budget was
within the "unrestricted net assets" category, which is
usually referred to as the "rainy day fund" for use
in a calamity such as a hurricane or other natural disas-
Leonard said that barrier island cities should have
at least 51 percent placed in reserves for such funds,
although Mayor John Chappie said recent suggestions
from hurricane experts indicated that coastal communi-
ties should have 1.5 times the budget in reserves.
As a harbinger to property owners, Commissioner
Bill Shearon questioned the sanitation elements of the
audit. Bradenton Beach is the only Anna Maria Island
city to have its own garbage and recycling service pro-
vided by the city. Other Island municipalities contract
for that service from Waste Management Inc.
There was a net asset in sanitation, Shearon noted,
and wondered why such an increase could occur if the
fund was designed to be a zero-profit category, despite
no increases in rates in about three years.
Leonard said changes in personnel had altered
the sanitation budget. He also suggested that the city
consider enacting an ordinance that would adjust
garbage, trash and recycling pickup in the city based
on cost-of-living increases annually to deal with the
matter, something which commissioners appeared to
find appealing, although no formal action was taken
on the matter.
A concern Leonard noted in his audit was within
the planning and development department, which over-
spent its proposed budget for the fiscal year by more
"The city's planning department exceeded its
budgeted appropriations by a significant amount," he
wrote. "Other departments were under budget, and con-
sequently, the total amount of budged expenditures was
not exceeded. We recommend that department heads
closely monitor their respective budgets to ensure
appropriated amounts are not exceeded."
Chappie said that the department was informed of
its overruns last summer, and vowed that "it's not going
to happen any more."
The planning department budget ended up at 37
percent over its budget in fiscal year 2005-06, according
to Leonard's figures.
The audit report will be accepted by city commis-
sioners at a future meeting.
Islander saves coins for
AME-PTO Islander contest
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria resident John Bacich has been saving
pennies since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
He finds them on the floor, the road, in coffee
houses, shops, phone booths and on the floor of his
car. He's become so "penny-wise" that he's even got
his friends giving him their spare pennies.
"I've been saving nearly 78 years," he said. "A
penny saved is a penny earned."
His "penny-pinching ways" began when he was
just a young boy during the Depression.
"Back then, a penny could buy you a licorice stick,
a cookie or a large piece of rock candy. You could buy
lots of things for just a penny. Today, young kids won't
bend over to pick up a penny, but someone who went
through the Depression will. I still pick up pennies. I
don't need the money anymore, but I do it to donate
the money to charity."
Fact is, Bacich once counted out more than $1,000
in pennies that he had saved over the years.
Now, he's turned his "penny-wise" ways to helping
The Islander raise money for the Anna Maria Island
Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization.
Contestants get to guess how much money is in the
5-gallonjar. The closet guess wins $100 in pennies, while
the remainder the jug of cash goes to the PTO.
The winner of this year's best cash guess will be
announced at the PTO's "Spring Fing" event sched-
uled May 12, where the jar will be displayed and "best
guesses" may be entered.
Anyone interested in "taking a guess" prior to the
May 12 event can come by The Islander office between
9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.
Another 5-gallon jar of cash is being filled up
for the 2008 PTO Spring Fing, and Bacich adds to it
weekly at The Islander office at 5404 Marina Drive in
"Ode to Warhol" by Sara Miller will be featured in
the Manatee High School Student Art Exhibit at the
Anna Maria Island Art League.
Manatee High art exhibit
opens May 11
The Anna Maria Island Art League showcases the
work of Manatee High School students in May.
The 13th annual Manatee High Art Exhibit opens
at the league gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd. in Holmes
Beach, with a reception sponsored by Holmes Beach
representative David Zaccagnino of Morgan Stanley
from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 11.
The exhibit, featuring drawings, paintings, pho-
tographs, ceramics and graphic designs, continues
through May 22.
Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday
For more information, call 778-2099 or go to www.
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Islander John Bacich recently donated a large jug
of cash to The Islander for an upcoming contest in
which participants will guess how much money is in
a 5-gallon container. Islander Photo: Paige Wolfe
Everyone is welcome to contribute their change to
the growing 2008 collection.
For Spring Fling information, contact Holly Con-
nelly. The annual fundraising dinner/dance will be held
at St. Bernard Catholic Church from 6 to 11 p.m. Satur-
day, May 12. Tickets for the event are on sale at a cost
of $35 per person or $260 for a table of eight.
at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at 778-1357.
Tickets may be purchased at the school office, or from
Connelly, or Lynda Hicks at 761-3280.
adds board members
Several people joined the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society board last week.
Their appointment to the board was approved April
27 by the AMIHS general membership during a meet-
ing at the historical museum.
The members approved the appointment of Ellen
Aquilina of Coast Bank in Cortez; Melissa Williams
of the Anna Maria Island Young Professionals; Ilona
Kenrick of Sato Real Estate; and Lyn Sprinkle, a docent
with the historical society since 2002.
Also during the meeting, the members celebrated
the awarding of an AMIHS scholarship to a Holmes
The $1,000 scholarship winner is Jordan Pritchard.
Jordan's father is James Pritchard, a lifeguard and EMT.
His mother is Julie Pritchard, a bookkeeper with the
West Manatee Fire Rescue District. Jordan plans to
study accounting at the University of Florida.
Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota recently hon-
ored its many volunteers, including Holmes Beach resi-
dent Fred Gewirtz.
Mote welcomed more than 200 people to an annual
volunteers ceremony April 19 and presented a series of
awards for years of service.
Gewirtz received an award for 10 years of ser-
Mote also received an award recently.
Mote scientist Robert Hueter, director of the center
for shark research, and Mote's sea turtle conservation
and research program, received honors from Sarasota
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AM official seeks Bradenton Beach position
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria building official Kevin Donohue has
applied for the building official's position in Bradenton
Beach following the resignation of Ed McAdams.
Donohue, who has been Anna Maria's building offi-
cial since November 2003, is one of eight applicants who
have applied for the Bradenton Beach job, which pays a
maximum of $66,000 annually, plus benefits, according
to the city's job description. McAdams, however, was
making $83,200 annually when he resigned in the wake
of a sexual harassment charge filed against him by Bra-
denton Beach code enforcement officer Gail Gareau.
Donohue is currently salaried at $63,600 with Anna
Maria, not including benefits such as health insurance
Prior to becoming the Anna Maria building official,
Donohue was a building official in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.,
for 20 years. He holds a current Florida building offi-
cial's license. An official with the Florida Department
of Business and Professional Licensing said Donohue
has had no complaints filed against him since becoming
the Anna Maria building official.
Donohue declined to give a reason why he applied
for the position, but he would not be the first Anna
Maria building official to find the climate warmer in
Bradenton Beach. Several years ago, then-Anna Maria
building official Bob Welch left for the same job in Bra-
denton Beach, but only lasted two years before resign-
ing amidst a squabble with the city commission.
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said she was
aware that Donohue had submitted his application and
planned to discuss the matter with him prior to May 8,
when Bradenton Beach begins its interview process.
The Bradenton Beach building official's job descrip-
tion calls for someone to "perform enforcement of city
building codes, construction codes, as well as Federal
Emergency Management Agency, environmental and
state accessibility and n I-. _i .Y codes. Review construc-
tion plans, make physical inspections and supervise
code enforcement," according to the city's Web site.
Qualifications include holding a bachelor's degree
in business, public administration, architecture or other
construction trades "or 10 years of actual experience
as a building inspector, architect, engineer or building
construction contractor; or an equivalent combination
of education and experience determined directly related
to the foregoing specific requirement.
"Candidates also must be licensed by Florida as
bound for ballgame
The Anna Maria Island Young Professionals
will be heading to Tampa for a Devil Rays game
on Thursday, May 3.
The Islanders will be joining other young
professionals in the region for a baseball game,
refreshments and networking with Rays execu-
The group has canceled its regularly sched-
uled meeting Monday, May 7.
For more information about the game or the
group, call Brandy Booth at 744-6451.
Writers group to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet to share the work
and their remembrances of the late writer Marguerite
Loucks Dye at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Dye, 89, of Bradenton, died March 20. She was a
poet, pianist, traveler and author, including the writer
of "A Smile, A Chuckle, A Loud Guffaw."
Dye also was active in a number of local groups,
including the Gulf Coast Writers and the Anna Maria
Island Artists Guild.
The meeting is set for 10:15 a.m. Monday, May
The group also will read from members' works.
For more information, call 778-7631.
a building codes administrator, hold a valid Florida
driver's license, and file financial disclosure forms."
Donohue has no official complaints in his personnel
file and was highly rated by former Anna Maria Mayor
Bradenton Beach officials are expected to have a
short-list of candidates by May 8.
Wendy Quin ofCortez won the road-ready Tomberlin
E-Merge Neighborhood Electric Vehicle that Breiter
Capital Management sponsored for a raffle drawing at
An Affaire to Remember, the benefit for the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Quin, who had never won
anything until the raffle, plans to drive the cart to work
and back. Pictured are, from left, AMICC assistant
executive director Scott Dell, left, the winner's father
Jimmy Quin and Wendy Quin in the "car, Stephy
Alcorn and John Home, AMICC board member.
Kiwanis to host
Manatee Glens speaker
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island plans to
hold speaker meetings each Saturday in May.
The programs will take place at 8:30 a.m. at Cafe
on the Beach at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
On Saturday, May 5, the club hosts Mary Ruiz of
Manatee Glens talking about families in crisis.
tours new 'Studio,'
Members of the Anna
Maria Island Wedding
Network gather to tour
the newly opened The
Studio at Gulf and Pine
in Anna Maria and to
discuss promoting the
Island as a romantic
wedding destination. The
group plans to hold a
bridal fair next Febru-
ary. For more informa-
tion about AMIWN, call
founder and photogra-
pher Jack Elka at 778-
2711. Islander Photo:
In The Studio
Jill Morris is the new director at The Studio at Gulf
and Pine. Former Anna Mayor SueLynn held the
director's position in the months leading up to the
opening of the Anna Maria facility that is owned by
former First Lady and Island resident Rhea ( iilt \.
For more information about The Studio, call 778-
1906. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Father Ron Joseph,
front row, Cecil Warf
and Kathleen Horohe,
and Jean Stanley, back
row, Barbara Cook,
Jan Jensen, Patri-
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McKinnis and Paulette
Kaczor, attend the
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fashion from Bealls.
Lindsey Therese Geeraerts of Holmes Beach gradu-
ated from Florida State University April 28 with a
bachelor's degree in science and a major in physical
science. Geeraerts, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta,
plans to pursue a medical career. Her parents, Kathy
and Ted Geeraerts, congratulate her.
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 2, 2007 0 A-15
Songwriter Gilligan seeks 'Idol' success
By Lisa Neff
Gil "Gilligan" Muscarella hopes that when the sixth
"American Idol" winner takes the stage, the superstar-
in-the-making is singing his song.
Muscarella, a stock clerk at Jessie's Island
Store in Holmes Beach, has entered the tune "An
Inconvenient Truth Is So" in the "American Idol"
The No. 1 song which will be chosen in an Inter-
net vote will be performed by this year's Idol on the
season finale May 23.
The songwriter will receive a publishing deal for
the song, which will be recorded and released by the
As in all things "Idol," Muscarella's song must
make several cuts. Judges are selecting 20 songs from
the thousands entered in the contest.
On Wednesday, May 2, the shortlist will be posted
on the Internet at songwriter.americanidol.com, along
with Mp3 versions of the songs. Listeners will then vote
for their favorite.
"If it makes the top 20, I'll be happy," said Mus-
The 53-year-old used to live in Holmes Beach but
moved to Bradenton in December. He feels, however,
more like an Islander than a mainlander. "I only sleep
in Bradenton," he said.
Muscarella, who has done telemarketing and offset
press work, started about two years ago at Jessie's.
"I like this job," he said. "There's a lot of physical
exercise and great people to work with. It's good for
my health and good for my stress."
The job also provides time to think. Muscarella
came up with "An Inconvenient Truth is So" while
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Muscarella wrote "An Inconvenient Truth Is So" as
an anthem, a 1960s-style protest song. His submitted
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The message, as in the Al Gore documentary "An
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Bradenton Beach artist Robert Johnson is the star of
a one-man show at the Arts Council of Manatee County
Gallery in May.
Johnson's show, "A Brush with Nature," opens
May 4 and continues through May 26 at the gallery,
926 12th St. W., Bradenton.
The show will feature oil paintings, prints, note
cards and shirts with his Florida-themed images.
Johnson, in his work, focuses on Florida's natural
wonders on the land and in the water.
The artist moved to Bradenton Beach in 2004,
arriving from Key West, where he worked as an artist
for more than two decades.
A reception for Johnson will take place at the gal-
lery during the Village of the Arts Artwalk 6 p.m. to
9:30 p.m. Friday, May 4.
For more information, call 746-2223.
'A Brush with Nature"
Robert Johnson's "Estuary" is featured in his one-
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By Lisa Neff
The young Islander who took center stage in "Annie"
in 2003 now is taking her place in "A Chorus Line."
Trina Rizzo continues to hone her musical acting
skills in the Manatee Players production of "A Chorus
Line," which opened April 26 in downtown Bradenton.
In 2003, Trina auditioned along with more than
100 other children for a role in "Annie" in the Players
Theatre production in Sarasota.
Twelve children were
chosen. Trina, then a stu-
dent at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School and close to her
10th birthday, was selected
to play the lead. Her prior
work with the Bradenton
Riverfront Theatre and the
Her classmates -
Trina Riz from Anna Maria Elemen-
tary to King Middle School where she is a seventh-
grader have cheered her on in her stage work.
"All of them are very supportive," said Trina, who
doesn't get nervous before going on stage, but may "get a
few butterflies" singing a solo or delivering a monologue.
Trina has also performed in the Manatee Players'
"Big River" and "The Women," "The Plexiglass Slip-
per" at the Asolo Repertory and "Big: The Musical" at
the Golden Apple in Sarasota.
Most recently she appeared as a grandchild in "The
Best of Times" with the Sarasota Senior theater the
play ended about three weeks ago. "I had a lot of fun
with it," Trina said. "It was an amazing show."
Appearing in one production while preparing for
another left Trina with little spare time, but she says her
school work doesn't suffer.
"Sometimes I have to stay up late after rehearsals study-
ing or finishing homework," Trina said. But, she added, "I
perform better when I am busy, because I think to myself,
'OK, I've got a test in two days, a paper due Thursday, and
I'm going to be at the theater this Sunday for 12 hours.'I get
things done faster because I am more focused and I don't
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The Island Players will conclude their theatrical
season with a melodrama containing a theme famil-
iar to residents in a vacation paradise "Guest in
The play opens Thursday, May 10, at the theater,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, and continues through
May 20. Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sat-
urday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with tickets selling at $15.
Fans of film noir might recall the 1944 movie
version of "Guest in the House" with John Brahm
directing and a very young, pre-"All About Eve"
Anne Baxter in the role of Evelyn Heath. Evelyn is
a seemingly sweet woman with a cardiac condition
who, on doctor's orders, goes to a New England
home to recuperate. The movie's reissue title pro-
vides an idea of how that visit goes the film also
became known as "Satan in Skirts."
The Island Players production set in a Con-
necticut home in 1942 uses the script by Hager
Wilde and Dale Eunson that's based on the original
story by Katherine Albert. The Wilde/Eunson play
became a hit on Broadway two years before the
arrival of the Oscar-nominated film.
Kelly Wynn Woodland directs. Her previous
work with the Island Players includes "Smell of
the Kill," "Blithe Spirit," "A Flea in her Ear," "The
Dining Room," "Dearly Departed," "37 Postcards,"
"Dancing at Lughnasa," "Moon Over the Brewery,"
"Crimes of the Heart" and "The Foreigner."
Dorothy Eder is the stage director, working with
Rick Kopp on set design, Chris McVicker on light
design, Bob Grant on sound design, Don Bailey on
costume design, Rita Lamoreux on makeup and hair
design and a long list of production staff and house
In the cast, audience members will see Jennifer
Vassel as Ann Proctor, Montana Modderman as Lee
Proctor, Anne Fasulo as Hilda the maid, Mike Lusk
as the Rev. Dr. Shaw, Miriam Ring as Aunt Martha
Proctor, Amy Modderman as Miriam Blake, Brian
waste my time on the computer or phone."
Trina's vocal coach, Nathan Rifenburg, suggested
she audition for "A Chorus Line."
"If he hadn't told me to, I probably would not have
gone because I assumed I was too young," Trina said.
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The play's plot involves the sickly Evelyn
paying a visit to the home of illustrator Douglas
Proctor and wisecracking Ann and their family.
The occupants of the abode come to learn in this
psycho-drama that Evelyn is not what she seems.
The three-act play will be presented with two
The Island Players box office is open 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and one
hour prior to performances. The box office phone
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Trina portrays Connie, generally described as a
short, funny, Asian-American woman in her early 20s.
"I usually spend my time with older people in the
theater so I feel that I am mature for my age, which
makes it easier to play a 22-year-old," Trina said of her
character. "As for being Asian-American, I am half-
Chinese and half-Italian, so I do look the part."
"A Chorus Line" was first staged off-Broadway in
1975 and then held the record as Broadway's longest
running show until "Cats" pounced on the record.
Is Trina hoping to head to the Great White Way?
"I would love a career on Broadway," she said.
"But I don't want to be a starving actor. I think that I
will keep acting as a hobby and have a different job."
"A Chorus Line" continues through Sunday, May
13, at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old
Main St., Bradenton.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sat-
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
April 23, 800 block North Shore Drive, informa-
tion. Deputies responded to a call of an abandoned
vehicle at the beach access and issued a ticket. After
checking the vehicle tag, deputies determined that it
was reported as missing from Gulfport, Fla., and the
complainant said his wife was en route to a mental
health treatment facility but never arrived, according
to the report. The woman was eventually found and the
complainant collected the vehicle.
April 25, 7500 block Cortez Road, criminal mis-
chief. The complainant, of Anna Maria, said someone
scratched her car while it was parked.
April 15, 107 First St. N., Bridgewalk resort, bur-
glary. The complainant said someone entered the utility
room of the resort overnight and took two circular saws
and miscellaneous tools.
April 18, 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, grand theft.
The store manager said an audit revealed discrepancies
in the financial accounts and suspected an employee of
taking the money. The investigation is ongoing.
April 19, 100 block Highland Avenue, theft. The
complainant said someone broke the passenger window
of his van and took a handheld GPS.
April 19, 200 block Gulf Drive, warrant. On a rou-
tine traffic stop, officers discovered that the driver had
warrants for her arrest from Sarasota County, and she
was taken to jail.
April 21, 1500 Gulf Drive South, Coquina Beach,
domestic. Officers were called after seeing a woman hit
Martha M. Stewart
Martha M. Stewart, 77, of Anna Maria, died April
Mrs. Stewart moved to Manatee County from
Atlanta, Ga. She was a laboratory technician there. She
was a member of the Anna Maria Island Historical Soci-
ety. She was a member of Roser Memorial Community
Church, Anna Maria, where she was a past treasurer and
chair of the Acolytes. She enjoyed playing bridge.
Memorial services were April 28 at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, PO. Box 247, Anna Maria
FL 34216. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Bradenton
Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Sinclair
"Bubba"; daughters Leigh Fann of Blairsville, Ga., and
Jill Ogle of Sandpoint, Idaho; sons Andrew of Cum-
mings, Ga., and Raymond of Suwanee, Ga.; brothers
Don Masson of Eatonton, Ga., and Dave Masson of
Erie, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grand-
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a man in a car. He said they were driving back from Sara-
sota when she became sick, he pulled the car over, then
went to help some people with a boat, and on return to
the car she struck him for leaving her and walked away.
April 22, 1500 block Gulf Drive, driver's license.
During a traffic stop, officers ascertained that the driver
of the vehicle did not have a driver's license, had no
identification of any kind, and he was arrested.
April 20, 100 block 49th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took the license plate from his
April 20, 300 block Clark Drive, theft. The com-
plainant said someone had taken some of her checks
and cashed them at various locations.
April 20, 4700 Third Avenue, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took three rings valued at $750.
April 21, 2800 Gulf Drive, warrant. During a traf-
fic stop for an altered Florida license plate, officers
discovered the driver of the vehicle had an outstanding
warrant for grand theft and was arrested.
April 22, 3000 block Gulf Drive, traffic. During a
traffic stop for an unreadable license plate, the driver
was found to have outstanding warrants for violation of
probation, and the passenger had a domestic violence
injunction. Both were arrested.
April 22, 3600 block Sixth Avenue, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took her purse overnight from
April 22, 2900 block Avenue E, warrant. Officers
were dispatched on an outstanding warrant for failure
to appear and arrested the man.
April 23, 200 block 35th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took his 16-foot boat, 25-hp
engine and trailer, from the side of his house. The boat
and trailer, minus the motor, were later recovered near
the Manatee Avenue causeway
April 23, 5350 Gulf Drive, Sweet Peas, theft. The
complainant said someone took his "Parrot 5 O'Clock
Somewhere" flag from his business.
Island churches observe
national prayer day
The Island churches will observe the National Day
of Prayer Thursday, May 3.
A service will take place in the Anna Maria Island
Butterfly Garden adjacent to Holmes Beach City Hall,
5801 Marina Drive, at 11 a.m.
The theme for National Day of Prayer is "America,
Unite in Prayer." The unity idea is based on a biblical
verse "If my people, who are called by my name, will
humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn
from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven
and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
For more information about the National Day of
Prayer program on the Island, call the Rev. Gary Batey
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By Lisa Neff
A dozen people stood outside the Island Branch
Library, checking their watches and the clocks on their
They were counting down the minutes until the
doors would be unlocked at the Holmes Beach institu-
"I don't know if there's anywhere else on the Island
where people wait for the opening each day," said sea-
sonal library patron Jonah Gilliam. "Next to the beach,
it might be the most popular place here."
The Island Branch Library recently celebrated
National Library Week. The American Library Asso-
ciation first sponsored the celebration in 1958. This
year's national theme was "Come Together."
So library volunteers came together for a luncheon.
Friends of the Island Library came together with patrons
for a tea. Children, their parents and library aides came
together for face-painting and games. And the curious
came together to hear from Anna Maria Island Historical
Society administrator Sissy Quinn about Island history,
from landscaper Mike Miller about native plants and
from artist Bill Pruitt about photographing wildlife.
Patrons also came together to take advantage of the
usual offerings at the library.
On a chilly Monday, Gene Rooney sat at a com-
puter in the library, 5701 Marina Drive, surfing the
Internet for recent reports on global warming.
"I visit the library about twice a week, sometimes
more, depending on the weather," he said.
Vacationer Melissa Tobias looked for some light
reading material at the magazine stand.
"I've always loved libraries," she said. "I can spend
hours in them."
Theresa Kruzan and her three children sat on the
floor in the children's reading room, reading Dr. Seuss's
"Green Eggs and Ham."
"Would you? Could you? In a car? Eat them! Eat
them! Here they are!" the mother read.
"I would not, could not, in a car," Dylan Kruzan,
\ ly hope is that they will come to think of the
library as a place where they can find everything,"
Theresa Kruzan said. "They can learn and they can be
Artists Guild meets May 7
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will hold its
monthly meeting 7 p.m. Monday, May 7, at the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation.
The church is at 4408 Gulf Drive in Holmes
During the meeting, Guild president Shirley O'Day
will present the Genevieve Alban Annual Award for
outstanding service to Penny Williams.
Refreshments will be served before the meeting.
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AME fifth-grader advances to county speech competition
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-grader Grant
Bower has a second chance at vying for first place at
the countywide speech contest sponsored by Tropicana
and 4-H for fourth- and fifth-graders.
Bower competed against his peers in a schoolwide
contest, earning first place for a second year in a row,
this time with a speech about public speaking.
Bower said he was having difficulty thinking of a
topic when he began searching the Internet for infor-
mation about public speaking and realized that was the
topic he should speak on.
Last year Bower earned second place in the county-
wide speech competition and this year he has set his
goal higher. "I want a first-place win."
Placing among the top three in the schoolwide
competition were second place winner Holly Rizzo
and third place winner Samantha Purnell.
Rizzo spoke about sign language, a subject she
became interested as a member of the cast of "Big
River." She said she learned a bit of the signing from
Purnell expanded upon a topic she has written
about before for her speech, "A Loving Memory." She
wrote about Beth Ann Schieble, who volunteered at
AME daily before passing away last year.
AME Principal Tom Levengood proclaimed the
speech presentations "phenomenal.
"These were the most outstanding speeches I've
heard in 31 years. The points were so close, it was
difficult for the judges to choose a winner," said Lev-
He said two points separated the first- and second-
place winner and only a point separated third-place
Following is a copy of the three AME winning
By Grant Bower, AME fifth-grader
The first thing that pops into my head is ... "sheeeeer
Paaaaaanic." How am I ever going to get through this,
and if I do, what will the end result be? How am I sup-
posed to stand up here and talk to all these people about
a topic that interests me, when all I really think about
is how fast I can get this done so I can sit back down?
I only get a few to get this all together before I'm
here ... before you ... under these lights ... with these
judges and papers and pens and looks ... boy do I get
the looks ... sometimes I get a smile ... sometimes a
nod ... but mostly I just get ... the look!
You know, it's the look that says "He's too fast
- no he's too slow." "He's so boring." "His topic
wanders." "He's looking down at his cards too much
or wow he's not using any cards at all." All your
thoughts about me get jotted down on that little piece
of paper in front of you.
I often wonder, "Why do we have to do this? And,
how important is public speaking anyway?"
I did a little research and here is what I came up
with: 97 percent of colleges and universities offer some
sort of public speaking course, and the reason is simple
- statistics show that good speaking skills are more
important to job success than technical skills and that
good communication skills are essential to personal,
academic and professional success.
Did you know that the average person spends over
33 percent of their time at work speaking?
Ummmm... all those statistics, they don't excite me
right now, but who knows? Any one of us could have a
speech like Winston Churchill's "Their Finest Hour" or
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream." A profound
speech that actually changes the course of the world.
My speech, your speech, could be the one that
makes a difference.
So come on, relax. Take a deep breath and talk.
You could be a great speaker one day, because the more
you practice, the more experience you get, the more
confidence you build and there is no denying that
confidence is the building block to all great leaders.
The Unspoken Language
By Holly Rizzo, AME fourth-grader
Composer Ludwig Von Beethoven, author Helen
Keller and actor Lou Ferigno all have one thing in
common. If you guessed they were deaf, you were
correct! Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell's
mother and wife were deaf? He invented the audiometer
nell, Holly Rizzo
and Grant Bower
spoke their way
to the top of Anna
contest. The top
Three winners were
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than three points
because he wanted to make something to help his loved
ones hear, and with that he invented the telephone.
You may feel bad for someone who is deaf but I've
learned that they have their own special and beauti-
ful method of communication it's called sign lan-
American sign language, or ASL, was introduced
in the 16th Century by a physician in Italy. He thought
that deaf people could be taught to communicate with
combinations of symbols associated to the things they
represented. In other words, the sign for dance looks
like someone dancing. And "sun" resembles the rays
of the sun. I also learned that not every word spoken is
signed. Only key words are signed to convey the overall
message. There are a few other important aspects of
signing. You must maintain eye contact when signing.
When that is broken, the conversation is assumed to
be over. Facial expressions and body language help to
show emotion. All of these elements are essential for a
You might be wondering why a 10-year-old who
has normal hearing would be interested in sign lan-
guage. I was introduced to ASL when I was cast in
a show called "Big River" at the Manatee Players. It
was a musical version of the novel Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain. The unique thing about the show was
that the cast members learned sign language along with
spoken dialogue and song. Some of the cast members
were deaf and I learned how to communicate with them
and even made a few friends. The most important lesson
I learned is that they are no different from the rest of us.
Isn't that what the world is really about? So next time
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Island author, illustrator
Author Sarah Hammock and illustrator Kathy Coccio-
lone showcased their new children's book, "You Can't
Get Into More Trouble Than Gator Pervis," at the
Anna Maria Elementary School book fair. Both women
are teachers: Hammock at Bayshore Elementary and
Cocciolone at Bayshore High. Hammock will donate
50 cents from each book sold to the school library.
Order forms are available in the school administrative
office. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
Book character Stewart Little visited Anna Maria
Elementary for the Parent-Teacher Organization-
sponsored book fair. Little was greeted with a big hug
from 4-year-old Katherine Burgess.
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you meet a deaf or hearing-impaired person you don't
have to raise your voice or yell for them to hear. Just
say, "Hi, how are you?" because actions speak louder
In Loving Memory
By Samantha Purnell, AME fourth-grader
Have you ever known a person so special it makes
you feel like a million bucks? Well AME has.
Mrs. Schieble was a really wonderful, warm-
hearted person. She was there for us in any mood we
had. Her warm smile and twinkling blue eyes made
people feel so special. She had a hug waiting for us
anywhere we went. The tragic day she died, we all felt
the loss immediately.
She had devoted endless hours volunteering to help
the AME students. She really made a difference in our
personalities. Her years here were filled with wonderful
memories and special times. She always brightened up
our days by spreading glorious thought throughout this
school. She was a true peacemaker.
Mrs. Schieble was not just any old volunteer. She
really cared about us.
Mrs. Schieble did so much for our school. She was
involved in almost all the school programs, like the
fourth-grade auction she was auctioneer. She could
sell things in a blink of an eye. Mrs. Schieble helped
out in the grandparents program and many more. She
would also participate in all the holiday projects and
she would most likely be sitting here right now.
Another thing she did for our school is, every
Wednesday she would provide lunch for all the staff.
Can you believe it? If she saw that you ran out of
money, she would use her own money to pay for you.
Now the teacher's lounge is dedicated to Mrs. Beth Ann
Schieble because of her good deeds.
In AME's peace garden path there is also a statue
of an angel in remembrance of her. She was one great
Mrs. Schieble was very pleasing too. If you said
you liked anything she would no doubt get it for you.
In "Kids Live" Mrs. Schieble would get us pumped
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Breakfast: Cheese Omelet with Hashbrowns, Yogurt,
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Breakfast: Sausage and Egg Patty on a Biscuit,
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Celebrating VAO vA with T T#f plantings
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter '.
Some new Island residents are taking root.
They were welcomed to the Island on April 27 with .
kind words, plaques in their honor and even a few hugs.
They also received lots of water and sunshine.
National Arbor Day was celebrated last Friday with
a series of ceremonies that commemorated the planting
of more than 50 trees in the county.
Hundreds of other localities in the United States
marked the holiday, which dates back to the late
On the Island, the first ceremony took place in Bra-
denton Beach at the city-owned Monroe Cottage at 304
Church Ave., where Keep Manatee Beautiful donated
a Spanish stopper for the shady side yard.
With KMB's new gold shovels, Bradenton Beach
Mayor John Chappie and City Commissioners Michael
Pierce and John Shaughnessy planted the tree.
Dantia Gould, a member of the Holmes Beach Parks
and Beautification Committee and KMB's chairperson,
said the tree plantings in Bradenton Beach and else-
where help preserve "the paradise we are living in."
"You' ve provided habitat here for many, many
birds," said KMB executive director Ingrid McClel-
lan, referring to the Spanish stopper, which has fragrant
white flower blooms and grows red berries.
A ceremony in Holmes Beach followed. The pro-
gram, involving the city parks and beautification com-
mittee and first-graders in teacher Lauren Waite's class
at Anna Maria Elementary School, took place at Flotilla
Drive at 59th Street, where a gumbo limbo was planted.
"It gives us air," said Ati Dattoli, 7, as he waited
for his turn to shovel some dirt around the tree.
"Trees give us chocolate to eat," added Jacob Ray, 6.
In good spirits, city officials looked on. As they dis-
cussed the origins of the "gumbo limbo" name, Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger joked that the group next would do
the "gumbo limbo" dance under the tree.
"This tree is a legacy we are giving to the children
here," said Jim Dunne, chair of the parks committee.
The city, in partnership with KMB and Turner Tree
& Landscaping, also planted two live oaks at the T-end
canal at Marina Drive and 64th Street and one live oak
at the T-end canal at Marina Drive and 73rd Street.
"This is what we call urban forestry," said Salvador
E. Alemany-Merly of the Florida Division of Forestry.
"Urban forestry is very important. Each county and city
should maintain a canopy. So every time we plant in
the city, we add to the canopy."
In Anna Maria, two celebrations took place one
at city hall and one across the street at The Studio at
Gulf and Pine.
Keep Manatee Beautiful donated an American
holly to city hall. Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford
proclaimed the day National Arbor Day before Brent
Thompson and George McKay of the city's public
works department and Tom Heitzman of Sweetbay
Nursery watered and secured the tree.
"We wish we had Arbor Day every day of the
week," McKay said.
At The Studio, owner Rhea Chiles and son Ed
Chiles, owner of the Sandbar Restaurant, planted a
Jamaican dogwood tree one of more than 60 new
trees planted at The Studio and two Sandbar parking
lots this month.
The Chiles are working with landscaper Mike
Miller on their project, which focuses on planting trees
native to Anna Maria Island. Miller also has worked
on the plantings at the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society museum grounds and surrounding Anna Maria
City Hall and the Island Players.
"Mom and I have definitely bought into Michael's
program, which not only makes for extremely low
maintenance and low fertilized native plants, but results
in a look that reflects Anna Maria before we all arrived
and started changing things," said Ed Chiles.
"People come to Anna Maria for its charm and
character. I love the idea of native plants that look like
Anna Maria and don't attempt to mimic Boca Raton or
other manicured exotic-filled plans," he added.
First-graders at Anna Maria Elementary School joined Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, Keep Mana-
tee Beautiful chairperson and city parks and beautification committee member Dantia Gould, KMB executive
director Ingrid McClellan and parks committee member John Molyneux in an Arbor Day ceremony in Holmes
Beach. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
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A crowd assembled for the Arbor Day planting at Anna Maria City Hall.
Rhea Chiles said the plantings "give us such a sense
Ed Chiles, praising his mother's "ability to create
great space," said Anna Maria is in the midst of a move-
ment to make "the Island look like it did before any of
/' .John Chap-
Day at the
us got here."
Referring to a $350,000 grant the city has received
for landscaping and streetscaping in commercial areas,
Chiles said he hoped other businesses would join the
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Scallops! In Anna Maria Sound! Oh, my!
Consider this a "wow!" from the estuarine world
- scallops have again been spotted in Anna Maria
Capt. Zach Zacharias shot out a fishing report last
week with a minor mention of something weird he'd
noted while out on the water. "There have been several
small live scallops about the size of a thumbnail come
aboard," he said of his cast netting for bait. "It has been
easily 25 years since I have seen a live scallop in this area.
They have been found while netting bait in about 3 feet
of water over seagrass beds just south of the .. "Well, we
won't go into the locations to protect the little bivalves.
"Also," Capt. Zach said, "Anna O'Brien of Bra-
denton Beach, former commissioner, has told me she
has found them in the grass beds around ..." Well, we
won't go there, either. "This is really good news and I
hope it is a trend toward our bays coming back around
to their former healthy state."
The scallop sightings were sent off to John Stevely,
the local marine extension agent with the University
of Florida of the hoped-for scallop resurgence, and he
said, "Let's hope so! About five years ago there was
a small population of scallops in the bay I found
them with a 4-H club right next to ..." well, here we
"Subsequently, I ran into a kayaker, who noted
spooking' scallops in the bay, so from time to time a
few come and go. Lets hope this is the real thing."
He fired off the report of scallops to the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for the
Ah, you ask, so who cares about some little shell-
fish being spotted in the bays?
Scallops are generally thought of as the canaries of
the estuaries. Remember the canaries that miners used
to take with them to the coal tunnels and, if the little
birds started to croak, the miners knew the air was bad
and they'd better get out?
Scallops serve the same purpose in bodies of water.
Good, clean water, and you've got scallops. Water qual-
ity issues, you've got no scallops.
Anna Maria Sound used to abound with the little
critters. Sometime in the 1970s, there was a diminish-
ment, then a decline, then none.
Arguments abound about whether or not the scallop
die-off was due to overharvest or pollution growth, and
the resulting oozing of runoff, including fertilizer and
pesticides, into the waters of the area. Whatever the
cause, scallops are all but lost in our part of the world
where once they flourished.
Anna Maria Sound History 101
Scallop hunting was a favorite pastime for us when
I was a Little Roat. Back in the 1960s, when masks and
snorkels and fins were a novelty, my dad and I each got
By Paul Roat,
sets of the gear and went in search of the wiley scallop.
We'd anchor our little boat and, with our new gear,
skim across the seagrass flats at medium tide, looking
for the succulent little guys. Between the two of us, it
would take an hour or so to fill up a bucket with scal-
lops, which we'd find would provide about a pint or so
of meat, which was enough for dinner with a little left
over for the next day.
Sometimes we'd have a party of sorts, and invite a
bunch of folks to go out hunting, then sit around in the after-
noon shucking the meat out of the mollusks while some of
the grown-ups drank beer and the rest of us splashed in the
bay, then settle down that night for a feast.
It was great fun.
Back then, we found the best places to harvest
were at the north side of the mouth of Palma Sola Bay,
although we also got some huge catches near Tidy Island
in Sarasota Bay. Tidy Island's catches dropped off first,
something we always attributed to the wastewater treat-
ment plant nearby, but there have never been any clear
scientific studies to prove that runoff from there caused
any problems with seagrasses and scallops.
Oh, and that plant implemented a virtual "no-
runoff" plan, eliminating treated effluent from ending
up in the bays in the mid-1980s.
Scallop factoid 201
Scallops are a pretty neat little critter.
Perhaps you remember the late Ewell Gibbons'
book, "Stalking the blue-eyed scallop?" He was the
guy who wrote about nuts and fruits and how wonder-
ful it all was to go out and eat the harvest of nature,
Yes, they do have blue eyes about 30 or so,
which you can see when their shells open.
As a bivalve creature, scallops spend most of their
time hunkered down in seagrass beds or near sandy
patches within the flats, shells open, filtering the good
stuff that they eat.
Bay scallops aren't all that big, maybe a couple
inches in diameter, and the edible part is the muscle
that allows them to open and close their shell, which is
about the size of a big marble.
But the fun part is when scallops get excited and
start to "swim." They can quickly open and close their
shells and spurt along in a brisk fashion for reasons
only they know about, and I've had to chase more than
a few down as they would erupt from the bottom to get
the heck away from my greedy little hands.
Scallop harvesting in Florida is allowed "north and
west of the Suwannee River from July 1 to Sept. 10,"
according to the FWC. "The bag limit is two gallons of
unshucked animals per person per day, or one pint of
meat per person per day. A saltwater fishing license is
required if you harvest bay scallops from a boat or use
snorkel gear, but not if you wade in and collect without
I was at the St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in the
Florida Panhandle a few years ago when I last saw
scallops in the wild.
If you've never been to the park, you're missing
a huge treat. It's about a seven-hour drive more, if
you stop at Apalachicola for lunch, which, of course,
you will but the park juts out from Port St. Joe into
I don't know what the hurricanes have done to the
area in the past few years, but on my visit there were
80-foot-high sugar-sand dunes covered with sea oats,
wonderfully pristine beaches and that beautiful teal-
colored water that we see every once in a while off
Anna Maria Island.
No hotels or houses, but there are some rental cot-
tages for ridiculously low rates of something like $80
a night, complete with docks, that sleep eight people
A friend was so entranced with my description that
she spent a few days there, only to find that over coffee
in the morning on the dock, the earth was moving under
her actually, it was a sea of fiddler crabs moving
around on the bank. Anybody remember seeing that on
Anna Maria Island of late?
Anyway, when I was there, a storm was blowing
in and I thought I'd go wading by a boat ramp to see
what was in the water and to get my feet wet. There
was a scallop amid the lush turtle grass. Then another.
I counted at least a dozen of the little guys, along
maybe 30 feet of w adiin,. all in less than knee-deep
water, next to a boat ramp. It was a wonderful thing to
Scallop factoid 301
Scallops reproduce by participating in an orgy.
At some time in late summer or early fall, boy and
girl scallops feel the urge and just let loose. Sperm and
eggs are released in one huge burst, and the outcome
is little scallops the next summer.
Of course, based on the vagaries of currents and
wind, the potential little scallops have a challenge of
meeting, hence the need for a whole lot of scallops in one
area to produce a whole lot of scallops the next year.
And that's why you won't read in this column
where the little guys are winking their little blue eyes.
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Reds red-hot in bays, tourney coming, too
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Mark your calendars, prepare to load up the kids or
grandkids, and set out Saturday, May 12, to the Green
Bridge in Palmetto for the fishing tournament.
Sponsored by Manatee/Sarasota Fish & Game
Association, Palmetto Kiwanis, Bradenton Kiwanis
and the city of Palmetto Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment, the event is free for kids ages 7 to 14, although
all youths must be accompanied by an adult. Registra-
tion is from 7 to 8 a.m., and fishing is only catch-and-
release. Bait is provided, but only one rod and reel per
child is permitted, and the little guys and gals will have
to bring their own gear.
The awards ceremony will start a little before 11
a.m., and there is a free lunch.
It's the 21st annual tourney, and a lot of fun. For
more information, call 794-2806.
As to fishing, look for redfish and snook in the
backwater, but trout action is slim so far this spring.
Sheepshead action is also starting to get sparse after
an extended run of the striped fish this season.
Offshore action continues to be good for grouper,
snapper and amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico, as well
as some good catches of mackerel.
At Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Mark
Johnson said he put his backwater charters onto a few
redfish and a couple of nice-sized snook, plus mackerel
and sheepshead. Capt. Sam Kimball said he's catch-
ing mackerel, kingfish, banded rudderfish and amber-
jack on his offshore trips in the Gulf.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams said that
he's seeing some nice-sized cobia starting on wrecks
and hard bottom, and is catching plenty of mackerel at
the Skyway Bridge. "Snook and reds are hitting around
the mangroves throughout Terra Ceia and Miguel bays"
he said, "and there are lots of school kingfish around
the ship channel in Tampa Bay."
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
er's Marina in Holmes Beach said snook fishing
reports are stable, although sheepshead are just about
gone from the local waters for the year. Trout action
should pick up any day now, he advised, for backwater
anglers. For the offshore fishers, it's grouper, snapper
and amberjack, with permit expected to start to show
within the next few weeks.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said he's seeing a
few mackerel, some big yellowtail jacks, but no bait around
the pier of late. He expects things to pick up any day.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
there are still some late-season sheepshead catches
coming onto the dock, but the season has definitely
peaked. Other action includes mackerel, bluefish and
a couple of nighttime snook, he added.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
snook fishing has been pretty good in the last week,
with linesiders coming in at better than 31 inches in
length. He's also hearing of reds being caught, but trout
action has been slow so far this spring. Snapper catches
around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, though, are taking
up the slack for the trout.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catcher's said he's been catching snook, redfish and
some trout, with some of the linesiders stretching to
better than 30 inches. Reds were pretty much all in the
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At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include good
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from the Skyway piers in Tampa Bay.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said that things are "slowly
getting back to normal for this time of the year. After
the fronts of the past few weeks, whitebait is becom-
ing readily available again and the water temps are
inching back into the 70 degree range." He took Mary
and Gary Shukert from Pennsylvania out a few times
last week and "scored with some big Spanish mack-
erel, speckled trout, shark, bluefish, huge ladyfish and
snook." He added that "Anna Maria Sound has been
giving up some really quality trout and huge mack-
erel, throw in some big ladyfish, shark, and pompano
and you get the picture. Drift fishing over the deep
grass is the way to go and, if it is too windy to drift,
find a narrow sand trough between grass beds, anchor
down, and fish." He added that he has been seeing "a
ton of snook and redfish all over the area. They are
in surprisingly shallow water but not feeding very
heavily at all. Chumming with whitebait will help to
draw some hits, but these flats fish just aren't being
On my boat Magic, we pretty much focused on
reds, with some catches up to 30 inches, plus mangrove
snapper to 16 inches. We are also seeing some cobia,
but haven't yet had any hookups.
Good luck and good fishing.
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The Summerville at Golden Pond
Senior Residential and Assisted Living
facility at 450 67th St. W. in Palma Sola
had a special celebration on Monday,
April 17, as resident Mary Stone cel-
ebrated her 100th birthday.
A frequent visi-
tor to Anna Maria
S Island, Mary and
her late husband
;,-^^ ., James moved
S/ to the Braden-
ton area several
years ago to be
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Mary Stone his family.
Born in Wisconsin, Mary and her
family moved to St. Paul, Minn., when
she was 7 years old.
At 17, she was working as a telegra-
pher when she met her future husband,
who was working for the same company
in a different department. It took a bit
of courting, but the couple married two
years later in New York City. They were
married for 71 years.
After Jim retired, he and Mary trav-
eled throughout the United States and
visited Europe to see another son, James,
when he was stationed there while serv-
ing in the armed forces.
Mary has two sons, four grandchil-
dren and three great-grandchildren.
"I feel as though the Lord has
blessed me. I am grateful for my life,"
Summerville provides individual-
ized levels of care and customized ser-
vice to all its residents, including meals,
housekeeping, laundry and professional
For more information on Summer-
ville, call 794-5657.
John and Kathy Pretty fell in love
with Anna Maria Island the first time
they visited when they moved to Palma
Sola from Colorado four years ago.
"We always said that if we ever got
the chance, we'd work out here," said
"One day, we just decided we were
tired of working for other people," added
Their opportunity to work on the
Island came true last month when they
purchased the SS Scoops Ice Cream
Shop at 103B Gulf Drive N. in Braden-
Jim Mercer of Mer-
at 5345 Gulf Drive
in Holmes Beach
now offers quality
rattan furniture in
addition to a wide
variety of upholster-
ing patterns. For
about Mercer's new
The couple have renamed the shop
"Get the Scoop," and plan no changes
to the Big Olaf's Ice Cream menu of 32
flavors. Get the Scoop will also offer hot
dogs and other menu items.
The Pretty's have, however, added
Kat's Kite Corner, which they say will
be the "premier kite shop on Anna Maria
Island." The kite shop will offer durable
kites from New Tech, Premier and other
Store hours will be from 11 a.m. to
10 p.m. seven days a week, said John.
For more information on Get the
Scoop, call 779-2244.
proof roof system
Stormfirma Inc. of Bradenton is
now offering the latest in roof-anchoring
t, hn, lui 1 _.' just in time for the hurricane
Heinz Kutschera of Stormfirma said
the roof-hold retrofit system designed by
the company features unique grapples
that hold down trusses and rafters. In
addition, a valve system blocks rain
entry into the attic while depressuriz-
ing the roof space to help hold the roof
sheathing, gables and ceiling intact
during a hurricane.
The system helps keep the roof on
and the rain out, even during a Cat 4 or
5 hurricane, he emphasized.
The company's service also features
an overall high-wind home inspection.
I. \ILing homes, particularly homes
build before the 1990s with a roof struc-
ture secured only by simple tie-down
straps and nails, need upgrading,"
"They can now be retrofitted afford-
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system, and without redoing the entire
roof," he added.
With the system, Florida home-
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insurance coverage at reasonable rates,
A pilot-retrofitted home by Storm-
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lining up projects for west Bradenton
and Anna Maria Island in time for the
hurricane season that starts June 1.
For more information on Storm-
firma, call Kutschera at 794-0077.
New for the chamber
New members of the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce are:
Kimberly Roehl, PA., Realtor,
Michael Saunders & Company, 4400
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 447-9988.
Magnolia House, vacation accom-
modation, Carey Harpe, 3120 69th St.
E., Bradenton, 705-3328.
Debbie Vogler, Realtor/Michael
Saunders, 4400 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
Jody Shinn, GRI, Realtor, Michael
Saunders & Company, 4400 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton, 748-6300.
Sweet Peas, Patty Geist, 5350 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-8300.
240 Oak Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,768
sfla 4bed/312bath/2car bayview pool
home built in 2007 on a 75x149 lot
was sold 04/11/07, Martin to Lee for
$1,646,000; list $1,500,000.
2600 Gulf Drive, Unit 23, Anna
Maria Island Club, Bradenton Beach,
a 1,179 sfla / 1,339 sfur 2bed/2bath
Gulffront condo with pool was sold
04/11/07, Foley to Fitzpatrick for
$775,000; list $899,000.
2600 Gulf Drive, Unit 41, Anna
Maria Island Club, Bradenton Beach,
a 1,179 sfla / 1,339 sfur 2bed/2bath
gulffront condo with pool was sold
04/09/07, Fleenor to Piquette for
$725,000; list $759,000.
2217 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach,
a 2,420 sfla / 2,606 sfur office building
built in 1952 on a 100x105 lot was sold
04/11/07, Anna Maria Investments Inc.
to 7411 Manatee Avenue Properties LLC
206 67th St., Holmes Beach, a
2,139 sfla / 2,184 sfur 4bed/3bath home
built in 1958 on a 75x105 lot was sold
04/04/07, Olson to Kaleta for $550,000;
7906 Marina Drive, Unit B, Bay Comer
Condo, Holmes Beach, a 1,884 sfla / 2,618
sfur 3?.hd 3liih 2car condo built in 2005
was sold 04/10/07, Anhinga Key LLC to
Nowicki for $500,000; list $575,000.
123 Hammock Road, Anna Maria,
a 1,288 sfla / 2,346 sfur 3bed/2bath
home built in 1981 on a 75x100 lot was
sold 04/13/07, Atkinson to Clark for
$400,000; list $475,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at 941-778-7244.
Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.
islander.org. Copyright 2007
Island real estate sales
John and Kathleen
Pretty ofPalma Sola
the SS Scoops Ice
Cream Shop at 103B
N. Gulf Drive in
and renamed it "Get
the Scoop. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
Michael Vinhage, 260 17th St. N., Bra-
denton Beach, 779-9040.
Sunny Day Guide, Kim Jackson,
2140 Magnolia St., Sarasota, 468-0606.
Ann DeBellevue, Realtor, Michael
Saunders & Company, 4400 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton, 748-6300.Key
Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive,
Holmes Beach, 778-3055.
For more information on becom-
ing a member of the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, call 778-1541
Wagner Realty, with offices at
2217 Gulf Drive N. in Bradenton
Beach and 5360 Gulf of Mexico
Drive on Longboat Key, has named
Karen Day as its top listing agent at
the Anna Maria Island office, while
Jack McCormick took the honor at the
Longboat Key office.
The Island sales leader was Harold
Small with Gill Greene garnering the
lead on Longboat Key.
In the closed volume category, Jack
McCormick got the nod at the Longboat
This Anna Maria
Island Club condo
at 2600 Gulf Drive,
Unit 41, Braden-
ton Beach, sold
in January 2003
for $620,000 and
in April 2007for
IJ0 $725,000 for a 17
in four years. The
cost per square foot
is $615. Islander
Photo: Jesse Brisson
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 2, 2007 0 B-5
Wednesday, May 2
7 a.m. to 8 a.m. The Anna Maria City Pier Regulars meet at Anna
Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-7062.
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
holds a luncheon at Stonewood Grill, 75th Street and Cortez Road. Informa-
tion: 778-1541. Fee applies.
Thursday, May 3
11 a.m. -A National Day of Prayer is observed with representatives
from Island churches in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden adjacent to
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Information: 778-0414.
3p.m. Instructor Ina T Moody presents a free program, "Yoga The
Psychology Behind It," at The Studio at Gulf and Pine, Anna Maria. Informa-
Friday, May 4
5 p.m. Sato Real Estate celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta
- cocktails, conversation and tapas at Roser Cottage, 519 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-7200.
Saturday, May 5
7:30 a.m. to noon Manatee CountyAudubon Society invites visitors
to the Felts Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 737-3169.
8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81
offers a boating safety and seamanship course at the Flotilla 81 building in
G.T Bray Park, 5801 33rd Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 761-4847.
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets for breakfast
and to hear Mary Ruiz of Manatee Glens talk about families in crisis at Cafe
on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Monday, May 7
8:30 a.m. An Internet class for beginners takes place at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
10:15 a.m. The Gulf Coast Writers meet to share the work and
remembrances of the late Marguerite Dye at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-7631.
7p.m. The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island holds a monthly meet-
ing at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6694.
Tuesday, May 8
10 a.m. Family story hour takes place at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Noon The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a
club assembly at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 447-5362.
Wednesday, May 9
7:45 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a
sunrise breakfast at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. The Friends Book Club meets at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Beginning May 4, Bradenton Beach artist Robert Johnson's work
is featured in "A Brush with Nature" at the Arts Council of Manatee County
Gallery, 926 12th St. W., Bradenton. The exhibit continues through May 26.
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Island Garden Club elects officers
During a meeting April 19, the Island Garden Club elected new officers and board members, including Bunny
Lambert, front row, in charge of hospitality; Linda Yager, president; Elaine Mihm, recording secretary. In the
back row are Beatrice Van Welde, vice president; Dick Eichorn, treasurer; Ava Ehde, past president; and Tom
McGannon, director. The meeting took place at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo:
Through May 13, Islander Trina Rizzo appears in "A Chorus Line"
at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton.
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-
Horseshoes get tossed in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., with warmups
at 8:45 a.m.
On May 10, the Island Players perform "Guest in the House" at the
theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Performances continue Tuesday
through Sunday until May 20. Information: 778-5755.
On May 11, the Anna Maria Island Art League hosts an opening
reception for the 14th annual Manatee High Art Exhibit at the gallery, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
On May 12, the Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher Orga-
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Friday Special: Bavarian Haxen
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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 13, the nation celebrates Mother's Day.
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, treasure hunts, food and refreshments for kids are free. Food and
refreshments for adults are by donation.
Save the Date:
On June 1, hurricane season begins. Are you prepared?
Send calendar listings to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include time,
date and location of the event and a contact number. Please send submis-
sions at least one week prior to the Wednesday publication date.
Monday Italian Night
TUESDAY 4-8pmn '7
TACO & IAJ EJ-T
All-You- $ 795
Can-Eat f ;W
';:'............. Homestyle Chicken
F FRY 2-8 pm
with fries and slaw
- Pancakes & Sausage
$ 95 MonFri 7am-noon
5, Sat-Sun 7am-lpm
Evening entertainment! 4-8pm
OPEN 7 AM 7 DAYS A WEEK BEER & WINE
4000 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach 778-0784
6-B 1 MAY 2, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Morgan Stanley takes over Little League first place
By Kevin Cassidy
Morgan Stanley seized control of the AAA division
of Anna Maria Island Little League by winning its first
five games of the season. Duncan Real Estate fell out
of a tie for first place after dropping two of its last three
games with both losses coming against Morgan Stanley,
while West Manatee Fire District is still looking for its
first win on the season. There's still a long way to go, "
so stay tuned.
M. Stanley 17, Duncan 8
Joel Hart, Neil Carper and Connor Field helped --
power Morgan Stanley past Duncan Real Estate by a
17-8 score onApril 26. Joel Hart had a home run among
his three hits and four runs scored, while Carper and
Field each rapped out three hits and scored two runs for
Stanley. Travis Belsito, Henry Bernet, Patrick Edwards
and Julian Botero each added singles to the Stanley
offensive attack. Henrik Brusso and Joel Hart combined
to limit Duncan Real Estate to two hits, striking out
eight. Henrik Brusso delivers a pitch during AAA baseball
David Diaz and Trevor Albers both singled and action at Bayfront Recreation Center on Longboat Key.
scored one run to lead the Duncan offense in the loss.
Duncan 17, WMFD 7
Duncan Real Estate received a solid pitching per-
formance from Christian Pettit and just enough offense
to ease past WMFD 17-7 on April 23. Pettit allowed
three hits and struck out six to earn the pitching win.
Offensively, Duncan was led by Chris Mundell, who
went 2-for-3 including a double and three runs scored,
and Andrew Crowton, who had two hits and scored
three runs. David Diaz doubled and scored a pair of
runs for Duncan, while Zach Facheris added three runs
Allyssa Bosch led the WMFD offense with two hits
and one run scored, while Lindsey Bell and Billy Eddy
each had hits for WMFD in the loss.
M. Stanley 16, Duncan 9
Morgan Stanley pounded out 21 hits to earn a 16-
9 victory over Duncan Real Estate on April 21. Julien
Botero led the way with a perfect 4-for-4 performance
that included two doubles and three runs scored. Joel
Hart also rapped out four hits, including a double and
two runs scored. Brother Adam also went 4-for-4 with
two runs scored for Stanley, which also received a pair
of hits and two runs scored from Henrik Brusso, Connor
Field and Henry Bernet in the victory.
Chris Mundell and Zach Facheris each singled and
scored three runs to lead Duncan Real Estate, which
also received singles from Trevor Albers and Andrew
Crowton in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men teed it up for a nine-
Robby Officer shows good form on this swing during
AAA baseball action at Bayfront Recreation Center
on Longboat Key. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
hole, low-net-of-partners game April 23. Ralph Bassett
and Dan Hayes teamed up to shoot a 4-under par net
60 to edge the team of Mike Selby and Chet Hutton,
who were a shot back at 61. Chris Collins and Frank
Vikingstad finished in third with a score of 2-under
The men held their annual "stag day" on April 25
and played a two-best-balls-of-foursome game. The
team of Ed Havlik, Larry Fowler, Bob Jorgensen and
Bob Landae won the 8 a.m. set with a score of 56. Two
teams tied for second with a score of 62. The team
of Lew Weingarden, Tom Lewis, John Heiselman and
Bill Melvin matched the team of Danny Williams, Dick
Ware, Vin Fanton and Ernie Hauser to share runners-up
Danny Williams captured the closest-to-the-pin
contest on hole number three, while Bob Jorgensen
won the contest on hole eight. Lew Weingarden,
Ed Havlik and Duke Miller each had chipins on the
The 10:15 group had a three-way tie for first place
with scores of 57. The team of Matt Behan, Jon Kent,
Tom Nelson and Dick Mills, along with Nub Turner, Jon
Lindwall, Tom McDonald and Bob Lowman matched
the score of Fred Meyer, Ralph Bassett, Merritt Fineout
and Joe Dickinson to share bl ''inI' rights.
Bob Mullin and Merritt Fineout won the closest-to-
the-pin contests, while Jim MacVicar, Frank Vikingstad
and Jon Lindwall had chipins.
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Neil Carper slides into second base with a double
for his Morgan Stanley team as West Manatee Fire
District's second baseman Logan Reiber awaits the
Anna Maria Island Little League AAA standings
as of April 26
Team Won Lost
M. Stanley 4 0
Duncan 3 2
WMFD 0 5
Anna Maria Island Little League AAA
Top three from each team as of April 26
Jacob Bell 1.000
Joel Hart .857
Adam Hart .800
Adam Hart and Travis Belsito can't catch up with this "Texas-leaguer" during Anna Maria Island Little
League AAA baseball action at Bayfront Recreation Center on Longboat Key.
Anna Maria Island baseball schedules
Junior League (ages 13-16)
May 2 6:30 p.m. Islanders vs. Manatee Central 1
@ G.T. Bray
May 5 11 a.m. Manatee National vs. Islanders
@ Birdie Tebbetts
Little League AAA (ages 10-12)
May 3 6 p.m. WMFD vs. M. Stanley
May 5 2:30 p.m. WMFD vs. Duncan
May 7 6 p.m. M. Stanley vs. WMFD
Little League AA (ages 8-9)
May 4 6 p.m. Bark vs. Bistro
May 5 12:30 p.m. Barkvs.Sato
May 8 6 p.m. Bistro vs. Bark
All AAA, AA are played at Bayfront Recreation Center, Long-
T-Ball (ages 5-7)
May 3 6 p.m. Americo vs. A&E
May 3 7 p.m. LPAC vs. Eye Tours
May 7 6 p.m. LPAC vs. A&E
May 7 7 p.m. Americo vs. Eye Tours
All T-Ball games are played at the Holmes Beach Field.
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 2, 2007 0 B-7
IA S AER CLA SSIFIEDS
BIKE: 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.
ANCHOR, 88-LB Delta Plow by Simpson Lawrence,
retail $700, asking $365. Can be delivered. Call 941 -
RECLINER/ROCKER: CATNAPPER. Brown leather
with nailhead trim. Like new, $175. Gold La-Z-Boy
rocker, $30. 941-778-5522.
SALE! $2.50 A box: 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: 941-778-7978.
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#4 Sea Pirates,
2BR/I BA, pool.
S C'li.n liii one-owner home with 2BR/2.5BA and
over 1,600 sf living area plus two-car garage, totals
2,100 sf under roof. Open plan offers living room,
dining area, centered kitchen and sunny Florida room
plus over-sized laundry room with air conditioning
and heat. Could be ideal den or small bedroom as half
bath. Spacious Bay Palms lot and screened gazebo.
SVacant and can personally view noon-4pm, ..iii..i.\ .i
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"We ARE the Island!"
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LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tuesdays,
Thursday. 9am-noon Saturdays. Always porch clothing
sales. 941-779-2733.511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
MOVING SALE: 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday, May
5-6. Lots for everyone! 509 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
STOREWIDE SALE: NIKI'S Island Treasures. All
sterling jewelry 50-70 percent off, all dolls, clowns,
collector plates, thimbles 70 percent off. Select
furniture, oils, prints, ruby and depression glass,
Hummels, antiques, salt and pepper sets, costume
and vintage jewelry 40-90 percent off. Open seven
days, 9:30am-5pm. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE: 8-11am Saturday, May 5. 2914
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
FOUND: NECKLACE. OUTDOORS, nearthe walkway
at the Rod & Reel Motel. Call Nicole, 941-794-0245.
FOUND: PRESCRIPTION GLASSES. Black frames.
Frames are bent, lenses OK. Found 4400 block of
Gulf Drive and Holmes Boulevard, Holmes Beach.
Call Dale, 941-538-4770.
MISSING: FEMALE CAT.Tabby/tortie, medium-long fur.
Microchipped. 700 block of Jacaranda Avenue, Anna
Maria. Reward. Call Joan or Bob at 941-778-1069.
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult. Call
941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.cmasdirect.com.
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
3r r e9en
OF ANNA MARIA
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.
& 'imm _. aat- g
Large northwest Bradenton
5BR/2BA ground level house in
convenient West Bradenton close to
schools, shopping, and the beaches.
Freshly painted inside and out.
New carpet, tile, flooring, fixtures
and other upgrades. $270,000.
Call Gayle Schulz, 941-812-6489.
West Bradenton, large updated
3BR/2BA condo in a super location
near the beaches boasts new tile in
the living, dining, kitchen & den areas.
Freshly painted w/new carpeting in the
master suite, 2nd bedroom & screened
porch. Overlooks the new pool. Ready
to move in. Offered at $135,000.
Call Gayle Schulz, (941) 812-6489.
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-
MAY THE SACRED heart of Jesus be adored, glorified,
loved and preserved throughout the world, now and
forever. Sacred heart of Jesus, please pray for me. Saint
Jude, worker of miracles, please pray for me. Saint Jude,
helper of hopeless, please pray for me. Amen. J.D.
KIDNAPPED! Bentley (the butler statue) disap-
peared from Sandy Rich's Real Coffee & Realty,
9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, on March 17. Sandy
says, "Call and I'll pick him up, no questions asked."
Call her at 376-6077.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at The
Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more information.
FREE GUN LOCK.Yes, free. Just for the asking. Cour-
tesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission. 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,
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
SEARCH OPEN HOUSES ONLINE
With our all new Online Open House Search, you can
search by area, price range, property type or number of
bedrooms and baths. Then you can map out the open
houses to plan your Sunday open house tour.
A Complete List Of Open Houses Is Also Available AtYour
Bradenton Michael Saunders & Company Sales Office.
BRADENTON BEACH CLUB Beachfront EXCEPTIONAL GULF VIEWS from this
with amazing Gulf views, professionally FrankLloydWnghtdesign4BRhomebuilt
decorated in a tropical decor with an in 2001 Quality construction, numerous
expansiveterrace $1,775,000 Kimberly upgrades $1,500,000 Kathy Valente,
Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988 552745 748-6300 or 685-6767 552849
MANATEE RIVER ESTATE with 1 29 acres, 4800 sq ft home & guest house Updated
baths & kitchen with custom cabinets and granite,with hardwood flooring Newerdock
with 2 boat lifts $2,700,000 Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767 552868
SPECTACULAR BAY FRONT HOME with exceptional coastal design has been impec-
cably renovated and features outstanding bay views from most rooms that shows like
a model $1,475,000 Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988 550391
YACHTSMAN HEAVEN! 4BR home w/private dock on deepwater Views of the marina
& river Includes wood cabinetry, summer kitchen, pool & spa $1,399,000 Jody
Shinn, 748-6300 or 705-5704 548462
FABULOUS COASTAL HOME Charming Key West design with quality construction
standards & water views define this home Room for a pool and only 1 5 blocks to
the beach $775,000 Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988 552517
SECLUDED CANAL FRONT Great opportunity to rebuild on a 3 acre cul-de-sac lot on
the watering Cortez, withoutdeed restrictions Includesa pool, adockandtheviewupthe
deep water canal $699,000 Victoria Horstmann, 748-6300 or 518-1278 551079
UPSCALE DOWNTOWN RIVERFRONT. Promenade at Rverwalk, most desirable Anna
Maria model with Northeastviews & location, 4th floor Amazing amenities & elegant
interiorfinishes Two covered parking spaces Fabulousviews $575,000 The Lawler
Team, 748-6300 or 587-4623 553320
RARELY AVAILABLE POPULAR Grand Cayman model in Perico Bay Club Gorgeous
sunrise views across the lake 1601 sq ft open floorplan with 2cargarage 5 minutes
to beach and shops $379,900 Peggy Horlander, 748-6300 or 932-7199 553670
TERRIFIC LOCATION across from country club BR with bonus room off garage
Separate dining room, family room with fireplace Many possibilities $349,900
Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 553050
MATURE TREES, established Westside neighborhood Privacy fenced large yard with
great landscape Over 1880 sq ft, 3BR great kitchen Screened porch, newer roof &
a/c $249,900 Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 553632
8-B 1 MAY 2, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
IA S AER CLA SSIFIEDS
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.
1996 GRAND CHEROKEE, 1996 Jeep SUV. 123,000
miles, two-wheel drive, power, good condition. Runs
great. $3,800. View at The Islander newspaper, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-1102.
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.
2004 KAWASKI 1200 Four-stroke. Matching pair,
look and run great, covers, reverse. $5,500 each.
BOAT DOCK FOR sale: 10x20 feet, slip deeded.
$20,000. Call Jesse Brisson, Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-
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.
5imply the Best
TO SETTLE AN ESTATE
THREE LOTS IN
PALMA SOLA PARK
3BR/2BA HOME IN PALMA SOLA PARK. Minutes
to Gulf beaches. Many opportunities with this property.
House sits on three lots (over one acre). Could be sepa-
rated if house razed. $575,000.
COQUINA BEACH CLUB. Direct Gulffront 2BR/2BA
end unit with lots of sunlight, turnkey furnished, heated
pool and covered parking. $874,900.
WESTBAY COVE SOUTH Direct bayfront 2BR/2BA
end unit with exceptional views. Only twenty units in
complex. Heated pool and tennis. $499,000.
VILLA WITH WONDERFUL VIEW down the canal.
New dock, new deck. Only $399,000.
M ike 800-367-1617
S. < 941-778-6696
Norm an 3101 GULFDRIVE
Realty IN HOLMES BEACH
Ofrecemos servicio de ventas en espanol
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.
SEEKING PROPERTY MANAGER for small,
charming beach resort on Anna Maria Island. Fax
resume to 863-324-7241 or e-mail to amiexperi-
KEY ROYALE GOLF Club hiring part-time cook and
servers. Work in a great environment and play golf
for free. Contact Kelly at 941-778-3055 for more
BUSY ITALIAN RESTAURANT in the Adirondacks,
upstate New York, looking for line cooks for the
summer season. Must have experience and refer-
ences. Housing available. Call Bill, 518-932-1333.
CLERK WANTED: FULL or part-time. Must like people
and be available weekends, evenings and holidays.
Apply in person at the Beach Shop, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, or call Dee, 941-795-1115.
PUBLIC WORKS MAINTENANCE: City of Holmes
Beach. The city of Holmes Beach is accepting appli-
cations for a public works maintenance worker. Appli-
cant must possess a valid Florida driver's license.
Applications may be obtained at 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, Fla., and will be accepted until posi-
tion is filled. The city of Holmes Beach is a drug-free
workplace. Pre-employment drug testing is required.
The city of Holmes Beach is an equal opportunity
employer and does not discriminate based on age,
race, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, disabil-
ity, marital status or veteran's status of an individual.
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PERICO BAY CLUB TOWNHOUSE
883 Waterside Ln., Bradenton: 2-
3BR/2BA, 1,632 sf, furnished, water
and preserve views. Gated community.
Only two miles to Gulf beaches.
A GREEN REAL ESTATE
EXCLUSIVE LISTING ON THE
NORTH END OF ANNA MARIA
Catch the Gulf breezes in this 2BR/2BA elevated
home, just steps to the beach in a quiet,
residential neighborhood. Nicely updated with
wonderful floor plan, vaulted ceilings, two porches
and plenty of storage. Exclusively offered by
Green Real Estate at $495,000.
OF ANNA MARIA
Ken Jackson, 778-6986
941 778-0455 Marilyn Klemish, 778-7627
9906 Gulf Drive Kathy Geeraerts, 778-0072
Anna Maria Maureen Dahms, 778-0542
www.greenreal.com Kate Eiseler, 224-0057
Evelyn Mitchell, 778-1952
BUSY NOT-FOR-profit office on Anna Maria seeks
energetic, self-motivated, flexible individual to
handle wide range of administrative and executive
support. Experience in general human resources,
basic accounting, Word and Excel a must. Volunteer
coordination a plus. Bachelor's degree and minimum
three years experience. Competitive salary and ben-
efits package. Qualified candidates e-mail resume to
email@example.com or fax to 941-778-9511.
LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL position: Press-
wood Law Firm, PA., is an employment litigation
and appellate practice located in Bradenton, Fla.
This position offers a casual office setting, the latest
technology tools, and the flexibility to work between
25-40 hours per week. Must be adept with technol-
ogy (e.g., utilizing software such as Word, Excel,
Outlook, Amicus Attorney, PC Law) and enjoy work-
ing with people. Litigation experience preferred. E-
mail resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
HAVE AN ISLAND business without the overhead.
Consignment space available at Everything Under
The Sun Garden Centre. 941-778-4441.
14-YEAR-OLD needs work. Willing to babysit, clean,
etc. Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting.
Call Alexandra, 941-778-5352.
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Bay Palms 2BR/2BA Sailboat grand canal. Private dock.
Mariners Cove 3BR/2BA FULL Bayview. 35-foot boat slip!
Kingsfield Lakes 3-4BR/2BA Pending! $289,000!
Braden Crossings 3BR/2BA Nice updates. NEW 14 seer air
Lexington 2,663sf 3BR/3BA plus den. Pool-size lot! $387,500!
Island Beachy Bar Business Opportunity. Beer, wine, music!
Laura E. McGeary PA
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc
419 Pine Ave. PO Box 2150 Anna Maria FL 34216
3BR/3BA bayfront home, north end of Anna Maria, completely
renovated! $1,895,000 furnished. Owner will consider trade of
lot, condo or home as a down payment.
RUILID YOUR DREAWHOM
Bayfront lots with panoramic 2BR/2BA West Wind condo with
views. 23,000 sf each. Only Gulf view. $649,000.
two left! Home: 941-778-1820
undercurrentappraisedvalue. Deep- all rooms, fireplace, steps to
water, direct Gulf access, 1.2 acres, deeded beach access, rental
private beach area. $1,799,000. income potential. $949,000.
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LOOKING FOR A babysitter, pet sitter, dog walker
or somebody to do odd jobs? Call Kendall, 14-
year-old, ninth-grader. Certified in first aid! 941-
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
i Licensed Real Estate Broker
Kimberly Roehl, P.A.
Investing in Property Leads to Opportunities
V' ..COASTAL HOME
West design with
UPDATED CANAL HOME Move-in ready and water views
including kitchen with granite tile counters, define this home.
newcabinets, sprinklersystem, newseawall, onlyl.5blocktothe
dock and 10,0001b lift. $599,000. beach. $775,000.
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LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reason-
able, reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
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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.
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views from the momentyou open the front 5BRduplex, annualtenants, wooddeck,tropi-
door of this beach front condo. Turnkey fur- callandscaping, picketfence, room forapool
nished &anexpansiveterracethatoverlooks and only 2 blocks to the beach. $589,000for
the beach side pool. $1,775,000. duplex or $295,000 per condo.
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coastal design, impeccably renovated with updated, rare4BRground level homethatis
bamboo floors, wood burning fireplace, beingsoldturnkeyfurnishedwithcharming
plantation shutters, metal roofand gorgeous contemporaryinteriordecorand beautiful
lush tropical landscape. $1,475,000. tropical heated pool. $698,000.
4Hi/4UA UUPLXA Extensively remoaelea SUU MINUli ULl- HttLthS: urprisingwater
duplex on a large corner lot, 2BR/2BA on views from this updated, large 4BR duplex
each side with, granite counters, vaulted with an open floor plan, bamboo floors and
ceilings all newelectrical, plumbing, roof, multiple decks including a roof deck with
appliances and heated pool. $789,000. endless possibilities. $679,000.
BEACH VIEWS Terrific opportunity to be ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE CONDOS New
so close to the beach without paying the pool,newroofandnewtropicallandscapingin
beachfront pricing. Remodel or built up for Fall2006.Extensivelyremodeled,turnkeyand
unbelievable water views. 699,000. only six homes to beach access. $375,000
each condo or $699,000 for duplex.
BEACH TREASURE: Enchanting and meticu- BOATER'S DREAM: An exceptional, well
lous describes this beachfront complex and maintained and upgraded home with canal
the location of this 2BR turnkey furnished views from most rooms that is ideal for
condo that has front-seat views of the pool waterfront living. New dock, 10,0001b lift.
and spa. $650,000. $525,000.
ISLANDER'S RETREAT: 2BR Gulfwatch RUNAWAY BAY CONDOS Each
condo that is comfortably decorated and sold turnkey furnished, 2BR/2BA,
turnkey furnished encouraging relaxing updated, heated pool, tennis courts,
Islandlifestyle. Attractive rentalpolicyorideal fishing pier on the bay, deeded beach
for your own beach oasis. $374,900. access and weekly rentals permitted.
4400 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton 941.748.6300
Anna Maria Island luxury
with views of the Gulf and Bay
Brand new, beautifully furnished, four bedroom townhouse with
fabulous amenities: 9ft. ceilings, gourmet kitchen, granite counters,
stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile floors, two-car garage, jetted
tub, wrought iron style railings and a tri-level elevator. 1/2 block to a
white sand beach and watch sunsets or view the beach from all rooms.
Visit www.hannerle.com or www.skysothebys.com
for photos and a video tour
Anna Maria Island's South Beach Village has
gorgeous views of the gulf, white sand beach, sunsets
and bay. Phone for info on great developer incentives!
This 3 bedroom townhome and 2006 Parade of Homes top
award-winner is beautifully furnished and has a fabulous amount
of attention to every detail. Some of those details include; bay
windows, skylights, cherry wood cabinetry, wet bar, kitchen
& baths with granite counters, Italian tile in the bathrooms,
Jacuzzi tub in the master, all GE Profile appliances, central vac,
2-car garages and paver driveways. wonderful location with 9
restaurants within a half mile, 2 miles to a major grocery and a
half mile to the Bradenton Beach fishing pier.
Visit www.hannerle.com or www.skysothebys.com
for photos and a video tour
Direct bayfront lot with expansive
unobstructed bay views
Lot includes a deeded deep water boat slip
just steps away, iiv.l -i! ,,,: ., gorgeous
bay views all situated in a small gated enclave
of beautiful custom homes and 5 minutes
away from a white sugar sand beach. Custom
home plans included.
Virtual tour at www.hannerle.com
All offices are independently owned and operated.
546 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, FL 34228
PH 941.383.7171 I FX 941.827.9765
Local luxury. Partnered with Sotheby's International RealtyY
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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.
CONFIDENCE CLEANING CORP.: Housecleaning,
office cleaning and window cleaning. Good refer-
ences, reasonable rates. Licensed and insured.
Family owned and operated. 941-296-5103.
ABOUT GROUT: CLEANING, sealing, staining
(painting of grout), tile and grout repair, caulking
of showers/kitchen. Bonded and insured. Call Jeff,
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.
MASTERS OF RENOVATIONS: Do you need a pro-
fessional at plumbing, electrical, carpentry, tiling,
painting and remodeling? 24-hour emergency ser-
vice. Free estimates. 941-580-3312.
LEWIS MOBILE CAR wash service at your home,
office, anywhere inside or outside. Wash, vacuum-
ing, detailing. Henry Lewis. Cell 941-465-6963.
PAULS DEPENDABLE HOME Services. Special-
izing in drywall and stucco, new or repairs. Popcorn
removal, skip-trawl ceilings. All jobs welcome. 941-
CLEANING: DOMESTIC AFFAIRS. Neurotic atten-
tion to detail, houses, condos, offices, rentals. Ten
years experience. References provided. Rose, 941-
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-
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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call 941-778-2581.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
GULF SHORE LANDSCAPING: Lawn care, pres-
sure washing, landscaping, property maintenance.
Owner operated by Island resident. Exceptional
value! Licensed and insured. Call 941-726-7070.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
W. Ben Stewart
Attorney At Law
Real Estate Closings Title Insurance
Condo Associations Evictions
Qualified Intermediary for 1031 Exchanges
For Expert Advice On Island Property
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CHRISTINE T SHAW AND
JOHN VAN ZANDT, REALTORS
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SO ANNA MAHIA ISLAND, INC
A 6101 MARINA DR., HOLMES BEACH
32 Years ofProfessional Service
EXPERIENCE REPUTATION RESULTS
SHELL POINT 2BR/2BA corner, ground floor, pool view. turnkey, $295,000.
MT. VERNON 2BR/2BA waterfront, boat docks available, turkey, like new. $259,000.
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT Golf course view. $690,000.
10 MINUTES TO BEACH. HERON'S WATCH 3BR/2BA, like-new
home, quality built, room for pool. Extras. $339,999.
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 $55,000, heated pool, near
shopping, dining and transportation.
PINEBROOK AND IRONWOOD $139,000 to $263,900.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn and landscape
maintenance. Tree-trimming, mulching, plantings,
sod, shell. Many references and insured. Please
TREES BYTHE Breeze, Inc. Landscaping, tree trim-
ming, property maintenance. Insured. Island resident
since 1988. Call Chris Lundy, 941-778-2837.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone"
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 941-448-3857.
TIRED OF NO return calls? Straight Shot Land-
scape calls back. For all your landscape, call Shark
Mark. 941-727-5066. Shell $42/yard.
TIRED OF PAYING more than estimates? Tree trim-
ming, removal, pruning, mulching. Guaranteed best
price in writing. 11-year Island resident. Call 941-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
W. Ben Stewart, Esq.
595 Bay Isles Rd., Suite 125 Longboat Key
An Islan4 Place Realty
SAND PAIL AND SAND
BOX! Two great rental
units listed on www.
with heated pool and close
to the beach! $675,000.
gulfBay psalty ofJAnna Maria Inc
Jesse Brisson BroerJAssociate, qRG
(941) 713 4755 (800) 771 6043
CAPRI BEACH VILLA Gulttront condo with panoramic
views. Step off your back deck into the sand! Watch the sunset
every evening from your living room or enjoy the great rental
income potential and excellent rental history. $750,000.
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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
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.
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.
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.
WALL AND CEILING repair: drywall, texture, paint,
bathroom tile, and more. Reliable and honest, Island
references. Call Fred Weingartner, 941-586-3656.
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.
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-
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
FURNISHED MOTHER-IN-LAW apartment, canal
view with a large deck, dock and saltwater pool to
share. Apartment has private entrance, bath and
kitchenette. All utilities except telephone included.
$350/week or $850/month. Perfect for a clean and
quiet individual! Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 941-928-8735. Leave message for informa-
tion and availability.
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419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150
(941) 778-2291 EVENINGS 778-2632
FAX (941) 778-2294 www.betsyhills.com
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This light and spacious 3BR/3BAhome is located on the preferred, high and
dry west side of Gulf Drive, reflecting quality construction and character
throughout. Highlights of this distinctive retreat include vaulted ceilings
with cheerful double glazed, insulated skylights, ceramic and travertine
tile floors, new roof and a lovely gourmet kitchen, featuring top of the
line European appliances, wooden cabinets with stainless-steel knobs
and drawer pulls and gorgeous granite countertops plus breakfast bar.
Bathrooms feature rich marble tile and Kohler fixtures and fittings. French
doors open from the great room onto a lovely caged, solar heated swim-
ming pool and cabana, surrounded bylush,tropical landscaping.Specimen
plants and trees include avocado, grapefruit and kumquat. This wonder-
ful Island hideaway offers privacy plus on one of the prettiest and most
historic streets in the village of Anna Maria. The sparkling Gulf of Mexico
and a fabulous walking beach are just steps away. Priced at $997,500.
BriAging pce Home Sice 1939
D. 778-6569 WEKLY
MARINERS COVE Direct bayfront, top floor RESORT IN PARADISE Tropical landscap- REMODELED IN 2007, ground level, four
3BR/2BA, 2,000 sf, gated community, two ing surrounds six charming units steps units surround private heated pool Steps
pools, tennis, elevator, protected deep-water from beach Immaculate, family owned to the beach 2BR unit ideal for owner Good
35-foot boat slip Peter Mancuso, 941-545- and clientele keep coming back Possible rental historyand reservations Owner/agent
6833 or Dave Moynlhan, 941-720-0089, ownerfinancing Karen Day, 941-518-3682, JacqueDavis,941-708-5253,941-778-2246
941-778-2246 MLS#543600 $599,900 941-778-2246 MLS#529518 $1,650,000 MLS#548868 $999,000
VALUE IS IN TWO LOTS only a few hun- EXQUISITE UNIT has Gulf views and luxury DOUBLELOTONANNAMARIA! Deeded boat
dred yards from Gulf Beautiful street and amenities Crown molding accents, high slip Enjoy your backyard with comfortable
beach access Build two homes or remodel ceilings and open plan Granite countertops breezes and pleasant shade on those lazy
cottage and live in paradise 2BR/1 5BA and stainless-steel appliances Designer afternoons 2BR/1 5BA,1,528sf Joe/Carolyn
Karen Day, 941-518 3862, 941-778-2246 perfect furnishings, 3BR/2 5BA Karen Day, Cordrey MLS#546182 $486,500
MLS#550000 $949,000 941-778-2246 MLS#551496 $1,599,000
BRADENTON BEACH TWO-FAMILY Turnkey furnished 2BR/1BA
cottage with 1BR/1BA bungalow Great family retreat or rental
property Walk to shops, beach and more Anne Miller, 941-920-
0451,941-778-2246 MLS#518824 $825,000.
LONGBOAT KEY Waterfront KeyWest-style home on sailboat water
Boatlift, open floor plan, four-car garage, workout room and 30-
foot screened balcony Becky Smith, 941-773-1954 or Elfl Starrett,
941-720-3528,941-778-2246 MLS#520397 $999,500.
SUMMER SANDS BAYFRONT Unique 3,292 sf townhome
3/4BR/4 5BA with family room and glassed lanai Exceptional
complex with private beach and bayside pool/spa Com-
munity dock Dave Moynihan, 941-720-0089, 941-778-2246
EXCEPTIONAL 2BR/2BA DIRECT GULFFRONT unit with out-
standing views of the Gulf Totally renovated Secured elevator,
heated pool, tennis court and private garage Near shopping and
restaurants Dave Moynihan, 941-720-0089, 941-778-2246
DIRECT GULFFRONT2BR/2BAapartment with fabulous views Top
floor end unit is turnkey furnished Great walking beach, heated
pool and weekly rentals permitted David Moynihan, 941-720-0089,
941-778-2246 MLS#548224 $739,000.
PARADISE VIEW Beautiful views of Longboat Pass, Sisters
Key and Jewfish Key with deep water dock Great fishing
Separate guest house Harry Christensen, 941-383-5577
SPECTACULAR PALMA SOLA BAYFRONT Tastefully updated
and spacious (4,500 sf), 4/5BR on one level with panoramic
views Large lot with 100 feet of waterfront Newer dock/lift,
caged, heated pool Glorious sunsets Jane Tinsworth, 941-
761-3100 MLS#549331 $1,895,000.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO 2BR/2BA, completely renovated,
new kitchen and baths, granite counter tops, top of the line
appliances, new furnishings, turnkey furnished, and garage
parking Great beach Jack McCormick, 941- 383-5577
RUNAWAY BAY CONDOS Now available several 1 or 2BR units,
bayfront, pool side and other views Some updated Phone for
details On-site rentals Priced $314,000-$499,900 Becky Smith,
FIVE WATERFRONT LOTS for sale from $120,000 to $151,000
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Starrett, 941- 795-8095 MLS#549550 $120,000.
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VACATION IN SMOKEY Mountains: 3BR/2BA
cabin, turnkey furnished, fireplace on 2.5 acres. 30
miles from Cherokee Indian reservation, one mile
from town. Book now. $495/weekly. For informa-
tion, call 352-516-6908 or 352-314-2333. E-mail:
AFFORDABLE SEASONAL RENTALS still available.
Weekly, monthly, bayfront, Gulffront, big, small. Call
Sato Real Estate for availability. 941-778-7200.
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, $1,250/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-
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!
ANNUALS: SANDPIPER RESORT 55-plus commu-
nity, No. 200, 2BR, $695/month. No. 202, 1BR, $550/
month. Both have 1BA, turnkey furnished, washer
and dryer. Includes water, sewer and garbage. On
bay, Gulf view. Call 941-920-0868 or 941-778-4523.
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.
DEEP DISCOUNT FOR last-minute travel in beauti-
ful town of Anna Maria. Quaint island cottage, steps
to beach. 203-454-0573.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BEAUTIFUL, quiet Holmes
Beach 1BR/1 BA. One block from beach. $850/month
includes cable, trash, water. Allen, 941-778-6965.
CORTEZ/BRADENTON BEACH AREA: Spacious,
furnished 1 BR/1 BA apartment. Full kitchen, dining
room, living room. Includes utilities, cable, laundry
room. Community boat ramp, marina. $995/month.
- SEASONAL OR ANNUAL: Bradenton Beach on
S 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,
S depending on season. Call Lisa, 860-601-3838.
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.
OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE: 1,000 sf. Available May 1,
2007. Former Cortez Exchange. 8811 Cortez Road,
ROOMMATE WANTED: ONE house from beach.
Private entrance and bath, satellite, washer and
dryer, phone, TV/DVD, all utilities. $700/month. Call
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
AFFORDABLE LUXURY! BRADENTON vacation
home available. $700/week, $100 discount each
additional week up to eight weeks. Great location,
open floor plan, Victorian decor and charm, new
carpeting, on deep water canal, garage. Call 614-
207-7878, or visit www.scottincolumbus.com.
ONE AND TWO bedroom apartments for rent,
across from the beach, water views. Furnished and
unfurnished. Starting at $750/month or $225/weekly.
GORGEOUS FURNISHED 2BD/2BA house, steps
to beach. Available May 15 for weekly rental or July,
and August for monthly. July or August monthly
rate, $1,600. Call 636-352-8155. http://jjvacations.
ANNUALS TO RENT and list! Available 3BR/2BA
unfurnished with boat dock, $1,400/month, plus
utilities. Also, 1BR/1BA, furnished with pool use,
Anna Maria. $900/month. Call An Island Place
ANNUAL RENTAL: ANNA Maria home. 2BR/2BA,
huge garage, large screened deck, peeks of bay.
$1,250/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beau-
tiful Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals.
KEY ROYALE HOUSE: Clean, large, 2BR/2BA, two-
car garage on deep-water canal with dock. Annual
rental. $1,375 monthly. 941-545-3511.
BAYVIEW: UPSCALE CONDO with boat slip. Gated
community, 2BR/2BA, 1,800 sf, five years old, turn-
key furnished. $1,200/month. Available through
VILLAGE GREEN: BIG 3BR/2BA, two-car garage,
huge corner lot, large lanai, new paint, carpet, tile
and appliances. Minutes to beaches in west Braden-
ton. $1,395/month. Annual. 941-720-2804.
NICELY FURNISHED 2BR/2BA with den, lanai,
garage. Walking distance to beach. No smoking, no
pets. Available May through October. 941-795-8626.
MONTHLY RENTAL: FLAMINGO Cay. 2BR/2BA
with boat dock. Turnkey furnished. Available June 1
through Sept. 30. $950/month. References required.
SUMMER: JUNE THROUGH Labor Day. Holmes
Beach furnished 2BR/2BA, pool, tile throughout,
dishwasher, washer and dryer, cable TV. 1.5 blocks
to beach. $3,300 covers utilities. 941-778-3104.
VACATION RENTALS NOW: 2BR/2BA town-
house, pool and boat dock, $499/week. Key Royale
3BR/2BA home, pool and boat dock, $799/week.
Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE: 2BR/2BA, ground level,
steps to beach. Available October 2007-May 2008.
$1,900/month. Six-months or longer. Shorter stays
more. Garage, central air conditioning, laundry. 863-
858-7934 or email@example.com.
EL CONQUISTADOR: 2BR/2BA condo overlooking
clay tennis courts. Nicely furnished, storage, garage.
Nice area. Rent, $1,800/month starting Nov. 1.941-
778-3926 or 941-545-3097.
HOLMES BEACH: PERFECT 3BR/2BA, all new, canal
home. Two docks, caged pool, unfurnished, large deck,
spa, boatlift. $1,800/month. 941-729-2106.
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. $589,000. 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-
LONGBOAT DUPLEX: 4-6BR on canal, deeded
beach access. Use it, rent it out or redevelop.
$649,900. Mary Ann Namack, Longview Realty,
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.
AREYOU A teacher? Walk to Suggs Middle School
when you buy this 2BR/2BA, updated cul-de-sac
home for $210,000. Call CPR, 941-794-1515.
BAYFRONT ANNA MARIA Sound on the Intra-
coastal Waterway. Unobstructed southern views,
tastefully renovated, pool, boat dock, mature land-
scaping. 2BR/1BA, office, garage. Brokers protected.
517 Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-0029.
Recently reduced, $1,100,000.
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
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.
HOLMES BEACH LOT: 50x100 feet, two blocks to
the beach, ready to build. $429,000. 215 71st St.,
Homes Beach. 941-778-4036.
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.
BEST BUY ON the beach: Direct Gulffront 2BR/2BA
condo. Newly updated, heated pool, great rental
history. $719,900. Call owner, 941-778-3180.
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.
FOR SALE: 2BR/1BA condo. Private beach and
boat slips on Intracoastal Waterway. Income pro-
ducing or private getaway. Best buy on the Island.
$385,000. Call 863 287-8078.
CONDO: 3BR/2BA, 1,144 sf, overlooking pool.
Great price, low taxes, low insurance. Downsize to
convenient, affordable northwest location. $146,000.
R. Hooker, Re/Max. 941-685-5300.
$359,000.2BR/1BA HOUSE with 1 BR/1 BA rental cot-
tage, 100 steps to the beach with great views of the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge, turnkey furnished. Owner
financing available. 941-747-3321 or 941-219-1042.
COME HOME TO the Island: new luxury condos.
3BR/2BA, garage, private elevator, veranda, 1,750
sf, located at 2317 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach. From
the $600s. Contact Kimberly Mills or Erlene Fitzpat-
rick, Re/Max Gulfstream. 941-758-7777.
FOR SALE: SUNBOW Bay, East Bay Drive across from
Publix. 2BR/2BA, fully furnished and equipped, elevator,
garage, two pools, tennis court, fishing pier. Just move
in. $368,000. Contact: fvanmechelen @hotmail.com.
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BOATERS DREAM: MARINERS Cove condo
includes 50-foot boat slip. Large updated 3BR/2.5
BA end unit, with a view of the Intracoastal Water-
way. Amenities include fireplace, wet bar, glass-
enclosed lanai and much more. $799,000, Richard
Parker 941-920-3250, Re/Max Gulfstream.
CANALFRONT CONDO: WESTBAY Point & Moorings.
Fabulous 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, light and bright,
tennis, heated pool, walk to stores and restaurants,
minutes to beach. Priced for quick sale. Denise Lan-
glois, Coldwell Banker, 941-751-1155. ML#546946.
FOR SALE BY owner: Anna Maria deep-water
canal home. 2BR/3BA with large in-law suite. Large
office, possible third bedroom. 1,900 sf. Priced to
sell. Three percent to Realtors. Call for appointment.
240 Chilson Ave. 941-447-6668.
ISLAND BARGAINS: QUALITY duplex one block
to beach, $468,000 or best offer. Key Royale
3BR/2BA home, all new interiors, pool and boat
dock, $799,000 or best offer. Palma Sola town-
house, pool and boat dock, $275,000 or best offer.
Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: BY owner. 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage with family room, large fenced lot,
two blocks to bay. Not a flood zone. $299,000. 941 -
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BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Escape to beau-
tiful western North Carolina mountains. Free color
brochure and information. Mountain properties with
spectacular views, homes, cabins, creeks, and
investment acreage. Cherokee Mountain GMAC
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free brochure, 800-841-5868.
COLORADO RANCH SALE: 35 acres, $36,900.
Easy access, sunset views. All utilities, surveyed.
Financing available. Call owner today! 866-696-
5263, ext. 2595.
LAKE PROPERTIES: LAKEFRONT and lake-view
homes and parcels on pristine 34,000-acre Norris
Lake in east Tennessee. Call Lakeside Realty, 888-
291-5253, or visit www.lakesiderealty-tn.com.
AAH! COOL MOUNTAIN breezes! Murphy, N.C. Afford-
able land, homes, mountain cabins on lakes, mountains
and streams. Free brochure, 877-837-2288. Exit Realty
Mountain View Properties. www.exitmurphy.com.
NORTH CAROLINA: GATED lakefront commu-
nity. Pleasantly mild climate, 1.5 acres, 90 miles
of shoreline. Never offered before with 20 percent
pre-development discounts, 90 percent financing.
NORTH CAROLINA: COOL mountain air, views
and streams, homes, cabins and acreage. Free
brochure, 800-642-5333. Realty Of Murphy, 317
Peachtree St., Murphy, N.C. 28906. www.real-
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 and Associates,
NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAIN properties. For your
free guide call 877-635-6461 or to see entire book,
visit www.ngmrealestateguide.com and click on
front page picture.
GATED TEN-ACRE estate: Horses OK, near national
and state forests. Owner financing, no closing costs.
$89,900. 800-352-5263. Florida Woodland Group
Inc. Licensed real estate Broker.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN HORSE farm: Bent Mountain,
Va. Just off Blue Ridge Parkway. A spectacular south-
western adobe-style home. 3BR/2.5BA, separate living
quarters. 3,900 sf, three-car garage, 10-14-foot ceilings,
lots of glass, allowing you to enjoy the mountain vistas
in all directions. 22 plus/minus acres, six stall barn/hay
storage/tack room/wash bay/double lighted riding ring.
30 minutes to major airport. $1,395,000. Contact Woltz
and Associates Inc. Real Estate Brokers and Auction-
eers. Roanoke, Va. 800-551-3588 or woltz.com.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Large two to ten-
acre tracts in last phase of popular gated mountain
community with great view, trees, waterfall and large
public lake nearby, paved private access. $69,500
and up. Call now, 866-789-8535.
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short walk to white sandy
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TENNESSEE LAKE BARGAIN: Three-plus acres, $129/
month. Free boat slips! Enjoy access to private, Jimmy
Houston-endorsed bass lake. Paved roads, utilities, soils
tested. Lakefront available Call now, 866-685-2562, ext.
1155. Price, $24,900.20 percent down, balance financed,
30 years, 6.75 percent fixed, OAC. Tennessee land and
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 rec-
reational 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.
COASTAL GEORGIA: NEW, pre-construction golf com-
munity Large lots and condos with deepwater, marsh, golf,
nature views. Gated, golf, fitness center, tennis, trails, docks.
$70s-$300,000. 877-266-7376. www.cooperspoint.com.
LIMITED TIME OFFER: 100 percent financing, no payments
for two years. Gated lakefront community of the North Caro-
lina Blue Ridge Mountains. All dockable, 90 miles of shore-
line. Start $99,000. Call now, 800-709-LAKE.
COASTAL GEORGIA! 119 acres, $234,900. Georgia/Florida
border. Mature pines, abundant wildlife, black rail fencing.
Long road frontage, utilities. Potential to subdivide. Excellent
financing. Call now, 800-898-4409, ext. 1163.
GEORGIA/FLORIDA BORDER: Huge savings! 23.55 acres,
only $99,900, was $124,900. Coastal region. Wooded,
loaded with wildlife. Easy drive to St. Simons Island! Subdi-
vision potential! Call now, 800-898-4409, ext. 1178.
ESCAPE FLORIDA'S HIGH costs! Lake access from
$49,900. Dockable lakefront from $194,900. Exclusive, pri-
vate community on Lake Guntersville in northern Alabama.
Featuring gated entrance, paved roads, clubhouse, boat
launch, marina, underground utilities and estate-size par-
cels in park-like setting. No time requirement to start building.
Excellent financing available. New phase release, The Oaks,
Saturday, May 19, 2007. Call to schedule your tour. 888-
525-3725, ext. 2521. www.theoaks-gpi.com. Taylor Hicks is
our newest lot owner, will be on hand to greet appointment
holders on May 19, 2007.
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Jennifer R. Cascardo 917-859-7859 or 941-778-1440
New York Florida Broker "Exclusive Service from Skyline to Skyway""
REAL ESTATE LLC
FLAMINGO CAY POOL HOME
3BR/2BA plus den. Spacious updated waterfront home. Dock,
caged solar-heated pool, nicely landscaped. Sprinkler system,
oversized two-car garage. $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.
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping, library and restaurants. $365,000.
ANNA MARIA CONTEMPORARY
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
Bamboo fl ooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
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. $849,900.
ANNA MARIA NEAR BEACH
3BRhouse plus cottage! West of Gulf Drive very close to gorgeous
beach! Screened porch, furnished house. Now $699,900.
HOLMES BEACH WATERFRONT
3BR/2BA home. Tile, pavers, fence, room for pool, new dock, direct
access to Tampa Bay. $699,900.
FLAMINGO CAYWATERFRONT- 3BR/2BA, pool. $859,000.
WATERS EDGE CONDO 2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront. $959,900.
GULF PLACE CONDOS Turnkey furnished. From $869,900.
SARASOTABAYFRONT PARADISE-3BR/2.5BA, $1,124,900.
RIVERVIEWBOULEVARD CAPE COD 3BR/2BA. $529,900.
SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA turnkey $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 Gulf view. $969,900.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO 1BR/1BA Water view. $349,000.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulf view. $799,900.
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REAL ESTATE LLC
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Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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